Russia's security service tells internet firms to hand over user data: The Bell

Russia's security service tells internet firms to hand over user data: The Bell

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has ordered some of the country’s major internet companies to give it continuous access to their systems, The Bell investigative website reported late on Tuesday, citing three sources at the firms.

Republicans Hate Surveillance on Trump but Sound Like They’ll Renew the PATRIOT Act

Republicans Hate Surveillance on Trump but Sound Like They’ll Renew the PATRIOT Act

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKIIf Republicans have any appetite for reining in domestic surveillance that they describe as a massive violation of the civil liberties of Donald Trump’s associates, it wasn’t on display when FBI Director Christopher Wray made his first appearance on Capitol Hill since the damning Justice Department inspector general’s report into the Trump-Russia investigation.

Russian regulators at Roskomnadzor bring case to court calling for mailbox.org ban in Russia

Russian regulators at Roskomnadzor bring case to court calling for mailbox.org ban in Russia

With respect to , Roskomnadzor made a move on 29th December 2019 and submitted their case for blocking access to our services in Russia to a court in Moscow.

Russian Pleads Guilty to Running 'CardPlanet' to Sell Stolen Credit Cards

Russian Pleads Guilty to Running 'CardPlanet' to Sell Stolen Credit Cards

Besides Cardplanet, Burkov also masterminded a separate invite-only forum website for elite cybercriminals where they advertised stolen personal identity information, malicious software, and other illegal services, like money laundering and hacking services.

Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’

Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’

It comes as Christopher Steele, the ex-head of MI6’s Russia desk and the intelligence expert behind the so-called “Steele dossier” into Trump’s relationship with Russia, said that while the company had closed down, the failure to properly punish bad actors meant that the prospects for manipulation of the US election this year were even worse.

Russia successfully tests country-wide alternative to global internet

Russia successfully tests country-wide alternative to global internet

Russia has run a successful test of a country-wide alternative to the global internet, according to BBC News.Iran’s National Information Network is run by a state-owned media company that allows users to access the internet but polices all content on the network and limits external information.

Russia 'successfully tests' its unplugged internet

Russia 'successfully tests' its unplugged internet

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The net independence plan is seen as a way for Russia's government to get more control over online life Russia has successfully tested a country-wide alternative to the global internet, its government has announced.It blocks access to many foreign internet services, which in turn has helped several domestic tech giants establish themselves.

Hiding In Plain Sight:

Hiding In Plain Sight:

I haven’t done anything with the information other than collect it and although my Bellingcat project didn’t focus on the cartels, it did give me the idea to see if I could use a Russian facial recognition website (FindClone) introduced to me by the Bellingcat team to locate active social media profiles of individuals wanted by the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).

Putin signs law making Russian apps mandatory on smartphones, computers

Putin signs law making Russian apps mandatory on smartphones, computers

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed legislation requiring all smartphones, computers and smart TV sets sold in the country to come pre-installed with Russian software.

Russia Bans Sale of Gadgets Without Russian-Made Software

Russia Bans Sale of Gadgets Without Russian-Made Software

Russia might make this law effective in the country by July 2020.To explain the motive of drafting and applying such law in Russia, the lawmakers and members of legislation have explained that the idea is to promote the widespread use of Russian software and endorse the technology.

Giving Government Vast Snooping Authority Is One Thing Democrats and Republicans Both Like

Giving Government Vast Snooping Authority Is One Thing Democrats and Republicans Both Like

This relatively innocuous language pushes back the sunset provision of the Patriot Act by three months, leaving its vast powers in the hands of a president who Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden charges with "failure to uphold basic democratic principles," who House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accused of "alarming connections and conduct with Russia" and, joined by Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, says is making an attempt to "shred the Constitution.".

Russia - Censored Planet

Russia - Censored Planet

We used this authoritative blocklist that contains more than 130,000 domains to perform an in-depth investigation into the Russian government’s censorship policy by collecting measurement data from residential, data center and infrastructural vantage points.

Vladimir Putin says Wikipedia should be banned and replaced

Vladimir Putin says Wikipedia should be banned and replaced

Putin told the Russian Language Council on Tuesday, according to RIA.The Kremlin announced £20million plans for its Russian alternative to Wikipedia in September to be completed by 2022.Putin's announcement follows on the heels of new internet regulations which went into effect on Monday, allowing Russia to isolate its web from the rest of the world.

Sberbank Hit by Huge Data Breach

Sberbank Hit by Huge Data Breach

The personal details of millions of Sberbank customers may have been leaked, in what would be the largest-ever data breach in Russian banking, according to cyber security experts.Analysts at cybersecurity firm DeviceLock found personal information relating to up to 60 million Sberbank credit card holders for sale on the black market.

For Facebook, you're just a commodity in high-stake data trade

For Facebook, you're just a commodity in high-stake data trade

New Delhi : If you have seen the latest Netflix documentary "The Great Hack" on Cambridge Analytica (CA), a military contractor and psychological warfare firm involving a complex web of Facebook, Russian intrusion, the Trump campaign and Brexit referendum, it is time to meet Christopher Wylie — one of the two whistleblowers who blew the lid off the dark secrets of the "full service propaganda machine" and complete the dirty picture.

Hong Kong protesters personal data leaked by Russian website

Hong Kong protesters personal data leaked by Russian website

He said the protests had hurt Hong Kong's reputation of being a safe city for tourists and businesses.Tsui said that Beijing's efforts may also reflect the Chinese authorities' fear toward the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.

'They wanted me gone': Edward Snowden tells of whistleblowing, his AI fears and six years in Russia

'They wanted me gone': Edward Snowden tells of whistleblowing, his AI fears and six years in Russia

In an exclusive two-hour interview in Moscow to mark the publication of his memoirs, Permanent Record, Snowden said dire warnings that his disclosures would cause harm had not come to pass, and even former critics now conceded “we live in a better, freer and safer world” because of his revelations.

Navalny Ally ‘Evacuates’ Electronics by Drone as Russian Police Stage Mass Raids

Navalny Ally ‘Evacuates’ Electronics by Drone as Russian Police Stage Mass Raids

A supporter of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has filmed himself "evacuating" his hard drives on a drone as police closed in on his high-rise apartment building during nationwide mass raids.

Debates Over ZAO and FaceApp Usher in the Era of Surveillance Capitalism

Debates Over ZAO and FaceApp Usher in the Era of Surveillance Capitalism

Shortly after the clamor abated around FaceApp, the Russian AI-powered app churning out disturbingly realistic photos of users as their older selves, a new controversial fad hit mobile stores in the form of the Chinese deep-fake app ZAO.

Snubbed by Google, Huawei is trying out a Russian operating system instead of Android

Snubbed by Google, Huawei is trying out a Russian operating system instead of Android

For the purpose, it will use 3,60,000 tablets which run on the Russian operating system---Aurora.The smartphone maker kickstarted a pilot programme where it will use a Russian operating system to replace Android.

State-sponsored cyber spies targeting IoT - a warning from Microsoft

State-sponsored cyber spies targeting IoT - a warning from Microsoft

Back in April, Microsoft security researchers observed the infamous Russian-backed hacking group STRONTIUM (also known as Fancy Bear or APT28) compromising popular IoT devices (a VOIP phone, an office printer, and a video decoder) across multiple customer locations.

How does copyright work in space?

How does copyright work in space?

Commander Hadfield could have made matters even more complicated by broadcasting live as he sang to an assembled audience of fellow astronauts for an onboard public performance while floating from segment to segment of the ISS.That is because the space station consists of multiple modules and other pieces (called "elements") under the registration of the United States, the European Space Agency (ESA) consortium, Russia and Japan.

Fake PornHub And Google Android Apps Are Actually ‘Russian Spy Tools’

Fake PornHub And Google Android Apps Are Actually ‘Russian Spy Tools’

It comes hidden inside fake versions of real apps, including Google Play, Evernote, Skype, encrypted messaging service Signal and PornHub. Looking at the selection of copied apps, Lookout said Monokle was likely targeting English speakers, as well as individuals in the Caucasus regions and people interested in the Ahrar al-Sham militant group in Syria.

There is No Privacy. Echelon Made Privacy Obsolete.

There is No Privacy. Echelon Made Privacy Obsolete.

Originally Echelon was developed during the 1960’s cold war as a way for the USA to monitor military and political communications from Soviet Russia and it’s allies. Very few people know of it’s existence, and if they do they don’t care much about their privacy or security.

Russian lawmakers want to restrict email access by telephone verification, and force providers to block banned information

Russian lawmakers want to restrict email access by telephone verification, and force providers to block banned information

Led by senators Andrey Klishas and Alexander Bashkin, the lawmakers have also proposed requiring email services to block messages containing information banned in Russia within 24 hours of being notified by the state authorities.“The adoption of this legislation will significantly reduce the number of false terrorist messages distributed through email services, create the legal conditions for bringing criminals to justice, and reduce the economic damage from such communications,” claims the draft law’s explanatory note.

Opinion | Does Russia Want More Than Your Old Face?

Opinion | Does Russia Want More Than Your Old Face?

We’ve had a national digital freakout this week over whether the popular FaceApp app is a Russian plot to steal the visages and other personal data of American citizens for nefarious purposes. And it’s scaring a lot of Americans.

Think FaceApp Is Scary? Wait Till You Hear About Facebook

Think FaceApp Is Scary? Wait Till You Hear About Facebook

FaceApp is also the product of a Russian company that sends photos from your device to its servers, retains rights to use them in perpetuity, and performs artificial intelligence black magic on them.

Hackers breach FSB contractor, expose Tor deanonymization project and more

Hackers breach FSB contractor, expose Tor deanonymization project and more

Hackers have breached SyTech, a contractor for FSB, Russia's national intelligence service, from where they stole information about internal projects the company was working on behalf of the agency -- including one for deanonymizing Tor traffic.

As Russian “FaceApp” gobbles up user photos, Schumer asks FBI to investigate

As Russian “FaceApp” gobbles up user photos, Schumer asks FBI to investigate

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called for a federal investigation into FaceApp, saying the Russian-operated mobile application "could pose national security and privacy risks for millions of US citizens.". This has raised privacy concerns, as Americans are uploading photographs and device-related data to a service operated by a company based in Russia.

New privacy alliance to be formed in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe

New privacy alliance to be formed in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe

Civil Society advocates from Russia, and Central and Eastern Europe have joined forces to form a new inter-regional NGO to promote privacy in countries bordering the EU.

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