News – June 2017

 


  • Bomber jailed for targeting police in Belfast attack

    June 19, 2017

    A woman who posed as a model to entrap a man into participating in a plot to kill police officers in a bomb attack has been jailed for 16 years. Christine Connor used a fake online profile to indoctrinate Stuart Downes with her views, a judge said. Using a fictitious name and a picture of Swedish model ...

  • Van driven into worshippers near Finsbury Park Mosque in London

    June 19, 2017

    Theresa May has vowed that “hatred and evil” of the kind seen in the terror attack on a north London mosque that left one man dead and injured eight others will never succeed, as police promised to provide extra patrols during Ramadan. She made her pledge as more details emerged about the suspect in the Finsbury ...

  • Suspected jihadists attack resort outside Mali’s capital

    June 18, 2017

    Suspected jihadists attacked a hotel resort Sunday in Mali’s capital, taking hostages at a spot popular with foreigners on the weekends. The number of casualties was unclear in the assault, which continued into the evening, authorities said. Gunfire first rang out at the Campement Kangaba on the outskirts of Bamako in the late afternoon, according to ...

  • Man held by police outside Parliament

    June 16, 2017

    A man was brought down with a Taser outside the Palace of Westminster after he reached for a knife when approached by officers, Scotland Yard has said. A bearded man, wearing black trousers and a grey sweatshirt, was seen being held against the fence with his arms behind his back by a police officer. Police said the ...

  • University College London Suffers Major Ransomware Attack

    June 16, 2017

    The University College London (UCL) has been hit by a major ransomware attack on June 15, with the infection reaching personal and shared drives in the network. UCL admins explained in updates posted on the official website that the infection was most likely possible because of a zero-day, pointing out that antivirus systems failed to detect ...

  • Brit hacker admits he siphoned info from US military satellite network

    June 16, 2017

    A UK-based computer hacker has admitted stealing hundreds of usernames and email addresses from a US military communications system. Sean Caffrey, 25, of Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands, broke in and pinched the ranks, usernames and email addresses of more than 800 users of a satellite communications system and of about 30,000 satellite phones, back ...

  • Saab to boost security for Australian government agencies

    June 16, 2017

    Defence and security company Saab has been awarded a contract to enhance security measures at strategic Australian Government facilities under a transformation project in response to increased threats. Under the contract Saab Australia will deliver an integrated security system which will monitor, identify and communicate threats, protecting public servants working in an increasingly volatile environment. “Integrated security ...

  • ISIS is planning new wave of attacks on Europe with explosives-laden drones and female jihadis, EU law enforcement agency warns

    June 15, 2017

    Europe’s top law enforcement agency says explosives that mimic those used in Syria and Iraq are a leading threat to the European Union, along with returning fighters and would-be jihadis blocked from traveling to the war zone. In a report Thursday summarizing trends from 2016 , Europol says Islamic extremists bent on attacking Europe are trending ...

  • Lagos airport gets new anti-explosive machines

    June 15, 2017

    The Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, has received a new set of anti-explosives and narcotic baggage scanning machines as part of efforts to boost safety and security of airlines, passengers and other users of the airport. Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Saleh Dunoma, who stated this on Wednesday said the ...

  • TSA, American Airlines Testing New State-of-the-Art Screening Technology

    June 15, 2017

    For the first time ever, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), working collaboratively with American Airlines, is testing a computed tomography (CT) scanner in one checkpoint lane of Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). CT checkpoint scanning equipment aims to enhance threat detection capabilities by providing a 3-D image that can be viewed and ...

  • Banks could be stung for €5bn under GDPR, screams latest report on industry readiness

    June 15, 2017

    European banks could face fines totalling €4.7bn in the three years after General Data Protection Regulation comes into force, according to a report from data security solutions firm AllClear ID. The latest in a string of sales pitches reports on businesses’ preparedness for GDPR to land in The Reg‘s inbox says that banks are not properly ...

  • Inside Colombia’s Multimillion-Dollar Black Market Explosives Trade

    June 14, 2017

    Colombia’s flourishing gold illegal mining business requires explosives, many of which are sourced illicitly. This essential yet overlooked trade has opened the door for powerful criminal bosses to forge a lucrative black market that involves a large cast of characters, including assassins, legal mining companies and even the Colombian army. In Segovia, a few hours north ...

  • Internal Audit’s Critical Role in Cybersecurity

    June 14, 2017

    In an ideal world, cybersecurity plans are well-designed, routinely tested, and executed flawlessly. Everyone knows their role and follows the policies and practices designed to protect the organization from shadowy evil-doers lurking in the ether. Boards and management are quick to recognize changes in risk and technology, and promptly act to modify plans, as needed. Cybersecurity ...

  • Microsoft Issues Updates for 96 Vulnerabilities You Need to Patch this Month

    June 14, 2017

    As part of June’s Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has released security patches for a total of 96 security vulnerabilities across its products, including fixes for two vulnerabilities being actively exploited in the wild. This month’s patch release also includes emergency patches for unsupported versions of Windows platform the company no longer officially supports to fix three Windows ...

  • Finnish security service raises terrorism threat level

    June 14, 2017

    The Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo) raised its threat level on Wednesday, saying it had become aware of more serious terrorism-related projects and plans in Finland. “The most significant terrorist threat in Finland is still posed by individual actors or small groups motivated by radical Islamist propaganda or terrorist organizations encouraging them”, Supo said in a ...