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President Obama’s Russia sanctions response to election-related hacking

President Obama’s Russia sanctions response to election-related hacking

This afternoon President Obama issued an executive order to expand upon response to cyber threats - in this case against Russia. The original Executive Order (13964), "Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities", was issued on April 1st, 2015 by President Barack Obama. This order was expanded to allow sanctions to be ordered against people who fiddle with United States election processes or institutions.

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FBI agrees with CIA that Russia hacked election to benefit Trump

FBI agrees with CIA that Russia hacked election to benefit Trump

Last week the CIA released a report saying that it concluded Russia had carried out cyber attacks in an effort to disrupt the US's presidential election and tip the scales to benefit Donald Trump. Following an earlier request from President Obama for an investigation into the matter, the FBI now agrees with the CIA's assessment, as does the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

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CIA report says Russia interfered with election in effort to help Trump

CIA report says Russia interfered with election in effort to help Trump

Only yesterday it was revealed that US President Obama has ordered an investigation into the effects Russian cyber attacks had on this year's election, however it appears the CIA has already made its own assessment, determining that the goal was to benefit Donald Trump. Both the Washington Post and NY Times have reported that the CIA has already briefed senators on its conclusion, noting that it was "clear" Russia wanted to see Trump get into the White House.

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Jolla Sailfish OS gets certified for Russian government use

Jolla Sailfish OS gets certified for Russian government use

Things have been a little rough so far this year for Jolla, the Finnish startup behind the open-source Sailfish OS. First its tablet device was confirmed dead after a mere 540 units were shipped, and then it found itself in financial trouble before securing $12 million in funding. But now there's some good news for the future of Sailfish, which is that Russia has certified the OS for official use in both governments and corporations.

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Russia-exclusive Halo Online PC game is getting shutdown

Russia-exclusive Halo Online PC game is getting shutdown

Most people probably know Halo as the flagship FPS game series on Microsoft's Xbox consoles. But what you may not have heard is that in early 2015, Microsoft released a free-to-play game called Halo Online for Windows PCs, making it exclusive to the Russian market. The game was never intended to be released outside the region, and it was only ever playable as a closed beta, but now it's been revealed that the projects has been cancelled for good.

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Last night’s fireball over California was Russian space junk

Last night’s fireball over California was Russian space junk

More often than not, unusual streaks of fire in the sky are filmed in Russia. This time around, though, the fireball was courtesy of Russia itself -- or, more specifically, Russian space junk that had recently reentered the atmosphere. Reports started flooding in on Twitter last night of streaking lights spotted in the nighttime sky over parts of Nevada and California. Many initially thought it was a shooting star or something similar, but U.S. defense officials have clarified the matter.

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In Russia, Google must unbundle its apps from Android

In Russia, Google must unbundle its apps from Android

Score one for Russian search market leader Yandex. The country's Federal Anti-Monopoly Service, acting on a complaint filed by the company, ruled that Google's practice of bundling its apps and services with Android and Google Play violate anti-trust laws. This is the first major legal blow that Google has suffered in the region that is stacking up the anti-trust charges against it. As a result, Google may have to start unbundling said apps in that market. And naturally, Yandex's stocks jumped high after the decision was publicized.

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Russia reveals photos of its latest manned spacecraft

Russia reveals photos of its latest manned spacecraft

It's sometimes easy to forget that the US's NASA and SpaceX aren't the only agencies coming up with new and improved ways to get humans into space. Russia is another nation with similar ambitions, and they've recently revealed the first photos of their new in-development spacecraft. The photos, published by the Russian Space Agency, show what is to be the eventual replacement for the Soyuz-TMA, the current spacecraft the nation uses to get cosmonauts to the International Space Station.

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Russia bans Wikipedia for drug reference, reverses decision hours later

Russia bans Wikipedia for drug reference, reverses decision hours later

It seems the Russian government hasn't changed its stance on internet censorship following the recent, and brief, ban of the website Reddit. Beginning late on Monday evening, the Russia's Roskomnadzor, or "Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications," issued a ban on all of Wikipedia after an entry was discovered about a type of hashish from India that reportedly included "instructions" on how to make it.

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Another trip to the USSR’s space rocket graveyard

Another trip to the USSR’s space rocket graveyard

Photographer Ralph Mirebs once again enters off-limits Russian space launch facility ground in Kazakstan at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. This time he's not at Site 112A with the USSR's versions of the space shuttle. Instead, he's just a hop, skip, and a jump away at the launch silo for Энергия-М, aka "Energy-M". In the image you see below, the tower we're entering here stands in front of the building we entered late last month with Mirebs at Site 112A with shuttles aplenty.

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IRS on hack: all signs point to Russia

IRS on hack: all signs point to Russia

Earlier this week, it was reported that the IRS had been hacked and the tax returns for more than 100,000 people were swiped. That reality has not changed, but now there’s a potential culprit: Russian hackers. The news was stated by Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam, who serves as the chairman of a House subcommittee that oversees the IRS. The news itself reportedly was given to him by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who relayed the breach’s Russian origins in a phone call.

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