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Ten easy encryption tips for warding off hackers, the US government—and Russia

On a frigid Saturday, pink and yellow Post-It notes scrawled with concerns about cybersecurity covered a wall of Eyebeam, a nonprofit art and technology center in Brooklyn. “Identity theft + surveillance = paranoia, plz help,” read one note. “How much of a threat do alt-right hackers pose on social …


Putin's Sassy Trolling Was Sending Message to Trump: Experts

Vladimir Putin appeared to reach unprecedented levels of trolling for a world leader in response to President Barack Obama expelling 35 Russian intelligence operatives from the United States.<p>Obama ousted them as punishment for Russia's alleged cyberattacks in the run-up to the November 8 election. …


How a KGB Assassin Used the Death of His Child to Defect

Bogdan Stashinsky was forced to work for the KGB against his will and became one of the most wanted assassins in the world. This is the story of how he put it all on the line to escape.<p>Shortly before 5 a.m. on August 10, 1961, Bogdan Stashinsky was waiting near his apartment building in Moscow to …


'Full-scope cyber actor': US intelligence officials testify on Russia's cyber activities

The American intelligence community has described Moscow as a "major threat" to critical infrastructure. But President-elect Donald Trump has cast …


Why Obama Was Smart to Kick Out Russian Spies

In fact, he might have just prevented the next intelligence disaster.<p>When President Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian officials from the United States last week, closing two compounds, including one cast in the media as a swanky “dacha” on the Chesapeake Bay, his critics mocked the move as too …

National Security

To Deal With Putin, First Know His Goals

The West may do better finding common ground than fighting a phantom enemy.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin is on a roll. The catalog of his alarming moves is well-known: Aggression in Ukraine, interference in Syria on the side of President Bashar al-Assad, stepped-up intelligence efforts that may …