10 Dec 2019

Ukraine and Russia agree to implement ceasefire

After negotiations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, the two countries have agreed to implement a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine by the end of 2019. The presidents met in Paris on Monday, and the discussion was brokered by the leaders of France and Germany. The talks

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10 Dec 2019

Reddit: US-UK NHS ‘Sale’ Docs Leaked by Russia

Reddit announced that it has banned 61 accounts and one subreddit after post-Brexit US-UK trade deal documents were leaked on the platform as part of a Russian influence campaign. Reddit launched an investigation into the leaked documents and found that the users posting the documents may be associated with a

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06 Dec 2019

US Sets $5 Million Bounty For Russian Hacker Behind Zeus Banking Thefts

Maksim Yakubets and his associates are accused of stealing tens of millions of dollars using Zeus and Dridex malware. The Department of Justice, the FBI, and the US State Department announced on Thursday that they are offering a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Yakubets or

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27 Nov 2019

US, Russia And Israel Show Little Appetite For Cyber Destruction

The Atlantic Council recently conducted a study in order to assess the extent to which fears about the possible escalation of cyber conflicts between countries into physical confrontations are justified. The research involved “cross-national simulation and survey experiments” and focused on the United States, Russia and Israel. The conclusion of

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27 Nov 2019

Czech Intel Report Highlights Russian, Chinese Spying

A new report by the Czech intelligence service (BIS) states that “Russian and Chinese intelligence activities affected the sectors of politics, diplomacy, espionage, economy and information struggle” last year, and accuses Russia in particular of carrying out cyber operations “to manipulate the decision-making process and individuals responsible for decision-making.” The

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19 Nov 2019

Why Iran’s Internet Shutdown Is A Stark Warning For Russia

Amid protests over increasing fuel prices, Iran shut down the internet to prevent images and videos from spreading internationally and to hinder the organization of protests. The shutdown was described by NetBlocks as very complex, as it took 24 hours to put into effect. On November 16th, large mobile network

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15 Nov 2019

MH17 probe: Russia, Ukraine rebels had ‘almost daily contact’ before plane’s downing, investigators say

A team investigating the attack of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 reported on Thursday that rebels who targeted the plane had been in almost daily contact with Russian officials leading up to the attack. The multinational team is putting together a criminal case on the disaster that caused the death of

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05 Nov 2019

Russia Dominated Syria’s War. Now It’s Sending Mercenaries to Libya.

In the past 6 weeks, Russia has sent around 200 troops to Libya as part of a broad effort to increase its influence in the Middle East and Africa, the New York Times reports. In Libya, the Kremlin has been supporting renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar in his campaign to

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30 Oct 2019

Turkey sees YPG withdrawal incomplete; joint Russian patrols to start Friday

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday claimed that some members of the Kurdish YPG militia had failed to meet a Tuesday evening deadline to withdraw to 30 km (18.64 miles) from the Turkish border in northeast Syria, adding that his county ‘reserved the right’ to target any YPG fighters in

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29 Oct 2019

What Kleptocratic Support for Cybercriminals Means for Russian Cybersecurity Services

The use of deniable actors is hardly unique to Russia, but the state’s complicity and even outright involvement in organized crime is. OODA’s reports “The Russian Threat” suggests that “Russia should be considered a kleptocracy, where the rule of law exists as long as it supports the objectives of the state and the ruling oligarchs.” The report further notes that because the law is subject to the state’s whims, Putin is able “to act decisively to defend Russian interests and to pursue opportunities he views as enhancing Russian prestige and power abroad.” The coopting of cyber criminals represents just such an example of kleptocracy enabling the Russian state to seize controversial opportunities that would be waylaid by opposition from “checks and balances” in true democracies.

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