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Oil prices fall amid broader market selloff, despite tightening supplies

August 18, 2017 By Henning Gloystein SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oil prices fell early on Friday as part of a broad-based selloff across markets and despite signs that crude markets are gradually tightening. Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil prices, were at $50.93 per barrel at 0031 GMT, down 10 cents, or 0.2 percent, from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $47.02 a barrel, down 7 cents, or 0.2 percent. Oil traders said the crude falls came amid a selloff across many other…

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Russia-linked hackers targeted hotel guests across Europe: security firm

August 11, 2017 By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A cyber-spying group with suspected links to Russian military intelligence was probably behind a campaign targeting hotel guests in eight mostly European countries last month, researchers at security firm FireEye said on Friday. The espionage group, dubbed APT 28, sought to steal password credentials from Western government and business travelers using hotel wi-fi networks, in order then to infect their organizational networks back home, FireEye said in a report (https://goo.gl/oQh8c1). The wave of attacks during the first week of July targeted…

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Asia stocks edge higher, dollar languishes on U.S. politics, mixed data

August 4, 2017 By Nichola Saminather SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Asian stocks inched up on Friday after a technology-led drop on Wall Street, while U.S. Treasury yields and the dollar were pressured by news Special Counsel Robert Mueller had issued grand jury subpoenas in his investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.2 percent, although gains were kept in check by the reluctance of many investors to stake out fresh positions ahead of U.S. job data later in the…

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New website aims to track Russian-backed propaganda on Twitter

August 2, 2017 By Dustin Volz SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A website launched on Wednesday seeks to track Russian-supported propaganda and disinformation on Twitter, part of a growing non-governmental effort to diminish Moscow’s ability to meddle in future elections in the United States and Europe. The “Hamilton 68” dashboard (http://dashboard.securingdemocracy.org/) was built by researchers working with the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan, transatlantic project set up last month to counter Russian disinformation campaigns. The website, supported by the German Marshall Fund, displays a “near real-time” analysis of English-language tweets…

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Exclusive: Sanctions gap lets Western firms tap Russian frontier oil

August 2, 2017 By Nerijus Adomaitis and Katya Golubkova OSLO/MOSCOW (Reuters) – A gap in U.S. sanctions allows Western companies to help Russia develop some of its most technically challenging oil reserves, and risks undermining the broad aim of the measures, a Reuters review of company results and media releases has found. When Washington imposed the sanctions on Moscow in 2014 over its annexation of Crimea and role in the Ukraine conflict, the U.S Treasury said it wanted to “impede Russia’s ability to develop so-called frontier or unconventional oil resources”….

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U.S. indicts suspected Russian ‘mastermind’ of $4 billion bitcoin laundering scheme

July 27, 2017 By Jack Stubbs, Karolina Tagaris and Anna Irrera NEW YORK/ATHENS/MOSCOW (Reuters) – A U.S. jury indicted a Russian man on Wednesday as the operator of a digital currency exchange he allegedly used to launder more than $4 billion for people involved in crimes ranging from computer hacking to drug trafficking. Alexander Vinnik was arrested in a small beachside village in northern Greece on Tuesday, according to local authorities, following an investigation led by the U.S. Justice Department along with several other federal agencies and task forces. U.S….

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U.S. treads water on cyber policy as destructive attacks mount

July 26, 2017 By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The Trump administration’s refusal to publicly accuse Russia and others in a wave of politically motivated hacking attacks is creating a policy vacuum that security experts fear will encourage more cyber warfare. In the past three months, hackers broke into official websites in Qatar, helping to create a regional crisis; suspected North Korean-backed hackers closed down British hospitals with ransomware; and a cyber attack that researchers attribute to Russia deleted data on thousands of computers in the Ukraine. Yet neither…

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Russia’s Kaspersky Lab launches free antivirus software globally

July 26, 2017 By Dustin Volz LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab on Tuesday announced it was rolling out a free version of its antivirus software across the globe, a product launch that comes amid mounting suspicion in the United States that the cyber firm is vulnerable to Russian government influence. Kaspersky Free was immediately available in the United States, Canada, and several Asia Pacific countries and would launch in other regions in the coming months, Eugene Kaspersky, the company founder, wrote in a blog post. (http://bit.ly/2uXnsVQ) Kaspersky said…

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Exclusive: Germany wants more EU sanctions on Russia over Siemens Crimea turbines – sources

July 24, 2017 By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany is urging the European Union to add up to four more Russian nationals and companies to the bloc’s sanctions blacklist over Siemens gas turbines delivered to Moscow-annexed Crimea, two sources in Brussels said. The EU has barred its firms from doing business with Crimea since the 2014 annexation, imposed sanctions on Russian individuals and entities, and curbed cooperation with Russia in energy, arms and finance over its role in the crisis in Ukraine. After it annexed Crimea from Kiev, Moscow…

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Speculators sour on U.S. dollar, yen shorts press on: CFTC, Reuters

July 21, 2017 By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed NEW YORK (Reuters) – Speculators’ bets on the U.S. dollar swung to a net short for the first time in more than a year, according to calculations by Reuters and Commodity Futures Trading Commission data released on Friday. The value of the dollar’s net short position, derived from net positions of International Monetary Market speculators in the yen, euro, British pound, Swiss franc and Canadian and Australian dollars, was $1.91 billion, in the week ended July 18. That compares with a net long…

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