Semiconductor Exports to Russia Said to Have Plunged by 90 Percent

Global exports of semiconductors to Russia have plummeted by 90 percent since the United States and allies slapped export controls on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said on Wednesday. Raimondo, speaking at an annual Commerce Department conference, also said that controls placed on Russia’s aerospace sector were hammering its […]

Norway Faces Cyberattack, Pro-Russian Hacker Group Accused Behind Activity

A cyberattack temporarily knocked out public and private websites in Norway in the past 24 hours, Norwegian authorities said Wednesday. Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said that to his knowledge the attack “has not caused any significant damage.” The distributed-denial-of-service (DDOS) attack targeted a secure national data network forcing the temporary suspension of online […]

Russia’s State Duma Clears Bill That Proposes VAT Relief for Crypto Issuers

The Russian parliament has rolled out approval on a draft law proposing a tax relief on issuers of digital assets and cryptocurrencies in the country. Approved on second, third, and final reading in the State Duma, the lower house of Russian parliament, the legislation clarifies various aspects of the taxation of cryptocurrencies, as DFA (digital […]

Lithuania Faces Cyberattack, Russia’s Killnet Claims Hack of Sites

Lithuanian state and private institutions were hit by a denial-of-service cyberattack on Monday, the Baltic country’s National Cyber Security Centre said in a statement released by the defence ministry. “It is very likely that attacks of similar or greater intensity will continue in the coming days, especially in the transportation, energy and financial sectors,” the […]

Spain Warns of Possible Cyberattack at NATO Summit Without Naming Culprit

Spain’s defence minister Margarita Robles warned on Friday of a possible cyberattack during the NATO summit in Madrid next week. Asked if Spain feared Russia could launch such an attack, Robles told journalists “the possibility of a cyberattack exists”, without mentioning the country by name. “There are many challenges and many threats,” she said, adding […]

Google May Face Another Turnover Fine in Russia, Warns Russian Regulator

Alphabet’s Google may face a fine of 5-10 percent of its turnover in Russia for what the state communications regulator said on Wednesday was a repeated failure to delete banned content, including “misleading information” on YouTube about events in Ukraine. This is the second fine based on a percentage of turnover that Google could face […]

Microsoft Alleges Russian Spies of Targeting Ukraine’s Allies Including US

Coinciding with unrelenting cyberattacks against Ukraine, state-backed Russian hackers have engaged in “strategic espionage” against governments, think tanks, businesses and aid groups in 42 countries supporting Kyiv, Microsoft said in a report on Wednesday. “Since the start of the war, the Russian targeting (of Ukraine’s allies) has been successful 29 percent of the time,” Microsoft […]

Facebook Owner Meta Loses Appeal Over ‘Extremist Activity’ Tag: Report

A Moscow court on Monday rejected an appeal brought by Meta Platforms after it was found guilty of “extremist activity” in Russia in March, the TASS news agency reported. Russia restricted access to Meta‘s flagship platforms Facebook and Instagram, as well as fellow social network Twitter, in the wake of Moscow sending tens of thousands […]

Google’s Russian Subsidiary Reportedly Submits Bankruptcy Declaration

The Russian subsidiary of Alphabet’s Google has submitted a declaration of bankruptcy, Interfax reported on Friday, citing court filings online. The subsidiary announced plans to file for bankruptcy in May after authorities seized its bank account, making it impossible to pay staff and vendors. “The Russian authorities’ seizure of Google Russia’s bank account has made […]

ESA, Russia’s Roscosmos Hold Talks Over ExoMars Rover Mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) said on Monday it has held talks with Russia’s Roscosmos space agency over the ExoMars rover mission to search for signs of life on the surface of Mars. The ESA’s press office confirmed the talks in an emailed statement, but gave no indication of the outcome. An update could follow […]

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