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Leaked documents reveal New Zealand planned to hack smartphones

A leaked top secret document has revealed that New Zealand and its spy partners attempted to exploit weaknesses in smartphone browsers to hack into the devices without informing companies or the public. The information was obtained by Edward Snowden.

Liberia struggles with violence along insecure Ivory Coast border

- In February last year a gang of men with machetes ambushed two villages in western Ivory Coast, disembowelling a soldier and pulling out most of his organs before slaying three of his colleagues.

Obama looks to anchor Tunisia's democratic gains

Washington - Barack Obama and Tunisia's president will on Thursday discuss increased military and economic aid designed to ensure the brightest democratic light to emerge from the Arab Spring is not extinguished by jihadists or joblessness.

Obama urged to support encryption by Apple, Google & Microsoft

The largest and most influential technology companies including giants Apple, Google and Microsoft have formed a coalition to deliver a letter to President Obama, urging him to reject any proposal to deliberately weaken the security of smartphones.

New hack leaves millions of home WiFi routers open to attack

A major security flaw has been found in software used by millions of consumer WiFi routers. The error could allow attackers to execute code on the router at the kernel level, potentially exposing every device and file on your home network.

Egypt using sex attacks to crush opposition: rights group

Paris - Egyptian security forces have stepped up sexual attacks against detainees since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi, using them as a "cynical political strategy" to crush opposition, a rights group charged Tuesday.

FBI issues search warrant after man claims he hacked plane

The FBI has issued a search warrant for a man who claims to have successfully hijacked aircraft during flight. He used his laptop computer to hack the plane's systems and temporarily gain control of the engines, causing it to fly sideways.

Washington Post mobile site hijacked by Syrian Electronic Army

The mobile-friendly version of the Washington Post's website was hijacked for a short time Thursday night by hackers claiming to be from the Syrian Electronic Army. Visitors found warning pop-up messages from the hackers.

Two of the most popular GTA V PC mods include active malware

Two of the most popular third-party mods for the recently-launched PC edition of Grand Theft Auto V have been found to secretly install malware, prompting a tightening up of registration procedures on several key mod download sites.

What you need to know about 'Venom', billed Heartbleed 2 by some

An "extremely critical" bug has been found in virtualisation software relied on by web hosts across the Internet. Named "Venom", some have been calling it "Heartbleed 2.0" as it could allow an attacker to gain access to the entire contents of a server.

NATO, EU work to tighten cooperation against 'new threats'

Antalya - NATO and the European Union on Thursday vowed to tighten cooperation against the "hybrid warfare" that the West accuses Russia of using in the battle for influence in the former Soviet Union.

NATO warns Putin 'critical' to implement Ukraine truce

Antalya - NATO leaders on Wednesday warned President Vladimir Putin to waste no time in implementing a fragile peace deal to end the fighting in Ukraine, after the Russian strongman's meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry raised hopes of a slackening in ...

Turkey says 'nothing justifies' Russia policy ahead of NATO talks

Antalya - Turkey on Tuesday said nothing can justify Russia's actions in Ukraine and other ex-Soviet states, in a rare strong criticism of its increasingly close ally ahead of a NATO meeting.

Turkey urges action against 'IS threat' at NATO talks

Antalya - Turkey on Tuesday called for determined action from NATO member states against the "significant" threat posed by Islamic State jihadists who have taken swathes of Iraq and Syria up to its borders.

Australian teen 'terrorist' to stay in custody

Melbourne - An Australian teenager charged with involvement in a "well advanced" terrorist bomb plot was remanded in custody Monday, with the 17-year-old saying nothing during a brief court appearance.

Teen 'well advanced' in alleged bomb plot: Australia police

Sydney - Australian police said Sunday a teenager charged with a terrorist bomb plot was "well advanced" in plans to target a public event, adding they were investigating whether he was radicalised or recruited online.

Australia police foil alleged terror bomb plot

Sydney - Australian police said Saturday they had foiled an alleged terror bomb plot reportedly planned for Mother's Day, arresting a Melbourne teenager and detonating three suspected explosive devices.

Tight security in Cannes ahead of film fest

Cannes - With France still on high alert after January's jihadist attacks in Paris and yet another audacious jewellery heist in recent days, a huge but discreet security detail is planned for next week's Cannes film festival.

Lawmakers defy outrage to ramp up Canada spy agency powers

Ottawa - Lawmakers passed a bitterly opposed anti-terror law dramatically expanding the powers and reach of Canada's spy agency, allowing it to operate overseas for the first time.

Danish intelligence chief steps down after criticism

Copenhage - The head of Denmark's intelligence agency on Wednesday stepped down as an investigation criticised parts of the police response to February's deadly twin attacks in Copenhagen.

New self-destructing virus kills computers when detected

A new form of self-destructing virus has been discovered with a unique agenda. The malware can work out when anti-virus programs have detected it and then renders the computer unusable so that it can keep on operating.

Huge security flaw found in Lenovo laptops and computers

Just months after Lenovo was found to be installing adware on its computers, it has now been revealed that the company has left "massive security risks" in its own software supplied with its machines leaving users vulnerable to attack and exploit.

China blames foreign malware for Internet outage

China has blamed malware originating from "overseas servers" for causing a widespread Internet outage in the country last weekend. The unusual attack resulted in several users being redirected to one of two websites when browsing online.

Kenya admits intelligence ignored ahead of Garissa massacre

Nairobi - Kenya's interior minister on Thursday admitted that intelligence was ignored and the security response botched regarding the Islamist massacre of nearly 150 people at Garissa university.

Millions of WordPress sites are at risk of hijacking

A major vulnerability has been discovered in the WordPress content management system that makes it possible for hackers to gain complete control of the administration area and even the web server that WordPress is running on.

London Metropolitan Police still uses 35,000 Windows XP computers

A freedom of information request has revealed how prevalent the 14-year old Windows XP still is at key public businesses. The London Metropolitan Police force announced today that officers still use 35,000 XP machines, despite support ending a year ago.

Police out in force for Anzac ceremonies in Australia

Sydney - Police Friday vowed a heavy security presence as Australia prepares to honour its war dead at Anzac Day commemorations a week after an alleged terror plot was foiled.

Another Australian charged with terror-related offences

Sydney - Australian police on Tuesday charged a second man with terrorism-related offences, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott urged the public not to be deterred by fears of an alleged plot inspired by Islamic State.

UK police arrest boy, 14, over Australia IS attack 'plot'

Manchester - Police in Britain said Monday they have arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with an alleged Islamic State-inspired attack plan in Australia.

Terror arrests in Australia over planned Anzac Day attack

Sydney - Two men were arrested in Melbourne on Saturday for allegedly planning an Islamic State-inspired attack at Anzac Day commemorations honouring soldiers who fought and died for Australia -- the country's most important national event.
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