CNET: FCC chairman acknowledges Russians interfered in net neutrality debate

CNET: FCC chairman acknowledges Russians interfered in net neutrality debate. “Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said earlier this week that roughly 500,000 comments submitted during the debate over the controversial repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules were linked to Russian email addresses.”

Politico: EU to ask Facebook, Twitter, Google for monthly ‘fake news’ reports

Politico: EU to ask Facebook, Twitter, Google for monthly ‘fake news’ reports. “The European Commission is planning to ask social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Google for monthly reports on Russian disinformation campaigns ahead of the European election next May, two EU officials told POLITICO.”

TorrentFreak: Google, Facebook, VPNs, and Others Risk Huge Fines Under Proposed Law

TorrentFreak: Google, Facebook, VPNs, and Others Risk Huge Fines Under Proposed Law. “After failing to connect its systems to Russia’s national blacklist of permanently blocked sites, Google is now being considered for a fine. Current fines are very small and no deterrent to huge tech companies, but that could change. Legislation under consideration would see the search giant – and other tech companies, including VPNs – face potentially huge penalties, in Google’s case up to US$6.7 million.”

Reuters: Russia plans stiffer fines for tech firms that break rules – sources

Reuters: Russia plans stiffer fines for tech firms that break rules – sources. “Russia plans to impose stiffer fines on technology firms that fail to comply with Russian laws, sources familiar with the plans said, raising the stakes in the Kremlin’s fight with global tech giants such as Facebook (FB.O) and Google.”

Schneier on Security: Information Attacks against Democracies

Schneier on Security: Information Attacks against Democracies. “Democracy is an information system. That’s the starting place of our new paper: ‘Common-Knowledge Attacks on Democracy.’ In it, we look at democracy through the lens of information security, trying to understand the current waves of Internet disinformation attacks. Specifically, we wanted to explain why the same disinformation campaigns that act as a stabilizing influence in Russia are destabilizing in the United States.”

CNET: Russian hacking tool gets extra stealthy to target US, European computers

CNET: Russian hacking tool gets extra stealthy to target US, European computers. “Russian hackers have a new tool up their sleeve to gain access to sensitive computers without getting caught, cybersecurity experts say. And they’re using it to target US and European government entities, as well as a former territory of the Soviet Union.”