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The Association For Driving Licence Verification (www.ADLV.co.uk) has welcomed moves by Northern Ireland’s DVA (Driver & Vehicle Agency) to conduct a review of its upcoming online licence verification service to ensure best-practice.

The decision to initiate the review followed an approach by the ADLV which represents the licence checking needs of the UK fleet industry.

Currently, the processes adopted and developed by the DVA are designed to provide a licence verification service to third parties.... Source: RealWire
A sci-fi film about life after death kicks off what could be a big 2017 for Netflix.
Cites demand on his family, will be replaced by 2019 The Director General of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, has announced his intention to step down as leader of the signals intelligence agency. Citing "personal reasons", Hannigan informed the UK's Foreign Secretary of his decision in an exchange of letters. His departure comes at a difficult time for the agency as pro-torture President Trump is set to be on the other end of Cheltenham's phone. Hannigan said he was proud of the "relentless 24-hour operational effort against terrorism, crime and many other national security threats. While this work must remain secret, you will know how many lives have been saved in this country and overseas by the work of GCHQ." Underpinning this is our world-class technology and, above all, our brilliant people.

As you know, I have also initiated the greatest internal change within GCHQ for thirty years, and I feel that we are now well on the way to being fit for the next generation of security challenges to the UK in the digital age. GCHQ will be celebrating what it regards as its centenary in 2019, having originated as the Government Code and Cypher School, by which time Hannigan hopes a successor will be appointed. He said he was lucky to have had "some extraordinary roles in public service over the last 20 years, from Northern Ireland to Number 10, the Cabinet Office and the Foreign Office" but that such roles "demanded a great deal of my ever-patient and understanding family, and now is the right time for a change in direction". The Foreign Secretary responded by wishing Hannigan "the very best for your future career". There will now be an internal competition within government to identify candidates (our guess) to succeed Hannigan for onward recommendation to the Foreign Secretary and the Prime Minister.
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'More realistic picture' we're told Crime stats for England and Wales have shown a huge year-on-year increase.

Don't panic, though: it's due to the inclusion of fraud and computer misuse offences for the first time. In a report published this week, the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) reckoned there were 6.2 million reported incidents of crime in the 12 months to September 2016 in England and Wales, and that this figure is virtually unchanged from the previous year. Crucially, the beancounters have now thrown fraud and hacking crimes into the mix. When the criteria for what's included in the stats were drawn up decades ago, "fraud was not considered a significant threat and the internet had yet to be invented," said the ONS's John Flatley. Obviously, that's no longer the case. When you include 3.6 million cases of fraud and 2 million computer misuse offences, that 6.2 million figure jumps to 11.8 million.

That's a 90 per cent surge in illegal activity. Of course, adding a positive integer to another positive integer results in a bigger positive integer (barring an arithmetic overflow). No surprise there. However, the fact that computer crime and fraud are now being included may make people and organisations more aware of the threat, according to Huntsman Security. Piers Wilson, head of product management at Huntsman, told us: “Including cybercrime in regular crime figures might lead to a dramatic increase this year, but over time it can only be a good thing. We will get a much more realistic picture of the extent of such crimes, leading to a greater understanding of how to identify, prioritise and address them.” ONS crime reports have been produced every year for the past 35 years.

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EnlargeEmmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images reader comments 7 Share this story In an effort to stamp down on irresponsible drone flights, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)—which regulates all flights in the UK—has launched a new version of the "Dronecode." The Dronecode is a set of rules, regulations, and recommendations originally launched in 2015 that stated drones must stay within sight of the pilot, below an altitude of 400 feet (120 metres), that they must stay away from aircraft and airports, and that operators must use common sense to keep others safe. However, according to research conducted by the CAA, only 39 percent of drone owners have actually heard of the Dronecode, with only 36 percent being made aware of it at the time of purchase. To make things a little easier for pilots to remember, the watchdog has come up with a mnemonic aid as follows: Don't fly near airports or airfields Remember to stay below 400ft (120m) and at least 150ft (50m) away from buildings and people Observe your drone at all times Never fly near aircraft Enjoy responsibly While you can't help but feel the CAA stopped trying by the time it got to the letter "O," there's no doubt that some drone pilots could use some common sense. Earlier this month it emerged that airline pilots reported four near misses with drones in a month, including one flying near London's Shard and another at Liverpool airport. One pilot even reported he could identify the particular brand of drone that came within 100 meters of the plane because "his son had the very same model." Drone crime has also soared in the UK, with police being called in to investigate alleged pedophiles filming playgrounds, high-tech drug-runners trying to smuggle contraband into prisons, and even one occasion when a man was caught filming people at an ATM in Northern Ireland. Alongside the Dronecode, the CAA and air traffic control body NATS has also launched dronesafe.uk, which includes the regulator's rules as well as training resources. UK retailer Maplin said it will ensure those that buy drones in the run up to Christmas are aware of the Dronecode at the time of purchase. This post originated on Ars Technica UK
Part of broader investigation into alleged data theft Three men are due to appear at the Old Bailey charged with various offences linked to an investigation into the mega TalkTalk hack a year ago. The investigation was launched in October 2015 by the Met's Falcon Cyber Crime Unit following the hack in which 157,000 of its customers' personal details were accessed. On Tuesday, 15 November, a 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty at Norwich Youth Court to seven offences under the Computer Misuse Act of 1990. The boy was arrested in Norwich on 3 November last year and subsequently charged. He is due to be sentenced at Norwich Youth Court on 13 December. The offences were all linked to the unauthorised access in October 2015 to data and programs on various organisations' websites including TalkTalk and Merit Badges as well as universities in Cambridge, Manchester, Sheffield, and Bournemouth. As part of the wider investigation, detectives have also arrested three other individuals. Daniel Kelley, of Llanelli, Wales, was charged on 26 September with various blackmail, cyber-crime and fraud offences, and is due to appear at the Old Bailey on Friday, 18 November. Matthew Hanley and Conner Douglas Allsopp, both from Tamworth, were charged on 26 September with cyber crime and fraud offences and are due to appear at the Old Bailey on Monday, 21 November. The investigation into the alleged data theft from the TalkTalk website is a joint investigation led by the Met's Cyber Crime Unit with support from Police Service Northern Ireland, Southern Wales Regional Organised Crime Unit, the National Crime Agency, and CERT UK (now the National Cyber Security Centre). ® Sponsored: Customer Identity and Access Management
Billington Cybersecurity Summit, Washington DC, USA – 12th September, 2016 – Titan IC Systems (Titan IC) today announces that LookingGlass Cyber Solutions (“LookingGlass”) has signed a multi-year strategic partnership to further advance their state of the art network–based threat mitigation with the Titan IC Helios regular expression (RegEx) processor.LookingGlass threat mitigation solutions will take full advantage of the Helios RegEx processor to assist in threat detection by implementing tens of thousands of complex regular expressions in network data at speeds up to 40 Gb/s. Titan IC has developed this ground-breaking technology and has implemented it on a Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), so it can be specifically customized for each customer’s needs. The technology can be easily updated while in full operation allowing the addition of new complex regular expressions during run time. “This breakthrough Titan IC technology allows us to continue delivering state-of-the-art high-performance threat mitigation solutions,” said A.J Shipley, VP of Products at LookingGlass. “The Titan IC Helios RegEx processor will further enhance our threat mitigation product line to easily scale to the tens of thousands of prioritized rules being delivered from our threat intelligence platform to our threat mitigation system”. Regular expression processing has mainly been executed in software up until now and has thus suffered inherent throughput difficulties that require vast amounts of host processing. However, with the introduction of the Titan IC Helios RegEx processor, many of these issues can be eradicated by hardware offload acceleration on FPGA. The Helios RegEx processor is proficient in analysing data at full network throughput rates reaching 40 Gb/s and can implement up to 1 million complex regular expressions in parallel. “We are delighted to have signed this new license agreement with LookingGlass and we welcome them into the Titan IC RegEx ecosystem. We congratulate them for their vision and innovation in being one of the first companies to recognise the benefits of RegEx offload acceleration on FPGA,” said Noel McKenna, CEO, Titan IC. “With ever increasing cyber security threats and even higher network data speeds, there is a real necessity for the combined technology that LookingGlass and Titan IC are bringing to the market.” Visit Titan IC at 7th Annual Billington Cyber Security Summit 2016Titan IC is exhibiting their latest Helios RegEx processor and Hyperion PCle acceleration cards on the Titan IC booth at the 7th Annual Billington Cyber Security Summit in the Ronald Reagan Building International Trade Centre, Washington DC, on September 13, 2016. To book a demonstration or to meet with one of the Titan IC team at the exhibition, please email sales@titanicsystems.com. About LookingGlass Cyber SolutionsLookingGlass Cyber Solutions delivers comprehensive threat intelligence-driven security through a scalable solution portfolio of machine readable threat intelligence (MRTI), threat intelligence management platforms with 140+ data sources transformed into global Internet and threat intelligence, network-based threat mitigation, and threat intelligence services. By addressing risks across structured Indicators of Compromise (IoCs), unstructured and open source data (OSINT), and internal network telemetry, customers gain unprecedented understanding into threats that may impact their business including cyber, physical assets, and third party partners. Prioritized, relevant and timely insights enable customers to operationalize threat intelligence in an effective and efficient way throughout the threat lifecycle. For more information, visit LookingGlassCyber.com. About Titan IC Systems LtdHeadquartered in Belfast Northern Ireland, Titan IC Systems Ltd is a recent spin out company from the Centre for Secure Information Technology (CSIT) at Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland. Titan IC is a world leader in the development of hardware engines for content and network processing. The solutions offered include regular expression (RegEx) acceleration for use in all aspects of network security including: Intrusion Detection/Prevention, Application Detection, Anti-Virus, Content/URL filtering. These solutions are available as PCIe cards for inclusion in Network servers or as licensable Intellectual property for use on Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) or custom Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC).
Mark WaltonIn the wee hours of Friday morning, the people of the UK voted to leave the European Union with a majority of 52 percent—and according to Google, they don't really know why.

Two hours after the referendum polls closed, roughly midnight UK time, the Google Trends Twitter account reported a 250 percent increase in people searching "what happens if we leave the EU." "Are we in or out of the EU?" spiked by 2,450 percent. Other search terms that peaked following the result include "what happens to foreigners if we leave the EU," "what happens if we stay in the EU," and—perhaps most worryingly considering the gravity of the decision—"what is Brexit?" Earlier in the evening, the top search in Sunderland (one of the first cities to declare its results) was "How do I vote in the EU referendum?" +250% spike in "what happens if we leave the EU" in the past hourhttps://t.co/9b1d6Bsx6D — GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) 24 June 2016 Unfortunately for the British people, the answer to the question "what happens if we leave the EU?" is unlikely to be answered by a simple Google search. While the short-term effects of Brexit are being felt this morning—a record fall in value for the pound, the loss of London's status as Europe's financial centre, and politicians backtracking on some questionable campaign promises—the long-term effects are extremely complex. Before the referendum, however, numerous financial experts and governments worldwide warned that Brexit would not only damage the UK economy but also undermine the stability of the EU. Pro-Brexit campaigners dismissed the claims as "scaremongering," with Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove famously declaring that "people in this country have had enough of experts," even going as far as comparing pro-EU economists to Nazi sympathisers. Google Trends has continued to pull out search data following the referendum result this morning, and while Google searches are obviously not indicative of the entire UK population, they do at least provide some insight into the country's voters. "What is the EU referendum?" Top questions on #EUref in Birmingham since polls closed pic.twitter.com/SDvMBW1mol — GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) 24 June 2016 "What does turnout mean in politics?" became the top question on voter turnout after polls closed, while "What is the EU referendum?" became one of the top searches in Birmingham. "What if the pound collapses?" was the second most popular search term in Northern Ireland following the vote, while Wales (which had a majority vote for leaving the EU) asked "What if Wales votes remain?" The Brexit result will come as a blow to the tech industry, which overwhelmingly backed the UK to remain in the European Union.

The lone leave voice from the British tech sector was that of vacuum cleaner innovator Sir James Dyson, who believed that leaving the EU would help him recruit top engineering talent from outside Europe. While the repercussions of Brexit will be felt for years to come, some are taking it upon themselves to come up with ways to remain in the EU, regardless of how the UK voted: according to Google there was a 100 percent spike in UK searches for "getting an Irish passport" just a few hours ago. This post originated on Ars Technica UK