Items tagged with Russia

On Wednesday, February 23rd, Russia announced its invasion of Ukraine through a "special military operation." Since then, fighting has continued in Ukraine, and amidst the turmoil, hacking groups in the region and around the world have taken sides, threatening cyberwar against Russia, Ukraine, or the United... Read more...
NASA will be livestreaming Russian cosmonauts as they go on a spacewalk outside the International Space Station today. The two cosmonauts will be preparing the new Prichal module for future Russian spacecraft. The relationship between the US and Russia has seen its better days here on Earth. The political landscape... Read more...
As Russia’s space agency struggles to remain relevant, its newest heavy lift rocket will make an uncontrolled reentry into Earth’s atmosphere sometime before 6:30 p.m. EST today. The upper stage of the newest Angara A5 rocket, dubbed IPN/Persei, has been stranded in a low parking orbit since it failed to reignite on... Read more...
When the US and Russia first launched the International Space Station, it was a partnership that boosted ties between the two nations. Now, as US-Russia relations slide, it’s the astronauts who suffer. Despite the importance NASA sees in the partnership with Russia, the future of that collaboration is in serious... Read more...
As the probe Solar Orbiter skims by Earth on its way toward the Sun, debris from the Russian anti-satellite missile test (ASAT) could endanger its mission.  On November 15th of this year, a Russian ASAT destroyed an out of service Russian satellite. This left behind a field of orbital debris and the international... Read more...
It appears that REvil, the threat actor group behind attacks on JBS Global and Kaseya, among others, has gone dark. While this could be a good thing, it may not be worth holding your breath as there are other explanations for REvil “disappearing” in the short term. Prior to the July 4th holiday in the United States... Read more...
Audacity sparked quite the firestorm over the weekend after the scope of changes to its privacy policy were revealed to the broader public. The changes came after Audacity was acquired by Muse Group earlier this year. Some of the key sticking points that alarmed users of the audio editing program were that while... Read more...
When we report on cybersecurity breaches, all too often it involves innocent individuals (or companies) that are on the receiving end of the attack. Such is the case with Chinese hackers that exploited Microsoft Exchange servers. Now, it appears that a hacker vigilante has breached four long-running and venerated... Read more...
Oh great, as if 2020 has not been challenging enough already, the latest Digital Defense Report from Microsoft outlines some troubling cybersecurity trends. Threat actors are "rapidly" increasing the sophistication of their cyberattacks, ultimately making them more difficult to detect, and more likely to trick "even... Read more...
Around the world, democracy is being attacked physically and digitally. Following the election interference in 2016, Microsoft has stepped up their game to help quell issues. In early September, they announced DeepFake detection A.I., and now Microsoft is detecting cyberattacks that target U.S. elections. From... Read more...
According to security officials in the UK, Russian cyber actors have been targeting organizations that are involved in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine development. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is part of GCHQ, published an advisory that detailed the activity of the Russian threat group known as... Read more...
The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice dealt a blow to a sophisticated Russian botnet that security researchers referred to as VPNFilter. They did it  by seizing a key domain used to perpetuate the attacks. In doing so, the agencies effectively disrupted a malicious effort that was... Read more...
Facebook is going to start sending physical postcards through the United States Postal Service (USPS) to verify the identity and location of anyone who wants to purchase election-related advertising on the world's largest social network. The change in procedure, which will go into effect sometime later this year, is... Read more...
Fingerprint analyzing software used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and more than 18,000 other law enforcement agencies in the United States might contain Russian code. The apparent finding comes at a time of heightened security concerns over international spying efforts—just three months ago, the Department of... Read more...
Months after the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election concluded, there are still allegations that Russia meddled in the process to help sway voter opinion. Google has been running an investigation to see whether Russian operatives might have exploited its advertising system in an attempt to interfere with the election... Read more...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) allowed a Russian defense agency to comb over the source code of cyber defense software used by the Pentagon to secure its computer network from cyber attacks. It is said this was done as part of an attempt by HPE to gain the necessary certifications to see sell similar software in the... Read more...
Google has just settled a lengthy Android antitrust case in Russia. Not only is the company being fined $7.8 million USD, but it has agreed to allow the pre-installation of third-party apps. This move will make room for apps like the the local Russian search engine Yandex NV. The decision is the conclusion of a... Read more...
While the United States military, politicians and the incoming President Elect are bickering over the most expensive weapons acquisition program in history — the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II — Russia is moving forward with the development of the Sukhoi T-50 fifth-generation air superiority fighter. The... Read more...
Third-party antivirus developers aren't happy with the way Windows 10 seemingly goes to great lengths to kick AV programs to the curb in favor of Microsoft's own built-in Defender software, and that has led to an antitrust investigation in Russia. Among the various complaints, the Russian antitrust authority will see... Read more...
Maybe he’s the hero the United States “deserves, but not the one it needs right now”. It looks like the United States has its own hacking Dark Knight. American vigilante hacker “The Jester” gained unauthorized access to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and left a very interesting message for the Russian... Read more...
Police in the Czech Republic have arrested a Russian hacker for his suspected involvement in a massive 2012 cyber attack against LinkedIn. LinkedIn had been working with the FBI to track down the individuals responsible for the data breach, which exposed hashed passwords from over 100 million user accounts that were... Read more...
As tension continues to build between Russia and the US over alleged cyber attacks, the US has begun contemplating issuing its own set of cyber attacks against the Kremlin. As we covered last weekend, the US government has formally accused Russia of being responsible for breaking into official servers and walking away... Read more...
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