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Figure 1. Internet blackout area during Moscow opposition protests 

Governments, especially authoritarian ones, consider cutting the Internet as one of the ways to deal with political opposition and separatists.  Major Internet disruptions were recently detected in India (Kashmir), Indonesia (Papua), Sudan, and, on a smaller scale, in Russia. Severing or completely…

 

Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) contractor SyTech lost documents in a cyber breach.  One of the exposed secret Russian projects, dubbed Knockout, is targeting Western media in the US, Great Britain, Germany, France, and other countries.  Knockout maps mass media IT infrastructure, extracts media metadata and collects their vulnerabilities.

3441980513?profile=RESIZE_710x Figure 1. SyTech logo…

 

On 1 May 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed “Internet sovereignty” bill.  New requirements to use ISPs to track traffic origin will likely force traffic decryption and support of internal censorship efforts.  In the future, Russia will develop its own DNS system to conduct special Internet controls.  Currently, LinkedIn is banned in Russia.  Russian national payment system, Mir, was developed after several Russian banks were denied services by US-based Visa and…

Implication of Russian Sanctions Summary During March-April 2018, dozens of Russian diplomats were expelled; hundreds of Russian Troll Factory-related accounts banned; new travel and economic sanctions levied and more are expected. While Russia did expel diplomats symmetrically, it explores options for an asymmetric response ranging from intellectual property violations to cyberattacks. Details Blows Targeting Russia In March 2018, 25 countries and NATO expelled dozens of Russian diplomats…