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Secret Malware in European Union Attack Linked to U.S. and British Intelligence

regin malwareComplex malware known as Regin is the suspected technology behind sophisticated cyberattacks conducted by U.S. and British intelligence agencies on the European Union and a Belgian telecommunications company, according to security industry sources and technical analysis conducted by The Intercept.

Regin was found on infected internal computer systems and email servers at Belgacom, a partly state-owned Belgian phone and internet provider, following reports last year that the company was targeted in a top-secret surveillance operation carried out by British spy agency Government Communications Headquarters, industry sources told The Intercept.

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Israeli Cabinet approves nationality bill

netanyahuIsrael's Cabinet has approved a contentious bill that officially defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

The bill still needs to be passed in parliament to become a law, but Sunday's vote looks to further inflame tensions with Arab Israelis and Palestinians. It could also shake up Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government due to the fierce opposition of two of his more centrist partners.

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The Never-Ending Replay of November 22, 1963

JFK assassinationyear ago this week, no one could escape the wall-to-wall coverage of the Kennedy assassination’s 50th anniversary. Every major U.S. network and many in other countries produced documentary programs and segments about President John F. Kennedy’s administration and his untimely death. Almost all newspapers, magazines, and websites published special editions or wide-ranging stories. Even Dallas came to terms with history and held its first-ever commemoration of the city’s most tragic day.

After the intense 2013 hoopla, it’s a good bet there won’t be much fuss about this Saturday’s 51st anniversary. Yet one effect of the previous November’s concentrated focus on JFK is that people have come forward with new information. None of it, at least that I’ve seen, dramatically re-writes the story of the assassination, but useful details have been added.

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Toyota Lexus to recall some 2006-2011 models due to fuel leak

Toyota Lexus recallToyota Motor Corp (7203.T) will recall 422,509 of its luxury brand Lexus vehicles in the United States because of a possible fuel leak that increases the risk of fire, U.S. regulators said on Friday.

The recall covers Lexus LS from model years 2007 to 2010, Lexus GS from 2006 to 2011 and Lexus IS from 2006 to 2011.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said fuel might leak where the fuel pressure sensor is attached to the fuel delivery pipe. If a spark occurs, fire could start.

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Rights groups release software to detect government spyware

Spying shieldHuman rights group Amnesty International released free software on Thursday that allows users to determine if their computers are bugged by government intelligence agencies.

The program, Detekt, was designed specifically for human rights activists and journalists, whose computers governments regularly target, Amnesty said.

“Governments are increasingly using dangerous and sophisticated technology that allows them to read activists and journalists’ private emails and remotely turn on their computer’s camera or microphone to secretly record their activities,” said Marek Marczynski of Amnesty International.

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Banking culture breeds dishonesty, scientific study finds

banking indusstryA banking culture that implicitly puts financial gain above all else fuels greed and dishonesty and makes bankers more likely to cheat, according to the findings of a scientific study.

Researchers in Switzerland studied bank workers and other professionals in experiments in which they won more money if they cheated, and found that bankers were more dishonest when they were made particularly aware of their professional role.

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Gunman killed after three shot at Florida State University

Tallahassee shootingCampus police last night killed a gunman after three people were injured in a shooting at the library of Florida State University in Tallahassee.

Police locked down the campus as they hunted for the shooter. Students were warned of a "dangerous situation" and told to seek shelter and avoid doors or windows.  Officers finally confronted the gunman on the steps of the library, ordering him to drop his weapon. Instead he opened fire, and was shot dead by police.

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