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U.S. Sanctions 4 Ukrainians for Working with Russia to Destabilize Ukraine

The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday announced sanctions against four current and former Ukrainian government officials for engaging in "Russian government-directed influence activities" in the country, including gathering sensitive information about its critical infrastructure. The agency said the four individuals were involved in different roles as part of a concerted influence campaign to [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Russia, Tech, Ukraine, U S Treasury Department, Ravie Lakshmanan

Doomsday Clock Panel To Set Risk of Global Catastrophe

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to unveil its measure of how close human civilisation is to the edge of extinction. From a report: On 24 October 1962, an American nuclear chemist, Harrison Brown, started to pen a guest editorial for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists just as the Cuban missile crisis reached its climax. "I am writing on a plane en route from Los Angeles to Washington and for all I know this editorial ... may never be published," Brown said. "Never in history have people and ...
Tags: Washington, Russia, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Ukraine, Moscow, Manhattan, Albert Einstein, University Of Chicago, Brown, Harrison Brown, Rachel Bronson the Bulletin

Ukraine: Recent Cyber Attacks Part of Wider Plot to Sabotage Critical Infrastructure

The coordinated cyberattacks targeting Ukrainian government websites and the deployment of a data-wiper malware called WhisperGate on select government systems are part of a broader wave of malicious activities aimed at sabotaging critical infrastructure in the country. The Secret Service of Ukraine on Monday confirmed that the two incidents are related, adding the breaches also exploited the [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Tech, Ukraine, Secret Service, Ravie Lakshmanan

Ukrainian Government Officially Accuses Russia of Recent Cyberattacks

The government of Ukraine on Sunday formally accused Russia of masterminding the attacks that targeted websites of public institutions and government agencies this past week. "All the evidence points to the fact that Russia is behind the cyber attack," the Ministry of Digital Transformation said in a statement. "Moscow continues to wage a hybrid war and is actively building forces in the [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Russia, Tech, Ukraine, Moscow, Ravie Lakshmanan, Ministry of Digital Transformation

Microsoft Detects Lurking Malware On Ukrainian Computers

"Microsoft warned on Saturday evening that it had detected a highly destructive form of malware in dozens of government and private computer networks in Ukraine," reports the New York Times, "that appeared to be waiting to be triggered by an unknown actor...." The Times reports that the malware "bears some resemblance" to NotPetya, the widespreading 2017 malware which "American intelligence officials later traced to Russian actors." The discovery comes in the midst of what the Times earlier ...
Tags: Microsoft, White House, Russia, Tech, Ukraine, United States, Nato, New York Times, The Times, Moscow, Associated Press, Times, Eastern Europe, Slashdot, Jake Sullivan, RSB- Biden

Ukraine says evidence points to Russia being behind cyber-attack

Claim comes as Microsoft warns hack that hit government websites could be worse than first fearedUkraine has said it has “evidence” Russia was behind a massive cyber-attack that knocked out key government websites last week, while Microsoft warned the hack could be far worse than first thought.Tensions are at an all-time high between Ukraine and Russia, which Kyiv accuses of having massed troops on its border before a possible invasion. Some analysts fear the cyber-attack could be the prelude to...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Microsoft, Internet, Russia, World news, Ukraine, Hacking, Computing, Espionage, Cyberwar

A New Destructive Malware Targeting Ukrainian Government and Business Entities

Cybersecurity teams from Microsoft on Saturday disclosed they identified evidence of a new destructive malware operation targeting government, non-profit, and information technology entities in Ukraine amid brewing geopolitical tensions between the country and Russia. "The malware is disguised as ransomware but, if activated by the attacker, would render the infected computer system inoperable," [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Microsoft, Russia, Tech, Ukraine, Ravie Lakshmanan, Business Entities

Cyberattack Hits Ukrainian Websites as Russia Tensions Mount

Ukraine's worst cyberattack in four years brought down the websites of scores of government agencies for hours. Authorities didn't immediately identify the source of the hacks, which took place as tensions with Russia intensified over its troop buildup across the border. From a report: Seventy government agencies were were hit, including the Foreign and Agriculture Ministries, Viktor Zhora, the deputy head of the state agency in charge of special communication and information protection, said Fr...
Tags: Russia, Tech, Ukraine, Crimea, Moscow, Zhora, Russia Tensions Mount, Viktor Zhora

Ukraine hit by ‘massive’ cyber-attack on government websites

Suspected Russian hackers leave message warning: ‘Ukrainians … be afraid and expect worse’Ukraine has been hit by a “massive” cyber-attack, with the websites of several government departments including the ministry of foreign affairs and the education ministry knocked out.Officials said it was too early to draw any conclusions but they pointed to a “long record” of Russian cyber assaults against Ukraine, with the attack coming after security talks between Moscow and the US and its allies this we...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Internet, Russia, US, World news, Ukraine, Hacking, Moscow, Espionage, Cyberwar

Husband-Wife Arrested in Ukraine for Ransomware Attacks on Foreign Companies

Ukrainian police authorities have nabbed five members of a gang that's believed to have helped orchestrate attacks against more than 50 companies across Europe and the U.S and caused losses to the tune of more than $1 million. The special operation, which was carried out in assistance with law enforcement officials from the U.K. and U.S., saw the arrest of an unnamed 36-year-old individual from [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Europe, Tech, Ukraine, Ravie Lakshmanan

FBI, NSA and CISA Warns of Russian Hackers Targeting Critical Infrastructure

Amid renewed tensions between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine and Kazakhstan, American cybersecurity and intelligence agencies on Tuesday released a joint advisory on how to detect, respond to, and mitigate cyberattacks orchestrated by Russian state-sponsored actors. To that end, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and National [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Russia, Tech, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, FBI NSA, Ravie Lakshmanan, CISA Warns

‘Serious’ talk between Joe Biden, Putin sets stage for diplomacy 

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin exchanged warnings about Ukraine on Thursday  but were optimistic that diplomatic talks in January could ease rising tensions. In a 50-minute call, their second conversation this month, Biden said he had to see Russia downsize its military near Ukraine, while Putin said sanctions threatened by Washington and its allies could lead to a break in relations. "President Joe Biden reiterated that substantial progress in these dial...
Tags: Putin, Vladimir Putin, Washington, White House, Russia, International, Tech, Joe Biden, Ukraine, West, United States, Nato, Moscow, Crimea Peninsula, Biden, Kiev

US, Britain Help Ukraine Prepare for Potential Russian Cyberassault

David E. Sanger and Julian E. Barnes reporting via the New York Times: In the closing days of 2015, the lights went out across a swath of Ukraine as Russian hackers remotely took over an electric utility's control center and flipped off one power station after another, while the company's operators stared at their screens helplessly. The next year, the same thing happened, this time around Kyiv, the capital. Now the United States and Britain have quietly dispatched cyberwarfare experts to Ukrain...
Tags: Putin, Russia, Africa, US, Tech, Ukraine, Britain, United States, New York Times, Biden, Central America, DAVID E SANGER, Vladimir V Putin, Julian E Barnes, Volodymyr Zelensky

Ransomware Affiliate Arrested in Romania; 51 Stolen Data Brokers Arrested in Ukraine

Europol, the European Union's premier law enforcement agency, has announced the arrest of a third Romanian national for his role as a ransomware affiliate suspected of hacking high-profile organizations and companies and stealing large volumes of sensitive data. The 41-year-old unnamed individual was apprehended Monday morning at his home in Craiova, Romania, by the Romanian Directorate for [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Tech, European Union, Ukraine, Romania, Craiova Romania, Ravie Lakshmanan, Stolen Data Brokers Arrested

Ukraine Arrests 51 For Selling Data of 300 Million People In US, EU

Ukrainian law enforcement arrested 51 suspects believed to have been selling stolen personal data on hacking forums belonging to hundreds of millions worldwide, including Ukraine, the US, and Europe. BleepingComputer reports: "As a result of the operation, about 100 databases of personal data relevant for 2020-2021 were seized," the Cyberpolice Department of the National Police of Ukraine said. "The seized databases contained information on more than 300 million citizens of Ukraine, Europe and t...
Tags: US, Tech, Eu, Ukraine, Ukraine Europe, Europe BleepingComputer, United States Following

A new podcast season about people powering the internet

Professional football player. Organizational psychologist. Mechanical engineer. Ice cream factory worker.This list of careers may seem random, but they have something in common. They’re all part of the personal and professional histories of people who now work at Google data centers. These individuals, and their stories, take center stage in Season 2 of Where the Internet Lives, a podcast about the hidden world of data centers.In Season 1, we pulled back the curtain to share how data centers wor...
Tags: Google, Europe, Ukraine, West Africa, Ohio, Googlers, Diallo, New Albany Ohio, Guinea Conakry, Mamoudou, Data Centers and Infrastructure, Stephanie Wong, Life at Google, Juliana Conroy Hoey

10 Things in Politics: McConnell's debt-ceiling gamble

Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. Download Insider's app for news on the go — click here for iOS and here for Android. Send tips to [email protected]'s what we're talking about:Mitch McConnell is taking a big gamble on lifting the debt limitLawmakers are prepared to hold Mark Meadows in contempt Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.Joshua Roberts/Getty Images 1. COMPLIMENTS OF THE HOUSE: House Republicans are increasingly saying that in their chamber, life's a...
Tags: Google, Utah, Elon Musk, Florida, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Abc, Australia, Washington Post, Washington, Senate, White House, China, Massachusetts, Russia, US

The CIA Is Deep Into Cryptocurrency, Director Reveals

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: There's a long-running conspiracy theory among a small number of cryptocurrency enthusiasts that Bitcoin's anonymous inventor, Satoshi Nakamoto, was actually the CIA or another three-lettered agency. That fringe theory is having a fresh day in the sun after CIA Director William Burns said on Monday that the intelligence agency has "a number of different projects focused on cryptocurrency" on the go. Burns made his comments at the tail end of ...
Tags: Tech, Ukraine, Cia, Satoshi Nakamoto, Burns, William Burns

Twitter is banning users from posting photos or video of people without their permission

NurPhoto/Getty Images Twitter will prohibit users from sharing photos and videos of other people without their permission. If the subject reports the media posted without their permission, Twitter says it will remove it. It's an addition to Twitter's doxxing policies banning the sharing of info like home addresses. Twitter will prohibit users from posting photos or videos of people without their permission, the company said Tuesday. In a blog post, the company said users will have to ...
Tags: Twitter, New York Post, News, Trends, Social Media, Tech, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Jack Dorsey, Doxxing, Tech Insider, Katie Canales, NurPhoto Getty Images Twitter

US Charges Ukrainian, Russian, Over Cyberattack, Seizes $6 Million in Ransom Payments

The U.S. Justice Department has charged a suspect from Ukraine and a Russian national over a July ransomware attack on an American company, according to indictments made in court filings on Monday, and has seized $6 million in ransom payments. From a report: The latest U.S. actions follow a slew of measures taken to combat ransomware that earlier this year hit big companies, including Colonial Pipeline, the largest fuel pipeline in the United States, and crippled fuel delivery for several days i...
Tags: US, Tech, Ukraine, United States, Poland, U S Justice Department, U S Southeast, JBS, Colonial Pipeline, Yaroslav Vasinskyi

Ukraine Identifies Russian FSB Officers Hacking As Gamaredon Group

Ukraine's premier law enforcement and counterintelligence agency on Thursday disclosed the real identities of five individuals allegedly involved in digital intrusions attributed to a cyber-espionage group named Gamaredon, linking the members to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB). Calling the hacker group "an FSB special project, which specifically targeted Ukraine," the Security Service of [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Russia, Tech, Ukraine, Fsb, Security Service, Federal Security Service FSB, Ravie Lakshmanan, Gamaredon Group, Gamaredon

Ukraine Identifies Russian FSB Officers Hacking As Gamaredon Group

Ukraine's premier law enforcement and counterintelligence agency on Thursday disclosed the real identities of five individuals allegedly involved in cyberattacks attributed to a cyber-espionage group named Gamaredon, linking the members to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB). Calling the hacker group "an FSB special project, which specifically targeted Ukraine," the Security Service of [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Russia, Tech, Ukraine, Fsb, Security Service, Federal Security Service FSB, Ravie Lakshmanan, Gamaredon Group, Gamaredon

Police Arrest Suspected Ransomware Hackers Behind 1,800 Attacks Worldwide

12 people have been detained as part of an international law enforcement operation for orchestrating ransomware attacks on critical infrastructure and large organizations that hit over 1,800 victims across 71 countries since 2019, marking the latest action against cybercrime groups. The arrests were made earlier this week on October 26 in Ukraine and Switzerland, resulting in the seizure of cash [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Tech, Ukraine, Switzerland, Ravie Lakshmanan

The Man Who Stole and Then Sold Data on 178 Million Facebook Users Gets Sued by Facebook

"Facebook has filed a lawsuit on Friday against a Ukrainian national for allegedly scraping its website and selling the personal data of more than 178 million users on an underground cybercrime forum," reports the Record. According to court documents filed Friday, the man was identified as Alexander Alexandrovich Solonchenko, a resident of Kirovograd, Ukraine. Facebook alleges that Solonchenko abused a feature part of the Facebook Messenger service called Contact Importer. The feature allowed us...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Ukraine, Facebook Messenger, Alexander Alexandrovich Solonchenko, Solonchenko, Kirovograd Ukraine Facebook, Facebook Messenger Between

Webinar on Tax Initiatives in 2021

Holding webinars based on the "Liga-Zakon"  platform is always a day of pleasure for me.  This time I was talking about tax initiatives in 2021, namely: - tax amnesty; - Bill No  5600; and - the so-called tax "on Google". As for the tax amnesty, those sufficiently lucky to have accumulated enough assets not to be automatically considered amnestied are advised to take a wait-and-see approach. In particular, it will be expedient to wait for the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to develop a B...
Tags: Google, Taxes, Ukraine, Bill, Cabinet, Others

Ukraine Arrests Operator of DDoS Botnet with 100,000 Compromised Devices

Ukrainian law enforcement authorities on Monday disclosed the arrest of a hacker responsible for the creation and management of a "powerful botnet" consisting of over 100,000 enslaved devices that was used to carry out distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) and spam attacks on behalf of paid customers. The unnamed individual, from the Ivano-Frankivsk region of the country, is also said to have [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Tech, Ukraine, Ivano Frankivsk, Ravie Lakshmanan

Meet the health startups joining Accelerator: Europe

The pandemic accelerated a global movement towards digital health and wellbeing services, and startups across Europe are using technology to solve some of the biggest challenges in this space. This trend is reflected in how investors view this sector: since 2016, the combined value of healthtech startups in Europe increased from €6.8 billion to €35 billion and in 2020 the sector saw a €644m increase in funding.As more entrepreneurs address the growing need for more accessible healthcare with the...
Tags: Google, Europe, Small Business, Germany, Israel, Entrepreneurs, Spain, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Romania, Google in Europe, Sofia Benjumea, Braive, Braive Norway

Ransomware Hackers Who Attacked Over 100 Companies Arrested in Ukraine

Law enforcement agencies have announced the arrest of two "prolific ransomware operators" in Ukraine who allegedly conducted a string of targeted attacks against large industrial entities in Europe and North America since at least April 2020, marking the latest step in combating ransomware incidents. The joint exercise was undertaken on September 28 by officials from the French National [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Europe, Tech, Ukraine, North America, Ravie Lakshmanan

Ukrainian Cops Cuff Two Over $150 Million Ransomware Gang Allegations, Seize $1.3 Million In Cryptocurrency

Ukrainian police have reportedly arrested two members of a ransomware gang -- and while some have fingered REvil, no firm details have been published by cops from multiple countries. The Register reports: A round of speculation was triggered when inter-EU law enforcement body Europol declared this morning that Ukrainian fuzz had arrested "two prolific ransomware operators known for their extortionate demands," claimed to be up to [$81.3 million]. One of the two suspects arrested on September 28,...
Tags: Europe, France, US, Tech, Eu, Ukraine, North America, Europol, Interpol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Gendarmerie, Kaseya

VOCHI raises additional $2.4 million for its computer vision-powered video editing app

VOCHI, a Belarus-based startup behind a clever computer vision-based video editing app used by online creators, has raised an additional $2.4 million in a “late-seed” round that follows the company’s initial $1.5 million round led by Ukraine-based Genesis Investments last year. The new funds follow a period of significant growth for the mobile tool, which is now used by over 500,000 people per month and has achieved a $4 million-plus annual run rate in a year’s time. Investors in the most recent...
Tags: Social, Videos, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Video, Media, Funding, Social Media, Tech, Ukraine, Artificial Intelligence, Creators, Belarus

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