30 Jun 2020

Trump Administration Draws Bipartisan Pressure Over Russia ‘Bounty’ Intelligence

On Monday, Republican and Democratic lawmakers united to demand that the White House hand over information indicating that Russia has paid bounties to insurgents to kill American forces in Afghanistan. The lawmakers also called on Trump to explain why he was not briefed on the apparent threat to the US

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24 Jun 2020

New Zealand seizes $90 million in assets of Russian cybercrime suspect

New Zealand law enforcement has reportedly seized assets worth $90.68 million from a Russian man who is suspected of money laundering billions of dollars in digital currency. The assets were being held in a New Zealand company owned by cybercriminal Alexander Vinnik, who is wanted in the US, France, and

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17 Jun 2020

Super secretive Russian disinfo operation discovered dating back to 2014

Graphika published a 120-page report that describes a new Russian information operation that was previously not well known. The Russian threat actor group is codenamed Secondary Infektion and is not closely associated with the Internet Research Agency, the Sankt Petersburg company that was known to have interfered in the US

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15 Jun 2020

Former Marine Paul Whelan Found Guilty in Russia of Espionage, Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison

On Monday, Paul Whelan from Novi, Michigan, was sentenced to 16 years in Moscow prison for espionage in a case that has drawn widespread condemnation from the US and threatens to risk ties between Washington and Moscow. A Moscow City court judge stated that Whelan was found guilty of spying,

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15 Jun 2020

Twitter Removes 30,000 State-Linked Manipulation Accounts

On Friday, Twitter announced that more than 30,000 accounts pertaining to three large networks in China, Turkey, and Russia, were removed from the platform following suspicious state-linked manipulation activities. Twitter stated that the 32,242 were added to the company’s archive of state-linked information operations, then promptly removed from Twitter permanently.

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08 Jun 2020

DOJ Says Foreign Actors Trying to Fuel Violence at Protests Through Misinformation

On Thursday, Attorney General William Barr released a statement claiming that foreign actors and hackers are purposefully inciting violence in protests occurring across the country as a result of the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, on May 25. Barr cited evidence collected by US intelligence agencies that

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04 Jun 2020

Russia’s Putin declares state of emergency after Arctic Circle oil spill

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a state of emergency after a massive oil spill that leaked 20,000 tonnes into a river in the Arctic Circle region. The spill occurred at a power plant near Norilsk, a Siberian city. Putin stated that officials were only informed of the incident two days

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29 May 2020

Moscow more than doubles citys Covid-19 death toll

Recently, Russian authorities have revised the official COVID-19 death toll of its capital city, Moscow, for the month of April. Initially, authorities claimed that 639 individuals died as a result of contracting the virus, but this number has been revised to 1,561 deaths. However, the city’s health department stressed that

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29 May 2020

NSA Warns of Ongoing Russian Hacking Campaign Against U.S. Systems

On Thursday, the US National Security Agency (NSA) released a warning to government partners and private companies about an ongoing Russian hacking operation that targets operating systems behind computer infrastructure. This intrusion technique actively exploits a vulnerability that the NSA advised companies to take seriously. The notice is part of

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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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