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As much as hacking has become a daily irritant, much more of it crosses watch-center monitors out of sight from the public. The Chinese, the French, the Israelis—and many less well known or understood players—all hack in one way or another. They steal missile plans, chemical formulas, power-plant pipeline schematics, and economic data. That’s espionage; attack code is a military strike. There are only a few recorded deployments, the most famous being the Stuxnet worm. Widely believed to be a joint project of the U.S. and Israel, Stuxnet temporarily disabled Iran’s uranium-processing facility at Natanz in 2010. It switched off safety mechanisms, causing the centrifuges at the heart of a refinery to spin out of control. Two years later, Iran destroyed two-thirds of Saudi Aramco’s computer network with a relatively unsophisticated but fast-spreading “wiper” virus. One veteran U.S. official says that when it came to a digital weapon planted in a critical system inside the U.S., he’s seen it only once—in Nasdaq.

How Russian Hackers Stole the Nasdaq - Businessweek

Under the changes to the law about personal data protection, email addresses and messages are now considered personal data. Any organisation that stores or processes such data will have to maintain physical servers in Russia, and tell Roskomnadzor where exactly those servers are located. “While collecting personal data, including by means of the Internet, an operator should provide recording, systematization, storage and update of the Russian citizen’s personal data using databases located in the territory of the Russian Federation,” reads the new law.

Russian Government Will Force Companies To Store Citizen Data Locally From 2016

The deputy prime minister, Dmitri O. Rogozin, said that as of Sunday the GPS base stations in Russia could not be used for military purposes, and he announced a deadline of Sept. 1 for the United States to agree to allow base stations on its territory for Russia’s navigation system, Glonass. Otherwise, he said, the GPS terminals would be shut down for good.

In GPS Battle, Russia Sets Restrictions of Its Own - NYTimes.com

“We can block Twitter or Facebook in Russia tomorrow within a few minutes,” said Maksim Ksenzov, the deputy chairman at the Roskomnadzor agency, in an interview with a Russian newspaper published on Friday. “We do not see any risks in that.”

“If at any point we believe that the consequences of ‘switching off’ social networks will be less significant than the damage done to Russian society by the unconstructive position of the leadership of international companies, we will do what we have to under the law,” he added.

Russia threatens to ban Twitter - in minutes | TheHill

On Tuesday, Russia’s deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced that the country would not cooperate with the US on the International Space Station (ISS) after 2020 despite the fact that the US was hoping to use the ISS until 2024. Rogozin also said that Russia would no longer sell its NK-33 and RD-180 rocket engines to the US for military purposes. RD-180 rocket engines are used in the United States’ Atlas V launch vehicle for a variety of cargoes including US military payloads.

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Given our retired space shuttle and Russian lock-out: are we currently able to get into space?

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On Monday (May 5) Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law that will impose fines on creators or promoters of books, music, theater performances, and films that contain profanity. In addition, existing works that contain profanity will have to carry warning labels. This law takes effect July 1; a similar law that affects bloggers with more than 3,000 daily page views will take effect in August. Although the definition of “foul language” is not made clear, a panel of experts can be called in to determine if a particular word qualifies as profanity.

New Russian Law Will Ban All Profanity In The Arts | IdeaFeed | Big Think

In the proposed book, Karen L. Dawisha, a professor of political science and a Russia expert, writes about President Vladimir V. Putin’s alleged links to organized crime. Last month she received a letter from John Haslam, the press’s executive publisher for political science and sociology, stating that the press would not proceed with the book. “The decision has nothing to do with the quality of your research or your scholarly credibility,” he wrote. “It is simply a question of risk tolerance in light of our limited resources.”

Citing Libel Fears, Cambridge U. Press Won’t Proceed With Book on Putin – The Ticker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Russia Blocks Access to Major Independent News Sites

Russia’s government has escalated its use of its Internet censorship law to target news sites, bloggers, and politicians under the slimmest excuse of preventing unauthorized protests and enforcing house arrest regulations. Today, the country’s ISPs have received orders to block a list of major news sites and system administrators have been instructed to take the servers providing the content offline.

The banned sites include the online newspaper Grani, Garry Kasparov’s opposition information site kasparov.ru, the livejournal of popular anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny, and even the web pages of Ekho Moskvy, a radio station which is majority owned by the state-run Gazprom, and whose independent editor was ousted last month and replaced with a more government-friendly director.

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The previous day, Ukrtelecom said, “unknown people seized several telecom nodes in the Crimea” and damaged its fiber backbone cable: “As a result, there are almost no services of fixed telephony, internet access, and mobile communications TriMob [Ukrtelecom mobile arm] provided in the territory of the Crimea.”

Russia’s cyberwar against Ukraine is every bit as strategic as its ground offensive - Quartz

"Ten years ago this would’ve been science fiction," he said. Arguably the most famous example of government-sourced malware is the Stuxnet worm, which targeted a specific kind of software that controls nuclear facilities. The United States and Israel have been implicated in the creation and distribution of Stuxnet. Uroburos is a rootkit made of two files, "a driver and an encrypted virtual file system," that can "take control of an infected computer, execute arbitrary commands, and hide system activities." The malware is highly dangerous, MN alleges, because its structure is "modular" and "flexible," meaning that new malicious functions can be added to it easily. "Uroburos’ driver part is extremely complex and is designed to be very discrete and very difficult to identify," MN said. In the Uroburos sample discussed by G Data, the malware is designed to steal files and monitor network traffic. The malware name is a variant spelling for Ouroboros, the ancient Greek symbol of a snake or dragon eating its own tail.

Security firm claims Russian government makes malware | Security & Privacy - CNET News