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Thirteen charged with US election interference

Thirteen charged with US election interference

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Charges have been filed against 13 employees of a Russian troll factory which is accused of attempting to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.It is the first legal document to name the Internet Research Agency, a private organisation based in St Petersburg, of illegally interfering in US politics - although a declassified intelligence community assessment had previously asserted the organisation's attempts at interference.The 13 individual defendants and three Russian entities are accused of engaging in operations to "spread distrust" in the US and its democratic systems.After media reports that Facebook was working with the US Special Counsel investigating interference during the election, the defendants allegedly began to destroy evidence linking them to the influence campaigns...
Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

Technology
Thirteen Russians, including a businessman close to Vladimir Putin, were charged Friday in an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election through social media propaganda, aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump and harming the prospects of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. The federal indictment, brought by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, represents the most direct allegation to date of illegal Russian meddling during the campaign that sent Trump to the White House. It also marks the first criminal charges against Russians believed to have secretly worked to influence the outcome. Trump claimed vindication, noting in a tweet that Russian interference efforts alleged in the indictment began in 2014 — "long before I announced that I woul
Russia-Trump inquiry: Russians charged over US 2016 election tampering

Russia-Trump inquiry: Russians charged over US 2016 election tampering

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThirteen Russians have been charged with interfering in the US 2016 election, in a major development in the FBI investigation.Three of those named have also been accused of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and five have been accused of aggravated identity theft.The announcement was made by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian meddling.Three Russian companies are also named in the indictment.The Trump-Russia saga in 200 wordsOne of them is the Internet Research Agency, based in St Petersburg, which the 37-page indictment said "had a strategic goal to sow discord in the US political system, including the 2016 US presidential election".Speaking at a news conference, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said there was...
Barclays Bank charged over Qatar loans

Barclays Bank charged over Qatar loans

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The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has charged Barclays Bank PLC with "unlawful financial assistance" related to billions of pounds raised from Qatar in 2008.The same charges were bought against Barclays PLC in June last year.The move to charge Barclays Bank as well is significant because it holds the banking licence that allows it to operate in different countries.So, if Barclays was found guilty, it could lose that crucial licence.In 2008, to avoid a government bailout, Barclays took a £12bn loan from Qatar Holdings, which is owned by the state of Qatar.Under that deal Barclays loaned £2.3bn back to Qatar Holdings.The SFO alleges that loan was used either directly, or indirectly, to buy shares in Barclays, which the SFO says is "unlawful financial assistance".In response, Barclays said: "Bar
Dozens charged for Infraud cyber-crime site

Dozens charged for Infraud cyber-crime site

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Thirty-six people have been charged for their alleged involvement in running a cyber-crime service responsible for more than $ 530m (£381m) of losses.The Infraud Organisation is said to have dealt in stolen credit cards and passwords and engaged in bank fraud and ID theft.As of March 2017, its dark-web-based service's discussion forum is said to have had 10,901 registered members.The US Department of Justice said 13 of the suspects were now in custody.They include UK-based Anthony Nnamdi Okeakpu, who is alleged to have joined in December 2010 and have used the nickname "moneymafia".Other defendants include Svyatoslav Bondarenko, a Ukranian accused of having created Infraud in October 2010.Five apprehended defendants were based in the US while others came from France, Canada, Pakistan, Russ