11 Apr 2019

Julian Assange: Wikileaks co-founder arrested in London

After spending almost seven years inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange was arrested by UK law enforcement on Thursday after Ecuador terminated Assange’s political asylum, upon which the ambassador invited the London police into the embassy. Assange had been granted granted asylum by Ecuador in 2012,

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08 Apr 2019

Hackers beat university cyber-defences in two hours

New research shows that even though educational institutions are highly popular targets for cybercriminals and state-backed hackers alike, universities have very poor security in place. In a recent simulation, penetration testers with Jisc managed to get their hands on “high-value” data belonging to all of the over 50 UK universities

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04 Apr 2019

Cyber Attacks: 50% Of Those Hit Are Hit Monthly, And Iran Hits Hardest Of All

In late 2018, Iranian state-backed hackers launched a series of cyber attacks on various elements of the UK’s infrastructure. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) acknowledged the attack this week, describing it as a “cyber incident.” Coincidentally, the UK government this week also released a report containing statistics on

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22 Mar 2019

UK Police Federation Hit by Ransomware

No organization is safe from cybercrime, including the police. Earlier this month, the UK’s Police Federation of England and Whales (PFEW) was targeted in a ransomware attack. After a system alert notified the PFEW of an ongoing attack at the department’s Surrey headquarters, it quickly isolated the infection, thereby preventing

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19 Feb 2019

‘Digital Gangsters’: UK Wants Tougher Rules for Facebook

The media committee of the UK parliament has released a report in which it claims that Facebook “intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws,” adding that “[c]ompanies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like ‘digital gangsters’ in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and

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19 Feb 2019

UK spies think they can handle Huawei in 5G networks. The US doesn’t agree

The UK National Cyber Security Centre has determined that the risks involved in the use of Huawei technology for 5G wireless networks can be mitigated. The conclusion by the intelligence agency is bound to frustrate the US government that has accused the Chinese tech giant of cyber espionage and has been calling upon

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04 Feb 2019

EU countries recognise Juan Guaidó as interim Venezuelan leader

The UK, Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, and Denmark have officially recognized Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela, pushing the Maduro regime further into diplomatic isolation. The countries promised to recognize the opposition government if the Maduro regime did not call for elections within 8 days. The past few

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31 Dec 2018

2018 Results: Dedrone UK Airport Counter-Drone Study

Dedrone, an airspace security company, conducted a study at four UK airports tracking drone activity in 2018. With 285 drones detected over a 148-day period (just under 2 per day), the study concluding with three key learnings and next steps: “1. the problem of unauthorized drones at airports is real,

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30 Oct 2018

China Is Secretly Enrolling Military Scientists in Western Universities

A recent report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) found that 2,500 scientists secretly sponsored by the Chinese military have gone to study abroad since 2007, with the intelligence sharing “Five Eyes” countries (USA, UK, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada – an intelligence alliance that highlights China as one

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15 Oct 2018

Expect more chemical weapons attacks on Britain’s streets, warns security minister

The UK Home Office Minister recently stated at the country’s National Security Summit that “chemical and biological weapons are marching in closer,” and that terrorists “have developed and worked on a better arsenal and we have to be prepared that might come to our streets here.” The Metropolitan Police Assistant

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