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UK and US accuse Russian hackers of disguising themselves as Iranian spies to attack 35 countries

Russian hackers disguised themselves as Iranian hackers to launch a cyber attack targeting government and industry organisations in 35 countries, British and US officials announced in a joint statement.

As part of the campaign, the Russian hacking group known as “Turla” used Iranian tools and infrastructure and employed the same techniques used by hacking groups associated with the Islamic Republic.

The group extracted sensitive documents and assets from a range of sectors and organisations, including a ‘large cluster’ based in the Middle East, officials said.

US National Quantum Initiative Act passed unanimously

Legislation commits $1.2 billion to quantum information science research over the next five years The US Senate has passed the National Quantum Initiative Act by unanimous consent. The bill commits $1.2 billion to quantum information science research through the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the Commerce Department over the next five years. The… Read More

Silence Trojan stealing money from Russian banks

Banks have fallen victim to a series of targeted attacks by a Trojan called Silence, according to a report from Kaspersky Labs. The financial institutions affected have mostly been Russian banks, though organisations in Malaysia and Armenia have also suffered attacks. The Trojan is another version of an advanced persistent threat (APT) campaign; where the attacking… Read More

Kaspersky Labs to release source code to drive transparency

Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs will be releasing its source code in an attempt to increase transparency following allegations about its connection to the theft of NSA files by Russian hackers. There have been various reports in the U.S. media, including major outlets such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, stating that… Read More

Technology giants allowing Russian government access to source code

Western technology companies such as Cisco, IBM and SAP are granting Russian agencies access to proprietary information when requested, ostensibly to ensure that access to the lucrative Russian tech market is not blocked. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and MacAfee have reportedly allowed the Russian government source code reviews of their products as well. However, some companies are… Read More