News – May 2018


  • Banks Launch Fraud Repayment Scheme

    May 28, 2019

    A new voluntary reimbursement scheme for consumers tricked into authorising scam payments came into force on Monday, but several major banks have so far declined to join the programme. Fraud such as “authorised push payment” (APP) scams are on the rise, and increasingly make use of social media and information available via the internet to make the swindles difficult ...

  • Gunman with Islamist links kills three in Belgian city

    May 30, 2018

    Belgian police were Wednesday investigating how a gunman on their own watchlist for contacts with Islamist extremists came to launch a brazen suspected terror attack, shooting dead two female officers with their own weapons before killing a bystander. The bloodshed in the eastern industrial city of Liege began around 10:30 am (0830 GMT) Tuesday when the ...

  • Three U.S. Nuclear Plants Get Poor Marks from NRC

    May 30, 2018

    Officials with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) plan to hold a public hearing May 31 on the safety record of the Arkansas Nuclear One power plant in Arkansas, whose two units are among three cited by the agency for poor performance and other problems in its annual assessment of the nation’s nuclear fleet. The Pilgrim ...

  • Canadian Banks Rocked By Data Theft Of 90,000 Customers

    May 29, 2018

    Financial institutions in Canada have come under a significant cyber attack after hackers claimed to have stolen data belonging to thousands of customers. The hackers reportedly said they stolen data of nearly 90,000 customers from two Canadian banks, namely Bank of Montreal (Canada’s fourth biggest lender) and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (Canada’s fifth biggest lender). Read ...

  • We need to be better at balancing national security and Chinese investment

    May 28, 2018

    Last week, the Canadian government rejected the takeover of Aecon Group Inc. – a major construction firm that contributes to the building of critical infrastructure in Canada – by China Communications Construction Co. Ltd, a state-owned infrastructure firm. This was the correct decision, albeit surely a difficult one that had to balance Canada’s need for ...

  • DNV GL launches cyber security recommended practice

    May 25, 2018

    DNV GL has published a ‘recommended practice on cyber security’ for the oil and gas industry, looking at ‘operational technology’ – such as control and automation systems. The recommended practice addresses how oil and gas companies, together with system integrators and vendors, can manage the cyber threat. Read more… Source: Digital Energy Journal   Read more… Source:    

  • UK Government slammed for ‘unacceptable’ facial recognition delays

    May 25, 2018

    The government’s approach to a High Court ruling regarding facial recognition technology has been slammed as “unacceptable” by MPs. As revealed by Sky News last year, police in the UK have amassed the facial images of more than 20 million people, including hundreds of thousands of innocent citizens. Read more… Source:  Sky News  

  • Over a dozen vulnerabilities uncovered in BMW vehicles

    May 23, 2018

    Tencent’s Keen Security Lab has revealed a number of vulnerabilities in the onboard compute systems of select BMW vehicles. Between January 2017 and February 2018, Tencent Keen Security Lab researchers conducted tests with various BMW models, with a focus on the head unit and T-Box components. After 13 months of research, the team discovered 14 vulnerabilities which ...

  • Spring 2018 edition of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Review magazine is now available to read online and in print

    May 22, 2018

    Articles, in-depth analysis and insights from U.K. Civil Aviation Authority, Hungarian Ministry of Defence, Brazilian Information Technology Center Renato Archer and more. To view contents please visit the following link: Critical Infrastructure Protection Review Spring 2018 – contents pages or subscribe here. We would like to thank all organisations and authors of the articles for their support and ...

  • Revealed: Pentagon Push to Hack Nuke Missiles Before They Launch

    May 22, 2018

    The Pentagon has embraced a controversial policy of destroying enemy nuclear missiles before they launch, an internal policy document from May 2017 shows. It’s an effort that appears to include executing cyberattacks against missile control systems or components. The Pentagon document does not name adversaries. But experts who reviewed it for The Daily Beast considered it ...

  • Radiation monitors in Fukushima to be scrapped after malfunctioning to the tune of ¥500 million a year

    May 21, 2018

    The thousands of radiation-monitoring posts installed in Fukushima Prefecture after the 2011 nuclear crisis have malfunctioned nearly 4,000 times, sources said Sunday as the Nuclear Regulation Authority prepares to remove them after spending ¥500 million a year on repair costs. “It’s all about the budget in the end. They can’t reuse the devices and there seem ...

  • RAF to ‘protect and defend’ UK space assets

    May 21, 2018

    Space isn’t just about what happens up there, near the stars – it is about what happens down here, on the ground. Like cyber, we’ve all become entirely reliant on it without really realising. Mobile phones, navigation, weather forecasts, you name it; the life-enhancing technology that we all now take for granted is only possible because of ...

  • Incurable ‘bat virus’ Nipah sparks alert in India’s Kerala state

    May 21, 2018

    A deadly virus that causes fever, vomiting and convulsions – and for which there is no vaccine – has sparked a health alert in India. Nipah is mainly carried by fruit bats and has a mortality rate of around 75%. It can also be passed on by pigs and from human-to-human contact and can lead to coma ...

  • Breaches in the USA and Denmark cast a further spotlight on cyber security in the rail industry.

    May 21, 2018

    Cyber security (or lack of…) has been one of the most consistent themes running through business news stories these recent years. Elements of rail and metro have been slow to wake up to the threat, but two events from last week, have reiterated the importance of a robust and updated cyber-security for both operational and ...

  • Defense Ministry to outsource cybersecurity work to private sector

    May 20, 2018

    The Defense Ministry is set to outsource part of its cybersecurity operations to the private sector to bypass training needs for its own staff, sources close to the ministry say. The move comes amid intense competition with friendly and other nations to develop capabilities that allow them to enter foreign systems while also addressing the growing ...