News – August 2019

 


  • Brazilian citizen data under threat with sale of national tech firms

    August 31, 2019

    One of the state-controlled firms the Brazilian government is planning to sell has voiced concerns around areas including citizen data protection as the privatization agenda advances. Employees at the Social Security Technology and Information Company (Dataprev) released a manifesto following the announcement that the company is one of the assets that Jair Bolsonaro’s government is looking to ...

  • Some of Russia’s surveillance tech leaked data for more than a year

    August 30, 2019

    A Russian security researcher has found that hardware equipment meant to be used by Russian authorities to intercept internet traffic had been leaving data exposed on the internet. The leaky equipment were SORM devices. These are hardware wiretaps that all Russian internet service providers and mobile telecoms must install in their data centers to comply with ...

  • Ebola outbreak: 2,000 die in Democratic Republic of the Congo

    August 30, 2019

    The number of people who have died from Ebola during a year-long outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has now climbed above 2,000. The figure was 2,006 on 28 August, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The number of confirmed and probable cases has passed 3,000. The WHO said the DRC has been ...

  • Ransomware hits hundreds of dentist offices in the US

    August 29, 2019

    Hundreds of dental practice offices in the US have had their computers infected with ransomware this week, ZDNet has learned from a source. The incident is another case of a ransomware gang compromising a software provider and using its product to deploy ransomware on customers’ systems. In this case, the software providers are The Digital Dental Record ...

  • WannaCry-style cyber attack could trigger full NATO response, says Secretary General

    August 28, 2019

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said a cyber attack on a single member state could constitute an attack on all 29 members. The announcement effectively incorporates cyber security into Article 5 of the NATO founding treaty, a “collective defence commitment” which compels all members to come to the defence of one or more countries threatened ...

  • IED explodes outside the Pakistan Consulate General in Jalalabad

    August 26, 2019

    An improvised explosive device (IED) exploded outside the Pakistan Consulate General in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal said on Sunday. All Pakistani staffers at the consulate are safe. According to a tweet, Dr Faisal said: “IED exploded outside holding area of our Consulate General in Jalalabad. All Pakistani staff ...

  • Radioactive isotopes found following Russia rocket explosion

    August 26, 2019

    Radioactive isotopes have been discovered by Russia’s state weather agency following the explosion of a rocket engine. Five nuclear scientists were killed and three others injured in an accident earlier this month during a missile test at a military site in northern Russia, according to the country’s state nuclear agency Rosatom. Rosatom initially refused to say whether there ...

  • Liquid restrictions to end at UK airports thanks to new technology

    August 25, 2019

    Air passengers will no longer have to take liquids and laptops out of their carry-on bags under new rules coming into force for UK airports to upgrade their security scanners. Similar to CT scanners used in hospitals, the new technology will provide a detailed picture of a bag’s contents and allow images to be visually rotated ...

  • AMEO ‘concerned’ about nation-state attacks on power grids

    August 22, 2019

    “For the energy sectors and critical infrastructure sectors, particularly around electricity, we are concerned about nation-state actors,” says Tim Daly, chief security officer (CSO) for the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). “Nation-states are looking to have capability and implants that are persistent within critical organisations,” he told the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit in Sydney ...

  • UK And Iraq Agree To Future Defence Relationship

    August 22, 2019

    The UK has committed to continuing its military support to Iraq, with a new agreement focusing on education. The deal confirms British troops will work alongside Iraqi Security Forces to develop their intelligence structures and provide wider training and development. The UK has already trained more than 103,000 Iraqi forces in infantry and weapons maintenance, counter IED, ...

  • Popular SoC Boards Have An Unpatchable Security Flaw, Leaving Many Automotive, Industrial And Military Components At Risk

    August 21, 2019

    Researchers conducting a routine security audit recently discovered two serious security flaws within a popular brand of System on a Chip (SoC) boards. The security vulnerability undermines secure boot capabilities. What’s most concerning is the fact that the SoC is deployed in several critical components that go into mainstream industry segments like automotive, aviation, consumer ...

  • Spain issues international alert after country’s biggest ever listeria outbreak

    August 21, 2019

    Spain has issued an international alert after the number affected by the country’s biggest ever listeria outbreak rose to 150. A 90-year-old woman has been killed by the infection as the health ministry said it was checking another 523 suspected cases of listeriosis. The spread has sparked fears in Spain, which is visited by around 80 million ...

  • Russian Hacking Group Targeting Banks Worldwide With Evolving Tactics

    August 21, 2019

    Silence APT, a Russian-speaking cybercriminal group, known for targeting financial organizations primarily in former Soviet states and neighboring countries is now aggressively targeting banks in more than 30 countries across America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Active since at least September 2016, Silence APT group’s most recent successful campaign was against Bangladesh-based Dutch-Bangla Bank, which lost over $3 ...

  • Hackers disrupt website of Russian Embassy in UK for 20 hours

    August 20, 2019

    Access to the website of the Russian Embassy in London remained unreliable for almost 20 hours after unidentified ‘hackers’ targeted it with a denial-of-service attack, the diplomatic mission said. The attack started at about 16:30GMT on Monday, a spokesperson for the embassy told the media. By 12:00 on Tuesday, embassy IT staff managed to restore access, ...

  • Philippines: Military seizes NPA bomb factory

    August 20, 2019

    A camp used by the New People’s Army to manufacture homemade explosives was over ran by joint forces of the military and police in Sitio Cabilocan, Barangay Cabadiagan, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental. After receiving reports on the presence of armed men in the area, a joint combat operation was launched early Sunday morning composed of troopers ...