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  1. Russia mulls withdrawing from the International Space Station after 2024 Partners are committed to operating the International Space Station through 2024. After that, its fate is unclear. NASA The 20-year-old International Space Station (ISS) is showing its age: Last month, cosmonauts patched up cracks in a Russian module that were thought to be the source of minor air leaks. Cracks are also appearing in the international alliance that keeps the station going. This week, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov suggested Russia would back away from the ISS as ea
  2. How the Kremlin provides a safe harbor for ransomware In the U.S. alone last year, ransomware struck more than a hundred federal, state and municipal agencies, upward of 500 hospitals and other health care centers. A Russian man identified as Alexander Vinnik, center, is escorted by police officers from the courthouse in Thessaloniki, Greece, on Sept. 29, 2017. Vinnik was convicted of laundering $160 million in criminal proceeds through a cryptocurrency exchange called BTC-e. A global epidemic of digital extortion known as ransomware is crippling local
  3. Russian attempt to throttle Twitter appears to backfire Begin with 99 problems. Solve one with a regex. You now have 108 problems... Enlarge / The head of the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor), Andrei Lipov, during a meeting with Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, at the Moscow Kremlin. Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS (Photo by Alexei NikolskyTASS via Getty Images) Kentik Director of Internet Analysis Doug Mado
  4. Russia bans 'Death Note' and other 'violent' anime A court blocked the shows on some streaming sites. Madhouse It seems a Russian court has started to scribble the names of anime series in a mysterious black notebook. A district court banned Death Note, Tokyo Ghoul and Inuyashiki on certain streaming websites over worries that teens are recreating violent acts from them. The St. Petersburg court system alleged that "Every episode contains cruelty, murder, violence," according to the The Moscow Times. In De
  5. MOSCOW (AP) — Dating app Tinder is now required to provide user data to Russian intelligence agencies, the country’s communications regulator said Monday. The app was included on a new list of online services operating in Russia that are required to provide user data on demand to Russian authorities, including the FSB security agency. Russia adopted a flurry of legislation in recent years tightening control over online activity. Among other things, Internet companies are required to store six months’ worth of user data and be ready to hand
  6. The Association for the Protection of Copyright on the Internet (AZAPI) has filed complaints with Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service against Internet giants Yandex and Mail.ru. According to AZAPI, granting some rightsholders access to tools that remove links to pirated copies from search results while denying the same to publishers amounts to an abuse of their dominant market positions. Every week, millions of Internet users turn to search engines hoping to find links to pirated content. Not to so long ago, this could prove effective but in recent years th
  7. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has opened a case against U.S. tech giant Google for failing to remove banned content from its search engine, communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said on Monday. Roskomnadzor said Google was not removing up to 30% of what it called “dangerous content”, some of which it said was extremist, pornographic and suicidal in nature. It opened “administrative proceedings” that could lead to a court case and a fine of up to 5 million roubles ($65,670). Google in Russia declined to comment. A Russian court previously fined Google
  8. Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube at risk of getting blocked in Russia for "discriminating" against Russian news sites like Russia Today, RIA Novosti, and Crimea 24. The Russian government is working on a new law to block foreign social media sites inside Russia's territory as repercussions for "discriminating" against Russian news outlets operating abroad. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are specifically mentioned in "explanatory notes" (Word document) accompanying the new draft bill, submitted last week for debate in the Russian Duma (state
  9. Edward Snowden has been living in Russia since June 2013. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden received permanent residency rights from the Russian government, Snowden's lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said on Thursday. The 37-year-old former NSA analyst has been living in Russia on a temporary residency since June 2013. According to Russian state news agency TASS, which first broke the story today, Snowden's temporary residency permit had expired in April this year but was automatically extended throughout the summer due to delays in government b
  10. New amendments to copyright law in Russia require companies including Apple and Google to remove infringing apps from their respective stores or face blocking by local ISPs. With Apple already being sued in a local court for offering 'pirate' apps, both companies have now officially confirmed they will begin cooperation to remove piracy apps. Following two years of negotiations, this summer saw Russia’s State Duma adopt the final text of a new amendments to copyright law. Subsequently signed off by President Putin, the law came into effect October 1, 2020, ad
  11. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s only aircraft carrier was damaged while undergoing repairs in the north of the country after the floating dock holding it sank in the early hours of Tuesday and a crane crashed onto its deck, tearing a gash up to 5 meters wide. The Admiral Kuznetsov has seen action in Russia’s military campaign in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad with its planes carrying out air strikes against rebel forces. It was being overhauled on one of the world’s biggest floating docks in the icy waters of the Kola Bay near Murmansk close to w
  12. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Apple (AAPL.O) is under investigation in Russia following a complaint from cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab and may be abusing its dominant market position, Russia’s anti-monopoly watchdog said on Thursday. Watchdog FAS said it was investigating why a new version of Kaspersky Lab’s Safe Kids application had been declined by Apple’s operating system, resulting in a significant loss in functionality for the parental control app. It said Apple had released version 12 of its own parental control app, Screen Time, which had similar functio
  13. The source of a gigantic, mysterious leak of radioactive material that swept across Europe in 2017 has been traced to a Russian nuclear facility, which appears to have been preparing materials for experiments in Italy. Photo: A nuclear fuel processing facility in Russia looks to have been been the source of the leak The leak released up to 100 times the amount of radiation into the atmosphere that the Fukushima disaster did. Italian scientists were the first to raise the alarm on 2 October, when they noticed a burst of the radioactive ruthenium-106 in the atmosphe
  14. MOSCOW, July 18 (Reuters) Russia's communications watchdog fined Google700,000 rubles($11,100) on Thursday for failing to fulfill legal requirements to remove entries from its search results that Moscow believes contain illegal information. The watchdog said that more than a third of the links from the unified registry of illicit content remains in the search results. "Monitoring activities have revealed that Google makes selective filtering of search results. More than a third of links from the single registry of illegal content is stored in the search. A
  15. How Russia (yes, Russia) plans to land cosmonauts on the Moon by 2030 "Very difficult times are ahead for our space program." Last Thursday, the leader of Russia's state space corporation, Dmitry Rogozin, gave a wide-ranging talk at Moscow University. The speech sought to describe activities happening now at Roscosmos and what may happen in the future, including a potential lunar landing. Rogozin addressed his comments largely to students at the university, and he sought to paint a picture of a vibrant national space enterprise. This is presumabl
  16. Moscow is developing a ‘sovereign’ web that critics say will enhance official power to silence dissent Thousands of protesters had gathered outside government headquarters in Magas, the capital of the heavily Muslim republic of Ingushetia in Russia’s north Caucasus. They were there to oppose concessions in a years’-long bitter border dispute with neighbouring Chechnya, but when they tried to share information about the protest on WhatsApp they found the internet was down on all three major Russian mobile providers across Ingushetia. The October outage began late at nigh
  17. Are Russian space satellites failing? It’s now harder to find out Information about satellite health will now be "For Official Use Only." Enlarge / Roscosmos Head Dmitry Rogozin before Russian-Chinese talks at the Moscow Kremlin in June. Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images One of the key themes of HBO's new Chernobyl miniseries is the Soviet Union's control of information. As the television series shows, the state's warping of reality had very real consequences in terms of lives lost. The control of
  18. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s state communications regulator on Friday said it was not satisfied with Google’s content filtering system and that it could open a new case against the company, RIA news agency reported. Russia last year launched a civil case against Google, accusing it of failing to comply with a legal requirement to remove certain entries from its search results. Source
  19. NBC News published a predictably viral story Friday, claiming that “experts who track websites and social media linked to Russia have seen stirrings of a possible campaign of support for Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard.” But the whole story was a sham: the only “experts” cited by NBC in support of its key claim was the firm, New Knowledge, that just got caught by the New York Times fabricating Russian troll accounts on behalf of the Democratic Party in the Alabama Senate race to manufacture false accusations that the Kremlin was interfering in that election. T
  20. Russia is considering whether to disconnect from the global internet briefly, as part of a test of its cyber-defences. The test will mean data passing between Russian citizens and organisations stays inside the nation rather than being routed internationally. A draft law mandating technical changes needed to operate independently was introduced to its parliament last year. The test is expected to happen before 1 April but no exact date has been set. Major disruption The draft law, called the Digital Economy National Program, requires Russia's I
  21. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Rescuers have found nine dead construction workers after a fire in a mine in Russia operated by potash maker Uralkali, Russian news agencies reported on Sunday. The workers were trapped underground by smoke after a fire broke out in the mine in Solikamsk, some 1,500 km (930 miles) northeast of Moscow, on Saturday morning. The fire, which broke out in a section of the mine that was under construction, has yet to be fully extinguished, Interfax reported. Rescuers were working to recover the bodies from a depth of more than 360 m
  22. Russia offers its untested COVID-19 vaccine for free to UN officials The World Health Organization declined to comment on whether this was a good idea. Enlarge / Russian President Vladimir Putin address the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, via teleconference call, in Moscow on September 22, 2020. Getty | MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV 125 with 67 posters participating Some United Nations staff are likely brushing up on their Russian—specifically how to say “Thanks, but no thanks” in the nicest way possibl
  23. Documents that were leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden prove that the United States has been ruled by a race of tall, white space aliens who also assisted the rise of Nazi Germany in the 1930s. A Federal Security Services (FSB) report on the nearly two million highly classified top-secret documents obtained from the United States Department of Defense (DOD) run National Security Agency-Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) by the American ex-patriot Edward Snowden states that this information is providing “incontrovertible proof” that an “alien/extraterrestrial intelligence agenda” is dr
  24. MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow fined Twitter and Facebook 4 million rubles each Thursday for refusing to store the personal data of Russian citizens on servers in Russia, the largest penalties imposed on Western technology companies under internet use laws. The fines of nearly $63,000 are the first five-figure fines levied on tech companies since Russia adopted a flurry of legislation starting in 2012 designed to tighten the government’s grip on online activity. One provision required tech companies to keep servers in Russia for storing personal informatio
  25. WASHINGTON/LONDON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Hackers working for Western intelligence agencies broke into Russian internet search company Yandex (YNDX.O) in late 2018 deploying a rare type of malware in an attempt to spy on user accounts, four people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Russian internet group Yandex is pictured at the company's headquarter in Moscow, Russia The malware, called Regin, is known to be used by the “
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