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Facial recognition technology has been installed in all metro stations in the Russian capital. Metro riders now have the option to pay using only facial recognition, dubbed Face Pay, according to a series of tweets from Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin.

To use the software, passengers must upload their photo, bank card and Troika card to the Moscow Metro application. After this step is complete, passengers pass through the facial recognition turnstile by looking at the camera.

Other current payment methods will remain in effect.

Read More: Security Mag

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that its officers have detected a record number of firearms at airport security checkpoints this year, establishing a 20-year record with three months remaining in the calendar year and fewer passengers traveling due to the pandemic.

By October 3 this year, TSA officers had stopped 4,495 airline passengers from carrying firearms onto their flights, surpassing the previous record of 4,432 firearms caught at checkpoints in the full calendar year 2019. TSA officers discovered 11 firearms in carry-on bags at airport checkpoints per million passengers screened so far in 2021. This compares to five firearms per million passengers in 2019.

The reported data represents the number of firearms caught on passengers or in their carry-on bags at the nation’s airport security checkpoints. Excluded from the data are improperly packed firearms at checked baggage stations, toys, replicas, and BB guns.

“The number of firearms that our TSA officers are stopping at airport checkpoints is alarming,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “Firearms, particularly loaded firearms, introduce an unnecessary risk at checkpoints, have no place in the passenger cabin of an airplane, and represent a very costly mistake for the passengers who attempt to board a flight with them.”

Read more: HSToday

The Transportation Security Administration will impose new cybersecurity mandates on the railroad and airline industries, including reporting requirements as part of a department effort to force compliance in the wake of high-profile cyberattacks on critical industries, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced Wednesday.

DHS is moving to require more companies in critical transportation industries to meet a cybersecurity baseline, chipping away at voluntary cybersecurity incident reporting.

As part of a forthcoming "security directive," TSA will require higher-risk railroad and rail transit entities to report cyber incidents to the federal government, identify cybersecurity point persons and put together contingency and recovery plan in case they become victims of cyberattacks.

The directive will be issued by the end of the year, Mayorkas said at the annual Billington CyberSecurity Summit, where he spoke virtually.

Read More: CNN

Federal investigators began Sunday to probe the cause of an Amtrak passenger train derailment that killed three people and injured dozens, resulting in a scramble to get those wounded to hospitals across a rural part of Montana.

Eight of the train’s 10 cars derailed about 4 p.m. local time Saturday near Joplin, nearly 200 miles north of Helena, Mont., Amtrak said in a statement, adding that an estimated 141 passengers and 17 crew members were aboard at the time.

Liberty County Sheriff Nick Erickson estimated that as many as 30 people were injured. By Sunday, five remained hospitalized in Great Falls, “all of them stabilized,” said Sarah Robbin, disaster and emergency services coordinator for Liberty County.

There was no information Sunday on what led to the derailment and local authorities had not released the names of the three people killed. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the derailment and said it planned a briefing on Monday.

Read more: Washington Post

The Port of Houston, a critical piece of infrastructure along the Gulf Coast, issued a statement Thursday saying it had successfully defended against an attempted hack in August and “no operational data or systems were impacted.”

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly initially disclosed that the port was the target of an attack at a Senate committee hearing Thursday morning. She said she believed a “nation-state actor” was behind the hack, but did not say which one.

“We are working very closely with our interagency partners and the intelligence community to better understand this threat actor so that we can ensure that we are not only able to protect systems, but ultimately to be able to hold these actors accountable,” she said.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said the hack was “concerning” and said the U.S. needed to “push back against these nation-state actors who continue to probe and to commit these crimes against our public and private sector entities.”

Read more: NBC News