President Donald Trump had a good laugh with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. Both leaders hammed it up for the cameras as Trump said to Putin, “Don’t meddle in the election, please. Don’t meddle in the election.” Trump pointed meekly toward Putin while he spoke, clearly making light of the situation.
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The U.S. has deployed “American computer code” into Russian systems operating the nation’s power grid, the New York Times reported on Saturday, as part of the Donald Trump administration’s efforts to “deploy cybertools more aggressively.”
Facebook has deleted hundreds of pages linked to the Kremlin-backed propaganda network known as Sputnik. The pages, allegedly operated by Sputnik employees, were made to look as though they were coming from outside of Russia. The Facebook pages helped spread propaganda about NATO and European politics, among many other topics.
Twitter has banned an account first registered in 2012 that purported to be the official English-language channel of Russian President Vladimir Putin but was, in fact, that someone else entirely. Archived versions show the account had over one million followers and had previously popped up in news reports.
Two Russian men identified by British police as the perpetrators of a nerve agent attack on British soil insist that they’re innocent. They’ve been accused of acting as Russian intelligence agents and attacking a former double agent in Salisbury, but the two men say that they’re just regular businessmen who work in sports nutrition. They want the “real perpetrators” to be caught and for the British government to issue an apology.
Google took down a series of YouTube ads for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny before a vote for regional governors on Sunday and amid protests over President Vladimir Putin’s plans to raise the retirement age for state pensions, the Guardian reported.
British police and counterterrorism officials have identified two men they believe are responsible for the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia Skripal, as well as two bystanders. The suspects are Russians, identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, though British authorities say the names are probably aliases.
Russia-1 aired a segment yesterday about Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's recent meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. But one part of the news broadcast was pretty weird. Take a look at Kim's face in the screenshot on the left. Kim has been photoshopped to look like he's smiling. And it's not even a very good photoshop job.
Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy living in the UK, is "improving rapidly" after being poisoned by a nerve agent, according to the latest report by his doctors. But Skripal's pets aren't quite as lucky. British authorities say that once a vet was able to visit Skripal's sealed off home, two guinea pigs were found dead and the family's cat was euthanised.
It's that time of year again when we look back at the photos and GIFs that went viral over the past 12 months. We did similar year-end round-ups in 2014, 2015, 2016 and I must say that 2017 was even weirder than usual. How so? There were so many fake images swirling around the internet that it was difficult to decide which ones to debunk.
At least two civilians have been injured in a bombing incident during Russia's war games earlier this week. Videos of the incident have been posted to YouTube and appear to show two helicopters firing at a civilian viewing area. Russian media report that the incident is being investigated by the military.
Following the Kremlin-directed cyberattacks that upended the Democratic Party last summer, then-President Barack Obama reportedly approved the use of cyberweapons targeting sensitive Russian computer systems, according to a new report from the Washington Post -- one of the most comprehensive so far to describe the administration's response to the Kremlin's aggression.
If you had any doubt that Russian hackers attempted to meddle with the United States electoral system, a new report from Bloomberg is here to scare the crap out of you. Not only did Russia go after a voting software supplier in one state (as previously reported by The Intercept), Putin's cyber army reportedly targeted systems in 39 states. That's four out of five, for those of you keeping count.
Vladimir Putin, who apparently had nothing better to do today, decided to throw water on claims that Russia had direct ties to the DNC email leaks during last year's US election. Simultaneously, the strongman who has helmed Russia for the better part of two decades endorsed the hacks as being in his country's best interest.