08 Oct 2018

Latvia election puts pro-Russia Harmony party on top

The party mostly supported by the country’s ethnic Russians won 19.9% of the vote in Latvia’s general elections over the weekend, making it the largest party in the country for the second election in a row. Several other parties, however, refuse to form a coalition with them due to their

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05 Oct 2018

How Russian spies allegedly hacked organizations across the world

Russian hacking of a variety of international bodies and companies have splashed across the news, but exactly how were these hacks conducted? In the case of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, four Russian intelligence officers parked a rented car full of hacking equipment near the organization’s building

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05 Oct 2018

Russia claims US is running a secret bio weapons lab in Georgia

Russia has claimed, and the U.S. has vehemently denied, U.S. clandestine operation of a biological weapons lab in the country of Georgia against international conventions. A Russian government spokesperson announced that the Georgian lab was one within a broader network of U.S. labs near Russian and Chinese borders. A spokesperson

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05 Oct 2018

U.S. indicts Russians in hacking of nuclear company Westinghouse

The US has charged seven Russian intelligence officers over a plot to hack computers and steal data from a nuclear energy company, anti-doping watchdogs, and sporting federations. These charges came only hours after the Netherlands announced the disruption of Russian hacking efforts against an international agency on chemical weapons that is

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04 Oct 2018

U.S. Admiral Warns of Russian Submarines Challenging U.S. Defenses

“The head of naval forces in Europe warned that Russia is preparing an underwater battlespace in the Northern Atlantic and that U.S. naval presence is more important now than any time since the fall of the Soviet Union. Adm. James Foggo said in the second episode of his ‘On the

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01 Oct 2018

Russian airstrikes in Syria reportedly killed 18,000 people, Russia claims 85,000

In numbers that appear backwards, a UK-based war monitor has claimed that Russian airstrikes have killed over 18,000 people over the past three years, including around 8,000 civilians, 5,000 ISIS fighters, and 5,000 other rebel fighters. Russia, on the other hand, claims that it has killed far more “terrorists,” placing

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27 Sep 2018

OSINT and ‘We got really lucky’: how novichok suspects’ identities were revealed

The breaking identification of one of the Novichok poisoning suspects not only connected the attack to the Russian government, it also showcased the depth of OSINT research techniques and possibilities that are consistently leveraged across the fields of journalism, private research, military research, and beyond. The investigation launched by a

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27 Sep 2018

US to remove several missile defense systems from the Middle East, highlighting shift in focus

The US will remove two Patriot missile of its defense batteries from Kuwait, one from Bahrain, and one from Jordan next month, according to military sources. The batteries will be returned to the U.S. for upgrades and then relocated elsewhere. While it has not been announced where they will be

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25 Sep 2018

Latvia: an ongoing case study on how to Russia-Proof an election

The tiny Baltic country of Latvia has become the most recent case study for countering Russian interference with an election. The country is located in an increasingly important geographical location on the Russian-EU border, just next door to Estonia where what is largely considered the first large-scale Russian cyber campaign

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24 Sep 2018

Britain to create 2,000-strong cyber force to tackle Russia threat

“Britain is significantly increasing its ability to wage war in cyberspace with the creation of a new offensive cyber force of up to 2,000 personnel…The new force which is expected to be announced soon would represent a near four-fold increase in manpower focused on offensive cyber operations…The plan by the

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