The Russia watchU.S. 'woefully unprepared' for cyber threats; Russia targets Irish tech companies; dead spies, and more

Published 12 March 2018

· Mark Warner: The country is ‘woefully unprepared’ for cyber threats

· Russia and the 2016 U.S. presidential election: Laying out the publicly available evidence

· Russian spies targeting Irish tech companies

· Russia will launch ‘major cyberattack’ if U.K. applies new sanctions, experts warn

· If war comes, Russia could disconnect from the Internet. Yes, the entire country

· From the Baltics to the Middle East: Russia’s rising threat

· Russian spy: Poisoning poses major challenge for MI6

Mark Warner: The country is ‘woefully unprepared’ for cyber threats (Selena Larson, CNN)
Whether it’s an attack on the banking infrastructure or disinformation campaigns on social media, the United States is “woefully unprepared” to combat cyber attacks and disinformation campaigns, Senator Mark Warner said on Saturday.

Russia and the 2016 U.S. presidential election: Laying out the publicly available evidence (David Filipov, Kevin Doyle, and Natasha Yefimova-Trilling, Russia Matters)
The purpose of this compilation is to lay out, as systematically as possible, the evidence that supports, or refutes, key claims made about official Russian meddling in the U.S. election. We have gleaned these claims from media reports and public figures and the evidence presented runs the gamut from strong to plausible to weak. Limiting ourselves to information that is publicly available at the time of writing, we focus on the three questions central to the “Russiagate” narrative: 1) Did the Russian government or its affiliates interfere in the 2016 election? 2) If the Russian government or its affiliates did interfere, did they intervene in favor of Trump and against his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton? 3) Did Trump or any of his associates collude with the Russian government or its affiliates to win the 2016 election?

Russian spies targeting Irish tech companies (John Mooney, The Times)
Russia’s intelligence services have increased their activities in Ireland to spy on companies involved in the technology, engineering and scientific sectors, according to information gathered by Garda Headquarters.

Russia will launch ‘major cyberattack’ if U.K. applies new sanctions, experts warn (Marco Giannangeli, Express)
Britain should brace itself for a major cyber attack by Russia if Theresa May applies tough new sanctions against Moscow following the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal, experts warned last night.

If war comes, Russia could disconnect from the Internet. Yes, the entire country (Patricj Tucker, Defense One)
Robust internal networks will keep the military and government operating, says Putin’s top IT advisor.

From the Baltics to the Middle East: Russia’s rising threat (Claudia Rosett, The Hill)
It’s less than six years since President Obama mocked presidential contender Mitt Romney for warning about the resurgent threat from Russia. In one of the most memorable lines of the 2012 election, Obama scoffed that “the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”

Softly-softly isn’t working. Time to play hard with Russians in UK (Oliver Bullough, Guardian)
After the Salisbury poisonings, it’s time to tell Putin’s inner circle that they are no longer welcome here

Russian spy: Poisoning poses major challenge for MI6 (Gordon Corera, BBC)
The attempted killing of Sergei Skripal poses major challenges for British intelligence. This was a man who had been convicted for spying for Britain, pardoned, released and then targeted to be killed on British soil. The search for a motive remains a key question.