18 Jun 2019

Kremlin Warns of Cyberwar After Report of U.S. Hacking Into Russian Power Grid

In response to a recent New York Times report claiming that US intelligence officials have been targeting Russian power grid control systems in offensive operations, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday said that the report implies “a hypothetical possibility” of cyberwarfare against his country. The Russian official also

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17 Jun 2019

US Planted Powerful Malware in Russia’s Power Grid: Report

US intelligence officials have been investigating the Russian power grid since at least 2012 and recently began targeting power grid control systems in offensive operations, according to a recent New York Times report based on information from current and former government officials. The offensive operations involved infecting Russian systems with

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17 Jun 2019

Twitter wipes out thousands of fake accounts connected to Iran, Russia

Once again, Twitter has purged thousands of inauthentic user accounts connected to influence operations. A total of 4,779 accounts were removed, many of which were tied to the Iranian regime, while a few were linked to Russia. According to the social media platform, more than 1,600 of the fraudulent accounts

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13 Jun 2019

Putin says US-Russia relations are getting ‘worse and worse’

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that US-Russia relations “are going downhill, they are getting worse and worse,” adding that the current US administration has made “several dozen decisions on sanctions against Russia.” A day earlier, US President Donald Trump stated that wants his country to have “a great

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07 Jun 2019

Russia and Iran Plan to Fundamentally Isolate the Internet

While many analyst have warned about the spread of the Chinese model of Internet censorship, often referred to as the Great Firewall, two other US adversaries are pursuing policies that may have much more detrimental consequences for the future of the Internet. Unlike China, Iran and Russia don’t merely want

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07 Jun 2019

Putin: Russia has no plans to send troops to Venezuela

Russia does not intend to send troops to Venezuela in order to assist the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, President Vladimir Putin stated on Thursday. Maduro’s authority is being challenged by opposition leader and self-declared acting president Juan Guaido. While Russia and China support Maduro, United States President Trump

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06 Jun 2019

Russia Effort in 2016 US Election Was ‘Vast,’ ‘Professional’

A new report by Symantec indicates that the Russia misinformation campaign that aimed to interfere with the 2016 US election was even more sophisticated and extensive than previous research suggested. The Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA), an organization that played a key role in the meddling efforts and has often

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05 Jun 2019

US and Russia spar over ‘unsafe’ spy plane intercept near Syria

The US Sixth Fleet, which is part of the United States’ naval forces in Europe, said on Tuesday that a Russian fighter jet intercepted a US Navy surveillance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea in an “irresponsible” manner. The incident occurred in international airspace and “put [US] pilots and crew at

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05 Jun 2019

Xi worried as ‘extreme’ US pressure on Iran raises tensions

Chinese President Xi Jinping is meeting Russia President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to discuss a strengthening of bilateral ties amid growing tensions between the United States on the one hand and China and Russia on the other. Before the visit, Xi criticized the US policy toward Iran, another country whose

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31 May 2019

Turla turns PowerShell into a weapon in attacks against EU diplomats

ESET researchers recently uncovered a new cyber espionage campaign by Turla, an advanced persistent threat (APT) group believed to operate from Russia. The hackers are using PowerShell scripts in order to go after diplomatic targets in the Eastern Europe. Turla has used PowerShell in previous campaigns, but it has now

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