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Why smartphone security is a luxury for those who can afford it

Firm buys and sells hacking tools If you’re a low-income American, there’s a good chance you have anan Android.And unless it’s a newer model with recent software updates, your security could be at risk. Two competing operating systems own the real estate in our smartphones: Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Apple’s phones are expensive — the cheapest model starts at $ 400. Meanwhile, some Android phones cost less than $ 50. The closed system Appl (AAPL, Tech30)has built means that everyone who has an iOS device gets access to the ...

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General election 2017: Security dominates campaigning

Security is taking centre stage in the election campaign as party leaders call for action to tackle radicalisation after Saturday’s London terror attack. Theresa May will stress the importance of leadership and urge tech firms to do more to tackle extremist propaganda. Labour, the Lib Dems and UKIP are criticising her record on police cuts. The campaign was briefly suspended after the London Bridge attack, in which seven people died, but the PM has insisted Thursday’s poll will go ahead. After chairing a meeting of senior ministers and security chiefs ...

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Great Manchester Run: Thousands take part amid heightened security

Tens of thousands of runners pounded the streets during an emotional occasion for Manchester, days after the arena attack that killed 22 people. Armed police were stationed among spectators at the Great Manchester Run, the latest large-scale event to take place since Monday’s suicide bombing. A huge round of applause for the emergency services followed a minute’s silence for the victims and casualties. Runners set off under the banner #RunForManchester. ‘I’m running for Manchester’ CCTV shows bomber before arena blast Muslim community organises ‘peace walk’ £13k raised in ‘buy 999 ...

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General election 2017: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn face-off over security

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are both vowing action to improve security on Britain’s streets. Mrs May is highlighting Tory plans for a new commission to counter extremism and “stand up” to Islamists and others who threaten British values. Mr Corbyn says Tory cuts have undermined security and is pledging to recruit an extra 10,000 police and more security staff if Labour wins power. The Conservatives say the Labour leader’s sums “don’t add up”. Election campaign latest The two party leaders have been engaged in a war of words over ...

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Ex-national security adviser 'defies Senate Russia inquiry'

Media playback is unsupported on your device President Donald Trump’s fired national security adviser is refusing to hand over files to a Senate panel probing alleged Russian political meddling. According to US media, Michael Flynn will invoke his constitutional right against self-incrimination. The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating possible links between the Trump campaign and Kremlin. Mr Flynn stood down in February after it emerged he lied about his contacts with the Russian ambassador. The Senate committee issued a subpoena – a legal summons – two weeks ago to obtain ...

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Donald Trump visits Israel amid tight security

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump is visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories, as he continues his first foreign trip. He flies in from Saudi Arabia, a key US ally, where he gave a speech to Arab and Muslim leaders at a summit. Mr Trump will hold talks with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders during the course of his two-day stop. The president has called an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement “the ultimate deal”, but has been vague about what form it should take. He has said ...

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FCC security manhandles a Washington reporter trying to ask a question

Journalist arrested after questioning Secretary Price Another journalist has been manhandled by security while trying to ask a public official questions. Now the National Press Club is worried about a trend, and has called on reporters to speak up if they’re mistreated. On Thursday, veteran Washington reporter John Donnelly was pinned against a wall by two security guards at the Federal Communications Commission headquarters when he approached FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly to ask a question after a press conference. This is at least the second time a reporter has been ...

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Global cyber-attack: Security blogger halts ransomware 'by accident'

Media playback is unsupported on your device A UK security researcher has told the BBC how he “accidentally” halted the spread of the malicious ransomware that has affected hundreds of organisations, including the UK’s NHS. The 22-year-old man, known by the pseudonym MalwareTech, had taken a week off work, but decided to investigate the ransomware after hearing about the global cyber-attack. He managed to bring the spread to a halt when he found what appeared to be a “kill switch” in the rogue software’s code. “It was actually partly accidental,” ...

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Major Intel Security Flaw Is More Serious Than First Thought

Last week, news broke of a serious security flaw in Intel business chipsets dating back seven years. The flaw, which doesn’t affect consumer hardware, concerned products with Intel’s Active Management Technology, Intel’s Small Business Technology, and Intel Standard Manageability. Intel’s description of the flaw is as follows: There is an escalation of privilege vulnerability in Intel® Active Management Technology (AMT), Intel® Standard Manageability (ISM), and Intel® Small Business Technology versions firmware versions 6.x, 7.x, 8.x 9.x, 10.x, 11.0, 11.5, and 11.6 that can allow an unprivileged attacker to gain control ...

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French election: Security alerts as campaigning ends

Separate security alerts in and around Paris have marred the final day of campaigning ahead of Sunday’s French presidential election. A suspected radical Islamist possessing weapons and a pledge of allegiance to IS was arrested north of the capital. And Greenpeace activists scaled the Eiffel Tower to unfurl a banner, sparking an emergency police meeting. Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron will take on far-right rival, Marine Le Pen, in Sunday’s final round of the poll. Various opinion polls have suggested a lead of 20 percentage points or more for Mr Macron. ...

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