Saturday, February 27, 2016
February 25 the U.S Government has confirmed that the United States Caused the December power outage in Ukraine With cyber attack. December power outage in Ukraine affecting 225,000 customers was the result of a cyber attack, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Thursday, marking the first time the U.S. government officially recognized the blackout as caused by a malicious hack. Security experts had already widely concluded that the downing of utilities in western Ukraine on December 23 was due to an attack, which is believed to be the first known successful cyber intrusion to knock a power grid offline. During the attack, hackers remotely switched breakers in a way that cut power after installing malware, DHS said.The attackers are also believed to have spammed the Ukraine utility’s customer-service center with phone calls in order to prevent real customers from communicating about their downed power, according to a report released last month by Washington-base SANS Inc. Some security researchers criticized the analysis provided by DHS, believing it was hemmed in by legal considerations."If they had come out two months ago and said this it would have been useful,” said Robert Lee, chief executive of Dragos Security, a cyber security firm. “But at this point they’re saying things we already know.”
Saturday, February 20, 2016
On January 19 the U.S government announced that the new hoverboards are unsafe.They were one of the hottest-selling items of the holiday season, but Friday the head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission says no hoverboard currently on the market can be considered safe. The CPSC is putting hoverboard manufacturers, importers and retailers on notice: meet safety standards or face recall or seizure at ports. it has been provin that the product has caused houses to burn down and cause health risks.the government agency said in an official letter it sent out issuing a new set of safety standards for the gliding gadgets. Elliot Kaye said "Not that we are aware of, that's why we want everybody to stop sale, test their units, see if they do or not, and if they do continue selling it, if they don't, don't sell them anymore and recall any of them that are on the market." The CPSC's warning does not ban hoverboards. However, the notice lays out new safety standards that could bring serious penalties (including fines, civil and criminal legal action, and seizure of products) against retailers, manufacturers and importers. The warning could lead to a widespread recall inside the hoverboard industry. The CPSC notes that the recall applies to hoverboards of all shapes, sizes, variations, and prices.
Monday, February 8, 2016
A US government jet was lying in wait in Copenhagen to extradite the whistleblower Edward Snowden if he had come to Scandinavia after fleeing to Moscow in June 2013, the Danish government has revealed.The twin-engined Gulfstream aircraft, which had previously been used to fly Abu Hamza to the US from the UK, landed shortly before the FBI called on Scandinavian police forces to arrest Snowden and hand him over for extradition.This week, Pind confirmed to the Danish parliament that the aircraft had been given high-level permission to land in Copenhagen, but said he did not know the purpose of its visit.The admission confirms speculation about the aircraft after enthusiasts in the UK saw the jet flying at very high altitude through Scottish airspace on its way to Copenhagen.The Gulfstream jet was identified by its registration number, N977GA, as the aircraft used to extradite radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza, and other prisoners, to the US in 2012.On 27 June 2013, the fugitive whistleblower was seeking an onward destination from Moscow, where he had fled from Hong Kong, after handing over to the Guardian thousands of top-secret documents revealing the spying activities of the US National Security Agency.