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Israeli spies 'watched Russian agents breach Kaspersky software'

Israeli spies 'watched Russian agents breach Kaspersky software'

Technology
Israeli spies looked on as Russian hackers breached Kaspersky cyber-security software two years ago, US media report.The Russians were allegedly attempting to gather data on US intelligence programs, according to the New York Times and Washington Post.Israeli agents made the discovery after breaching the software themselves.Kaspersky has said it was neither involved in nor aware of the situation and denies collusion with authorities.Last month, the US government decided to stop using the Russian firm's software on its computers.The Israelis are said to have notified the US, which led to the ban on Kaspersky programs.The New York Times said that the situation had been described by "multiple people who have been briefed on the matter".Integrity 'fundamental'Classified documents are reported ...
Google uncovers ads by Russian operatives: Report

Google uncovers ads by Russian operatives: Report

Technology
Russian operatives likely spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads across Google products, including YouTube and Google search, according to reports. Accounts connected with the Russian government spent $ 4,700 on search and display ads, while another $ 53,000 was spent on ads with political material that were purchased from Russian territory, from Russian internet addresses, or with Russian currency, The New York Times reported . The Times cited an unnamed person familiar with the ongoing inquiry by the search giant. The Washington Post earlier reported that the technology behemoth uncovered the Russian-backed disinformation campaign as it considers whether to testify before Congress next month, also citing anonymous sources familiar with the investigation. Social media companies Facebo...
Son of Russian MP pleads guilty to cybercrimes

Son of Russian MP pleads guilty to cybercrimes

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The son of a Russian MP has pleaded guilty in the US to being part of a $ 50m cybercrime racket.Roman Seleznev, 33, admitted to being part of an online criminal marketplace called Carder.su, which specialised in selling stolen credit card details and identity theft.Seleznev has already been sentenced to 27 years in prison by a federal court in Washington for breaking into US businesses to steal credit card information, which he subsequently sold on to others to commit frauds.He was also ordered to pay $ 170m in damages.He was selling such a large volume of card details he created an automated website allowing customers to log in and search for the particular type of card information they wanted to buy.Seleznev is the son of Russian parliamentarian Valery Seleznev, a member of the far-right...
Mystery smoke at Russian consulate as staff leave

Mystery smoke at Russian consulate as staff leave

World
Smoke was seen from the Russian consulate in San Francisco under orders to close by the Trump administration.Consulate staff spent Friday hastily loading items into a minivan, trying to clear things from the building before the Saturday deadline set by US President Donald Trump.The order to leave the consulate, which is Russia's oldest in the US, is the latest episode in the diplomatic stand-off between Washington DC and Moscow.Relations between the two have been troubled for some time over the Kremlin's policies towards Ukraine and Syria and, more recently, Russia has been accused of interfering in US elections.But it was the heavy smoke billowing from a chimney at the consulate that caught the attention of reporters, bystanders and the city's fire department.Image:Russian consulate staff...
Russian ambassador to Sudan latest in string of Kremlin diplomat deaths

Russian ambassador to Sudan latest in string of Kremlin diplomat deaths

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Russia's ambassador to Sudan, Mirgayas Shirinsky, was found dead at his residence in Khartoum on Wednesday night, officials said. According to Russia's foreign ministry, Shirinsky appeared to have suffered symptoms consistent with a heart attack when he was discovered. Russian embassy staff at the residence in Sudan's capital city called for medical assistance, but doctors were unable to save the ambassador's life. He died around 6 p.m. local time, the ministry said. "Mirgayas Shirinsky was a top professional who dedicated his life to diplomatic service," Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Maria Zakharova said at a press briefing in Moscow on Thursday. "We express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the ambassador. May he rest in peace." Shirinsky, who w...