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Про страхи. Про Россию и Америку…


SOFIA, Bulgaria — There is something mystifying about the American obsession with Vladimir Putin’s Russia. The Kremlin’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula, its military involvement in Syria and its meddling in elections abroad may help explain some of America’s sense of alarm. But they fail to explain why liberals in the United States are so much more vexed by Russia than they are by, say, the growing economic power and geopolitical ambitions of China, or the global ideological challenge of radical Islam or the sheer craziness of a nuclear-armed North Korea.

Russia suffers from demographic decline and arrested modernization. Its economy is overdependent on exporting natural resources. Its population has one of the highest percentages of university-educated people but the lowest labor productivity in the industrialized world. And although Mr. Putin is a strong and ruthless leader who enjoys popular support at home and celebrity status abroad, Russia’s institutions are corrupt and dysfunctional: Russian bureaucrats spend much of their energy fighting one another over money and power and have no time to cooperate. And Russia’s future after Mr. Putin — whenever that may come — is anybody’s guess.

Was it not just two years ago that President Barack Obama called Russia a “regional power”? And is it not true that even today most experts concur that while Moscow is an aggressive military power interested in counterbalancing America’s influence in the world, it is no traditional “rising power”? As the eminent American historian Stephen Kotkin wrote last year in Foreign Affairs, “For half a millennium Russian foreign policy has been characterized by soaring ambitions that have exceeded the country’s capabilities.” It is no different today.

And yet despite all of this, Americans are mesmerized and terrified by Russia. Is it simply that for liberal America, “Russia” is a code name for “Donald Trump”?

As for many of the great questions of our times, an explanation can be found in Russian classical literature. In this case, Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novella “The Double.” It is the story of a government clerk who winds up in the madhouse after meeting his doppelgänger — a man who looks like him and speaks like him, but who displays all the charm and self-confidence that the tortured protagonist lacks. The doppelgänger in Dostoyevsky’s story does not drive the protagonist insane just because they look alike but because he makes the protagonist realize what it is he doesn’t like about himself. And such it is with the United States and Russia today.

The Soviet Union terrorized the West for most of the 20th century in part because it was so radically different. There was ostensibly no God, no private property and no political pluralism. America could be Sovietized only by losing the war against Communism. Mr. Putin’s Russia, by contrast, frightens Americans because they know that the United States and Russia should be very different, but many of the pathologies present in Russia can also be found in the United States. What disturbs liberal America is not that Russia will run the world — far from it. Rather, the fear, whether liberals fully recognize it or not, is that the United States has started to resemble Russia.

It was the Kremlin that for the past two decades tried to explain away its problems and failures by blaming foreign meddling. Now America is doing the same. Everything that liberal Americans dislike — Mr. Trump’s electoral victory, the reverse of the process of democratization in the world and the decline of American power — are viewed as the results of Mr. Putin’s plottings.

For liberal Americans, Russia is — rightfully — a frightening example of how authoritarian rule can function within the institutional framework of a democracy. Russia’s “managed democracy” provides a vivid illustration of how institutions and practices that originally emancipated citizens from the whim of unaccountable rulers can be refashioned to effectively disenfranchise citizens (even while allowing them to vote).

Russia also embodies what politics can look like when the elites are completely divorced from the people. It is not only a highly unequal society but also one in which rising inequality is normal, and a handful of very rich and politically unaccountable rulers have managed to stay on top without having to use much violence. The privileged few do not need to dominate or control their fellow citizens; they can simply ignore them like an irrelevant nuisance.

It may take a while before working-class Americans start to realize that while the American economy is dramatically different from that of Russia, the technological revolution led by Silicon Valley could in time tilt Western societies toward authoritarian politics in the same way that an abundance of natural resources has made Mr. Putin’s regime possible. Robots — not unlike post-Soviet citizens — are not that interested in democracy.

For many years, Americans were able to look at Russia and its social and political problems and see a country stuck in the past, perhaps someday to develop into a modern country like the United States. But that’s no longer the prevailing attitude. Now, whether they realize it or not, many Americans fear that when they look at Russia they are looking at the future. What is most disturbing is that it could be their future, too.

Ivan Krastev is the chairman of the Center for Liberal Strategies, a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, a contributing opinion writer and the author, most recently, of “After Europe.”


Перевод на русский.

Бесконечная атака продолжается…

Честно говоря, очень надеялся на то, что вся та мерзость, которая была в предвыборной кампании, она прекратится.

После выборов, обычно американцы называли Президентом того человека, который побеждал. Все откладывали предвыборные страсти и потихоньку страна возвращалась к нормальной жизни, хотя бы до следующих выборов.

После объявления Президентом Трампа, ничего подобного не случилось.


The “Trump colluded with Russia” narrative is alive and well in the United States. With the media and the Marxist left lacking any facts to support this falsehood, they have now resorted to guessing what evidence hackers overseas may provide to resuscitate their attempt to unseat a duly elected U.S. president.
The Associated Press and The New York Times reported this week that a Ukrainian hacker named “Profexer” had turned himself in and is now a cooperating witness for the FBI. The mainstream media is beside itself reporting what “facts” this new twist of the Russia story may uncover. Why do you need facts when you can pollute the news cycle with things you can make up about what a man might say about President Trump?
According to the AP account, “There is no evidence that Profexer worked, at least knowingly, for Russia’s intelligence services.” But hey — why does that matter when you can attach all kinds of innuendo and made-up stuff to an overseas arrest for hacking?

But that story aside, some real news is coming out of Ukraine on the collusion front. I’m not talking about Russian collusion against Hillary Clinton; I’m talking about collusion between the Democratic National Committee and the government of Ukraine to try to stop Donald Trump from winning the presidential election.
We all know what Mr. Trump said about trying to work with Moscow on the world stage during the campaign. Essentially, it was a recognition that Washington should seek better relations with Russia — you know, that really big nation that has the most nuclear weapons in the world. Mr. Trump essentially said we should respect Moscow’s concerns about its “near abroad” and work with Russia where we could to defeat the Islamic State and other threats to both countries.

This obviously didn’t sit well with Kiev, which has been fighting a pro-Russian insurgency in the eastern Donbass region for the past few years. Would Mr. Trump end sanctions on Russia? Would Mr. Trump end support for the Ukrainian armed forces in its conflict against Moscow?
Once in office, however, Mr. Trump has done just the opposite. He has buttressed support for Ukraine and even attacked a Syrian air base with 59 cruise missiles even with hundreds of Russian technicians deployed there.
Evidence has been released suggesting DNC operatives may have worked with the government of Ukraine to manufacture evidence against Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s onetime campaign manager who has emerged as a central figure in the Russian meddling probe. After speaking with the Ukrainian National Anti-corruption Bureau (NABU), I wrote in this space a year ago that they knew at the time that a “ledger” published in The New York Times supposedly showing that Mr. Manfort received illegal payments from a source tied to ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was bogus. NABU investigators clearly said at the time that the newspaper took the phony document from the internet.
This week, Ukrainian parliamentary member Andrei Derkach sent a letter to the country’s chief prosecutor demanding an investigation into illegal collusion with the Clinton campaign to defeat Mr. Trump.
“Only a transparent and thorough investigation into the unlawful interference of Ukrainian officials with the U.S. election campaign can restore the trust of our strategic partner,” Mr. Derkach wrote.
He said there has been “illegal interference in the election of president of the United States organized by a criminal organization” consisting of Ukrainian government officials, an effort that had harmed relations with the U.S.
I spoke with NABU officials again this week, and they provided a canned statement saying essentially they had washed their hands of the Manafort affair.
Will special counsel Robert Mueller do the right thing and investigate this collusion as well? Or will he act in a partisan manner and ignore the evidence?
This week we also found out that rocket engines from a Ukrainian factory may have found their way to North Korea and vastly improved Kim Jong-un’s ability to attack the U.S. mainland with nuclear weapons. I guess we are supposed to ignore this revelation as well.

• L. Todd Wood is a former special operations helicopter pilot and Wall Street debt trader, and has contributed to Fox Business, The Moscow Times, National Review, the New York Post and many other publications. He can be reached through his website,


Это все уже немного утомляет….

Хакеры добрались до святого…

Ну, не то чтобы это было о религии, однако, для любителей продукции от Apple, не очень хорошие новости.

SAN FRANCISCO A security flaw could allow email and passwords to be intercepted from millions of Apple’s iPhones.

The flaw allows hackers to intercept and change email messages and login credentials on multiple Apple products.

Apple released a patch Friday for the security problem. Most phones, iPods and iPads will update automatically and the security hole will be closed.

The patch was issued for iPhones 4 and 5, the fifth generation iPod touch and the second generation iPad.

Computer writer Kim Komando sent an email blast Saturday advising Apple product users to follow these steps to install the patch:

For iOS users: Go to your settings icon you should see a little red 1? telling you there’s an update available. Click
on it, and then go to Software Update and then Install Now.

The website AppleInsider published a report Saturday saying Apple was working on a fix for OS X, the operating system on its computers.

Apple told Reuters on Saturday that a software update to protect Apple computers against hackers and spies who might try to exploit the flaw would be issued very soon.

The flaw exploits a vulnerability with security certificates signed by what are known as trusted certificate authorities.

Security certificates are a basic component of computer security. They are attachments to electronic messages that verify the user sending a message is who he or she says he is. They contain information about the certificate owner, including an internet address, when it can be used, how long it is valid for and where it lives on the web.

Most importantly, the certificates carry a code (called a hash) showing they have not been tampered with.

When connecting to a web site, the Apple device should check to make sure that the site is who and what it says it is, using the certificate.

However a missing bit of computer code meant the certificates were not checked.

That would allow a malicious hacker to perpetrate what’s known as a Man in the Middle Attack. Here, someone uses a faked certificate of authority to fool the device into believe it is interacting with a trusted host.

That allows the Man in the Middle to intercept all the messages (including passwords) that go between a person’s iPhone and a web site, for example.

A hacker exploiting that security flaw could use it to pretend he or she was the trusted website and then steal data such as credit card numbers the phone user was sending. It could also be used to install malicious software that would stay on the phone, secretly feeding information to the hackers long after the original attack was done.

Computer scientist Adam Langley said on his blog, This sort of subtle bug deep in the code is a nightmare. I believe that it’s just a mistake and I feel very bad for whomever might have slipped in an editor and created it.


Северная Корея атакует Северную Америку…

…Во всяком случае, какую-то часть Северной Америки..

И, — в Сети…

Lynton said he would be “fibbing” to say he “wasn’t disappointed” in Obama’s remarks.
“I don’t know exactly whether he understands the sequence of events that led up to the movie not being shown in the movie theaters,” Lynton said. “Therefore I would disagree with the notion that it was a mistake.”
Lynton’s response came just hours after a White House press conference where Obama criticized Sony’s decision.
The president said that pulling the film could set a dangerous precedent.
“We cannot have a society in which some dictators someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States,” Obama said. “Imagine what they start doing once they see a documentary that they don’t like or news reports that they don’t like.”
The press conference came after the FBI confirmed Friday that North Korea was behind last month’s cyberattack that caused a devastating breach of Sony’s data.
Earlier this week, Sony canceled the film’s Christmas Day release after major movie chains pulled out one day after a threat by the hackers invoking September 11th. The hackers then sent a message to Sony executives saying they had made a “very wise” decision not to show the movie.
In Friday’s CNN interview, Lynton went on to say that Sony had not “caved” to the hackers.
“We have not given in. And we have not backed down. We have always had every desire to have the American public see this movie,” Lynton said.
Since the cancellation on Wednesday, many have speculated that Sony could release the film online. The company owns an online video site called Crackle, though it is only ad-supported and does not have the capability to charge subscriptions, an option Sony almost certainly wants so that it can recoup some of the costs of the movie.
Lynton told CNN that Sony had “a number of options open to us and we have considered those and are considering them.”
But he also said that no “major video on demand distributor” has been “willing to distribute” the film. “We don’t have that direct interface with the American public, so we need to go through an intermediary to do that.”

Полностью, — здесь.

И, конечно же, Президент Обама должен сказать свое Президентское слово на эту тему.

Астрахань “бунтует”…

…Любопытно, кто заинтересован в подобного рода “бунтах”?

Москва. 7 октября. INTERFAX.RU – Депутаты думы Астраханской области обратились в правоохранительные органы в связи с хакерским взломом и появлением на сайте парламента сообщения о выходе региона из состава России, заявила заместитель спикера Думы Ирина Родненко.

“В ночь на 7 октября на сайте думы была размещена информация, никакого отношении к ней не имеющая. Буквально 1,5-2 часа она поддерживалась, наши специалисты не могли ее убрать. Естественно, потом она была удалена. Мы с утра написали официальное обращение руководителям УМВД и УФСБ региона, чтобы была проведена соответствующая проверка данного хулиганского поступка”, – сказала Родненко журналистам перед заседанием областного правительства во вторник.

По ее словам, пока руководство областного парламента не располагает информацией о том, “кто и с какой целью это сделал”.

“Мне думается, что это, действительно, провокация. Текст заявления составлен весьма грамотно. То есть это не просто хулиганы-мальчишки, которые ерунду написали. Все очень выверено, описана четкая последовательность действий по выходу Астраханской области из состава Российской Федерации”, – сказала спикер.

Она отметила, что “неприятный инцидент должен стать поводом для пересмотра системы защиты сайтов органов госвласти”.

В ночь на вторник на официальном сайте думы Астраханской области появилось сообщение о выходе региона из состава России и создании Нижне-Волжской народной республики. Сообщение было сделано от лица “чрезвычайного комитета”, состоящего якобы из председателя областной думы, главы региона, начальника УФСБ по Астраханской области и бывшего министра обороны ДНР Игоря Стрелкова.

Скриншоты с сайта облдумы с сепаратистскими призывами появились в социальных сетях и ряде СМИ. На данный момент обращение удалено с сайта.

Руководитель пресс-службы УМВД региона Петр Русанов сообщил, что по факту взлома сайта проводится проверка. Специалисты УФСБ также примут участие в расследовании инцидента.


Откуда же они столько набрали?

Если сложить все украденные и выложенные в Сеть пароли с трех только сервисов, то, в общей сложности, не наберется даже 10 000 000.

Откуда же были набраны 1,2 000 000 000 паролей, которые были озвучены в этом сообщении?

Кстати, я так и не нашел продолжения этому..

Может я что-то пропустил?

Проверьте свой адрес!

Снова, о взломах и об украденных паролях.

Популярному почтовому сервису от Google не получилось избежать повторения ситуации с выкладыванием довольно внушительных баз с логинами и паролями, которая недавно случилась с Yandex и В сети появилась база с адресами ящиков и паролями на 4929090 аккаунтов gmail. Актуальность базы не проверена, но сообщается о более чем 60% валидных пар почта: пароль.

В комментариях к предыдущим записям пользователи резонно замечали, что торговля подобными базами далеко не новость, и чего мол тут шум подняли. С этим трудно не согласиться, но опять же по комментариям видно, что многие пользователи находили в этих базах свои аккаунты, зачастую с актуальными паролями, после чего меняли пароли и начинали более внимательно относиться к безопасности своих почтовых ящиков. Поэтому считаю не лишнем осветить появление и этой базы в свободном доступе в сети.

Судя по тому, что появляются базы от многих сервисов, сообщения от яндекса и верны, и это не результат утечки, а последствия фишинг атак, действий вредоносного ПО, установки слабых паролей и прочих ошибок в безопасности при работе с почтой со стороны самих пользователей. Поэтому рекомендуется в профилактических целях сменить пароли на своем почтовом ящике, даже если он использует не сервисы yandex, или gmail.

По традиции напомню существующие на данный момент сервисы для проверки своей почты на наличие в базах. Наверняка они скоро пополнятся и базой gmail адресов: ( и, (,,


Очередной взлом, очередного банка…

И, снова, виноваты… русские хакеры.

Russian hackers attacked the U.S. financial system in mid-August, infiltrating and stealing data from JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and at least one other bank, an incident the FBI is investigating as a possible retaliation for government-sponsored sanctions, according to two people familiar with the probe.

The attack resulted in the loss of gigabytes of sensitive data, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the probe is still preliminary. Authorities are investigating whether recent infiltrations of major European banks using a similar vulnerability are also linked to the attack, one of the people said.

In one case, the hackers used a software flaw known as a zero-day vulnerability in one of the banks’ websites. They then plowed through layers of elaborate security to steal the data, a feat security experts said appeared far beyond the capability of ordinary criminal hackers. The incidents occurred at a low point in relations between Russia and the West. Russian troops continue to mass on the Ukrainian border and the West tightens sanctions aimed at crippling Russian companies, including some of the country’s most important banks.

The sophistication of the attack and technical indicators extracted from the banks’ computers provide some evidence of a government link. Still, the trail is muddy enough that investigators are considering the possibility that it’s cyber criminals from Russia or elsewhere in Eastern Europe. Other federal agencies, including the National Security Agency, are now aiding the investigation, a third person familiar with the probe said.

“The way the Russians do it, to the extent we can see into the process, is they encourage certain targets,” said James Lewis, director of the Strategic Technologies program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “The Russians typically keep open the options to do something more, and the question now is what would trigger that and what would our response be.”

Полностью, здесь..

Вообще, не нравятся мне эти, якобы, сообщения о, якобы, взломах. Самое любопытное в том, что с ходу начинают обвинять русских. Вот здесь, тоже было.. Правда, совершенно непонятно куда все это девается потом. Рассказали о миллиарде и больше взломанных или украденных данных, но.. после этого никаких последствий.


Русские… везде.

Компьютерная атака. Очень серьезная, однако

Сейчас смотрю новости, говорят что кто-то из России, с каких-то сайтов (с каких и что конкретно, не говорят) украли и продолжают красть (совет от эксперта по компьютерной безопасности не менять пока своих паролей, по той причине, что еще неизвестно “где?”, “что?” и “как?” и что если поменять, то все данные, уже новые, могут оказаться в тех же руках) более чем 1.2 миллиарда паролей.

В общем, что-то и где-то украдено (украдено все). Но, точно неизвестно где и что.

Точно известно, что — русские.

Вот здесь ссылка. Там видео, но — на английском.

Какая-то странная информация. Посоветовали внимательно следить за своими банковскими счетами.

Следить на предмет непонятных изменений на счетах.

И еще из мира высокотехнологичных компаний

Ebay попросила пользователей поменять пароли.

eBay Inc. To Ask eBay Users To Change Passwords
Earlier today eBay Inc. announced it is aware of unauthorized access to eBay systems that may have exposed some customer information. There is no evidence that financial data was compromised and there is no evidence that PayPal or our customers have been affected by the unauthorized access to eBay systems. We are working with law enforcement and leading security experts to aggressively investigate the matter.
As a precaution, we will be asking all eBay users (both buyers and sellers) to change their passwords later today. As a global marketplace, nothing is more important to eBay than the security and trust of our customers. We regret any inconvenience or concern that this situation may cause you. We know our customers and partners have high expectations of us, and we are committed to ensuring a safe and secure online experience for you on any connected device.

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