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3 Dead after TX Oil Well Blast

A third man died after a gas explosion last Wednesday at a Chesapeake Energy oil well in Burleson County, TX. Oil field worker Brian Maldonado, 25, of San Diego, Texas, died Saturday. Maldonado had sustained third degree burns over 90 percent of his bo …

Securing a Safety System

By Gregory Hale HIMA is a safety system provider for the manufacturing automation sector and they have been installing systems across the world for decades. It used to be safety systems would go in the plant and they would operate uninterrupted for 20, …

Twice as many Hit by IL Ammonia Leak

More than twice as many people — including homeowners, commuters, police and fire first-responders and hospital personnel — ended up exposed and treated in April in Beach Park, IL, during a hazardous material incident than initially reported, officials …

AutomationDirect Clears Touch Panel Hole

AutomationDirect has an upgrade available to handle an insufficiently protected credentials vulnerability in its C-More Touch Panels EA9 Series, according to a report from CISA. Successful exploitation of this remotely exploitable vulnerability may all …

Strategies to Secure Supply Chains

Reducing the cybersecurity risk to the global supply chain is the goal of a new publication by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The publication is from security experts who have distilled a set of effective risk management tec …

Ransomware with ICS Focus

The mere thought of ransomware striking a manufacturing facility will keep plant managers and security professionals tossing and turning at night. Along those lines, a new ransomware, called EKANS, which is SNAKE backwards, is making inroads into the m …

Silica Dust Hazard Work Refusal Appeal Upheld

As a result of a group of employees exercised their right to refuse unsafe work, due to the mixing of silica, one Irving Shipbuilding Inc. electrician’s work refusal ended up supported by the Nova Scotia Labor Board. In a preliminary order released Thu …

AR Wood Facility Stays SHARP

Canfor Southern Pine acquired Anthony Forest Products in 2015, which produces engineered wood products, such as laminated beams, columns, and other glulam products, at its facility in El Dorado, Arkansas. The operation has an annual capacity of 30 mill …

Fatal Mining Incidents Decline in ‘19

In an industry that has been fraught with injuries and fatalities over the years, 2019 was the fewest annual fatalities ever recorded in mining, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). With 24 fatalities recorded in …

Silk Road ‘Mentor’ Guilty, Faces 20 Years

A Canadian man, known as a “real mentor” behind the Silk Road online black market enterprise pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to distribute massive quantities of narcotics, a charge arising out of his role as the senior adviser to the business’ ow …

Research Launches on Applying AI to Security

Radiflow and the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (Fraunhofer IOSB), launched a joint research project for applying advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence to cybersecurity for industrial autom …

S4: Nation State or Basement Hacker? Know the Facts

By Gregory Hale When thinking about a hack on the critical infrastructure entity like a utility, the first thought is it has to be a nation state attack. It is easy to jump to that conclusion even before looking and digesting the facts. It can happen t …

S4: Learning about Ransomware Via Honeypot

By Gregory Hale No one can deny ransomware is a problem hitting the manufacturing automation sector, so much so that companies are getting stopped in their tracks after suffering an attack. Just ask Maersk, FedEx and Merck to name a few. Over the 2016- …

CO Man Guilty in AlphaBay Case

A Colorado man pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to engage in a racketeer influenced corrupt organization. Bryan Connor Herrell, 25, was a moderator on the AlphaBay marketplace, an illegal website that operated on the darknet. On AlphaBay, vendors an …

UK Firm Guilty of Injuring Workers in Chem Leak

A UK food company is now awaiting sentencing after it pleaded guilty to a chemical safety incident that left workers hospitalized. Several ambulances, fire engines and police officers were called to QV Foods on Marsh Road, Holbeach Hurn, near Holbeach, …

Sasol LA Chem Unit Still Closed after Blast

Sasol Ltd. was still assessing the damage from an explosion and fire at its Lake Charles plant in Louisiana. The explosion at the low-density polyethylene unit at Lake Charles on Jan. 13 could be heard across southwest Louisiana and blew the hurricane …

Mitsubishi Electric Attacked, Data Stolen

A cyberattack disclosed last week Mitsubishi Electric Corp. resulted in hackers gaining access to the company’s network and stealing corporate data. A Chinese group is believed to be behind the attack, company officials said. A key player in Japan’s de …

Night Fury Drops Cyber Crime Group

Suspected operators of the JavaScript-sniffer family, dubbed “GetBilling,” ended up arrested in Indonesia, officials said Monday. The arrest came as a result of a joint operation called “Night Fury” initiated by Interpol’s Association of Southeast Asia …

MD Woman Guilty in Cyber Fraud Obstruction

A Maryland woman pleaded guilty to federal charges of obstruction of justice in a cyber fraud investigation. Fatima Sesay, 28, of Laurel, Maryland, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson to obstruction of justice who said she faces …

OR Man Sent to Slammer for Cyber Intrusion

A Portland, Oregon, man received a sentence of one year and a day behind bars in federal prison and three years’ supervised release Wednesday for illegally accessing the computer network and data of his former employer, Gearbox Studios, after being ter …

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