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Microsoft finds destructive malware capable of wiping off user data

Destructive malware capable of wiping data has appeared on dozens of computer systems at Ukrainian organizations, including government agencies, non-profits and technology organizations, Microsoft warned. The disclosure is an added worry for Ukrainian government agencies after many of their websites were hacked this week and replaced with threatening messages to Ukrainians that their data had […]

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Russia dismantle ransomware crime group REvil and charged several of its members

Authorities in Russia say they have dismantled the ransomware crime group REvil and charged several of its members. The United States had offered a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the gang members, following ransomware attacks. Russia’s intelligence bureau FSB said the group had “ceased to exist”. However, it does not […]

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Kazakhstan’s government can deal with the protests by itself, Russia was not needed: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has questioned Kazakhstan’s decision to seek Russian military aid to deal with an ongoing wave of violent unrest.Dozens of people have been killed in protests triggered by a rise in fuel prices, but Mr Blinken said the US believes that the Kazakh government can deal with the protests itself.He […]

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Kazakhstan: Scores dead in violent crackdown after government orders ‘fire without warning’

Kazakhstan’s authoritarian leader says he has ordered security forces to “fire without warning”, amid a violent crackdown on anti-government protests. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev also said “20,000 bandits” had attacked the main city of Almaty, the epicentre of protests sparked by a fuel price hike. He blamed foreign-trained “terrorists”, without giving evidence. The interior ministry says […]

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UK Royal Navy warship and Russian submarine collide in the North Atlantic Ocean

A Russian submarine collided with a Royal Navy warship on patrol in the North Atlantic, the UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed. HMS Northumberland had been tracking the submarine when it hit the ship’s sonar – a piece of equipment being trailed hundreds of metres behind it. The incident, in late 2020, was captured by […]

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At least 2,500 Russian-led forces fly into Kazakhstan amid crackdown on anti-government protesters

Russian-led force has arrived in Kazakhstan at the request of the country’s authoritarian president, amid a violent crackdown on anti-government protests. Machine gun fire reverberated through the largest city Almaty after days of unrest sparked by a fuel price hike. Officials have reported deaths of police and protesters. The president has blamed foreign-trained “terrorists”, without […]

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Out-of-control Russian rocket stage reenters Earth’s atmosphere

An out-of-control Russian rocket stage has re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, according to the latest estimate from US Space Command, which has been tracking its descent. The Angara-A5 heavy-lift rocket was launched from the Plesetsk spaceport in Russia’s northwestern Arkhangelsk region on Monday, December 27. The launch was testing a new upper rocket stage, known as […]

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‘There could be no winners in nuclear war’: UK, US, China, Russia, France acknowledge in joint statement

China, Russia, the UK, the United States and France have agreed that a further spread of nuclear arms and a nuclear war should be avoided. According to a joint statement released on Tuesday, the five countries – permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – said they considered it their primary responsibility to avoid […]

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Netflix asked to stream state television broadcast in Russia

Netflix has been asked to offer Russian state television channels to its Russian customers, the state media regulator has said. The move follows after the US based streaming service was registered as “audio-visual services” on Tuesday. Roskomnadzor’s register, which was created in late 2020, applies to online streaming services with over 100,000 daily users and […]

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International Memorial: Russia’s top court orders closure of oldest civil rights group

Russia’s Supreme Court ordered the closure of International Memorial, Russia’s oldest human rights group. Memorial worked to recover the memory of the millions of innocent people executed, imprisoned or persecuted in the Soviet era. Formally it has been “liquidated” for failing to mark a number of social media posts with its official status as a […]

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‘Act of terrorism’: Molotov cocktail thrown at Russian consulate in Ukraine

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia says a Molotov cocktail was thrown at its consulate in Ukraine’s Lviv and that it has formally protested over the attack, calling it “an act of terrorism”. The ministry summoned a Ukrainian official and demanded an apology over the incident, which came amid rising tensions between the two […]

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Russia: Moscow court fines Google 7.2 billion roubles for failing to delete illegal content

A Moscow court has fined Google 7.2 billion roubles approximately $98 million for repeated failure to delete content deemed illegal in Russia. Details of the offending content were not specified in the announcement by the court’s press service. This is the first time in Russia that a technology giant has been hit with a fine […]