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9th November 2011 Issue no. 96
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Indian authorities seized computer equipment from a data center in Mumbai as part of an investigation into the Duqu malicious software that some security experts warned could be the next big cyber threat.Full Story
Researchers at New York City University have uncovered a security flaw in Skype that allows hackers to track users' locations and view peer-to-peer file sharing activity.
The problem isn't just related to the Skype service either, but also other VOIP applications.Full Story
The issue could allow hackers to send malicious software to people who aren't their friends, reports Computerworlduk and according to an article in the Daily Telegraph this happens up to 600,000 times per day. www.telegraph.co.uk
Nathan Power, a senior security penetration tester at technology consultancy CDW, discovered the vulnerability and publicly disclosed it Thursday on his blog. The flaw was reported to Facebook on 30 September, which acknowledged the issue on Wednesday, he wrote.Full Story
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Just months before London is due to host the 2012 Olympics, the news breaks that UK border security has been relaxed 'on orders from above to reduce queues' (how high we don't know as yet, but accusations have been levelled at the Home Office) raising concerns that criminals or militants may have been able to enter Britain at a time when security was meant to be a priority.
You couldn't make it up.
Meanwhile, it is reported that the Ministry of Defence is being asked to make 6000 troops available for security duties at the Games. Private security firm G4S has already earmarked more than 10,000 security guards for the task but the Government has revised upwards the figure needed.
Er, excuse us for pointing it out, but maybe the wide open 'front door' has something to do with it? Isn't it about time that this government displayed some joined up thinking as far as security is concerned?
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This Week's News
...but less than half of individuals believe that their data is handled properly
Businesses may be 'waking up' to their obligations under the Data Protection Act (DPA) but public confidence in how personal information is being handled continues to decline, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said.
Sutton Council has decided its memorials should be forensically marked to stop them becoming further targets for criminals, after 14 brass plaques commemorating Sutton's war dead were stolen from Carshalton war memorial last month. The theft came as it emerged nationally at least one wartime monument is being targeted every week because of the rising price of metal.Full Story
Taking on the threat of Somali pirates is proving to be good business for a company based in Cardiff Bay, according to a report by the BBC.
Sea Marshals employs 50 armed security officers but says it could probably double in size. It provides protection teams for vessels in the Gulf of Aden, the Indian Ocean and the Malacca Straits.Full Story
Spend over £200 plus VAT on an order from UAP TradeLocks between 10 November and 12 December 2011 to receive a luxury chocolate box worth £20 filled with Thorntons milk, dark and white chocolates, completely free.
European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani announced on 17th October, during the launch conference of EurActiv Italia, that he is to tell member states to pursue early transposition into national law of the late payments directive, scheduled initially for 2013.
The St Pancras Grand Brasserie, Oyster and Champagne Bar - located alongside the Eurostar platform of St Pancras International and combining the romance of travel from a bygone era with fabulous, quintessentially British dining - has installed Fireco's hard wired System X with Dorgard X wireless fire door retainers to legally and safely hold open fire doors and enhance access without compromising fire safety.
A recent two-day conference in London saw politicians, businesses and NGOs come together to debate issues around Internet security. Among the array of issues, an international delegation sought to tackle cyber crime, Internet transparency, and the question of government regulation. The event concluded without a plan of action but an international consensus was thought to have provided a framework for further discussion.
The installation is facilitating wide-area surveillance of both unauthorised and legitimate track-based movements from a series of dual optical/thermal cameras on two-mile stretches either side of the depot, the camera-based hardware being compliant with trackside EMC standards. IP streams from the analogue cameras are being generated using blade encoders.
The National Security Agency (NSA), a secretive arm of the U.S. military, has, according to Reuters, begun providing Wall Street banks with intelligence on foreign hackers, a sign of growing fears of financial sabotage.Full Story
Outer Norrebro is known as one of the most socially deprived areas in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Green Triangle is a housing complex that has suffered from crime and vandalism. Now a number of social initiatives, combined with a consultant-designed, comprehensive IP video surveillance solution from Milestone Systems, create safer conditions for residents.
The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) recently joined forces with the US Department of Homeland Security to test EU and US responses to sophisticated cyber attacks, reports computing.co.ukFull Story
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Work on replacing locks at Birmingham's newly-privatised prison has commenced following the mystery disappearance of a set of keys.
Prisoners at the jail in Winson Green were placed in lockdown for almost 24 hours last week after the keys, including one to open every cell door in the 1,450 capacity prison, went missing.Full Story
The National Occupational Standards (NOS) for CCTV Operations have been reviewed by an advisory working group of practitioners in the sector which decided that only two of the 11 technical NOS required minor amendments.
A man who used a firm that provided security for T in the Park as a front to defraud taxpayers out of £1 million has been jailed for almost four years reports The Herald, Scotland.
David Stewardson, 55, was sentenced at Edinburgh Sheriff Court after he admitted he failed to declare £503,000 to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC). He also evaded paying £541,000 in income tax and national insurance.
More than £3m was put through Stewardson's company account over a four-year period but the firm, Westcoast Group Security, failed to pay any VAT or National Insurance contributions.Full Story
Parliament may be getting a new head of security in the wake of an attack on Rupert Murdoch, reports Politics.co.uk.
The attack took place earlier this year, when activist Jonnie Marbles tried to cover the media mogul in shaving foam, only to be fought off by his wife Wendi Deng.Full Story
Fears of terror attacks and rioting are likely to see Olympic authorities release the full £1billion-plus budget earmarked for security at next year's London Games, according to a report published in the Daily Express.
Experts are gearing up to foil a huge range of potential threats, from Al Qaeda-inspired biological or air attacks to the sort of looting seen in the summer across Britain. For example, an unprecedented no-fly zone over Olympic venues will be in place to prevent a 9/11-style attack.Full Story