Morning Security Brief: CBRN-Ready Baby Cradles, CrySyS Lab Profiles Flame, Airport Breach, and More

By Carlton Purvis


►Russia’s federal security service recently placed an order for more than 100 “capsule cradles” at $60,000 each. These cradles protect babies of important officials from nuclear, chemical, biological, or radiological weapons. The cradles would allow babies to survive extreme temperatures with at least 18 percent oxygen in the air. “The unusual order came shortly after Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev gave a speech at the International Legal Forum in St. Petersburg warning that rapid military operations could result in radical groups taking over governments, the beginnings of regional wars and the deployment of nuclear arms,” BioPrepWatch reports.

►CrySyS Lab released a 64-page report on Wednesday detailing how Flame (also known as sKyWIper) works and providing a brief history of the malware. Some revelations from the report: Flame first appeared in Europe in December 2007. The same developer who created Stuxnet did not create Flame. The attackers updated the malware when necessary. And the program used five different encryption methods, three different compression techniques, and at least five different file formats. “Our first insight suggests that sKyWIper is another info-stealer malware with a modular structure incorporating multiple propagation and attack techniques, but further analysis may discover components with other functionalities,” says CrySyS Lab.

►TSA and local police are investigating how a man walked out of an emergency exit, across the San Diego International Airport tarmac, and took a seat on a Los Angeles bound fight. The man wasn’t noticed until a flight attendant’s passenger count was off. Marc Duncan had been released from jail when he made his way to the airport and boarded the flight, CNN reports.

►In other news, Cigital’s Justice League Blog creates a threat modeling glossary. ♦ The DoD says the eradication of Afghanistan’s drug trade is key to its future. Cutting off the production and harvest of opium poppies, cuts off a significant insurgent revenue stream, it says. ♦ And so far, one person has been infected and 16 animals have died from an anthrax outbreak on a farm in Colombia.




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