News – September 2017

 


  • ‘Ticking time bomb’ Frantic rush to save stricken British cargo ship after huge explosion

    September 21, 2017

    The 190-metre bulk carrier Cheshire burst into flames off the coast of the Canary Islands just over a week ago. The Cheshire was headed for Thailand from Norway with 40,000 tons of ammonium nitrate when the crew discovered a fire in the cargo hold. The vessel frantically tried to divert to Las Palmas, but authorities refused entry ...

  • Manchester police still relies on Windows XP

    September 20, 2017

    England’s second biggest police force has revealed that more than one in five of its computers were still running Windows XP as of July. Greater Manchester Police told the BBC that 1,518 of its PCs ran the ageing operating system, representing 20.3% of all the office computers it used. Microsoft ended nearly all support for the operating ...

  • IT Modernization Bill Clears Senate as Part of Defense Authorization Bill

    September 20, 2017

    The Modernizing Government Technology Act—and several other tech amendments—passed the Senate as part of the annual defense appropriations bill. The $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act, which sets defense personnel, policy and spending, passed by a vote of 89 to 8 Monday evening. Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced the MGT Act as amendment ...

  • Suspicious package which closed M1 for 10 hours was filled with acid and may have been left deliberately, police reveal

    September 20, 2017

    A suspcious package which closed the M1 for 10 hours was filled with acid and may have been left deliberately, police have revealed. A five-litre container of a highly corrosive substance, believed to hydrochloric acid which at a high concentration can burn skin and cause fatal injury, was pouring across two lanes of carriage way when police ...

  • European Commission proposes more powers for EU’s infosec agency

    September 19, 2017

    The European Commission has proposed an expansion in the role of ENISA, the EU’s cybersecurity agency. During his State of the Union speech on Wednesday, Jean-Claude Juncker outlined plans to widen ENISA’s remit through a Cybersecurity Act. Under a revised mandate, ENISA would be tasked with introducing an EU-wide cybersecurity certification scheme. The thinking is that ...

  • Cyber-attacks: Limiting the exposure of the UK construction industry

    September 19, 2017

    With the prevalence of ransomware attacks regularly dominating the headlines, what does the UK construction industry need to learn from the experiences of other sectors and how exposed is it in the world of cyber security? Security breaches that expose critical data or cause catastrophic system failures can affect any business, but the proximity of construction ...

  • Fake explosives hidden in mobile phone spark bomb scare during X-ray checks at India’s Mangalore Airport

    September 19, 2017

    Fake explosives packed into a mobile phone today sparked a bomb alert at India’s southern Mangalore Airport. Security staff discovered the device while screening a 26-year-old travelling to Dubai. He has been identified only as ‘M. Mohammed’. An officer spotted the suspicious scan and found a ‘clay-like substance’ inside the mobile phone power bank. The airport’s dog squad ...

  • Parsons Green bombing: Police still questioning suspects

    September 18, 2017

    Police are continuing to question two men on suspicion of terror offences following Friday’s attack on a Tube train in south-west London. It comes as CCTV images emerged showing a man carrying a Lidl supermarket bag 90 minutes before the bombing. An 18-year-old and 21-year-old are being held over the explosion, which injured 30 at Parsons Green station. The UK ...

  • Britain proposes new security treaty with EU after Brexit

    September 18, 2017

    Britain will propose on Monday signing a new security treaty with the European Union after Brexit to maintain and intensify cooperation to thwart “ever-growing and increasingly cross-border threats”. In its sixth policy paper setting out its vision for ties with the EU after it quits the bloc in March 2019, the government will say the new ...

  • U.S. Army North certifies the only Civil Support Team in Europe

    September 16, 2017

    Under rainy skies, on an early fall morning better suited for sleeping in, United States Army Reserve Soldiers of the 773rd Civil Support Team, 7th Mission Support Command, responded to an alert on Daenner Kaserne, Sept. 14, 2017. The team donned specialized protective gear, deployed sensor equipment and released robots for a simulated contamination threat during ...

  • Border agencies test hand-launched drones

    September 15, 2017

    Customs and Border Protection and the Border Patrol are testing three small, hand-launched drone systems in selected sectors along the southern and northern borders over the next few months to see if the diminutive aircraft are worth a larger investment and wider deployment. Border Patrol agents will test versions of small unmanned aircraft systems beginning this ...

  • Swiss defence ministry foils cyber attack

    September 15, 2017

    Switzerland’s defence ministry has foiled a cyber attack by malware similar to that used in other global hacking campaigns, the government said in a statement on Friday. The attack was detected in July by software that operated much like the Turla malware family, it said. The government declined to give information about the origin of the attack ...

  • Children among injured in London Tube terror explosion at Parsons Green

    September 15, 2017

    At least 22 people including children have been hurt after a terrorist’s bomb exploded on board a packed London Underground train. Witnesses reported seeing a number of casualties “covered in blood” after the blast on a busy commuter carriage at Parsons Green Underground station, near Fulham, west London, during rush hour. While most victims suffered flash burns, ...

  • Record number of terror-related arrests

    September 14, 2017

    A record number of people have been arrested for terrorism-related offences, according to official figures. The Home Office has announced that there were 379 arrests in Britain in the 12 months to June. The figures include the dozens of arrests that took place following terrorist attacks in London and Manchester this summer. Sky News Home Affairs Correspondent Mark ...

  • Defence Secretary announces £55m contract for UK bomb disposal robots at DSEI

    September 13, 2017

    Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has announced a contract worth up to £55 million for 56 innovative bomb disposal robots at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) Exhibition in London this morning. Following an initial £4 million demonstration phase, the robots will be purchased from US robotics manufacturer Harris under the MOD’s Project Starter for use ...