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Germany considers replacing email with typewriters to evade spying

Germany to replace email with typewriters to duck US spying?

The country's pondering manual typewriters, however, unlike Russia's reported embrace of electric typewriters last year. Russia should be well aware that you can plug a keylogger into those e-typewriters, given that it pulled that stunt on IBM Selectrics back in the 70s!

CNET website and 1 million passwords compromised by Russian hacker group

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CNET, the popular tech news and reviews website, was compromised over the weekend by Russian hackers called "W0rm," CNET's parent company confirmed yesterday.

US arrests Russian MP's son for PoS hacking; Russia calls it kidnapping

US arrests Russian MP's son for PoS hacking; Russia calls it kidnapping

The Russian man's father conjectures that, for all he knows, this may be a ploy for the US to get bait to exchange for Snowden.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

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It's weekly roundup time!

Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

Russia's latest internet law proposal - anti-NSA, or pro-FSB?

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Russia's parliament, the State Duma, has heard another internet freedom bill requiring foreign web firms to host any data on Russia citizens within Russia's borders. This would mean the likes of Google and Facebook would need to set up datacenters within Russia and redesign their operations so that individual user data would only be stored inside the country.

Ransom-taking iPhone hackers busted by Russian authorities

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The mystery of the ransom messages from "Oleg Pliss," and the iDevice locking attack that popped up in Australia and the US last month, appears to have been solved.

New Russian law aims to curb online anonymity and free speech

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Russia just passed amendments to anti-terrorism laws, requiring popular bloggers and social media posters to register with a government agency and abide by a raft of rules covering what they say online...

Russia Today website hackers tweak headlines, replace with word "Nazi"

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The Russian news site RT.com was compromised over the weekend, replacing the words "Russian" and "Ukrainian" in some headlines with the word "Nazi".

Fear of bugging prompts iPad ban in UK Cabinet meetings

Fear of bugging prompts iPad ban in UK Cabinet meetings

Fast on the heels of reports that Russia allegedly passed out boobytrapped USB sticks at the G20 summit, iPads were plucked from users' hands at a UK Cabinet meeting out of fear that they might be bugged by foreign intelligence agencies.

Russia revs up "PRISM on steroids" to monitor all Winter Olympics communications

Russia revs up PRISM on steroids to monitor all Winter Olympics communications

According to a dossier compiled by Russian journalists, their country's powerful security service has been taking the steps to install near-ubiquitous monitoring.

Ukrainian and Russian police arrest banking Trojan masterminds

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Ukrainian newspaper Kommersant reported on a joint operation by the Ukrainian and Russian federal police arresting 20 people allegedly behind the Carberp banking malware. Is this a sign that we may see more arrests by the FSB and SBU in the future?

Russian ransomware takes advantage of Windows PowerShell

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What's a reasonable price to pay to get your data safely returned to you from the guys who stole it?

How about 10,000 Rubles? No?

According to the cybercriminals behind this new ransomware targeting Russians, the answer is "да".

Bank-raiding Gozi malware - three men charged in New York

The DoJ has published five "charging documents" filed in New York yesterday against three men accused of operating a bank-raiding malware enterprise.

The documents give a fascinating insight into a cybercrime operation...

Google: Government surveillance of the internet is on the rise

Google: Government surveillance of the internet is on the rise

Google has released its semi-annual Transparency Report, saying that it received more than 20,000 requests for user data in the first half of 2012 - a sign of greater government surveillance.

Counterattack! Suspected hacker caught on HIS WEBCAM, while spying on Georgia

Counterattack! Suspected hacker caught on camera, while spying on Georgia

The Georgian government's CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) claims it has linked an internet attack to Russia's security services, and even turned the tables on a hacker it believes was involved by secretly taking over his computer and taking video footage of him.

Monday review: the hot 20 stories of the week

Monday review: the hot 26 stories of last week

In case you missed any of these stories, here's everything we wrote in the last seven days.

Fingerprint scanner maker cries foul over Russian firm's security warning

Fingerprint scanner maker cries foul over Russian firm's security warning

Authentec, the maker of the widely used UPEK fingerprint scanner, said on Wednesday that it couldn't find any evidence to support claims by the Russian security firm Elcomsoft that its software stores Windows passwords insecurely, exposing customers to potential hacking.

RoMOS - Russia rolls its own secure tablet because it doesn't trust Google Android

RoMOS - Russia rolls its own secure tablet because it doesn't trust Google Android

Increasingly concerned about its reliance on Western mobile technologies and data networks, the Russian government this week announced that a government sponsored project has produced a secure tablet for use by state industries and government officials.

Court website attacked after Pussy Riot punk band convicted

Court website attacked after Pussy Riot punk band convicted

The fallout over the controversial conviction of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot continued on Tuesday, with hackers compromising and defacing the webpage of Moscow's Khamovnichesky Court.

If you launch a DDoS attack against Amazon, it's unwise to brag about it..

If you launch a DDoS attack against Amazon, it's unwise to brag about it..

Authorities in the United States have charged two men in connection with a DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack that crippled websites such as Amazon.com in June 2008.