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In an attack on Afghan police, Taliban suicide bombers kill 27 and leaves 40 wounded

Three buses were attacked as they approached the Afghan capital from neighboring Wardak province

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Members of Taliban. Image source: www.newsweek.com

Two Taliban suicide bombers killed at least 27 police and wounded around 40 in an attack on Thursday on buses carrying recently graduated cadets on the western outskirts of Kabul.

A police official said that, according to preliminary information, three buses were attacked as they approached the Afghan capital from neighboring Wardak province.

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“Initial information we have is that two suicide bombers were involved and there are many casualties,” he said, declining to be identified by name.

Afghan security forces keep watch at the site of a suicide attack on the western outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan June 30, 2016. Image source: REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
Afghan security forces keep watch at the site of a suicide attack on the western outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan June 30, 2016. Image source: REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

An Interior Ministry official said at least 27 people were killed and 40 wounded.

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The incident comes 10 days after an attack on a bus carrying Nepali security guards working for the Canadian embassy in Kabul that killed 14 people.

In April, at least 64 people were killed by a Taliban attack on a security services facility in Kabul in the deadliest bombing of its kind in Afghanistan since 2011.

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Chinese Network Security Lab Proposes 24-Hour Online Testbed, Welcomes Cyber Attack from Any Individual

The Nanjing-based laboratory said Wednesday that authorised users can get corresponding bounties based on their test results

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The permanently online and globally open testbed, which is called Network Endogens Security Testbed (NEST). Pixabay

A Chinese network security laboratory has proposed a 24-hour online testbed, welcoming cyber attacks from any individual or organisation globally.

The permanently online and globally open testbed, which is called Network Endogens Security Testbed (NEST), would accept public tests with a total reward of 1.5 million yuan ($2,18,000), according to the Purple Mountain Laboratory for Network Communication and Security.

The Nanjing-based laboratory said Wednesday that authorised users can get corresponding bounties based on their test results, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Current network security relies on software patches or anti-virus programmes, which is like taking pills after getting ill, said Wu Jiangxing, an academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering.

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A Chinese network security laboratory has proposed a 24-hour online testbed. Pixabay

As the proposer of Cyber Mimic Defence Theory, Wu said the next generation information technology should be equipped with improved “autoimmunity” in the first place.

Wu said that NEST could effectively suppress security threats caused by hidden vulnerabilities or virus Trojans without relying on external defence measures. The more it is attacked, the more protective experience it can accumulate.

NEST will provide a global public test platform for all kinds of network equipment and information systems to measure their security indicators, and offer skill training for network security practitioners, according to the laboratory.

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“Whether the network is safe or not, hackers have a say. They are also welcomed to challenge it,” Wu said. (IANS)