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Hong Kong: 767 damaged in trainee revenge

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Hong Kong: 767 damaged in trainee revenge

The HK Standard reports that a Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company trainee damaged 14 core electronic circuits of a Boeing 767 aircraft to exact revenge against his boss. Tang Wing-hon, 19, was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on September 15 at District Court, pending training center and psychological reports. Tang pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of “damaging property and recklessly endangering life.” The prosecution said the damaged circuits did not seriously affect the aircraft, which could fly after being repaired, but the cost of thoroughly checking the aircraft and repairing the 14 circuits amounted to HK$86,000. The prosecution quoted aircraft experts as saying that although the autopilot system and satellite communication channel would be affected, the aircraft could still fly using manual controls and other means. Judge Frankie Yiu Fun-che said damaging an aircraft is a serious criminal act. He requested the prosecution to ask experts before sentencing for the worst-case scenario arising from damaged electronic circuits. The defense said Tang was feeling guilty about the damage he had caused. Tang, who worked in June when he was on bail, will give the HK$15,000 he earned during that time to the company. The damage was discovered during a routine check of the aircraft.  Tang, who was part of the maintenance team, said he wanted to cause trouble for his boss who had sworn at him. Please find the original article, written by Hilary Wong, at The Standard...

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Suicide Bomber from U.S. flew Home

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Suicide Bomber from U.S. flew Home

Law enforcement and intelligence agencies estimate that the threat of using suicide attackers to attack targets in the U.S or Europe is no longer considered a low probability event. The US born terrorist Abu-Salha had returned to the United States for several months after receiving training by an extremist group in Syria is an appropriate example to this estimate. According to the agencies over 1,000 Westerners including approximately 100 Americans and more than 350 Belgians had received training and gained practical combat experience in Syria. Counter terrorism officials in both Europe and the United States have long said they consider the return of their radicalized citizens from Syria a looming threat. This recent turn of events raises the question of the use of risk-based intelligence driven screening as an ongoing security concept. Abu Hurayrah al- ameriki known as Moner Mohammad Abusalha, 22 years old, Florida-born college dropout, chose to carry out his attack in Syria rather than in the United States, but in a alarming new video, the US-born jihadist warned America that “we are coming for you. You think you’re safe where you are, in America or Britain or Indonesia or Jordan or China or Russia or Somalia or Africa? You are not safe…we are coming for you. Mark my words.” American officials are still piecing together Abu-Salha’s travels between his two Syria trips but the fact is that a radical suicide terrorist with the intention of attack came on board international and domestic flights. Intelligence and other law enforcement agencies are blamed for missing the terrorist travels, not detecting red flags, allowing him to fly “below radar” which is exactly what happened when Faruk Abdul-Mutaleb the Christmas-day 2009 bomber tried to blow-up a Northwest airline flight number 253 on route from Amsterdam to Detroit. There was some information about Abu-Salha according to US officials: “The F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security had some indication at the time of his first trip that Abu salha had traveled to Syria. But they were unaware that he had trained at the Nusra camp and had no information to indicate he planned to take his life, according to the officials. It was only after he arrived in Syria the second time that the United States obtained information about his intention for a suicide attack.” There have been other occasions when Americans and Europeans have received terrorist training overseas and then returned home, unknown to law enforcement agencies. Before he tried to detonate a bomb in Times Square in 2010, Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized American from Pakistan, received explosives training at a camp run by the Pakistani Taliban. Another American, David Headley, made several trips to Pakistani training camps run by the group Lashkar-e-Taiba and helped scout targets for the group, which carried out the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. The French citizen Mehdi Nemmouche, had fought with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and is accused of shooting four people in the Jewish Museum on May 24 2014 and the Dutch soldier known to us as Yilmaz who became a Jihadist in Syria. Analyzing these events we can find one thing in common, though many successes are related to the intelligence community and its systems, security deployments must continue to rely on their own abilities to deal with these threats...

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Airport Security vulnerable to hackers?

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Airport Security vulnerable to hackers?

Airport security has become far more advanced in the last decade, but according to the findings of one security researcher, the technology being used to protect travelers is still dangerously vulnerable to hackers. On his own time, Billy Rios of Qualys Security said he purchased some of the hardware and software used by the Transportation Security Administration. At a talk at this year’s Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, he revealed details about several vulnerabilities he was able to find, most notably in the device entrusted to detect trace levels of drugs and explosives. The machine, the Morpho Itemiser, is set up so that the technician level password is hardcoded in. It’s a common practice for a range of devices, one aimed at making it easier for technicians to get in and do maintenance, but it’s become taboo among security advocates because it also makes it easier for machines to be hacked. Rios said the security weakness allows the machine to be reverse-engineered, so a hacker can log in and wreak havoc. “If you’re a super user you can do whatever you want,” he said. The device, Rios said, is set up so that it can be designated to detect certain drugs or explosive devices. Rios said one thing a hacker could have done is remove one or two items from the list, so the removed substances could pass through security. One route into the machine, Rios said, might be through the organization’s Internet-connected payroll system. The manufacturer of the Itemiser, Morpho, sent a representative to Rios’ session to defend the product. The company said it will be releasing an upgrade by year’s end to patch the identified vulnerability. “Morpho Detection takes the security of its products and its customers very seriously,” the statement read. But the company said the version TSA uses does not have the vulnerability. Rios said the TSA has used the version he hacked in the past, and he worries the current version might have similar problems. His findings, he said, show TSA is not properly vetting the products it uses for security. He described himself as “one guy…no budget …and a laptop.“ “What that means is anyone can do this,” he said. ©2014 the Los Angeles Times. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information...

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Introducing TravelersBox

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Introducing TravelersBox

TravelersBox will shortly be available in Italy too:  get in touch with us for further informations! TravelersBox company has automatic kiosks in many airports and lounges around the world where you can deposit your leftover unwanted foreign currency and transfer the credit to an E wallet like PayPal, gift card like Gap or eBay or donate for charity. Easy and carefree solution for today’s frequent traveler who’s always get stuck with all these annoying coins and bills and a great exposure for brands, as airports have such a diverse and huge traffic. At TravelersBox (www.travelersbox.com ) we are working today with some of the world’s major brands such as PayPal, Amazon, Skype, Groupon, Gap, Zynga, eBay, iTunes and many more....

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Ministero della Salute: Ebola e raccomandazioni per i viaggiatori

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Ministero della Salute: Ebola e raccomandazioni per i viaggiatori

Il Ministero della Salute ha pubblicato, sul proprio sito, il materiale informativo rivolto ai viaggiatori diretti o provenienti dai paesi affetti dalla malattia da virus Ebola: Consigli per il viaggiatore in Partenza Consigli per il viaggiatore in Arrivo Consigli ai viaggiatori internazionali diretti o provenienti dai paesi affetti   Nel caso foste diretti oppure di ritorno dall’Africa Occidentale, nello specifico Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria e Sierra Leone, suggeriamo di tenere in profonda considerazioni le informazioni edite dal Ministero della Salute. L’infezione è altamente trasmissibile: per contatto diretto con sangue o altri fluidi corporei di persone o animali infetti, deceduti o viventi; per contatto con oggetti contaminati da fluidi corporei infetti; la trasmissione per via aerea non è stata documentata.   Per ulteriori informazioni e aggiornamenti suggeriamo di visitare il sito del Ministero della Salute....

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IATA Welcomes US Dept. of Transportation Final Approval of Resolution 787

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IATA Welcomes US Dept. of Transportation Final Approval of Resolution 787

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the decision by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to grant final approval to Resolution 787 (1). The Resolution is the foundation document for the New Distribution Capability (NDC), a travel industry-supported program launched by IATA for the development and market adoption of a new, XML-based data transmission standard. “This is a very exciting development for air travelers, airlines, intermediaries, and for competition,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO. The final approval leaves unchanged DOT’s tentative decision approving Resolution 787, which occurred on 21 May 2014. In the tentative decision DOT stated that, “Comparison shopping under the current system is generally limited strictly to comparing fares, and it is difficult to make price quality comparisons of different carriers’ product offerings….The modernized communication standards and protocols and the marketing innovations that [Resolution 787] could facilitate would be procompetitive and in the public interest.” As part of its tentative and final approvals, DOT accepted the conditions proposed by IATA and Open Allies for Airfare Transparency to ensure that no traveler is required to supply personal information to receive an airfare offer (“anonymous shopping”); that the standard remains voluntary and that each airline is free to choose its own data exchange methodologies. “Since Resolution 787 was adopted by the Passenger Services Conference, IATA has emphasized that NDC will be a voluntary standard and that no passenger will be required to divulge personal information to receive an offer. We are pleased to reaffirm those commitments,” said Tyler (2) . According to DOT, Resolution 787 will “create modern, industry-wide technical standards and protocols for data transmission throughout the distribution chain, promoting efficiency, cost savings, and innovation through a real-time exchange of price and service information among carriers, travel agents, customers, and other parties, such as web-based aggregators.” Furthermore, “the use of common technical standards could facilitate the marketplace development of distribution practices and channels that would make it easier for consumers to compare competing carriers’ fares and ancillary products across multiple distribution channels, make purchasing more convenient, allow carriers to customize service and amenity offers, and increase transparency, efficiency, and competition.” “With the path now clear to begin to implement NDC on a voluntary basis, the next step is the release of the first comprehensive set of NDC end-to-end schemas, so the travel industry can start defining how to best take advantage of the new capability. We look forward to working with all stakeholders to advance the standard for transmission of airline product offers. This will enable travel sellers and consumers to have access to all of an airline’s products and offerings and to compare the full value of the product offer, not just the base fare,” said Tyler. See full article on IATA’s...

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ICAO’s statement on Ebola Outbreak

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ICAO’s statement on Ebola Outbreak

An Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak has been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is coordinating closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) with respect to potential implications for air connectivity. WHO’s current   risk assessment for travel and transport is not recommending any travel restrictions or the closure of borders at points of entry. Further, the WHO states that “The risk of a tourist or businessman/woman becoming infected with Ebola virus during a visit to the affected areas and developing disease after returning is extremely low, even if the visit included travel to the local areas from which primary cases have been reported. Transmission requires direct contact with blood, secretions, organs or other body fluids of infected living or dead persons or animal, all unlikely exposures for the average traveler. Tourists are in any event advised to avoid all such contacts.” Similarly, WHO advises that transmission of the Ebola virus only occurs when patients are displaying symptoms of the disease which are severe. Symptoms of Ebola include fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat; followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and at advanced stage, both internal and external bleeding. It is highly unlikely that someone suffering such symptoms would feel well enough to travel. In the rare event that a person infected with the Ebola virus was unknowingly transported by air, WHO advises that the risks to other passengers are low. None-the-less, WHO does advise public health authorities to carry out contact tracing in such instances. In line with WHO guidance, awareness-raising activities initiatives are being conducted for travelers to and from the affected region. As always, passengers are advised not to travel if they are unwell. And any traveler developing symptoms of the Ebola within three weeks of returning from an affected region is advised to seek rapid medical attention. The air transport industry has dealt with several outbreaks of communicable diseases in recent years. The global response to communicable diseases is governed by the WHO’s International Health Regulations. Airlines follow guidance material which has been developed by WHO, ICAO and IATA. IATA will continue to monitor developments closely in the Ebola outbreak in close coordination with the WHO and ICAO. (ICAO Press...

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IATA and future CheckPoints

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IATA and future CheckPoints

IATA released an interesting video, on its own YouTube Channel, outlines the future of airport checkpoints and security procedures. Checkpoint of the Future plan was published by IATA in 2011, shortly before Bisignani retired and handed over the reins to  Tyler. The proposal looks forward  using biometric identification and known traveller programmes to separate passengers into three categories (known traveller, normal, and enhanced security) The video describes thew initiative promoted by IATA globally: even if the are some complexities along the way, the initiative aims towards ambitious aims. Along with new technologies, such efforts will axe cueing at security checkpoints and improve aviation security. Buona...

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IATA e i CheckPoint del futuro

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IATA e i CheckPoint del futuro

IATA ha pubblicato un interessante video, sul proprio canale YouTube, per raccontare come saranno i checkpoint ed i controlli di sicurezza aeroportuali del prossimo futuro. Checkpoint of the future plan è il testo che IATA ha pubblicato nel 2011, poco prima dell’avvicendamento al vertice dell’organizzazione tra Bisignani e Tyler: la proposta di lavoro prevede l’utilizzo di identificazione biometrica e programmi specifici per viaggiatori conosciuti allo scopo di separare i passeggeri in tre categorie: viaggiatori conosciuti, normali e “a sicurezza rafforzata”. Il video mostra quello che IATA si sta impegnando a promuovere a livello internazionale: nonostante le numerose criticità da risolvere, il progetto si propone di raggiungere obiettivi molto ambiziosi. Uno sforzo che, grazie alla tecnologia, potrebbe ridurre notevolmente i tempi di attesa di fronte ai checkpoint rendendo, allo stesso tempo, più sicuro il mondo dell’aviazione civile. Buona...

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Campagna di sensibilizzazione per i controlli di security

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Campagna di sensibilizzazione per i controlli di security

Nelle giornate di domani, 31 luglio, e dell’8 agosto, in concomitanza con i fine settimana di maggior concentrazione di passeggeri sugli scali di Milano Linate e Bergamo Orio al Serio, l’ENAC, Ente Nazionale per l’Aviazione Civile, la SEA, società di gestione degli Aeroporti di Milano, e la SACBO, società di gestione di Bergamo, metteranno in campo una task force di personale volontario che fornirà ai passeggeri informazioni utili per la preparazione all’imbarco, al fine di velocizzare i controlli di sicurezza (security). Si tratta di una campagna di sensibilizzazione voluta dall’ENAC, e che potrebbe essere ripetuta in altri scali, con l’obiettivo di verificare se il supporto informativo dei volontari contribuisca a diminuire il numero degli oggetti che non possono essere inseriti nel bagaglio a mano e a ridurre i tempi dei controlli di security, in un’ottica di agevolare la preparazione dei passeggeri e di migliorare ulteriormente le performance dei servizi. Il personale volontario sarà presente nelle aree di partenza dei due aeroporti coinvolti proprio per dare un supporto informativo sugli oggetti consentiti nel bagaglio a mano e nel bagaglio da stiva, prima che i passeggeri arrivino ai controlli. Per l’occasione l’ENAC, la SEA e la SACBO hanno predisposto un pieghevole che verrà distribuito nei due aeroporti e che sarà pubblicato sui rispettivi siti internet: www.enac.gov.it  www.milanolinate-aeroporto.com www.sacbo.it . Scarica il pieghevole dell’iniziativa!   (Comunicato Stampa 86/2014 tratto dal sito...

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