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Russia: We did not hack the US Democrats. But if we did, we're immune from prosecution... lmao

The Russian government has denied having anything to do with hacking the US Democratic party in 2016, although in a court filing this week stressed that even if it did break into the DNC's servers, it is immune from prosecution. And furthermore the Kremlin claimed America is "one of the most prolific practitioners of …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Nov 2018

France: Let's make the internet safer. America, Russia, China: Let's go with 'no' on that

America has aligned with China and Russia to scupper a France-led initiative to improve the internet's security. However, French president Emmanuel Macron has promised to battle on. World leaders were meeting in France for the Paris Peace Forum, where French President Emmanuel Macron used the Internet Governance Forum to …

OK Google, why was your web traffic hijacked and routed through China, Russia today?

Updated People's connections in the US to Google – including its cloud, YouTube, and other websites – were suddenly rerouted through Russia and into China in a textbook Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) hijack. That means folks in Texas, California, Ohio, and so on, firing up their browsers and software to connect to Google and its …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Nov 2018

Irony meters explode as WordPress GDPR tool hacked, cell network hack shenanigans, crypto-backdoors, etc...

Roundup This week we had broken promises in China, broken keys in Steam, and broken ..err, everything in Apache Struts. Here's some other stuff kicking off in infosec beside everything else we've reported since this time last Saturday. FaceTime looks ugly after bug reports A Google researcher punched a trio of holes in Apple's …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Nov 2018

Russian computer failure on ISS is nothing to worry about – they're just going to turn it off and on again

It's never a nice feeling with your computer keels over, wiping out work, sometimes requiring hours of maintenance and basically ruining your day. But spare a thought for the three astronauts currently in the International Space Station who discovered earlier today that one of the three computers in the station's Russian …
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Google logins make JavaScript mandatory, Huawei China spy shock, Mac malware, Iran gets new Stuxnet, and more

Roundup This week there were Hacked Home Hubs, buggered BBC Bits, and PortSmash privilege punch-ups. But that wasn't all that happened – here's a weekend roundup just for you. Huawei helped China with hacks, says Australia So it turns out all those governments weren't just being paranoid when they barred Huawei from working on …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Nov 2018
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Great. Global internet freedoms take another dive as censorship and fake news proliferate

Internet freedoms have taken a nose dive for the eighth year running, according to a report warning that authoritarian countries and populist leaders are exporting harmful attitudes and ideas around the world. The US pro-democracy think tank Freedom House produces a report on internet freedoms each year. This year, it assessed …
Rebecca Hill, 2 Nov 2018
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That Saudi oil and gas plant that got hacked. You'll never guess who could... OK, it's Russia

A malware infection at a Saudi petrochemical plant last year was likely the work of a Moscow-based research operation backed by the Russian government. Security shop FireEye says this week it is confident in labeling the Kremlin-backed Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics (CNIIHM) as the source of …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Oct 2018
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Apple boss demands Bloomberg Super Micro U-turn, Russian troll charged, NSA hands out cash, and more

Roundup After we encountered a libssh security blunder, a leaky Tea Party, and a dodgy Redmond sports marketer, another week is in the book. Here are a few more bits of infosec news to occupy the weekend. The way the Cook, he grumbles Apple boss Tim Cook is still not over the Bloomberg hit piece on Super Micro that named the iGiant …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Oct 2018

Bloke gets six months for fixing up Russia's US election trolls with bank accounts, fake identities

A California man who provided bank accounts to Russian online trolls seeking to monkey with America's 2016 elections will spend the next six months or so behind bars. Richard Pinedo was sentenced on Wednesday in a Washington DC district court some eight months after admitting to one count of identity fraud in a plea deal with …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Oct 2018

Russian 'troll factory' firebombed – but still fit to fiddle with our minds

Russian media is reporting that someone has tried to torch the notorious St Petersberg “troll factory,” linked with trolling Western social media sites, sparking a police investigation. The Internet Research Agency became famous as a “fake news” operation spreading misinformation by way of Facebook ads, and stealing Americans …

SAP bug beatdowns, Apple gets nasty with Mac repairs, Struts woe, and more from infosec

roundup This week we all worried about bugged servers, North Korean APTs, and GRU hacking groups. But those were far from the only security stories to hit the wires. Here are a handful of other pieces that may have slipped under the radar. Marketing firm parts with massive trove of customer data The last time an Apollo effort went …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Oct 2018
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What could be more embarrassing for a Russian spy: Their info splashed online – or that they drive a Lada?

It has been a busy week for Russian military intelligence – and it's about to get busier. A database search of car registrations appears to have outed more than 300 GRU agents. Following Thursday's report from Dutch and British authorities of a thwarted hacking attack involving four Russian nationals alleged to be officers in …
The GRU seven - from the FBI's "wanted" poster

The fur is not gonna fly: Uncle Sam charges seven Russians with Fancy Bear hack sprees

In what's turning into International Cyber-Attribution Week, a US federal grand jury has indicted seven alleged Russian military intelligence officers – and accused them of hacking anti-doping watchdogs, sports officials, and others. Four of the men are said to be part of a hacking operation, run by Kremlin spy agency GRU, …

Dutch cheesed off with Russians, expel four suspects over chemical weapons Wi-Fi spying

Four alleged Russian agents have been expelled from the Netherlands after they attempted to hack the chemical weapons watchdog probing the Novichok poisonings in Salisbury, England, and the chemical attack case in Douma, Syria. According to the Dutch Ministry of Defence on Thursday, the four Russians arrived at Schiphol …
John Leyden, 4 Oct 2018
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UK pins 'reckless campaign of cyber attacks' on Russian military intelligence

The UK government this morning pointed the finger at Russian military intelligence for a litany of cyber nasties. In the bulletin, the UK government's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) declared that a range of attacks blamed on the Kremlin are actually the work of Russian military intelligence, GRU. This comes in the wake …
John Leyden, 4 Oct 2018

NSA dev in the clink for 5.5 years after letting Kaspersky, allegedly Russia slurp US exploits

The now-former NSA employee at the heart of the Kaspersky Lab exploit siphoning scandal has been thrown behind bars for five and a half years. Nghia Hoang Pho, 68, was sent down on Tuesday in the same Baltimore US district court where last year he pleaded guilty to one felony count of willful retention of national defense …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Sep 2018

Fat chance: Cholesterol leads boffins to discover world's oldest animal fossil – 558m years old

Video A fossil of the earliest known animal on Earth has been discovered in cliffs along the White Sea on the northwest coast of Russia. The creature, known as Dickinsonia (yes, really), is believed to have been alive around 558 million years ago and could be found bimbling around on the bottom of the sea during the Ediacaran era. …
Katyanna Quach, 21 Sep 2018

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