Press Review April 10th 2014

Arias Cañete, Spanish minister of agriculture, will lead the Popular Party’s slate in the upcoming 25 May 2014 European parliamentary elections, reports El Pais. He and his party are widely expected to do well in the elections.

Agriculture Minister Miguel Arias Cañete. Picture via EL PAÍS
Spanish Agriculture Minister Miguel Arias Cañete. Picture via EL PAÍS

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pins the ongoing unrest in his country firmly on the United States, which he believes seeks to carry out regime change in the country to secure access to it’s crude oil reserves: “They are trying to sell to the world the idea that the protests are some of sort of Arab spring. But in Venezuela, we have already had our spring: our revolution that opened the door to the 21st century.”

As the world remembers the Rwandan Genocide 20 years later, a former French army officer recalls the genocide in starkly different terms than the narrative coming out of the French government. According France24 Captain Guillaume Ancel who took part in Operation Turquoise, the French-led UN-mandated military operation in Rwanda in 1994, claims that: “I was even advised to keep journalists away during this period, to prevent them from realising what was happening. When I voiced my disapproval, the [French] Legion commander told me that army command had decided that it was necessary to show the Rwandan army that we had not turned into their enemies, so that they did not turn against us. France had even paid the Rwandan soldiers’ salaries.” These claims follow on the heels of similar recent accusations by Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

What can you do to protect yourself from the recently discovered “Heartbleed” bug that exposes computer users’ passwords to hackers? Very little, according to a number of security experts: “OpenSSL software is used on servers that host websites but not PCs or mobile devices, so even though the bug exposes passwords and other data entered on those devices to hackers, it must be fixed by website operators. “There is nothing users can do to fix their computers,” said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer with security software maker F-Secure.” And what of its origins? Reuters reports that “Kurt Baumgartner, a researcher with security software maker Kaspersky Lab, said his firm uncovered evidence on Monday that a few hacking groups believed to be involved in state-sponsored cyber espionage were running such scans shortly after news of the bug first surfaced the same day.”

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