15 Oct 2019

Russia moves to fill void left by US in northern Syria

Russia has deployed troops to northeastern Syria in order to prevent a confrontation between Syrian forces and the Turkish troops that have been moving into the area since last week. The Turkish invasion started after US President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of US troops from the area. The Russian

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11 Oct 2019

Turmoil Spreads in Kurdish-Held Syria as Turkish Invasion Enters 3rd Day

Tens of thousands of civilians have fled northeastern Syria since Turkish forced began advancing into the region earlier this week. Turkey claims that the campaigns aims to fight terrorism in the region and to create a “safe zone.” However, analysts say that the regime of President Tayyip Erdogan aims to

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09 Oct 2019

Pulling of US Troops in Syria Could Aid Assad and ISIS

Analysts warn that US President Donald Trump’s recent decision to pull US troops out of northeastern Syria, could play into the hands of major US adversaries including President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, Russia, Iran and the Islamic State. Dareen Khalifa of International Crisis Group said that with the move, Washington

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04 Oct 2019

What You Need To Know About Hostile Social Manipulation

A recent RAND report looks at the role of information warfare and how targeted social media campaigns and similar approaches are deployed to cause damage to a state. RAND has coined the term “hostile social manipulation” to capture this phenomenon, which builds on familiar influence techniques including propaganda and disinformation. Hostile social manipulation is used to gain a competitive advantage by manipulating the political, social, and economic conditions in target countries through information channels. It targets beliefs and attitudes, not physical assets or military forces, allowing the activity to operate in a gray space that exists below the threshold of war.

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03 Oct 2019

Tax records of 20 million Russians exposed online

A security researcher recently stumbled across an unsecured web server containing the tax records of a total of 20 million Russian citizens. The owner of the leaky database is believed to be a Ukranian national who had been exposing the sensitive data since May of 2018. It is not clear

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30 Sep 2019

After Saudi attacks, Russia makes its regional presence felt

Russia is trying to take advantage of the recent drone attacks that disrupted about half of Saudi Arabia’s oil capacity in order to increase its influence in the Middle East, analysts say. Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport responded to the attacks by scheduling talks with leaders in the region about

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25 Sep 2019

Russian state hackers rarely share code with one another

Researchers with Check Point and Intezer Labs have analyzed 2,000 malware samples linked to Russian advanced persistent threat (APT) groups in order to find connections between the malware strains. While 22,000 such connections were found, the report indicates that hackers working for the Russian government usually do not share their

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25 Sep 2019

Zebrocy Retools for New Political Attacks

Notorious Russian hacking group Fancy Bear (aka Sofacy, APT28 and Sednit) is targeting embassies and foreign affairs ministries in Eastern European and Central Asian countries in a new spearphishing campaign, researchers with ESET have discovered. The phishing emails contain a malicious attachment that delivers an updated version of the Zebrocy

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25 Sep 2019

Putin Begins Installing Equipment To Cut Russia’s Access To World Wide Web

Russia will begin testing the independence of the country’s internet, known as Runet, in October of this year. The plan, which was signed into law earlier this year, will see Runet entering “combat mode,” which means that it is being disconnected from the global Internet. The latest news about the

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19 Sep 2019

Russia carried out a ‘stunning’ breach of FBI communications system, escalating the spy game on US soil

In 2016, Russian officials managed to breach the FBI communications system in a way that seriously undermined the bureau’s ability to track Russian spies in the US and prompted the FBI and the CIA to break off communications with certain assets out of fear they could otherwise be compromised by

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