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Woman Exposed to Soviet-Era Nerve Agent Novichok Dies

The Metropolitan Police said on Sunday that 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess, one of two more individuals exposed to the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok in the UK this week, has died. Read More >>

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Counter-Terrorism Officials Are Investigating Two More Novichok Poisonings in the UK

Neil Basu, Britain’s top counter-terrorism official, announced on Wednesday evening that a couple poisoned in the county of Wiltshire appear to have been exposed to Novichok, the Soviet-era nerve agent behind the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury earlier this year. Read More >>

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Russian State TV Photoshops an Awkward Smile on Kim Jong Un’s Face

Russia’s Channel One aired a segment yesterday about Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s recent meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. But one part of the news broadcast was pretty weird. Take a look at Kim’s face in the screenshot on the left. Kim has been photoshopped to look like he’s smiling. And it’s not even a very good photoshop job. Read More >>

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Here’s a Rubber Chicken Exhaust Mod Because There Is No God

Here at Gizmodo, we enjoy bringing your nightmares to life - so here is an instructional video from Russia on how to create a rubber chicken exhaust mod. Read More >>

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Sergei Skripal, Former Spy Poisoned With Novichok, Released From Hospital But Still Recovering

Sergei Skripal, the former spy who was poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve agent called Novichok, was released from hospital today. But health officials stress that Skripal still needs more time to properly recover. Read More >>

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Researchers Find Mysterious Russia-Linked Malware That Hijacks Anti-Theft Software Lojack

Security researchers are warning that malware with suspected links to Russian cyber-espionage group Fancy Bear is turning up in installations of Lojack, an anti-computer theft program used by many corporations to guard their assets. Read More >>

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Russia’s Floating Nuclear Power Plant Has Hit the Sea

Russia launched the world’s first floating nuclear power plant on Saturday. The 70-megawatt vessel, christened the Akademik Lomonosov, was towed away from St Petersburg by two boats. It is currently coasting through the Baltic Sea to the town of Murmansk for fuel, and is then supposed to embark for the Arctic town of Pevek in 2019, according to a release from the state-run firm that built the rig. Read More >>

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Russia Is Still Trashing Its Internet Two Weeks Into Its Failed Rampage Against Telegram

Since Russia banned the Telegram messaging app, the government has embarked on a campaign of hitting itself in the face. The functionality of the Russian internet has been hobbled for two weeks as regulators wildly block IP addresses, and on Thursday a Kremlin spokesperson admitted he still uses Telegram. “It works for me, and there’s nothing to it,” he said. Read More >>

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Twitter Bans Kaspersky Labs Ads Over Alleged Ties to Russian Intelligence

Citing accusations of ties between Kaspersky Labs and Russian intelligence, Twitter has moved to ban the Moscow-based security and antivirus provider from continuing to advertise on its platform. Read More >>

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Russia Blocks Millions of Amazon and Google IPs in Bungled Attempt to Ban Telegram

The Russian government ordered the Telegram messaging app be banned last week due to its failure to turn over encryption keys to authorities. But as the app’s founder promised, Telegram is still working. Now, Russia is breaking the internet in the country by blocking millions of IP addresses in a scattershot attempt to quash the service. Read More >>

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Every Blade of Grass Tainted by Novichok Nerve Agent to Be Incinerated in Massive Cleanup

Officials from Britain and Russia are still fighting over who exactly poisoned former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok. But whoever did it, one thing is certain: the cleanup is costing a lot of money and labour as the UK combs through every blade of grass that might have been contaminated. Read More >>

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The Russians Have Been Hacking Routers All Over the World, Says US and UK

Yesterday the reports surfaced that the government is preparing for a Russia-backed cyberattack, with the intention of compromising embarrassing information about government officials. While preparations are supposedly being made to retaliate if need be, today the official word expands beyond trying to exploit politicians' personal information. According to a joint statement from the National Cyber Security Centre, FBI, and US Department of Homeland Security, Russian-backed hackers have actually been involved in a months-long campaign to compromise routers, switches and firewalls around the world. Read More >>

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Russia Orders ISPs to Block Telegram, Founder Gets Crafty

On Friday a court ruled that Telegram should be blocked inside Russia due to its failure to turn over its encryption keys. In 2016, Russia passed “anti-terror laws” that require messaging services give authorities the ability to decrypt communications. Telegram founder Pavel Durov has defied the order and now says he has a workaround. Read More >>

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Independent Experts Say Russian Spy and Daughter Poisoned by Nerve Agent Novichok

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), an international watchdog group, has confirmed that Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned using a military grade nerve agent called Novichok. The findings come as Russian officials continue to deny that Russia had anything to do with the poisoning of the former double agent. Read More >>

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Here Is Facebook’s Dubious Plan to Prevent Its 2016 US Election Catastrophe From Happening Again

Pressure has been mounting on Facebook and its leadership to make big privacy changes in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal—in which it lost control over extensive data on what it now says are 87 million users—and after weeks of hedging and minor tweaks around the margins, the company has begun to make other concessions like vaguely committing to EU-style privacy rules. On Friday, in what feels like a ploy to reassure the public they’ll have a plan on the related issue of foreign election interference before the 2018 midterms, Facebook detailed how it will make political advertising more transparent. Read More >>