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Russia tweaks Telegram with tiny fine for decryption denial

Encrypted messaging app Telegram must pay 800,000 roubles for resisting Russia's FSB's demand that it help decrypt user messages. The fine translates to just under US$14,000, making it less of a serious punishment and more a shot across the bows. However, it does seem to entrench the principle that the Federal Security …

Facebook, Twitter slammed for deleting evidence of Russia's US election mischief

Facebook and Twitter have come under attack for deleting tens of thousands of posts that may provide vital clues to how and to what extent the Russian government was able to able to influence the US presidential elections. Facebook has removed thousands of Facebook posts – and the related data around them such as "likes" and …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Oct 2017
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Microsoft is Putin a stop to Russian-sanctions-busting IT resellers

Microsoft is investigating how some of its products were sold to businesses and government offices within Russia and Crimea despite strict sanctions against such sales. El Reg understands the American software giant has been probing these sanctions-dodging allegations for some time now, and that the products in question are …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Oct 2017
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'Israel hacked Kaspersky and caught Russian spies using AV tool to harvest NSA exploits'

Updated The brouhaha over Russian spies using Kaspersky antivirus to steal NSA exploits from a staffer's home PC took an explosive turn on Tuesday. Essentially, it is now claimed Israeli spies hacked into Kaspersky's backend systems only to find Russian snoops secretly and silently using the software as a global search engine. Kremlin …
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Google: This may shock you, but we also banked thousands of dollars to run Russian propaganda

Joining Facebook and Twitter, Google has now been sucked into an investigation into how Russia influenced the US presidential elections last year. The search engine giant has informed US Congressfolk digging into the issue that Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars across its products – from video site YouTube …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Oct 2017
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Russia to block access to cryptocurrency exchanges' websites – report

Updated Russia has announced a ban on the websites of cryptocurrency exchanges. Russian Central Bank First Deputy Governor Sergei Shvetsov said today that the country would block access to websites offering "dubious" crypto-coinage, Reuters reports. China banned initial coin offering cryptocurrency fundraising schemes last month. …
Andrew Silver, 10 Oct 2017
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Russia, America dig into tug-of-war over Bitcoin laundering suspect

Russia doesn't want America taking one of its nationals accused of running a $4bn Bitcoin laundering ring – Moscow wants him more. The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday that a Greek court's decision to extradite Alexander Vinnik to the US is "unjust and a violation of international law". The 38-year-old …
Andrew Silver, 6 Oct 2017

Russian spies used Kaspersky AV to hack NSA staffer, swipe exploit code – new claim

Russian government spies used Kaspersky Lab software to extract top-secret software exploits from an NSA staffer's home PC, anonymous sources have claimed. The clumsy snoop broke regulations by taking the classified code, documentation, and other materials home to work on using his personal computer, which was running …
Iain Thomson, 5 Oct 2017

Facebook, Google, Twitter are the shady bouncers of the web. They should be fired

Analysis Social media giants Twitter and Facebook remain at the end of severe criticism from US Congress and elsewhere as investigations into Russia's interference in America's presidential elections highlight the depth to which the tech giants' platforms continue to be abused. On Wednesday, both companies said they had agreed to send …
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HPE coughed up source code for Pentagon's IT defenses to ... Russia

Updated Hewlett Packard Enterprise handed over the source code for its ArcSight security platform to Russian investigators in exchange for being allowed to sell kit in the former Soviet Union. That's kinda awkward because the Pentagon is one of ArcSight's most high-profile customers. The US military uses the software, which is …
Iain Thomson, 2 Oct 2017

Twitter: We also made a shedload of cash from Russia's trolling during US White House race

Like Facebook before it, Twitter has acknowledged that, during the US presidential elections, it collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for ads supporting Russian media messaging, and that it has identified Twitter accounts tied to Facebook profiles known for promoting pro-Russia views. Or another way of putting it: …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Sep 2017

Facebook, Twitter sucked into US Senate's Russian meddling probe

They may still view themselves as open purveyors of free speech, but increasingly social media giants are being pulled into the US Senate's investigation of Russian interference in the American presidential elections. This week Twitter confirmed that it is going to meet the Senate's intelligence committee that is heading up …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Sep 2017
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Kaspersky shrugs off government sales ban proposal

Kaspersky Lab has laughed off attempts to have its wares banned from US government computers by saying it hardly sold to the Feds anyway. “Given that U.S. government sales have not been a significant part of the company’s activity in North America, Kaspersky Lab is exploring opportunities to better optimize the Washington D.C …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2017
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Facebook ran $100k of deliberately divisive Russian ads ahead of 2016 US election

Facebook has 'fessed up to taking “approximately $100,000 in ad spending” from 470 fake accounts connected to Russia and which published spots “amplifying divisive social and political messages”. The your-life-rendered-as-ads company says it found the ad spend as it continued to probe whether it had been used as part of …
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Accused! Yahoo! hacker! pleads! not! guilty! in! US! court!

One of four men accused of carrying out the megahack of 500 million Yahoo! email accounts has pleaded not guilty in a San Francisco district court. Karim Baratov, 22, was extradited from his Canadian home last weekend after waiving his right to fight going to America for the court case. He denied 47 separate charges of …
Iain Thomson, 24 Aug 2017
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Russian admits being Ebury botnet herder, now jailed for 46 months

A Russian man has been imprisoned for 46 months after admitting to using the Ebury malware to create a massive botnet for fun and profit. Maxim Senakh, 41, of Veliky Novgorod in Russia, was sentenced in Minnesota after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He was …
Iain Thomson, 3 Aug 2017
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Apple removes VPN apps in China as Russia's Putin puts in the boot with VPN banlaw

Apple's Chinese app store has been suddenly shorn of privacy software as Russia and China are both clamping down on virtual private networks. Beijing seems to have had words with Apple about VPNs, because developers like ExpressVPN were suddenly told that their wares are “illegal in China” and breach the App Store guidelines. …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jul 2017
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Al Capone was done for taxes. Now Microsoft's killing domain-squatters with trademark law

Bit-by-bit, Microsoft is hitting back at an international domain-squatting/drive-by-hacking operation by taking over the domains involved. An unsealed order from US District of Eastern Virginia judge Bruce Gerald Lee shows that at the end of June, Redmond gained control of more than 60 domain names registered with the Public …

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