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Russia Allegedly Threatens Retaliation Against Google if It Lowers RT or Sputnik’s Search Rankings

The ominous cloud of doom surrounding the ongoing U.S. investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election got a little darker on Tuesday, with Russian state communications agency Roskomnadzor allegedly threatening retaliation against Google for suggesting it could lower government-funded outlets RT and Sputnik in search rankings. Read More >>

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Mitch McConnell: Tech Companies Should Help Us Weaponise the Internet Against Russia

Google, Facebook and Twitter, three of the world's most prominent tech companies, all testified before Congress this week that they had unintentionally been part of an alleged Russian operation to spread misinformation and propaganda during the 2016 presidential elections. On Saturday, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested that the companies involved could make good by helping the U.S. government “retaliate” against Russia. Read More >>

security
Hackers Created Fake News Sites in Attempt to Phish Reporters Covering China 

Researchers at Citizen Lab have unearthed a broad campaign aimed at infiltrating Chinese language news sites after discovering a phishing campaign targeting journalists at the US-based China Digital Times. Read More >>

security
Crime Group Behind ‘Petya’ Ransomware Resurfaces to Distance Itself From This Week’s Global Cyberattacks

Janus Cybercrime Solutions, the author of Petya—the ransomware initially attributed with Tuesday’s global cyberattacks—resurfaced on Twitter late Wednesday, seemingly offering to help those whose files can no longer be recovered. Read More >>

cyberwar
We Need An International Cyberwar Treaty. Now.

Ukraine is under attack. In the last 24 hours the national bank, the state-owned power company and the country’s largest airport have all been taken out. Read More >>

military
Is NATO Ready For Cyberwar?

The 21st century is a dicey time for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Not only is it under assault politically, by an American President who seems only weakly committed to the principles of collective security, but also digitally, as new cyberthreats become just as challenging as anything involving tanks, guns and planes. Read More >>

war
How Scared Should We be of Cyberwar?

In an age of ubiquitous networking, popular culture and the media have become increasingly fascinated with the idea of cyberwar. As the west pours billions into the latest fancy war gadgetry – from the armed drones that increasingly fight our wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, to the next generation F-35 fighters that are meant to dominate enemy airspace through multimillion pound suites of on board computer wizardry – the spectre of militarised hacker groups with fingers on the off switch looms ever larger in the public consciousness. Having the biggest, best-networked stick is at the core of western military doctrine – but that doesn’t matter if your arm fizzles and stops working when you go to swing it. Read More >>

military
How Darpa’s Using the Oculus Rift to Make a Cyberwarfare Battlefield

Wired just published a in-depth piece on how Darpa is "weaponising" the Oculus Rift for cyberwar. But does this mean that soldiers are about to start firing at each other in virtual reality? No, of course not. But it's an interesting development for a piece of technology dreamt up for games (in which you often shoot people). Read More >>

internet
The New Kind of DDoS That Could Cripple the Internet

If you're a regular on the internet, you probably know how a DDoS can choke your favourite site with garbage traffic. Well get used to it because they're not going away; they're actually getting worse. Read More >>

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Chinese Hackers Just Got Caught Hijacking a Decoy US Water Plant

Chinese hackers have been harassing the US in a series of cyberattacks, but we've started trying to talk it out and cool this all down. But in the meantime, a security researcher has just revealed that he caught a team of Chinese hackers hijacking a fake water plant he set up. Aside from being unable to spot the fake, they knew exactly what they were doing. Read More >>

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Syria Is Completely Cut Off from the Internet Again

As the country has done before, Syria cut off the Internet for all its citizens yesterday. As in all Internet access has completely disappeared. Google's Transparency Report, which shows traffic to Google, reveals that Syria pretty much no longer exists on the Internet. Read More >>

hackers
Watch a Chinese Hacker Launch an Invasion in Real Time

Are the Chinese after everyone? According to a new report, yes. Security firm Mandiant has detailed the exploits of a Chinese cyber espionage group it calls APT1. Mandiant claims to have evidence that APT1 has stolen "hundreds of terabytes of data" from 141 American organisations. Evidence that includes this video of an elite Chinese hacker in action. Read More >>

internet
The Internet Is Coming Back On in Syria

Just two days after the Syrian government cut the country off from access to the Internet, connectivity is coming back. Reports from Renesys and CloudFlare indicate that the country's connections started coming back online at 14:32 UTC today. Read More >>