News Alert No.72: A potentially dangerous cyber-alliance: China and Russia

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According to an article published by ITAR TASS on October 21, 2014, Russia and China may soon team up to ensure information security. The agreement may be signed on November 10 during a visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Beijing. Nikolai Nikiforov, Russia’s Minister of Communication and Media said that “Russia has a very […]

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Policy Brief No.50: To catch a wolf you need a wolf: Information theft and manipulation through false accounts

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According to an article published on October 21 by NBC News, “undercover FBI agents or informants first identified or connected with the suspects via social media in at least four cases, using fake social media identities to engage them and, in one significant case, possibly engaging in ‘catfishing’[1] by luring him into a personal relationship […]

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Policy Paper No.9: Facebook Automates Fight Against Hackers: the risk of information exposure through online profiles

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 According to Information Week, on October 17, 2014, Facebook ensured that the leaked Dropbox[1] data didn’t compromise the Facebook accounts. On October 14, “a group of anonymous hackers claims to have stolen nearly 7 million Dropbox username and password combinations. But Dropbox denied that it was hacked. The hackers have posted several hundred email addresses […]

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News Alert No.62: Russia and China prime ministers’ meeting – consultations over gas supplies as recession is knocking at Russians doors

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On October 13, 2014, ITAR-TASS reported that “Russia and China are expected to sign more than 40 very important bilateral documents” on the occasion of the 19th regular meeting of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang. Medvedev told his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang that “we have a very ambitious agenda. […]

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News Alert No.61: World economies warn of global risks, call for bold action

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According to a piece of news published by Reuters on October 11, 2014, the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) at their annual meeting at the World Bank/IMF in Washington, said on behalf of the Fund’s 188 member countries that “bold action was needed to bolster the global economic recovery and they urged governments not […]

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News Alert No.57: Turkey is playing ‘a dangerous game’ as Kobani is about to fall and Islamic State advances

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According to a Reuters piece of news published on October 8, “Turkey’s president said on Tuesday [October 7] the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani was ‘about to fall’ as Islamic State fighters pressed home a three-week assault that has cost a reported 400 lives and forced thousands to flee their homes.”[1] Islamic State forces, now […]

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Policy Paper No.7: The Growing Arctic Interests of Russia

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This paper will analyze some of the recent events in the Arctic area and is not aiming full completeness. The growing activity in the Arctic region draw us attention to multiple states interests that intersect in the area. On October 1, 2014, according to Itar Tass, Chief Commander of Russian Ground Troops Colonel-General Oleg Salyukov […]

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