Islamic State appoints new leader, vows revenge against U.S.

Islamic State confirmed on Thursday that its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a weekend raid by U.S. special forces in northwestern Syria, and vowed revenge against the United States. The Iraqi rose from obscurity to lead the ultra-hardline group and declare himself ‘caliph’ of all Muslims, holding sway over huge areas of Iraq… Read More Islamic State appoints new leader, vows revenge against U.S.

Facebook agrees to pay £500,000 fine over Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook has agreed to pay a 500,000 pound (an equivalent of $644,000) fine for breaches of data protection law related to the harvesting of data by consultancy Cambridge Analytica, Britain’s information rights regulator said on Wednesday. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has faced questioning by U.S. and EU lawmakers over how the political consultancy obtained the… Read More Facebook agrees to pay £500,000 fine over Cambridge Analytica scandal

Twitter set to ban global political advertising from November 22

Twitter Inc will ban political advertising on its platform next month, the company’s chief executive said on Wednesday, a move that won praise from Democrats and scorn from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. “We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally,” said Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in a statement. “We believe political… Read More Twitter set to ban global political advertising from November 22

WhatsApp files lawsuit against Israeli firm NSO Group for allegedly aiding global hack of mobile phones

WhatsApp sued Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group on Tuesday, accusing it of helping government spies break into the phones of roughly 1,400 users across four continents in a hacking spree whose targets included diplomats, political dissidents, journalists and senior government officials. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco, messaging service WhatsApp, which… Read More WhatsApp files lawsuit against Israeli firm NSO Group for allegedly aiding global hack of mobile phones

Russian hackers hijack Iranian cyber-espionage operation

Russian hackers piggy-backed on an Iranian cyber-espionage operation to attack government and industry organizations in dozens of countries while masquerading as attackers from the Islamic Republic, British and U.S. officials said on Monday. The Russian group, known as ‘Turla’ and accused by Estonian and Czech authorities of operating on behalf of Russia’s FSB security service,… Read More Russian hackers hijack Iranian cyber-espionage operation

Egypt unveils largest ancient coffin discovery in over a century

Egypt on Saturday unveiled the details of 30 ancient wooden coffins with mummies inside discovered in the southern city of Luxor in the biggest find of its kind in more than a century. A team of Egyptian archaeologists discovered a distinctive group of 30 colored wooden coffins for men, women and children in a cache… Read More Egypt unveils largest ancient coffin discovery in over a century

Pope Francis canonizes British cardinal John Henry Newman, four others

Pope Francis on Sunday declared five people saints, including Cardinal John Henry Newman, a leading 19th century Anglican who converted to Catholicism and became one of the most influential Christian figures of modern times. Underscoring Newman’s luminary status in Christianity today, Prince Charles, who will become head of the Church of England when he becomes… Read More Pope Francis canonizes British cardinal John Henry Newman, four others