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Following a failed attempt to get a two year old page on Reddit pulled the proper way, a Russian censorship agency has instead ordered all ISPs to block the site entirely.
A non-classified Pentagon email system used by thousands of personnel working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff was successfully targeted in a cyber-attack - and fingers are now being pointed at Russia.
Acer's first Windows Phone for several years is now available in more markets - but while the model that's launched in Canada will have 1GB RAM and 8GB storage, in Russia, it only gets 512MB / 4GB.
Russia is the prime suspect in what looks like a state-sponsored cyber attack upon the German parliament. The Bundestag's network was compromised and data was transferred outside of the country.
Russia's ever expanding internet laws threaten to block Google, Facebook, and Twitter entirely if they fail to censor and deliver information on Russian content and bloggers.
The Russian government wants to reduce its dependence on foreign software, and has announced plans to develop its own smartphone operating system, based on the open-source Jolla Sailfish OS.
An unclassified US military network was breached earlier this year by Russian hackers who gained access to the network via an old unpatched vulnerability before being discovered hours later.
A recent White House email hack has been linked by investigators to a previous security breach at the State Department. The attackers are being linked to Russia but the investigation is ongoing.
While 'Halo Online' has made its official debut, few will get their hands on it due to 343 Industries decision to make the game available to those participating in the closed beta in Russia.
The US National Security Agency has been caught eavesdropping again using the firmware of hard drives to host its own spyware, according to the Russian computer security firm, Kaspersky Lab.
A group of international cyber criminals has stolen up to $1 billion from 100 banks around the world over a two year period, according to the Russian computer security company, Kaspersky Lab.
The YotaPhone 2 is probably the most unique smartphone available right now. We've gotten our hands on one for a review, and in the meantime check out our unboxing and first impressions of the device!
Topface, a Russian dating site, has apparently had its servers hacked and the perpetrators are now auctioning off over twenty million usernames and e-mail addresses which can be used for future scams.
Apple has announced that prices will soon be changing in the EU, Canada, Russia and other countries App Stores, with the EU, Canada and Norway seeing increases.
Intel has imposed self-censorship on its bloggers in response to new Russian laws, which requires journalists and bloggers to register with the government and restricts what they publish.
The giant US internet companies Google, Facebook and Twitter are currently at odds with the Kremlin over censorship requests made by the government and ignored by the giant social networks.
Apple's Russian store is back online after a brief absence but shoppers will likely be dismayed to find out that the company's products now cost approximately 35% more than they did last week.
Amid sanctions over Ukraine and cheap oil prices, Russia's currency, the rouble, has been in free-fall losing half its value since January, which has forced Apple to close its online store in Russia.
Amid ongoing tensions with the West and concerns with new censorship laws, Google, Microsoft and Adobe operations has been pulled from Russia.
A Russian news agency has revealed that the country is set to impose a ban on Apple devices connecting to the US due to storage of iCloud data overseas, which has been forbidden by a recent law.
A new report by cyber security firm Fire Eye says that malware may have been developed and deployed by the Russian government to collect intelligence and other sensitive information.
In a move that's in-line with previous rumors, Internet companies are being pressured by the Russian government to comply with censorship and data storage laws if they want to continue doing business.
Microsoft has confirmed that its Xbox One console will finally make its way to Russia next month, launching there on September 26 - just a few days after its launch in China and many other markets.
The Russian government has asked Apple Inc to hand over its source code, citing concerns that the United States and other Western governments might be using it to spy on Russia.
The Russian government wants to find a way to crack the Tor network, and will pay four million roubles to any Russian citizen or company that can reliably decrypt data sent via the anonymous network.
Russia's lower parliament has approved an amendment which would require all internet companies, including Facebook and Google, to store data within the country's borders or face being banned.
Russia has stated that it is working to move away from foreign software products like Microsoft's Windows in favor of home grown software as a result of rising political tensions with the US.
Russia has passed a bill that will ban services that don't have servers hosting personal information within the county. The new law could come into effect in late 2016.
The Xbox One will be coming to many markets in September. The Sep. 5th release date of the console for Russia has been confirmed on Microsoft's website. It will come with and without the Kinect.
Russia has listed 'The Sims 4' as Adults Only in adherence with a controversial law prohibiting the promotion of same-sex relationships to minors.
Under new 'anti-terrorism' legislation in Russia, Skype, Facebook, Gmail and other services could be banned for failing to comply with new laws unless the companies changes where user data is stored.
Popular Russian news site RT.com has been hacked following the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, with instances of "Russian" replaced with "Nazi" on all articles and headlines.
A series of drug related ads could be the beginning of Facebook Russia's demise. Russia's media watchdog announced it would not hesitate to block the site if it can prove that the ads had been used.
Five men have been charged in what's being called the largest fraud hacking case ever in the US, as they are accused of stealing 160 million credit and debit card numbers.
Due to government leaks and other recent events, there has been serious discussion in Russia's government about going back to typewriters. Such a change could cut down on future potential leaks.
After ditching sales of Apple's iPhone, Russia's largest mobile network is pushing Windows Phone, opening special retail zones in its stores for the OS, which has now grown to 8.2% of the market.
Microsoft's premier student competition, Imagine Cup, has kicked-off today in St. Petersburg, Russia and with more than 300 students competing, this will be on for the record books.
Microsoft will begin selling the Surface RT tablet in Russia on Thursday, April 4, via the M.Video store in Moscow, with plans for a launch day concert as well.
Russia and Turkey are receiving a different default engine to most WP8 handsets, with Yandex coming as standard on both. The partnership could help gain some control for Yandex within Turkey.
In less than a month, behind closed doors, the UN is going to hold discussions that could have huge ramifications for internet users everywhere. Let's get them to come clean and bring it into the open
If you've ever wanted to see how far you could take the concept of car modification, 3DTuning might be the best thing since sliced bread. The site allows you to butcher cars to your heart's content.
Ultra-conservative Russian Orthodox Christians have taken offence over Apple's logo, believing it to be anti-Christian, and replacing the bitten fruit symbol on the company's products with a crucifix.
A new Russian-developed software system called VoiceGrid Nation can identify a person in a matter of seconds, using only their voice matched against a massive database of recordings, or voice-prints.
Information from Russian newspaper Kommersant indicates that Russia's foreign intelligence agency, the SVR, has invested considerable sums of money into developing propaganda spambots for the state.
Russia wants to equip military and government personnel with tablets, but the country isn't comfortable with Google collecting information from Android users, which could fall into U.S. hands
Reuters was hacked on Friday, with an account being hacked and used to spread misinformation about the situation in Syria, and specifically about the Free Syrian Army's movements.
Due to a controversial law being considered by Russia's State Parliament which could allow the blacklisting of websites, Wikipedia has closed itself for a one-day protest again.
The four political parties in Russia are developing a bill that, if passed, would give the country's government the power to create a blacklist of websites based on topics like porn and drug ads.