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Israeli spies 'watched Russian agents breach Kaspersky software'

Israeli spies looked on as Russian hackers breached Kaspersky cyber-security software two years ago, US media report. The Russians were allegedly attempting to gather data on US intelligence programs, according to the New York Times and Washington Post. Israeli agents made the discovery after breaching the software themselves. Kaspersky has said it was neither involved in nor aware of the situation and denies collusion with authorities. Last month, the US government decided to stop using the Russian firm’s software on its computers. The Israelis are said to have notified the…

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New FBI director tells agents: 'You can count on me to stand with you'

Within minutes of being sworn in as the new director of the FBI today, Christopher Wray made a promise to his workforce: “You can count on me to stand with you.” In a private message sent to FBI agents and other personnel across the country, Wray said the FBI “must never allow our work to be driven by anything other than the facts, the Constitution and law, and the pursuit of justice.” “These are our anchors,” he wrote. “We must adhere to them no matter the test. And you can…

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PS: Miranda Kerr hands jewellery to US government agents

It is not clear which is more extraordinary: It is not clear which is more extraordinary: that Miranda Kerr managed to date a Malaysian moneybags for nearly a year without being detected or that for the four years since then, she hung on to nearly $ 11 million worth of precious jewels she was apparently gifted from him? This week Kerr’s American spokesman confirmed that the recently married former Gunnedah girl turned global supermodel handed over $ 10.7 million worth of jewellery from her Los Angeles safe deposit box to…

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The comic-book roots of the ‘LMD’ on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

What are LMDs and why are they doing terrible things to Marvel’s heroes? As seen in the Jan 10 mid-season premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., an android with artificial intelligence named Aida has become self-aware. She has replaced Agent May (Ming Na) with another A.I. android, called in Marvel Comics parlance an LMD (“Life Model Decoy”). Hijinks are ensuing. Life Model Decoys, as all loyal Marvel fans know, are super-sophisticated androids that can duplicate a human being right down to his or her fingerprints and retinal scans. They’ve been part of…

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Trump election: US 'identifies agents behind Russian hack'

The US has identified the Russian agents behind alleged hacking ahead of the presidential election won by Donald Trump in November, reports say. The agents, whose names have not been released, are alleged to have sent stolen Democratic emails to WikiLeaks to try to swing the vote for Mr Trump. Russia denies any involvement and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says Moscow was not the source. Intelligence officials are due to brief Mr Trump, who doubts the claims, later. Vice-President Joe Biden lambasted the president-elect on Thursday for attacking the intelligence…

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