Russia is now a "far greater threat" to the UK's national security than the Islamic State group, the head of the British army has said.In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, General Mark Carleton-Smith said Britain "cannot be complacent about the threat Russia poses"."The Russians seek to exploit vulnerability and weakness wherever they detect it," he said.The UK blames Russia for the Salisbury poisoning and several cyber-attacks.In March, former Russian spy Sergei Skripal - who sold secrets to MI6 - and his daughter Yulia survived being poisoned with Novichok.Dawn Sturgess, 44, was later exposed to the same nerve agent and died in hospital.Gen Carleton-Smith's comments follow similar remarks made earlier this year by the UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson.In October, the UK government also accused Russia's GRU military intelligence service of being behind four high-profile cyber-attacks on targets including the US Democratic Party and a small TV network in Britain.Russia denies … [Read more...] about British army chief: Russia ‘far bigger threat than IS’
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We are losing the ransomware fight: This is why An analysis of ransomware reporting over the past six months shows that while there's a big focus on big targets, going after individual users is still very popular. Ransomware: An executive guide to one of the biggest menaces on the web Everything you need to know about ransomware: how it started, why it's booming, how to protect against it, and what to do if your PC is infected. Read More The number of ransomware attacks on enterprises is up 500% from this time last year. Threat actors are becoming increasingly sophisticated and targeted. Ransomware is a business, and these actors want to get paid. Researcher Madeline Cyr interviewed me to help retailers understand the threat of ransomware for the upcoming holiday retail season. How would a ransomware attack affect a retailer if it hit during Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Besides the fact that I always seem to find myself in a jewelry store on Dec. 24, I use Black … [Read more...] about Ransomware: The nightmare before Cyber Monday
On Monday, Jon Favreau, former speechwriter for former President Barack Obama and currently a co-host for Pod Save America, decided to attack Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his criticism of The New York Times. He should have known better; Cruz calmly took him apart as easily as a surgeon doing a simple operation. Last Sunday, Cruz (R-TX) fired off a series of tweets lambasting The New York Times after a leaked transcript of a speech from New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet was published by Slate. As The Daily Wire reported, “The transcript showed the editor explaining that since the claim that President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election fell apart, the paper will now publish stories claiming Trump is a racist for the rest of his presidency.” Cruz tweeted, “There was a time when journalists covered ‘news.’ The NYT has given up on even pretending anymore. Today, they are Pravda, a propaganda outlet by liberals, for liberals. … [Read more...] about Cruz Rips NY Times. Obama Speechwriter Attacks Cruz. Cruz Dunks On Him.
See also 10 dangerous app vulnerabilities to watch out for (free PDF) An Ohio man was sentenced last month to six years in prison for a series of DDoS attacks against websites for the city of Akron, Ohio, and the Akron police department.The man, 33-year-old James Robinson, was arrested in May 2019 and pleaded guilty to all accusations, most of which were easy to prove, as Robinson had publicly documented all the attacks on the @AkronPhoenix420 Twitter profile while they happened.The account contains a litany of tweets about DDoS attacks Robinson allegedly carried out. Targets included websites for the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of the Treasury, and NATO. These attacks never caused any mass outages, and two cyber-security firms which provide DDoS mitigation services said they were never aware of his activities until his arrest in 2018.On Twitter, through the AkronPhoenix420 persona, Robinson always associated with the Anonymous hacker … [Read more...] about Anonymous hacker gets a whopping six years in prison for some lame DDoS attacks
A court in Russia has sentenced Estonian security official Eston Kohver to 15 years in prison for espionage and other charges.Kohver was detained at the Russian border on last September in a case that provoked a diplomatic row.Estonia and the EU insist the officer was abducted on Estonian soil. Kohver says he is not guilty.Russia's domestic security service, the FSB, said he was on a "spying operation" on Russian territory. After his arrest for spying near the Luhamaa border checkpoint on 5 September, the security official was charged with other crimes including smuggling arms and illegally crossing the Russian state border, according to Interfax news agency.As well as the prison sentence, the court in the western Pskov region ordered him to pay a fine of 100,000 roubles (£970; €1,800).Kohver's sentence coincided with the climax of another controversial trial, involving Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.Prosecutors in Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia have called for Mr … [Read more...] about Russia jails Estonia security official Eston Kohver
The head of Russia's GRU military intelligence agency, General Igor Korobov, has died aged 62, Russia's defence ministry says.Gen Korobov, who took up the post in 2016, is said to have died after "a serious and long illness" on Wednesday.The GRU was this year linked to a nerve agent attack in Britain on Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Gen Korobov is understood to have faced criticism by Russian officials over the failure of the operation.The attack on Mr Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury on 4 March led to them requiring weeks of hospital treatment.The poisoning is alleged to have been carried out by suspects Alexander Mishkin and Anatoly Chepiga, both identified by British authorities as GRU operatives, and "almost certainly" approved by the Russian state.Russia denies the allegations. The UK and its Western allies expelled more than 150 Russian diplomats in retaliation for the attack.Russian spy poisoning: What we know so farVice-Admiral … [Read more...] about Head of Russian Skripal-linked GRU spy agency dies