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Microsoft claims win over 'Russian political hackers'

Microsoft claims win over 'Russian political hackers'

Technology
Russian attempts to launch cyber-attacks against US conservative groups have been thwarted, Microsoft says.The software company said Russian hackers had tried to steal data from political organisations, including the International Republican Institute and the Hudson Institute think tanks.But they had been thwarted when its security staff had won control of six net domains mimicking their websites.Microsoft said the Fancy Bear hacking group had been behind the attacks.Domain control"We're concerned that these and other attempts pose security threats to a broadening array of groups connected with both American political parties in the run-up to the 2018 elections," Microsoft said in its blog detailing its work.The thwarted attack w...
Political ads on social media must be transparent – Electoral Commission

Political ads on social media must be transparent – Electoral Commission

Technology
"Urgent" action is needed to make online political advertising more honest and transparent, the UK's election watchdog has said.The head of the Electoral Commission, Sir John Holmes, said voters "need to know who is targeting them and how".He wants digital ads to carry the name of the party or campaign behind them so voters know the source of any claims.The government said it would launch a consultation on making the proposals law "in due course".Election leaflets have to carry the name and address of the candidate's agent and who is paying for it - and the Electoral Commission wants online ads and messages on social media to be the same.Sir John told BBC News voters "can have faith in the democratic process as it stands" but, he added, "what we are seein...
Assad tells Putin: 'Door open to political process'

Assad tells Putin: 'Door open to political process'

World
Syrian President Bashar al Assad has had talks in Russia with Vladimir Putin. The two leaders spoke in the Black Sea coast resort of Sochi to discuss their "next mutual steps", according to the Kremlin.A transcript released by the Russian government claimed Mr Assad said the situation in Syria was becoming "more stable". Image: Syria has been plagued by civil war for seven years He also reportedly hailed progress in fighting "terrorism", which "opens the door to the political process".Mr Putin's spokesman said Mr Assad had decided to "send a delegation to the UN" to discuss reforming the country's constitution.Russia has been a crucial ally of the Syrian regime throughout the Middle Eastern country's seven-year civil. ...
There is a political war brewing in Washington over Trump's apparent desire to 'punish' Beijing

There is a political war brewing in Washington over Trump's apparent desire to 'punish' Beijing

Finance
A day after President Donald Trump slammed South Korea last week for benefiting unevenly from its trade relationship with the US, the largest American business association shot back.Embedded in an article the US Chamber of Commerce published to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement, also known as KORUS, was a video that slammed anyone calling for the pact's demise.KORUS "represents a rules-based economic order that goes hand in glove with the mutual defence treaty that has supported regional stability in the Asia-Pacific since the end of the Korean war," the chamber said.More from the South China Morning Post :A nasty US-China fight is inevitable. But it needn't be terminalChina 'doesn't want a trade war' with US, as sides agree to more talks in Beijing soo...
Italy election: Populist surge prompts political deadlock

Italy election: Populist surge prompts political deadlock

World
Italy is on course for a hung parliament after voters backed right-wing and populist parties, projections based on partial results suggest.The Eurosceptic, anti-establishment Five Star Movement has won the lion's share of the vote.But ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing coalition, which includes the far-right League, looks set to win the most seats in the lower house of parliament.Forming a government may now take weeks of negotiation and coalition-building.Alternatively, fresh elections could be held in a bid to produce a more decisive result - though there is no guarantee that would happen. Provisional results show Five Star garnering 31.6% of the vote, while the League received 18.2% of the vote and Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia 13.8%.Matteo Renzi's ruling Democratic Party (DP) onl...