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Visitors to Sochi Olympics Will Be Instantly Hacked

Richard Engel watches as his phone gets totally owned. (YouTube)

Proving yet again what a fabulous idea it was to stage the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, NBC has discovered that all the Games’ attendees can expect to immediately get hacked as soon as they get to Sochi.

“The State Department warned that travelers should have no expectation of privacy, even in their hotel rooms,” NBC’s Richard Engel said in a report on Brian Williams’s show last night. “And as we found out, you are especially exposed as soon as you try to communicate with anything.” Read More

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A Russian Politician Wants to Ban Swearing Online, Because It’s Not Like They Have Anything Else Going On

Graffiti can stay. (Photo: Flickr)

Hate-tweeting in Russia might soon become nearly impossible if one politician has her way. Yelena Mizulina, the chairwoman of Committee on Family, Women and Children, is pushing forward an initiative that if posts, messages and even websites contain naughty language, they would be blocked within 24 hours if the words aren’t immediately deleted. That sounds easy enough. Read More

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Five Overachievers Indicted for Stealing 160 Million Credit Card Numbers

Hackers never look this cool.

The Justice Department announced today that five men have been indicted for what’s probably the most successful data-breach scheme ever. The group (four Russians, one Ukrainian) is accused of targeting a slew of companies, including NASDAQ (not the trading platform), 7-Eleven, Carrefour, JCP, Hannaford, Wet Seal (!!), JetBlue, Dow Jones, Euronet, Visa Jordan, and others, between 2005 and 2012.

Go where the money is!

Allegedly they stole 160 million credit cards all told, and the Justice Department says damages are in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Three breached companies alone claim more than $300 million in losses–ouch. Read More

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Russia’s Security Agency Spends $15,000 on Typewriters to Prevent Snowden-esque Leaks

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Edward Snowden’s lengthy layover in Moscow seems to have spooked the Russian government, whose security agency has reportedly shelled out major roubles for a brand new fleet of typewriters.

According to the BBC, Russia’s FSO agency has placed a nearly-$15,000 order for new typewriters in the hopes of converting their most sacred documents (like this image?) into paper form. It’s a strategy that’s apparently already being used in some of the Kremlin’s other ministries, where workers draft their most secret documents in un-leakable hardcopy form. Read More