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Someone is sending propaganda texts to Ukrainian soldiers

An ongoing campaign of propaganda-texting Ukrainian solders has, unsurprisingly, been attributed to Russian forces equipped with cell site simulators (IMSI-catchers). The “fake texts” started lighting up the soldiers' mobes while a TV journalist, Julia Kirienko, was sheltering with them, according to Associated Press. Another …
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US spymasters trash Kaspersky: AV tools can't be trusted, we've stuck a probe in them

Five US spy bosses, and the acting FBI chief, today told the Senate intelligence committee they do not trust software from Russian antivirus maker Kaspersky. And as a result, they are reviewing Uncle Sam's use of the software. It is feared the toolkit could be commandeered by the Kremlin to attack and sabotage computers used …
Iain Thomson, 11 May 2017
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Just so we're all clear on this: Russia hacked the French elections, US Republicans and Dems

It's been a busy week already on Capitol Hill. We've heard yet again revelations of Russian hackers breaking into US Republican and Democrat campaign computers – and interfering with France's presidential election. In a Senate judiciary committee meeting on Monday, former Director of National Security James Clapper was asked …
Iain Thomson, 9 May 2017
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Russian RATs bite Handbrake OSX download mirror

If you use the popular video transcoder Handbrake on a Mac, the distributors want you to check the download hash after one of their mirrors was compromised. Users who downloaded a trojan-infected version of Handbrake will need to change all their KeyChain passwords (lovely), and any passwords they stored in their browsers. …

It's Russian hackers, FBI and Wikileaks wot won it – Hillary Clinton on her devastating election loss

Hillary Clinton today gave her first full interview since dramatically losing the US presidential election – and has placed the blame for her downfall on Russian hackers, FBI director James Comey and Wikileaks. "If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president," Clinton told CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour at a …

Debian bins keys assigned to arrested Russian contributor

Debian has removed keys assigned to developer Dmitry Bogatov after he was arrested by Russian authorities for using the internet to organise protests. Or, as Russian outlet TASS puts it, “for terrorism and attempts to stage unrest in Moscow.” Bogatov was remanded in custody for two months, but claims he was not at his keyboard …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2017
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Naked Androids to rampage across Russia

Google has settled its Russian anti-trust case and will therefore open its Android OS to rivals in Vladimir Putin's demesne. Russian Google analog Yandex kicked off the case in 2015, when it alleged Google forces handset-makers to put its own search engine front and centre on all Android devices. Google lost that case and was …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2017

Kremlin-linked hacker crew's tactics exposed

Security researchers have published more intel on the tactics of the infamous Russian government-linked hacker crew blamed for compromising the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during last year's US presidential election. A report by SecureWorks' Counter Threat Unit offers an analysis of the connection between the APT 28 …
John Leyden, 31 Mar 2017
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FBI, NSA top brass: We've seen jack squat to back up Trump's claims of Obama wiretaps

Vid Monday mornings are never pleasant, are they? Take FBI director James Comey and head of the NSA Admiral Mike Rogers, for example, who kicked off their week by being grilled by the US House Select Intelligence Committee. The meeting was scheduled to give Congress an update on claims of Russian meddling in the presidential …
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2017
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Apple accused of counter-revolutionary pricing in Russia

Russia's anti-monopoly regulator has taken a bite out of Apple, finding that Cupertino's local outpost fixed iPhone prices in the country. The Federal Antimonopoly Service's (FAS) investigation found that the company fixed iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 products in the retail supply chain. Not only does the FAS say Apple set retail …
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Nokia 3310 'Supremo Putin' edition goes on sale in Russia

Hot on the heels of the resurrected Nokia 3310 comes news of Russian outfit “Caviar” creating a Vladimir-Putin-Themed mod for the retro handset. The company says the “Supremo Putin” offers a bas-relief of the president, plus “plaques with a quote from the National Anthem and a thin mesh-like engraving, applied to the body by …

Kremlin-linked hackers believed to be behind Mac spyware Xagent

Kremlin-linked spies have been blamed for cooking up malware called Xagent, which targets victims running macOS to steal passwords, grab screenshots and exfiltrate iPhone backups stored on the Mac. Preliminary analysis by security software firm Bitdefender has uncovered links to the APT28 cyber-espionage group, elsewhere …
John Leyden, 15 Feb 2017
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Russia (A) bans web porn as a 'bad influence' (B) decriminalizes domestic violence – or (C) all of the above?

Putin and his pals' ongoing attempt to keep Russians safe from the evils of pornography has taken another step forward with the banning of popular smut site Brazzers. The ban, announced by Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor, stems from a case brought last October against the site in the Bolsheglushitsky District …
Iain Thomson, 7 Feb 2017
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US and Russia engaged in legal tug of war over LinkedIn hack suspect

Prague has become the centre of cyber cold war intrigue with both Russia and the US seeking the extradition of a Russian hacker. Yevgeniy Nikulin, 29, is the target of extradition requests from both countries weeks following his arrest last October by Czech police during a holiday to the country. Local authorities acted on an …
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2017
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Kaspersky cybercrime investigator cuffed in Russian treason probe

A top cybercrime investigator at Kaspersky Lab has been arrested by Russian police investigating alleged treason. Ruslan Stoyanov, head of the investigation unit at the Kaspersky Lab, is under investigation for a period predating his employment at the security software firm. "This case is not related to Kaspersky Lab," the …
John Leyden, 25 Jan 2017
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Facebook bans Russia's RT ahead of Trump's Inauguration Day (then changes its mind)

Facebook apparently blocked Russia Today – the Kremlin-bankrolled broadcaster now known as RT – from posting anything other than text messages on the social network. On Wednesday, RT said Facebook had instituted the ban as the station was live-casting President Obama's final press conference. The channel said any articles, …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jan 2017
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Russia to convicted criminal hackers: 'Work with us or jail?'

Russia is reportedly letting convicted crackers take a seat in its offensive operations units, as an alternative to doing time. The effort, said to have started in 2013, saw at least one legitimate security professional flee Russia to seek asylum in Finland after he allegedly refused to help operate a distributed denial of …
Team Register, 5 Jan 2017

'DNC hackers' used mobile malware to track Ukrainian artillery – researchers

The Russian hacking crew controversially linked to hacks against the Democrat Party during the US election allegedly used Android malware to track Ukrainian artillery units from late 2014 until 2016, according to new research. Threat intelligence firm CrowdStrike reckons that mobile malware was used to harvest communications …
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2016

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