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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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Putin web watch makes election-meddling playbook public

Putin web watch makes election-meddling playbook public

Russia President Vladimir Putin spoke this week on the dangers of election meddling via web-based social media. He did this after signing into law a means for Russian officials to label news organizations "foreign agents." Earlier this year Russia was accused of meddling in the 2016 US Presidential Election with social media and with other digital means.

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Russian trolls used Pokemon GO to incite violence in the USA

Russian trolls used Pokemon GO to incite violence in the USA

Russian government-linked internet troll accounts aimed to use Pokemon GO to stir several political bees nests over the past year. Using the then mega-popular game to lure users to participate, Russian-linked operatives attempted to draw foot traffic to physical locations where events involving police brutality had occurred. Operatives promised that once Pokemon gamers had arrived at these locations, they were to snap a photo and send it in to win prizes.

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Google Russia ads buys found in 2016 Election Interference

Google Russia ads buys found in 2016 Election Interference

It's Google's turn to face the idea that Russia may have exploited their advertisement business to spread disinformation over the past year. Facebook was the subject of scrutiny in recent weeks over revelations of similar significant Russian exploits of the social network during the 2016 US Presidential election in the USA. Word comes from sources familiar with Google's investigation who've spoken on condition of anonymity with The Independent.

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Kaspersky security software pulled from Best Buy over Russia concerns

Kaspersky security software pulled from Best Buy over Russia concerns

PC users will no longer be able to find the well-known internet security software from Kaspersky Lab at Best Buy, as the electronics retailer has pulled the products, both from store shelves and online. As the cybersecurity firm is based in Moscow, Best Buy says its decision is based on concerns over connections Kaspersky has to the Russian government.

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Internet proxies are now illegal in Russia

Internet proxies are now illegal in Russia

It will soon be a lot harder for Internet users in Russia to access anything outside of government-sanctioned or region-locked sites and services. Vladimir Putin has just signed into law a bill that makes it illegal to use Internet proxy services, including VPNs or virtual private networks. While the law is primarily aimed at curbing anti-government activities, it also puts other legitimate or excusable uses of proxies at terrible risk.

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This is how Uber and Yandex are taking over Russia right now

This is how Uber and Yandex are taking over Russia right now

Uber announced today that they'd be taking a step up in the world by buying up a bunch of Russia's Google - Yandex. If you'll take a look at Yandex on the web, it'll become clear rather quickly what they're in a position to do. They've got all the bases covered - or nearly all the bases covered - for a Russia-based do-everything company of which Uber now owns a significant portion.

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