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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19 Feb 2019

Splunk pulls out of Russia

American analytics company Splunk has released a statement mentioning that it “will no longer be selling software and services to organizations in Russia – either directly or through partners*.” The firm did not really elaborate on the decision, mentioning only that it will “continue to evaluate our global investments […] to

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18 Feb 2019

Cyber blitzkrieg replaces cyber Pearl Harbor

Greg Austin, one of Australia’s top cyber strategists, believes that major cyber powers like the US, China and Russia have begun to think about cyberwar in a different way. While in the past the focus was on developing “policies, processes, and procedures for identifying and responding to a multi-sector cyber attack

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15 Feb 2019

India Proposes Chinese-Style Internet Censorship

India’s government has proposed new, sweeping rules that would enable strict government censorship of content. The public comment period on the rules has ended and the government could enact them at any time, worrying opposition candidates and free speech activists ahead of national elections scheduled for the spring. The rules

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