13 Aug 2018

Hackers Could Cause Havoc By Pwning Internet-Connected Irrigation Systems

“Hackers could mess with a city’s water supplies without attacking its critical infrastructure directly, but instead targeting its weakest link: internet-connected sprinklers, researchers warn in a new academic study. The researchers studied three different Internet of Things devices that help control irrigation and found flaws that would allow malicious hackers

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13 Aug 2018

The Sensors That Power Smart Cities Are a Hacker’s Dream

“Smart” cities are built on a foundation of sensors that regulate traffic lights, radiation sensors, and water levels. These sensors allow for data aggregation and powerful analysis to improve operations, but also pose a high risk of manipulation. These targets are also the focus of many nation state attackers, with

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24 Jul 2018

Laos hydroelectric dam collapse: ‘hundreds missing’ after villages flooded

A massive, $1 billion dollar hydroelection dam project still under construction in Laos gave out on Monday, flooding the surrounding countryside. Hundreds of people are missing and the death count has not been established. The project was intended to be a solid source of income for poverty-stricken Laos, as it

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20 Jul 2018

UN: $24.2 billion needed for humanitarian assistance in 2018

The Global Humanitarian Overview 2018 published by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has estimated a global need of $24.2 billion in humanitarian assistance and protection for 128 million people. Key drivers of the increasing projections are the ongoing refugee crisis, with 22.5 million currently registered

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17 Jul 2018

Drought in Afghanistan aggrevates political tensions with Iran

Afghanistan’s agricultural sector has been hit by severe draughts, whose impact is made worse by its extremely limited water storage and irrigation capacity. These environmental and infrastructural problems damage not only the Afghan economy, but spill over into heightened tensions with neighboring Iran, which many in Afghanistan believe to be

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05 Jul 2018

Greenpeace crashes Superman-shaped drone into French nuclear plant

Greenpeace activists flew a Superman-shaped drone into the no-fly zone around a French nuclear power plant and crashed it into the walls of a building that house its spent fuel pool, an action the group said served to highlight “the extreme vulnerability of this type of building, which contain the

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16 May 2018

Red Alert Issued For Aviation As Kilauea Spews ‘Vog’ 12,000 Feet Into Sky

“A massive ash plume rising from a fissure on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has caused authorities to issue a red alert for airplanes in the region for the first time since the mountain suddenly ramped up its activity nearly two weeks ago. What scientists have dubbed ‘vog’ – a combination of

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18 Dec 2017

Dozens Dead, Many Missing After Storm Batters Philippines

“Dozens of people were killed and many more were missing after tropical storm Kai-Tak triggered floods and landslides in the Philippines.” Source: Dozens Dead, Many Missing After Storm Batters Philippines – Bloomberg

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18 Dec 2017

Java earthquake kills at least three people and damages buildings

“A powerful earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Java has killed at least three people and caused damage to hundreds of buildings.” Source: Java earthquake kills at least three people and damages buildings | World news | The Guardian

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07 Dec 2017

L.A. Fires Halt Filming, Menace Crops, Send Edison Plunging

“Wildfires raging across Southern California have shut a major commuter artery in Los Angeles, suspended filming, wiped out more than $3 billion of market value for regional utility Edison International and are threatening some of the state’s lucrative crops.” Source: L.A. Fires Halt Filming, Menace Crops, Send Edison Plunging –

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