THERESA May has revealed an extraordinary 4,000 per cent increase in the spread of lies sent out by Russian cyber bots since the chemical weapon attacks in Salisbury and Syria. The new analysis by Whitehall officials lays bare the alarming extent of the Kremlin’s dirty propaganda war. Government social media experts have documented more than 45,000 posts spreading false stories about the chemical weapons attack that killed at least 75 in the Syrian town of Douma a fortnight ago. The automated bots have a reach of around 20 million social media users. They mislead and lie to users with articles supporting more than 30 false explanations that have been offered by Kremlin spokespeople and government-controlled media. Among the false narratives spread by Moscow are claims that the poison used on the streets of Salisbury was never produced in Russia and the remarkable allegation that Britain directed the gas attack in Syria. Examples of the automated propaganda bots include an account … [Read more...] about Theresa May reveals 4,000 per cent increase in spread of lies sent out by Russian cyber bots since chemical weapon attacks in Salisbury and Syria
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With tensions between Russia and the wider world continuing to escalate, UK intelligence services, and the FBI and US Department of Homeland Security earlier this week issued a joint warning about a massive cyber campaign by Russian-backed hackers. It’s clear that government organisations and entities like the NHS are prime targets of this campaign to try and intercept sensitive information, but what could this warning mean for us as individuals? Are we at risk and if so is there anything we can do to protect ourselves? We spoke to John Shaw, VP Product Management at cybersecurity firm Sophos, about these issues. What form could an attack take? Developed nations (including the UK) are engaged in some level of cyber surveillance, explains Shaw. This surveillance isn’t designed to “attack” anyone or anything, instead it’s there to spy on sensitive communications. Generally it goes unnoticed. Actually defining what an attack might look like is difficult, but … [Read more...] about How Likely Is A Russian Cyber Attack– And What Can I Do To Protect Myself?
Theresa May will strengthen the UK's digital defences through a £15m online security pact with Commonwealth allies amid warnings over the growing threat of cyber warfare from Russia. Leaders from the 53-nation bloc are expected to sign the world's largest cyber declaration, pledging to join forces to combat criminals and hostile actors engaged in potentially devastating cyber attacks, and to support smaller nations to raise their security standards by 2020. It comes after UK and US intelligence agencies issued an unprecedented joint alert on the threat of "malicious cyber activity" by Russian state-sponsored hackers, as tensions with Moscow deepen over airstrikes in Syria. Read more Russian hackers 'targeting millions of devices around world' Speaking ahead of an official meeting with Commonwealth leaders, Ms May said: “Cyber security affects us all, as online crime does not respect international borders. “I have … [Read more...] about Russian cyber threat pushes UK to sign world’s largest digital security pact
RUSSIA is "highly likely" to target Britain's hospitals and air traffic in crippling cyber attacks to avenge the US-led airstrikes in Syria, experts claim. Spy organisation GCHQ says it has been on "high alert" for quite some time and Britain is ready to strike back should the Kremlin decide to wage digital warfare. And worryingly, around two-fifths of critical infrastructure services - including police, energy suppliers and NHS trusts - may be highly vulnerable to such an offensive. As of August, up to 39 per cent of firms had yet to complete basic, government-mandated cyber security checks, according to a Freedom of Information request filed by security firm Corero. Of the 338 organisations asked, 163 responded to say they had not finished the "10 Steps to Cyber Security" programme, punishable by a £17million fine. The groups asked included fire and rescue services, police forces, ambulance trusts, energy suppliers, transport organisations and NHS trusts, 42 per cent … [Read more...] about How 40% of Britain’s key infrastructure from the NHS to power supplies are ‘highly vulnerable’ to Russian cyber attacks
Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov during his working visit to the United States will discuss the confrontation with the Russian hybrid threat with representatives of the U.S. State Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the press service of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine has reported. The events will also be attended by First Deputy Head of the National Police of Ukraine - head of the criminal police Viacheslav Abroskin. "Our visit will undoubtedly include political issues and those related to the activity of the Interior Ministry. The main thing is to counter the Russian hybrid war. We are ready to adopt practices of many advanced countries, but in the matter of countering the hybrid war of Russia, the whole world should learn from us," Avakov said. He added that another issue is to strengthen cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in combating organized crime, in particular the Russian one, and its impact on the processes in the world. "This is … [Read more...] about Avakov during his visit to U.S. to talk about confrontation with Russian hybrid threat, cooperation with FBI