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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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'I told him to cut it out' – Obama is convinced Putin's hackers swung the election for Trump

Analysis Outgoing US President Barack Obama has promised to take action against Russia over its alleged interference in the presidential election campaign. American intelligence agencies have concluded that hackers linked to the Kremlin infiltrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee as well as the email account …
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2016

BlackEnergy power plant hackers target Ukrainian banks

The same hackers who turned out the lights at Ukrainian utilities last December have been running attacks against the same country’s banks over recent months. Security firm ESET reports that the gang slinging the TeleBots malware against Ukrainian banks shares a number of similarities with the BlackEnergy group, which …
John Leyden, 15 Dec 2016
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A single typo may have tipped US election Trump's way

A single typo from a Clinton campaign aide gave Russian hackers access to a decade's worth of emails, some 60,000 in total, owned by Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. Clinton campaign aide Charles Delavan wrote in an email to one of Podesta's aides. later published by Wikileaks, that Podesta must "immediately" change his …
Darren Pauli, 14 Dec 2016

CIA: Russia hacked election. Trump: I don't believe it! FAKE NEWS!

President-elect Donald Trump has dismissed a report by the CIA claiming that there is proof that Russian government hackers smoothed his route to the White House. On Friday, representatives from the CIA told US Congress that it had evidence that the Russians had hacked the servers of both the Democrats and Republicans, but had …
Iain Thomson, 12 Dec 2016
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Germany warns Moscow will splash cash on pre-election propaganda and misinformation spree

Germany's intelligence agency has accused Russia of hacking its politicians and election systems under the guise of online activism. Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) chief Hans-Georg Maassen says Russia is intending to “weaken or destabilise the Federal Republic of Germany”. Germany's national …
Darren Pauli, 12 Dec 2016

Russian hackers got Trump elected? Yeah, let's take a close look at that, says Obama

President Obama has bowed to pressure and announced a formal investigation into Russian hacking aimed at influencing the recent presidential election. White House spokesman Eric Schultz announced on Friday that the Obama administration would seek to have the report wrapped up before President-elect Donald Trump takes office in …

Moscow says writing infrastructure attack code is a thought crime

Malware writers whose wares are used by separate attackers to pop Russian national infrastructure could end up fined and in jail, if a new Russian bill become law. The bill (Number 47571-7, Russian) reported by local media threatens those involved in the manufacture of malware subsequently used in damaging attacks against …
Darren Pauli, 9 Dec 2016

Russia's bid for mobile self-sufficiency may be the saviour of Sailfish

Comment The quest for freedom from US technologies and patent fees has been a persistent theme in China and has helped shape the new mobile landscape, in which Baidu and Alibaba, not Google and Amazon, dominate the user experience. Less is heard about another massive market, Russia, but here too, the push for technology self-sufficiency …

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