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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26 Feb 2019

Despite sanctions, Russian tanker supplied fuel to North Korean ship-crew members

According to two crew members of a Russian tanker owned by Primportbunker, the vessel was used to transfer fuel to a North Korean vessel in four separate occasions between October 2017 and May 2018. The transactions represent violations to international sanctions that have been placed on North Korea, such as

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22 Feb 2019

Putin to U.S.: I’m ready for another Cuban Missile-style crisis if you want one

Russian President Vladimir Putin has specified his recent threat to target missiles at the US, stating to Russian media: “(We’re talking about) naval delivery vehicles: submarines or surface ships. And we can put them, given the speed and range (of our missiles)… in neutral waters. Plus they are not stationary,

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21 Feb 2019

Putin Threatens To Target U.S. With Missiles In State-Of-Nation Speech

One Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused US policymakers of being “obsessed with U.S. exceptionalism,” adding that they should “count the speed and the range of the weapons systems we are developing [in Russia].” The threatening statement followed claims by the Russian president that the United States abandoned the 1987 Intermediate-Range

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21 Feb 2019

Russian Military Says Nyet to the Internet

In order to prevent soldiers from inadvertently revealing Russia’s involvement in secretive military campaigns, such as those that were carried out four years ago in Ukraine in support of pro-Russian separatists, a new law in Russia makes it illegal for troops to post photographs, videos and geolocation data online. However, experts doubt

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