Security Notes: Unsafe Conference Calls, Airport Insiders, High Demand for Travel Briefings

  1. Your conference calls are vulnerable.

    Security researchers have uncovered a flaw in conference phone systems from Mitel that create a means for hackers to listen in on board meetings. Boffins at Context Information Security managed to gain root access and take full control of a Mitel MiVoice Conference and Video Phone, potentially enabling them to listen to meetings without alerting the room’s occupants. The flaws also created a way to plant a remote backdoor on to an enterprise network.
    Source: The Register UK. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/02/15/mitel_boardroom_phone_hack_risk/

  2. Airports susceptible to insider threats.

    A congressional report on the terrorist threat posed by airport “insiders” says the Transportation Security Administration, airport operators and airlines must do a better job of screening workers such as baggage handlers or cleaning crews for possible security threats.
    Source: The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/tripping/wp/2017/02/11/more-needed-against-insider-threat-at-airports-report-says/?utm_term=.e5f4ba40be56 

  3. High Demand for Pre-Travel Training.

    Companies and individuals are increasingly turning to travel intelligence services and survival-training programs to ensure their safety when traveling abroad, the Wall Street Journal reports. Some use companies that offer alerts about safety and weather, such as iJet International, which has 700 of the 2,000 largest companies in the world as clients, and others turn to travel training companies that provide basic safety advice, teach them how to behave abroad without drawing attention to themselves, and simulate terrorist attacks or hostage situations, to show them how best to respond if they find themselves under attack.
    Source: The Wall Street Journal. https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-rise-in-high-risk-travel-training-1486574854 

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