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China targets web control with new national security law

Bejing - China passed a wide-ranging new national security law Wednesday, expanding its legal reach over the Internet and even outer space as concerns grow about ever-tighter limits on rights.

Israel approves extending security fence to Jordan border

Jerusalem - Israel has approved extending a security barrier to part of its eastern border with Jordan in a bid to keep out militants and illegal migrants, the prime minister's office said Monday.

Pakistan privacy activists slam 'unethical' British hacking claims

Islamabad - Pakistani rights campaigners have urged Islamabad to take action to protect the privacy of its citizens after leaked top-secret documents appeared to show British intelligence had gained access to almost all the country's Internet users.

U.S. cyber attack may be 4 times larger than original reports

An estimated 18 million people may have been affected by recent hack of U.S. government data — a number far greater than what is publicly acknowledged. A Chinese group is suspected to be responsible for the theft of data over several months.

Hackers ground 1,400 passengers in attack on Polish airline LOT

Varsovia - A cyber attack against Polish flagship carrier LOT grounded more than 1,400 passengers at Warsaw's Frederic Chopin Airport in what an airline spokesman described as the "first attack of its kind".

Ukraine parliament fires powerful security chief

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament Thursday fired the powerful head of the SBU state security service after he fell foul of President Petro Poroshenko and became embroiled in a conflict with the nation's chief prosecutor.

Sweden mulls new laws banning jihad combat, travel

Stockholm - Sweden is considering drafting new legislation that would ban its nationals from fighting in armed conflicts for terrorist organisations such as Islamic State (IS), the government said Wednesday.

The ever-evolving cyber threat to planes

Paris - Hackers and cyber-terrorists present an ever-evolving threat to airlines, with experts constantly testing for new vulnerabilities -- including the fear that drones could be used to throw a plane off course.

Microsoft to encrypt all Bing search data by default

Microsoft has announced that it is going to begin encrypting all search data through Bing by default from this summer. The change is intended to help protect the personal data of its users but could impact websites reliant on analytics tools.

Samsung Galaxy phone vulnerability affects 600 million devices

A serious vulnerability in some of smartphone giant Samsung's premium handsets means that hackers could gain remote access to the camera, microphone and email inbox of over 600 million phones because of a flaw in the default keyboard.

LastPass password management service hacked, users warned

Password management service LastPass has advised its users to change the master password for their accounts after noting some suspicious activity on its servers recently. Although it does not believe any data was taken, the firm is taking precautions.

Journalist Greenwald denies claim that Snowden files breached

Washington - A journalist who published the first reports from Edward Snowden's leaked documents offered a detailed rebuttal Monday to allegations that Russian and Chinese spies accessed the former intelligence contractor's files.

France's Hollande boosts ties with former foe Algeria

Alger - French President Francois Hollande arrived Monday in Algeria for a visit aimed at tackling the "common battle" of the once bitter foes against jihadists from Mali to Libya.

Emojis could be the future of security and PIN codes

A software company has claimed that emoji could soon replace PIN codes as the primary security form for bank accounts. The smiling faces are viable because they are easier to remember than PIN codes and there are many more combinations available.

Microsoft says the Ask toolbar is a 'high risk threat to your PC'

Microsoft is now flagging the Ask search toolbar as malware in its Malware Protection Centre. Older versions of the once popular toolbar can prevent users from changing their default search provider and many people now view it only as an annoyance.

Kenyans march for peace in terror-ravaged northeast

Garissa - More than a thousand young men and women from northeast Kenya began a 800 kilometre (500 mile) peace march this weekend against rampant insecurity and terrorism in the region.

Computer in Merkel's office hit by cyber attack: report

Berlin - A computer in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's legislative office was hit by a cyber attack that targeted the country's lower house of parliament in May, the Bild newspaper reported on Sunday.

Britain pulls spies as Moscow cracks Snowden files: reports

London - Britain has been forced to move some of its spies after Russia and China accessed the top-secret raft of documents taken by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, British media reported.

UN Security Council is 'failing' war-wracked world says Red Cross

Dakar - The Red Cross has warned that the world is facing conflict on an "unprecedented" scale, fuelled by the international community's failure to work together to end wars and humanitarian crises.

Union says hackers got sensitive data on all U.S. govt staff

Washington - Suspected Chinese hackers who infiltrated the US government's human resources records have sensitive information on all federal employees, an American union said.

Smartwatches expose contacts, email and health data to hackers

Researchers have found that it is "not very difficult" to access personal data including contacts, emails and sensitive health information from smartwatches made by LG and Samsung because neither brand encrypts the user's data.

Hackers may have snared details of Chinese linked to US: Report

New York - Chinese hackers accused of attacking US federal databases may have snared the names of Chinese with links to American officials, putting them in danger, The New York Times said.

Report: 20 'Stingray' fake cell towers spy on London phone users

London - An investigation has found that there are more than 20 fake phone towers known as "Stingrays" operating throughout Britain's capital city, spying on phone users and indiscriminately collecting information from them. It is uncertain who owns them.

Cybersecurity fears grow as defenses boosted: Study

Washington - The recent epidemic of cyberattacks has led to greater investment and spending on security, but fears are rising that hackers are gaining the upper hand, a study showed Wednesday.

Dozens of US airport workers linked to terror: Official

Washington - The agency in charge of US transportation security came under renewed fire as a report revealed that American airports had hired dozens of people with terror links.

Bomb alert in Brussels' EU district

Brussels - The area around the EU offices in Brussels was evacuated Tuesday and roads temporarily blocked after a bomb alert, Belgian media said.

White House press room evacuated during briefing

Washington - The White House press room was briefly evacuated and a Secret Service sniffer dog deployed Tuesday delaying a scheduled briefing.Journalists, including an AFP reporter, were escorted out as a security sweep was performed.

Mexico mobilizes army in face of election protests

Oaxaca - Mexico deployed police officers and soldiers across the country Saturday to ensure voters can cast their ballots in midterm elections that have been threatened in places by teacher-organized protests.

U.S. calls for cyber reform after massive hack

Washington - The White House urged Congress to come out of the "dark ages" and pass new cyber security rules, using a massive security breach to press its case for reform.

German police step up security checks ahead of G7 summit

Garmisch-partenkirchen - German police stepped up security checks Friday across a broad radius surrounding the venue for a Group of Seven summit at the weekend, as activists warmed up for protests against the gathering.
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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.
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.
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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.