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Russian cosmonauts hack samples from around Soyuz spacecraft hole

Russian cosmonauts hack samples from around Soyuz spacecraft hole

In September of 2018, Russia announced that it was investigating potential sabotage of its Soyuz rocket attached to the ISS. An air leak was discovered aboard the ISS, and on investigation, a hole was found under a panel with evidence that a drill made the hole. Word is that despite the hole in the spacecraft and the fact that astronauts had to resort to using epoxy to seal the hole, the crew aboard the ISS were in no danger.

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Yandex, Russia’s Google, finally launches its own phone

Yandex, Russia’s Google, finally launches its own phone

Considering how big Google has become, it’s not a small feat to be labeled to be its equivalent and rival. At least in a relatively smaller, regional market. But that’s exactly what Russia’s Yandex has been called, offering nearly similar services as Google designed for Russian consumers. All it’s missing is a smartphone. Actually, it’s no longer missing that because it has just announced the Yandex.Phone, a device that may have been three years in the making, starting with a lawsuit.

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Progress resupply ship docks with ISS without issue two-days post launch

Progress resupply ship docks with ISS without issue two-days post launch

Late last week a Russian Progress resupply ship lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch of that resupply ship went off without a hitch, and the resulting two-day flight to the ISS was smooth and issue free. The supply ship has now successfully docked with the ISS.

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Russian Progress 71 spacecraft successfully launches with ISS cargo

Russian Progress 71 spacecraft successfully launches with ISS cargo

Russia's Progress 71 spacecraft has launched with three tons of supplies destined for the International Space Station. The launch took place from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome a little after 1PM EST today. Everything went as planned, according to NASA, which says the spacecraft successfully entered preliminary orbit, deployed its solar arrays, and deployed the antennas used for navigation.

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Pixel 3 Lite looks “better” than the original

Pixel 3 Lite looks “better” than the original

We're now privy to a so-called Google Pixel 3 Lite thanks to a series of photos shared this week by a leakster in Russia. If this device is, indeed, what it's reported to be, it's more than a little bit welcome in my pocket. This is because not ONLY does it have a rectangular display, and a back-facing camera that almost certainly has Pixel 3 powers, it also has a standard headphone jack on top.

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Russia suspects sabotage in Soyuz ISS air leak

Russia suspects sabotage in Soyuz ISS air leak

Russia is investigating potential sabotage of its Soyuz rocket, after evidence that a drill was responsible for the hole spotted at the International Space Station was unearthed. Astronauts in orbit resorted to using epoxy to seal the hole late last week, with the incident first blamed on a meteorite strike.

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Facebook takes down dozens of IRA-controlled accounts

Facebook takes down dozens of IRA-controlled accounts

Facebook has been burned and it is burning others in turn. And wherever there is fire, there will always be damages on either side. Facebook has just announced what is probably its boldest and biggest fake accounts takedown. And while 270 or so accounts pales in comparison to the thousands it already removed, it’s the source of the accounts that makes it such a big move. Facebook has taken down most, but probably not all, accounts and pages connected to the Russian Internet Research Agency, the notorious Internet troll factory blamed for manipulating the outcome of the 2016 US presidential elections.

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Watch Russia’s Satan 2 ICBM launch in missile’s second test

Watch Russia’s Satan 2 ICBM launch in missile’s second test

Russia has successfully tested its new ICBM missile, the country's Ministry of Defense has claimed, a long range weapon that could fly more than 7,000 miles. Officially known as Sarmat, the intercontinental ballistic missile has been nicknamed "Satan 2" and is the planned successor to Russia's Soviet-era Voevoda, or SS-18 Satan, missile.

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Reddit Russian propaganda is mostly shared by American users

Reddit Russian propaganda is mostly shared by American users

Reddit has finally spoken up about recent reports pointing toward the presence of Russia propaganda on its platform. The company wasn't ignoring the reports, company CEO Steve Huffman said in a post, but rather being "careful to not tip our hand too much" during its own investigation into the matter. According to Huffman, who posted under his handle /u/spez, "We take the integrity of Reddit extremely seriously, both as the stewards of the site and as Americans."

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US, UK governments blame Russia for 2017 NotPetya cyberattack

US, UK governments blame Russia for 2017 NotPetya cyberattack

The US and UK governments have officially blamed Russia for the NotPetya cyberattacks that happened in summer 2017. The White House and the UK's National Cyber Security Centre have both released statements about the attack, each condemning the Russian government for "the most destructive and costly cyber-attack in history."

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Bitcoin mining gets Russian nuke scientists arrested

Bitcoin mining gets Russian nuke scientists arrested

The current cyptocurrency craze we find ourselves waist-deep in is beginning to make its way into every day life. Graphics card prices are through the roof, mainstream news outlets are covering the volatility of Bitcoin, and now it appears that even Russian nuclear scientists are getting in on the action. Unfortunately for them, it seems they didn't really plan out their cryptocurrency mining scheme all that well.

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FBI fingerprint analysis software may contain Russia-linked code

FBI fingerprint analysis software may contain Russia-linked code

Fingerprint analysis software used by the FBI and many law enforcement agencies may contain code created by a Kremlin-linked Russian entity, according to whistleblowers and related documents. The revelation, assuming it is correct, raises questions about whether US officials have been using software compromised by Russian code, the latest in a growing number of cyber issues related to the nation. This follows Facebook's own disclosure revealing extensive Russian propaganda on the social network aimed at manipulating the 2016 election.

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