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The Queen today led the nation in a minute’s silence on a sunny but sombre day amid heightened security ahead of Trooping the Colour, Her Majesty’s official birthday parade. Afterwards Her Majesty, 91 and Prince Philip, 96, travelled down The Mall from Buckingham Palace in a royal procession with a sovereign’s escort of Household Division. The royal colonels – The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and The Princess Royal – followed on horse back in the procession behind the Sovereign’s carriage.

After receiving a royal salute, she inspected her troops of the both foot guards and horse guards, and the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery. This year the Irish Guards was selected to troop its colour through the ranks of guards. Sombre mood: The Queen hailed the nation’s resolve in the wake of several tragedies in recent weeks (AFP/Getty Images)

Afterwards the entire Household Division assembly marched past the Queen, who received a salute.

Other royals in carriages included the Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The Duke of York rode in another carriage along with UK’s daughter, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. A major police security operation was as thousands flocked to the capital to watch the annual spectacle.

Sunny day: Crowds gather on the Mall for Trooping the Colour (Getty Images)

The Duchess of Cambridge along with Prince George and Princess Charlotte are expected to appear on the balcony at Buckingham Palace following the spectacle. Extra police are on duty around the palace to ensure the area is secure following the London and Manchester terror attacks. Huge crowds: Royal fans lined the streets (AP)

Snipers have been positioned on nearby roof tops and plain clothes officers will mingle among the crowds to bolster the uniformed police presence.

The traditional celebrations came as The Queen, ahead of the event, issued a statement saying the UK has been “resolute in the face of adversity” following recent tragedies in London and Manchester. Annual event: The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge (Getty Images)

She said: “Today is traditionally a day of celebration . This year, however, it is difficult to escape a very sombre national mood.”

The Head of State released her statement on her official birthday, the day after she visited the survivors and heroes of the Grenfell Tower tragedy accompanied by Prince William.

“In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of terrible tragedies,” Her Majesty said.

Royal colonel: The Duke of Cambridge (EPA)

“As a nation, we continue to reflect and pray for all those who have been directly affected by these events.

“During recent visits in Manchester and London, I have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need.”

The monarch visited the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital following the Manchester Arena attack in which 22 people were killed following an Ariana Grande concert. She added: “Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity. Floral print: Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie (PA)

“United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss.”

Trooping the Colour is an annual event that is part of the Queen s official birthday celebrations.

It begins with an impressive pageantry parade which includes her personal troops, the Household Division and Horse Guards. The Queen rides in a carriage before inspecting the troops and taking a salute from the officers and men on parade. The Queen has two birthdays – her actual birthday in April and an official birthday marked every summer by the Trooping the Colour ceremony.

Royal event: Guardsmen take part in Trooping the Colour on Horseguards Parade (REUTERS)

Today the Queen leaves Buckingham Palace accompanied by a Sovereign s escort from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. She then takes a Royal salute from officers and inspect the troops before the Regimental Colour, flag, is carried down the ranks. After Foot Guards, the Household Cavalry, The King s Troop and Royal Horse Artillery troop past, the Queen will head back to Buckingham Palace to the balcony for the Royal Air Force fly-past.

The tradition for monarchs to have two birthdays was started by George II back in 1748. George was born in November and it was felt that it was too cold to host an annual birthday parade at that time. It was decided that his birthday festivities would be combined with a military parade known as the Trooping the Colour, which was held in spring.

The Queen held a one minute silence for the victim’s of the Grenfell fire disaster (REUTERS)

Subsequent monarchs helpfully had birthdays at more convenient times of the year, but the Queen s father, King George VI, reintroduced the tradition which she has continued. The Queen has taken the salute every year since her coronation in 1953, apart from in 1955 when there was a national rail strike. The Prime Minister normally attends Trooping the Colour but Theresa May, who has faced criticism over her handling of the Grenfell Tower fire, was not seen at the event.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: “The Prime Minister is this morning chairing a cross-Government meeting to ensure everything possible is being done to support those affected by the Grenfell tragedy.

“Afterwards, she will meet a group of residents, victims, volunteers and community leaders in No 10 . The PM has sent her best wishes to HM Queen on the event of her birthday.”

From her vantage point on a dias the Queen, with Philip beside her, watched the precision marching of the Guardsmen. Four of the five Foot Guards regiments of the Household Division – the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots and Irish Guards – were on parade, but away from their ceremonial duties they are also fighting soldiers.

In total 1,600 soldiers and 244 horses from the Household Division were on parade during the ceremony and only a few weeks ago some of the servicemen were on the streets of London, supporting the Met Police on Operation Temperer in the wake of the terrorist attack in Manchester. The Colour being paraded on Horse Guards this year was the flag of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. It was first trooped in slow then in quick time past the monarch with the Guardsmen in their bearskins and scarlet tunics marching with precision movements.

In the blistering temperatures a number of soldiers fainted in the heat, with around three men taken from the parade ground after being overcome by the sweltering conditions.

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Evans Fullerton Security Guarding Ltd Prosecuted for Supplying Unlicensed Guards

Evans Fullerton Security Guarding Ltd Prosecuted For Supplying Unlicensed Guards

On 9 May, at Bristol Magistrates Court, the prosecution of Evans Fullerton Security Guarding Ltd and the director Martin Fullerton, was concluded. This investigation began when our investigators conducted a customer site inspection on 8 December 2015, at the University Technical College in Salisbury.

During this inspection a security operative was discovered working without a licence, an offence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Mr Fullerton was contacted about the unlicensed security operative employed by the business and on subsequent occasions he then failed to provide the information sought by us. This is an offence under the Private Security Industry Act.

Our Criminal Investigation Team made further enquiries and found that Evans Fullerton Security Guarding Limited had supplied unlicensed security guards under a contract for security services over a twelve month period. Mr Fullerton refused to speak to us so a summons was served on both Mr Fullerton and the company for multiple offences under the Private Security Industry Act 2001. This included supplying unlicensed security operatives and failing to provide information to us. At the initial hearing in February Mr Fullerton plead a guilty plea to failing to provide information and not guilty pleas to the other matters.

However the court found the Mr Martin Fullerton and the company, Evans Fullerton Security Guarding Limited guilty of all charges. The company, which has a motion for strike off, was fined a nominal amount of 1. Mr Fullerton as director was fined 1,000, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of 100 and instructed to pay the prosecution costs of 8,927.10. The total sentence imposed was therefore 10,027.10. SIA Head of Criminal Investigations, Nathan Salmon, said:

We take all non-compliance very seriously in this case individuals were not only compromised by working alongside unlicensed staff, [they thought that they were paying the correct tax and national insurance but in fact this was not the case.

This has the potential to cause the individuals affected the long term loss of earnings and pension rights .

Further information:

  • The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

    The SIA’s main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.

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Buggy devices and lazy operators make VoLTE a security nightmare

Voice over LTE leaks like a sieve, because nobody’s paying attention to the details. That’s the conclusion in a paper (PDF)1 presented to the Symposium on Information and Communications Technology Security in Rennes, France last week. The researchers, from Priority 1 Security, warn the vulnerabilities could affect any of the hundred-plus operators using VoLTE worldwide.

VoLTE is the technology that back-ports voice calls onto the IP data-centric 4G standards via the IP Media Subsystem (IMS) . Without it, phones need the ability to fall back to 3G standards to place calls . Phones use the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) for call signalling, with the Session Description Protocol (SDP) to let the callee know what type of call (for example voice or video) is requested. And, in an entirely unsurprising development, implementations aren’t particularly secure either on Android handsets, or in carriers’ networks. Some of the more outstanding insecurities outlined by the researchers include user enumeration using SIP INVITE messages; user spoofing with INVITE messages; a side-channel around data billing systems; IMEI leaks; personal information leaks and more.

Not all the attacks are simple . For example, the paper notes, while traffic eavesdropping (including password sniffing) is feasible, it depends on a compromise of a handset so the attacker can run something like tcpdump. User fingerprinting, on the other hand, is possible on a massive scale, the paper claims, via mass scanning of network address blocks to locate vulnerable systems . SIP OPTIONS response messages would let an attacker fingerprint customers, and on the operator side, both IMS and VoLTE network elements can be fingerprinted.

The free data vulnerability goes beyond the merely entertaining . An attacker can inject traffic into Session Description Protocol (SDP) messages, and it will travel over the network without hitting the billing system but it could also bypass a carrier’s lawful intercept infrastructure. MSISDN, the Mobile Station International Subscriber Directory Number, maps phone number to SIM card and this is what’s exploited to spoof a user in a SIP INVITE message. Rated critical, this vulnerability means the person receiving the call would think it comes from the spoofed identity, so Alice, thinking she’s receiving a call from Bob, will answer an attack call from Eve.

So what ? It’s exactly the kind of attack that can help someone access third parties’ voicemail and somewhat depressingly, the researchers that saw sit present in today’s VoLTE networks note that it was first disclosed by Hongil Kim and Dongkwan Kim and detailed in a presentation at the Chaos Computer Club’s CCC 32 conference. Also rated critical is the ability to localise users based on how their phones’ implementation completes the SIP session progress message: the response can include details of the cell station the callee is connected to including country, mobile network operator, area code, radio network controller and cell tower ID.

The paper notes that the vulnerabilities are fixable: they’re down to how operators configure their network, and vendor implementation of network elements and subscriber handsets.

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