News – March 2020

 


  • Nasty phishing scams aim to exploit coronavirus fears

    March 6, 2020

    Cyber criminals are aiming to take advantage of fears over coronavirus as a means of conducting phishing attacks and spreading malware, along with stealing login credentials and credit card details. Cybersecurity companies have identified a number of campaigns by hackers who are attempting to exploit concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak for their own criminal ends. Crooks often use ...

  • UK: Bomb squad called and two held after suspicious device found in car in Luton

    March 6, 2020

    Two men have been arrested after a suspicious device was found in a car in Luton, Bedfordshire. Bomb disposal experts were sent to the scene and the device was later deemed to be not viable. Police were called to the incident at about 7.20am on Friday over concern for a man in a car. A bomb disposal team ...

  • Gunmen storm memorial ceremony in Kabul city on Friday

    March 6, 2020

    Gunshots disrupted the memorial ceremony of Abdul Ali Mazari, a renowned Hazara leader on Friday morning while Mohammad Karim Khalili was delivering a speech. Key politicians including Abdullah Abdullah, Haji Mohammad Mohaqeq and Mohammad Karimi Khalili managed to escape the site without harm, however, the incident have left many killed or injured, eyewitnesses said. Wahidullah Mayar, a ...

  • Tunisia explosion: Suspected suicide bomber blows themselves up outside US embassy

    March 6, 2020

    A suspected suicide bomber has blown himself up near the US embassy in Tunisia, according to reports. The blast is believed to have occurred 150 metres away from the walls of the embassy in the capital Tunis. Pictures from the scene show the wreckage of a vehicle with debris scattered across a road block. It is not yet ...

  • Metropolitan police officer arrested in right-wing terror probe

    March 5, 2020

    The arrest of a serving Metropolitan Police officer relates to the outlawed neo-Nazi group National Action, it is understood. Counter-terrorism officers arrested the 21-year-old police constable in north London. He is being held on suspicion of membership of a proscribed organisation linked to right-wing terrorism, the Met said. Read more… Source: BBC News  

  • Chinese hackers use decade-old Bisonal Trojan in cyberespionage campaigns

    March 5, 2020

    Chinese cyberattackers continue to improve and deploy a decade-old Remote Access Trojan (RAT) in ongoing campaigns against Russian, Japanese, and South Korean targets. On Thursday, researchers from Cisco Talos said that the Bisonal RAT is an unusual sample of malware that has been improved, rolled back, and refined over a period of 10 years, an uncommon practice by ...

  • US government agencies have shadow IT infrastructure problem, cybersecurity risks, says GAO

    March 5, 2020

    Federal agencies are facing increasing cybersecurity risks due to a bevy of IT facilities aren’t being tracked as full-fledged data centers, according to a General Accountability Office report. As noted previously, federal agencies have been consolidating and closing data centers over the years, but a narrower definition of what facilities should fall under an optimization program means that ...

  • UK: Boots halts Advantage Card payments after cyber-attack

    March 5, 2020

    Boots has suspended payments using loyalty points in shops and online after attempts to break into customers’ accounts using stolen passwords. Customers will not be able to use Boots Advantage Card points to pay for products while the issue is dealt with. Boots said none of its own systems were compromised, but attackers had tried to access ...

  • Virgin Media admits breach exposed 900,000 customers’ personal information after database was left unsecured for ten months

    March 5, 2020

    The personal information of 900,000 Virgin Media customers was left exposed online for 10 months enabling a third-party to access the data, it has emerged. The company said the breach did not happen due to a hack but occurred because its database was incorrectly configured, allowing unauthorised access. The information in the database did not include passwords ...

  • Yemen: The Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen Thwarted a Terrorist Attack Targeting an Oil Tanker in the Arabian Sea

    March 4, 2020

    Statement by the Official Spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen COL Turki Al-Malki “An imminent terrorist attack that was aiming to target an oil tanker in the Arabian Sea 90 nautical miles Southeast of Yemeni Nishtun port was thwarted and foiled. The failed terrorist attempt was carried out at (1439) on Tuesday 03 March ...

  • WHO Technical Brief: Water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for COVID-19 – 3 March 2020

    March 3, 2020

    In late 2019, an acute respiratory disease, known as COVID-19, emerged. The pathogen responsible for COVID-19 is severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2, also referred to as the COVID-19 virus), a member of the coronavirus family. In response to the growing spread of COVID-19, WHO has published a number of technical guidance documents on ...

  • Bangladesh: ‘New Neo JMB cell behind remote bomb’

    March 3, 2020

    The Improvised Explosives Device that went off at a traffic police box in Chattogram’s Sholoshahar on Friday was detonated by remote control. A separate cell of the IS-inspired militant outfit Neo JMB carried out the attack. The IED was powerful enough to kill people, officers said. “The IED made by the outfit was equipped with a remote ...

  • WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation report – 43

    March 3, 2020

    Eight new Member States (Andorra, Jordan, Latvia, Morocco, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, and Tunisia) reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. The increase of COVID-19 cases in the Eastern Mediterranean Region is of great concern. The WHO Regional Director of the Eastern Mediterranean region reiterated the need to enhance surveillance and response activities, and ...