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Israelis go to the polls as Netanyahu battles political novice

Israelis go to the polls as Netanyahu battles political novice

World
Israelis are going to the polls in an election that could give Benjamin Netanyahu a record fifth term or see him dethroned by a centrist political novice.Conservative Mr Netanyahu has been stalked in the opinion polls by Benny Gantz, a former chief of the armed forces. Supported by two other former generals at the top of his Blue and White party, Mr Gantz, 59, has sought to push back against Mr Netanyahu's self-styled image as unrivalled on national security. Image: Retired Israeli general Benny Gantz takes a selfie with supporters :: Israeli election outcome too close to call on eve of vote"This is a choice between a strong right-wing government under Netanyahu or a weak leftist government under Gantz," Mr Netanyahu's Likud party sai...
'Honeypot of juicy political gossip hoovered up' in Oz cyber attack

'Honeypot of juicy political gossip hoovered up' in Oz cyber attack

Technology
A "sophisticated state actor" has carried out a cyber attack on the Australian parliament's computing network - just a month before an election.The country's prime minister, Scott Morrison, described the attack as a "malicious intrusion" which also affected the network used by major political parties. Although there is no evidence that data was accessed as a result of the breach, politicians were being urged to change their passwords.Mr Morrison said the cyber attack was probably carried out by a foreign government, but he stopped short of naming any suspects.Alastair MacGibbon, the head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, told reporters: "Our political institutions represent high-value targets. "We will continue to work with our friends and colleagues, both here and overseas,...
Gary Lineker criticised for voicing political views

Gary Lineker criticised for voicing political views

Entertainment
Gary Lineker has been criticised by cricket host Jonathan Agnew for expressing his political views on Twitter.Agnew told Lineker that as "the face of BBC Sport", he should "observe BBC editorial guidelines"."Keep your political views, whatever they are and whatever the subject, to yourself," he continued.Lineker responded by saying he could "tweet what he likes" and would continue to do so.The Match of the Day presenter has often been outspoken on Twitter - regularly writing about Brexit and Prime Minister Theresa May. Agnew suggested that he would be "sacked" if he followed the Lineker's example. But, responding to the criticism on Thursday evening, the former footballer wrote: "I'll continue to tweet what I like and if folk disagree with me then so be i...
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...