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US bans use of Kaspersky Labs software on government systems

Acting on concerns that Russian company Kaspersky Lab has connections to cyber-espionage activities, the US government has banned the use of Kaspersky Lab security software.

Pacifier APT backdoor components have suspected ties to Russia-linked Turla Group

Bitdefender researchers spotted three new Pacifier APT backdoor components that appear to connect the group's cyber-espionage campaigns against government institutions to the Russia-linked Turla Group.

Turla APT group linked to Gazer backdoor that spies on embassies

A previously undocumented backdoor program used to spy on foreign embassies and consulates appears to be the work of suspected Russian APT group Turla.

Russian cybercriminals using VOIP services to bypass fraud verifications

Flashpoint researchers spotted Russian speaking cyber-criminals using Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) services to bypass phone call transaction verifications.

Ukrainian malware author accuses Russia in US DNC hack investigation

A Ukrainian who authored malware that US intelligence officials say was used by an Russian APT group to hack the Democratic National Committee has become a witness for the FBI.

Both Russia and China clamp down further on VPNs - Apple complies

Both the Russian and Chinese governements have clamped down further on VPNs used to access non-approved sites anonymously, and Apple has now pulled VPN apps from its AppStore in China.

Estonian cyber-security ranks best in Europe, fifth in the world

The second iteration of the Global Cyber-security Index announced at Information Society Forum 2017 praises the country for its response to the 2007 attack on its infrastructure from Russia.

Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs redoubles fight against ransomware

A special unit has been established by Russia to investigate cyber-crime associated with ransomware and promote cooperation with the private sector to fight it.

Russian computer programmer detained in Spain at request of US police

Pyotr Levashov, a Russian computer programmer, is suspected of being the spam king 'Severa' and being involved in trying to influence elections in the US and Russia.

Poland must be wary of Russia's renewed appetite for cyber-warfare

Successful attacks on American democratic institutions may increase Russian appreciation of what can be achieved in cyber-warfare, says Joanna Świątkowska.

IAAF servers hacked by Fancy Bear, denies Russian connection

The International Association of Athletics Federations has been working with law enforcement investigating a breach of its servers, but has denied a Russian connection.

Hearing: Comey confirms FBI is investigating Russia and Trump campaign

In a break with protocol, the director of the FBI has confirmed the existence of an ongoing investigation into the ties between Pres Trump and Russia during US election.

Russian hackers exploiting antivirus blind spot for browser add-ons

Criminals in Russia are exploiting the fact that some antivirus software doesn't analyse browser add-ons to load malware hidden in popular classes of plug-ins.

RSA 2017: Congressional staffers weigh up Russian election interference

A trio of high-level Congressional staffers gathered at the 2017 RSA Conference to explore responses to Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Russian special services deny involvement in Shaltay Boltay case

Russian officials continue to deny reports that hacker group Shaltay Boltay operated with the blessing of the security service FSB.

Trump loses National Security Advisor Flynn due to Russian connections

Former acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates informed the White House in January that Flynn may have been compromised and the rumours have swirled ever since.

Chinese APTs IDed in raids against Russian and Belarus aerospace firms

Chinese use spear-phishing attacks to extract military hardware secrets from Russians in a sign that APT attacks will continue to grow in 2017, says Proofpoint.

Energy facilities may become main target of cyber-attacks in Russia

It's estimated that power companies in Russia suffered more than 350 serious cyber-attacks in 2016, a 50 percent increase on the previous year.

New cyber defence doctrine approved by Russian government

Russian Presidential Decree No.646 sets out a new doctrine of information security for Russia, the recognises the threat from foreign governments and safeguards privacy, writes our Russian correspondent Eugene Gerden.

Ukraine disables remote management systems after suspected energy hack

If recent power outage were the result of a cyber-attack, it would be the second time Ukraine's energy systems had been hacked.

Russia's banks will be hacked today, apparently

Russia's security service, the FSB, said on Friday that Russia's banks will be attacked by foreign powers in an attempt to destabilise Russia's financial system.

Bears continue to maul anti-dopers

Fancy Bear are continuing to target the western sports establishment, publishing a series of emails from inside the World Anti Doping Agency, illustrating a number of small allegedly scandalous details from inside the organisation.

Russian security services deny interest in buying Western software vulnerabilities

Market for software vulnerabilities grows in Russia, security services deny involvement.

Russia launches probe into Microsoft after Kaspersky accusations

The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service has launched a probe into Microsoft after Eugene Kaspersky made a number of accusations about Windows 10.

Cozy Bear campaign 'PowerDuke' rides post-election wave

Russian APT group Cozy Bear has reportedly been targeting U.S. think tanks and non-governmental organisations in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. presidential race, devising malware campaigns that capitalise on post-election controversy.

Criminals probe US think tank and NGO networks after Trump win

Suspected Russian cyber-crime group, APT 29 or Cozy Bear, are suspected in a series of spear-phishing campaigns aimed at compromising US organisations.

Russian banks suffer wave of DDoS attacks

Kaspersky Lab has confirmed that numerous Russian banks have been suffering a wave of DDoS attacks.

Russia's increasing cyber-capabilities underestimated?

As Russia increases its military and civilian cyber-security capabilities, is the West under-estimating these developments?