Well, good for Edward Snowden landing a job in this tough economy! After being granted asylum by the Russians in August, the NSA whistleblower has been busy figuring out the path of his new life, and today that includes getting off the couch and entering the workforce. Read More
Russia will apparently be monitoring every piece of social media, telephone and email communications sent during the Winter Olympics, just in case you were worried this wouldn’t be the most Russian thing ever.
The Guardian reports that the country’s Federal Security Service (FSB) is tracking tampered telephone and Wi-Fi networks around the country to “ensure extensive and all-permeating monitoring” of anything that’s said. Called Sorm, the system has been installed by the country’s telcos so the FSB can filter out keywords, phrases and conversations across all platforms. Read More
A Russian Politician Wants to Ban Swearing Online, Because It’s Not Like They Have Anything Else Going On
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
A Russian porn website is infecting people’s computers with malware that overtakes their systems to mine for Bitcoins. (Pretty sure that’s the most Internetty sentence in history.) PCWorld reports that the malware (called “Fareit”) has been circulating for the past six months and only affects Windows computers. 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
“The world I’m living in, which is the security world, is becoming more and more complicated,” Eugene Kaspersky ominously informed us. One would imagine: his Russia-based antivirus company, Kaspersky Labs, essentially announced the new age of cyberwar with the 2010 suggestion that Stuxnet must’ve been built with nation-state support. The target–Iran’s nuclear facilities–made it Read More
Today, in international diplomatic incidents: CBS News reports that the owner and several employees of a Houston-based export company have been indicted, accused of engaging in a “surreptitious and systematic conspiracy” to funnel military technology to Russia.
You know you’re really in trouble the feds bust out the sibilant alliteration.
See, like classical statuary found at a Read More
Yesterday, we pointed out Wired‘s extensive profile of Eugene Kaspersky, the larger-than-life CEO of Russian antivirus firm Kaspersky Labs–a.k.a., one of the world’s largest computer security firms and the folks on the front lines of the Flame and Stuxnet cyberattacks. (The firm proved they were connected.)
We found the piece’s title–”Russia’s Top Cyber Sleuth Foils US Spies, Helps Kremlin Pals”–apt, as it goes into great detail about Mr. Kaspersky’s company’s role as “unofficial geek squad” to Russia’s Federal Security Service or FSB–better known as the successor to the KGB. His background as an intelligence officer in the Soviet Army is also explored.
Well, it appears that the colorful billionaire is, shall we say, not a happy camper. Read More