It’s so annoying when you’re just trying to soak up some of that gorgeous Russian sun and a giant military water vessel plows into the beach, right? God.
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
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
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
Russian police have carried out a search of the offices and home of Pavel Durov, the founder and creator of VKontakte, the country’s most popular social network. The 28-year-old mogul is commonly referred to as the “Russian Mark Zuckerberg” for his influential site, which has more than 200 million users. Read More
Fun fact: The U.S.S.R. put the first man into space on this day in 1961. And Russia doesn’t want you to forget it, either. Today, president and part-time action hero Vladimir Putin unveiled a $50 billion initiative to get the nation back into space, starting the construction of a shiny new cosmodrome in the far east.
Eric Schmidt left Russia off his world censorship tour for a reason. Until now, the government has kept Internet freedom largely in tact. But it’s about to get a lot stricter as Russia has begun to selectively block content online that is potentially harmful to children, reports the New York Times. Read More
It’s almost time for Lent in the Russian Orthodox church, and this year, the faithful are being asked to give up a little something extra. The Guardian reports that spokesman Vsevolod Chaplin is now urging followers to forgo social media for the next few weeks, as a way of cleansing the soul.
You mean keeping up with Kim Kardashian’s Instagram isn’t conducive to quiet contemplation?