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Microsoft Disables Sites of Russian Hacking Group Linked to GRU

Microsoft describes the hacking group Strontium as “a Russian GRU connected actor.” The GRU is Russia’s military intelligence service. Strontium was using this infrastructure to target Ukrainian institutions including media organizations. It was also targeting government institutions and think tanks in the United States and the European Union involved in foreign policy. We believe Strontium...

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U.S. Charges Russia’s GRU Launched Cyber Attack Against Ukraine

From MIT Technology Review Anne Neuberger, the White House’s deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging technology, said that the US has “technical information that links the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU)” with the DDoS attack that had overloaded and brought down the Ukrainian websites. “GRU infrastructure was seen transmitting high volumes of communication...

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Russian Intelligence Agencies Target the U.S. Vote, Abetted By Trump

[First in a Series: How Top World Intelligence Agencies Assess the US Election] Russian intelligence agencies – encouraged by the absence of any real U.S. pushback – are actively promoting disinformation about the U.S. presidential election, while seeking to hack into election systems, according to former CIA officers with Russian expertise and a wide variety...

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Could Russian Hackers Turn Out the Lights on Behalf of Trump? 

The ability of Russian intelligence agencies to disrupt U.S. infrastructure should not be doubted, says Jeff Stein at SpyTalk. With a vested interest in President Trump retaining power, the Russians have a motive. Former Bush national security adviser Richard Clarke sees a  threat. In 2018 Dan Coats, the then-director of national intelligence, warned that the...

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