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Russian Intelligence Agents Launched Cyberattack on UK-Based TV Station in 2015, Google Exposed Users’ Personal Data in March

The Islam Channel, a UK-based TV station that streams programmes into Russia and Central Asia, said that Russian intelligence agents had launched a cyberattack on the station in July 2015, giving hackers full control over the broadcaster’s computer networks and infrastructure. The attack lasted for about five months as cyber specialists from British intelligence worked on ousting the Russian hackers from the systems, and the broadcaster could not send or receive emails for many weeks. The attack on the Islam Channel is believed to be part of the Russian hackers’ cyber campaign targeted at Europe-based media companies and TV companies at the time. Before the attack on the Islam Channel, Russian intelligence agents had launched an attack on the French broadcaster TV5 Monde.

Google exposed the personal data of at least five hundred thousand users of the Google+ social network to external developers in March, due to a bug introduced in a software update. The data breach, which the technology company did not disclose earlier allegedly due to fears of regulatory scrutiny, exposed names, email addresses, occupations, gender, and age. Google said that it would be closing the consumer version of Google+ and tightening its data sharing polices. The company also said that no developer had exploited the bug or misused the exposed data.

[1] GRU took ‘complete control’ of UK-based TV station in 2015
[2] Alphabet to shut Google+ social site after user data exposed

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