News – June 2018

 


  • TSA: Fliers will face more scrutiny for powders in carry-on bags

    June 19, 2018

    The Transportation Security Administration began scrutinizing containers of powders in fliers’ carry-on bags last summer as part of a broader security push, and will soon ask foreign airports that send flights directly to the U.S. to do the same. The focus is on containers holding at least 350 milliliters of powder, which is about the size of a ...

  • Huawei pushes 5G cybersecurity with Australian government

    June 17, 2018

    Chinese networking giant Huawei has published a letter it is sending to Australian members of Parliament this week, claiming recent comments made about national security concerns are “ill informed and not based on facts”. Pointing out that Huawei is now Australia’s largest wireless technology provider, the letter from Huawei Australia’s board says half of all people ...

  • India-Japan Talks To Focus On Defence And Security

    June 17, 2018

    India and Japan will hold their ‘2+2’ dialogue this week with the participation of foreign and defence secretaries of both countries as the bilateral focus shifts slightly from infrastructure and economy to defence and security. The defence secretaries are expected to meet on Monday, with the ‘2+2’ scheduled for Tuesday. India and Japan may hold their ...

  • Employee suffers radiation exposure at controversial Idaho nuclear waste site

    June 16, 2018

    A worker was exposed to dangerously high levels of radiation after an accident on June 5 at a Department of Energy facility in Idaho where there have been multiple accidents in recent years. The June incident was not publicly disclosed at the time by the government or by Fluor Idaho, the contractor that runs the ...

  • PLATINUM SECURITY EXHIBITION – 10-12 April 2019: International Exhibition for Private Sector

    June 15, 2018

    The world private security market is growing rapidly. Faced with the rise of malicious acts, and growing insecurity, players in the field (businesses, high-end shops, luxury infrastructure, personalities, …) need to secure their properties and their spaces. Thousands of sites are to be equipped and the needs in new or proven technologies are real. Platinum ...

  • Gloucester Police Fined For Disclosing Victim Details In Bulk Email

    June 15, 2018

    An officer failed to activate the ‘BCC’ function in a bulk email, landing the force a £80,000 penalty The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Gloucester Police £80,000 after it inadvertently identified child abuse victims in a bulk email. The case is one of the few that are still being dealt with under the provisions of the ...

  • Nepal: IED blast at India-developed hydropower project; no casualties

    June 14, 2018

    A bomb exploded at the office of a major hydropower project being constructed with Indian assistance in Nepal, the second such incident at the facility in over a month. An unidentified group exploded an improvised explosive device in the office of Arun III hydropower in Tumlingtar, nearly 500 km from Kathmandu on Thursday. The explosion did not ...

  • Pentagon suspends commercial drone purchases and use

    June 13, 2018

    The commercial quadcopter is a small computer with rotors. Cheap, versatile, and adapted for everything from peacetime wedding photography to battlefield improvised explosive device, quadcopters open up the possibility of aerial scouting and attacks to any military, uniformed or otherwise, with a few hundred dollars and the ability to charge batteries. Behind that low cost is ...

  • Eight tonne cache of explosives seized by Afghan authorities on Pakistan border

    June 12, 2018

    A huge cache of explosive materials was discovered by Afghan security forces in a vegetable truck crossing from Pakistan, in one of the largest ever finds. Intelligence officers found nearly eight tonnes of ammonium nitrate – the chemical widely used in making explosives – hidden beneath sacks of vegetables on the vehicle at the Torkham border crossing, at the ...

  • US seeks to head off new terrorist threats against air cargo

    June 11, 2018

    US security officials have uncovered specific cargo-related terrorist threats against US-bound aircraft, prompting the customs agency to tighten requirements related to air cargo reporting. “ has received specific, classified intelligence that certain terrorist organisations seek to exploit vulnerabilities in international air cargo security,” the agency says in a new rule made public ...

  • China blamed for data theft from US Navy contractor

    June 11, 2018

    China is being blamed for a cyberattack on a US Navy contractor which has led to the theft of sensitive military information. As reported by The Washington Post, US officials have claimed that up to 614 Gigabytes of information was stolen, including signal and sensor data, as well as submarine radio information relating to cryptographic systems. Plans for ...

  • Maritime navigation hack has potential to wreak havoc in English channel

    June 8, 2018

    A researcher has warned that threat actors are able to compromise common maritime navigation systems to potentially cause chaos in the shipping industry. As reported by the BBC, security researcher Ken Munro from Pen Test Partners has discovered that a ship navigation system called the Electronic Chart Display (Ecdis) can be compromised, potentially to disasterous effect Read more… Source: ...

  • Cybersecurity agency hopes for 24/7 crisis response centre in Brussels

    June 7, 2018

    The EU cybersecurity agency ENISA wants to open its first Brussels office by mid-2019 to manage major crises around the clock. As cybersecurity threats grow and threaten to knock out businesses, government offices and infrastructure like energy grids or hospitals, ENISA is pushing to move a handful of experts from its Athens office to staff up ...

  • UK meeting milestones for Euratom exit

    June 7, 2018

    The Nuclear Safeguards Bill has become one of the first pieces of legislation addressing the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union to complete its passage through Parliament. The Bill, which will shortly become an Act, addresses the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), an international organisation that governs the peaceful use of nuclear ...

  • The damage from Atlanta’s huge cyberattack is even worse than the city first thought

    June 7, 2018

    More than two months after a cyberattack hobbled many of its critical municipal systems, the city of Atlanta is still sorting through the wreckage of what is likely the worst cyberattack targeting a U.S. city to date. On March 22, Atlanta’s connected systems city-wide were hit with a ransomware message locking their respective files and demanding an ...