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The Council of the European Union has imposed its first-ever sanctions against persons or entities involved in various cyber-attacks targeting European citizens, and its member states. The directive has been issued against six individuals and three entities responsible for or involved in various cyber-attacks, out of which some publicly known are ‘WannaCry‘, ‘NotPetya‘, and ‘Operation …

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Yes, you read that right! Russia has fined Facebook with 3,000 rubles, roughly $47, for not complying with the country’s controversial Data Localization law. It’s bizarre and unbelievable, but true. In December last year, Russian Internet watchdog Roskomnadzor sent notifications to Twitter and Facebook asking them to provide information about the location of servers that …

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Greece just took another U-turn. Mr. Bitcoin a.k.a. Alexander Vinnik is not going to France nor to the United States; instead, he is now possibly going to his homeland Russia. The Supreme Civil and Criminal Court of Greece on Friday has overruled previous decisions and approved to extradite the alleged owner of the now-defunct Bitcoin …

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Microsoft said it detected and helped the US government to block Russian hacking attempts against at least three congressional candidates this year, a Microsoft executive revealed speaking at the Aspen Security Forum today. Although the company refused to name the targets but said, the three candidates were “people who, because of their positions, might have …

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In its years-long efforts to censor the Internet by blocking access to a large number of websites in the country, Russia has now approved a new bill introducing fines for search engines that provide links to banned sites, VPN services, and anonymization tools. VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, are third-party services that help users access …

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Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor has threatened Apple to face the consequences if the company does not remove secure messaging app Telegram from its App Store. Back in April, the Russian government banned Telegram in the country for the company’s refusal to hand over private encryption keys to Russian state security services to access messages sent …

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Since last week, a new hacking group, calling itself ‘JHT,’ hijacked a significant number of Cisco devices belonging to organizations in Russia and Iran, and left a message that reads—”Do not mess with our elections” with an American flag (in ASCII art). MJ Azari Jahromi, Iranian Communication and Information Technology Minister, said the campaign impacted …

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Earlier this year, China announced a crackdown on VPNs and proxy services in the country and made it mandatory for all VPN providers and leased cable lines operators to have a license from the government in order to use such services. Now, Russia is also considering to follow a similar path. The Russian Federation Council …

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After being threatened with a ban in Russia, end-to-end encrypted Telegram messaging app has finally agreed to register with new Russian Data Protection Laws, but its founder has assured that the company will not comply to share users’ confidential data at any cost. Russia’s communications watchdog Roskomnadzor had recently threatened to block Telegram if the …

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Enlarge / President Barack Obama reportedly called Russian President Vladimir Putin in October 2016 on the “cyber hotline” to warn about the ongoing hacking of US election officials’ systems. Citing sources “with direct knowledge of the US investigation” into Russia’s information operations campaign during the 2016 US presidential election campaign, Bloomberg News’ Michael Riley and …