Morning Security Brief: Deadly Car Bomb At Yemen Defense Ministry, Stolen Radioactive Cargo Found, And More
A car bomb and ensuing firefight at Yemen's Defense Ministry complex has killed 25 people; a cargo truck containing dangerous radioactive material has been found; and more than 2 million social media accounts have been compromised due to Pony malware.
► A car bomb attack this morning at Yemen’s Defense Ministry complex killed 25 people and wounded more than 70, according to Bloomberg News. After the bomb was detonated in front of the complex’s hospital, a gunfight ensued as security forces fought to keep attackers from seizing the hospital. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but some experts believe it is the work of al Qaeda. The area has grown increasingly dangerous since a 2011 government coup, and al Qaeda has assassinated dozens of officials and foreign nationals. “The militant group wants to send a direct message to the defense ministry that Yemen’s counter-terrorism policy will evoke a violent response if [the capital] continues its current course,” said Theodore Karasik, director of research at the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis.
► A cargo truck carrying deadly radioactive material has been found after it was stolen Monday in Mexico, spurring a countrywide search for the goods. The vehicle was transporting a medical device that contained the radioactive isotope cobalt-60, which could be used to make a dirty bomb; it was being transported from a hospital to a waste storage center when it was stolen at a gas station. The truck was found close to where it was stolen, and the radioactive container was discovered about a half mile from the truck. Officials believe the thieves opened the container not knowing what it was carrying and are likely dead or dying from the exposure. Officials have closed off the area where the container was found and are conducing tests to determine the safety of the site, according to NBC.
► More than 2 million social media accounts have been compromised after malware captured login credentials from users worldwide, according to a report conducted by web security firm Trustwave. Users of sites such as Google, Yahoo, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn may have been affected. This type of breach is different because it is due to Pony malware, not any weakness in the sites’ computers or security, according to Mashable. The Pony malware steals passwords stored on infected users’ computers or captures them when they are used to log into web services, the article explains.