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Microsoft Claims A win Over Russian Plans To Hack US Politicians

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Microsoft has once again turned to US courts to seize six internet domains it says the notorious Fancy Bear hackers had set up for spear phishing US politicians and think-tanks ahead of the midterm elections in November.

Along with the domain seizures, Microsoft has launched a new security service aka Microsoft Account Guard, which will be available at no charge to all current US federal, state and local candidates, so long as they’re using Office 365.

The service includes threat detection and notifications for eligible Office 365, Outlook.com, and Hotmail accounts.

Microsoft will directly notify these organizations if it detects new threats targeting users’ corporate email addresses and personal accounts, while offering early access to security features usually reserved for large business and government customers.

Facebook Takes Down Over Six Hundred Accounts Linked To Russia & Iran

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The majority of the fake accounts appear to be linked to Iran, with some also said to be based in Russia. Twitter said that it has suspended 284 accounts.

Facebook said that it had identified 652 cases. They removed 652 Pages, groups and accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior that originated in Iran and targeted people across multiple internet services in the Middle East, Latin America, UK and US

The company credited cybersecurity firm FireEye for helping to identify a network known as ‘Liberty Front Press’ which appeared to be behind the campaign.

Facebook said that it had been monitoring some of the accounts for several months, and had deliberately delayed removal. The reason for the delay was because it would have been harder to understand their playbook and the extent of their network. It also limits their ability to coordinate with law enforcement, who often have investigations of their own. Thats why they’ve investigated some of these campaigns for many months and why they will continue working to find out more.

Twitter recently came under fire for taking a very long time to respond to hate speech by Alex Jones. Facebook recently started making two-factor authentication a requirement for some page managers to help verify their identity.

State-sponsored fake news is believed to have played a role in influencing both the US presidential election and the UK’s Brexit referendum.

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Microsoft Says, Russia-Linked Hackers Target US Think Tanks & Political Organizations

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Microsoft’s president Brad Smith wrote in a blog It’s clear that democracies around the world are under attack. Foreign entities are launching cyber strikes to disrupt elections and sow discord.

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The Aesthetics of Russian Libraries Is Causing Their Visitors To Dwindle

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 Councillor Pete Gilbert, Conservative county councillor for Bedworth West, says libraries that look like car parks are not helping halt the slump in visitor numbers across Warwickshire.  He continues to say” the biggest damage that we’ve caused ourselves is the knocking or pulling down of beautiful buildings that lived and breathed books and building these Soviet-looking flat roofed things that don’t inspire anybody.”

On the other hand in contrast to that, the county was among the best when it came to digital visits with eBook and eAudio downloads at an all-time high. 

Russia’s Counterfeit Culture

 

It appears that Russia has a thriving market for fake street wear. Russia’s fragile economy, international sanctions and low wages has kept demand for fakes alive and well. 

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Winter Olympics Was Hacked

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Game organizers have verified rumors that the Olympics were hacked during Friday’s opening ceremony. However, the source of the attack has yet to be revealed. While systems including the internet and television services were affected on Friday evening, organizers assured media that the breach “had not compromised any critical part of their operations,” according to a Reuters report.

Cybersecurity experts noted in January that there were early suggestions that Russia-backed attackers may have wanted a payback as a retaliation against the nation’s ban from the Pyeongchang Games. The Russian federation has not been allowed to compete as a result of anti-doping regulations (though Russian athletes have been taking part of the games as the Olympic Athletes from Russia, or OAR).

Russia denies the hacking and North Korea may also serve as a prime suspect. The hack was short-lived and quickly addressed. “All issues were resolved and recovered yesterday morning

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