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iPhone users urged to update after 'unprecedented' spyware found

Apple has released a critical security update for iOS that contains patches for three of the most serious flaws ever discovered in the software. A successful exploit has been found in the wild, giving hackers complete access from a single text message.

WhatsApp breaks its promise, starts sharing data with Facebook

WhatsApp is facing a huge backlash after breaking a promise it made two years ago. When it was bought by Facebook, it pledged not to share user data with its new parent. Now, it's reversed that policy and will soon share data to power ads.

French schools boost anti-terror defences

Paris - Thousands of police reservists will patrol outside French schools next week as children return to the classroom after a summer overshadowed by two jihadist attacks, the government announced Tuesday.

Stockpile food in case of attack, Germany tells citizens

Berlin - Germany on Wednesday urged its population to stockpile food and water to prepare for possible terrorist or cyber attacks, as it adopted its first civil defence strategy since the end of the Cold War.

Central American countries form anti-gang force

Sansalvador - Three Central American presidents announced Wednesday they are forming a joint force to combat gangs and organized crime groups that have made their countries among the most dangerous on Earth.

Germany to chart first civil defence plan since Cold War: report

Berlin - Germany will introduce its first civil defence strategy since the end of the Cold War, calling on the population to stockpile enough food and water for several days, according to a report Sunday.

Kalashnikov replica store opens in Russian airport

Moscow - Russia's biggest international airport on Friday expressed concern after gunmaker Kalashnikov opened a store there selling lifesize replica rifles.

Bitcoin users warned of attack by 'state sponsored' hackers

A leading Bitcoin information site has warned its users the release of a new version of the Bitcoin software could be targeted by "state sponsored attackers." However, the country planning the attack hasn't been revealed and many members are sceptical.

Software security alerts are ignored 90 percent of the time

A study has found security warnings displayed by software programs are routinely ignored by users. The alerts can help you to keep your computer clean and safe but are usually dismissed immediately. Most people have insufficient time to pay attention.

Russian forces kill 4 in raid against Caucasus militants

Moscow - Heavily-armed Russian special forces on Wednesday raided an apartment building in Saint Petersburg in an operation targeting North Caucasus militants, killing four suspects.

Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs will soon get updates like Windows 10

Microsoft has announced it is changing the way it releases updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 computers. Going forward, it will use the same approach as it does for Windows 10, wrapping all security and reliability updates up into a single monthly release.

Nasty Android malware spreads through Google's online ad network

Security researchers have discovered a severe form of malware that is spreading quickly through Google's online ad network. Targeting Android users, the malware downloads as soon as a user visits a page with an infected ad, making it a serious threat.

China launches world first quantum satellite

Bejing - China launched the world's first quantum satellite on Tuesday, state media reported, in an effort to harness the power of particle physics to build an "unhackable" system of encrypted communications.

Panic at New York airport after reports of shots fired

New York - Unfounded reports of shots fired at New York's main airport triggered scenes of panic, massive evacuations and huge delays.There was no immediate confirmation of injuries or arrests, but Port Authority police evacuated at least two terminals at John F....

Rio police blow up suspect package near marathon course

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian security forces blew up a "suspect package" near the Rio women's marathon course on Sunday, organisers said.Around 12.40pm (1540GMT) an explosion was heard close to the Marina da Gloria Olympic sailing venue.

EU anti-terror police to track extremists at Greece camps

Atenas - Anti-terror experts from European police agency Europol will travel to Greece in an effort to track would-be jihadists amongst the migrants stuck in the country's camps, a Greek police source said Saturday.

French Catholic shrine prepares for pilgrimage in shadow of attacks

Lourdes - French security forces are on high alert as thousands of Catholics converge on the shrine of Lourdes for an annual pilgrimage unfolding in the shadow of a string of terror attacks.

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan detained at US airport

New Delhi - Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan took to Twitter Friday to express his annoyance at being detained by US airport immigration authorities for the third time, saying the experience "really, really sucks".

Italian coastguard tightens port security

Rome - The Italian coastguard on Thursday raised the security level across the Mediterranean nation's ports, a spokesman told AFP.

Rio organisers insist Games safe despite latest shootings

Rio De Janeiro - Organisers insisted the Rio Olympics were safe on Thursday despite a second bullet being fired into the equestrian venue and a brutal military police shooting not far from the Maracana stadium.

Internet bug lets hackers intercept your browsing to send malware

A major vulnerability in Linux has been discovered that allows hackers to intercept connections to websites and inject malicious code into their source. It affects several major publishers, giving attackers an easy way to infect machines.

Complex malware hides on government's computers for five years

A sinister form of malware known as Project Sauron has been spying on computers at major organisations, including governments, for over five years, according to researchers. It has been named 'Sauron' after Lord of the Rings references in its source code.

Germany mulls taking away citizenship from jihadists

Berlin - Germany unveiled Thursday tough new anti-terror measures after two attacks claimed by the Islamic State group, including a controversial proposal to strip jihadist fighters of their German nationality.

Berlin to 'toughen anti-terror measures' after attacks

Berlin - Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere is preparing to unveil a slew of new anti-terror measures, reports said Wednesday, after two attacks in July claimed by the Islamic State group.

Oracle's hugely popular point-of-sale payment system hacked

Computing giant Oracle has warned customers of its MICROS point-of-sale payment systems that cybercriminals have infected the service with malicious code. The software is used in 180 countries. The attack could explain a recent series of retail thefts.

Metropolitan Police told it must stop using Windows XP

London - London's Metropolitan Police has been warned to stop using Windows XP or risk citizens' security. The force still has over 27,000 PCs running the outdated operating system and is using taxpayers' money to pay Microsoft for important updates and patches.

Republican national security officials reject Trump

Washington - Fifty senior Republican national security officials have issued a stinging rejection of their party's White House nominee Donald Trump, warning if elected he would be "the most reckless president in American history".

'World's lamest ransomware' leaves unlock key 'in plain sight'

A ransomware campaign currently doing the rounds in the US has been dubbed the "world's lamest" after researchers discovered it doesn't create unique encryption keys. The single code is hidden "in plain sight," letting anyone recover their files for free.

900 million phones at risk of Android 'Quadrooter' malware

Security researchers have warned that as many as 900 million Android phones are at risk of attack. Serious vulnerabilities found in Qualcomm's chipset drivers for its processors could give hackers complete control of devices and access to user data.

US seismic sensors let hackers trigger false alerts and fake data

Security researchers have detailed how hackers could gain access to thousands of seismic sensors placed in sensitive, extreme locations around the world. The weak security around the devices allows intruders to spoof alerts and generate fake readings.
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