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Matt Novak Matt Novak Aug 16, 2019 at 18:15. 3 comments

Huawei Plans to Triple R&D Staff in Russia by 2025 According to Russian State Media

Huawei Plans to Triple R&D Staff in Russia by 2025 According to Russian State Media

Huawei plans to triple its research and development (R&D) staff in Russia within the next six years, according to a new report from Russian state media outlet Sputnik. The Chinese tech giant, which is currently the largest telecom company in the world, will reportedly hire about 500 new staff by the end of the year and 1,000 more personnel after that.

Huawei currently has about 550 people at...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 14, 2019 at 05:45. 19 comments

Mysterious Russian Nuclear Explosion Upgraded From Weird to Baffling Amid Evacuation Confusion

Mysterious Russian Nuclear Explosion Upgraded From Weird to Baffling Amid Evacuation Confusion

Russia military officials issued conflicting reports this week about whether residents in areas near a mysterious nuclear explosion must evacuate.

The confusing orders came about five days after an explosion at a military testing site killed at least seven people and caused a spike in radiation levels in a nearby city. The Russian Ministry of Defense initially said that a liquid-propellant...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 12, 2019 at 05:55. 11 comments

Russia Demands Google Cease Sending YouTube Push Notifications for Protest Livestreams

Russia Demands Google Cease Sending YouTube Push Notifications for Protest Livestreams

Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) has demanded that Google cease promoting livestreams of demonstrations with push notifications, a day after “tens of thousands” of Russians “staged what observers called the country’s biggest political protest for eight years on Saturday,” Reuters reported.

In a statement,...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 11, 2019 at 01:10. 14 comments

Russian Nuclear Agency Rosatom Confirms Radiation Leak Following Rocket Engine Test

Russian Nuclear Agency Rosatom Confirms Radiation Leak Following Rocket Engine Test

Russian nuclear agency Rosatom admitted late on Friday that a suspicious cloud of radiation that spread over the Arkhangelsk region was caused by an explosion at one of its facilities, the Guardian reported, involving experiments involving an “isotope power source for a liquid-fuelled rocket engine.”

Rosatom said that the accident, which temporarily sent radiation spiking up to 20 times...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 10, 2019 at 03:35. 15 comments

Radiation Levels Spike Following Mysterious Explosion in Russia

Radiation Levels Spike Following Mysterious Explosion in Russia

A Russian city reportedly observed a rise in radiation levels after an explosion at a nearby military testing site, which left at least two dead.

Reuters reports that the Russian defense ministry told state media that a liquid-propellant rocket engine exploded on Thursday, killing two people and injuring six.

“At the test site of the Russian Ministry of Defense in the Arkhangelsk region,...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Jul 30, 2019. 2 comments

Unexplained Radiation Leak Traced to Russian Nuclear Facility

Unexplained Radiation Leak Traced to Russian Nuclear Facility

Two years after a mysterious cloud of radiation swept through Europe, a team of scientists has pinpointed the source of the leak to a nuclear reprocessing plant in Russia, which was preparing materials for an Italian physics experiment at the time.

In early October 2017, a cloud of radioactive material swept through Europe. Monitoring stations from across the continent reported an apparently...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 22, 2019. 9 comments

Hackers Reportedly Break Into SyTech, a Contractor for Russia's Federal Security Service

Hackers Reportedly Break Into SyTech, a Contractor for Russia's Federal Security Service

Hackers breached servers at a contractor for Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), SyTech, and stole about 7.5 terabytes of data after gaining access to the company’s entire network earlier this month, ZDnet reported on Saturday.

According to ZDNet, the hacking crew in question goes by the name 0v1ru$ and also defaced the Sytech website with a “yoba face,” the Russian term for a meme known...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Jul 18, 2019. 2 comments

Senator Finally Demands FBI Probe of Faceboo… Er, FaceApp?

Senator Finally Demands FBI Probe of Faceboo… Er, FaceApp?

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has officially joined the chorus of people concerned about what FaceApp is really up to.

The app has been offering creepy selfie-altering filters for two and a half years. It’s gone viral before, mostly when the public catches light of its offensive features—like the “ethnicity chang e” filter and a skin-lightening “hotness” filter. But the app gained a...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Jul 14, 2019.

Russian Coal Plant Tells Instagrammers to Please Stop Taking Selfies in Its Pollution-Filled Waste Dump

Russian Coal Plant Tells Instagrammers to Please Stop Taking Selfies in Its Pollution-Filled Waste Dump

The turquoise water of a lake in Siberia looks like a tropical paradise, and it’s drawn in hundreds of Instagramers who have posed in and around the “Novosibirsk Maldives.” But it’s not white sands or microscopic plankton that give the water its unusual hue. The “lake” is actually a human-made ash dump, used to store toxic byproducts from a power plant’s burned coal.

“The water has a high...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jun 30, 2019. 9 comments

Alleged Cyber Attack on Russia's Yandex Used Malware Tied to Western Intelligence

Alleged Cyber Attack on Russia's Yandex Used Malware Tied to Western Intelligence

Hackers believed to be working for Western intelligence agencies “broke into Russian internet search company Yandex from October to November 2018,” deploying a malware variant called Regin that is “known to be used by the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence-sharing alliance of the United States, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada,” Reuters reported on Friday, citing four people with knowledge of...

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy Jun 29, 2019.

And Now, A Pair Of Dachshunds Dressed As Astro-Dogs

And Now, A Pair Of Dachshunds Dressed As Astro-Dogs

Or would that be cosmo-dogs? Weiner-nauts? All we know is, there was a dachshund parade in St. Petersburg, Russia, today, and these two li’l sausages were helping lead the charge.

Here’s a bonus one, for all of you who were fans of a certain outrageously popular YouTube video that was everywhere last year:

Watch As People Flee In Terror From The Giant Mutant Spider Dog

At night, the mutant...

Matt Novak Matt Novak Jun 28, 2019. 19 comments

President Trump Jokes With Smiling Vladimir Putin About Meddling in U.S. Elections

President Trump Jokes With Smiling Vladimir Putin About Meddling in U.S. Elections

President Donald Trump had a good laugh with Russian President Vladimir Putin today at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. Both leaders hammed it up for the cameras as Trump said to Putin, “Don’t meddle in the election, please. Don’t meddle in the election.” Trump pointed meekly toward Putin while he spoke, clearly making light of the situation.

The bizarre scene came during a photo opportunity...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jun 25, 2019. 7 comments

Incredible Photo from the Space Station Shows Raikoke Volcano Erupting

Incredible Photo from the Space Station Shows Raikoke Volcano Erupting

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station caught the spectacular eruption of the Raikoke volcano off of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula over the weekend.

It’s a pretty amazing view. Here’s the entire image:

The image shows the classic shape of a volcanic plume rising, and then ash spreading at the top. It’s surrounded by a ring of white clouds, likely either water vapor condensing out of...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jun 16, 2019. 19 comments

The US Has Allegedly Placed Malware Deep in Russia's Power Grid

The US Has Allegedly Placed Malware Deep in Russia's Power Grid

The U.S. has deployed “American computer code” into Russian systems operating the nation’s power grid, the New York Times reported on Saturday, as part of the Donald Trump administration’s efforts to “deploy cybertools more aggressively.”

According to the Times, which cited “current and former officials” with knowledge of the situation, the Pentagon’s U.S. Cyber Command has moved to act on new...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Jun 11, 2019. 12 comments

We're All Going to be Moving to Siberia by Century's End

We're All Going to be Moving to Siberia by Century's End

If you’re the type to speculate on real estate and humanity not getting its shit together to address climate change, may I interest you in a little corner of the world called Siberia.

Sure, Siberia is shorthand for “cold as balls ” today. But unchecked climate change could make it an oasis capable of sustaining a up to nine times more people in some locations, according to new research....

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Jun 07, 2019. 6 comments

Russia Plans to Block Major VPNs as Next Step in Closing Up Internet

Russia Plans to Block Major VPNs as Next Step in Closing Up Internet

Russia is getting closer to implementing the sort of internet regulations that exist under the Great Firewall of China . Earlier this year, internet providers began preparing to conduct tests to find out if Russia can build an internet disconnected from the rest of the world . Now, Russia plans to block major VPN (virtual private network) services that allow users to reach banned websites.

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jun 07, 2019.

Google Complies With Russian Order to Take Down Opposition Leader's YouTube Ads

Google Complies With Russian Order to Take Down Opposition Leader's YouTube Ads

Google took down a series of YouTube ads for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny before a vote for regional governors on Sunday and amid protests over President Vladimir Putin’s plans to raise the retirement age for state pensions, the Guardian reported.

Navalny’s team is obviously condemning YouTube for the decision, with aide Leonid Volkov calling it a “clear case of political...

Patrick Howell O'Neill Patrick Howell O'Neill Jun 06, 2019. 15 comments

Russia’s 2016 Twitter Propaganda Machine Was Carefully Built And Wildly Successful, Researchers Find

Russia’s 2016 Twitter Propaganda Machine Was Carefully Built And Wildly Successful, Researchers Find

The Russian disinformation campaign leading up to the 2016 American presidential election was bigger in scope and coordination than reported earlier, according to new analysis from the American cybersecurity company Symantec.

Twitter released a data set of reportedly Russian-controlled disinformation actors totaling 3,900 accounts and 10 million tweets in October 2018. Analyzed by Symantec,...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Apr 29, 2019. 15 comments

Norwegian Fishermen Discover Beluga Whale That Might Be Working with the Russian Navy

Norwegian Fishermen Discover Beluga Whale That Might Be Working with the Russian Navy

Norwegian fishermen discovered a beluga whale wearing a harness off the country’s northern coast last week. The fishermen were fascinated with how tame it was, but there might be a good reason that it was comfortable around humans. Scientists from Norway’s Institute of Marine Research suspect the whale and its harness may be part of an operation cooked up by the Russian military.

The...

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William Turton William Turton Apr 26, 2019.

Russian Hackers Are Attacking New York Times Journalists: Report

Russian Hackers Are Attacking <i>New York Times</i> Journalists: Report

Citing government sources, CNN is reporting that reporters at US news outlets, including The New York Times, are being targeted by Russian hackers. The FBI is currently investigating the hacks.

This represents a broader Russian cyber offensive on American soil. Earlier this month, US officials named Russia as the likely perpetrators behind the hacks of the Democratic National Commission. Just...

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