News – May 2019

 


  • Extinction Rebellion threatens to use drones in 10-day Heathrow airport protest

    May 31, 2019

    The climate change activists will protest at the airport on 18 June before a 10-day shutdown could begin on 1 July. Extinction Rebellion said it plans “to carry out nonviolent direct action to ensure Heathrow authorities close the airport for the day, to create a ‘pause’ in recognition of the genocidal impact of high carbon activities, ...

  • 5G Networks Spark Concerns For Enterprise Risks

    May 31, 2019

    The rise of 5G networks – and subsequent security risks – was the centerpiece issue discussed during the GSMA’s Mobile360 conference on 5G security this past week. While researchers warn that 5G security issues could literally be a matter of life or death for certain applications, the new technology is also triggering another type of concern: the risks that 5G ...

  • Google and Apple criticise GCHQ eavesdropping idea

    May 30, 2019

    A proposal by the UK security agency GCHQ to eavesdrop on encrypted messages has been strongly criticised by big tech firms and rights groups. Google and Apple were among 47 firms to sign an open letter, saying it was a “serious threat” to trust and security. The GCHQ plan would effectively mean that a copy of every encrypted ...

  • Pentagon to ban US companies from using Russian space launches & satellites

    May 30, 2019

    The Pentagon has introduced restrictions that will prevent American companies from using Russian space rocket launches and satellite services, set to take effect in 2023. The rule will levy “additional prohibitions with regard to acquisition of certain foreign commercial satellite services, such as… satellites and launch vehicles,” according to a Pentagon notice published on the US Federal Register ...

  • Day after blasts, 13 IEDs & detonators seized in Palamu

    May 30, 2019

    A day after 26 security personnel were injured in a series of IED blasts triggered by Maoists in Seraikela, 13 IEDs were recovered from a cave at Bagsara near Pipra’s SeerniyaDam during a police-CRPF joint operation. Apart from the IEDs, the forces recovered 11 gelatin sticks, 250 metres of codex wire, 200 metres of electric wire andand ...

  • BBC live broadcast over 5G network cuts out due to technical problems

    May 30, 2019

    he UK launch of 5G on Thursday got off to a bumpy start when a live BBC broadcast over the network failed. BBC’s Clive Myrie was talking to a reporter in London’s Covent Garden about the launch of the next generation mobile technology. However, while using the 5G network to broadcast live, the feed cut out due ...

  • Russian military moves closer to replacing Windows with Astra Linux

    May 30, 2019

    Russian authorities have moved closer to implementing their plan of replacing the Windows OS on military systems with a locally-developed operating system named Astra Linux. Last month, the Russian Federal Service for Technical and Export Control (FSTEC) granted Astra Linux the security clearance of “special importance,” which means the OS can now be used to handle Russian ...

  • German quantum project on secure comms gains €165M funding

    May 29, 2019

    Anja Karliczek, German Federal Minister of Education and Research, last week announced in Berlin that QuNET, described as “a major initiative for a quantum network impervious to eavesdropping”, is to receive a total of €165 million in funding. The primary objective of QuNET is secure communications between governmental organizations in Germany. The planned seven-year project will ...

  • TSA Bolstering Shipping Security

    May 29, 2019

    Agency calls for technology-enhanced driver training as a key element in the nation’s effort to safeguard the supply chain against terrorism. In an effort to ensure that security in the transportation system is at its best, the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has selected 35 representatives, including two from the American Trucking Associations and one ...

  • London and Glasgow parcel bombs linked to devices sent to army centres

    May 29, 2019

    A series of parcel bombs sent to locations in London and Glasgow earlier this year have been connected to devices targeting army offices in 2014. Anti-terror investigators have said they are now “formally linking” the incendiary devices posted in March and explosives sent to military recruitment centres five years ago. A main line of inquiry is that the latest packages ...

  • Study Finds Airline Apps Riddled With Security Bugs

    May 28, 2019

    Airlines’ mobile apps typically contain an average of 21 vulnerabilities each and transmit data over multiple unsecured connections, researchers find The mobile apps distributed to customers by major airlines are typically riddled with security vulnerabilities, a review has found. The bugs are all the more concerning since the apps in question typically handle sensitive information including passport ...

  • US security agency ‘linked to Baltimore hack’

    May 28, 2019

    A tool developed by the US National Security Agency (NSA) that exploits a flaw in Windows is behind the ongoing ransomware attack on the city of Baltimore, according to reports. It’s called EternalBlue and according to The New York Times, it’s been used to shut down Baltimore’s government, locking employees out of email accounts and residents out of ...

  • This explosives-laden World War 2 shipwreck is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode

    May 28, 2019

    An American cargo ship which sank off the Kent coast 74 years ago packed full of explosives could accidentally blow up at any time, causing devastating tsunamis and more than £1 billion of damage. Lying half-submerged near the mouth of the Thames estuary, the SS Richard Montgomery grounded on a sandbank more than seven decades ago ...

  • Map: These are the places in France with the highest levels of nuclear waste

    May 28, 2019

    Greenpeace has come up with a map showing exactly where levels of nuclear waste are highest in France. Find out if your area is affected. Sixty years of nuclear plants in France and 58 of them in total… but where does the waste end up? Well, now we can find out, thanks to NGO Greenpeace which has ...

  • Chinese military to replace Windows OS amid fears of US hacking

    May 28, 2019

    Amidst an escalating trade war and political tensions with the US, Beijing officials have decided to develop a custom operating system that will replace the Windows OS on computers used by the Chinese military. The decision, while not made official through the government’s normal press channels, was reported earlier this month by Canada-based military magazine Kanwa Asian ...