News – September 2020

 


  • Polish Navy bid to defuse one of WWII’s largest bombs near Baltic coast

    October 12, 2020

    Polish navy divers have launched an unprecedented operation to “neutralise” one of the largest bombs of the Second World War. The explosive device was discovered last year at the bottom of a shipping channel in Swinoujscie, on the Baltic coast. The five-tonne bomb — nicknamed “Tallboy” and capable of causing a small earthquake — was dropped by ...

  • CISA and MS-ISAC Release Joint Ransomware Guide

    September 30, 2020

    WASHINGTON – The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) are releasing a joint Ransomware Guide meant to be a one-stop resource for stakeholders on how to be proactive and prevent these attacks from happening and also a detailed approach on how to respond to an attack and ...

  • UK security sources warn New IRA ‘still dangerous’ after MI5 operation

    September 30, 2020

    Security sources in the UK have warned that the dissident republican grouping known as the New IRA is ‘still dangerous’ despite the efforts of a targeted MI5 operation. In August, eight men and two women were arrested as part of Operation Arabica, a joint initiative including the PSNI, An Garda Siochana and MI5 that targets the ...

  • Germany tightens 5G network security, may informally exclude Huawei

    September 30, 2020

    Government sources told media that an agreement had been reached to extend scrutiny of the governance and technology of 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) vendors, in addition to scrutiny of core network vendors. According to the German newspaper Handelsblatt, the coalition government agreed on the approach after two years of discussions. Under this plan, vendors will ...

  • 166 arrested in international crackdown against crime in Southeast Europe

    September 30, 2020

    A total of 34 countries teamed up last week to combat organised and serious international crime originating from Southeast Europe as part of joint action days (JAD). The four-day operation supported by Europol was aimed at tackling the facilitation of illegal immigration and the trafficking of firearms and drugs, which are key priorities of the European Multidisciplinary ...

  • Kansas: IED exploded in car in central Topeka apartment parking lot, authorities say

    September 30, 2020

    A preliminary investigation shows an IED was intentionally placed in a car’s passenger compartment Monday night, according to the Topeka Fire Department. TPD was dispatched to the 4100 block of Southwest 6th St. to investigate a suspicious item found in a vehicle at the Chalet Apartments. The TPD Bomb Unit was brought in out of caution. ...

  • Australian government to pour AU$800m in digital business push

    September 29, 2020

    The Australian government has announced it will expand its digital identity system, touting that the move will allow more businesses to securely access government services online as part of its newly announced AU$800 million Digital Business Package. The opt-in service allows users to verify their identity once before gaining access to over 70 government services, rather ...

  • UK: Eastleigh boy, 14, ‘researched bombs and made jihad video’

    September 29, 2020

    A 14-year-old boy researched making shrapnel bombs and filmed a video in which he vowed to carry out “jihad”, a court has heard. The boy, from Eastleigh, Hampshire, developed “extremist and radical” views after experiencing a troubled home life, Leicester Crown Court was told. The teenager, now 15, is accused of preparing to carry out a terrorist ...

  • Paris Terror suspect ‘wanted to burn down Charlie Hebdo’s office – but did not know it had moved’

    September 29, 2020

    A knife attacker who targeted the former office of Paris-based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo wanted to set them on fire with white spirit, French prosecutors have said. Jean-Francois Ricard told a news conference that the Pakistani suspect did not know that the publication had moved when the violent incident happened last Friday. The man was carrying three ...

  • UK: Jet suit trial for Great North Air Ambulance paramedics

    September 29, 2020

    A jet suit for paramedics has been tested by the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) in the Lake District. It comes after a year of talks between GNAAS and Gravity Industries. Andy Mawson, GNAAS director of operations, said users do not need to be travelling that fast to cover large areas of terrain, compared with someone ...

  • Global coronavirus deaths pass 1m with no sign rate is slowing

    September 29, 2020

    The number of people who have died from Covid-19 has exceeded 1 million, according to a tally of cases maintained by Johns Hopkins University, with no sign the global death rate is slowing and infections on the rise again in countries that were thought to be controlling their outbreaks months ago. The milestone was reached early ...

  • Northern Ireland: Derry pipe bomb ‘crude device’ and may have partially exploded, police say

    September 28, 2020

    Detectives are appealing for information after a pipe bomb “partially exploded” in a residential area of Derry on Monday. The PSNI said that the ‘crude device’ was located in the McGarvey Court area on September 28. A number of residents had to be evacuated from their properties as ATO were tasked to the scene. Sergeant Richard Donnell said: ...

  • FBI warns of disinformation campaigns about hacked voter systems

    September 28, 2020

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) today issued a joint public service announcement about the threat of disinformation campaigns targeting the 2020 US election season. Threat actors actively spreading false information about successfully compromised voting systems and voter registration databases “to manipulate public opinion, sow discord, discredit ...

  • UHS hospital network hit by ransomware attack

    September 28, 2020

    Universal Health Services (UHS), a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest healthcare providers in the US, has been impacted by a ransomware attack over the weekend. UHS hospitals have been operating without internal IT systems since Sunday morning, according to employees and patients who took to social media today. Some patients have been turned away ...

  • DIY bomb video watched by Manchester Arena terrorists still online

    September 28, 2020

    The 13 minute clip was available on one site for two years where it was viewed more than 17,700 times after it was removed, but re-uploaded again a number of times. Read more… Source: The Telegraph Related news: YouTube bomb-making video watched by Manchester killer Salman Abedi before arena blast is still online