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Grid security questioned after Russian sanctions

Grid security questioned after Russian sanctions

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March 16 (UPI) -- After the U.S. Treasury Department slapped Russian entities with sanctions for cyberattacks, an industry poll found confidence in grid security is absent.The U.S. Treasury Department revealed Thursday that Russian government actors targetted "multiple U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, including the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors" with cyberattacks at least since March 2016.Attendees at an annual Security and Energy conference held in Abu Dhabiin November said cybersecuritty was a major problem for the energy sector. Data from the organizers of the conference said there were nearly 100 cyberattacks reported over the last year by oil and natural gas company leaders and the industry's certification body, DNV GL...
Russian spy: Moscow 'will expel British diplomats soon'

Russian spy: Moscow 'will expel British diplomats soon'

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Russia will expel UK diplomats "soon", its foreign minister has said, in response to the expulsion of 23 Russian envoys by Britain.Sergei Lavrov told Russian media the expulsions would "definitely" happen.The UK took its action after Moscow refused to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used on a former spy and his daughter in the UK.Moscow denies any responsibility. Its foreign ministry called the allegations by PM Theresa May "insane".When asked when the expulsions would happen, Mr Lavrov was quoted as saying: "Absolutely. Soon. I promise you that."He reportedly referred to the UK allegations against Russia as "absolutely boorish".Mr Lavrov also said the UK's approach to the matter was partly prompted by the government's problems over Brexit.Media playback is unsupported on your d...
Policeman dies as Russian and Spanish fans clash

Policeman dies as Russian and Spanish fans clash

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A policeman has died after street fights broke out between officers and rival football fans outside a Spanish stadium.Police in riot gear faced off against hundreds of fans outside the San Mames Stadium in Bilbao before a Europa League match on Thursday night between hosts Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow.Authorities said a police officer, named by Spanish media as 51-year-old Inocencio Alonso Garcia, died in hospital after the confrontations. He had suffered a cardiac arrest.Police said a Russian man was wounded but the extent of his injuries was not immediately disclosed.Image:Basque police officers break up a group of Athletic Bilbao fans outside the San Mames stadiumFans from both clubs were reportedly involved in the clashes which erupted before kick-off.Police were escorting some S...
Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment

Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment

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While Russian officials scoff at a U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, several people who worked at the same St. Petersburg "troll factory" say they think the criminal charges are well-founded. Marat Mindiyarov, a former commenter at the innocuously named Internet Research Agency, says the organization's Facebook department hired people with excellent English skills to sway U.S. public opinion through an elaborate social media campaign. His own experience at the agency makes him trust the U.S. indictment, Mindiyarov told The Associated Press. "I believe that that's how it was and that it was them," he said. The federal indictment issued Friday names a businessman linked to President Vladimir Putin and a dozen other Russians. It allege...
Russia-Trump inquiry: Russian foreign minister dismisses FBI charges

Russia-Trump inquiry: Russian foreign minister dismisses FBI charges

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceRussia's foreign minister has dismissed as "blather" the charges levelled by the FBI special counsel against 13 Russians for election meddling. Sergei Lavrov said at a major security conference in Germany he would not comment further until he saw "facts".The charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller are seen as a major development in his continuing probe into the US 2016 election.President Trump has said the indictment shows his campaign did "nothing wrong". The Russian foreign minister was being questioned by participants at the Munich Security Conference. Asked about the charges, he said that even Vice-President Mike Pence had called the investigation into question. "So until we see the facts, everything else is just blather." But Mr Tr...