News – October 2019

 


  • French nuclear plant gets green light but watchdog says severe risks remain

    October 7, 2019

    The Bugey Nuclear Power Plant, 35 kilometers west of Lyon, “has improved preparedness for evacuation of personnel” in case of a radioactive lead, enhanced its “handling of hazardous chemical substances,” improved “maintenance activities,” according to the IAEA statement. But the main problem – the fact that the plant was built in 1979 and reaching the end of its life ...

  • Energy to Launch $5.5M Artificial Intelligence Research Center

    October 7, 2019

    The Energy Department unveiled plans to launch a $5.5 million research center that will bring together top thinkers from three federal and academic institutions to solve some of the world’s most complex challenges in artificial intelligence. Researchers from Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Georgia Institute of Technology will join forces in the newly ...

  • Alabama Hospitals Pay Up in Ransomware Attack

    October 7, 2019

    An Alabama hospital system has paid its attackers in a ransomware attack that knocked its systems offline on Oct. 1. Officials at the DCH Health System didn’t say how much the hospitals paid for the decryption key, but noted that they have started a “methodical” process of system restoration. “We have been using our own DCH backup ...

  • Iran taking legal action on U.S. cyber-attacks: general

    October 6, 2019

    The Foreign Ministry has been taking legal actions against the United States over its cyber-attacks against Iran, says Head of the Civil Defense Organization Gholam Reza Jalali. “The Americans have had many cyber threats and measures against our country,” Brigadier General Jalali said, Tasnim reported on Sunday. “Naturally, legal consequences awaits them, which the legal section of ...

  • US to help secure Baltic energy grid against cyber attacks

    October 6, 2019

    The United States and Baltic states on Sunday agreed to beef up cooperation to protect the Baltic energy grid from cyber attacks as they disconnect from the Russian electricity grid. US Energy Secretary Rick Perry and his Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian counterparts termed the agreement “a critical moment for the Baltic States in strengthening cybersecurity” in ...

  • Colombia’s Trasandino pipeline damaged in bombing

    October 5, 2019

    Colombia’s Trasandino pipeline was damaged in a bomb attack, state-run oil company Ecopetrol (ECO.CN) said on Saturday, spilling crude into a nearby river. The attack took place in Orito municipality in Putumayo province, the company said in a statement. The pipeline was not functioning at the time of the attack, which affected the Guamues River, Ecopetrol said. It ...

  • A helping paw: Michigan Air National Guard partnership provides venue for multinational K9 law enforcement training

    October 3, 2019

    “Good boy, Ryker, good boy.” Jed Avery, a deputy with the Osceola County Sherriff’s Department, Reed City, Michigan, tussles the Dutch shepherd’s neck, offering a bite at his favorite chew toy. Only seconds ago, the canine had lit into action, dashing from asphalt to the rear seat of an SUV, where he met an officer in padded ...

  • Blast heard in Baghdad’s Green Zone

    October 3, 2019

    An explosion was heard in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, an Iraqi security source said on Thursday. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media, told Anadolu Agency that the blast was caused by two rockets. No material or human losses were reported as a result of the suspected attack, ...

  • US Reopens Embassy in Somalia After 28 Years

    October 2, 2019

    The United States has reopened its embassy in Somalia. The previous one had been closed in January 1991 during the country’s civil war. The new embassy building is located on the grounds of Mogadishu’s international airport. “The re-establishment of Embassy Mogadishu is another step forward in the resumption of U.S.-Somali relations,” read a statement issued by the ...