29 Jul 2020

Russia claims it’s on track to approve Covid-19 vaccine by mid-August. But speed of process raises questions

According to Russian officials, the country’s scientists are working towards getting a COVID-19 vaccine approved by August 10, less than two weeks away. However, the short timeline has raised significant concerns over safety, effectiveness, and shortcuts taken by the health department in its development. The vaccine was created by the

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24 Jul 2020

Russia Tests an Anti-Satellite Weapon, U.S. Officials Say

According to a statement released by the US Space Command on Thursday, Russia conducted an unusual anti-satellite test in early July. This has sparked concern that Russia is developing capabilities to attack American space-based systems. The test, which occurred on July 15, represents the first time that Russia has utilized

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24 Jul 2020

Russia’s GRU Hackers Hit US Government and Energy Targets

Russia’s GRU intelligence agency has been responsible for some of the most aggressive cyberattacks in history, including blackouts and destructive worms. The group was also tied to a massive misinformation campaign as well as a hacking and leaking operation that was created to skew the outcome of the 2016 US

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21 Jul 2020

U.K. Failed to Probe Alleged Russian Interference in Votes, Report Says

On Tuesday, a UK parliament intelligence committee stated that the British government did not take measures to investigate alleged Russian interference, leaving the country with skewed elections, and poor security practices. In a report, the intelligence committee underlined Moscow’s influence over the UK. The report also questions why the government

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21 Jul 2020

ISC Attributes Cyber-Attacks and Election Interference to Russia

The UK government’s Intelligence and Security Committee has ascertained that Russia is a highly capable cyber-actor who likely interfered in UK elections. The ISC also determined that the UK is one of Russia’s top Western intelligence targets, especially after tensions escalated over Russian aggression. The ISC also warned that Russia

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16 Jul 2020

Coronavirus: Russian hackers target Covid-19 vaccine research

A Russian threat actor group known as APT29 has reportedly been targeting organizations aiding the effort to develop a coronavirus vaccine. According to the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the hackers were likely operating on behalf of the Russian government or intelligence services, attempting to steal information related to

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09 Jul 2020

Russian space official arrested on suspicion of treason

An advisor to the head of Russia’s space agency, Ivan Safronov, has been detained by the Federal Security Service on suspicion of treason. Safronov was performing tasks for one of NATO’s intelligence services, requiring him to access confidential data about Russia’s military and technical cooperation as well as defense and

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08 Jul 2020

China says it won’t join nuclear talks until the US reduces its arsenal

China stated that it would like to join trilateral nuclear arms control talks with the US and Russia, however, under the condition that the US significantly reduces its nuclear arsenal. China requested that the US’s arsenal should closely match China’s own level, according to a senior Chinese diplomat on Wednesday.

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08 Jul 2020

First reported Russian BEC scam gang targets Fortune 500 firms

According to researchers at email prevention company Agari, a new group of threat actors believed to be from Russia has elevated Business Email Compromise scams to a new level. Whereas most BEC attacks are from Nigerian actors who target companies of any size, this new Russian group named Cosmic Lynx

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02 Jul 2020

Russian voters overwhelmingly back a ploy by President Vladimir Putin to rule until 2036

Russian President Vladimir Putin won a resounding victory in his bid to remain in power until 2036 after Russian citizens voted overwhelmingly to endorse the current political climate. Preliminary results show that Putin’s ploy to remain in office for over another decade was favorable among Russians after Wednesday’s voting. The

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