Moscow summons Iran envoy over arrest of Russian journalist in Tehran

Russia’s government has summoned Iran’s ambassador to Moscow to clarify the circumstances around the arrest of a Russian journalist in Tehran. (File/Shutterstock)
Updated 04 October 2019

Moscow summons Iran envoy over arrest of Russian journalist in Tehran

  • Russia’s government has summoned Iran’s ambassador to Moscow to clarify the circumstances around the arrest of a Russian journalist in Tehran
  • The Russian embassy in Tehran told AFP the mission had requested consular access to the journalist

MOSCOW: Russia’s government has summoned Iran’s ambassador to Moscow to clarify the circumstances around the arrest of a Russian journalist in Tehran, the foreign ministry said on Friday.
Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Iran’s envoy was “invited to the foreign ministry to quickly clarify the circumstances” and ensure the rights of journalist Yulia Yuzik are observed.
Zakharova did not provide further details.
The Russian embassy in Tehran told AFP the mission had requested consular access to the journalist.
“She’s being accused of working for Israeli security services,” Andrei Ganenko, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Tehran, told AFP, citing her mother.
Journalist Boris Voitsekhovskiy, identified by Russian media as Yuzik’s ex-husband, said she was detained in Tehran and jailed on Thursday. A court hearing is scheduled for Saturday, he said.
Voitsekhovskiy said Yuzik was detained by members of the Iranian revolutionary guard, who had broken down her hotel door. She was allowed to briefly call her family Thursday night.
Yuzik, 38, has worked for a number of publications including the Russian version of Newsweek.
She authored two books including “Beslan Dictionary,” which is based on testimony from survivors of the 2004 Beslan school massacre that claimed more than 330 lives, more than half of them children.


Interpol warns of ‘alarming’ cybercrime rate during pandemic

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Interpol warns of ‘alarming’ cybercrime rate during pandemic

  • Cybercriminals are increasingly using disruptive malware against critical infrastructure and health care institutions
  • There was also an increase in the spread of fake news and misinformation which sometimes itself conceals malware
LYON: Global police body Interpol warned Monday of an “alarming” rate of cybercrime during the coronavirus pandemic, with criminals taking advantage of people working from home to target major institutions.
An assessment by the Lyon-based organization found a “significant target shift” by criminals from individuals and small businesses to major corporations, governments and critical infrastructure.
“Cybercriminals are developing and boosting their attacks at an alarming pace, exploiting the fear and uncertainty caused by the unstable social and economic situation created by COVID-19,” said Interpol Secretary General Juergen Stock.
“The increased online dependency for people around the world is also creating new opportunities, with many businesses and individuals not ensuring their cyberdefenses are up to date,” he added.
The report said cybercriminals were sending COVID-19 themed phishing emails — which seek to obtain confidential data from users — often impersonating government and health authorities.
Cybercriminals are increasingly using disruptive malware against critical infrastructure and health care institutions, it added.
In the first two weeks of April 2020, there was a rise in ramsomware attacks, in which users have to pay money to get their computer to work again.
There was also an increase in the spread of fake news and misinformation which sometimes itself conceals malware, said Interpol.
From January to April, some 907,000 spam messages, 737 incidents related to malware and 48,000 malicious URLs — all related to COVID-19 were detected by one of Interpol’s private sector partners, it said.
The agency warned the trend was set to continue and a “further increase in cybercrime is highly likely in the near future.”
“Vulnerabilities related to working from home and the potential for increased financial benefit will see cybercriminals continue to ramp up their activities and develop more advanced and sophisticated” methods, it said.
Once a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, Interpol said, “it is highly probable that there will be another spike in phishing related to these medical products as well as network intrusion and cyberattacks to steal data.”