News – June 2020

 


  • UK Government admits its Test and Trace programme is unlawful

    July 20, 2020

    The government has admitted its contact tracing programme is unlawful in a legal letter which confirms it has been running in breach of data protection laws since it was launched in May. Confirmation the programme failed to adhere to privacy regulations comes as Sky News can reveal that contractors working for NHS Test and Trace have ...

  • New swine flu with pandemic potential identified by China researchers

    June 30, 2020

    Researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic, according to a study in the US science journal PNAS, although experts said there is no imminent threat. Named G4, it is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused a pandemic in 2009. It possesses “all the essential ...

  • UK: Schools, offices and hospitals told to prepare for terrorist attacks

    June 28, 2020

    Schools, offices, hospitals and other public places have been urged to prepare for terrorist attacks. The Home Office has republished advice urging various locations to rehearse their responses to what it calls marauding terror attacks. Such attacks are categorised as ‘fast-moving and violent’, with assailants moving through a location aiming to kill or injure as many people ...

  • UK: ‘Three people stabbed to death’ in Glasgow city centre

    June 26, 2020

    Three people are believed to have been stabbed to death in a stairwell to a hotel in Glasgow city centre. It is understood that a suspect was shot dead by police. The Scottish Police Federation have confirmed a police officer was stabbed. Armed police remain at the scene outside the Park Inn in West George Street. A statement ...

  • Lithuania: Explosion in Vilnius was planned during daytime with people around

    June 26, 2020

    The bomb placed at the building housing international company in Vilnius last October did not go off but it could have caused major damage to the building and injured many people, Rolandas Kiskis, chief of Lithuania’s criminal police, says. The suspect planned to detonate the bomb during daytime with many people in the building. According to Kiskis, ...

  • London: 22 officers injured and police cars smashed after street party in Brixton

    June 25, 2020

    Twenty-two officers have been injured and police cars smashed up during “significant disorder” following a street party in Brixton overnight. Footage on social media showed a line of police retreating from crowds of people running at them with makeshift weapons on Overton Road near the Angell Town estate in Brixton on Wednesday night. Police said they were ...

  • UK DASA: Competition document – Countering Drones – Finding and neutralising small UAS threats Phase 2 [Update]

    June 24, 2020

    This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals that can develop the technology needed to counter Unmanned Air Systems (C-UAS) and demonstrate how these can be integrated together to form a capable system. Please note this is the second phase of funding for a multi-phase competition. It is not compulsory to have been involved ...

  • US soldier plotted with Satanic neo-Nazis to ambush his own unit overseas, feds say

    June 23, 2020

    A U.S. soldier assigned to an installation in Europe has been charged with trying to plan a deadly ambush on members of his own unit during an upcoming deployment with the help of an “occult-based neo-Nazi” group known as the “Order of the Nine Angles,” according to an indictment unsealed Monday. Pvt. Ethan P. Melzer, 22, confessed to plotting what ...

  • European Union Terrorism Situation And Trend Report (TE-SAT) 2020

    June 23, 2020

    Terrorists’ ultimate goal is to undermine our societies and our democratic political systems. Terrorism generates fear, empowers political extremes and polarises societies.  Europol’s EU Terrorism Situation and Trend report (TE-SAT), pulls together facts and figures on terrorist attacks and arrests in the EU in 2019: A total of 119 foiled, failed and completed terrorist attacks were reported ...

  • COVID-19: WHO reports record daily global case increase as known infections pass 8.9m

    June 22, 2020

    Concerns that Donald Trump’s inner circle might pressure the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to rush a coronavirus vaccine to market in time for the presidential election have risen after the White House attacked the agency for reversing itself on an experimental drug treatment. Critics say that the FDA’s decision in April to approve hydroxychloroquine for emergency use – an ...

  • UK: Reading stabbing attack suspect Khairi Saadallah known to MI5 – sources

    June 22, 2020

    The man held on suspicion of killing three people at a park in Reading was known to MI5, security sources say. Khairi Saadallah, 25, from the town, was arrested on Saturday and police say they are not looking for anyone else over the terror incident. Sources told the BBC he is originally from Libya and came to ...

  • BlueLeaks: Data from 200 US police departments & fusion centers published online

    June 22, 2020

    The files, dubbed BlueLeaks, have been published by Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets), a group that describes itself as a “transparency collective.” The data has been made available online on a searchable portal. According to the BlueLeaks portal, the leaked data contains more than one million files, such as scanned documents, videos, emails, audio files, and more. DDoSecrets ...

  • UK: NHS COVID-19 app developers ‘tried to block rival symptom trackers’

    June 20, 2020

    NHSX, the health service technology unit responsible for the government’s failed contact-tracing app, attempted to block rival apps to protect its own, hampering efforts to track the early spread of the coronavirus. Developers of several apps were urged to stop work by either NHSX or the Ministry of Defence, who told them their apps might distract ...

  • Grissom Airmen undergo Hazardous Materials training

    June 19, 2020

    GRISSOM AIR RESERVE BASE — Grissom Airmen from the 434th Civil Engineering Squadron recently underwent a hazardous material training exercise. Hazardous materials are a fact of life on any Air Force base, but with proper care and safety measures, the risk they pose can be greatly mitigated. For CE, it’s important to have a plan in ...

  • Former DIA Analyst Sentenced to Prison Over Data Leak

    June 19, 2020

    A former analyst for the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after sharing highly classified, national defense intelligence with two reporters. The sentencing comes after the 32-year-old analyst, Henry Kyle Frese, pleaded guilty in February to leaking the data, regarding foreign countries’ weapons systems, in 2018 and 2019. ...