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Yesterday Ukraine’s cyber police announced that they arrested six hackers behind a major ransom ware gang that had targeted international institutions, including four US universities

, reports NBC News. In raids on 21 homes in the Kyiv region, police arrested seized computers, luxury cars and $185,000 in cash. The American targets of the Cl0p gang included: Stanford University, University of Colorado, University of Maryland and University of Miami.

Italy’s Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane SPA is working with UZ to prepare by the end of this year a feasibility study for high speed trains in Ukraine,

 UZ acting CEO Ivan Yuryk has announced. Construction of a high-speed network linking Lviv, Kyiv, Dnipro, Odesa and Kharkiv would cost as estimated $15 billion and would be completed by 2030. Italy fastest train, the Frecciarossa, or Red Arrow, runs from Turin in the north to Salerno in the south, often traveling at 300 kph.

With the Boryspil Airport Express train achieving 71% occupancies in June, Ukrzaliznytsia is increasing the trains to 22 a day.

 There are now hourly departures between 5:30 am and 9:30 pm. The 40-minute ride includes stops at: Darnytsia, the suburban rail station, and Vydubychi, the transit hub with a Green line Metro stop and a terminal for buses to the south. Due to traffic jams on the Dnipro bridges, the express train increasingly is seen as a reliable way to get from right bank Kyiv to Boryspil, Ukraine’s busiest airport.

Mykolaiv Locomotive Repair Plant has signed a contract to modernize 55 German-made locomotives for the Egyptian National Railways,

 the Ukrainian company writes on Facebook. The repairs at the ADtranz locomotives will be carried about in Ukraine and in Egypt. Serhiy Roi, the plant director, said: “The partnership is planned for a long-term, since the number of locomotives in the future can be increased to 200 units.”

Seeking to get Ukraine’s weapons sales to Pakistan back on track,

 Ukroboronprom demonstrated the newest Oplot tank and the Skif anti-tank system last week in Kharkiv to Pakistani General Qamar Javed Bajwa. The de facto ‘CEO of Pakistan’, Gen. Bajwa is army chief of staff and the highest ranking Pakistani official to visit Ukraine. Ukraine’s 20-year arms supply relationship with Pakistan foundered in 2014-2015, when Ukraine was unable to supply tank engines in due to its own defense needs. At the end of Gen. Bajwa’s visit, “Both sides agreed to further

Bitcoin mining consumes as much electricity as Ukraine.

Bitcoin consumes almost 150 TeraWatt hours, according to the Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index run Cambridge University’s Centre for Alternative Finance. By contrast, Ukraine generated 150 TeraWatt hours last year. Bitcoin dropped in value by 10% last week, after Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that his car manufacturer will stop vehicle purchases using Bitcoin because of environmental concerns.

Italy’s AVIO S.p.A has signed a €6 million agreement with Dnipro’s rocket design and production companies to produce 10 engines for European Space Agency’s Vega launch vehicle.

 The agreement extends a partnership that commenced in 2004 and resulted in the delivery of 20 rocket engines. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said: “The expansion of participation in the European Vega program illustrates the reliability and competitiveness of engineering developments in the Ukrainian rocket and space industry.” From Dnipro, Oleksandr Prokopchuk,  the Chief Designer of the Liquid Rocket Engines Design Bureau, said: “Cooperation with AVIO S.p.A. Is a clear example of the integration of the Ukrainian rocket and space industry

From Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, the 16th successful launch of Europe’s Vega light-class launch vehicle equipped with a Ukrainian engine

 was carried out on April 29 2021. Launched into orbit were the main cargo, a 750 kg Pléiades Neo 3 satellite, four cubesats, and the Norsat-3 observation microsatellite for the Norwegian Space Agency. The engine was developed in Dnipro by Pivdenne Design Bureau and produced by Pivdenne Machine Building Plant.

Firefly Aerospace is a privately held aerospace company that provides space transportation services from low Earth orbit to the moon.

Firefly offers launch, space travel and landing on the lunar surface using the Alpha, Beta, SUV and Blue Ghost platforms and participates in NASA space projects. In 2017, after bankruptcy, the company was bought by Ukrainian businessman Maxim Polyakov via the Noosphere Ventures investment fund. Firefly Aerospace offices are located in Austin and Dnipro. The main production of rocket assemblies is in the state of Texas, with part of the equipment is also being developed in Ukraine.

U.S. intelligence agencies helped Ukraine foil 350 Russian cyberattacks during the first quarter of this year

, US News reports, citing a Ukrainian embassy official in Washington. By comparison, Ukrainian security services interrupted 600 attacks during all of last year, reports Interfax-Ukraine. On Monday, Anomali, a private intelligence firm, identified a rise in cyberattacks by Russian or Russian-backed groups, including a hacking group known as Primitive Bear,  A.J. Nash, an Anomali executive tells US News.

Poland’s BGK Bank has agreed to fund 60% of the first phase of Lviv’s Innovation District IT Park,

the technology park has reported. The State-owned Bank, Gospodarstwa Krajowego, will loan €81.5 million for the €136 million first phase of development. With a first phase expected to be completed by of end 2023, the general contractor will be Unibep, one of Poland’s largest construction companies. Spreading over a 10-hectare site which is located 4 km south of Rynok Square, the Park will feature research laboratories and offices for 10,000 IT workers and students. Companies that have already reserved space include:

During the first quarter of Brexit, Ukraine’s exports to the UK increased by 38% yoy, with IT services emerging as the top sector,

said Vadym Prystiako, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Britain during the Ukrainian Prism discussion. “At this rate, Britain will become one of our main trade partners by the end of this year,” he said. Noting that the Britain is now one of the top five consumers of Ukrainian services, he added: “IT is now greater than the traditional groups, such as metal, agricultural products, oil.” On December 16 2021, two weeks before Brexit went into effect, the Rada ratified a new Free

At least 1,000 highly skilled engineers would have been required to develop the code that hijacked widely used network software from US-based SolarWinds to deploy malware around the world,

Microsoft President Brad Smith told the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington Tuesday. Smith said: “We’ve seen substantial evidence that points to the Russian foreign intelligence agency, and we have found no evidence that leads us anywhere else.” At least nine government agencies and 100 private companies were breached. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday it will be “weeks, not months,” before the U.S. responds to Russia.