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Russia Proposes Changes to International Internet Laws

The current laws of cybersecurity are contained in a document known as the Convention on Cybercrime, also called the Budapest Convention. A couple of the main points in the Convention are that cybercrime can be an international concern, as opposed to being a concern on a country-by-country basis. This means…

FaceApp’s Russian Connection: Is it Actually Dangerous?

On August 10, 2019, Posted by , In Europe, By ,, , With Comments Off on FaceApp’s Russian Connection: Is it Actually Dangerous?

By Izatt Folkman FaceApp recently came back into vogue after going viral for the first time in 2017. FaceApp uses AI to alter a person’s face with various filters (Giancaspro). This time around, however, many people began to realize that FaceApp was collecting metadata on all of the pictures they…

Moscow Police Arrest Over One Thousand Protesters

On August 3, 2019, Posted by , In Europe, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Moscow Police Arrest Over One Thousand Protesters

By Izatt Folkman Nearly 1,400 people were arrested last weekend in Moscow for protesting against the Kremlin’s decision to bar independent candidates from running for election in Moscow’s city Duma (Walker). While the police let go many of these people without much fuss, around 150 people remain in custody.            …

The Kremlin Tightens Data Laws

On July 27, 2019, Posted by , In Europe, By ,,,,,, , With Comments Off on The Kremlin Tightens Data Laws

By Izatt Folkman Russia created several heavy data laws after it illegally annexed Crimea and Western powers imposed sanctions on it (RFE/RL). However, one of the first data laws that Russia was involved with came about in 2012-2013 with the introduction of the now-defunct BRICS organization.  BRICS was an organization…

Russia’s Cyber Campaigns

On July 12, 2019, Posted by , In Europe, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Russia’s Cyber Campaigns

By Izatt Folkman Russia has a long history of cyber warfare. InvestigateRussia.org lists several of the important cyberattacks fueled by Russia during the 21st century. The Committee to Investigate Russia is a non-profit organization that worked during the Robert Mueller investigation as an aggregation of news pertaining to Russia’s affiliation…