News – July 2020

 


  • How hackers could spy on satellite internet traffic with just $300 of home TV equipment

    August 6, 2020

    Security vulnerabilities in satellite broadband communications could allow cyber attackers to intercept unencrypted web traffic using nothing more than a few hundred dollars worth of home television equipment. By exploiting the vulnerabilities, it’s possible for an attacker to spy on on sensitive communications from thousands of miles away, with virtually no risk of being detected. A cybersecurity ...

  • US ‘Clean Network’ initiative bans use of Chinese clouds, names Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent as compromised

    August 6, 2020

    US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has announced a “Clean Network plan” he says offers a “comprehensive approach to guarding our citizens’ privacy and our companies’ most sensitive information from aggressive intrusions by malign actors, such as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).” Pompeo’s announcement names the Communist Party repeatedly but doesn’t identify any other malign actor. ...

  • Coronavirus: 50 million face masks bought by the UK government ditched over safety concerns

    August 6, 2020

    50 million face masks bought by the UK government will not be used in the NHS due to safety concerns. The personal protective equipment (PPE) ordered from Ayanda Capital have ear loops rather than head loops, and there are concerns over whether they are adequate. The Good Law Project and EveryDoctor, which are suing the government over ...

  • Regulators and airport operators join forces to promote Open Architecture in Airport Security Systems

    July 31, 2020

    Regulators and airport operators from across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East have joined forces to promote the introduction of open architecture in airport security systems. In a paper published yesterday, prepared by Heathrow Airport Limited and Avinor AS and endorsed by a wide range of regulators and airport stakeholders, the authors and ...

  • Study shows devastating cost of failure to coordinate economic reopenings

    July 31, 2020

    New, peer-reviewed research published today by the Social Analytics Lab at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows the devastating cost of the current chaotic and uncoordinated reopening of states and cities across the US. The study, which used data from mobile phones, network connections ...

  • CWT Travel Agency Faces $4.5M Ransom in Cyberattack, Report

    July 31, 2020

    CWT, a giant in the corporate travel agency world with a global clientele, may have faced payment of $4.5 million to unknown hackers in the wake of a ransomware attack. Independent malware hunter @JAMESWT tweeted on Thursday that a malware sample used against CWT (formerly known as Carlson Wagonlit Travel) had been uploaded to VirusTotal on ...

  • China celebrates completion of Beidou rival satellite system to GPS

    July 31, 2020

    China is celebrating the completion of its Beidou Navigation Satellite System that could rival the U.S. Global Positioning System and significantly boost China’s security and geopolitical clout. President Xi Jinping, the leader of the ruling Communist Party and the People’s Liberation Army, officially commissioned the system Friday at a ceremony at the Great Hall of the ...

  • Milipol Qatar 2020 – Seminar Topics revealed

    July 31, 2020

      Security by Design: Cybersecurity & New tech; Mega Events Security; Crisis Management & Health Security – Post Covid-19 feedbacks; Firefighting: Emergency & Security System 31 July, 2020 – Milipol Qatar 2020, the Middle East’s leading international event for Homeland Security and Civil Defence which returns to Doha this October, will feature a powerful three-day seminar program in which decision ...

  • China’s coronavirus vaccines are leaping ahead – but face challenges as virus wanes

    July 31, 2020

    Chinese companies are at the forefront of global efforts to create a vaccine for the coronavirus, with more than half a dozen candidates in clinical development. Last week, Tianjin-based CanSino Biologics published results1 from an early-stage clinical trial showing that its vaccine is safe and can trigger an immune response. Yet the companies could face difficulty ...

  • Economic and food supply chain disruptions endanger global food security

    July 30, 2020

    COVID-19 has led to a global economic slowdown that is affecting all four pillars of food security—availability, access, utilization, and stability—according to a new article from researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), published in the journal Science. Agricultural and food markets are facing continuous disruptions due to labor shortages caused by lockdowns, as ...

  • EU Terrorist list renewed for a further six months

    July 30, 2020

    The Council today renewed the so-called EU terrorist list, which sets out the persons, groups and entities subject to restrictive measures aimed at combating terrorism. Persons, groups and entities on the list are subject to the freezing of funds and other financial assets in the EU. It is also prohibited for EU operators to make funds ...

  • Arizona: A rail bridge partially collapses after fire breaks out

    July 30, 2020

    A rail bridge in Arizona, USA, has partially collapsed after a freight train derailed and caught fire The local fire brigade in Tempe Town confirmed that nobody was injured. A section on the south side of the Salt River Union Pacific Bridge collapsed, sending rail cars into an empty park below. It is believed that the freight ...

  • China-backed hackers ‘targeted COVID-19 vaccine firm Moderna’

    July 30, 2020

    Chinese government-linked hackers targeted biotech company Moderna Inc, a U.S.-based coronavirus vaccine research developer, this year in a bid to steal data, according to a U.S. security official tracking Chinese hacking. China on Friday rejected the accusation that hackers linked to it had targeted Moderna. Last week, the U.S. Justice Department made public an indictment of two ...

  • Covid-19 has increased the chances of marine industry cyberassaults

    July 30, 2020

    Desperate for information, a work-at-home employee of an industrial port tenant clicks on what appears to be an official looking source promising the latest Covid-19 updates, only to innocently launch malware that for a time disables his employer’s GPS system. Experts say the risks of such a hypothetical scenario occurring within the vulnerable maritime and offshore ...

  • US defense and aerospace sectors targeted in new wave of North Korean attacks

    July 30, 2020

    Tracked under the codename of “Operation North Star,” McAfee said these attacks have been linked to infrastructure and TTPs (Techniques, Tactics, and Procedures) previously associated with Hidden Cobra — an umbrella term the US government uses to describe all North Korean state-sponsored hacking groups. As for the attacks themselves, McAfee said they were run-of-the-mill spear-phishing emails ...