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Are Russian ‘weapons’ just filled with hot air?

October 13th at 7:34 PM

Are Russian ‘weapons’ just filled with hot air?

The same technology that produces bouncy castles is reportedly a part of Russian military strategy.

MIG-31 fighter jets, T-80 tanks and even a S-300 missile system are all available for sale from a company called Rusbal— and all of them are as solid as a hot air balloon and as deadly as a bouncy castle from a child’s birthday party. The inflatable decoys, which look real from the air, are part of a Russian military strategy that includes deceit and confusion, The New York Times reports.

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Russia Hacks DNC Emails

US government blames recent political hacks on Russia

October 7th at 3:53 PM

US government blames recent political hacks on Russia

On Friday afternoon, the Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security issued a joint statement confirming that the Russian government was behind “the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations.”

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NSA Hack Explained Russia

Yup, Russia was probably behind that NSA hack

August 17th at 9:00 PM

Yup, Russia was probably behind that NSA hack

The NSA was hacked by a group that calls itself Shadow Brokers, a report earlier this week revealed, with some of the stolen cyberweapons being auctioned off to the highest bidder. Since then, experts who have seen some of the stolen files believe that the NSA has indeed been hacked, with Russia being one of the prime suspects. As for the strange auction itself, it looks like nobody is really interested in paying for the hacked documents at this point. More →

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DNC Email Hack

The FBI is investigating suspected Russian hacking into the DNC servers

July 25th at 4:15 PM

The FBI is investigating suspected Russian hacking into the DNC servers

Last week, WikiLeaks posted a series of emails from the Democratic National Committee, with all sorts of embarrassing details for the DNC, and a bunch of passport and social security numbers of supporters. Rumors have been flying around that the hack was the work of the Russian government, and now the FBI has given those rumors some credibility by announcing an investigation.

According to a statement the FBI issued to the Associated Press, the Bureau is “investigating a cyber intrusion involving the DNC,” since “a compromise of this nature is something we take very seriously.”

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ISIS Soda Can Bomb Airplane MetroJet KGL9268

ISIS says soda can bomb detonated on Russian plane was intended for western passenger jet

November 19th at 10:18 AM

ISIS says soda can bomb detonated on Russian plane was intended for western passenger jet

A few days after the Paris attacks that left hundreds dead and injured, Russia confirmed that a homemade explosive device was detonated on board MetroJet Flight 9268 in October, killing all 224 passengers. Since then, ISIS published images of the bomb that was detonated inside the airplane, saying that the Russian flight wasn’t the original target. Instead, ISIS wanted to shoot down a Western plane. More →

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ISIS Bomb Flight Metrojet KGL9268

ISIS bombed Russian plane with homemade explosive device weighing under 3 pounds

November 17th at 6:40 PM

ISIS bombed Russian plane with homemade explosive device weighing under 3 pounds

All the annoying checks you go through before boarding a plane are supposed to increase security and thwart terrorists’ ambitions. But it looks like these safety measures aren’t foolproof because Russia on Tuesday confirmed that ISIS managed to sneak a homemade bomb onto a passenger jet that crashed over Sinai, Egypt late last month. More →

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Russia bringing back Cold War mini-subs, report says

July 10th at 8:40 PM

Russia bringing back Cold War mini-subs, report says

Russia is reportedly bringing back a fleet of Cold War-era mini-submarines, a move that could ramp up tensions with the West.

Moscow is set to bring back the Cold War-era Piranha-class midget subs as part of a $350 million military spending spree, according to the U.K.’s Daily Express. An unnamed source told the newspaper that Russian leader Vladimir Putin is “breathing life into many old programmes and thinks subs are an effective way of getting what he wants militarily.”

Relations between Russia and the West have sunk to post-Cold War lows after Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and its support for a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

Amid these simmering tensions, Russian submarine activities are under close scrutiny, particularly in the Baltic. Last year the Swedish military launched amajor hunt for a suspected underwater intruder in the Stockholm archipelago, its largest anti-sub operation since the end of the Cold War. Defense experts cited Russia as the likely culprit, although Moscow denied its involvement.

The incident nonetheless prompted speculation that a Russian Piranha sub was involved.

Described as virtually undetectable, the covert subs can lay mines and fire torpedoes. The diesel-electric submarines displace a mere 390 tons when submerged and can carry nine crew and six combat divers, according to theU.S. Naval Institute.

The Piranha submarines could pose a “significant threat” to the U.K. if they enter British waters, according to the source interviewed by the Daily Express.

However, Dmitry Gorenburg, an analyst at naval research specialist CNA, is skeptical about the prospect of Piranha subs resurfacing in Russia’s military. “The two remaining subs of this class have been out of service for more than 15 years,” he told FoxNews.com, in an e-mail, adding that it would be a major task to refurbish them. “The subs were originally withdrawn because they were seen as difficult to use and too large for their purpose,” he added.

Gorenburg believes that Russia is more likely to build new midget subs at some point in the future, rather then revamping old ones.

Washington has been keeping a close eye on Moscow’s military moves. On Thursday President Obama’s nominee to lead the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff warned that Russia poses the world’s greatest threat to U.S. national security. “If you want to talk about a nation that could pose an existential threat to the United States, I’d have to point to Russia. And if you look at their behavior, it’s nothing short of alarming,” Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford told senators at his confirmation hearing.

Other senior military figures have voiced their concerns about Russia. In April Adm. William Gortney, head of U.S. Northern Command, warned that Russia’s modern military is now “far more capable” than that of the Soviet Union, saying Moscow is “messaging” the United States that “they’re a global power.” Gortney disclosed to Congress in March that Russian heavy bombers flew more “out-of-area patrols” last year than in any year “since the Cold War.” The following month, he affirmed that Russia’s “long-range” flights are rising – and occurring in places they haven’t before, like near Canada, Alaska and the English Channel.

On July 4 two pairs of Russian bombers flew off the coast of California and Alaska — forcing the Air Force to scramble fighter jets to intercept both flights, defense officials told Fox News.

The Russian Embassy in Washington D.C. has not yet responded to a request for comment on this story from FoxNews.com.

by James Rogers

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Russia Straight Pride Flag Unveiled

Putin’s United Russia party unveils a Straight Pride flag to fight ‘gay fever’

July 9th at 9:30 PM

Putin’s United Russia party unveils a Straight Pride flag to fight ‘gay fever’

Straight people in Russia have it really rough. They’re raised in an extremely heterophobic environment in which they’re constantly shamed by religious scolds for being attracted to the opposite sex. Even worse, their own government in recent years has discriminated against them by passing laws that ban “the promotion of non-traditional sexual relationships,” which has resulted in the closure of straight bars and clubs that used to offer straight people precious social outlets where they could congregate without fear of being castigated. More →

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U.S. Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Bombers

Independence Day Trouble: U.S. Fighters Intercepted Incoming Russian Bombers on July 4th

July 7th at 6:50 AM

Independence Day Trouble: U.S. Fighters Intercepted Incoming Russian Bombers on July 4th

Tensions between the USA and Russia escalated on Independence Day, when the European superpower decided to send two pairs of Tupolev Tu-95 long-range strategic bombers, capable of carrying nuclear payloads, close to the coast of California and Alaska. The Air Force scrambled fighter jets to intercept them. More →

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Russian government may ban iPad, adopt PlayBook or Android tablets instead

July 29th at 6:20 PM

Russian government may ban iPad, adopt PlayBook or Android tablets instead

The Russian government is considering disallowing the use of Apple’s iPad tablet within government agencies due to security concerns, Russian-language business news site RBC Daily reports. Instead, it is investigating various alternative tablet options including RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook, Android-powered tablets or even a new device created by a Russian agency. Government security experts are reportedly looking for more “cryptographically secure tablet PCs” than Apple’s iPad tablet, and if the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology’s recent certification is any indication, the BlackBerry PlayBook could fit the bill. RIM announced last week that its PlayBook tablet received FIPS 140-2 certification, thus allowing it to be used by U.S. government officials. No other tablet has received FIPS certification to date. More →

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eBay outs iPad 2 sales data

April 1st at 9:15 AM

eBay outs iPad 2 sales data

eBay has revealed sales figures for the iPad 2 during its first two weeks on the market. The online auction house created a chart that shows just under 12,000 iPad 2 units were sold during the two week period that it was exclusively available in the United States. The graphic notes that 35% of iPad 2 units sold during that 2 week period were to international customers looking to get an early taste — that figure is down from the 65% of international customers who purchased the original iPad on eBay. Canada and Russia were the two largest importers, each purchasing about 500 iPad 2 tablets. Hong Kong, Japan, and the United Kingdom each bought about 350. Australia purchased 317 iPads last year, but only purchased 110 iPad 2 devices in 2010. The 16GB Wi-Fi version of the iPad 2 was the most popular, as it represented 30% of all iPad 2 sales. Apple has yet to release its official iPad 2 sales figures. More →

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