21 Jul 2021

12 dead in Zhengzhou train and thousands evacuated in Henan in Chinese Floods

Record-breaking rainfall in China flooded underground railway tunnels, leaving passengers trapped in rising waters and resulting in twelve deaths. Videos posted to social media show commuters barely managing to keep their heads above water while the train car begins to fill. The incident, which occurred in the Henan province, resulted

Read More
15 Jul 2021

NIST Turns to Technology in its Technical Investigation of the Florida Condo Collapse

In Florida, the National Institute of Standards and Technology deployed officials to Surfside to conduct comprehensive technical investigations on the aftermath of the Miami condo collapse. The building, the Champlain Towers South Condominium, partially collapsed on June 24, killing dozens. The investigators were deployed to use technology to investigate the

Read More
15 Jul 2021

Explosion Kills at Least Nine Chinese Nationals in Pakistan

On Wednesday, a blast in Pakistan killed at least nine Chinese nationals travelling in the northern region of the country. The victims were riding on a bus along with at least four other Pakistanis, according to local officials. The cause of the blast remains unclear, however, Chinese building sites, symbols,

Read More
28 Jun 2021

Miami Building Collapse Relatives Face Agonising Wait for News

Families and friends missing individuals involved in the Miami building collapse wait anxiously as rescue teams continue to conduct missions aimed to locate and save those still trapped in the rubble. As of Sunday, nine people have been confirmed dead and 152 are still missing. Yesterday, a number of relatives

Read More
10 Feb 2021

Florida Water Utility Hack Highlights Risks to Critical Infrastructure

Last Friday, a hacker attempted to poison the town of Oldsmar, Florida’s water supply by increasing the percentage of lye by a factor of 111 through remotely accessing the town’s water treatment location. An operator quickly caught the mistake and reversed the potentially deadly changes, alerting law enforcement. Although an

Read More
02 Nov 2020

Crippling Cyberattacks, Disinformation Top Concerns for Election Day

Cyber researchers have been voicing concerns over cyberattacks on US critical election infrastructure and the spread of disinformation campaigns affecting the democratic process within the US. Election-related cybersecurity news has been more and more frequent this election, and the US electorate is more worried than ever about late-stage cyberattacks occurring

Read More
27 Oct 2020

The Russian Hackers Playing ‘Chekhov’s Gun’ With US Infrastructure

In an advisory warning published last week by the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the government notified the public of a sophisticated Russian hacking group called Berserk Bear. The group allegedly carried out a broad hacking campaign targeting US state, local, and territorial government agencies,

Read More
25 Aug 2020

Dozens feared trapped in building collapse in India’s Maharashtra state

In India’s western Maharashtra state, building collapse has injured 18, and authorities believe that up to 60 more people are trapped in the rubble. Teams from the National Disaster Response Force have been searching through the remains after a five-story building collapsed in the city of Pune, located in the

Read More
20 Mar 2020

Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published a detailed guide on how to identify critical infrastructure during the pandemic. The publication states that functioning critical infrastructure is paramount to effectively responding to the COVID-19 outbreak for health and safety reasons. The DHS states that specific

Read More
16 Dec 2019

New bill gives this Homeland Security agency authority to get ISP info

A new bipartisan bill introduced on December 12 would grant the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber unit access to ISP information on customers that CISA has identified as “operating vulnerable critical infrastructure.” The CISA would also have the ability to subpoena ISPs for customer information. The CISA would obtain the

Read More