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U.S. bans use of Kaspersky Labs software on government systems

Acting on concerns that Russian company Kaspersky Lab has connections to cyberespionage activities, the U.S. government has banned the use of Kaspersky Lab security software, according to a binding order released Wednesday by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Elaine Duke. The order gives federal agencies three months to inventory and remove the software.…
FSB headquarters Lubyanka Square Moscow
Data Breach, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Hackers leak documents stolen from contractor for Russian intel agency

Hackers reportedly stole 7.5 TB of data from a contractor for the Russian intelligence service FSB, and revealed details on several of its activities or prospective projects, including the collecting of information on users of social media services, Tor and P2P networks. The contractor, SyTech, has worked for FSB’s radio-electronic intelligence unit 71330 since 2009,…
Criminals get hold of 'Russian state malware'
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Kaspersky ban raises concerns among cyber pros, consumers; draws Kremlin rebuke

The U.S. government’s decision to ban Kaspersky Lab security software prompted both criticism and praise from the security industry, ignited a flurry of concern from consumers over their own Kaspersky purchases and drew a sharp rebuke from the Kremlin. The directive weighed on an already strained relationship with Moscow, including allegations that Russia interfered in…
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‘Kardashian jokes and then a really racist tweet’: How Russian social media trolls suckered in Americans

Camille Francois remembers the day she learned that the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was granting her the extraordinary opportunity to research the extent of Russia’s influence operations during 2016 presidential election campaign. SC Podcast “Our CEO [John Kelly]… said, ‘Hey Cam, what would you say if we had access to the actual data…
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Core router compromised in DragonFly 2.0 attacks on critical infrastructure

Cylance researchers say a core router was compromised in cyberattacks against energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors that the U.S. has accused Russia of carrying out. Cylance researchers said the discovery’s significance far outweighs its size, given that core router compromises are considerably harder to detect, analyze, patch, and remediate than…
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