Articles about Russia

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ISS chases the Dragon

The SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule has arrived at the International Space Station after a two-day trip in orbit. .@SpaceX #Dragon captured at 6:56am ET/10:56am GMT w/@Astro_Jeff & #AstroKate at @CSA_ASC #Canadarm2 controls. https://t.co/PQ2DE0o7YM — Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) July 20, 2016 The capsule was captured by …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2016

Handover of US internet control to ICANN officially blocked in Republican policy

The planned transition of the internet's critical technical functions from the US government to a technical body may come under further attack after the Republican Party officially agreed to block it on Monday. The Republican Platform for 2016 [PDF] was formally approved during a chaotic first day of the party's national …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jul 2016
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Your antivirus doesn't like Ammyy. And fraudsters will use that to RAT you out (again)

Crooks have once again targeted users downloading Ammyy's remote access software as a conduit for spreading malware. The tactic – which has been witnessed before, specifically in the infamous Lurk banking trojan – has been in play since early February, 2016. Ammyy Admin is a legitimate software package (used by top …
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2016

For $800 you can buy internet engineers' answer to US government spying

The long-awaited response from internet engineers to Edward Snowden's revelations of mass surveillance by the US government has been launched in Berlin. The CrypTech project launched an alpha prototype of its open-source crypto-vault at the 96th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and held a two-day workshop …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Jul 2016
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Android malware blocks bank calls

Cybercrooks have put together a fake banking application that blocks victims’ outgoing calls to customer service. The Fakebank trojan blocks calls in order to stop victims from cancelling their stolen payment cards. The Android nasty is automatically programmed to cancel calls from being placed. Victims can, of course, use …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2016
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Russian gang who exploited hacked bank accounts jailed

Five members of an international money-laundering gang based in London have been jailed after cops unravelled their malware-enabled conspiracy. The gang, composed exclusively of Russian nationals, was led by a pair of men who were both named Aslan. Aslan Abazov, 30, of Cromwell Road, London SW7,was sentenced to seven years …
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VPN provider claims Russia seized its servers

VPN provider Private Internet Access (PIA) says its servers have been seized by the Russian government, so has quit the country in protest at its privacy laws. The company has sent an e-mail to users claiming some of its servers have been seized, even though the enforcement regime – in which all Internet traffic has to be …

Lurk trojan takedown also took out Angler exploit kit

Security researchers have discovered a possible link between the demise of the Angler Kit and a crackdown against the Lurk banking trojan crew. In June, a group of individuals was arrested in Russia for using Lurk to target Russian banks. Cisco Talos researchers noticed that within a week of the arrests, Angler had disappeared …
John Leyden, 11 Jul 2016

South Africa's net censor row

Democratic Alliance (DA), the South African opposition party, is demanding to know why the government voted against a UN resolution that expanded freedom of speech online last week. "The DA will not allow this injustice to go unanswered," the party said in a press release, adding: "The vote against this resolution speaks …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Jul 2016
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Maybe China's on to something: Clickbait articles now need to be 'verified' by officials

China has stepped up its online censorship efforts with a declaration that from now on all news stories will need to be "verified" for accuracy. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has published new rules that say websites should not publish unverified news stories from social media outlets. "It is forbidden to use …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Jul 2016

FBI won't jail future US president over private email server

The FBI has said it will not recommend nor push for any charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of state. At a press conference Tuesday morning, FBI director James Comey gave a lengthy description of the investigation his staff had carried out, focused on whether Clinton has …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Jul 2016

UN council: Seriously, nations, stop switching off the damn internet

The United Nations officially condemned the practice of countries shutting down access to the internet at a meeting of the Human Rights Council on Friday. A resolution [PDF] entitled The promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet effectively extends human rights held offline to the internet. It was …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Jul 2016

Russia, China fight UN effort to extend human rights onto the internet

Russia and China are fighting an effort at the United Nations (UN) to extend human rights to the internet. The resolution was due to be voted on at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on Thursday, but the vote was put off until Friday amid growing tensions and a spotlight put on the vote by a campaign of over 80 organizations, …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Jun 2016
Ben Mezrich, Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs and the Greatest Wealth in History

Kremlin hackers and the Democratic National Committee: How deep is the rabbit-hole?

Well publicised attacks against the US Democrat National Committee exposed earlier this month are part of a wider pattern of attacks against a much broader range of US political targets, according to new research by Dell SecureWorks. The same group of cyber-spies is predominantly spying on Russia and neighbouring countries but …
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2016

SWIFT hackers nick $10m from Ukraine bank

Hackers stole $10m from a Ukrainian bank by – yup, you guessed it – invading its computers and using the inter-bank transfer system SWIFT to shift their loot. The theft from an unnamed Ukrainian bank follows news of cyber-heists at other banks worldwide, most notoriously the lifting of $81m from an account held in New York …
John Leyden, 28 Jun 2016
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I want to learn about gamification but all I see is same-ification

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “You don’t know you’re born,” they would say to me during my first holiday job. “You don’t know you’re a sad, blubber-arsed freeloader coasting towards retirement,” I’d reply… in my head, of course. Out loud, I would complain that they were being unfair, and I would be slapped down with that most frustrating of clichés “Life’ …
Alistair Dabbs, 24 Jun 2016

Stuxnet was the opening shot of decades of non-stop cyber warfare

The famous Stuxnet attack against Iran is credited by some as forestalling the alternative: a bombing raid by Israel against Iran’s nuclear facility. The use of such cyber-weapons in the future, however, may mean more countries end up in low-level conflicts more or less continuously. Military strategists are still grappling …
John Leyden, 22 Jun 2016

Top boffins detail how to save the open internet from breaking itself

Analysis The internet could go one of three paths in the next decade, according to an elite group of policymakers: open and global; unequal and uneven; or dangerous and broken. And the path to righteousness? It's contained in the recommendations of the 140-page report that the grandly named Global Commission on Internet Governance ( …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jun 2016

Kremlin wants to shoot the Messenger, and WhatsApp to boot

Russian media outlets report that laws mandating encryption backdoors have been tabled in the Duma. If accurate, you could expect an exodus of US services from the country. This Russian-language report, once the Vulture South hack was able to untangle translations like “proposed a fine messenger”, sets down the basics: those …

Drubbed StubHub carder grub guilty, faces 12 years in cooler club

The Russian ringleader of a carding group has pled guilty to selling US$1.6 million (£1.1 million, A$2.1 million) worth of tickets to major events, bought using credit cards stolen from StubHub accounts. Vadim Polyakov, 32, led a group that broke into StubHub accounts using the access to buy tickets to premiere music, sports, …
Darren Pauli, 21 Jun 2016
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SpaceX winning streak meets explosive end

SpaceX's winning streak came to an explosive end with one of its rockets blowing up during its attempted landing. The Falcon 9 rocket has - as its name suggests - nine rockets to take off, but uses just three to land. One of those failed to deliver full thrust on landing, causing it land very hard on the company's drone ship …
Iain Thomson, 15 Jun 2016
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Cybercrooks are pimping out pwned RDP servers

Cybercriminals are buying and selling access to compromised servers for as little as $6 each. The xDedic marketplace, which appears to be run by a Russian-speaking group, lists 70,624 hacked Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) servers for sale. Kaspersky Lab researchers warn that crooks can abuse the compromised systems to hack …
John Leyden, 15 Jun 2016
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Russia mulls bug bounty to harden govt software

Russia is mulling a bug bounty program to find and eliminate bugs in government-approved software. Local media report deputy Communications Minister Aleksei Sokolov is discussing a possible bug bounty with the Russian tech sector. The implications of such a bounty are being considered including staffing requirements for bug …
Darren Pauli, 15 Jun 2016

East Euro crims pwning 'high profile' victims with Flash zero day

An eastern European group has for more than three months been using an unpatched Flash zero day vulnerability to target 'high profile' victims, Kaspersky Labs researcher Costin Raiu says. The attacks are linked to a group dubbed ScarCruft which under the Operation Daybreak has used the vulnerability since March. A patch for …
Darren Pauli, 15 Jun 2016
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Russian government hackers spent a year in our servers, admits DNC

The US Democratic National Committee (DNC) has confirmed that hackers thought to be part of Russian state intelligence have had access to their servers for nearly a year. They have read emails, chat logs, and opposition research documents. The attack was uncovered six weeks ago, after IT admins noticed something strange was …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jun 2016
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Forget Game of Thrones as Android ransomware infects TVs

Researchers at Trend Micro have spotted a new variant of ransomware code that can be used to lock down Android-powered smartphones and televisions. The FLocker (short for the Frantic Locker) malware has been in circulation since at least April 2015 and has concentrated on locking down smartphone handsets running the latest …
Iain Thomson, 13 Jun 2016
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Over Ireland? Bothered by Brexit? Find that new home for your cloud

As we all know, the cloud isn't an amorphous, non-geographical blob of computing. Which is a good thing, because there are plenty of legal implications around where your data lives and where it moves both to and from. The point is, of course, that as the cloud isn't just a cloud, your choice of provider is largely dependent on …
Dave Cartwright, 13 Jun 2016

US govt OKs handover of internet's control panel to ICANN

The US government has formally approved a plan to transition control of the internet's administrative tasks to the private sector. In an announcement Thursday, the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) gave the green light to a plan developed over two years by the internet community to hand control of …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Jun 2016
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Not-so Secret Rulers of the World gather to talk cybersecurity, AI and, er, TalkTalk?

It's the conspiracy theorists' favorite time of the year, as the annual Bilderberg Meeting kicks off on June 9 at the luxurious Taschenbergpalais Hotel in Dresden. The meetings, held since 1954, bring together around 130 business and political leaders from Europe and North America. This year ten main topics are up for …
Iain Thomson, 09 Jun 2016
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Millions of 'must be firewalled' services are open to the entire internet – research

Millions of services that ought to be restricted are exposed on the open internet, creating a huge risk of hacker attack against databases and more. Infosec firm Rapid7’s researchers took a close look at the millions and millions of individual services that live on the public IP network, one of the most fundamental components …
John Leyden, 08 Jun 2016

Q: Is it wrong to dress as a crusader for an England match?

The BBC has simultaneously proved Betteridge's law of headlines and got the Daily Mail into a right tizz with an interactive piece entitled "Is it wrong to dress as a crusader for an England match?" The question arises ahead of the forthcoming Euro 2016 tournament as the result of some England footie fans' penchant for donning …
Lester Haines, 07 Jun 2016

The Fog of Cyberwar: Now theft and sabotage instead of just spying

Infosec 2016 Cyber-conflict between nations has entered a new phase with a switch from espionage to sabotage and theft, according to infosec guru Mikko Hyppönen. The BlackEnergy-related attacks on the electricity grid last December and the more recent attack on at least four international banks have upped the ante in the sphere of cyber- …
John Leyden, 06 Jun 2016

100 million credentials from 'Russia's Facebook' go on sale

Russian social networking site VK.com appears to have been breached with hackers selling some 100 million records for a mere US$580 in Bitcoins. The breach has been reported by LeakedSource which received portions of the breached database. At least 100 million accounts are said to have had names, user logins, and phone …
Team Register, 06 Jun 2016
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Want a job that pays at least $90,000 a year? Get into ransomware

An analysis of the finances and operation of a ransomware outfit has shown it's entirely possible to bankroll a modest-sized crime gang on victims' payoffs. Dark web monitoring firm Flashpoint has been following a ransomware-as-a-service campaign organized by Russian crooks since December 2015, tracking the recruitment of …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jun 2016
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Russia launches raids over Sberbank heist

Russia's FSB says it's tagged the gang that used the “Lurk” trojan to raid 1.7 billion roubles – about US$25 million – from financial institutions. Lurk was identified in 2012. At the time, Kaspersky Labs said it was a “fileless” Trojan that ran in RAM. Instead, it “uses its payload to inject an encrypted dll from the web …

ISS 'nauts to face Mark Zuckerberg grilling

International Space Station (ISS) 'nauts Tim Kopra, Tim Peake and Jeff Williams will tomorrow enjoy a 20-minute Facebook Live vid Q&A session with Mark Zuckerberg. The action kicks off at 12:55pm ET / 11:55am CT / 10:55am MT / 09:55am PT / 16:55 GMT down at NASA's Facebook presence. Mere mortals are invited to join the event …
Lester Haines, 31 May 2016
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Infosec newbie looking for entry level training? So is SWIFT

International payments clearing-house SWIFT wants extra hands to keep its stable doors closed. In a job ad that inexplicably fails to mention the hundreds of millions of dollars missing, in a variety of currencies because of astonishingly-lax security, it seeks an information security trainee. As previously documented, SWIFT' …
Ben Mezrich, Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs and the Greatest Wealth in History

FOURTH bank hit by SWIFT hackers

A fourth bank, this time in the Philippines, has been attacked by hackers targeting the SWIFT inter-bank transfer system. Security researchers at Symantec reckon the same group blamed for the infamous $81m Bangladesh central bank mega-heist back in February also mounted an earlier assault in the Philippines last year, itself …
John Leyden, 27 May 2016
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Swiss CERT publishes reveals details of defence contractor hack

Swiss defence contractor RUAG and the country's GovCERT have revealed the details of a 2014 network breach in which attackers got access to a stunning 23 GB of data. RUAG's business covers defence, aerospace (including drones), and ammunition technology, making it a very attractive target for espionage. The breach was only …
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Malaysians using South African cards pinch US$12.7m in Japan

Carders have made off with US$12.7 million (£8.7 million, A$17.5 million) ripping through 1400 ATMs in a mere two hours last week. The attackers netted ¥1.4 billion in cash from ATMs located in convenience stores across the country using counterfeit credit cards. Sources told local media the 1600 credit cards used in the …
Darren Pauli, 23 May 2016
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Snowden: NBN leaker raids a 'misuse' of Australian Federal Police

National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden has opined that last week's National Broadband Network (NBN) raids in Australia last week are a misuse of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) power. Snowden appeared via satellite link in the Australian city of Melbourne last night, live from Russia where he resides under …
Darren Pauli, 23 May 2016

Republicans threaten to derail internet transition

Republican congressmen are increasing their efforts to delay transition of a critical piece of internet infrastructure from the US government to a non-profit organization based in California. For the third time, a House Appropriations subcommittee has included a provision in a must-pass bill that would prevent the Department …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 May 2016

Russia student coders win

Students from St Petersburg State University placed first in the International Collegiate Programming Contest world finals. According to the scoreboard, students from Shangai Jiao Tong University and Harvard placed second and third respectively in the 40th annual programming competition operated under the auspices of ACM. …

Suckfly: The hacking group targeting India but taking weekends off

A professional hacking group called Suckfly is targeting India's infrastructure and economic base by zeroing in on individuals and installing tools to access their work networks. That's according to a blog post by Symantec that has analyzed and dug into the group's activities and methods. Symantec first spotted the group it …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 May 2016

Phishing scam targets ... actual fishermen in eastern Ukraine

Security firm ESET has uncovered a long running cyber-espionage campaign in Ukraine, and seemingly targeted at separatists. Operation Groundbait is a targeted attack most likely run from within Ukraine by as yet unidentified politically motivated hackers. The region is a hotspot for malware-based spying campaign thanks largely …
John Leyden, 18 May 2016

First ATM malware is back and badder than ever

Cybercriminals have retrofitted a strain of ATM malware first discovered in 2009 to create an even more potent threat. Skimer was the first malicious program to target ATMs*. Seven years later, Russian cybercriminals are reusing the malware – but both the crooks and the program have evolved, to pose an even more potent threat …
John Leyden, 17 May 2016
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Malicious Android apps slip into Google Play, top third party charts

Malicious Android applications have bypassed Google's Play store security checks to enslave infected devices into distributed denial of service attack, advertising fraud, and spam botnets. The apps are legitimate games that in some stores outside of Google Play have made it to highly-contested top free games charts. …
Darren Pauli, 17 May 2016
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China's new rules may break the internet warns US government

The Chinese government could fragment the internet if it pursues new registration rules for online addresses, the US government has warned. The warning by assistant commerce secretary Larry Strickling and state department ambassador Daniel Sepulveda comes in response to a decision by the Chinese government in March to require …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 May 2016
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Work begins on Russian rival to Android

A Russian company called Open Mobile Platform (Открытая Мобильная Платформа) is developing its own mobile operating system to rival Android. Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov tweeted a link to job ads seeking developers, infrastructure architects, testers and security types. Российский центр разработки новой мобильной …
Darren Pauli, 16 May 2016

Russia faces Ukraine and Georgia in Eurovision deathmatch

In what promises to be an entertaining night, politically at least, Russia, Ukraine and Georgia will face off in Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm. Yesterday's second semifinal saw Ukraine's Jamala's cheerful ditty 1944 safely through to challenge Russkie crooner Sergey Lazarev and You Are The Only One for …
Lester Haines, 13 May 2016