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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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Google to no longer require bundled Android services in Russia

Google to no longer require bundled Android services in Russia

In Russia, Android users might be surprised to no longer see Google Search or other popular Google services in their new smartphones. That's because Google has settled with the Russian competition authorities after the tech giant has been found guilty of using its position as Android platform maker to push its own services to Android users. This status quo was challenged by its rivals, particularly Russian company Yandex, who gained a favorable ruling back in 2015. This unprecedented move opens the doors to Google's rivals not only in Russia but across Europe as well.

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Russian-linked malware found on electrical company computer

Russian-linked malware found on electrical company computer

In the wake of Russian hackers interfering with the US's presidential election this year, along with the subsequent sanctions issued by President Obama, a Vermont power company has discovered evidence of Russian malware on one of its laptops. The code is said to be linked to the hacking group identified by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security as "Grizzly Steppe." The find was made as the US government continues to asses Russian cyber attacks on different agencies and organizations.

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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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