Wired: Stealthy Russian Hacker Group Resurfaces With Clever New Tricks

Wired: Stealthy Russian Hacker Group Resurfaces With Clever New Tricks. “In the notorious 2016 breach of the Democratic National Committee, the group of Russian hackers known as Fancy Bear stole the show, leaking the emails and documents they had obtained in a brazen campaign to sway the results of the US presidential election. But another, far quieter band of Kremlin hackers was inside DNC networks as well. In the three years since, that second group has largely gone dark—until security researchers spotted them in the midst of another spy campaign, one that continued undetected for as long as six years.”

Senate Report: Russians Used Social Media Mostly To Target Race In 2016 (NPR)

NPR: Senate Report: Russians Used Social Media Mostly To Target Race In 2016. “The Russian government’s interference in the 2016 U.S. elections singled out African Americans, a new Senate committee report concludes. Using Facebook pages, Instagram content and Twitter posts, Russian information operatives working for the Internet Research Agency had an ‘overwhelming operational emphasis on race … no single group of Americans was targeted … more than African Americans.'”

Moscow Times: Russia Moves Closer to New Google Tax

Moscow Times: Russia Moves Closer to New Google Tax. “Like many countries, Russia has long been concerned with the tax structures of multinational tech companies that allow them to book a significant portion of global profits in low-tax jurisdictions like Ireland and reduce their corporation tax bill. The corporate tax rate is 12.5% in Ireland, compared to 20% in Russia.”

The Inquirer: Tax records of 20 million Russians exposed online

The Inquirer: Tax records of 20 million Russians exposed online. “LAST MONTH THE ENTIRE population of Ecuador had private data leaked on to the internet. Now it’s Russia’s turn: it’s not the entire country this time, but due to their relative population sizes, the leak is pretty much identical in size. In other words, it’s bloody huge.”

Russia Beyond: How a neural network learned to recognize Russia

Russia Beyond: How a neural network learned to recognize Russia. “Yandex, Russia’s biggest Internet company, has released an online game that invites players to guess where photos were taken. The images are taken from a database of photos uploaded by users to the Yandex.Maps app (similar to Google Maps). The human players compete against the specially trained neural network Alice, which is already used as a voice assistant in many Yandex products.”

Gazeta: Russia will create an online archive of Soviet prisoners of the Second World War

Gazeta, with the original Russian article translated by Google Translate: Russia will create an online archive of Soviet prisoners of the Second World War. “The Russian military archive will receive electronic copies of documents from about 500 thousand Soviet prisoners of war during the Second World War. It is reported by RIA Novosti . As noted, the state will make an online database of them.”

Deutsche Welle: Hong Kong protesters personal data leaked by Russian website

Deutsche Welle: Hong Kong protesters personal data leaked by Russian website. “A website registered on a Russian domain has shared detailed personal information of dozens of Hong Kong protesters and journalists. Observers view it as another serious blow to the city’s dwindling civil liberties.”