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Belfast security alert closes Antrim Road in both direction

  • Belfast security alert closes Antrim Road in both directions

    BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

    Police in Belfast are at the scene of a security alert following the discovery of a suspicious object on the Antrim Road. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/belfast-security-alert-closes-antrim-road-in-both-directions-36294056.html

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Police in Belfast are at the scene of a security alert following the discovery of a suspicious object on the Antrim Road. The road is closed in both directions at its junction with the Newlodge Road and Carlisle Circus.

Diversions are in place . There are no further details at this time. Sinn Fein north Belfast Councillor JJ Magee condemned those behind the alert.

He said: The ongoing security alert in the New Lodge area has caused significant disruption to local residents.

Those responsible have shown complete disregard for this community.

The alert has seen the closure of Sheridan Street and is not far from the local primary school, St Patrick s .

The North Queen Street community centre has been made available for residents affected.

“If this does prove to be a viable device those responsible must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

More to follow

Belfast Telegraph Digital

References

  1. ^ Email (www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk)

Facebook is struggling to meet the burden of securing itself, security chief says

Facebook Is Struggling To Meet The Burden Of Securing Itself, Security Chief Says

Facebook is Struggling to live up to the responsibility it faces for adequately securing the vast amount of personal information it amasses, the social network’s top security executive said in a leaked phone call with company employees.

“The threats that we are facing have increased significantly and the quality of the adversaries that we are facing,” Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos said during a taped call, which was reported Thursday by ZDNet1. “Both technically and from a cultural perspective, I don’t feel like we have caught up with our responsibility.”

He continued:

The way that I explain to management is that we have the threat profile of a Northrop Grumman or a Raytheon or another defense contractor, but we run our corporate network, for example, like a college campus, almost . We have made intentional decisions to give access to data and systems to engineers to make them “move fast,” but that creates other issues for us. Stamos also discussed a report on the state of Facebook’s security posture and described it as a “very painful process.” He said the report will be updated every six months and that the company’s management team will be briefed on its contents. Stamos told ZDNet reporter Zack Whittaker2 he used the words “college campus” as a figure of speech several times during an internal discussion to describe challenges that the company faces. “My team runs network security for the company, and of course we secure it thoroughly,” Stamos said . The leaked comments were made during an internal talk with employees discussing the challenges Facebook had protecting its networks from the growing threat of nation-sponsored hackers.

In 2014, Russian intelligence agents orchestrated a hack on Yahoo that compromised 500 million user accounts, federal prosecutors have alleged3 . Google said in 2010 that it was on the receiving end of a highly targeted attack by Chinese hackers that was aimed at accessing the Gmail accounts of activists and stealing the company’s intellectual property . Researchers have presented evidence strongly suggesting that dozens of other breaches on defense contractors, security companies, and others have also been carried out by state-sponsored attackers.

In a series of tweets Thursday4, Stamos said a basic challenge Facebook and similar companies face stems from the freedom they give engineers to customize their environments and experiment with new tools and development processes.

“As a result, we can’t architect our security the same way a defense contractor can, with limited computing options and no freedom,” Stamos wrote. “Keeping the company secure while allowing the culture to blossom is a challenge, but a motivating one, I’m happy to accept .

The ‘college campus’ wording is just a figure of speech to make the point.”

The headline and first sentence of this post were updated in an attempt to better paraphrase Stamos’s comment “Both technically and from a cultural perspective, I don’t feel like we have caught up with our responsibility.”

This post originated on Ars Technica5

References

  1. ^ reported Thursday by ZDNet (www.zdnet.com)
  2. ^ Zack Whittaker (twitter.com)
  3. ^ federal prosecutors have alleged (arstechnica.com)
  4. ^ series of tweets Thursday (twitter.com)
  5. ^ Ars Technica (arstechnica.com)

Homes evacuated in Belfast security alert

  • Homes evacuated in Belfast security alert

    BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

    Homes have been evacuated in a Belfast security alert. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/homes-evacuated-in-belfast-security-alert-36166284.html

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Homes have been evacuated in a Belfast security alert. Police are currently in attendance at the alert in Horn Drive in the west of the city following the discovery of a suspicious object.

The road has also been closed to traffic. SDLP West Belfast Councillor Tim Attwood has said that the discovery of a suspicious object in the Horn Drive area is causing significant disruption for local people. He said: “A number of homes around Horn Drive have been evacuated following the discovery of a suspicious object .

This is causing significant disruption for local people trying to go about their daily lives.

“This should not be part and parcel of daily life in this city .

People have the right to expect to be able to live free from the threat of violence.”

Belfast Telegraph Digital

References

  1. ^ Email (www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk)