November 18th, 2010
09:00 PM GMT
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Ayesha Durgahee receiving her award.

CNN International correspondent Ayesha Durgahee was honoured last night when she was awarded Business Travel News Journalist of the Year at the 2010 Business Travel Journalism Awards.

At a ceremony at The May Fair Hotel last night, Ayesha won for her CNN report on the quality of cabin air on flights.

On Ayesha’s winning entry, the judging panel, chaired by Dominic Ponsford, editor of the Press Gazette, said: “The panel was extremely impressed with Ayesha’s piece on ‘Aero-toxic Syndrome’ highlighting how air supplies onboard aircraft can become toxic and cause crew, pilots and passengers to become very ill. The piece gripped the judges who described it as ‘an international scoop ... a very strong story, and one that could and should be picked up by the wider media.”

The judges also praised her use of graphics, copy, in-depth interviews with scientists and grounded pilots, plus pieces to camera throughout the piece.

Ayesha beat the following in her category:

  • Simon Calder, travel editor, The Independent
  • Betty Low for her work on Public Sector Travel

Deborah Rayner, managing editor CNN Europe & Africa said: "Congratulations to Ayesha from all of us at CNN. Aviation and travel issues have played such a huge part in our coverage in the past 12 months, so to be recognised in this way is fantastic. Ayesha is an exciting new talent, who has a very bright future ahead of her."

The awards, now in their seventh year, seek to recognise and reward the very best in business travel journalism. Organised and promoted by Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the 2010 awards emphasise the achievement of individual journalists.

The judging panel members included journalists as well as business travel managers and industry experts.

A full list of winners can be found here.

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November 18th, 2010
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November 18th, 2010
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Hong Kong, China (CNN) – The lines among corporate espionage, cyber protection and national security seem to be blurring in a raft of news out in the past 24 hours.

The head of cyber security for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security told a government panel that the July release of `Stuxnet,’ which first attacked Iran’s nuclear power plants in July, was a “game changer.”

"This code can automatically enter a system, steal the formula for the product you are manufacturing, alter the ingredients being mixed in your product, and indicate to the operator and your anti-virus software that everything is functioning as expected," Sean McGurk told the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

Computer antivirus maker McAfee released a report Wednesday said the Stuxnet worm “marked a beginning of a new era.”

The report said Stuxnet was the first malicious software, or “malware,” that targeted industrial control systems, “anything from a pizza oven to an oil rig.” The report said the sophistication of the worm indicates the perpetrators were well-moneyed; who remains a mystery. The virus had a marker that matched the date of the executive of a Jewish-Iranian business person, but added “this could be highly misleading or even a false path.”

Still, even if it were a targeted attack against Iran, the collateral damage is immense, infecting “thousands, if not millions” of computers worldwide.

“The damages Stuxnet causes will certainly dwarf those intended by the authors,” the report said.

Now accusations that China Telecom ‘hijacked’ 15 percent of U.S. web traffic last April, according to a U.S. Congressional report. The report said China telecom redirected the web traffic through China for 18 minutes. Sites impacted included all branches of the U.S. military, the U.S. Senate and NASA.

The report doesn’t know if the diversion was intentional, whether Beijing played any role, or whether sensitive data was compromised. Both the Chinese embassy in Washington and China Telecom denied the charges.

Regardless, the raft of reports indicates the heat of cyber threats is rising across borders, across industries and across computers.


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