Russia’s Interior Ministry says it has arrested the creator of the infamous Blackhole tool used to install malware on computers around the world and steal login information, IDG News Service reports. Read More »
Amid spying concerns after the revelation of U.S. security agencies’ wiretaps of foreign leaders, Russia is considering making its officials give up their iPhones in favor of a new smartphone made by the Russian firm Yota, RIA Novosti reports.
Russia states that replacement of internal passports with new ID cards would give more than 120 million Russians access to electronic services, Itar-Tass reports. These services might include obtaining certificates and statements from public offices, online registration at the place of residence and electronic voting. After the introduction of electronic ID cards, citizens will be able to complete all of these procedures online instead of standing in queues for hours at public offices.
Thousands of players participated in a quest to locate ‘seeds from space’ after they were released from a balloon 30 kilometers above the ground on 16 November, Technet.cz reports.
It calls itself “Your Accessible European Bank” and is partly owned by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, an institution pledged to uphold democratic values. Read More »
Farmers in the Prespa Lake Basin of Resen, Macedonia are reducing the amount of harmful pesticides polluting the region with the help of a new system that incorporates monitoring pests and social media, according to National Geographic’s “News Watch”.
Four Russians and a Ukrainian have been charged in what U.S. officials call the largest hacking attack in the country’s history, RIA Novosti reports.
A proxy group working for Ukraine’s ruling Party of Regions organized a stealth public relations campaign in the States, contacting American conservative bloggers and paying them for favorable posts across social media platforms, according to BuzzFeed. The campaign started around the time of last fall’s parliamentary elections.
Belarus has grabbed the dubious honor of being the biggest worldwide source of spam per capita, according to the BBC. Data from the Cloudmark security firm flagged 27 percent of Belarusian IP addresses as known sources of spam, with Romania in second place at 22 percent.