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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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Russian ‘Proof’ That the US Is Helping ISIS Is Actually From a Video Game

Russia’s Ministry of Defence released startling visual proof this morning that the United States military is assisting ISIS. The only problem with Russia’s claims? The photographic “evidence” actually came from a video game. Read More >>

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GCHQ Has Blamed a Number of High Profile Hacks on Russia

Oh Russia, what are you like? Not only are you trying to fix elections through social media, the GCHQ has now accused you of hacking various media, telecoms, and energy companies over the past year. You rascal, you. Read More >>

politics
Facebook Seemingly Admits Russia Tried to Meddle With the Brexit Vote

Earlier this week we heard about how some confirmed Russian troll accounts on Twitter had been posting pro-Brexit views, while trying to stir up trouble. Now Facebook seems to have admitted that the country did try and meddle with the Brexit vote in some small way. Read More >>

politics
Russian Twitter Trolls Seemed to be Pro-Brexit

It's long been suspected that Russia had attempted to influence the US presidential election last year, but since that possibility was looking more and more likely people started asking whether or not the same was attempted with Brexit. According to a report from Wired, it looks like they might have at least tried. 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 >>

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Tim Cook: Tech Is Dividing People, But Also Could We Slash Apple’s Taxes Already?

Apple CEO Tim Cook, whose company mostly sells consumer products, has largely avoided being sucked into the rapidly expanding scandal over the alleged Russian effort to promote internal division in the US before the 2016 elections—unlike other tech giants like Google, Twitter and Facebook, all of which now admit some degree of involvement. With his hands washed of this particular matter, Cook is taking some shots at them. Read More >>

politics
Everything We Learned About Russian Election Interference From Facebook, Twitter, and Google

Representatives for Twitter, Facebook, and Google testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee recently about Russian interference on their platforms. Here’s what we learned: Read More >>

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Russia’s New Law Outlaws VPNs That Unblock Censored Sites

With all the talk of how our government likes to meddle with the internet (a topic they've proven themselves incapable of understanding) we have it pretty good in this country. Not like in Russia, where censorship is rampant. To the point where the government has started cracking down on VPNs and other services that let internet users unblock forbidden websites. Read More >>

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Twitter Is Very Sorry for Asking Russian State Media for So Much Money

In belated response to an American intelligence report that concluded RT and Sputnik tried to influence the 2016 US presidential election, Twitter announced today that it is removing all advertising from accounts owned by the Russian state-sponsored news outlets. The company also promised to donate $1.9 million (£1.44 million) to help fund outside research into how the platform can be used during elections, an amount representing Twitter’s projected earnings from RT’s ads since 2011. Read More >>

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Kaspersky Confirms It Downloaded Classified Docs, Blames NSA Contractor’s Dumb Mistake

On Wednesday, anti-virus maker Kaspersky Lab continued its defence against accusations that it aided Russian intelligence in stealing classified docs from the NSA. The company released the results of its investigation of the incident and, if the report proves to be accurate, it certainly doesn’t make the NSA look good. Read More >>

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Twitter Reveals New Ad Rules After Enabling Election Propaganda

In response to increased scrutiny over Russia-bought ads that targeted Americans during the 2016 election, Twitter has announced new measures to increase transparency around ads purchased through its service. Read More >>

cryptocurrency
Not Even Putin Can Scare Bitcoin Investors

Bitcoin’s having a wild time. It kicked off with a strange flash crash registered by the CoinDesk tracker that momentarily caused the cryptocurrency to appear to plunge by 12 percent. Almost simultaneously, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for regulatory restrictions on digital currencies for the first time. And then, as it does in recent times, Bitcoin’s price just went up. Read More >>

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Microsoft Confirms Investigation Into Whether Russians Bought Pre-Election Ads Through Bing

The sprawling inquiry into the extent of Russian attempts to purchase ads on the US internet before the 2016 federal elections has expanded to yet another digital giant, with Microsoft confirming that it has launched an internal investigation into whether it sold such advertisements via its Bing search engine. Read More >>

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Russian Soldiers’ Selfie Days May Be Numbered After Accidental Leaks

Russia’s Ministry of Defense has drafted a law to ban soldiers from posting something as seemingly trivial as a selfie. The law would restrict contractors from posting photos, videos, and geolocation information online as well as anything related to the activities of their military department and other service members. The ban will reportedly be implemented in January 2018, according to Russian news agency Interfax. Read More >>