27 Mar 2019

Russian deployment in Venezuela includes ‘cybersecurity personnel’: U.S. official

According to a US official, the 100 or so Russian troops that arrived in Venezuela on Saturday by plane included “cybersecurity personnel.” This means that Russia could aim to support surveillance efforts by the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and/or help the government protect it’s infrastructure. Maduro has blamed recent

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26 Mar 2019

Pompeo warns Russia ‘to cease its unconstructive behavior’ in Venezuela

In response to the news that two Russian military aircraft carrying about 100 troops and a substantial amount of equipment arrived in Venezuela on Saturday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Russia should “cease its unconstructive behavior” in Venezuela. Pompeo also

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26 Mar 2019

Facebook Removes Fake Iranian Network Targeting Millions of Foreign Citizens

Facebook recently took down hundreds of accounts, pages, and groups that were part of propaganda networks tied to Iran, Russia, Macedonia and Kosovo, the social media giant announced on Tuesday. The biggest network of “coordinated inauthentic behavior” was linked to Iran and primarily focused on promoting narratives critical of the

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25 Mar 2019

Russia Urges Trump to Reset Relations after Mueller Report

Now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has wrapped up his investigation into the Trump campaign with the conclusion that he did not find evidence of collusion with the Russian government, Moscow sees an opportunity to “renew” US-Russia relations. A Russian official on Monday said that the first issue to be

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25 Mar 2019

Venezuela crisis: Russian military planes land near Caracas

On Saturday, two Russian military aircraft carrying about 100 troops and a substantial amount of equipment arrived in Venezuela. While a Russian news outlet claimed that Russia was fulfilling “technical military contracts” by sending the planes, many analysts see the incident as a message from the Russian government to the

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21 Mar 2019

Cyber-espionage warning: Russian hacking groups step up attacks ahead of European elections

Security researchers with FireEye are warning that hacking groups supported by the Russian government have already launched attack campaigns in Europe in an attempt to disrupt the elections for the parliament of the European Union (EU), which will take place in May. Russian advanced persistent threat groups including APT28 (aka

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21 Mar 2019

U.S. may soon pause preparations for delivering F-35s to Turkey

US officials believe the US may soon put its planned sale of US F-35 fighter jets to Turkey on hold over Turkey’s recent decision to purchase Russian S-400 missile-defense systems despite US warnings. The US is concerned that the use of a Russian missile-defense system by Turkey, a NATO ally,

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20 Mar 2019

U.S.-Russia talks on Venezuela stall over role of Maduro

During a two-hour meeting in Rome on Tuesday, officials from the US and Russia were unable to come to an agreement regarding the legitimacy of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. However, both sides stated that they had come to better understand the other’s position on the issue. Russia is concerned about

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18 Mar 2019

Ukraine Ready to Take on Russian Election Hackers

Ukrainian security officials say that they are “ready to repel […] cyber attacks” launched by Russian state-backed hackers in an ongoing attempt to undermine the legitimacy of Ukraine’s presidential elections that will take place on 31 March. Ukraine recently held joint defense exercises with the European Union (EU) in order

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15 Mar 2019

Russia’s Next Land Grab Won’t Be in an Ex-Soviet State. It Will Be in Europe.

Former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili believes that recent reports of a new Russian policy demanding international naval ships to notify the Kremlin of journeys along the Northern Sea Route 45 days in advance, may indicate that Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning another land grab similar to Russia’s annexation of

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