News – November 2017

 


  • UK emergency services get major mobile upgrade

    November 24, 2017

    The UK’s emergency services are set to benefit from a major upgrade in their communications network. The Home Office has revealed that it has contracted Samsung to supply and upgrade the smartphones and all other accessories used by the police, fire, ambulance and other public safety users across the UK. Under the terms of the deal, Samsung will provide ...

  • Egypt mosque attack: Hundreds killed in bomb and gun assault

    November 24, 2017

    At least 235 people have been killed and dozens more injured after a suspected Islamic State bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt. The country’s government has declared three days of mourning following the assault on al-Rawdah mosque on Friday afternoon – one of the deadliest attacks in Egypt’s modern history – which has ...

  • HP patches severe code execution bug in enterprise printers

    November 23, 2017

    HP has issued firmware patches to fix a security flaw which allowed attackers to perform remote code execution attacks on enterprise-grade printers. FoxGlove Security researchers issued an advisory disclosing the technical details of the bug, CVE-2017-2750, earlier this week. The team tested out HP’s PageWide Enterprise Color MFP 586 and the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553 models, and found they ...

  • Uber concealed huge data breach

    November 21, 2017

    Uber concealed a hack that affected 57 million customers and drivers, the company has confirmed. The 2016 breach was hidden by the ride-sharing firm which paid hackers $100,000 (£75,000) to delete the data. The company’s former chief executive Travis Kalanick knew about the breach over a year ago, according to Bloomberg, which first broke the news. The hackers ...

  • Germany Arrests 6 Syrian Migrants Suspected of ISIS Links

    November 21, 2017

    The police in Germany arrested six Syrian migrants on Tuesday, suspected of plotting an attack and having links to the Islamic State, fanning fears that extremists posing as refugees were targeting Europe. Millions of refugees, buffeted by conflict and civil war, have streamed into Europe in recent years, including an estimated one million who came to ...

  • Russia denies nuclear accident after radioactive traces found

    November 21, 2017

    Russia says a nuclear accident has not occurred on its territory despite “extremely high” traces of a radioactive isotope being found. Russia’s weather service acknowledged it had measured pollution of ruthenium-106 at 1,000 times normal levels in the Ural mountains. It said there was no health risk. The announcement appeared to confirm a report by France’s nuclear safety ...

  • Container ship loading plans are ‘easily hackable’

    November 20, 2017

    Security researchers have warned that it might be possible to destabilise a container ship by manipulating the vessel stowage plan or “Bay Plan”. The issue stems from the absence of security in BAPLIE EDIFACT, a messaging system used to create ship loading and container stowage plans – for example which locations are occupied and which are ...

  • Six Years After Fukushima, Robots Finally Find Reactors’ Melted Uranium Fuel

    November 19, 2017

    Four engineers hunched before a bank of monitors, one holding what looked like a game controller. They had spent a month training for what they were about to do: pilot a small robot into the contaminated heart of the ruined Fukushima nuclear plant. Earlier robots had failed, getting caught on debris or suffering circuit malfunctions from excess ...

  • Pentagon contractor leaves social media spy archive wide open on Amazon

    November 18, 2017

    A Pentagon contractor left a vast archive of social-media posts on a publicly accessible Amazon account in what appears to be a military-sponsored intelligence-gathering operation that targeted people in the US and other parts of the world. The three cloud-based storage buckets contained at least 1.8 billion scraped online posts spanning eight years, researchers from security ...

  • Lloyds Avios credit card customers experience spate of fraud

    November 17, 2017

    Lloyds Avios Rewards credit card customers have reported a spate of fraudulent activity and cardholders are being urged to check their statements in case they too have fallen victim. The Lloyds cards, which give users Avios points when they sign up and in relation to their spending, appear to have been used in a number of fraudulent ...

  • Joint EU-U.S. statement following the EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

    November 17, 2017

    On 17 November 2017, the EU-U.S. Ministerial Meeting on Justice and Home Affairs took place in Washington, D.C. The meeting reaffirmed the importance of the long standing partnership between the United States of America and the European Union in addressing common threats to security, and of practical outcomes of this cooperation. The European Union was represented ...

  • Royal Navy deployed to 500lb German WWII bomb near major gas pipeline in the North Sea

    November 17, 2017

    A 500lb wartime bomb has been destroyed after being dropped “dangerously close” to a major gas pipeline by a fishing boat that had dredged it up from the seabed. The explosive, dropped by German bombers during the Second World War, was hauled out of the water by a Dutch trawlerman after it got caught in his ...

  • 3D scanners can ‘digitally unpack’ carry-ons and transform airport checkpoints with better, faster security

    November 16, 2017

    Technology used in the medical field for years may soon revolutionize screening of carry-on bags at airports — bolstering security while dramatically cutting bottlenecks at checkpoints — with an expansion of testing planned for New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport early next year. Computed-tomography (CT) machines being tested at airports in Phoenix and Boston allow Transportation Security Administration ...

  • Suicide Bomber in Kabul Kills at Least 8 Afghan Officers

    November 16, 2017

    At least eight police officers, including a commander, and three civilians were killed when a suicide bomber tried to enter a wedding hall in central Kabul on Thursday, Afghan officials said. Police officers spotted the bomber at the gate of the compound, said a police spokesman, Basir Mujahed. The commander, Lt. Sayed Basam Pacha, threw his ...

  • Armed security guards to be deployed in planes in Turkey

    November 16, 2017

    Armed security guards will be deployed in planes flying to and from Turkey as a precaution against terror attacks, according to law that was recently passed by the Turkish Parliament, daily Habertürk has reported. After receiving special training, the guards will be deployed in flights identified as particularly risky, as part of a joint initiative of ...