17 Dec 2019

Inside ‘Evil Corp,’ a $100M Cybercrime Menace

Earlier this month, the US Justice Department offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the conviction of a Russian man, Maksim Yakubets, for his role in orchestrating an international cybercrime network ironically named “Evil Corp.” Yakubets and his associates stole roughly $100 million from US and European business

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10 Dec 2019

Ukraine and Russia agree to implement ceasefire

After negotiations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, the two countries have agreed to implement a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine by the end of 2019. The presidents met in Paris on Monday, and the discussion was brokered by the leaders of France and Germany. The talks

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10 Dec 2019

Reddit: US-UK NHS ‘Sale’ Docs Leaked by Russia

Reddit announced that it has banned 61 accounts and one subreddit after post-Brexit US-UK trade deal documents were leaked on the platform as part of a Russian influence campaign. Reddit launched an investigation into the leaked documents and found that the users posting the documents may be associated with a

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09 Dec 2019

Moscow Cops Sell Access to City CCTV, Facial Recognition Data

The investigative news outlet MBKh Media has found that access to Moscow’s surveillance technology is being sold on dark web forums and chatrooms. The surveillance access available contains video footage from tens of thousands of cameras and the ability to check footage from the previous several days. Other services for

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04 Dec 2019

Putin signs new “foreign agent” law that could help him silence even more voices

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed laws that allow Russian authorities to declare individuals associated with media production as foreign agents. This expansion of power adapts the “foreign agent” legislation from 2012 that could be used to silence dissenting voices. The bill has been widely criticized by many human rights

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03 Dec 2019

The FBI Investigated Viral Aging App FaceApp. Here’s What It Found

The FBI has confirmed that apps developed in Russia such as the viral face-aging app FaceApp are a threat to US security. The FBI warned the public not to use FaceApp and similar Russian-developed apps yesterday, calling them a potential counterintelligence threat. The National Democratic Committee already warned its 2020

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27 Nov 2019

US, Russia And Israel Show Little Appetite For Cyber Destruction

The Atlantic Council recently conducted a study in order to assess the extent to which fears about the possible escalation of cyber conflicts between countries into physical confrontations are justified. The research involved “cross-national simulation and survey experiments” and focused on the United States, Russia and Israel. The conclusion of

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27 Nov 2019

Czech Intel Report Highlights Russian, Chinese Spying

A new report by the Czech intelligence service (BIS) states that “Russian and Chinese intelligence activities affected the sectors of politics, diplomacy, espionage, economy and information struggle” last year, and accuses Russia in particular of carrying out cyber operations “to manipulate the decision-making process and individuals responsible for decision-making.” The

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26 Nov 2019

US officials meet Libya’s Haftar to end Tripoli offensive

On Monday, the US state department announced that a delegation including the US ambassador to Libya has met with Libyan renegade general Khalifa Haftar in order to discuss “steps to achieve a suspension of hostilities and a political resolution to the Libyan conflict.” In April of this year, Haftar launched

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25 Nov 2019

Geopolitical Tensions Fuel Worsening Cyberattack Scenario

An extensive industry study[pdf] carried out by VMware Carbon Black indicates that nearly half (47%) of all cyberattacks that took place this year originated in either China or Russia. While attribution in the cyber domain is notoriously difficult, the company says the data is likely to be “quite accurate” because

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