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School of card knocks: Russophone criminals offered online courses in credit card fraud

Cyber crime lords have come up with a new money-spinner – Russian-language e-learning courses geared towards teaching the skills necessary to rip off consumers and card companies. Risk management firm Digital Shadows flagged up the course as part of a wider report into trends in underground carding forums. The study, published …
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2017

Uncle Sam says 'nyet' to Kaspersky amid fresh claims of Russian ties

Kaspersky Lab is facing new restrictions from the US government to go along with a fresh round of accusations that the antivirus makers works closely with Russian intelligence. The US General Services Administration (GSA), the agency that handles government IT purchases and subscriptions, has removed the Russian software …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jul 2017

Russia, China vow to kill off VPNs, Tor browser

Russia and China are banning the use of virtual private networks, as their governments assert ever greater control over what citizens can see online. In Russia, the State Duma – the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia (legislature) – unanimously adopted the first reading of new legislation that would ban the use of …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Jul 2017
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US Senators want Kaspersky shut out of military contracts

Russia has hinted at retaliation if the US adopts a Senate committee recommendation to ban Kaspersky from American military contracts. The Senate Armed Services Committee, in its 2017-2018 budget recommendations (PDF) under the National Defense Authorisation Act, recommended the ban as part of its proposals for “countering …
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NATO: 'Cyber' is a military domain

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has told a press conference ahead of a ministerial meeting tomorrow Brussels time that “cyber” is a “military domain” – and that a cyber-attack on one member can trigger NATO's Article 5. Article 5 of the Washington Treaty that establishes NATO embodies the principle of collective …
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Encrypted chat app Telegram warned by Russian regulator: 'comply or goodbye'

Russia's communications regulator is threatening to lower the boom on popular encrypted messaging application Telegram. It might look like yet another government attack on user-accessible encryption, but in this letter, the head of regulator Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov says the messaging app is violating Russian legislation …

Tech giants flash Russia their code blueprints in exchange for access

Cisco, IBM, HP, McAfee and SAP are among plenty of western technology companies that have been showing their source code to Russian authorities in exchange for the right to sell their products in the country. Documents seen by Reuters state that in the past three years, the Russian FSB (what used to be called the KGB) and its …
Iain Thomson, 24 Jun 2017

US Secretary of State: Я буду работать с Россией по вопросам кибербезопасности

Analysis US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has expressed a willingness to work directly with Russia on cybersecurity and other issues. The proposed partnership is surprising, given the continued controversy over allegations that the Russians interfered with last year's US presidential election – a serious accusation at the center of …
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2017

Donald Trumped: Comey says Prez is a liar – and admits he's a leaker

Analysis Former FBI director James Comey today spoke in public for the first time about his relationship with President Donald Trump, and he didn't stint in calling out the Leader of the Free WorldTM on being economical with the truth. At a hearing in Washington DC, Comey claimed the president asked for a personal loyalty oath at a …
Iain Thomson, 8 Jun 2017
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Busted Russian casino hackers had an appetite for drugs and chocolate

US law enforcement agencies on Wednesday unsealed charges against a large-scale Russian criminal syndicate, laying charges against 33 individuals with some pretty startling sidelines. It's hardly surprising that a bunch of mobsters and racketeers would trade in firearms and narcotics. Hacking casino slot machines with smuggled …
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NSA leaker bust gets weirder: Senator claims hacking is wider than leak revealed

The strange tale of former NSA contractor Reality Winner just got stranger, after a US senator alleged the information she leaked about Russian hacking under-stated the extent of Russia's activities. Speaking to USA Today in the video below, Virginia senator Mark Warner, the senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee …
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Kremlin hackers' new target: Montenegro

The prolific Kremlin-backed hacking crew blamed for attacking the US Democratic National Committee last year has targeted the Montenegro government with cyberattacks, according to cybersecurity company FireEye. The assaults were motivated by Montenegro's decision to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a move …
John Leyden, 6 Jun 2017
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Russia is struggling to keep its cybercrime groups on a tight leash

Russia's control of cybercrime groups that have come to play a part in its espionage activity is crumbling, according to Cybereason. The security intelligence outfit reached this conclusion after reviewing the latest tactics and procedures associated with high-profile cyber-espionage pops blamed on the Kremlin. Russia has made …
John Leyden, 6 Jun 2017
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Russian data scientist unable to claim £12,000 prize in Brit competition

A data scientist claims the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) diddled him out of a £12,000 research competition prize because he is Russian – despite assurances he'd be able to claim the money. Vladimir Iglovikov entered DSTL's Data Science Challenge earlier this year. The section of the challenge he …

Microsoft Master File Table bug exploited to BSOD Windows 7, 8.1

Until Microsoft patches this problem, use Chrome: a slip in file-path handling allows attacker to crash Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 with a file call. The bug's triggered if Windows' Master File Table is included in a directory path – for example, if the attacker included $MFT as a link to an image in a Website. “Anatolymik” of …

Russian raids sweep up 20 malware scum

The Russian Interior Ministry has announced the arrest of 20 people following raids related to a malware campaign dubbed “Cron” which had been emptying victims' bank accounts. A Russian security company, Group IB, reckons the raids also thwarted plans to take the campaign international – to Great Britain, Germany, France, the …

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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