06 May 2019

There are tens of thousands of cyber criminals in the world, says kaspersky

According to new research by Kaspersky Lab, “there are several tens of thousands of hackers in the world who must be constantly trained.” If hackers don’t keep up with the latest technological developments, they can lose their jobs. The researchers believe that there are only a few hundred elite hackers.

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01 May 2019

Dutch Warn of ‘Worrying’ Russian, Chinese Cyber-Spying

The Dutch intelligence service (MIVD) on Tuesday warned that increased cyber espionage efforts by China and Russia pose a threat to the country and to all of Europe. “Offensive (cyber) activities, in particular by Russia and China, are worrying,” the MIVD stated in a new report. The agency blamed China

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29 Apr 2019

Naming and shaming nations that launch cyberattacks does work, say intel chiefs

At a recent cybersecurity conference in Scotland, Intelligence experts from the Five Eyes intelligence alliance that includes the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK, said that naming and shaming the nation states behind destructive cyberattacks is an important strategy for creating international norms and forging coalitions of opposition

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29 Apr 2019

China and Russia to hold joint navy drills next week

China and Russia are set to hold joint naval exercises in China’s northern port city Qingdao next week. The drills will involve ships, submarines, aircraft, helicopters and marine units. The “Joint Sea 2019” drills show that despite their many differences, the regimes of Russia and China are drawn together in

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29 Apr 2019

Why Russia, Iran seek deeper ties with North Korea

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met in Russia for a two-day summit to discuss bilateral relations and the situation on the Korean peninsula. The summit was moderately successful. Both leaders expressed their satisfaction with the talks, a world of difference from the February

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26 Apr 2019

North Korean leader warns of a return to tension, blames U.S. ‘bad faith’

On the second day of the Russia-North Korea summit in Vladivostok, North Korean leader Kim Jung-un blamed the US government for the collapse of the February US-North Korea summit, saying the US “took a unilateral attitude in bad faith” at the time, as a result of which “[t]he situation on

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25 Apr 2019

Putin offers to help break nuclear deadlock at Kim Jong-un summit

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met in Russia to discuss bilateral relations and the situation on the Korean peninsula. The talks are part of a two-day summit between the two leaders who are meeting each other for the first time. Putin described the

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25 Apr 2019

Russia offers passports to east Ukraine, president-elect decries ‘aggressor state’

In an apparent move toward the annexation of eastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed legislation that makes it easier for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine to become Russian citizens. While Putin stated he did not want to create problems for Ukrainian president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy and was merely

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23 Apr 2019

Russian hackers are targeting European embassies, according to new report

Check Point researchers have uncovered a recent campaign in which Russian threat actors targeted European embassies in various countries including Nepal, Guyana, Kenya, Italy, Liberia, Bermuda, and Lebanon. The hackers targeted embassy officials with emails containing sophisticated malicious files that were presented as official US State Department documents. Opening the

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23 Apr 2019

Report: Weaponized PDFs on the Rise

New research by SonicWall indicates that cyber attacks involving weaponized PDFs have dramatically increased in the past months. Last year, the company detected 47,000 PDF-based attacks. However, attacks of this kind began increasing in December and surged in March when 73,000 attacks were discovered, far more than the total for

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