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WikiLeaks releases CIA hacks of Apple Mac computers

WASHINGTON: The Central Intelligence Agency is able to permanently infect an Apple Mac computer so that even reinstalling the operating system will not erase the bug, according to documents published Thursday by WikiLeaks. In its second release allegedly from the CIA’s arsenal of hacking tools, WikiLeaks also said that it appears the US spy agency…

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FBI chief confirms probe of possible Russia links to Trump team

FBI Director James Comey confirmed for the first time Monday that the agency is investigating Russian interference in last year’s presidential election and notably Moscow’s possible collusion with President Donald Trump’s campaign. He also rejected Trump’s claim that predecessor Barack Obama wiretapped his Trump Tower in New York, saying both the Federal Bureau of Investigation…

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Trump tweets Russia collusion claims ‘fake news’

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Monday shot down as “fake news” allegations that he worked with Russia, which US intelligence says tried to tilt the US election in Trump’s favor. His tweet came just as the chiefs of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency were to testify before Congress about ties…

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FBI director to testify on Russia ties, alleged wiretap

WASHINGTON: The directors of the FBI and NSA are to give keenly awaited testimony before Congress on Monday on what ties President Donald Trump may have with Russia and his explosive allegation that he was wiretapped by his predecessor Barack Obama. Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey and Mike Rogers of the National Security…

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Video: Trump in angry exchange with CNN reporter

In his first news conference in more than six months, Donald Trump refused to take a question from CNN. CNN had reported US intelligence officials had briefed Trump about unverified claims about his relationship with Russia. The the news conference he refused to take a question from CNN. He also criticised BuzzFeed News, which had…

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Suspect chose Florida airport for rampage that killed five: FBI

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA: The Iraq war veteran accused of killing five people at Fort Lauderdale airport apparently chose to travel to Florida to carry out the rampage, and there are no signs any altercation triggered the attack, authorities said on Saturday.

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Clinton gets boost from FBI as tight White House race hits final day

  WASHINGTON: Democrat Hillary Clinton heads into the final day of a tight White House race against Republican Donald Trump on Monday with new momentum after the FBI’s announcement that no criminal charges were forthcoming in the probe of her email practices. Both Clinton and Trump will spend the day racing across a handful of…

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FBI releases Bill Clinton closed case files days before vote

WASHINGTON: The FBI has unexpectedly released documents concerning ex-president Bill Clinton’s pardon of the husband of a wealthy Democratic donor, in a surprise move just days before the election in which his wife is seeking to become America’s first female president. The release of the heavily redacted 129-page report over the pardon of trader Marc…

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US Homeland Security, FBI investigating potential causes of internet disruptions

WASHINGTON: Official of the US Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said they were investigating multiple attacks that caused widespread online disruption in Europe and US. Hackers unleashed a complex attack on the internet through common devices like webcams and digital recorders and cut access to some of the world’s…

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Cyber firm challenges Yahoo claim hack was state-sponsored

WASHINGTON: A cyber security company on Wednesday asserted that the hack of 500 million account credentials from Yahoo was the work of an Eastern European criminal gang, adding another layer of intrigue to a murky investigation into the unprecedented data heist.

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FBI releases Clinton email probe files

The FBI on Friday poured fresh fuel on the fire sparked by Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, releasing heavily redacted notes on its probe, which White House rival Donald Trump seized on to attack her fitness for office. The 58 pages — 14 of which were entirely blacked…

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Threats against Muslims must stop after Orlando attack: US authorities

ORLANDO: The FBI and US federal prosecutors said Wednesday that threats against Muslims would not be tolerated, after alleged incidents in the wake of the Orlando gay club massacre, which was carried out by a Muslim gunman. “Civil rights violations are a priority for the FBI,” assistant special agent Ron Hopper told reporters. “We will…

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FBI investigating role anti-gay bigotry played in Orlando shooting

ORLANDO, FLA: Orlando nightclub killer Omar Mateen had expressed sympathy for a variety of Islamist extremists, including groups in the Middle East that are sworn enemies, the FBI said on Monday, as a picture began to emerge of the angry, violent man who carried out America’s deadliest mass shooting. U.S. authorities said they had found…

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FBI ‘highly confident’ that Orlando shooter was ‘radicalized’: Comey

WASHINGTON: The head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Monday agents were “highly confident” that Orlando shooter Omar Mateen was “radicalized,” at least in part through information he found online. James Comey said it was still not clear if Mateen was part of an established extremist network or which group may have inspired him,…

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IS claims Orlando shooting

BEIRUT, Lebanon: The Islamic State group on Monday claimed responsibility for the Orlando shooting that killed 50 people, saying in a radio bulletin that it was carried out by “one of the soldiers of the caliphate”. “God allowed Omar Mateen, one of the soldiers of the caliphate in America, to carry out an attack entering…

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FBI paid over $1 mn for iPhone hack

WASHINGTON: The Federal Bureau of Investigation paid hackers more than $1 million to break into the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers, director James Comey said Thursday. Asked at the Aspen Security Forum in London how much the US agency paid for help to get into the phone, Comey replied, “A lot.”…

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Top militant commander arrested in Karachi

KARACHI: Police claimed to have arrested the top militant commander of a proscribed organization from Rizvia Society in metropolitan city, Samaa reported Thursday. According to police, the accused, identified as Abdur Rehman alias Sindhi, was wanted to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI had frozen the bank accounts of the suspect in 2014, the…

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Apple report shows 30,000 law enforcement data queries

WASHINGTON: Apple received some 30,000 data requests from law enforcement agencies globally in the second half of 2015, and provided information in a majority of cases, the company’s latest transparency report showed. In the report released late Monday, Apple said it provided some data in 80 percent of the 4,000 request from US law enforcement…

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This is what happens when God doesn’t will you fly Southwest

He was supposed to get on the plane, catch his flight and get back to campus. Little did he know, ‘God willed’ something else for him. On April 6, Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, a student studying political science at University of California, Berkeley, boarded a flight with Southwest Airlines to travel from Los Angeles to Oakland, California….

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US fight goes on with Apple over iPhone access

NEW YORK: The US government is keeping its encryption battle with Apple alive, pressing the high-tech giant to help crack an iPhone in a drug case in New York. The Justice Department filed a letter in a US District Court on Friday telling a judge that it still wants Apple to extract pictures, text messages…

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WhatsApp encryption a safe haven to criminals?

WhatsApp has implemented full end-to-end encryption. The move steps up privacy but leaves law enforcement agencies helpless against tech-savvy criminals communicate without detection. Watch this report…

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