26 May 2020

Russian cyberspies use Gmail to control updated ComRAT malware

A new version of the ComRAT backdoor has been found by security researchers at ESET. The backdoor is controlled through the Gmail web interface and was discovered when the state-sponsored Russian hacker group Turla began using it to harvest data and steal information in attacks targeting governmental institutions. Other common

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19 May 2020

Global worries as infections spike in Russia, Brazil, India

COVID-19 cases have been increasing in India, South Africa, and Mexico, indicating that the pandemic is far from over despite success in the UK, Italy, and Spain. Russia and Brazil now follow only the US for the highest number of reported infections. Asia, Europe, and the US have been easing

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19 May 2020

Hacker sells 129 million sensitive records of Russian car owners

Security researchers have uncovered a dark web forum database with 129 million records of Russian car owners for sale. The seller has leaked some data for potential buyers, verifying the data’s authenticity. Local media has reported that no details on the car owners are available in the public data set,

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14 May 2020

Coronavirus Not Slowing Russian, Chinese Space Activities, U.S. General Says

On Tuesday, a top US general revealed that Russia and China’s space operations have not been slowed by the global pandemic, adding that both countries continue to test military rockets and space weapons. Lt. Gen. David Thompson declared Russia’s space endeavors “unsafe,” deeming the behavior unacceptable. Lt. Gen. Thompson stated

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12 May 2020

Russia now has second highest virus cases globally

Russia has now reported the second-highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world, following the US. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, has tested positive for COVID-19, however, it is unclear whether Peskov has come into direct contact with Russian President Putin since contracting the virus. Peskov is being treated in

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06 May 2020

State-backed hackers targeting coronavirus responders, U.S. and UK warn

According to a joint statement released by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), government-backed hackers are attacking pharmaceutical companies, research organizations, and local governments in an attempt to steal valuable information about efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. The joint

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04 May 2020

Russia adds record 10,000 coronavirus cases in dramatic turnaround as Putin’s problems stack up

On Sunday, Russia reported over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases, representing its fourth record single-day increase in a row. Russia now has a total number of 134,687 COVID-19 cases, placing it seventh on the list of countries with the most infections. Russia has experienced over 1,000 deaths due to the virus,

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30 Apr 2020

Russia’s Aging Infrastructure Threatens Oil Output Pact

Experts warn that Russia’s compliance with an oil production deal with Saudi Arabia and the US could be threatened by the country’s outdated infrastructure and other complications, such as winding down a broad network of wells across its massive landmass. In early April, the three countries agreed to head a

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16 Apr 2020

San Francisco Airport Attack Linked to Russian State Hackers

Last month, the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) was the victim of a cyberattack. This week, the airport revealed that the attack had been carried out by state-sponsored Russian hackers. The airport revealed the attack last week, stating that two of its websites were under attack for a period of

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15 Apr 2020

Coronavirus takes a serious turn in Russia, and Putin no longer radiates confidence

On Tuesday, Russia’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases spiked by 2,774, bringing the country’s total cases to 21,102 according to an official count. The country has reported 170 deaths, half of which are in Moscow alone. In a Monday videoconference with other officials leading the efforts to halt the spread

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