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'123456' leads the worst passwords of 2016

A list of the worst passwords of 2016 has been revealed by a cybersecurity company. Unsurprisingly, the top 10 still consists of strings of sequential characters, phrases from the top of the keyboard and repeated groups of letters.

High security over truck attacks for Trump inauguration

Washington - Lone-wolf shooters, trucks used as attack vehicles and weaponized drones are all considered significant risks by security agencies as nearly a million people prepare to throng Washington Friday for Donald Trump's presidential inauguration.

WhatsApp denies existence of deliberate security backdoor

A backdoor has been found in encrypted messaging platform WhatsApp, according to a report today. Privacy campaigners have described the hole as "a huge threat to freedom of speech" but WhatsApp has denied there are security concerns.

Germany readies security reforms after Berlin attack

Berlin - German ministers on Tuesday announced plans for security reforms in response to the deadly jihadist attack on a Berlin Christmas market, including electronic ankle bracelets for extremists considered potentially violent.

Germany's Islamist scene growing: security chief

Berlin - Germany's domestic security chief warned Sunday that the country's radical Islamist scene is not only growing, but becoming more decentralised, posing greater challenges to surveillance operations.

Spain readies for Epiphany under unprecedented security

Madrid - As Spain readies to celebrate Epiphany Thursday with hugely-popular parades, authorities have implemented unprecedented security measures such as banning trucks from Madrid and Barcelona to avoid attacks like those in Berlin and Nice.

Tunisia dismantles 'terrorist cell' in growing crackdown

Tunis - Tunisian security forces have dismantled a 13-member "terrorist cell" that was funnelling young recruits to jihadist groups, authorities said Wednesday, as part of a growing crackdown on extremists.

Tunisia dismantles 'terrorist cell' in growing crackdown

Tunis - Tunisian security forces have dismantled a 13-member "terrorist cell" that was funnelling young recruits to jihadist groups, authorities said Wednesday, as part of a growing crackdown on extremists.

Tunisia dismantles 'terrorist cell' in growing crackdown

Tunis - Tunisian security forces have dismantled a 13-member "terrorist cell" that was funnelling young recruits to jihadist groups, authorities said Wednesday, as part of a growing crackdown on extremists.

Germany plans security overhaul after Berlin attack

Berlin - Germany's interior minister on Tuesday outlined plans for a security services overhaul, seeking greater federal powers on domestic intelligence and quicker expulsions of illegal migrants following the Berlin truck attack.

Heavy security kept Cologne calm on New Year's Eve: police

Berlin - Police in the German city of Cologne said Sunday a heavy security presence on New Year's Eve prevented a repeat of last year's mass sexual assaults, while denying accusations of racial profiling.

Police with machine guns to secure Berlin New Year festive zone

Berlin - German authorities are beefing up security for New Year's eve celebrations in Berlin on Saturday after last week's truck attack, deploying police with machine guns and securing the festive zone around the Brandenburg Gate with concrete slabs.

Merkel orders security review after botched Amri case

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday ordered a sweeping review of Germany's security apparatus, which has drawn withering criticism after a known jihadist killed 12 people in a Berlin Christmas market.

'We're not at war', stoic Germans say after Berlin attack

Berlin - The Berlin attack may have rattled nerves but, mindful of their own dark history, Germans are resisting calls for a security overhaul and reject any talk of being at war -- setting the country apart from other jihadist-hit nations.

Deadly truck attack sparks security debate in Germany

Berlin - Should Germany's popular Christmas markets be ringed with concrete, patrolled by armed soldiers and screened with surveillance cameras?

US makes biggest Okinawa land return since 1972

Toukyo - A deal to return American military land on Okinawa to the Japanese government was hailed on Wednesday as the biggest such land transfer in more than four decades.

After Berlin, Europe beefs up security at Xmas markets

Paris - Security was beefed up at Christmas markets across Europe after a lorry ploughed through a market in Berlin killing 12 people and heightening security fears at the onset of the holiday season.

Yahoo: 'State-sponsored' actors behind biggest data breach ever

Yahoo has said it believes "state-sponsored" actors were behind a massive data breach in 2013 that it only revealed today. The company said one billion user accounts could be affected. Customers have been advised to change all their passwords.

France votes to extend state of emergency to July 15

Paris - France's parliament voted early Wednesday to extend a national state of emergency until July 15, after next year's elections.

Netgear customers told to stop using routers over security fears

Netgear has confirmed it is investigating a "critical" security vulnerability in three of its most popular models of Wi-Fi router. The dangerous flaw allows unauthorised attacks to execute arbitrary system code and gain full control of the device.

Google prepares to label some HTTP webpages 'Not Secure'

Google has rolled out a beta version of Chrome that marks traditional HTTP websites with password and credit card fields as "not secure." The company hopes the move will pressurise websites into using the secure HTTPS protocol to transmit sensitive data.

White House backs Russia probe against defiant Trump

Washington - The White House and leading senators lined up against President-elect Donald Trump Monday in calling for a Congressional investigation into US intelligence that Russia interfered to sway last month's election.

Trump taps retired general Kelly for Homeland Security chief

New York - Donald Trump announced Monday he will nominate retired general John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security, the third ex-military man tapped for a top job in his presidential administration.

Greek police detonate bomb outside ministry

Atenas - Greek police on Monday detonated a bomb outside the labour ministry in Athens following a warning phone call, a police source said.Bomb specialists blew up a backpack found outside the ministry building entrance in central Athens. Nobody was hurt.

Republicans reject reports Russia helped Trump win election

Washington - Republicans rejected reports of a secret CIA assessment finding that Russia sought to tip the US presidential election in Donald Trump's favor, as a Democratic Senate leader called for an investigation.

France aims to extend state of emergency until July 2017

Paris - The French government announced plans Saturday to extend a national state of emergency until after elections next year, citing a heightened risk of jihadist attacks coinciding with polls.

Obama asks for 'full review' of 2016 election cyberattacks

Washington - President Barack Obama has requested a review of all cyberattacks that took place during the 2016 election cycle, the White House said Friday, amid allegations of Russian interference.

Britain will help Gulf 'push back' against Iran aggression: PM

London - Britain will help Gulf states "push back" against aggressive regional actions by Iran, Prime Minister Theresa May told the Gulf Cooperation Council in Bahrain on Wednesday in a televised address.

Russian security service says killed North Caucasus Islamic State 'emir'

Moscow - Russia's FSB security service said Sunday it had killed an "emir" of the Islamic State group in a raid in the volatile North Caucasus.

AirDroid app puts 10 million Android users at risk of attack

One of the most popular remote management apps for Android has been putting tens of millions of users at risk of crippling cyberattacks for several months. The company has been criticised for appearing to put new features above patching the issues.
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