Section: Cyberwar and security

      NSDC hopes to cut sharply share of Ukrainian audience in Russian social networks
      May20

      NSDC hopes to cut sharply share of Ukrainian audience in Russian social networks

      The National Security and Defense Council hopes to reduce by several times the Ukrainian audience of Russian social networks, according to Valentyn Petrov, head of the information security service at the NSDC staff, 112 Ukraine TV channel reports. ”If we succeed in reducing the audience by two or three to five times, this will be a tangible...

      EU on social networks ban: national security measures should not affect right to free expression
      May20

      EU on social networks ban: national security measures should not affect right to free expression

      The European Union admits that national security is a prerogative of the Ukrainian authorities, at the same time noting Brussels expects that the restrictive measures do not affect the right to free expression, that`s according to a statement by Jurgis Vilcinskas, Head of the Press and Information Section at the EU Delegation to Ukraine. ”We are...

      Sweden drops Assange rape investigation – BBC
      May19

      Sweden drops Assange rape investigation – BBC

      Sweden`s director of public prosecutions has decided to drop the rape investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, according to the BBC. Marianne Ny filed a request to the Stockholm District Court to revoke his arrest warrant, apparently ending a seven-year stand-off, the BBC reported. Mr. Assange, 45, has lived in the Ecuadoran embassy...

      Ukraine accuses Russia of attack on president`s website after web sanctions
      May18

      Ukraine accuses Russia of attack on president`s website after web sanctions

      Ukraine accused Russia on Tuesday of carrying out an organized cyber attack on President Petro Poroshenko`s website in response to Kyiv`s decision to impose sanctions on a number of major Russian internet businesses, according to Reuters. See also: Ukrainian President ordered internet-providers to block access to Russia social networks, Yandex...

      Human Rights Watch asks Poroshenko to revoke ban on Russian social media in Ukraine
      May17

      Human Rights Watch asks Poroshenko to revoke ban on Russian social media in Ukraine

      Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to revoke a ban on Russian social media platforms and news outlets, as it infringes the right to freedom of expression and information in Ukraine. ”Poroshenko should immediately reverse the ban, which affects such internet platforms as VKontakte, Odnoklassniki, RBC, and...

      Bitcoin, dash payments could soon cover 80% of Ukraine merchant terminals
      May17

      Bitcoin, dash payments could soon cover 80% of Ukraine merchant terminals

      A project aiming to introduce Bitcoin and Dash payments across the Ukrainian retail sector has gained over $20,000 funding, CoinTelegraph reports. The as yet unnamed initiative, which began as a proposal on the Dash Central platform, now has 255 Dash ($21,500) at its disposal and has partnered with backend clients to make consumer payments...

      The Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine brands banned Russian social networks ”instruments of hybrid war”
      May16

      The Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine brands banned Russian social networks ”instruments of hybrid war”

      The Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine in a comment issued Monday declared that social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassniki as well as Yandex and Mail.ru online services have long been used by Russian security forces s as an instrument in Russia`s hybrid war. The comment followed the president`s signing of a decree enforcing the decision...

      Ukrainian President ordered internet-providers to block access to Russia social networks, Yandex search, Kaspersky anti-virus and other web services
      May16

      Ukrainian President ordered internet-providers to block access to Russia social networks, Yandex search, Kaspersky anti-virus and other web services

      Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed an order to introduce new sanctions against Russia, which foresees, among other things, the blocking of access to Russian media outlets and popular social networks like vk.com Respective presidential order No. 133/2017 dated May 15, 2017, is posted on Poroshenko`s official website. The order has...

      Kyiv Council to turn down Russian-made software citing cyber security concerns
      May16

      Kyiv Council to turn down Russian-made software citing cyber security concerns

      Kyiv City Council`s permanent commission on transport, communications and advertising on Monday adopted a draft decision calling for tighter cyber security measures and removing all Russian software installed in municipal agencies. The document stipulates a ban on software and telecom equipment designed and produced by Russian companies....

      New wave of ransom threats seen in unprecedented global attack – Bloomberg
      May15

      New wave of ransom threats seen in unprecedented global attack – Bloomberg

      An unrivaled global cyber-attack is poised to continue claiming victims Monday as people return to work and turn on their desktop computers, even as hospitals and other facilities gained the upper hand against the first wave, according to Bloomberg. More than 200,000 computers in at least 150 countries have so far been infected, according to...