Speech readied for CSIS boss raises spectre of ‘hostile’ nations hunting for personal data through schools and businesses

Speech readied for CSIS boss raises spectre of ‘hostile’ nations hunting for personal data through schools and businesses

Concern is growing within Canada’s spy agency about the threat posed by hostile state actors, especially China and Russia, looking to steal intellectual property and “large digital data sets” from private companies and academic institutions.

Russia blocks mailbox.org again

Russia blocks mailbox.org again

I'm not quite sure whether you are aware or not, but Russian authorities put IPs and hostnames in the country-wide block list (22-Sep-2020).2) Unofficial web-site with aggregated data about blocked IPs and hostnames.

FBI warns ransomware assault threatens US healthcare system

FBI warns ransomware assault threatens US healthcare system

The aggressive offensive by a Russian-speaking criminal gang coincides with the U.S. presidential election, though there was no immediate indication it was motivated by anything but profit.“We are experiencing the most significant cyber security threat we’ve ever seen in the United States,” Charles Carmakal, chief technical officer of the cybersecurity firm Mandiant, said in a statement.

Edward Snowden gets permanent residency in Russia - lawyer

Edward Snowden gets permanent residency in Russia - lawyer

In an interview in September last year, Snowden said he would be willing to return to the US if he is guaranteed a fair trial.What I'm asking for is a fair trial.

Russia wants to outlaw TLS 1.3, ESNI, DNS over HTTPS, and DNS over TLS

Russia wants to outlaw TLS 1.3, ESNI, DNS over HTTPS, and DNS over TLS

The draft law (text in Russian) “bans the use of encryption protocols allowing for hiding the name (identifier) of a web page or Internet site on the territory of the Russian Federation.” This is supposed to help the Roskomnadzor in their job as Russia’s censor.

Feds charge former Green Beret with spying for Russia in latest legal blow to Special Forces community

Feds charge former Green Beret with spying for Russia in latest legal blow to Special Forces community

(AP) — A former Army Green Beret living in northern Virginia was arrested on Friday, charged with divulging military secrets about his unit’s activities in former Soviet republics during more than a decade of contacts with Russian intelligence.

Russia claims US running secret bio weapons lab in Georgia

Russia claims US running secret bio weapons lab in Georgia

MOSCOW — Russia’s Defence Ministry said Thursday that the United States appeared to be running a clandestine biological weapons lab in the country of Georgia, allegedly flouting international conventions and posing a direct security threat to Russia — allegations the Pentagon angrily rejected.

Trump says he is considering pardon for leaker Edward Snowden

Trump says he is considering pardon for leaker Edward Snowden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Saturday he is considering a pardon for Edward Snowden, the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor - now living in Russia - whose spectacular leaks shook the U.S. intelligence community in 2013.

Yes, Big Brother IS Watching: Russian Schools Getting Surveillance Systems Called 'Orwell'

Yes, Big Brother IS Watching: Russian Schools Getting Surveillance Systems Called 'Orwell'

According to the business daily Vedomosti, contracts exceeding 2 billion rubles ($29 million) have been signed for the procurement and installation in schools across Russia of surveillance cameras linked to a system that has facial-recognition capability and is called Orwell, after the British author of dystopian novels 1984 and Animal Farm.

Darknet forum leaks Telegram database with millions of Russian users’ information

Darknet forum leaks Telegram database with millions of Russian users’ information

A darknet forum has released a database with the telephone numbers and unique identifiers of millions of users of the messaging app Telegram, reports the IT news site .

Instagram will soon ask for Government ID to fight Russian Troll accounts (and this is what it looks like)

Instagram will soon ask for Government ID to fight Russian Troll accounts (and this is what it looks like)

Users will need to upload a photo of a government-issued ID, their real name and location and then take a selfie video, which will then presumably be verified by real humans.

Russia lifts its ban on the Telegram messenger app

Russia lifts its ban on the Telegram messenger app

A Russian court blocked the app in April 2018, after Telegram refused to share its encryption keys — a means of accessing users’ data — with Roskomnadzor.

Private Internet Access reveals physical locations of 35 geo-located regions

Private Internet Access reveals physical locations of 35 geo-located regions

Private Internet Access made the decision to start offering geo-located regions as a way to re-enter regions like Russia and Brazil that we have previously had to leave due to regulatory reasons as well as a way to offer quality VPN exit nodes in regions where we were unable to source high quality VPN servers.List of Private Internet Access geo-located regions and their physical locations.

Refusing to unlock your phone? Jail. UK judge sentences activist under TERRORISM law

Refusing to unlock your phone? Jail. UK judge sentences activist under TERRORISM law

The leader of the anti-immigrant group Britain First was fined and given a suspended sentence for refusing to unlock his phone and computer to police after returning from a trip to Russia last year, under UK anti-terrorism laws.

Russia's lockdown surveillance measures need regulating, rights groups say

Russia's lockdown surveillance measures need regulating, rights groups say

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Expanding surveillance measures to police Russia’s coronavirus lockdown, including the use of facial recognition technology and collection of personal data, need regulating to ensure they are temporary and proportionate, two rights groups said on Thursday.

Russia’s coronavirus app is turning it into a police state

Russia’s coronavirus app is turning it into a police state

Of course, such measures are effective tools to enforce a quarantine, and to prevent further spread of a deadly virus that is confirmed to have infected almost one million people, according to data from Worldometers.

'Cybergulag': Russia looks to surveillance technology to enforce lockdown

'Cybergulag': Russia looks to surveillance technology to enforce lockdown

While the details of the new monitoring system have not been confirmed, official statements and leaked plans have indicated they could include mobile apps that track users’ location, CCTV cameras with facial recognition software, QR codes, mobile phone data and credit card records.

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.

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