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Facebook 'fully committed' to sharing Russian ad data

Facebook is “fully committed” to providing detailed information about ads bought in Russia during the US election, says Sheryl Sandberg. The ads, pages they linked to and who they were targeted at have been given to investigators, said Ms Sandberg. The ads and the fake accounts used to get them on Facebook had been found and removed, she said. However, she added, if the ads had been placed by real accounts, Facebook would not have removed them. Bad actors “Things happened on our platform in this election that shouldn’t have…

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Israeli spies 'watched Russian agents breach Kaspersky software'

Israeli spies looked on as Russian hackers breached Kaspersky cyber-security software two years ago, US media report. The Russians were allegedly attempting to gather data on US intelligence programs, according to the New York Times and Washington Post. Israeli agents made the discovery after breaching the software themselves. Kaspersky has said it was neither involved in nor aware of the situation and denies collusion with authorities. Last month, the US government decided to stop using the Russian firm’s software on its computers. The Israelis are said to have notified the…

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Google 'uncovers Russian ad campaign linked to US election'

Google has found evidence that Russian agents spent tens of thousands of dollars on adverts in a bid to sway the 2016 US election, media reports say. Sources quoted by the Washington Post say the adverts aimed to spread disinformation across Google’s products including YouTube and Gmail. They say the adverts do not appear to be from the same Kremlin-linked source that bought ads on Facebook. Google said it was investigating attempts to “abuse” its systems. US intelligence agencies concluded earlier this year that Russia had tried to sway the…

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Murdered Russian diplomat image removed from Batman game

A photograph of assassinated Russian diplomat Andrei Karlov has been removed from a video game following complaints. It appeared in the latest instalment of Batman: The Enemy Within, made by Telltale. Telltale said it regretted the inclusion of the image of Mr Karlov, who was shot dead at an art exhibition in Ankara in December 2016. It was first spotted by video game YouTube vloggers Bro Team Pill, and screenshots of it went viral. “Imagine finding a picture online of an actual murdered diplomat and putting it into your Batman…

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Fashion Review: In the Russian Embassy with Comme des Garçons and Other Weirdness

Late Saturday afternoon and the entire United Nations of fashion was filing dutifully into the Brutalist concrete building that is the Russian Embassy here. In they went, past the model of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow; up they went on the grand red-carpeted staircase. Down they sat under the crystal chandeliers. Patiently they waited, to see what would happen next. “Only Rei Kawakubo could get so many Americans into the Russian embassy at once,” one guest said. Well, what do you do as a next act after a season in…

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Kaspersky: US government removes Russian security software

The US Department for Homeland Security has told government departments and agencies to remove all security software from the Moscow-based company Kaspersky Lab from their IT systems. It said it was concerned about ties between company officials and the Russian intelligence services. The move comes ahead of a vote in the US Senate this week to prohibit use of the company’s products by government. Kaspersky Lab has repeatedly denied that it has ties to the Kremlin. But the allegations have led to a number of US retailers withdrawing its products…

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Football Association writes to FIFA expressing concern over Russian hackers after upgrading cyber security

The Football Association has written to FIFA to express its concern about last month’s hack of anti-doping documents related to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The stolen material, published by the Russian-linked group the Fancy Bears, revealed that several players, including five members of the Argentina squad, were given medical exemptions to use otherwise banned drugs. It is understood that even prior to this incident, which casts another cloud of suspicion over next summer’s World Cup in Russia, the FA had upgraded its cyber security and will continue…

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