Published: 12:15 Saturday 12 August 2017
Security is under review after an amateur photographer managed to land a drone on the deck of Britain s newest aircraft carrier. The 70,000-tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth – the largest warship in the Royal Navy – was docked in Invergordon in the Highlands when the drone was flown close to the carrier last month. The tiny aircraft then landed itself on the deck of the 3 billion vessel after sensing a high wind risk. The anonymous photographer – a member of the Black Isle Images amateur photography group – said he was surprised to have been unchallenged, even when he reported the incident to armed guards at the dock. The drone pilot told BBC Scotland: I could have carried two kilos of Semtex and left it on the deck. I could have been anybody . It was like a ghost ship.
READ MORE: 3bn HMS Queen Elizabeth vulnerable to low-cost missiles 1 The photographer took the oppportunity to take footage of the new aircraft carrier when it arrived in Invergordon last month, piloting his DJI Phantom drone from the other side of the Cromarty Firth. The drone was equiped with anti-crash sensors which automatically land the aircraft if it is in danger.
The non-slip coating of the carrier s deck allowed the drone – which usually avoids steel structures – to touch down . The drone pilot then took a photograph and managed to take off again. A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: We take the security of HMS Queen Elizabeth very seriously.
This incident has been reported to Police Scotland, an investigation is under way and we stepped up our security measures in light of it.
An offender has narrowly been spared a prison sentence after he was at large for about six months after committing an assault at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. Chesterfield magistrates court heard on Thursday, July 27, how Mark Anthony Singleton, 43, had struck a security guard at the hospital but never showed up for his court appearance on January 3 and he became a wanted man. Singleton, of Almond s Green, West Derby, Liverpool, told the court he had been caring for his stepfather who had suffered repeated strokes and had suffered brain damage and he wanted to help his mother and niece. He added: I was scared I would go to jail . I thought I would help my mum and niece until my step-dad got better because he nearly died and then I would hand myself in. The court heard how Singleton had originally assaulted a security guard at the hospital in June, 2016, after security guards tried to detain him following concerns an illegal substance had been passed to someone in the hospital. Prosecuting solicitor Ruth Snodin said the security guard had been assaulted and been struck to the side of the face and twice to the back of his head.
Following several hearings, Singleton pleaded guilty to assault and his case was adjourned in December for a probation report but he failed to return to court on January 3 for sentencing. The court heard how a warrant was issued for Singleton s arrest and he was at large until the latest hearing last Thursday. Singleton told the court there was a scuffle with the security guard but claimed he did not punch him. He added that he is ashamed of what happened but claimed he is in a better place now and is having treatment for a long-term heroin addiction. He said: I am in a better place and I am on a methadone prescription . I was scared to come to court but I knew this day would come. Magistrates sentenced Singleton to eight weeks of custody suspended for 12 months with a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.
He was also fined 50 and ordered to pay 85 costs and 50 in compensation.
Burton college to offer a cyber security course for future tech gurus after students ace competition
Young internet boffins from Burton College have won a major competition which tests website security. The students, who are all taking IT courses at the Burton and South Derbyshire College, had to show off their skills by ‘hacking’ into a fake website to show up potential security issues. During the contest, held at Staffordshire University, 20 teams from schools and colleges in the areas were tasked with solving a wide range of challenges set by the National Cyber Security Centre and Cyber Security Challenge UK. Activities on the day included legal hacking into a specially designed website to test account security, finding a security breach on a network and locating buried data . Two teams of IT networking and cyber security students from the Lichfield Street college used skills acquired on their course and were named joint winners of the competition. The college will be one of the first across the country to address the lack of skills nationally in dealing with hackers by introducing a cyber security course this year . Starting in September, the Level 3 Cyber Security course will include network management and digital forensics .
It will give students an insight into the industry to allow them to specialise in this field, said a college spokesman. More: Students celebrate success at annual awards2 He said the new course would allow students to gain the skills they need to understand and react to security threats on information systems, in an increasingly digital world. Jeremy Green, course leader of cyber security at the college said: “Cyber Security is in the news with the recent NHS exploit and exponential growth in employment opportunities, with over a million jobs globally going unfilled due to a skills shortage. “It was great to see college cyber security students make good use of the practical and theoretical skills they have learnt to undertake real world challenges . Nothing is more rewarding as a teacher than seeing students not only making good use of the skills they have learnt, but using those skills to gain competition success.”
How to stay safe online
Police have issued their own tips on how to stay safe online:
- Having virus protection is essential, ensure that it is kept up-to-date.
- Don’t click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages . Remember that fraudsters can “spoof” an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust . If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of communication.
- Always install software updates as soon as they become available . Whether you are updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.
- Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider .
It’s important that the devices you back up to aren’t left connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that too.
The spokesman said: “If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040.”