US charges two Russian government agents with hacking in unprecedented prosecution of Kremlin officials

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The US has brought hacking charges against Russian officials for the first time ever. The decision comes as federal officials continue to investigate whether Russian spies interfered with the 2016 presidential election by hacking the Democratic party, among others. The country launched cyber attacks that were calculated to help Donald Trump win the election, it has been claimed by intelligence agencies and some politicians. Though the Justice Department has previously charged Russians with cyber crime – and brought prosecutions against hackers sponsored by the Chinese and Iranian governments – the new indictments are the first time a criminal case has been brought against Russian government officials. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


Yahoo hack: Russia denies involvement after US charges two FSB officers over 'state-sponsored' cyber attack

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The Russian government says that its agents weren't involved in hacking 500 million Yahoo accounts after the US charged two spies two spies over a "state-sponsored" cyber attack. The Kremlin said its FSB domestic intelligence service was not involved in any unlawful activity. It appeared to suggest that no Russian intelligence agents have ever hacked anyone else. This week it emerged that the US Department of Justice would charge two Russian spies with hacking into Yahoo in one of the biggest cyber attacks in history. It said that FSB agents had paid hackers to steal people's email accounts and try and gather information about journalists and politicians.


How to stay safe against iCloud phishing attacks after Emma Watson nude photos reportedly leak

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Nude and private photos of celebrities including Emma Watson and Amanda Seyfried are circulating online, according to reports, leading to fears of a second major hacking attack. As with 2014's famous iCloud attack, the photos appear to have been stolen from people's phones and then traded online. In both cases, the photos appear to be old – suggesting that, like 2014's attack, the pictures have been circulating among collectors for some time. It is likely that the photos were stolen using fairly simple cyber attacks, of the kind that could hit anyone. While the recent spate of cyber attacks have become famous because of who they affected and the nature of the photos, the same techniques could be used to steal the most personal information from anyone.


WikiLeaks files detail CIA 'UMBRAGE' project, which would allow spies to pin attacks on other countries

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The CIA had a special programme allowing it to trick people into thinking they had been hacked by other countries, according to WikiLeaks. The agency was cataloguing the hacking methods of outside cyber attackers, including those from Russia, according to files published by the organisation. Once it had them catalogued, it could use them to break into other countries or people's computers or phones – making it look like a different country had done so. WikiLeaks made specific reference to the Russian Federation. Tensions between the US and Russia have escalated in recent months, in particular since American intelligence agencies blamed the hack of Democratic emails – credited with swaying the election of Donald Trump – on the country.


Donald Trump team attacks WikiLeaks over CIA files, despite President once saying he 'loved' them

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Donald Trump's team has aggressively attacked WikiLeaks after it published files from the CIA. The WikiLeaks'Vault 7' documents make up the biggest disclosure of CIA secrets ever. And it wasn't clear how the President would react, given that he had previously told the world: "I love WikiLeaks". But Mr Trump's administration quickly attacked WikiLeaks for having published the CIA documents. White House press secretary Sean Spicer answered questions on the latest WikiLeaks disclosure by saying that leaks of national security or classified information should have everybody "outraged."