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Putin's 'unlimited range' nuclear missile crashed after 22 miles, US intelligence sources claim

The Kremlin has denied US claims that Russia's nuclear-powered cruise missile with “unlimited” range crashed after only 22 miles.<p>The weapon was one of a range of “invincible” nuclear arms announced by Vladimir Putin during a speech in March.<p>“Since its range is unlimited, it can manoeuvre as long as …

North Korea’s Secret Army: How Operatives Abroad Aid the Regime - WSJ

KUALA LUMPUR—Ri Jong Chol, a slight man in his mid-40s, led what appeared the routine life of a businessman. He lived in an apartment complex with a pool and gym, a family man who took his wife and two children bowling.<p>Mr. Ri’s computers and phones, seized last year by Malaysia authorities, reveal …

North Korea

These Amazing Photos Show Abandoned Submarines and Bases From Around the World

<i>By Lefevrue [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], from Wikimedia …

A Russian scientist who claimed to develop the nerve agent that poisoned Sergei Skripal has reportedly been hit by a car in Russia

A Russian scientist who developed the nerve agent used to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal was hit by a car in Russia earlier this week, local media has reported.<p>Vladimir Uglev, who claimed to be one of the developers of the military-grade Novichok poison, told Russian news site The Bell he was struck …

Edward Snowden voices support for founder as authorities try to shut down messaging service<p>Russia’s internet watchdog has blocked an estimated 16m IP addresses in a massive operation against the banned Telegram messaging app that could set a new precedent for Russian online censorship.<p>Related: …

Vladimir Putin and the new Cold War

In my researches for the final volume of my Thatcher biography, there is plenty, of course, about the Cold War, and its end. A constant bone of contention with the Russians was defection to the West. They were particularly furious about the MI6 exfiltration of the KGB man and British double agent …

Russia spied on Sergei Skirpal and his daughter for at least five years, says UK

Russia has been spying on Sergei and Yulia Skripal for at least five years and investigated how to launch nerve agent attacks using door handles, …

Russia

UK says Russia monitored daughter of former spy for years

LONDON (AP) — Russian intelligence agencies monitored the emails of former spy Sergei Skripal's daughter Yulia for at least five years before the two were poisoned, Britain's national security adviser said in a letter made public Friday.<p>Mark Sedwill made the assertion in a letter to NATO Secretary …

Russia

LIVE: Pentagon Issues Briefing On Syria Military Strikes

The Pentagon is holding a 10 p.m. press briefing to update the media on the military strikes in Syria earlier this evening.Here is the press …

Let’s put this rumor to bed: Facebook is not spying on you through your phone’s microphone

Facebook knows a lot about you. But not because they are listening in.<p>It’s time to move on from everyone’s favorite Facebook conspiracy theory: No, Facebook is not listening to you through your phone’s microphone.<p>This is a crowd favorite. When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress …

'Dear Mark, this is why I hate you.' An open letter to Zuckerberg

Dear Mark,<p>Fuck you. Oh, sorry, were you expecting something politer? Senators might thank for you volunteering to appear in Congress, but you helped …

Russia orders immediate block of Telegram messaging app

Ban could take effect immediately<p>A Russian court has ruled that messaging app Telegram must be blocked in the country. The ruling follows months of battles between Telegram and Roskomnadzor, Russia’s telecommunications watchdog. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) wants to access user data from …

North Korea is a bigger cyber-attack threat than Russia, says expert

North Korea poses a bigger threat of large-scale cyber-attacks than Russia, according to the co-founder of the information security firm that investigated the 2016 Democratic National Committee hacks.<p>Speaking to the Guardian, Crowdstrike’s Dmitri Alperovitch said: “In 2018, my biggest worry is …

Cybersecurity

Russia Moves to Ban Telegram Encrypted Messaging Platform

Russia appears to be following through on its threat last year to block access to the Telegram encrypted messaging platform.<p>The <i>BBC</i> reports today that the Roskomnadzor media regulator has begun legal proceedings to block the app in the country, after Dubai-based Telegram refused to comply with …

Russian spy chief says feels like Cold War is back

Breaking news. (photo credit: JPOST STAFF)<p>MOSCOW - Russia's foreign intelligence agency chief Sergei Naryshkin said on Wednesday that Washington's …

After Salisbury poisoning, host says there have been ‘too many strange incidents’ in recent years<p>Russian state television has warned “traitors” and Kremlin critics that they should not settle in England because of an increased risk of dying in mysterious circumstances.<p>“Don’t choose England as a …

PM reportedly facing pressure from some ministers to take tougher line with Russia in response to attempted murders in Salisbury<p>The government’s national security council (NSC) will meet again on Monday morning to discuss the response to events in Salisbury, amid speculation that Theresa May is …

Nerve Agents

'Gimli Glider' landing getting the Hollywood treatment

The story of the “Gimli Glider,” a plane without fuel that dramatically landed on a former air base runway in Gimli, Man. in 1983, has gained the …

Mindfulness Is Going Mainstream Because of Science

Mindfulness has gone from hippie-dippie magical thinking to science-based health hack. What gives?<p>In a pristine office with huge windows overlooking …

Mindfulness

Only two Android brands score reasonably well in analysis of security updates

An analysis of security updates for different smartphone brands reveals the safest brands to buy, and it doesn’t make for great reading.<p>Only two Android brands managed halfway decent ratings, with many big brands being rated poorly …<p>SecurityLab tweeted a table which examined four different …

Essential Phone

Putin said Russia has developed a new generation of unstoppable nuclear weapons — and showed an animation of them heading for the US

Russia has tested a new generation of nuclear weapons that can't be intercepted and are capable of hitting the US, Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.<p>The Russian president accompanied his announcement with a computer-generated video which showed the missiles arcing towards the US on a map of the world.<p>…

Kim Jong Un's fake Brazilian passport discovered

So the 90s, when those Brazilian passports were issued, was kind of a rough time for North Korea what with the famine and communist regimes going …

Apple Confirms it Uses Google Cloud for iCloud

The Cupertino tech giant is now using Google's Cloud Platform, in addition to Amazon's S3 service, to store encrypted iCloud data.<p>This story originally appeared on PCMag<p>Do you have your contacts, photos and other data data stored in Apple's iCloud? Your encrypted files may actually be residing in …

Apple Transfers Chinese Users' iCloud Data to State-Run Servers in China

Today marks the official transfer of Apple's Chinese iCloud services from a hosting location in the United States to servers owned and operated by state-run Chinese company Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) (via <i>CNN</i>). With the move, all Chinese users' iCloud accounts will now be hosted on GCBD's …

Privacy

Boeing out in style: a pilot’s final flight in a 747

“Nobody ever forgets their first time,” the captain said to me with a smile.<p>It was late 2007 and I was in the cockpit of a Hong Kong-bound Boeing …

U.S. Soldiers are Accidentally Revealing Sensitive Locations by Mapping Their Exercise Routes

U.S. soldiers may have inadvertently mapped remote military bases including in sensitive locations such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, through …

The B-2 stealth bomber made its first overseas deployment 20 years ago — here's why it's still one of the most feared aircraft in the sky

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the deployment to Guam of one of America's most important and expensive weapon systems — the B-2 Spirit.<p>The B-2 was originally intended to carry nuclear bombs deep into Soviet territory if the Cold War had ever turned hot. Its shape — paired with the plane's …

The U.S. Government Accuses Two Chinese Phone Makers of Spying on Americans - Here's Why We Think It's Bullsh*t

The CIA, NSA, and FBI are accusing the Chinese government of using Huawei and ZTE phones to spy on Americans. The thing is, there's no hardcore …

Spying

Spy watchdogs warn foreign interference laws might blunt their teeth

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security also heard from ASIO that the agency’s own foreign interference threat level system - …

Surveillance

Cold War II: Spy Agency Sounds Alarm at Foreign-Interference Levels

Several countries rated as ‘extreme’ threats for espionage activities on Australian soil<p>Espionage and foreign interference are occurring at greater levels now than at the height of the Cold War, a top intelligence official warned Australian lawmakers, as concerns grow among the U.S. and its allies …

Cold War