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The ruling government of Democratic Republic of Congo(DRM) grants amnesty to 110 prisoners

The Justice Minister signed the order pardoning prisoners who were guilty of insurrection, acts of war and political offences against the ruling government

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FILE - Edem Kodjo, center, a former chairman of the Organization of African Unity, sits with diplomats during the opening of a Congolese political dialogue in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa, Sept. 1, 2016. Source: VOA
  • On Friday, September 9, Democratic Republic of Congo’s government released 110 prisoners as a demand for opposition party’s condition to continue further dialogues
  • Edem Kodjo, African Union’s facilitator for the political dialogues between the two parties, welcomes this move
  • According to Human Rights Watch, it is not clear whether the 110 prisoners amnestied, will include long-time political prisoners or leaders of political party

KINSHASA(DR Congo), September 9, 2016: The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government on Friday announced the release of another wave of prisoners in response to demands from opposition parties as a precondition to their involvement in a political dialogue in Kinshasa.

Last week, the government responded by releasing eight pro-democracy activists and another 170 prisoners held for various offenses.

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On Friday, the justice minister signed a ministerial order for the release of 110 prisoners found guilty, according to the order, of ‘insurrection, acts of war and political offences’.

The news was welcomed Friday by Edem Kodjo, the African Union appointed facilitator of the DRC’s political dialogue that started this week.

He told media: ” A short while ago I received from the justice minister an order amnestying 110 political prisoners who were already concerned by the amnesty law of 2014. 110 are being released this evening or tomorrow. So we are making progress.”

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Kodjo said he and others had been lobbying for the release of a number of prisoners whose names has been given to him by a group of opposition parties known as the G7.

Human Rights Watch said last week that it had documented at least 20 long-term political prisoners who remained in detention in DRC, including leaders of political parties. It was not clear whether any were among the 110 listed for release.

Samy Badibanga, an opposition politician taking part in the dialogue, welcomed the latest releases as proof that the dialogue was achieving results. Each of these measures was positive, he said, adding that he hoped there would be more such measures in the future.

During a dialogue debate Friday, the ruling coalition, and opposition maintained opposing positions on the order of upcoming elections. The opposition wants presidential elections to be held first, while the ruling coalition wants local elections held first. (VOA)

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New Vulnerability Named “BlueFrag” in Android Lets Attackers Silently Deliver Malware

It also means devices still on Android 9 Pie or below, probably still don't have much to worry about -- finding the Bluetooth MAC address isn't always a simple task

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The vulnerability BlueFrag does not work with Android 10 OS. It's possible that versions before Android 8 are affected, but the team hadn't "evaluated the impact" on older releases. Pixabay

Researchers and independent IT Security service provider ERNW have discovered a vulnerability named BlueFrag that lets attackers silently deliver malware to and steal data from nearby smartphones running Android 8 Oreo or Android 9 Pie operating system (OS).

The vulnerability BlueFrag does not work with Android 10 OS. It’s possible that versions before Android 8 are affected, but the team hadn’t “evaluated the impact” on older releases.

The intruder only needs to know the Bluetooth MAC address of the target, and that’s sometimes easy to guess just by looking at the WiFi MAC address. You won’t even know the attack is happening, ERNW said, Engadget reported on Monday.

According to the researchers, users can protect themselves by installing the February 2020 security patch and the Bluetooth nature of the flaw means that the users have to be relatively close to an attacker.

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Researchers and independent IT Security service provider ERNW have discovered a vulnerability named BlueFrag that lets attackers silently deliver malware to and steal data from nearby smartphones running Android 8 Oreo or Android 9 Pie operating system (OS). Pixabay

This will mainly be a concern in public spaces where there’s an abundance of targets, the report added.

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It also means devices still on Android 9 Pie or below, probably still don’t have much to worry about — finding the Bluetooth MAC address isn’t always a simple task. (IANS)