The Russia watch6 biggest Russian cyberattacks on U.S.; EU counter-disinformation efforts; Russian cyber warfare advances, and more

Published 13 April 2018

· EU counter-disinformation efforts in disarray

· Russian trolls denied Syrian gas attack—before it happened

· Fox’s Steve Doocy uncritically pushes Russian smear about Syrian first responders

· Facebook picked a really odd way to alert the Clinton and Trump campaigns about Russian hacking

· German spy chief: high likelihood Moscow behind hack on German government

· 6 biggest Russian cyberattacks on the U.S. government

· U.K. hit by 49 cyberattacks from Russian groups in six months says Amber Rudd

· Russian company indicted by Mueller hires Washington lawyers

· What the U.S. can do now to protect against Russian cyber warfare advances

EU counter-disinformation efforts in disarray(Teri Schultz, DW)
Having squandered solidarity in the Skripal case, the EU is fighting Russian propaganda at the same time as its experts fight among themselves about how. Chalk one up for the Kremlin?

Russian trolls denied Syrian gas attack—before it happened(Adam Rawnsley, Daily Beast)
The conspiracists introduced claims about rebels using chemical weapons just as the Trump administration’s frustration was rising over the Assad regime’s use of chlorine gas.

Fox’s Steve Doocy uncritically pushes Russian smear about Syrian first responders(Nick Fernandez, Media Matters)
During the coverage of possible American strikes against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy uncritically pushed a Russian-backed smear against an organization of first responders on the ground in Syria called the Syria Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets.

Facebook picked a really odd way to alert the Clinton and Trump campaigns about Russian hacking(Andy Kroll, Mother Jones)
And neither campaign received the warning.

German spy chief: high likelihood Moscow behind hack on German government(Reuters)
The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency on Wednesday said there was a “high likelihood” that the Russian government was behind a cyber attack on German computer networks.

6 biggest Russian cyberattacks on the U.S. government(Natasha Stokes, Techkicious)
In recent months, federal investigators have linked a number of hacking incidents into the U.S. government to a single Russian hacker group. These incidents go at least as far back as sensitive information gleaned during the 2016 presidential campaign; the most recent discovery led the administration to accuse the Russian government of attacking the national energy infrastructure.

U.K. hit by 49 cyberattacks from Russian groups in six months says Amber Rudd(Danny Palmer, ZDNet)
‘We will not tolerate this,’ says home secretary Amber Rudd — and announces national cybercrime exercises to prepare for future attacks.

Russian company indicted by Mueller hires Washington lawyers(US News)
A Russian company charged with helping fund a Russian propaganda operation that allegedly tampered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has retained two Washington lawyers to handle its defense, according to court filings on Wednesday.

What the U.S. can do now to protect against Russian cyber warfare advances(Debra Decker, Dallas News)
The Russians are not coming, they are here. And they’re poised for new age warfare that uses weapons of mass disruption rather than destruction.