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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20 Feb 2019

Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Targeted European Think Tanks

Microsoft is investigating a cyber attack campaign by Russian hacking group Fancy Bear, also known as APT 28. The campaign lasted from September to December of last year and targeted think tanks in Europe, including the German Council on Foreign Relations, The Aspen Institute and The German Marshall Fund. The

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20 Feb 2019

Ukraine Announces Joint Exercises with EU to Fend Off Russian Cyber Threats

Ukraine has announced that it will hold joint defense exercises with the European Union (EU) before the country’s March 31 presidential election. The Secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council stated that “[t]he available information indicates that Russia intends to use the entire existing arsenal, including cybernetic means, to

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20 Feb 2019

North Korea’s Lazarus Group Targets Russian Companies For First Time

Researchers with Check Point have uncovered the first-known North Korean cyber attack campaign that targets Russian businesses. North Korean hackers belonging to the notorious Lazarus Group have been targeting Russian firms with emails containing malicious Microsoft Office documents. If a recipient opens the attachment, malicious code is launched that installs the KEYMARBLE

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20 Feb 2019

Russian State-Sponsored Hackers Are Fastest: CrowdStrike

The 2019 Global Threat Report by CrowdStrike shows that Russian hacking groups with ties to Moscow are able to start moving laterally across a compromised network in under 20 minutes after they have gained a first foothold. This average “breakout time” is far faster than that of state-backed hackers from

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