News – February 2019

 


  • Brussels Airport failed to spot bomb belt security test

    February 28, 2019

    “On 1 October last year, I was asked to try to pass the security checkpoint with a fake bomb belt”, said the mystery passenger, HLN reports. “The belt looked very credible, with wires, a detonator and a substance that had the same density as real explosives,” added the passenger. When being searched, the passenger pretended to be a ...

  • Egypt train station fire: At least 20 dead and dozens injured following blaze

    February 27, 2019

    At least 20 people have been killed and 40 people have been injured in a fire at a railway station in Cairo, according to state media. The head of Cairo Railroad hospital, Mohammed Said, who previously confirmed 10 deaths said the number of dead at the main station in the Egyptian capital was expected to rise. The ...

  • Montreal-based UN aviation agency tried to cover up 2016 cyberattack, documents show

    February 27, 2019

    In November 2016, the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was hit by the most serious cyberattack in its history, and internal documents obtained by CBC suggest key members of the team that should have prevented the attack tried to cover up how badly it was mishandled. As the United Nations body that sets standards for civil ...

  • Russia’s FSB thwarts IS terror plot against GRU officers, commuter rail passengers

    February 26, 2019

    Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has foiled an attempt to carry out a terrorist attack on military intelligence (GRU) officers and railway passengers in Moscow that members of the Islamic State terror group (outlawed in Russia) were plotting, Kommersant reported, citing sources involved in the investigation. “One of the Islamic State leaders, Todzhiddin Nazarov (also known ...

  • New Attacks Against 4G, 5G Mobile Networks Re-Enable IMSI Catchers

    February 25, 2019

    At NDSS Symposium 2019, a group of university researchers yesterday revealed newly discovered cellular network vulnerabilities that impact both 4G and 5G LTE protocols. According to a paper published by the researchers, “Privacy Attacks to the 4G and 5G Cellular Paging Protocols Using Side Channel Information,” the new attacks could allow remote attackers to bypass security protections implemented ...

  • 1 dead, 9 injured in Balochistan IED blast

    February 24, 2019

    One person was killed and nine others injured in an explosion in Balochistan’s Dera Murad Jamali city on Sunday. An improvised explosive device planted in a motorcycle parked outside a shop in the Mazdoor Chowk area detonated, leaving one person dead and nine others injured, police officer Hyder Shah told DawnNewsTV. All the victims are civilians. Police were ...

  • Dubai-bound plane hijack attempt foiled in Bangladesh

    February 24, 2019

    An airplane hijack drama unfolded Sunday early evening at Chittagong airport in Bangladesh ended by late evening with a military operation that injured the suspected hijacker, according to a senior Bangladeshi official. The gunman was arrested in the commando operation inside a Biman Airlines flight BG147 with around 150 passengers, which made an emergency landing at ...

  • Looming retirement of legacy system custodians put global IT systems at risk

    February 22, 2019

    Government IT systems and critical infrastructure systems around the world are at risk due to legacy technology and the pending retirement of those who have historically maintained these older systems. Of the U.S. General Services Administration’s mission-critical IT staff, 20-50 percent will be eligible to retire by 2024 and 66 percent of U.K. companies have too few cybersecurity ...

  • Ransomware encrypts Australian cardiac clinic’s patient files

    February 21, 2019

    Employees of Melbourne Heart Group in Malvern, Australia, have been unable to access patients’ medical records following a January ransomware attack that encrypted the health care provider’s files. The cardiology clinic disclosed the incident today on its website’s home page. “We have been assured that no patient’s privacy has been compromised in any way,” the statement reads. ...

  • Maharashtra on high alert after blast near Mumbai; IED found on bus in Raigad

    February 21, 2019

    The Maharashtra state police are on high alert after a low intensity blast took place on a busy road near Mumbai on Wednesday and an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was found on a state transport bus in Raigad district later in the night. According to the state police, the blast took place on a busy road ...

  • New drone safety partnership with business launched as government sets out plans to limit drone misuse

    February 20, 2019

    The government and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have today (20 February 2019) announced a new partnership with the retailer Jessops, as part of a national campaign to increase public awareness of the rules around flying drones. Working with the CAA, the government is dialling up a campaign to help educate the public about responsible drone ...

  • Researcher: Not Hard for a Hacker to Capsize a Ship at Sea

    February 20, 2019

    Capsizing a ship with a cyberattack is a relatively low-skill enterprise, according to an analysis from Pen Test Partners. Maritime transport still contributes in an important way to the world’s economy, with on-time shipments influencing everything from commodities availability and spot pricing to the stability of small countries. Unfortunately, capsizing a ship with a cyberattack is ...

  • LPG Gas Company Leaked Details, Aadhaar Numbers of 6.7 Million Indian Customers

    February 19, 2019

    Why would someone bother to hack a so-called “ultra-secure encrypted database that is being protected behind 13 feet high and 5 feet thick walls,” when one can simply fetch a copy of the same data from other sources. French security researcher Baptiste Robert, who goes by the pseudonym “Elliot Alderson” on Twitter, with the help of ...

  • Platinum Security Exhibition 2019: The response to important security needs of the private sector

    February 19, 2019

    Press Release  – Paris Placed under The High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the first edition of the Platinum Security Exhibition, the international exhibition of security for the private sector, will be held from 10 to 12 April 2019 in Monaco. The trade fair will meet the growing needs of security for the ...

  • Senior Defence figure raises concerns about future cyber attacks

    February 19, 2019

    One of Australia’s senior military figures says the threat of cyber attacks against the nation’s infrastructure and military networks is on the rise. Major General Marcus Thompson leads the Information Warfare Division, which was set up in mid-2017 with the aim of providing both defensive and offensive cyber capabilities. In his first media major interview, he told ...