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Russia has apparently hacked America's power grid

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Russia has apparently hacked America's power grid

Hackers taking down the U.S. electricity grid may sound like a plot ripped from a Bruce Willis action movie, but the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI recently disclosed that Russia has infiltrated “critical infrastructure” like American power plants, water facilities and gas pipelines. This hacking is similar to the 2015 and 2016 attacks on Ukraine’s grid. While it hasn’t risen beyond scouting mode, the specter of sabotage in the U.S. now seems more realistic than it used to. Clearly, there’s no time to waste in shoring up the grid’s security. Yet getting that done is not easy, as...

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Russian woman ’embalmed alive’ after hospital mix-up

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Russian woman ’embalmed alive’ after hospital mix-up

A Russian woman reportedly died after a routine procedure when hospital workers mistakenly injected her with a drug used to preserve dead bodies. Ekaterina Fedyaeva, 28, underwent surgery last month at a hospital in Ulyanovsk, in western Russia, to have ovarian cysts removed, according to state-owned television station RT. During the March 15 operation, however, medical personnel gave Fedyaeva what should have been saline, but turned out to be formalin, which contains formaldehyde, according to Russia’s Tass news agency. Formalin is highly toxic if ingested, and just one ounce can kill an adult. Hospital staff realized the mistake two minutes...

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Here’s why the snow in Russia turned orange

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Here’s why the snow in Russia turned orange

The city of Sochi in Russia is known for hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics, but for the past few days, the resort city has been notable for another reason: its mountains are dusty red and look like the surface of Mars. Winds have carried sand from the Sahara desert in North Africa to Eastern Europe, UK meteorologist Steven Keates told The Independent. The dust, mixing with storm and rain, has turned the snow various shades of red and orange. According to CNN, the sandstorm went from North Africa to Greece before heading to Eastern Europe, and it could even be...

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Russian attacks on energy grid spark alarm

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Russian attacks on energy grid spark alarm

Revelations about Russian cyberattacks on the U.S. energy grid are sparking new fears in Washington about the growing threat to the energy sector. The developments have some officials worried that Moscow or another nation state could execute a disruptive cyberattack targeting the U.S. power grid. "The next Dec. 7 won't be airplanes and torpedoes coming at Pearl Harbor, it's going to be triggered with an attack on our energy grid with rolling blackouts and chaos," Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said this week. Officials with the Department of Homeland Security and FBI revealed...

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US Navy plane swoops on Russia spy ship spotted 27 miles off US coast

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US Navy plane swoops on Russia spy ship spotted 27 miles off US coast

A US military aircraft was deployed to fly over a Russian spy ship sailing just 27 miles off the coast of Virginia in the US, flight monitors show. The P-8A Poseidon was launched from Naval Air Station Jacksonville to track the Russian ship, the Viktor Leonov, just 24 nautical miles (27 miles) off the coast of Nolfolk, in southeastern Virginia, according to military flight trackers. The Navy tracked the Russian intelligence-gathering vessel, part of Russia’s Northern Fleet, off the coast of Virginia on Wednesday, US military officials have confirmed. Flight monitoring data shows the P-8A, a state-of-the-art anti-submarine plane, circling...

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