Australia probe foreign influence efforts through social media platforms

On Thursday, Australia started an investigation into the potential usage of foreign influence using social media platforms such as WeChat, Facebook, and Twitter. The development comes in the wake of heightened concerns in the country that China is seeking to cast its influence in Canberra’s affairs. In the past, Russia had used social media to…

Russian antitrust authorities investigating Apple Inc over abusing its market dominance

The development revolves around a highly invasive technology called Mobile Device Management. On Thursday, antitrust authorities in Russia disclosed, they have begun investigating Apple Inc following a complaint from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab that Cupertino may be abusing its dominant market position. Russia’s FAS stated it was investigating why a new version of Kaspersky Lab’s…

BlackRock in advanced talks to take over U.S. cyber security firm Cofense Inc

Complicating the negotiations is the fact that a July 19 deadline that was set by CFIUS has lapsed. Further, the U.S. government has also joined in as a trustee to oversee the sale. In a significant development, according to sources familiar with the matter at hand, following a U.S. national security panel asking Pamplona Capital…

2 of out of 3 hotels leak personal info of guests: Symantec Corp

This is a threat since cyber-criminals are increasingly interested in monitoring the movement of influential business professionals as well as government employees. According to a research report released by Symantec Corp, two out of three hotel websites have inadvertently leaked guests’ booking details as well as personal data to third-party sites, including advertisers and analytics…

Facebook removes 2632 pages, groups and accounts citing “coordinated inauthentic behavior”

Facebook removed accounts from Russia, Kosovo, Iran, and Macedonia citing what it described as “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” On Tuesday, Facebook Inc disclosed, it has removed more accounts from Russia, Kosovo, Iran, and Macedonia citing what it described as “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” A total of 2,632 pages, groups and accounts were removed from Facebook and Instagram…

Britain’s foreign minister Jeremy Hunt to unveil “doctrine of deterrence”

Western democracies are aiming to take action against groups and states aiming to influence elections through voter manipulation and disinformation campaigns. On Thursday, British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt unveiled a “doctrine of deterrence”, which includes diplomatic and economic counter-measures, to prevent cyberattacks that threaten to turn elections into “tainted exercises”. The move, part of a…

Google and Facebook databases reveal ad spending strategy

Political intelligence gathered from the databases of social media giants are the new tools for campaign strategists. In a first public view of how U.S. technology companies, including Google and Facebook, are yanking advertisements that break their online political ads rules. The duo also provided unprecedented insight into opponents’ online marketing, enabling them to capitalize…

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China-Russia Investment Fund to sink in $1.28 billion in Russia’s Tushino Project Technology Park

The joint venture is aimed at coming up with solutions and implementing breakthroughs in advanced technologies. On Tuesday, in a joint announcement China’s Tus-Holdings along with Russia-China Investment Fund (RCIF) stated they plan on a joint tech collaboration which will see them investing $1.28 billion in Russia’s Tushino Project Technology Park. In its statement, RCIF…

ASEAN nations likely to sign cybersecurity deal with Russia

A draft agreement is being circulated among foreign ministers on the area of cybersecurity, the details of which is likely to be published this coming Saturday. Following high-profile hacking attacks in Southeast Asia, nations in the region are hoping to enter into joint agreements on cybersecurity with Russia. The draft agreement, which aims to formalize…