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Gwynedd security firm boss to go on trial accused of flouting licence ban

A security firm boss who was stripped of his licence last year will go on trial accused of continuing to work in the business after the ban. Mark Pursglove, of Llanberis Road, Caernarfon, denied two charges when he appeared before magistrates at Caernarfon today. The 50-year-old is said to have been engaged in licensable conduct while not in possession of a valid licence by acting as the manager or supervisor of one or more security staff at Pwllheli harbour between February 11 and November 23 last year.

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Pursglove also denies being the shadow director of MP Security Services Limited between February and December last year. Appearing alongside Pursglove were Rachel Ann Williams, 37, of Margaret Street, Caernarfon, and Alan Ifor Williams, 57, of Llys yr Eifl, Caernarfon. Ms Williams faces charges of working in the security industry without a valid licence and aiding and abetting Pursglove.

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She denied both charges. Mr Williams, who was said to be a director of MP Security Services Ltd between April and November last year, denies a charge of making a false statement to a Security Industry Authority investigator on December 19, 2016. The matter was adjourned for trial, which is due to be heard at Llandudno magistrates court over two days in August.

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In February 2016, Pursglove, who was director of Mark Pursglove Security Limited, was fined 3,000 and ordered to pay costs of 5,000 after pleading guilty to employing an unlicensed security guard on a construction site near Porthmadog between April and August 2014. Peter Smith and Simon Lane, two other members of staff at the company, also pleaded guilty to offences . They were fined, ordered to pay costs and had their licences revoked.

International hackers targeted Foreign Office, cyber security experts reveal

An international hacking group targeted the Foreign Office in a campaign lasting several months, cyber security experts have revealed. The Callisto Group are highly motivated and well resourced and thought to be involved in intelligence gathering about foreign and security policy. Cyber security firm F-Secure claimed the group s infrastructure has links with Russia, China and Ukraine, but did not offer any definitive conclusions about who was behind Callisto. The Foreign Office (FCO) was one of the organisations targeted by Callisto in 2016, with other targets including military personnel, government officials, think tanks and journalists in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. Erka Koivunen, chief information security officer at F-Secure said: We do not have enough data to determine what exactly the Callisto Group were doing with the FCO, or whether any activity concerning them was successfully executed. However, we do have indicators that the FCO were targeted by the Callisto Group.

International Hackers Targeted Foreign Office, Cyber Security Experts Reveal

The Government faces tens of thousands of cyber attacks every month and is aware of several established, capable state and state-sponsored groups seeking to penetrate UK networks. The active cyber defence (ACD) programme developed by the Government is aimed at blocking attacks before they reach their intended recipient. In a report on Callisto s activities, F-Secure said that in October 2015 the group used phishing techniques sending emails purporting to come from Google suggesting that their Gmail accounts were about to be closed to harvest security credentials. In early 2016 spear phishing emails with malicious attachments appearing to be from people known to the recipient were sent in highly targeted attacks aimed at government officials, military targets, think tanks and journalists.

The malware contained in the attacks would have enabled Callisto to gather basic information and screenshots but also install further software which could have given the group full remote access to the machine and its data. While the targeting would suggest that the main benefactor of the Callisto Group s activity is a nation state with specific interest in the Eastern Europe and South Caucasus regions, the link to infrastructure used for the sale of controlled substances hints at the involvement of a criminal element, the report said. One potential explanation was that Callisto is a cyber crime group with ties to a nation state, such as acting on behalf of or for the benefit of a government agency but it was not possible to make any definitive assertions , F-Secure concluded.

International Hackers Targeted Foreign Office, Cyber Security Experts RevealCyber security firm F-Secure claimed the Callisto Group s infrastructure has links with Russia, China and Ukraine (PA) A National Cyber Security Centre spokesman said: The first duty of Government is to safeguard the nation and as the technical authority on cyber security, the NCSC is delivering ground breaking innovations to make the UK the toughest online target in the world. Emails are the main path for most attacks and usually rely on an abuse of trust by spoofing well-known brands .

The Government s ACD programme is developing services to block, prevent and neutralise attacks before they reach inboxes.

These measures are being trialled on government systems to prove effectiveness before we ask industry to implement them.

Keep yourself and your bike safe: Shrewsbury Cycle Security Event …

02/03/2015 / Leave a comment / Permalink12 Related topics: Community / My area / Partner organisations / Transport3456

Many people now see cycling as a faster, cheaper, more reliable and economic way to travel, in respect to protecting the environment and keeping fit.

Unfortunately, this increase in cycling can result in easy pickings for opportunist thieves who target unsecured bikes, as well as providing a greater risk of accidents to both pedestrians and cyclists as more and more use the roads.

To tackle this, Shrewsbury s Safer Neighbourhood Team have been working in partnership with Shropshire Council, Stan s Cycles, Dave Mellors, Urban Bikes, Bodytech, Storm and other businesses, such as Plush Hill Cycles, to launch a cycling initiative to encourage awareness of bike security and cyclist safety.

The team have organised an educational cycle surgery to encourage bike owners to ensure their security.

The event, which is free and open to everyone, will take place on Saturday 7 March 2015 from 10am until 2pm in The Square, Shrewsbury. It is also being supported by Body Tech who will be on hand to help advise on general fitness levels, provide a taster session on spinning, and offer expert advice on fitness.

In the fight against criminals, police officers will be available to educate owners about the methods of tracing their bike, should it be lost or stolen, by recording the serial number on databases such as www.immobilise.com 7and www.bikeregister.com8. These enable the police to be able to identify recovered bikes and return them to their rightful owner.

Stan s Cycles has arranged a well-known insurance company to attend.

Cycle security demonstrations will also be available all day.

PC Karena Evans, West Mercia Police s cycle co-ordinator, said:

The campaign is proving a great success so far and I encourage cyclists to pop along to The Square to talk to us and work with us to protect them from harm.

The cycle shops will be on hand to help educate cycle owners about security marking and provide top tips on how to secure bikes.

By working together in this way we can help prevent crime, bring offenders to justice and most importantly keep cyclists safe.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council s Cabinet member responsible for public protection, added:

This is a great initiative, especially as more people will be getting back on their bikes now that spring is finally on its way.

It promises to be a good long lunchtime out and we hope that it will encourage even more people to cycle, and be safe.

References

  1. ^ Leave a comment (shropshire.gov.uk)
  2. ^ Permalink to Keep yourself and your bike safe: Shrewsbury Cycle Security Event 2015 (shropshire.gov.uk)
  3. ^ Community (shropshire.gov.uk)
  4. ^ My area (shropshire.gov.uk)
  5. ^ Partner organisations (shropshire.gov.uk)
  6. ^ Transport (shropshire.gov.uk)
  7. ^ www.immobilise.com (www.immobilise.com)
  8. ^ www.bikeregister.com (www.Bikeregister.com)