UK GOVERNMENT TO START DRONE REGISTRATION by Alistair Galloway

UK government will start drone registration and safety courses for owners of small-unmanned aircrafts that weigh over 250 grams. The Department of Transport has not released a timeframe for the registration requirements. The program will include geo-fencing, which will program ‘no-fly zones,’ including airports and prisons, into drones. 

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INTERNATIONAL RANSOMWARE ATTACK by Alistair Galloway

Companies around the world are reporting a massive ransomware cyber-attack. The virus freezes the victim’s computer and requires untraceable ransom in digital Bitcoin currency. Targeted companies include the UK advertising agency WPP, the Ukrainian state power company and Kiev’s major airport.

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THE QUEEN ASSERTS THE UK DATA PROTECTION BILL by Alistair Galloway

Queen Elizabeth asserted the UK’s commitment to data protection in her speech for the State Opening of Parliament. For businesses, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will ensure obligation to meet standards. For individuals, GDPR confirms personal data protection rights are engrained in post-Brexit UK policy. 

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TWO DEAD IN JIHADIST ATTACK AT MALI TOURIST RESORT by Alistair Galloway

Malian security forces intervened to release the hostages during a jihadist attack at Le Campement Kangaba, a luxury resort east of Bamako. Two individuals were reported dead; the first victim was reportedly Franco-Gabonese; the second victim was a Portuguese solider. The Malian security forces killed the four attackers and five related suspects are in custody; the forces also rescued the resort’s 32 guests. 

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“SWEDISH FOREIGN FIGHTERS IN SYRIA AND IRAQ” by Alistair Galloway

The conflict in Syria and Iraq has caused an increase of individuals from Sweden moving to join terrorist groups. Linus Gustafsson and Magnus Ranstorp published a unique report on 267 individuals (from the approximated 300 total individuals from Sweden that travelled to Syria and Iraq to join terrorist groups) to examine variables and statistical data, such as gender, county of origin, and duration of term in the conflict region. The report utilizes declassified data provided by the Swedish Security Service and was a project at the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies (CATS) at the Swedish Defence University. 

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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON CYBER ATTACK  by Alistair Galloway

The cyber-attack on the University College London is similar to the “ransomware” attack on the NHS last month. The attack noticed on Wednesday, 14 June, resulted in data loss and restricted networks. The GCHQ intelligence and monitoring service awarded the University College London as a “centre of excellence in cyber-security research.”

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NATIONAL COUNTER TERRORISM SECURITY OFFICE: 'RUN, HIDE, TELL' by Alistair Galloway

As the current threat level for international terrorism is severe, meaning an attack is highly likely, the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NACTSO) published advice on how to act during a weapons attack. Frontier Horizons supports  the UK security chiefs' advice  to 'RUN, HIDE, TELL’  during a terrorist incident.

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THE PAKISTAN SOCIETY’S 64TH ANNUAL DINNER by Alistair Galloway

Frontier Horizons was honored to attend the Pakistan Society’s 64th Annual Dinner on Thursday, 18th May 2017 marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of Pakistan. Guest speakers included Sir Mark Lyall Grant, formerly High Commissioner to Pakistan, and the United Kingdom’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Syed Ibne Abbas, HE The High Commissioner for Pakistan to the UK, was also in attendance. Additionally, the spectacular event marked one of Prince Philip’s final engagements. 

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GDPR SEMINAR WITH FLADGATE LLP by Alistair Galloway

On 16 May, Frontier Horizons and Fladgate LLP hosted a joint event in London on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Eddie Powell, Partner of Fladgate LLP discussed the change of regulation and outlined proactive compliance measures. Alistair Galloway, Owner of Frontier Horizons, spoke on the increase in cyber threats and precautions in relation to the May 2018 GDPR changes. 

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FRONTIER HORIZONS ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH GLOBAL CYBER ALLIANCE  by Alistair Galloway

Frontier Horizons is pleased to announce in May 2017, the launch of a partnership with the Global Cyber Alliance. GCA brings together partners and professional communities across the globe and all sectors to provide measurable solutions to combat systemic cyber risks. Frontier Horizons works with GCA to increase organizations’ awareness of the prevention measures at their disposal to mitigate these risks. 

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OVER 1000 DETAINED IN TURKEY DUE TO TIES WITH U.S.-BASED CLERIC by Alistair Galloway

Turkish authorities arrest more than 1000 members of the nationwide police force who are said to be supporters of the U.S.-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen. These detentions come only 10 days after the Turkish people voted narrowly to expand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s already extensive powers in a referendum that European election observers described as “marred by irregularity”. 

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5 SOLDIERS KILLED AND 20 OTHERS INJURED IN BLASTS IN ADEN by Alistair Galloway

A blast in Yemen’s southern city of Aden has killed 5 soldiers and injured 20 others. The explosion, which took place inside an ammunitions depot was said to be accidental, and occurred whilst the soldiers were moving munitions from the depot to two vehicles for transport to the front. 

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INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL GROUP STRUCK BY PAYMENT CARD SYSTEM HACK by Alistair Galloway

Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG), based in the United Kingdom, reported that approximately 1,200 of its franchise properties, including Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, and Candlewood Suites, were struck with payment card theft malware. An internal investigation detected evidence that malware could have affected card payments between 29 September and 29 December 2016, mainly in US franchisees; IHG did not report evidence suggesting that other guest information was compromised. 

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UK FOREIGN SERVICES THE TARGET OF CALLISTO GROUP HACKERS by Alistair Galloway

Starting in April of 2016 and lasting several months, hackers called Callisto Group led an offensive cyber campaign against the UK Foreign Services. According to cyber security firm F-Secure, the main targets were "military personnel, government officials, think tanks and journalists" mainly in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus, Ukraine and the UK. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) did not disclose whether any data breach occurred

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DRONE STRIKE IN YEMEN KILLS FOUR SUSPECTED AL-QAEDA MEMBERS by Alistair Galloway

Four suspected al-Qaeda members were killed in a US drone strike on a vehicle in the Abyan province of Yemen, resident reports say. It comes at a time where there is seen to be an escalating campaign against the Islamist militant group, under the auspices of the Trump administration.

 

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NIGERIAN OIL OVER DOUBLE 2017 BREAK-EVEN PRICE ACCORDING TO FITCH RATINGS by Alistair Galloway

According to Fitch Ratings Ltd., oil is projected to be sold at an average of $52.50/barrel in 2017, leaving eleven oil exporting countries with an unbalanced budget for the year. In an April 5 report, even after cuts in government subsidies and currency devaluations, these countries won’t have balanced government budgets in 2017.

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PASSENGER PLANE IN DRONE ‘NEAR-MISS’ by Alistair Galloway

The UK Department of Transport is consulting on drone safety improvements and legislators are seeking mandatory registration for new drones, in response to a passenger plane’s ‘near-miss’ with a large drone at 10,000ft, while approaching Heathrow airport. Currently, comparable drones are not permitted to fly around airports, or more specifically higher than 400ft. The pilots had little time to react, and classified the incident as a serious offense to aircraft safety. 

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AIR AMBULANCE FREQUENTLY PILOTED BY THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE IN DRONE SCARE by Alistair Galloway

An East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) that is piloted regularly by Prince William, was involved in a near-miss with a remote-controlled drone. The incident took place over a highly populated area of North London at 1900ft, and the drone passed within 30 metres of the air ambulance, close enough for the crew to see the four bladed quadcopter.

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