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Russia decries 'new Cold War' as East-West strains cloud talks

Munich - The world has plunged into a "new Cold War", the Russian premier said Saturday, as East-West tensions over Ukraine and Syria took centre-stage at a gathering of world leaders in Germany.

More major attacks in Europe 'a certainty': French PM

Munich - More major attacks in Europe are a "certainty", French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told an audience at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

Odd iOS bug leaves devices dead if date set to January 1st, 1970

A new and intriguing bug has been found in Apple's iOS software used on the iPhone and iPad. Manually setting the date to the earliest time possible, January 1st 1970, leaves devices completely bricked and unusable with no confirmed known fix.

Security fears for Boko Haram displaced after Nigeria bombings

Lagos - Suicide bombings that killed 58 at a camp for those who fled Boko Haram have raised doubts about the true extent of Nigeria's grip on security in the troubled northeast and its policy of returning the displaced.

Microsoft promises to start detailing Windows 10 updates

Since the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has been releasing regular cumulative updates for the operating system without supplying any changelogs. After hearing much negative feedback, the company has committed to revealing what updates do.

French MPs approve post-attacks constitution changes

Paris - French lawmakers voted Wednesday in favour of measures to change the constitution following the November 13 jihadist attacks on Paris, but doubts remain as to whether the package will be fully adopted.

Kremlin downplays 'hooligan' cake attack on opposition leader

Moscow - The Kremlin on Wednesday downplayed a cake-throwing attack on opposition leader Mikhail Kasyanov and denied it was linked to a threat last week by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

French MPs vote on post-attacks constitution changes

Paris - French lawmakers will vote on Wednesday on a controversial package of measures to change the constitution in the wake of the terror attacks on Paris in November.

Google offering 2GB free storage as reward for updating security

Google is giving users 2GB of free Google Drive cloud storage in return for spending two minutes of their time to complete a Security Checkup. The offer is part of Safer Internet Day, designed to raise awareness of security issues online.

Team creates 'unhackable' brain scanner to replace passwords

Future security is topical at the moment as groups across the world are building different systems to prepare us for a passwordless future. One such team has come up with a very different solution that scans the brain to create an 'unhackable' ID.

Anti-terrorism chiefs ready for 'worst' at Rio Olympics

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil may have so far escaped the radar of radical Islamist groups, but the Rio Olympics is taking no chances on terrorism when the Games start in six months."We are on permanent alert.

Major security flaw found in antivirus firm's 'secure' browser

A major security flaw has been found in Avast's SecureZone browser, also known as Avastium, that allows an attacker to remotely read any file on the user's computer, over the Internet. Antivirus firm Avast quickly patched the embarrassing bug.

Obama presents $450 mn plan to fund Colombia peace

Washington - US President Barack Obama announced a $450 million plan to fund Colombia's peace process on Thursday, shaking up a controversial military aid program that defined relations for 15 years.

Google goes to war against fake download buttons

A common trick used by advertisers and scammers is to design fake software download buttons to display alongside websites with legitimate links. Google has announced it will start to protect users against these deceptive buttons with a Chrome update.

Cologne opens carnival on edge after sex attacks

Cologne - Cologne opened its annual carnival Thursday with ramped-up security to prevent a repeat of the sex assaults that marred New Year and triggered a debate about Germany's ability to integrate asylum seekers.

History weighs as Obama, Santos plot Colombia peace

Washington - The United States has plowed billions in military aid to conflict-torn Colombia over the past decade and a half and on Thursday, President Barack Obama will be asked to fund the peace.

Cologne, on edge since sex assaults, beefs up carnival security

Berlin - Cologne is on high alert ahead of its giant carnival festivities since a shocking spate of sexual assaults, with German authorities anxious to prevent a repeat of the rampage and ward off potential jihadist attacks.

BlackBerry signals it could abandon BB10 for Android after all

When BlackBerry launched the Priv in late 2015, its first Android-powered smartphone, the company promised it wouldn't let its own BlackBerry 10 (BB10) operating system suffer as a result. This week the company indicated it may be rethinking that.

Islamists, far-right on rise in Germany: Security service

Berlin - Germany's domestic intelligence service warned Wednesday of a rise in the number of radical Islamists, as well as of far-right extremists furious over a mass influx of mostly Muslim refugees.

W. Africa boosts security as jihadist threat grows

Dakar - Faced with a growing jihadist threat, West African nations are scrambling to boost security but are seeing visitor numbers fall as foreign governments warn their nationals about the risks.

Swedish university closed after 'massacre' threat

Stockholm - The University of Orebro in central Sweden said it would close on Monday after an anonymous threat raised fears of a planned massacre.

Skype update stops it revealing your IP address to the world

An update to the Microsoft-owned Skype messaging software has finally removed a known issue present for over three years. The flaw makes it easy for outsiders to uncover a user's IP address, allowing them to execute DDoS attacks or other hacks.

Bomb threat on Swedish plane was false: police

Stockholm - A Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) plane carrying 72 people from London to Stockholm was on Friday diverted to Gothenburg and the passengers evacuated, due to a bomb threat which turned out to be false, police said.

66% of Android devices at risk as zero-day flaw found in Linux

A zero-day flaw found in the Linux kernel has put as many as 66 percent of Android devices at risk of exploit by hackers and malware creators. The bug also affects millions of desktop computers and Linux servers around the world.

'Worst password' of 2015 revealed — It's still 123456

SplashData has published its updated list of the worst passwords in use today. 123456 is still at the top of the list, followed by "password" and 12345678. The company warned that poor security habits are putting Internet users at risk of exploit.

New Jersey schools evacuate over bomb, shooting threat

New York - US authorities on Tuesday evacuated at least nine schools in New Jersey after receiving a bomb and shooting threat, a sheriff office's spokesman said.

LastPass users warned of sophisticated phishing attack

A flaw in the popular password manager software LastPass has been discovered by a security researcher. It allows a hacker to design an exceptionally convincing phishing attack and persuade the user to give up the root password protecting their details.

Most security cameras on BART trains are fake, agency admits

Oakland - Most of the hundreds of security cameras on BART commuter trains around the Bay Area are not working, the agency admitted Wednesday as it began investigating the second onboard shooting in its 45-year history.

Malaysian officials nab four suspected IS-linked militants: Police

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian authorities have arrested four suspected militants and confiscated a weapon along with Islamic State group (IS) documents, national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said Saturday.

340m PC users thrown 'hot potato' as Microsoft pulls plug on IE 8

Microsoft has followed through on its plans to end support for old versions of its Internet Explorer web browser and Windows operating system today. The move, described by experts as a "hot potato," puts as many as 340 million Internet users at risk.
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Agent with State Department s Dignitary Protection Division at Dalai Lama event.  University of Arka...
Agent with State Department's Dignitary Protection Division at Dalai Lama event. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark. May 11, 2011
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.
A new system seeks to replace passwords with patterns and pictures
A new system seeks to replace passwords with patterns and pictures
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Google will now show red warnings for sites infected with malware and other  unwanted software .
Google will now show red warnings for sites infected with malware and other "unwanted software".
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An example of a key management systems
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UK police.
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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.
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.
Police officers stationed outside the House of Blues venue to ensure safety for President Obama.
Police officers stationed outside the House of Blues venue to ensure safety for President Obama.
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A woman with the "flying pastie" scanner shield.
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Facebook's new "targeted attack" warning
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Security vehicle filming strikers from Toronto Port Authority
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point of sale security
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A TSA employee looking at the images from an X-ray scanner at an American airport
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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.
Officers with University of Arkansas PD s K9 program at Dalai Lama event.  University of Arkansas  F...
Officers with University of Arkansas PD's K9 program at Dalai Lama event. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark. May 11, 2011
Agent with State Department s Dignitary Protection Division at Dalai Lama event. University of Arkan...
Agent with State Department's Dignitary Protection Division at Dalai Lama event. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark. May 11, 2011
Lincoln Labs at MIT developed the  through-wall ultrawideband radar  system that can see through bui...
Lincoln Labs at MIT developed the "through-wall ultrawideband radar" system that can see through buildings; this picture shows the system elements from the back.
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An old padlock
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