News – September 2019

 


  • Explosion near polling station as Afghans vote for new president

    September 28, 2019

    An explosion has occurred near a polling station in the Afghan city of Kandahar just an hour after voters began queuing to cast their vote to elect a new president. A senior provincial government official said three people were injured by the blast. No militant group has claimed responsibility. The Taliban, which controls more of the country than ...

  • NIA recovers IED materials from Bengaluru module of Jamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh

    September 24, 2019

    The National Investigation Agency said on Tuesday that it has recovered Improvised Explosive Device materials from the Bengaluru module of Jamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) which was busted this year. The items were seized based on the information provided by Jahidul Islam, one of the terror operatives held by the investigation agency, an NIA release said. These operatives, ...

  • NHS staff issued with fresh cyber security guidance

    September 23, 2019

    NHS Digital has launched an organisation-wide cyber security campaign to provide staff with the most up-to-date guidance on how to avoid and mitigate potential cyber threats and data breaches. With the NHS being one of the biggest direct and indirect targets for cyber criminals, NHS Digital’s ‘Keep I.T. Confidential‘ campaign is hoping to educate the workforce on the ...

  • Rocket Attack Hits Near US Embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone

    September 23, 2019

    Iraqi security officials say at least two rockets have been fired into the capital’s fortified Green Zone, landing around one kilometer (a half-mile) from the U.S. Embassy. Residents heard the explosions followed by alert sirens that sounded briefly Monday night. The attack comes amid heightened tensions in the region following an attack on Saudi oil installations that ...

  • Manchester Airport train station evacuated over ‘suspicious package’

    September 23, 2019

    Manchester Airport train station has been evacuated and a man detained after reports of a suspicious package. Greater Manchester Police said bomb disposal officers carried out a controlled explosion and a cordon had been put in place. All trains, trams and buses are currently suspended to and from the station. People have been asked to follow directions from ...

  • Emirates first foreign airline to start biometric boarding for US flights

    September 21, 2019

    Emirates will become the first airline outside the US to use biometric technology approved by immigration authorities, so passengers on flights to its 12 US routes can cut time for security checks to two seconds. The airline got approval from the US Customs Border Protection (CBP) for the facial recognition checks at its departure gates and ...

  • Kuwait raises security alert level at oil and commercial ports: KUNA

    September 20, 2019

    Kuwait has raised the security alert level at all of its ports, including the oil terminals, the state-run Kuwait News Agency reported on Friday, citing a decision by Trade and Industry Minister Khaled Al-Roudhan. “The decision emphasizes that all measures have to be taken to protect the vessels and the ports facilities,” it said. The announcement comes ...

  • Modern cyber security bears great resemblance to the Titanic disaster, says Stena CISO

    September 19, 2019

    Magnus Carling, CISO of worldwide conglomerate Stena AB, likened modern cyber security practices to the oversights which led to the Titanic disaster in 1912. Speaking at Cloudsec 2019, Carling told attendees “the iceberg was innocent. It wasn’t the iceberg that made Titanic sink”, before drawing some obvious comparisons between the famous sinking and modern cyber attacks. Carling ...

  • IT Firm Manager Arrested in the Biggest Data Breach Case of Ecuador’s History

    September 18, 2019

    Ecuador officials have arrested the general manager of IT consulting firm Novaestrat after the personal details of almost the entire population of the Republic of Ecuador left exposed online in what seems to be the most significant data breach in the country’s history. Personal records of more than 20 million adults and children, both dead and ...

  • Outbreak of a flu-like illness could circulate the world in 36 hours and kill 80million people – report

    September 18, 2019

    A flu-like illness could travel around the world in 36 hours and kill 80million people, experts have warned. A century ago the Spanish flu pandemic infected a third of the world’s population and killed 50million people. If a similar outbreak were to happen with today’s constantly-travelling population, the effects could be even worse, a report has suggested. The ...

  • Milipol Paris 2019: Ali Soufan and Kumar Ramakrishna: Two international experts in the fight against terrorism to speak at the opening conference

    September 18, 2019

    Milipol Paris 2019, the international event for homeland security and safety, will take place from 19 to 22 November 2019, at the Paris-Nord Villepinte exhibition centre. More than 1,000 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors are expected at stands, workshops, demos and the new Innovation and Research stage. For its 21st edition, the opening conference will feature two ...

  • Militants cut electricity supply to Kabul, several other provinces by destroying power pylons

    September 15, 2019

    The Taliban militants destroyed three power pylons in Baghlan province, cutting electricity supply to several provinces including Kabul. Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, the State-run power company said in a statement that the militants destroyed the power pylons in in Balak Mirzad Hasan Tal Village of Baghlan. The statement further added that the militants detonated improvised explosive devices ...

  • Major Saudi Arabia oil facilities hit by Houthi drone strikes

    September 14, 2019

    Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for a drone attack on the world’s largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia which is vital to global energy supplies. The attacks on the processor and a major oilfield, operated by Saudi Aramco, on early Saturday sparked a huge fire, the kingdom’s interior ministry said. According to Reuters, threes sources claimed the assault ...

  • NZ to fund NZ$10m to support Pacific cybersecurity strategy

    September 13, 2019

    The New Zealand government has announced it will provide NZ$10 million over five years to support Pacific countries as they develop national cybersecurity strategies to secure infrastructure and data, enhance online safety, and implement new cyber crime laws. Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters said it will help Pacific countries respond to cybersecurity risks in the ...

  • US Treasury sanctions three North Korean hacking groups

    September 13, 2019

    The US Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions today on three North Korean state-controlled hacking groups, which US authorities claim to have helped the Pyongyang regime raise funds for its weapons and missile programs. US officials cited three hacking groups whose names are well known to cyber-security experts — namely the Lazarus Group, Bluenoroff, and Andarial. Treasury ...