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Russian Cyberspies Caught With Mittens in Cyber Cookie Jar

Russian cyberspies -- unlike their Chinese counterparts -- have a reputation for stealth, so it's unusual when two digital espionage operations linked to the Kremlin come to light in a week. FireEye early last week released a report detailing how hackers working for the Russian government have been using sophisticated techniques over a seven-year period to penetrate computer systems.

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WireLurker: A new breed of iOS and OS X malware that has infected thousands

iPhone 6 and WireLurker source code
There's a new and particularly clever piece of malware in town called WireLurker, and rather unusually it targets iOS and OS X. Even more remarkably, WireLurker is surprisingly virulent, possibly already infecting hundreds of thousands of iOS and OS X users. While OS X malware isn't that rare, it's almost unheard of for iOS to be susceptible to such attacks -- and no, even if your device isn't jailbroken, you can still be infected.

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Antares rocket launch failure most likely caused by faulty Russian engine (updated)

Orbital Sciences Antares rocket exploding as it came back to earth
Last night, an Antares rocket exploded 14 seconds after launch. The Antares, developed by US company Orbital Sciences, was meant to carry around 5,000 pounds (2,260 kilos) of supplies to the International Space Station. No one was harmed by the explosion, though the launch site will have sustained significant damage. We don't yet know the cause of the explosion, but I'm sure that Orbital Sciences' decision to use ancient (but refurbished) Russian NK-33 rocket engines will come under a lot of scrutiny. The six astronauts aboard the ISS will be fine; NASA says they have months of supplies on board -- and anyway, Russia successfully launched its own Progress resupply craft last night, just a couple of hours after the Antares went kaboom.

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