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Mar 19, 2014

Crimean crisis pushes NATO back to Russian focus

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – For defense planners in Washington, London and Brussels, the sight of Russian forces pouring into their second neighbor in six years will overturn two decades of strategic assumptions.

The result of Russia’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine, following its 2008 war with Georgia, could be a modest reversal of years of European defense cuts and a bigger U.S. military presence in the NATO members of central and eastern Europe.

Mar 16, 2014

NATO websites hit in cyber attack linked to Crimea tension

BRUSSELS/LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) – Hackers brought down
several public NATO websites, the alliance said on Sunday, in
what appeared to be the latest escalation in cyberspace over
growing tensions over Crimea.

The Western military alliance’s spokeswoman, Oana Lungescu,
said on social networking site Twitter that cyber attacks, which
began on Saturday evening, continued on Sunday, although most
services had now been restored.

Mar 15, 2014

Malaysian plane saga highlights air defense gaps

LONDON/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Whatever truly happened to missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, its apparently unchallenged wanderings through Asian skies point to major gaps in regional – and perhaps wider – air defences.

More than a decade after al Qaeda hijackers turned airliners into weapons on September 11, 2001, a large commercial aircraft completely devoid of stealth features appeared to vanish with relative ease.

Mar 7, 2014

Suspected Russian spyware Turla targets Europe, United States

LONDON/BOSTON, March 7 (Reuters) – A sophisticated piece of
spyware has been quietly infecting hundreds of government
computers across Europe and the United States in one of the most
complex cyber espionage programs uncovered to date.

Several security researchers and Western intelligence
officers say they believe the malware, widely known as Turla, is
the work of the Russian government and linked to the same
software used to launch a massive breach on the U.S. military
uncovered in 2008.

Mar 7, 2014

Insight – Suspected Russian spyware Turla targets Europe, U.S

LONDON/BOSTON (Reuters) – A sophisticated piece of spyware has been quietly infecting hundreds of government computers across Europe and the United States in one of the most complex cyber espionage programs uncovered to date.

Several security researchers and Western intelligence officers say they believe the malware, widely known as Turla, is the work of the Russian government and linked to the same software used to launch a massive breach on the U.S. military uncovered in 2008. Those assessments were based on analysis of tactics employed by hackers, along with technical indicators and the victims they targeted.

Mar 7, 2014

Suspected Russian spyware Turla targets Europe, U.S.

LONDON/BOSTON, March 7 (Reuters) – A sophisticated piece of
spyware has been quietly infecting hundreds of government
computers across Europe and the United States in one of the most
complex cyber espionage programs uncovered to date.

Several security researchers and Western intelligence
officers say they believe the malware, widely known as Turla, is
the work of the Russian government and linked to the same
software used to launch a massive breach on the U.S. military
uncovered in 2008. Those assessments were based on analysis of
tactics employed by hackers, along with technical indicators and
the victims they targeted.

Mar 5, 2014

DDoS cyber attacks get bigger, smarter, more damaging

LONDON (Reuters) – Crashing websites and overwhelming data centers, a new generation of cyber attacks is costing millions and straining the structure of the Internet.

While some attackers are diehard activists, criminal gangs or nation states looking for a covert way to hit enemies, others are just teenage hackers looking for kicks.

Mar 4, 2014

How Russian, Ukrainian forces stack up

LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) – Underfunded, underequipped and
with its senior leadership often seen close to Moscow, Ukraine’s
military has been something of a no-show in its confrontation
with Moscow.

But that, experts say, has probably been largely deliberate.

Ukrainian forces have been involved in some stand-offs with
Russian forces particularly around bases in Crimea, some of
which have long been shared between Kiev and Russian forces
attached to the Black Sea Fleet.

Mar 2, 2014

Analysis – Ukraine crisis gives NATO, West no good options

LONDON (Reuters) – With Western powers increasingly concluding Ukraine has lost Crimea to Russia, the U.S. and its allies face few viable options and serious questions over future relations.

In ignoring President Barack Obama’s Friday warning to keep out of Ukraine, Russia looks to be precipitating the greatest crisis in Russia-Western relations since at least the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Mar 2, 2014

Ukraine crisis gives NATO, West no good options

LONDON (Reuters) – With Western powers increasingly concluding Ukraine has lost Crimea to Russia, the U.S. and its allies face few viable options and serious questions over future relations.

In ignoring President Barack Obama’s Friday warning to keep out of Ukraine, Russia looks to be precipitating the greatest crisis in Russia-Western relations since at least the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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      "Peter Apps is political risk correspondent for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, covering a range of stories on the interplay between politics, economics and markets. Previously, he was emerging markets correspondent based in London after postings in southern Africa and Sri Lanka. His neck was broken in a vehicle smash on assignment in Sri Lanka in 2006, leaving him largely paralysed from the shoulders down."
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