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Former internet troll reveals secrets of Russia's Internet Research Agency

A former insider at Russia's Internet Research Agency (IRA) has divulged details on the online troll factory's operations, stating that he "absolutely" believes the organisation is connected to the Kremlin.

NCSC head blames Russia for cyber-attacks

The head of the UK GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on Wednesday accused Russia of staging attacks on critical infrastructure and other sectors within the past year.

US Justice Dept has evidence to charge Russian officials with DNC hack

More than half a dozen Russian government officials are in the US Justice Department's crosshairs and may be facing charges for hacking computers at the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Russia bans non-compliant VPNs - a blow to privacy and free speech?

Russia's ban on virtual private network (VPN) services that do not comply with the country's new set of anti-privacy laws took effect a month after Facebook told to store Russian citizens' data on Russian servers or get blocked.

Update: Further details on BadRabbit's spread, vaccine posted

Update: Several Russian news agencies and additional targets in the Ukraine have reportedly being hit with cyber-attacks, which the security firm GroupIB believes to be based on a new variant of Petya called BadRabbit.

BadRabbit 'NotPetya-style' attack hits Russian press & Ukraine targets

BadRabbit ransomware has hit at least three Russian media companies including Russian business newswire Interfax which became unable to deliver some of its news services, and Ukrainian infrastructure has also been hit.

Defence minister says Poland fended off Russian cyber-attack on businesses

Poland's defence minister reportedly disclosed that his country successfully stopped yet another Russian cyber-attack.

Update: Russian hackers use Kaspersky AV, find NSA info on home device

Home computer of National Security Agency (NSA) worker contained classified data, detected by Russian hackers using Kaspersky AV software.

Kaspersky Labs denies report its software was used to hack NSA

Russian hackers used a Kaspersky Labs antivirus product to steal hacking tools from the National Security Agency (NSA), The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, subsequently denied by Eugene Kaspersky.

Russian anti-privacy laws go into effect - Facebook to be blocked

Russia's anti-privacy laws began taking effect 1 October - with another deadline on 1 November - just as the country pledged to block Facebook if the company refuses to store Russian citizens' data on Russian servers.

Russians hacked smartphones of 4,000 NATO troops

NATO troops' smartphones are under attack by Russian hackers bent on obtaining information on and exploiting soldiers as well as getting a handle on NATO military capabilities.

Evidence of Russian Twitter accounts subverting US election criticised

Twitter's revelation that it had identified about 200 accounts that may have broken its terms of service and were possibly linked to nefarious activity geared toward influencing the 2016 US election criticised in Senate.

Kaspersky US government ban - what are the reasons behind the decision?

What is the basis for the ban on Kaspersky products being used by US government authorities? Is it retaliation for Russia's foreign software ban, fear of potential government pressure, intelligence on actual threats - or prejudice?

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.