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Here’s How Russian Hackers Totally Owned Yahoo’s Servers to Spy on Enemies and Make Bank

On Wednesday, the US Department of Justice announced charges against two members of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and two hackers-for-hire for allegedly breaching Yahoo’s servers. Mary McCord, the acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security, said that prosecutors believe the FSB agents carried out the hack in their capacity as Russian government officials. We knew that the intrusion was rather bad—the Justice Department called it the largest data breach in US history—but the indictment offers new details on how the hackers allegedly exploited their access to Yahoo’s servers for sweet, sweet cash. Read More >>

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The World’s Most Wanted Hacker Sounds Like a Goddamn James Bond Villain

Meet Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev. He enjoys automobiles, boat adventures, money, and aggravated identity theft. He’s also wanted by the FBI with a bounty on his head of $3 million, the highest ever for a cybercriminal. Seriously, this dude is straight out of an Ian Fleming novel. Read More >>

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Drought-Stricken Chinese City Proposes Mega Pipeline to Pump Water From Siberia

The northwest Chinese city of Lanzhou has a serious water shortage problem. To address the issue, its urban planners have sketched out an ambitious plan to deliver water from Siberia’s Lake Baikal to the city along a 1,000-mile-long pipeline. Getting approval for the project will be a monumental challenge, but it may be a sign of things to come for other water-poor regions of the world. Read More >>

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Russia’s Mysterious Cyber Treason Case Just Got Even Sketchier

Late last year, top cybersecurity investigators from a private firm and Russian intelligence were arrested in dramatic fashion. One was dragged out of a meeting with a bag over his head. All were disappeared. Details were scare at the time, but revelations from a new Reuters report now only complicate what we know. Read More >>

politics
Russia’s New Missile Violates a Cold War Treaty But We’re Sure Trump Will Tell Putin What’s What

According to new reports, Russia has deployed a secret cruise missile system that violates a treaty between the United States and the former Soviet Union. Known as the SSC-X-8, the Obama administration previously warned Russia about developing the land-based system, but the country went ahead and built it anyway. Now that Trump is in office, there’s speculation about what the new administration will do about it. Read More >>

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Drone Footage Shows New Destruction at the Syrian World Heritage Site of Palmyra

As if the nearly six-year civil war in Syria couldn’t get any worse, it appears that militants with the so-called Islamic State have inflicted further damage to the ancient Roman-era site of Palmyra. Read More >>

politics
Trump Decides the Cyber Will Be Fixed Another Day

President Trump was scheduled to sign an executive order on cybersecurity yesterday, following a “listening session” with cybersecurity experts. That signing was abruptly cancelled, with no reason given. Read More >>

security
Russia Arrests Top Kaspersky Hacking Investigator for Treason

Under mysterious circumstances, Russia has arrested Ruslan Stoyanov, head of computer incidents investigations unit at the huge cybersecurity firm at Kaspersky. He’s been charged with treason. Read More >>

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This is Why You Shouldn’t Tailgate a Cloud of Smoke

Here’s a useful driving safety tip from our friends in Russia who all seem to have in-vehicle dash cams: if you find yourself on the road behind a mysterious cloud of smoke, it might be a good idea to slow down and drive around the obstacle, instead of speeding up and finding out what’s behind all that smoke the hard way. Judging by a video of the aftermath, the results aren’t pretty. [YouTube via Twitter - Tim Stevens] Read More >>

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Russia Proposes Cigarette Ban For Anyone Born After 2015

Aside from meddling in the US election, there’s another thing the Russian Federation seems to be worrying a lot about these days: cigarette smoking. Read More >>

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At Least 48 Dead in Russia After Drinking Bath Lotion Laced With Methanol 

At least 48 people have died in Russia after drinking bath lotion containing methanol, officials said on Monday. Read More >>

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FBI Now Agrees That Russia Hacked the US Election

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is supporting a CIA assessment that Russia intervened in United States elections, according to a Washington Post report quoting anonymous US officials. Read More >>

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Research Confirms That Russia Played a Major Role in Spreading Fake News 

Speculation about Russia’s interference in the U.S. Presidential election has run rampant throughout the campaign. Now, researchers from two independent groups have confirmed that Putin’s minions wielded a complex misinformation apparatus to unleash a “firehose of falsehood” on the American public. Read More >>

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Julian Assange Swears He Didn’t Want to Influence the Election

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange released a statement about the US election on on Tuesday, defending his organization’s decision to post thousands of emails from the Democratic National Party’s senior officials during the height of the US presidential election season. Read More >>

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Obama May Unleash Cyberwar On Russia After Election: Report

On Sunday, the New York Times published a seemingly routine report about Obama’s cyber offensive strategy. Hiding halfway down the page, however, there are some fascinating details about the decision-making process behind a potential US cyber retaliation against Russia. Read More >>