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Industry News: ESG5

Russian Charged in $1.5 Million Cyber Tax Fraud Scheme

2019-04-30

BankInfoSecurity: A Russian citizen has been charged with stealing more than $1.5 million from the Internal Revenue Service after hacking into tax preparation companies and stealing personal data. On Monday, an indictment was returned in U.S. federal court against 33-year-old Anton Bogdanov, aka "Kusok," charging him with wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft and computer intrusion. Prosecutors have accused Bogdanov of working with unnamed accomplices to steal personal information and use it to file federal tax returns and fraudulently obtain tax refunds...

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Russian Lawmakers Approve New Internet Law

2019-04-16

Reuters: Russia’s lower house of parliament approved on Tuesday the third reading of a draft law that aims to increase Moscow’s sovereignty over its Internet segment and defend against foreign meddling, Interfax agency reported. The bill must now be approved by parliament’s upper house and the presidency before passing into law. The bill’s authors said earlier that the measures are needed to defend the country after the United States adopted what they described as aggressive new cyber security policies last year...

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Russia considers 'unplugging' from internet

2019-02-11

BBC: The test will mean data passing between Russian citizens and organisations stays inside the nation rather than being routed internationally. A draft law mandating technical changes needed to operate independently was introduced to its parliament last year. The test is expected to happen before 1 April but no exact date has been set...

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