News – October 2017

 


  • Data breach hits 30m South Africans

    October 18, 2017

    The personal information of about 30 million South Africans has been compromised. This was revealed by Australian-based IT security researcher Troy Hunt. He created the Have I been pwned? platform as a free resource for anyone to quickly assess if they may have been put at risk due to an online account of theirs having been compromised or “pwned” in a data breach. Following the ...

  • The European Commission Has Prepared a Series of New Measures Against Terrorism

    October 18, 2017

    As announced by President Juncker in his 2017 State of the Union Address, the Commission is today presenting alongside its 11th Security Union Report a set of operational and practical measures to better defend EU citizens against terrorist threats and deliver a Europe that protects. The measures aim to address vulnerabilities exposed by recent attacks and will support Member ...

  • MI5 boss Andrew Parker: UK terror threat evolving at scale never seen before

    October 17, 2017

    The UK is facing a “multidimensional threat” that is rapidly evolving “at a scale and pace we’ve not seen before”, the director general of MI5 has warned. Andrew Parker said the security service is operating at an unprecedented level and has seen “a dramatic upshift in threats this year”. “It’s at the highest tempo I’ve seen in ...

  • Fuel security and power generation in the United States: Kemp

    October 17, 2017

    “The resiliency of the nation’s electric grid is threatened by the premature retirements of power plants that can withstand major fuel supply disruptions caused by natural or man-made disasters,” the U.S. Department of Energy warned last week. Fuel security is the crux of the argument made by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry in proposing a new ...

  • TSA chief promises new vision for airport security checkpoints

    October 17, 2017

    The new head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has promised to unveil a new vision for airport security checkpoints in the coming months, with the goal of improving safety at the public spaces outside of screening areas. Speaking at a Washington conference on Tuesday, TSA Administrator David Pekoske said incidents like the deadly bombing outside ...

  • Every Wi-Fi network at risk of unprecedented ‘Krack’ hacking attack

    October 16, 2017

    Every Wi-Fi connection is potentially vulnerable to an unprecedented security flaw that allows hackers to snoop on internet traffic, researchers have revealed. The vulnerability is the first to be found in the modern encryption techniques that have been used to secure Wi-Fi networks for the last 14 years. In theory, it allows an attacker within range of ...

  • Plague outbreak leaves 57 dead, more than 680 infected in Madagascar

    October 16, 2017

    The plague outbreak in Madagascar is continuing to spread at unprecedented rates, with 57 deaths and more than 680 cases. The latest figures are from October 12. An estimated 329 of these cases, and 25 deaths, were in the capital, Antananarivo. The cases, reported by both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Bureau for Risk ...

  • DHS orders federal agencies to bolster cybersecurity with HTTPS, email authentication

    October 16, 2017

    On Monday, the US Department of Homeland Security announced a new requirement for federal agencies to employ web and email encryption to boost cybersecurity protections. At a cybersecurity roundtable hosted by the Global Cyber Alliance, Jeanette Manfra, assistant secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications at the Department of Homeland Security, issued a Binding Operational Directive (BOD) ...

  • A first in Canada: Drone collides with passenger plane above Quebec City airport

    October 15, 2017

    Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said he’s “extremely preoccupied” by an incident that saw a small drone collide with a passenger airplane above Jean Lesage airport in Quebec City on Thursday. “This should not have happened. That drone should not have been there,” he said, Garneau confirmed that the aircraft, a Skyjet plane, only sustained minor damage and said he was relieved ...

  • IT at sea makes data too easy to see: Ships are basically big floating security nightmares

    October 13, 2017

    If there’s anything worse than container security, it would appear to be container ship security. Ken Munro, a researcher for UK-based Pen Test Partners, has been exploring maritime satellite communication systems used to keep ships connected while at sea. His findings don’t inspire much confidence. Munro, in a blog post today recounting his research, describes ships as floating ...

  • Cyber games strengthen ties and technical skills

    October 12, 2017

    A cyber-attack is invisible, can be undeterred by boundaries, and extremely dangerous. The possibilities for damage are endless. Attacks can range from small annoyances to catastrophic damage to loss of life and property. Cyber security is the protection of computers, networks, programs and data from unintended or unauthorized access, change or destruction. It has been a ...

  • UK prepares legislation for Euratom exit

    October 12, 2017

    The UK government has published in parliament its Nuclear Safeguards Bill to establish a domestic nuclear safeguards regime in preparation for the country’s departure from the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). The bill was introduced to the House of Commons and given its first reading yesterday. This stage is formal and takes place without any ...

  • Activists set off fireworks at nuclear plant to uncover ‘vulnerabilities’

    October 12, 2017

    Greenpeace activists have broken into a French nuclear power station and set off fireworks to show the site’s vulnerability to attacks. The environmentalist group said its campaigners breached two security barriers before setting off the fireworks next to a spent fuel pool where radioactive rods are stored after being used. Yannick Rousselet, the head of Greenpeace’s anti-nuclear ...

  • Australia launches critical infrastructure security reforms

    October 10, 2017

    Sysadmin-in-chief of Australia’s telecommunications industry, Attorney-General George Brandis, has released plans to anoint himself in a similar role in other critical infrastructure sectors, starting with an ownership register. Australia’s government has announced a consultation into its Security of Critical Infrastructure Bill, with submissions open until November 10 2017. The proposed legislation, here, would initially cover the electricity, water, ...

  • Condom-detecting fingerprint test ‘set for court use’

    October 10, 2017

    Fingerprint technology which can detect the brand of hair gel used by a suspect or whether they have handled a condom could soon be admissible in court. The technique uses a form of mass spectrometry to detect traces of various substances within a fingerprint. It can provide “diverse information” about a suspect, including any alcohol or drug ...