01 Mar 2022

Huge Convoy of Russian Armor advances on Kyiv

A huge convoy of Russian armor spanning roughly 40 miles is advancing on Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv. The convoy was identified via satellite imagery amid talks between the two nations currently engaged in conflict. The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor announced that he wants to investigate Russia for possible war

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01 Mar 2022

Moscow Exchange Downed by Cyber-Attack

On Monday, the website for the Moscow Stock Exchange was offline and therefore inaccessible. The Ukraine IT Army, a crowdsourced community of hackers endorsed by Kyiv officials, took responsibility for the outage in a message posted to Telegram. The group claimed that it took just give minutes to take the

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28 Feb 2022

Global Crypto and Digital Currency Initiatives: India, Argentina, and Russia

We continue with our brief survey of crypto and digital currency initiatives from around the globe, all of which are officially sanctioned to enhance national competitive advantage (in the event crypto overtakes the US dollar as the global reserve currency).  It is the cumulative adoption rate of state-sanctioned crypto and digital currency legalization and regulation that will propel this innovative system for value exchange as a global currency standard. Today, we cover India, Argentina, and Russia.

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28 Feb 2022

World’s biggest crypto exchange Binance says it will not block all Russian accounts despite Ukraine request

Binance said Monday it will block the accounts of Russian individuals who have been sanctioned, but will not “unilaterally” freeze the accounts of all Russian users. The comments come after Ukraine’s vice prime minister called on major cryptocurrency exchange to block all Russian user accounts. “We are not going to unilaterally freeze

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28 Feb 2022

Meta Squeezes Russian State-Controlled Media Platforms

Meta, Facebook’s parent organization, has reportedly restricted the presence of Russian-state controlled media on its platforms after witnessing heightened disinformation attempts. At the request of its government, Meta has restricted access to several accounts in Ukraine as well. The company stated that it will continue to fact check outlets as

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25 Feb 2022

Anonymous Wages War on Russia

Back in December, we provided coverage and analysis of the first meeting of the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Administration (CISA) Advisory Committee.  We noted then that CISA Director Jen Easterly and Def Con Founder Jeff Moss (a CISA Advisory Committee Member) at the meeting were less concerned with collaboration with the business community and, instead, prioritized messaging and outreach to the hacker and research community.

The Russian Invasion of Ukraine has now changed everything in this calculus of how best to “ignite” and perform outreach to the community.  Here’s how.

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25 Feb 2022

How Russia can use cryptocurrency to avoid US sanctions over Ukraine

The Biden administration pledged to impose harsh economic sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, which began in earnest on Thursday morning. But billionaire oligarchs close to Russian President Vladimir Putin could potentially blunt the effects of the sanctions thanks to cryptocurrency, according to experts. The decentralized nature of digital currencies

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25 Feb 2022

White House Denies Mulling Massive Cyberattacks Against Russia

The White House has denied reports that President Biden received plans containing an arsenal of ways to launch massive cyberattacks against Russia, including tampering with trains, electric service, and internet connectivity. The cyberattacks would hinder Russia’s military operations in Ukraine. NBC News reported on the matter on Thursday, listing the

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25 Feb 2022

Ukraine conflict: Kyiv braces for Russian assault

Russian tanks have been filmed entering Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, for the first time. The city was hit by blasts overnight with at least one block of flats damaged and civilians injured. Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence called on residents to make fire bombs to neutralise the enemy. A plane was shot

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25 Feb 2022

Russia bans British airlines from its airspace

British airplanes are banned from landing in Russian airports and from crossing its airspace. This move was a response from Russia after the UK stopped Russia’s national airline Aeroflot from landing in Britain. The move against Russia airlines was part of sanctions imposed on Russia after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. 

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