25 Sep 2019

Zebrocy Retools for New Political Attacks

Notorious Russian hacking group Fancy Bear (aka Sofacy, APT28 and Sednit) is targeting embassies and foreign affairs ministries in Eastern European and Central Asian countries in a new spearphishing campaign, researchers with ESET have discovered. The phishing emails contain a malicious attachment that delivers an updated version of the Zebrocy

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25 Sep 2019

Putin Begins Installing Equipment To Cut Russia’s Access To World Wide Web

Russia will begin testing the independence of the country’s internet, known as Runet, in October of this year. The plan, which was signed into law earlier this year, will see Runet entering “combat mode,” which means that it is being disconnected from the global Internet. The latest news about the

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19 Sep 2019

Russia carried out a ‘stunning’ breach of FBI communications system, escalating the spy game on US soil

In 2016, Russian officials managed to breach the FBI communications system in a way that seriously undermined the bureau’s ability to track Russian spies in the US and prompted the FBI and the CIA to break off communications with certain assets out of fear they could otherwise be compromised by

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10 Sep 2019

US extracted top spy from inside Russia in 2017

A recent CNN report claims that the United States government carried out a secret mission in 2017 to extract a Russian government official who had been operating as one of Washington’s top spies. One of the reasons for the extraction was a concern by intelligence officials that the spy could

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03 Sep 2019

America’s Most Critical Infrastructure is also Our Most Neglected Infrastructure

This special report is the first of a two-part series designed to both inform OODA members on the nature of challenges to our nation’s most critical infrastructure and provide recommendations for action that can mitigate these challenges. Our thesis is that America’s most critical infrastructure is our cognitive infrastructure. This is also the most attacked and least defended. In short, our most important critical infrastructure is also our most neglected infrastructure.

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02 Sep 2019

Huawei signs deal to develop 5G in Russia, on sidelines of meeting between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin

Huawei has agreed to handle “the development of 5G technologies and the pilot launch of fifth-generation networks in 2019-2020” in Russia. The Chinese tech giant, which was blacklisted by the US government earlier this year over security concerns, signed a contract with Russian mobile network operator MTS on the sidelines

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02 Sep 2019

Some of Russia’s surveillance tech leaked data for more than a year

Government mandated hardware wiretaps installed on the networks of Russian Internet service providers (ISPs) have been leaking sensitive user information including GPS coordinates and device-identifying MAC addresses, a Russian security researcher discovered last year. The wiretaps, called System for Operative Investigative Activities (SORM) devices, are designed to provide Russian authorities

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30 Aug 2019

Russian police take down malware gang that infected 800,000+ Android smartphones

Russian authorities have taken down a cyber crime group thought to be behind a number of malware campaigns that have targeted over 800,000 Android devices since 2015. With assistance from Group-IB, Russian police managed to track down and arrest various individuals belonging to the TipTop group. TipTop hackers rented banking

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28 Aug 2019

Russia strikes deal with Turkey on Syria’s Idlib, says Putin

On the sidelines of Russia’s air show MAKS, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin presented an image of unity on Tuesday, despite their countries’ conflicting interests in Syria. Erdogan criticized the Syrian government for its recent campaign to recapture Idlib from rebel forces, calling it

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27 Aug 2019

Unpiloted Soyuz Capsule With Humanoid Robot On Board Finally Reaches Space Station

On Tuesday, an unpiloted Russia Soyuz spacecraft successfully docked at the International Space Station. A previous attempt at this unprecedented feat failed on Saturday, but “the second time was the charm,” NASA spokesperson Rob Navias said. While the Soyuz MS-14 has no human crew, it is manned by Skybot F-850,

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