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STATE HOUSE, MOMBASA: Ministry of Defence – Postings, Promotions and Appointments –

STATE HOUSE, MOMBASA: Ministry of Defence – Postings, Promotions and Appointments –

EAST AFRICA, KDF, KENYA, Nairobi, PRESIDENT, Security
Press-Release-appontmentsDownload President Uhuru Kenyatta and Chief of Defence Forces General Robert Kibochi decorate Maj. Gen Francis Ogolla to the rank of Lieutenant General at State House, Mombasa. Maj. Gen Francis Ogolla has been appointed the Vice Chief of the Defence Forces (VCDF).  President Uhuru Kenyatta and Chief of Defence Forces General Robert Kibochi decorate Maj. Gen Francis Ogolla to the rank of Lieutenant General at State House, Mombasa. Maj. Gen Francis Ogolla has been appointed the Vice Chief of the Defence Forces (VCDF). :  Lieutenant General Francis Ogolla takes the oath of office as the incoming Vice Chief of the Defence Forces (VCDF) at State House, Mombasa.    Major General John M Omenda takes the oath of office as the incoming Commander Kenya Air...
LAMU COUNTY: President Uhuru Kenyatta visits troops participating in the multi-agency Field Training Exercise (FTX) in Boni Forest in Lamu County and Ijara in Garrisa County -PICS

LAMU COUNTY: President Uhuru Kenyatta visits troops participating in the multi-agency Field Training Exercise (FTX) in Boni Forest in Lamu County and Ijara in Garrisa County -PICS

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, Security
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday visited troops participating in the multi-agency Field Training Exercise (FTX) in Boni Forest in Lamu County and Ijara in Garrisa County.The Head of State, who was accompanied by Defence CS Monica Juma and taken on a tour of the camps by Chief of Defence Forces General Robert Kibochi, witnessed drills by the teams which are being trained on full interoperability of Kenya's security assets for mission readiness
President Kenyatta visits multi-agency security team in Boni Forest

President Kenyatta visits multi-agency security team in Boni Forest

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Nairobi, Security
LAMU, 21st July 2021 (PSCU) - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday visited the multi-agency team of Kenyan security officers undertaking a joint operational training in Boni Forest, Lamu County.  The Field Training Exercise (FTX), is part of a broad Whole-of-Government approach to the delivery of security services by leveraging on interoperability of Kenya's security assets.  The FTX, which is coordinated by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), brings together troops from the different security formations in the country among them Kenya Police Service (NPS), National Youth Service (NYS), Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya Forest Service (KFS) andbKenya Coast Guard (KCG) with a view of attaining high levels operational efficiency. At the camp, the President, who was accompan...
Russian’s Hypersonic Missile Tsirkon Hit For The First Time A Ground Target

Russian’s Hypersonic Missile Tsirkon Hit For The First Time A Ground Target

INTERNATIONAL, RUSSIA, Security
The Project 22350 frigate Admiral Gorshkov has successfully test-fired a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile from the White Sea against a ground target located on the coast of the Barents Sea. https://www.youtube.com/embed/JMw7DJovyyM Russian Ministry of Defence press release According to objective control data, the Tsirkon missile made a direct and a successfully hit on the target at a range of over 350 km. The flight speed was about 7 Mach. The tests confirmed the tactical and technical characteristics of the Tsirkon missile. It is planned to equip the Tsirkon system with submarines and surface ships of the Russian Navy. About Tsirkon Hypersonic Anti-ship Missile Artist rendering of hypersonic missile 3M22 Zircon (Tsirkon) SS-N-33 The first-in-class frigate test ...
SA Defence Minister Rejects President Ramaphosa’s Coup Claims

SA Defence Minister Rejects President Ramaphosa’s Coup Claims

AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, POLITICS, Security, South Africa
SA Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula South Africa’s Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula contradicted President Cyril Ramaphosa on the nature of the recent civil unrest that engulfed Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces. Ramaphosa had said South Africa had just defeated an “insurgency” bent on undermining the country’s democratic order, but Mapisa-Nqakula on Sunday said the riots and looting were simply the work of “criminal counter-revolutionaries”. Said Mapisa-Nqakula: We are not seeing signs of a coup or insurgency, but rather a counter-revolution creeping in, in the form of criminality and thuggery. This was designed to sow the seeds of division in the country. Well, this is a terrible look for Ramaphosa and the African National Congress (ANC) government as a who...
President Kenyatta’s meeting with Marsabit leaders on the security situation in the County.

President Kenyatta’s meeting with Marsabit leaders on the security situation in the County.

EAST AFRICA, KDF, KENYA, Security
By PSCU via KMA Updates Nairobi,Kenya: As part of ongoing sustained Government efforts to address security concerns in Marsabit County, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday held a consultative meeting with a cross-section of leaders from the County. The meeting at State House, Nairobi noted with great concern the cyclic flare-ups of inter-community conflicts in Marsabit despite sustained efforts by Government and non-state partners to foster sustainable peace in the vast County. In his address, His Excellency the President urged the leaders to use their positions of influence to foster peace and reconciliation, noting that the hallmark of true leadership is to bequeath present and future generations a peaceful, prosperous, and united Marsabit County. With gre...
Iran’s Drone Revolution Takes Off

Iran’s Drone Revolution Takes Off

ARMY, INTERNATIONAL, IRAN, Security
Tehran’s growing use of drones reflects an old Iranian ethos of combining technological progress with self-reliance. Meanwhile, Israel is taking drone warfare one step further Revolutionary Guards chief Hossein Salami, left, and Guards aerospace head Amir Ali Hajizadeh talk whileunveiling the new "Gaza" drone somewhere in Iran in May.Credit: Sepahnews via AP In the long war between Iran and its rivals in the Middle East, most of it occurring beneath the surface, Tehran is increasingly using remotely piloted drones to mount attacks. In May and June the Iranians were behind at least five such attacks against American bases in Syria and Iraq. Earlier, on May 18, while Israel was deep in the air war with Gaza, an Iranian drone was launched from Iraq, passed over Jordan and entered Is...
Hackers release stolen data to extort EA

Hackers release stolen data to extort EA

Entertainment, GAMING, Security
The hacking group that attacked publishing giant Electronic Arts in June of this year have released some of their haul in an attempt to extort the firm. As reported by Vice's Motherboard, the group has posted a compressed cache of 1.3GB of data on a forum that contains references to internal EA tools, as well as EA's Origin storefront. The hackers said that they emailed Electronic Arts attempting to secure a ransom, but have not heard back so have started posting data they stole in an attempt to get EA to pay out. "If they dont contact us or dont pay us we will keep posting it," one post read. The group reportedly stole around 780GB of data, including the source code for DICE's Frostbite engine and games including FIFA and Battlefield. "We are investigating a recent incide...
Joe Biden warns Vladimir Putin he will take ‘any necessary action’ over Russia-based ransomware attacks

Joe Biden warns Vladimir Putin he will take ‘any necessary action’ over Russia-based ransomware attacks

ATTACK, CRIME, INTERNATIONAL, PRESIDENT, RUSSIA, Security, USA
US businesses have been plagued with ransomware attacks thought to be originating from within Russia US President Joe Biden (PHoto: Patrick Semansky/AP) Joe Biden has said the US could attack Russian servers used for ransomware following a phone call with Vladimir Putin. Ransomware is a malicious software which holds corporate data hostage until its owner pays hackers a large sum of money. One such attack this month hit 1,500 companies. “I made it very clear to him that the United States expects when a ransomware operation is coming from his soil, even though it’s not sponsored by the state, we expect them to act if we give them enough information to act on who that is,” the US president told journalists after the call with his Russian opposite number. Asked if the US could...
Who was Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise? Everything you need to know

Who was Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise? Everything you need to know

HAITI, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, Security, TRAGEDY
Haitian police have killed four “mercenaries” they said were behind the assassination of President Jovenel Moise on Wednesday and taken two more into custody. Police chief Leon Charles said a fierce gun battle broke out as the impoverished Caribbean nation was pitched into uncertainty by the head of state's murder. Police did not identify the suspects or say what their motives were for the attack on Moise and his wife, Martine - who survived and was airlifted to Florida for treatment - at their private residence in the capital Port-au-Prince. Mr Charles said more members of the hit squad were still at large. "We blocked them en route as they left the scene of the crime," he said before the fight was over. “Four mercenaries were killed, two were intercepted under our con...
Boris Johnson announces withdrawal of most UK troops from Afghanistan

Boris Johnson announces withdrawal of most UK troops from Afghanistan

Afghanistan, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, Security, UK
The Prime Minister was warned the withdrawal could throw the UK's trustworthiness as an ally into doubt Boris Johnson has followed Joe Biden's lead in pulling troops out of Afghanistan (Image: OLIVIER MATTHYS/POOL/EPA) Britain's decision to follow the US in pulling troops out of Afghanistan throws into doubt the UK's trustworthiness as an ally, Boris Johnson was warned today. The Prime Minister told MPs most British servicemen and women had returned home from the war-ravaged country as the NATO mission ends. Taliban fighters continue to make huge gains, seizing back territory from Afghan government forces and raising fears the country could once again be overrun. But Mr Johnson insisted the nation was in a better state – and posed less of a terrorism risk to the UK – than w...
Dumping passwords can improve your security — really

Dumping passwords can improve your security — really

Computing, DIGITAL, Security, TECHNOLOGY
Security keys, biometrics and a technology called FIDO are upgrading today's feeble security foundation. Passwords suck. They're hard to remember, hackers exploit their weaknesses and fixes often bring their own problems. Dashlane, LastPass, 1Password and other password managers generate strong and unique passwords for every account you have, but the software is complex. Services from Google, Facebook and Apple allow you to use your passwords for their services at other sites, but you have to give them even more power over your life online. Two-factor authentication, which requires a second passcode sent by text message or retrieved from a special app each time you log in, boosts security dramatically but can still be defeated. A big change, however, could eliminate passwords...
Three Injured as at Least 14 Rockets Hit Iraq’s Ain Al-Asad Base Hosting US Forces, Coalition Says

Three Injured as at Least 14 Rockets Hit Iraq’s Ain Al-Asad Base Hosting US Forces, Coalition Says

INTERNATIONAL, IRAQ, Security, TERROR, USA
The military facility, located north of the capital Baghdad, is the only base in the country still hosting troops of the international coalition fighting against terrorists. At least 14 rockets were fired against the Ain Al-Asad base on Wednesday, injuring three people, the US-led coalition said. This is not the first attack against the compound this year: back in May, it was targeted by a drone attack, but neither US nor coalition troops stationed at the base were injured. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. Initial report: At approx. 12:30 PM local time, Ain Al-Assad Air Base was attacked by 14 rockets. The rockets landed on the base & perimeter. Force protection defensive measures were activated. At this time initial reports indicate 3 minor inju...
Eswatini In Full Control Of Nation

Eswatini In Full Control Of Nation

AFRICA, DEMOCRACY, ESWATINI, POLITICS, PROTESTS, Security
The Army in Swaziland (eSwatini) has taken full charge after mass pro-democracy protests left many people dead, according to a Human Rights Watch official. Dewa Mavhinga, director for Southern Africa, added reports received by the organisation were that the Army were on a ‘killing spree’. He said that police in Swaziland had reported that the Army had refused to have joint operations so military deployment was not under civilian authority or oversight. Mavhinga reported, “From a police source, the army is now fully in charge for real and not even the police know what the army is doing now. They only call the police to collect bodies of people shot and killed.” The Times of Swaziland reported on Sunday (4 July 2021) “Army declares We have taken over and those who fai...
Rwanda jails 8 Kenyans, Ugandan in Equity Bank hacking case

Rwanda jails 8 Kenyans, Ugandan in Equity Bank hacking case

AFRICA, CRIME, EAST AFRICA, Rwanda, Security
Eight Kenyans and a Ugandan arrested in Rwanda for hacking Equity Bank have been handed eight-year jail terms and fined Rwf56 million (about $55,600 million). The nine are part of a 12-man gang arrested in 2019 by the Rwandan Investigation Bureau (RIB) that included three Rwandan nationals. Regional security teams had trailed the gang linked to bank hacking attempts in Kenya and Uganda and had notified Rwandan officials when they set up a shop there. The members of an organised group were arrested while hacking into Equity Bank accounts and funnelling the cash to Rwandans to draw out funds through Eazzy banking and ATMs. Taarifa Rwanda daily reported the court pronounced the verdict on Friday, July 2, fining the suspects Rwf50 million ($49,600) in damages and about Rw...
Best home security cameras for 2021

Best home security cameras for 2021

CAMERA, Computing, DIGITAL, Security, TECHNOLOGY
These are our favorite smart cams for the year. Whether you're worried about break-ins and theft or you just want to keep an eye on a mischievous pet, home security cameras it might be worthwhile setting up a few security cameras in your home. Today's cameras have a wealth of security features, including night vision, smart notifications, professional monitoring, two way audio and more. There are plenty of excellent video surveillance systems to choose from, with cameras that offer features such as two-way communication, motion tracking, night vision, cloud storage and HD video for top-notch video quality. The options are so abundant, it can feel daunting to find a perfect match for the camera system you have in mind, particularly if that solution includes multiple cameras, as well ...
Italy arrests four suspected of sending funds to ISIS

Italy arrests four suspected of sending funds to ISIS

HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Italy, POLICE, Security, TERRORISM
A file photo shows Italian police officers patrol at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport on March 22, 2016 as security measures were reinforced in the wake of attacks in Brussels. (Tiziana Fabi/AFP) Italian police said on Monday they had arrested four men accused of sending funds to people across Europe and the Middle East who were collecting on behalf of ISIS, in an investigation that led to a larger suspected terrorism-funding network. The four men were suspected of wiring 30,000 euros in total from a money transfer agency in the southeastern Italian town of Andria to 42 collectors of funds for militants, in countries including Serbia, Germany, Turkey, Jordan, Thailand and Russia. Subsequent investigations showed the same 42 collectors had received as much as 1 million euros in suspicious...
Rockets hit Iraq’s Ain al-Asad base housing US forces, no casualties: US coalition

Rockets hit Iraq’s Ain al-Asad base housing US forces, no casualties: US coalition

ARMY, CRISIS, INTERNATIONAL, IRAQ, Security, USA
A picture taken on January 13, 2020 during a press tour organised by the US-led coalition fighting the remnants of the ISIS group, shows US soldiers clearing rubble at Ain al-Asad military airbase in the western Iraqi province of Anbar. (AFP) At least three rockets landed on Monday on the Ain al-Asad air base, which hosts US and other international forces in western Iraq, but caused no casualties, a coalition spokesman said. US Army Colonel Wayne Marotto, spokesman for the US-led international military coalition, tweeted that initial reports suggested the attack took place at 2:45 p.m.. He said the damage was being assessed. The US accuses Iran-backed militia groups of launching regular rocket attacks against its troops in Iraq. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for ...
US forces shoot down armed drone over Baghdad embassy: Iraqi officials

US forces shoot down armed drone over Baghdad embassy: Iraqi officials

ARMY, Asia, INTERNATIONAL, IRAQ, Security, USA
Iraqi Counter Terrorism Forces stand guard outside the U.S. Embassy on May 30, 2021 in Baghdad, Iraq. Getty Images via AFP - JOHN MOORE US forces shot down an armed drone above their embassy in Baghdad on Monday night, Iraqi security officials said, hours after a rocket attack on a base housing US soldiers in the west of the country. American defense systems fired rockets into the air in Baghdad, according to AFP reporters, with Iraqi security sources saying the salvos took out a drone that was laden with explosives. Since the start of the year, 47 attacks have targeted US interests in the country, where 2,500 American troops are deployed as part of an international coalition to fight ISIS. Six of them involved these kinds of drones, a tactic that poses a headache for the coal...
Nigeria, Gambia sign MoU on security

Nigeria, Gambia sign MoU on security

AFRICA, Gambia, Nigeria, PAN AFRICA, Security, West Africa
The representatives of the two countries pledged in their separate speeches to operationalise the terms and conditions of the MoU. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Governments of Nigeria and the Gambia on Military Cooperations has been signed to tackle insurgency. The Special Assistant to the Minister of Defence, Mohammed Abdulkadri, in a statement on Friday, in Abuja that the common threats of insecurities were to be jointly tackled. Mr Abdulkadiri in the statement said the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, and the Gambian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mohamadou Musa Njie, were the signatories for both countries. Mr Magashi agreed that the MoU could not have come at a better and more auspicious time than now when both countries are experiencing insurgency...
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