Morning Security Brief: Attempted Hijacking in China, Doomsday PC Virus, Terror Suspects Arrested in London, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►Security has been increased at 16 Chinese airports after six men tried to hijack a Tianjin Airlines flight last Friday after it took off from the city of Hotan. Witnesses say the men disassembled a crutch rod and used it to try to break into the cockpit. Passengers and a group of policeman who were also on the flight subdued them. The new security measures require disabled passengers to bring a certificate from a hospital if they want to bring crutches and passengers from certain cities have to check crutches and wheelchairs as baggage, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

►Researchers warn that more than 250,000 PC users are at risk of losing Internet access because of a malware program called Alureon. The program was designed to redirect Internet traffic through rogue servers controlled by criminals. Authorities took down the rogue servers in a bust last November, but a judge ordered temporary servers be put in place until the infected computers were repaired. The temporary servers will be taken offline Monday at midnight, which means any infected computers, around 245,000, 45,355 in the U.S., according to the security firm Deteque, will no longer be able to connect to the Internet. Information on how to fix infected computers can be found at Researchers say it’s “a very easy one to fix.”

►Police in London searched eight homes and arrested seven men suspected of “a possible plot involving Islamist extremists, with potential UK targets.” One of the men is a former police officer. One of the homes searched was near London’s Olympic Park, but police say the plot was not linked to the upcoming Olympic Games. “Richard Dart, a Muslim convert who uses the name Salahuddin al Britani, was also detained in the raids, it is understood. He features in a YouTube video which criticises the Royal Family and British military action in Muslim countries,” the BBC reports. The arrests came after a traffic stop resulting in an impound. Firearms and weapons were found in the impounded vehicle.

►In other news, Apple removes the first malware app to make it to the Apple store. The app Find and Call contained a Trojan horse reported by Kaspersky Lab that would send a user’s data to a remote server. Google also removed Find and Call from Google Play. ♦ A Colombian iPhone app called Kid Rescue lets users report suspected child labor. ♦ And a former assassin for the Mexican cartel Los Zetas tells of secret training camps in Mexico, safe houses in upscale Laredo, Texas, and also admits to 30 murders, saying his first kill was at 13, in an interview with CBC News.



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