06 Mar 2019

NATO seeks to bolster Ukraine defences amid ‘Russian aggression’

In a speech to the US Congress, the NATO commander for Europe stated that he aims to help Ukraine defend itself against increasing Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine and in the Black Sea. Last year, Russia seized three Ukrainian ships while they were trying to pass the Kerch Strait that

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05 Mar 2019

Eyeing Russia, EU Girds for Cyberthreats to Parliament Vote

EU security officials are taking steps to counter efforts by Russian state-backed hackers to interfere in the European Parliament elections that will be held in May of this year. The vote comes at a critical time for Europe, not only because of the planned departure of the UK from the

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05 Mar 2019

Russia Follows U.S. Out of Landmark Nuclear Weapons Treaty

About a month after the US government withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty that banned land-based missiles with ranges of 300 to 3,400 miles, Russia has also officially abandoned the agreement. Russian President Vladimir Putin had already announced that his country was going to copy the American move.

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01 Mar 2019

Information Attacks on Democracies

A recent academic paper titled “Common-Knowledge Attacks on Democracy” aims to provide an explanation for why certain Internet disinformation attacks have significant destabilizing effects in the US, while strengthening the internal stability in Russia. The authors propose that in order to understand this phenomenon, it is important to look at

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28 Feb 2019

Attackers continue to enhance their performance, apply smart business techniques

A new report by Netscout indicates that the global threat landscape in the second half of 2018 was characterized by “attacks on steroids.” Over that period, the company tracked 35 advanced persistent threat APT) groups and noticed that groups supported by states such as China, Iran, North Korea and Russia

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27 Feb 2019

Russia Jails Former Top Cyber-Cop in U.S.-Linked Treason Case

A Russian court has convicted two native cyber security specialists with treason for “having contacts with” US intelligence. A former top officer of the country’s Federal Security Service’s information-security division was sentenced with 22 years imprisonment, while a manager at Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab was jailed for 14

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27 Feb 2019

US nuclear general worries over Russia’s weapons outside New START

In a testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, the head of the US nuclear forces this week said that Russia is developing strategic weapons outside of the New START Treaty, which will lapse in 2021 if it is not expanded before then. Among the new weapons being developed by

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27 Feb 2019

U.S. Cyber Command operation disrupted Internet access of Russian troll factory on day of 2018 midterms

US officials said that during the 2018 midterm elections, the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency (IRA), which is a known troll farm owned by an oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, was cut off from the Internet by the US Cyber Command. The aim of the operation,

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27 Feb 2019

Russia and Syria call for US troops to leave Syria

In a joint statement issued on Wednesday, Russia and Syria urged the US to withdraw its troops from Syria, saying that the “military units are on Syrian territory illegally.” Just last week, the Trump administration announced that it will leave 400 troops in the country, 200 near the border with

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26 Feb 2019

The Dark Side of the Kremlin: Hacked Russian documents explained

On Monday, a massive database totaling 170 gigabytes of confidential data relating to prominent Russian political figures, business leaders, religious leaders and the Russian military, was published online by hackers belonging to Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoS). DDoS describes itself as a “transparency collective” made up of mostly Ukrainian and

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