World’s biggest cyberattack, v. 2? Five years ago Saudi Arabia suffered the world’s biggest cyberattack. CNN reports the country is now on red alert for a repeat—and the implications for companies worldwide should be clear. The elite computer security team that helps guard the country’s infrastructure warned companies to be on the lookout for attacks by the Shamoon 2 virus, which operates like a time bomb and was used in the huge cyberattack in 2012 on Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil company. In that attack, an unsuspecting employee clicked on a bogus link, letting the virus in. Ultimately 35,000 computers were partially wiped or totally destroyed, forcing one of the most valuable companies on earth back to 1970s technology such as typewriters and faxes as the company took its business off-line.The security team also warned about ransomware, which works the same way but can be stopped when a ransom is paid. Read more HERE and HERE.
ISIS uses drones to drop small bombs with pinpoint accuracy: In a new threat to the West (and to Western companies), the Islamic State has debuted a commercially available drone dropping small bombs with pinpoint accuracy onto Iraqi targets in and around Mosul, the Washington Times reports. The drone maneuvers were debuted on social media. The new capability raises the specter that the Islamic State one day could attack urban areas from the air, not just on the ground. The U.S. military is alarmed by the terrorist army’s quick technological advances and is evaluating more than 20 systems to detect and destroy its drone air force. Other systems already have been rushed to the war. READ MORE
High number of bird flu outbreaks raises chance of pandemic: Reuters reports that the global spread of bird flu and the number of viral strains currently circulating and causing infections have reached unprecedented levels, raising the risk of a potential human outbreak, according to disease experts. Multiple outbreaks have been reported in poultry farms and wild flocks across Europe, Africa and Asia in the past three months. While most involve strains that are currently low risk for human health, the sheer number of different types, and their presence in so many parts of the world at the same time, increases the risk of viruses mixing and mutating—and possibly jumping to people. READ MORE
Just ask for ‘extra crispy’: Police in Epping, N.H., say they managed to bag a pair of street-level drug dealers who were using a local fast food drive through to sell marijuana. Garrett Norris, 20, and Meagan Dearborn, 19, were arrested Saturday after police were tipped off to the drug operation using the Burger King restaurant drive-through window. Buyers would arrive at the restaurant and ask for “Nasty Boy,” and once they verified he was working they had to ask for their fries extra crispy. Money was exchanged at the drive-through window. The drugs were not put with any food ordered but were sold in a separate container. READ MORE