While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Oct 17 edition

A police specialist officer securing the area after the threat is neutralised at the departure hall of Terminal 3 in the wee hours of Oct 17, 2017. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

We must be ready, says PM Lee after first counter-terrorism exercise at Changi Airport

Should a terror attack happen at Changi Airport, responders must be able to react in a way that will minimise casualties and neutralise the threat decisively, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Mr Lee had observed an hour-long counter-terrorism drill early on Tuesday (Oct 17) morning, which saw the police, Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and other civilian agencies respond to armed gunmen and a suicide bomber in Changi Airport Terminal 3.

Speaking to reporters after the exercise, he said an attack on a high profile target like Changi Airport was "completely plausible".


SCDF alerted to fire at Sungei Kadut

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), in a post on its Facebook page at 1.53am, said it was alerted to a fire at 65 Sungei Kadut Loop.

A second post at 2.55am revealed that SCDF had dispatched three fire engines, two red rhinos, eight support vehicles, one unmanned firefighting machine and one ambulance.

SCDF firefighters used six water jets to fight the flames, which engulfed the third floor of the three-storey warehouse. A photographer from The Straits Times saw that the fire was put out at around 4am.


'Total termination' of Iran nuclear deal possible: Trump

US President Donald Trump said Monday (Oct 16) that a "total termination" of the Iran nuclear deal remains possible, after refusing to certify the 2015 accord and leaving its fate to Congress.

Speaking to reporters ahead of a cabinet meeting, he said: "I feel strongly about what I did I'm tired of being taken advantage of.

"It might be total termination, that's a real possibility, some would say that's a greater possibility."


Anti-corruption blogger killed by huge bomb in Malta

Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta's best-known investigative journalist, was killed on Monday (Oct 16) when a powerful bomb blew up her car, police said, in a case that stunned the small Mediterranean island.

Caruana Galizia, 53, ran a hugely popular blog in which she relentlessly highlighted cases of alleged high-level corruption targeting politicians from across party lines.

"There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate," she wrote in a blog published on her site just half an hour before an explosion tore into her car.


Security flaw prompts fears on Wi-Fi connections

A newly discovered flaw in the widely used Wi-Fi encryption protocol could leave millions of users vulnerable to attacks, prompting warnings Monday (Oct 16) from the US government and security researchers worldwide.

The US government's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) issued a security bulletin saying the flaw can open the door to hackers seeking to eavesdrop on or hijack devices using wireless networks.

"Exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to take control of an affected system," said CERT, which is part of the US Department of Homeland Security.


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