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Russia’s Telegram ban that knocked out 15M Google, Amazon IP addresses had a precedent in Zello

Russia blocking access to Telegram after the messaging app refused to give it access to encrypted messages has picked up an unintended casualty: we’re now up to over 15 million IP addresses from Amazon and Google getting shut down by the regulators in the process, taking various other (non-Telegram) services down with it. Telegram’s CEO Pavel Durov earlier today said that its reach in the country has yet to see an impact from the ban 24 hours on, with VPNs, proxies and third-party cloud services stepping in to pick up the slack for its roughly 14 million users in the country, and third parties refusing to buckle under requests from Roskomnadzor, the regulator, to remove the app from its stores and servers. “Thank you for your support and loyalty, Russian users of Telegram. Thank you, Apple...

Russia starts blocking Telegram for failing to turn over encryption keys

The Russian state telecommunication regulator has began blocking Telegram as expected. This comes after the messaging company refused to give Russian security services encryption keys. The service is expected to be blocked within the coming hours. According to several reports Telegram is still operational in the country though several service providers have started blocking the company’s website. Ran by its Russian founder Pavel Durov, Telegram has over 200 million users and is a top-ten messaging service made popular by its strong stance on privacy. Telegram is recognized as an operator of information dissemination in Russia and therefore the company is required by Russian to provide keys to its encryption service to the Federal Security Service. This is so the FSS can reportedly read the...

Is America’s national security Facebook and Google’s problem?

Jamie Metzl Contributor Jamie Metzl is a Senior Fellow for Technology and National Security at the Atlantic Council. More posts by this contributor Homo Sapiens 2.0? We need a species-wide conversation about the future of human genetic enhancement Eleonore Pauwels Contributor Eleonore Pauwels is Director of the Anticipatory Intelligence Lab at the Wilson Center, an international science policy expert specializing in the governance and democratization of converging technologies, and a former official of the European Commission’s Directorate on Science, Economy and Society. Outrage that Facebook made the private data of over 87 million of its U.S. users available to the Trump campaign has stoked fears of big US-based technology companies are tracking our every move and misusing our personal ...

Last Train to Russia: Kazan

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Facebook, AggregateIQ now being jointly probed by Canada, B.C. data watchdogs

Privacy watchdogs in Canada and British Columbia are combining existing investigations into Facebook and AggregateIQ. The latter being a Victoria-based ad targeting tech company that has been linked to Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy at the center of the Facebook data misuse storm. CA whistleblower Chris Wylie — who last month gave public testimony revealing how millions of Facebook users’ data was passed to his former employer for political ad targeting — has described AggregateIQ as the Canadian arm of CA’s parent entity, SCL. (Although AggregateIQ has denied any affiliation with CA or SCL, claiming on its website “it is and has always been 100% Canadian owned and operated”.) “The investigations will examine whether the organizations [Aggregate IQ and Facebook] are in comp...

Russia face centre-back crisis just weeks before the World Cup finals

A sneak peak of episode 2 of Martin Ainstein’s Russian odyssey takes him to World Cup host city Nizhny Novgorod, famous for its Matryoshka dolls. Join Martin Ainstein on his trip to St. Petersburg in an extract from episode 1 of Last Train to Russia, airing on ESPN networks throughout this week ahead of the World Cup. Join Martin Ainstein on a 12-episode series exploring Russia through the 2018 World Cup host cities, starting this week across ESPN networks. “We are starting everything from scratch again,” Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov said of his defence after the World Cup hosts were thrashed 3-0 by Brazil in Moscow on Friday. Little more than 11 weeks before the opening game of the most important tournament in the country’s history, Russia don’t have a s...

Gareth Southgate not condemning Russia while England has racism issues

Former England international Paul Mariner reacts to Gareth Southgate’s 27-man roster as the Three Lions prepare to face the Netherlands and Italy. England manager Gareth Southgate says he keeps preparing the squad for the World Cup despite the political tensions between the UK and the tournament hosts Russia. AMSTERDAM — Gareth Southgate has said England must deal with its own racism issues before condemning Russia ahead of the World Cup, after speaking of the “disgusting” online abuse directed at England’s Under-16 players. England manager Southgate has admitted his team will be “unpopular” at the World Cup this summer because of ongoing political tensions between the UK and Russia. There has also been a heavy focus on racism in Russian football f...

More evidence ties alleged DNC hacker Guccifer 2.0 to Russian intelligence

It may be a while since you’ve heard the handle “Guccifer 2.0,” the hacker who took responsibility for the infamous DNC hack of 2016. Reports from the intelligence community at the time, as well as common sense, pegged Guccifer 2.0 not as the Romanian activist he claimed to be, but a Russian operative. Evidence has been scarce, but one slip-up may have given the game away. An anonymous source close to the U.S. government investigation of the hacker told the Daily Beast that on one single occasion, Guccifer 2.0 failed to log into the usual VPN that disguised their traffic. As a result, they left one honest IP trace at an unnamed social media site. That IP address, “identified Guccifer 2.0 as a particular GRU officer working out of the agency’s headquarters on Grizodubovoy Street in Moscow,”...

World Cup squads: Who is on the plane to Russia, and who is in limbo?

Tite insists Brazil won’t rush Neymar back for the World Cup. Tite insists Brazil won’t rush Neymar back for the World Cup. Tite insists Brazil won’t rush Neymar back for the World Cup. The international break gives countries a chance for another look at their squads, with the World Cup looming.  ESPN FC has correspondents for each team at the World Cup, and they’ve assessed the state of play in the country they’re covering. Here’s a look at who has booked their tickets for the plane to Russia (assured of a place in their World Cup squad), who is in the departures lounge (could make it, could miss out) and who is stuck in traffic (likely to miss out) as the race to reach the biggest show on earth heats up. GERMANY Booked tickets: Real Madrid midfielder T...

World Cup 100 days out: fan safety, price gouging, racism among concerns facing Russia

With 100 days to go until the FIFA World Cup, Ian Darke joins a group of ESPN writers and experts for an round-table discussion about what to expect in Russia this summer. MOSCOW — When Lionel Messi and Argentina stepped out at the Luzhniki Stadium in November, it felt like a dress rehearsal for Russia 2018’s dream final. A capacity crowd filed past the monolithic statue of Vladimir Lenin, through the impeccably preserved Soviet-era facade and into plush, renovated stands. Lining up on the pitch were, in one half, the best player in the world and his teammates; opposite them a team representing the host nation whose fans displayed a banner reading “Together we are a family”. Messi failed to score and Russia, willing but limited, were beaten by a Sergio Aguero goal. ...

Facebook’s wider Kremlin Brexit ad sweep draws a blank

Facebook has claimed to have found no further evidence of co-ordinated Russian-backed ad purchases on its platform targeting the 2016 Brexit vote in addition to the ad buys it previously reported. In December Facebook reported finding three Brexit-targeted ads and less than $1 spent by Russian-backed agents. These were from the same pool of 470 Kremlin accounts that it previously revealed spent around $100,000, between June 2016 and May 2017 to run more than 3,000 ads targeting US users. The company took a second look into Kremlin Brexit disinformation after being criticized by a UK parliamentary committee which is running an enquiry into fake news, and whose chair, Damian Collins, has taken a special interest in Brexit — including called out Facebook and Twitter for their lack of cooperat...

Iran, Russia, Turkey, EU demands end to fighting in Syria

The European Union’s top diplomat has written to the foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey urging them to uphold a ceasefire in eastern Ghouta and allow aid into besieged areas. Appealing to trio as the leaders of the Syrian peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana, EU Foreign Policy Chief, Federica Mogherini, called on them to “implement a genuine humanitarian pause for at least 30 consecutive days throughout Syria.” In the Feb. 26 letter, Mogherini also urged Russia, Turkey and Iran to “take all necessary steps to ensure that the fighting stops, that the Syrian people are protected, and finally that urgent humanitarian access and necessary medical evacuations are taking place.” Mogherini said in the letter, which was also sent to all 28 EU foreign ministers an...

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