International / National Security

Islamic State in Raqqa mounts last stand

Islamic State in Raqqa mounts last stand

Published 17/10/2017

U.S.-backed militias will capture Islamic State's last foothold in the jihadists' former Syrian capital of Raqqa within hours, a militia spokesman said on Tuesday. [more…]

U.S.-backed Syrian militias raise flag in Raqqa stadium

U.S.-backed Syrian militias raise flag in Raqqa stadium

Published 17/10/2017

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raised a militia flag inside Raqqa stadium on Tuesday, one of the last remaining areas that were held by Islamic State in its former capital, a Reuters witness said. [more…]

Philippine president declares Marawi liberated as battle goes on

Philippine president declares Marawi liberated as battle goes on

Published 17/10/2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared the southern city of Marawi liberated from pro-Islamic State militants on Tuesday, although the military said 20-30 rebels were holding about 20 hostages and still fighting it out. [more…]

South Africa`s Zuma appoints new energy minister in cabinet reshuffle

South Africa`s Zuma appoints new energy minister in cabinet reshuffle

Published 17/10/2017

South African President Jacob Zuma has appointed minister of state security David Mahlobo as energy minister in a cabinet reshuffle, the presidency said on Tuesday. [more…]

Microsoft responded quietly after detecting secret database hack in 2013

Microsoft responded quietly after detecting secret database hack in 2013

Published 17/10/2017

Microsoft Corp's secret internal database for tracking bugs in its own software was broken into by a highly sophisticated hacking group more than four years ago, according to five former employees, in only the second known breach of such a corporate database. [more…]

Researchers uncover flaw that makes Wi-Fi vulnerable to hacks

Researchers uncover flaw that makes Wi-Fi vulnerable to hacks

Published 17/10/2017

Cyber security watchdogs and researchers are issuing warnings over risks associated with a widely used system for securing Wi-Fi communications after the discovery of a flaw that could allow hackers to read information thought to be encrypted, or infect websites with malware. [more…]

Key Republican says Trump must work with Europe on Iran

Key Republican says Trump must work with Europe on Iran

Published 16/10/2017

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged President Donald Trump's administration on Monday to work closely with European allies as it develops its new Iran policy. [more…]

U.S. judge questions government on Trump`s latest travel ban

U.S. judge questions government on Trump`s latest travel ban

Published 16/10/2017

A U.S. judge on Monday questioned attorneys defending the Trump administration about a classified report the government is using to justify its latest ban on citizens of some countries from entering the United States. [more…]

North Korea likely behind Taiwan SWIFT cyber heist: BAE

North Korea likely behind Taiwan SWIFT cyber heist: BAE

Published 16/10/2017

Cyber-security firm BAE Systems Plc said on Monday it believes the North Korean Lazarus hacking group is likely responsible for a recent cyber heist in Taiwan, the latest in a string of hacks targeting the global SWIFT messaging system. [more…]

U.S. Supreme Court to decide major Microsoft email privacy fight

U.S. Supreme Court to decide major Microsoft email privacy fight

Published 16/10/2017

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to resolve a major privacy dispute between the Justice Department and Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) over whether prosecutors should get access to emails stored on company servers overseas. [more…]