Turkey frees three French held over alleged PKK links: source

Updated 12 July 2018
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Turkey frees three French held over alleged PKK links: source

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Diyarbakir, Turkey, 12, 2018 (AFP) -Turkish authorities on Thursday released three French nationals after they were briefly detained in the Kurdish-majority southeast over alleged ties to outlawed Kurdish militants, a judicial source told AFP.
Security forces had earlier detained 16 suspects in an operation launched in the Beytussebap district of Sirnak province bordering Iraq to capture supporters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and its urban wing the KCK, the source said.
There were no further details on the identity of the freed foreign citizens, with the official Anadolu news agency reporting that one of them was a woman.
The authorities are still battling the over three-decade insurgency of the PKK which initially took up arms for a separate state but now demands a degree of autonomy.
The clashes between Turkish security forces and PKK members have resumed after a fragile ceasefire collapsed in 2015.
The PKK is designated as a terror group by Turkey and its Western allies including the United States and the European Union.
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Hackers steal 1.5 million Singapore health records in record cyberattack

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Hackers steal 1.5 million Singapore health records in record cyberattack

SINGAPORE: Hackers have stolen health records belonging to 1.5 million Singaporeans, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong who was specifically targeted in the city state’s biggest ever data breach, authorities said Friday.
Singapore’s health and information ministries said a government database was broken into in a “deliberate, targeted and well-planned” strike, describing the attack as “unprecedented.”
“Attackers specifically and repeatedly targeted the personal particulars and outpatient information of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong,” health minister Gan Kim Yong told a media conference.
Officials declined to elaborate on the identity of the hackers citing “operational security.”
Wealthy Singapore is hyper connected and on a drive to digitize government databases and essential services.
While the city-state has some of the most advanced military weaponry in the region, authorities have long warned of cyber breaches, with attackers ranging from high-school students in their basements to criminals and state-actors.
In 2017, hackers broke into a defense ministry database, stealing the information of some 850 army conscripts and ministry staff.