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Apple to let users secure iPhones with a selfie

Apple may be building facial recognition into the lock screen of its next iPhones, allowing users to unlock the phone by taking a selfie with the front-facing camera and eliminating the need for a cumbersome passcode.

One dead as police fire on car in incident at US spy HQ

Fort George G Meade - US police opened fire and one suspect died Monday after two men dressed in women's clothing tried to ram their car onto the grounds of the National Security Agency outside Washington.

Turkey approves tough anti-protest law after all-night debate

Ankara - The Turkish parliament on Friday passed a stripped down version of its controversial homeland security bill that has enraged the opposition, after a 16-hour debate that lasted all night.

Spain approves security laws decried by rights groups

Madrid - Spain's lower house of parliament on Thursday approved two new security laws which rights groups warn will curb the right to protest, freedom of the press and the right to asylum.

Uganda boosts security after US attack warning

Kanpala - Uganda said Thursday it was boosting security over threats by Somalia's Shebab militants, after the US embassy in Kampala warned its citizens of a possible imminent terror attack.

Anti-Semitism in Europe akin to 1930s: Jewish leader

Washington - A prominent Jewish figure urged the United States to beware surging anti-Semitism in Europe and warned that seven decades after World War II Jews on the continent are having to look over their shoulders once more.

Researchers hack computers by firing blasts of hot air

Researchers have found a way to hack into secure computer systems by firing blasts of hot air, tricking the computer's thermal sensor and allowing the researchers access to the computer even when not connected to the internet.

France faces 'unprecedented' terror threat, say officials

Paris - The threat of a jihadist attack in France has reached a level "without precedent" and new attacks are inevitable, according to top counter-terrorism officials.

All four major browsers fail Pwn2Own exploit competition

All four major web browsers have failed to survive exploits at the Pwn2Own hacking contest running alongside the CanSecWest 2015 conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Security researchers were testing them in exchange for cash.

Sydneysiders queue for reopening of siege cafe

Sydney - The Sydney cafe where a gunman inspired by the Islamic State group staged a bloody 16-hour siege reopened Friday, with scores queuing to enter the site where two hostages died.

Windows Hello biometric authentication allows for instant logins

Microsoft has unveiled a brand new way of logging in to your computer that will debut with Windows 10. Called Windows Hello, it uses biometric authentication to instantly log you in when you show your face or touch your finger to a device.

IS extremism fight may take a generation: Australia

Sydney - The battle against the Islamic State group's extremism may last a generation, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has warned, likening the jihadists to fanatical followers of Adolf Hitler.

White House was sent envelope with cyanide: U.S. media

Washington - The White House this week was sent a letter that tested positive for cyanide, U.S. media reported, in yet another piece of bad news for the Secret Service."On Monday 3/16/15, an envelope was received at the White House Mail Screening Facility.

U.S. Secret Service has alcohol problem: Director

Washington - The U.S. Secret Service director admitted to Congress on Tuesday that his agents often drink, even as he sought funding to build a life-size mock-up of the White House to improve training.

Secret Service wants $8 mn White House replica for training

Washington - The US Secret Service has requested $8 million to build a replica of the White House to be used in training agents to prevent incidents like last year's mansion intrusion, the agency's director said Tuesday.

Yahoo begins process of eradicating passwords

Yahoo has released a new system of logging in to Yahoo Mail that eliminates the need for remembering long, secure passwords. Instead, passwords are generated "on demand" when required at the time of login.

European Jews 'bankrupted' by security costs: U.S. envoy

Stockholm - Many Jewish bodies in Europe are being bankrupted by the growing need for security measures, the U.S. State Department's special envoy on anti-Semitism said on Friday.

Panda antivirus update causes software to flag itself

An update to Panda's antivirus software programs has led to the software recognising some of its own core files as malicious malware. It then quarantined them, leaving itself unable to run and preventing computers from starting up.

Wikipedia filing lawsuit to NSA challenging mass surveillance

Wikipedia is to take legal action against the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice that will challenge the government's program of mass surveillance of Internet traffic and suggest that this undermines democracy.

Snowden documents reveal extent of CIA hacking of Apple security

Documents released by Edward Snowden have shown that the CIA has spent almost a decade trying to break through the security around Apple devices so that they could secretly plant malware onto the devices and monitor users.

Fresh drone flight over sensitive French military site

Paris - A drone has been spotted over a sensitive military site south-west of Paris, a source close to the enquiry said Sunday, the latest in a series of overflights that has stumped authorities.

Security alert prompted as man spotted on the roof of Parliament

An arrest has been made after a man was spotted pacing around on the roof of the houses of Parliament in London late last night, prompting negotiators, police and the fire service to attend the scene in England's capital.

Latest uTorrent uses your CPU to mine bitcoins

One of the world's most popular torrent downloaders, uTorrent, has been revealed as attempting to install a resource-hogging Bitcoin miner along with itself, slowing your PC to a crawl as it runs in the background.

Julian Assange: The $15 million man

Keeping an eye on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange - who is holed up inside the Ecuadoran embassy in London - has cost British law enforcement over $15 million dollars, or $10 million British pounds.

FREAK security flaw in HTTPS affects Windows too

A decade-old flaw in the HTTPS protocol that could allow hackers to decrypt secure traffic between web browsers and servers, including payment details, has been confirmed to be present on Windows as well as Android and iOS devices.

French police report 'dozen' drone sightings over Paris

Paris - Paris police on Wednesday said the public had reported around a dozen drone sightings over sensitive areas of the French capital -- the latest in a baffling series of overflights.

U.S. Congress passes security funding, averting crisis

Washington - Congress finally gave the Department of Homeland Security its due, funding the crucial U.S. agency after months of political wrangling that threatened to plunge it into shutdown.

Al-Jazeera reporter fined for drone flights over Paris

Paris - A French court Tuesday fined a British journalist 1,000 euros ($1,100) for flying a drone over central Paris and confiscated the machine, as authorities scramble to explain a recent series of mysterious overflights.

Edward Snowden 'ready to return to States'

Moscow - Edward Snowden, the fugitive whistleblower who has been given refuge in Russia, is willing to return to the United States if he is given a fair trial, his lawyer said Tuesday."He is thinking about it.

German city of Bremen scales back security alert

Berlin - German authorities Sunday downgraded a security alert in the northern city of Bremen that had led to two temporary arrests and searches of premises that included an Islamic cultural centre.
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Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27  2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concre...
Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27, 2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concrete fences around a "hot zone" in the downtown core to keep protesters out.
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Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27, 2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concrete fences around a "hot zone" in the downtown core to keep protesters out.
Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27  2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concre...
Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27, 2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concrete fences around a "hot zone" in the downtown core to keep protesters out.
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Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27  2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concre...
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