In Russia, power pole runs into you

Whoever installed this power pole support in the middle of a road in Vladimir, Russia decided it would be a waste of money to erect the support in such a way that a driver wouldn't hit it and die.

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Raising legal funds to defend an online sf shared world that's been stolen by a Russian trademark troll

SCP Foundation is an online shared world whose members create delightful fiction, movies, games and other media. It's a sprawling, global, friendly phenomenon, licensed under Creative Commons. Read the rest

An interview with Andy Greenberg about his book Sandworm, on the Russian state hackers who attack power grids

Wired security reporter Andy Greenberg's latest book is Sandworm (previously), a true-life technothriller that tells the stories of the cybersecurity experts who analyzed and attributed as series of ghastly cyberwar attacks that brought down parts of the Ukrainian power grid, and then escaped the attackers' control and spread all over the world. Read the rest

Putin: Russia hopes Trump will visit Moscow for Victory Day ('May Day')

“It would be the right (thing). But it’s not up to us to decide,” Putin said.

PHOTO: Rudy Giuliani with Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman, third 'unnamed associate'

One for the ages. Almost looks like one of those garage sale black velvet paintings with the dogs playing poker. Read the rest

Trump may attend Russia Victory Day in May with Putin at Kremlin in Moscow

Traitorous Trump is making spring travel plans with Vladimir Putin. Read the rest

Trump on Gordon Sondland: 'I hardly know the gentleman'

Donald is throwing Gordon Sondland under the Trump bus.

You knew this was inevitable.

Remember that time Sondland gave him a million dollars? Read the rest

Trump pushed AG Barr to hold press briefing to say POTUS broke no laws in Ukraine phone call

Even Bill Barr knew it was dumb

My review of Sandworm: an essential guide to the new, reckless world of "cyberwarfare"

For years, I've followed Andy Greenberg's excellent reporting on "Sandworm," a set of infrastructure-targeted cyberattacks against Ukraine widely presumed to be of Russian origin, some of which escaped their targeted zone and damaged systems around the world. Read the rest

Researchers' budget blown when a migrating eagle's tracker chip connects to an Iranian cellular tower and sends expensive SMSes

Volunteers at Novosibirsk's Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre put trackers on 13 wild eagles to track their migration patterns; the trackers connected to cellular towers and message the researchers with the birds' location. Read the rest

This 3-bedroom apartment in Russia is for sale for $940, the price of an iPhone

Vorkuta, Russia is the fourth largest city north of the Arctic Circle. This coal-mining town has a population of 70,000 (it's been declining every year since the late 1980s). If you wish to live there, you can buy this 3-bedroom apartment for the price of an iPhone. The plush lion toy may not be included in the price.

It looks like an interesting place!

Image: by f-Lars, CC BY 3.0, Link

The palm trees are a nice touch:

Top Image: Avito

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Feds blew the door off a safe in Giuliani associate raids

Agents of the U.S. government have issued multiple subpoenas and conducted searches of various properties in the course of investigating Rudy Giuliani's “Fraud Guarantee” associates, and in one instance feds literally blew the door off a safe to access its contents, reports CNN. Read the rest

Russia building nuclear science center in Rwanda

Russia's state nuclear company Rosatom announced on Twitter today they have signed a deal with The Republic of Rwanda to build a center for nuclear science and technology. Read the rest

Attribution is hard: the incredible skullduggery used to try to blame the 2018 Olympic cyberattack on North Korea

Wired has published another long excerpt from Sandworm, reporter Andy Greenberg's (previously) forthcoming book on the advanced Russian hacking team who took the US-Israeli Stuxnet program to the next level, attacking Ukrainian power infrastructure, literally blowing up key components of the country's power grid by attacking the embedded code in their microcontrollers. Read the rest

26-year-old Israeli-American sentenced to 7.5 years in Russian prison for 9 grams of weed

Naama Issachar is a dual citizen of the United States and Israel. She was taking a connecting flight in Moscow when a drug-sniffing dog discovered she was carrying less than one-third of an ounce of pot (9 grams). That was enough to earn her 7.5 years in a Russian prison.

In Russia, possessing under 6 grams of pot is punishable by 15 days in prison. Possessing over 6 grams with intent to sell has a maximum penalty of 3 years in prison. So why is Issachar getting 7.5 years? It sounds like she is being used as a human bargaining chip.

From Reason:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "requested a commuting of the sentence and an easing of the terms of Naama's detention," according to a statement from his office. "To our regret, the Russian prosecution has not yet accepted to these requests." The office added that Issachar's sentence "is disproportionate and does not fit the nature of the offense being attributed" to her.

The Times of Israel reports that "a senior Israeli official told Hebrew media that Russia offered several times in recent months to free Issachar if Israel agrees to release Aleksey Burkov, a Russian IT specialist who was arrested in Israel in 2016 at the request of Interpol." Burkov "is wanted on embezzlement charges in the United States for a massive credit card scheme that saw him allegedly steal millions of dollars from American consumers."

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Trump's former Russia adviser Fiona Hill to testify on Giuliani, Sondland, 'shadow Ukraine policy' before Congress: Reports

Donald Trump's former Russia adviser Fiona Hill is reported to have agreed to testify before three House committees on Monday, October 14, in the Democratic impeachment inquiry. Read the rest

Judge okays $1 million bond for Giuliani associates Parnas and Fruman, related marijuana scheme revealed

A judge today approved a $1 million bond in property and business for two associates of President Trump’s personal attorney Rudolph Giuliani, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, along with mandatory home confinement and GPS monitoring. Read the rest

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