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Ally of Putin foe Berezovsky found dead in London

Nikolai Glushkov, a Russian businessman who has been living in exile in the U.K., was found dead in his home late Monday night, the Guardian reports. The circumstances of his death are not immediately clear.

Why it matters: Glushkov is an ally of Boris Berezovsky, the late oligarch who was Putin's top foe in the West until his death in 2013. The fact that Glushkov's death comes so soon after the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, and with the U.K. threatening a response, has intensified the scrutiny surrounding it.

Shannon Vavra 6 hours ago
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Report: Kaspersky exposed a counterterrorism spy operation

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Kaspersky logo. Photo: Jacopo Raule / Getty Images for Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab’s research exposed an ongoing U.S.-led counterterrorism spying operation, CyberScoop reports. According to current and former U.S. intelligence officials, the operation was focused on ISIS and al-Qaeda.

What happened: Kaspersky announced a malware campaign called “Slingshot," an advanced, persistent threat, indicating it may have state-backing, earlier this month. They said the malware was on thousands of devices in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kenya, Sudan, Somalia, Turkey, and Yemen. Current and former U.S. intel officials told CyberScoop that Slingshot is a program that is run through the Pentagon’s Special Operations Command.

Khorri Atkinson 7 hours ago
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Report: Russia behind Venezuela's cryptocurrency

President Donald Trump at a White House meeting. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

Russian government officials and businessmen helped Venezuela launch the world's first state-issued cryptocurrency last month, which is intended to help sidestep U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, TIME reports, citing anonymous officials familiar with the issue.

The backdrop: TIME's report comes a day after President Trump signed an executive order prohibiting U.S. citizens from buying the newly created 'Petro.’