Telegram denies Iranian mass breach

Encrypted instant messaging service Telegram has denied hackers breached its systems to gain the telephone numbers of 15 million Iranian users. Checks on phone numbers had revealed “publicly available data”, it said. But it admitted that hackers may have compromised more than a dozen accounts by intercepting SMS verification codes but added this was not a “new threat”. It said users in “certain countries” should use “two-step verification to protect your account with a password”. Collin Anderson, a security researcher working with human rights group Amnesty, said hackers had “identified”…

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Mass grave found in Syria’s Palmyra after city recaptured from Islamic State: state media

Syrian troops found a mass grave containing around 40 bodies in Palmyra city, captured from Islamic State last Sunday, Syrian state news agency SANA said on Friday. SANA said the grave, which contained many women and children, was in the north-eastern edge of Palmyra. Some of the bodies had been beheaded. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights which monitors the five-year-old Syrian conflict through a network of sources on the ground, said that Islamic State had killed a number of people at an earlier time and buried them on the…

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