News – June 2017

 


  • MPs lose email access as Parliament targeted in ‘sustained’ cyberattack

    June 25, 2017

    A cyberattack on MPs and Peers’ emails has prompted Parliament’s security team to shut down external access to its systems. An email sent to parliamentarians on Friday and shown to Sky News said: “Earlier this morning we discovered unusual activity and evidence of an attempted cyberattack on our computer network.” It claimed that “hackers were carrying out ...

  • Saudi security foils terror plot targeting Mecca Grand Mosque and pilgrims

    June 24, 2017

    Saudi Arabian security forces have foiled a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, exchanging gunfire with one of the suspects who blew himself up inside a home on Friday, the interior ministry said. The ministry described the plot as part of “self-serving schemes managed from abroad”. Five people, including a ...

  • Turkish police catch five ISIL suicide bombers near Syrian border

    June 24, 2017

    Police have apprehended five suspected suicide bombers from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Turkey’s border with Syria, the governor’s office of the southern province of Hatay stated on June 24. “Five attackers who were sent to our country from Syria to carry out suicide bombings were caught in an operation on ...

  • Siemens Patches Vulnerabilities in SIMATIC CP, XHQ

    June 23, 2017

    Siemens patched two vulnerabilities in products commonly found in industrial control system setups this week. If exploited the flaws could allow an attacker to perform administrative actions or gain read access to sensitive data on affected systems. Siemens patched one issue (.PDF) on Tuesday and the other on Thursday (.PDF) this week. ICS-CERT, the Department of ...

  • Virgin Media tells 800,000 users to change passwords over hub hacking risk

    June 23, 2017

    Virgin Media is advising more than 800,000 customers with a specific router to change their password immediately after an investigation found hackers could gain access to it. Virgin Media said the risk to customers with a Super Hub 2 router was small, but advised them to change both their network and router passwords if they were ...

  • Cyber security ‘as important as physical security’

    June 23, 2017

    A key figure in American business has urged all companies to take the cyber security threat more seriously after chastising his own accountant for paying a ransomware demand. Jorge Fernandez, VP global commerce for the Metro Atlanta Chamber, said it is time that firms took the same care in cyberspace as they do when installing physical ...

  • FBI investigating officer’s stabbing at Flint airport as terrorism

    June 22, 2017

    A Canadian man yelled “Allahu akbar” before he allegedly stabbed a police officer at the Flint, Michigan, airport in what the FBI is investigating as a terrorist act, officials said. Amor Ftouhi, 50, was charged with violence at an international airport, acting US Attorney Daniel Lemisch said in a statement. Ftouhi is accused of stabbing Lt. ...

  • €4.3m stolen in cyber attack on Meath council returned in full

    June 21, 2017

    Meath County Council yesterday had €4.3m returned in full to its bank account, after it was the subject of an attempted cyber attack over last year’s October bank holiday weekend.The council had taken legal action in Hong Kong to have the monies transferred back into its name. The council’s chairman, Gerry O’Connor, said its systems had ...

  • Honda Forced to Shut Plant After WannaCry Returns

    June 21, 2017

    Japanese carmaker Honda has admitted it was forced to briefly shut down a manufacturing plant after finding WannaCry ransomware on its network weeks after the threat first struck around the world. The firm is said to have pulled the plug at its Sayama plant on Monday after discovering a day earlier that the notorious ransomware was ...

  • Rebel bomb attack halts Colombia’s Cano Limon crude pipeline

    June 21, 2017

    A bomb attack over the weekend by the Marxist ELN rebels has halted the flow of crude along Colombia’s second largest oil pipeline, the Cano-Limon Covenas, sources from the military and state-run oil company Ecopetrol said on Tuesday. The explosion took place on Saturday in a rural area of Saravena municipality, in the province of Arauca. ...

  • Call for investment in NHS cybersecurity

    June 20, 2017

    A “massive” increase in spending is needed to prevent another “avoidable” cyber attack on NHS computer systems, an expert has warned. A ransomware attack hit 11 health boards in Scotland last month, as well as many other organisations worldwide. Prof Bill Buchanan told MSPs the attack should act as a “wake-up call” to the government and health ...

  • Transport minister calls for more security personnel following fatal incident

    June 20, 2017

    Authorities have been instructed to provide more security personnel to take care of passengers in the wake of a fatal incident at an Airport Rail Link station in the morning of 19 June. Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said the accident in which a woman passenger fell into the track at ARL Ban Thap Chang Station would ...

  • Web Hosting Company Pays $1 Million to Ransomware Hackers to Get Files Back

    June 19, 2017

    South Korean web hosting provider has agreed to pay $1 million in bitcoins to hackers after a Linux ransomware infected its 153 servers, encrypting 3,400 business websites and their data, hosted on them. According to a blog post published by NAYANA, the web hosting company, this unfortunate event happened on 10th June when ransomware malware hit ...

  • Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens exposed

    June 19, 2017

    Sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee. The 1.1 terabytes of data includes birthdates, home addresses, telephone numbers and political views of nearly 62% of the entire US population. The data was available on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server. Anyone ...

  • Car rams police van on Paris’s Champs-Élysées in ‘attempted attack’

    June 19, 2017

    A car loaded with gas canisters rammed into a police van on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris on Monday, leaving the driver dead in what the interior minister said was an “attempted attack”.According to police sources, a Kalashnikov rifle, handguns and gas bottles were later found in the deceased suspect’s vehicle. No bystanders or police ...