Morning Security Brief: Ukraine Reaches 'Tentative Resolution,' Security at Frankfurt Airport Strikes, And More

By Megan Gates

► Protestors and the president of Ukraine have reached a “tentative resolution” for government reforms, possibly bringing an end to the three-month crisis in the country. President Viktor F. Yanukovych announced on today that he would call for early presidential elections, form a coalition, and reduce presidential powers through reform, The New York Times reports. The agreement came after the bloodiest day of the crisis in Kiev as on Thursday “security forces fired on masses of antigovernment demonstrators…in a drastic escalation that left dozens dead and Ukraine reeling from the most lethal day of violence since Soviet times,” according to the Times. Opposition leaders have agreed to sign the deal, which was reached after talks with opposition leaders, Russian representatives, and the foreign ministers of Germany, Poland, and France. 

► Security staff at Frankfurt airport caused flight cancellations and delayed thousands of passengers by striking on Friday. “Trade union Verdi had called on around 5,000 people who check passengers, baggage, and freight at the airport to strike for the entire day to push for their pay to be brought into line with that of staff at other Germain airports,” Reuters reports. Almost 50 flights were cancelled, but the main problem was getting passengers through check-in and security of the airport, which typically handles 150,000 passengers on Fridays. More than 90 percent of the security staff scheduled to work on Friday participated in the strike and the two sides have not reached a deal.

► Adobe released an emergency update for Flash Player Thursday after security vendor FireEye “pointed to a zero-day exploit used by attackers to target visitors to Web sites of three nonprofits,” reports Computerworld. The Flash exploit allowed attackers to target users of the Web sites of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the American Research Center in Egypt, and the Smith Richardson Foundation, compromising Flash users on Windows XP or those with Windows 7 who have Java 1.6, or an outdated version of Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 installed. In response, Adobe released a security bulletin for Flash Player and earlier versions of the software for Windows and Macintosh, and Flash and earlier versions for Linux.


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