News – October 2017

 


  • UK financial regulator confirms it is probing Equifax mega-breach

    October 24, 2017

    UK financial service regulators have launched an investigation into Equifax over its handling of the recent mega-breach. In a brief statement on Tuesday, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which could fine the firm or revoke its right to operate in the UK, said it was “investigating the circumstances surrounding a cybersecurity incident that led to the loss of ...

  • Can public open data help protect against biothreats?

    October 23, 2017

    At both a national and local level, open data is helping governmentsfight crime, improve public transportation and more. Could it help as an early warning system for biothreats — instances where harmful pathogens are released, deliberately or not — as well? A new Department of Homeland Security challenge posted to Challenge.gov asks data scientists, disease specialists and more to ...

  • Latest Sofacy Campaign Targeting Security Researchers

    October 23, 2017

    Sofacy, the Russian-speaking APT group connected to interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, has been targeting researchers, admins and others interested in cybersecurity. Cisco’s security research arm Talos published a report on Sunday describing a campaign linked to Sofacy, also known as Fancy Bear and APT 28 among other names, using a decoy document related to the CyCon ...

  • Insider threats to be combated in Australian airports with closer scrutiny on workers

    October 23, 2017

    Since a foiled plot in July, the Australian Government has been ramping up airport security with various measures. The latest tackle insider threats. Employees at Australian airports will soon be subjected to random searches and checks as authorities move to neutralise insider threats, ministers announced on Sunday. The measures are amendments of the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 and come as ...

  • Feds warn energy, aviation companies of hacking threats

    October 22, 2017

    Hackers have been targeting the nuclear, energy, aviation, water and critical manufacturing industries since May, according to Reuters. It’s even serious enough for Homeland Security and the FBI to email firms most at risk of attacks, warning them that a group of cyberspies had already succeeded in infiltrating some of their peers’ networks, including at least one ...

  • Outsourcing of airplane repair jobs imperils airline industry and national security, aviation expert says

    October 20, 2017

    Last week, more than 200 American Airlines mechanics – many of them based at LaGuardia and JFK Airports – rallied in Times Square with other Transport Workers Union members to protest the possible outsourcing and offshoring of their jobs. Before I became a journalist specializing in airlines, I was an operations manager and licensed dispatcher who spent years ...

  • Air travellers could benefit from portable bag screening technology in future

    October 20, 2017

    Companies and universities are being encouraged to bid for a share of £3 million for innovative research in detecting concealed explosives. A Government fund to revolutionise airport screening could mean hand luggage is checked as passengers walk through duty free shops. Companies and universities are being encouraged to bid for a share of £3 million for innovative ...

  • Terrorist groups planning another 9/11-style attack, top US official warns

    October 19, 2017

    slamic State and other terrorist groups are planning to target aircraft as they aim to carry out another major attack on the scale of 9/11, a top US security official has said. Elaine Duke, acting US Homeland Security Secretary, said the groups were using smaller attacks to raise money and “keep their members engaged”. “The threat is still ...

  • FERC proposes new cyber controls for power grid

    October 19, 2017

    The federal entity responsible for regulating the energy sector on Thursday proposed new rules to enhance the cybersecurity of the U.S. electric grid, including those aimed at addressing risks posed by malware. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) outlined new proposed security management controls for operators of electric grid systems aimed at enhancing “the reliability and resilience of ...

  • NATO Deputy Secretary General attends Cyber Security Conference

    October 19, 2017

    NATO Deputy Secretary General, Rose Gottemoeller, spoke of the vital importance of cyber defence when she addressed industry experts at the NATO Information Assurance Symposium (NIAS) Cyber Conference today (19 October 2017) in Mons, Belgium. “Cyber-attacks are serious.  They have the potential to undermine NATO’s missions around the world and to hamper our ability to deliver ...

  • Uganda Confirms 1 Death From Ebola-like Marburg Virus

    October 19, 2017

     Uganda’s ministry of health confirmed Thursday that one person has died of Marburg hemorrhagic fever, a close relative of the Ebola virus. Surveillance teams have deployed to the affected district in the eastern part of the country to contain the outbreak. Uganda’s Ministry of Health says one of the two suspected cases of Marburg virus disease ...

  • US-CERT study predicts machine learning, transport systems to become security risks

    October 19, 2017

    The Carnegie-Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute has nominated transport systems, machine learning, and smart robots as needing better cyber-security risk and threat analysis. That advice comes in the institute’s third Emerging Technology Domains Risk Survey, a project it has handled for the US Department of Homeland Security’s US-CERT since 2015. The surveys are cumulative, meaning any ...

  • Afghan army base destroyed by Taliban suicide bombers

    October 19, 2017

    At least 43 Afghan soldiers have been killed after two suicide bombers in Humvee trucks targeted a military base in the southern province of Kandahar. Nine others were wounded and six were missing, the defence ministry said. Ten militants were also said to have died. The attack, which happened in the Chashmo area of Maiwand district, is ...

  • ‘Mafia’ blows doors off police station in Helsingborg

    October 18, 2017

    An organised crime group is believed to be behind an explosion that blew the doors off a police station in Sweden. The blast, in the early hours of Wednesday, caused severe damage to the main police offices in Helsingborg and houses opposite. Images showed glass scattered across a wide area, doors missing and the roof above the ...

  • New Organisation Aims To Strengthen Global Border Security

    October 18, 2017

    London, UK: – A former UK Border Force head is behind a new organisation that aims to strengthen border management globally. The International Border Management and Technologies Association (IBMATA) is the brainchild of Tony Smith, who also led the UK government’s border security programme for London 2012 which saw three million athletes, coaches, spectators and officials processed at ...