News – October 2017

 


  • Siemens Update Addresses Critical Vulnerability Found in Measuring Device

    October 9, 2017

    Siemens recently issued an update that addresses a vulnerability found in one of their measuring devices that could potentially allow an attacker to bypass built-in authentication measures and take control of the machine. Discovered by researcher Maxim Rupp, CVE-2017-9944affects the 7KT PAC1200 smart meter, a multichannel measuring device that allows users to monitor their energy consumption via easily installed ...

  • International Red Cross to “drastically” cut Afghan operations after attacks

    October 9, 2017

    The International Committee of the Red Cross will “drastically” cut back its operations in Afghanistan following attacks that have killed seven of its staff this year, the aid group said on Monday. The announcement underlines the deteriorating security for aid groups in Afghanistan, where the ICRC has been operating for more than 30 years and has ...

  • “Risky” lack of nuclear governance in the Asia Pacific

    October 9, 2017

    North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and the credible means to hit enemies as far away as the US, is the biggest nuclear security and safety risk in the Asia Pacific region, if not the world. But it isn’t the only one. Across much of the region, the governance arrangements that are supposed to keep nuclear ...

  • City of London ‘cyber court’ to tackle online fraud in financial sector

    October 8, 2017

    new state-of-the-art court to tackle cyber crime and fraud in the financial sector is to open in the City of London. Ministers say the court will enhance Britain’s reputation as a country where banking and finance is underpinned by the rule of law, and help the authorities tackle the growing menace of computer crime. The City of ...

  • Armed faction takes over protection of Libya’s oil and gas complex

    October 8, 2017

    An armed alliance involved in a three-week battle over the Libyan smuggling hub of Sabratha said on Saturday it had taken over protection of the Mellitah oil and gas terminal after expelling a rival group. An organisation called the Operations Room and its allies have been fighting the Anas al-Dabbashi brigade, a major facilitator of migrant ...

  • Natural History Museum crash ‘not terror-related’

    October 8, 2017

    A crash outside a London museum that injured 11 people was not terror-related, police have said. A black Toyota Prius hit the people outside the Natural History Museum in Exhibition Road, South Kensington. Video footage that emerged on Twitter showed a man, believed to be the driver, being restrained on the ground. The Metropolitan Police later said the ...

  • Terror attacks on flights remain ‘distinct possibility’

    October 8, 2017

    Successful terrorist attacks on-board flights remain a “distinct possibility,” with organisations such as Daesh and Al Qaida presenting an enduring threat to the aviation industry, experts warned on Sunday. “Despite our best efforts, successful attacks remain a distinct possibility. Aviation is an iconic and impactful target, which provides the sort of platform terrorists seek … This ...

  • Gas Station Explosion in Ghana Kills at Least 7 and Injures Over 100

    October 7, 2017

    An explosion at a gas station in Ghana’s capital killed at least seven people and injured more than 130 others on Saturday, government officials and news reports said. Videos on social media showed giant balls of flames that set the night sky aglow. According to one witness, Susan Ebetaleye, 22, a student at the University of Ghana, ...

  • Fuel security: Why the RAN should prioritise the Indo-Pacific

    October 6, 2017

    One-third of the Royal Australian Navy’s surface combatant force is committed to the wrong part of the world, at least according to James Goldrick and Andrew Shearer in an opinion piece in The Australian on Thursday. They argue there is a shift in the balance of power in the Asia Pacific (for which, read an increasingly confident and ...

  • Measuring radiation doses in mass-casualty emergencies

    October 4, 2017

    For the first time since 1981, when China deployed the DF-5 intercontinental ballistic missile, a new state has gained the capability to target the United States with a nuclear weapon. On July 4 and again on July 28, North Korea launched the Hwasong-14—a two-stage, liquid-fueled ballistic missile that demonstrated the capability to reach the continental United States. ...

  • 2013 Yahoo Breach Affected All 3 Billion Accounts

    October 4, 2017

    A massive breach of Yahoo’s systems in 2013 impacted every account in existence at the time, the company said last night in a new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Yahoo disclosed the breach last December when it revealed that it believed 1 billion accounts were compromised. Last night, the company revised that figure to 3 ...

  • Report: Healthcare Organizations Spend $12.5 Million a Year on Cybersecurity

    October 4, 2017

    Cybercrime is costing businesses, on average, $11.7 million a year, a 23 percent increase from $9.5 million in cybercrime-related spending last year. The accelerating cost of cybercrime over the past five years also means that the cost of cybercrime has increased 62 percent since 2013, according to the Ponemon Institute’s Cost of Cybercrime Study. For the report, ...

  • BT and Interpol team up to combat cyber-crime

    October 4, 2017

    BT has announced that it is the first telecommunications provider to sign an exchange data agreement with Interpol to combat global cyber-crime. The agreement was signed at the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore and provides the framework for threat information exchange focussing on data relating to cyber-space, emerging and known cyber-threats and malicious ...

  • DNV GL updates GRIDSTOR best practice guide

    October 4, 2017

    Accreditation and certification house DNV GL has just published an updated version of GRIDSTOR, a best and recommended practice guide for stakeholders in the grid-connected energy storage sector. An independent set of recommendations, which Netherlands-headquartered DNV GL said combines key standards and guidelines to assist in the safe and reliable deployment of energy storage systems, the ...

  • Police Scotland and Northumbria Police test terrorism response

    October 3, 2017

    Police forces in Scotland and England have begun a three-day counter-terrorism exercise to test the responses of the emergency services to a cross-border incident. The “live-play scenario” started with a simulated vehicle attack at the Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters at Gogarburn on Tuesday. It also will involve sites across the Lothians and Northumberland. The public may notice ...