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Twitter Hacked!

Posted: September 19, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Hey all, just wanted to advise our twitter account @RedivisionWorld was hacked and someone started sending out silly Starbucks ads. Hmmm…. rising popularity, or just some random hack job??

starbucks mug

In any case please note we are not responsible for the mess and we apologize for any inconvenience caused by this. Likewise, we do not approve or recommend you to visit any of the links that may have been sent to you, chances are they are linked to spoof or phishing sites out to violate your own internet security. Also, its a good reminder to keep your passwords strong and change them regularly! We have since changed our passwords everywhere, hopefully this will keep future hack attacks at bay.

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The Kommersant newspaper has once again uncovered machinations of the “insidious Putin regime.” According to yesterday’s edition of the daily (http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2009256), the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) is ready to spend more than 30 rubles (about US$1 million) on a new system designed to monitor social network activity. The most “insidious” part is that the system can be used not only to collect and analyze information, but to also run its own information attacks. Experts interviewed by the newspaper believe that it is quite possible that the device could be used in the Russian segment of the Internet. Are we going to take it?

“Little Putin” is watching you

In January 2012 the SVR announced private tenders to develop three separate applications: the “Dispute” (to study methods and principles of information sharing in online communities), the “Monitor-3” (to analyze collected information and arrange actions aimed at influencing its use and dissemination) and the “Storm-12 “(to promote required information and opinions in social networks).

The news sparked immediate outrage among bloggers who position themselves as fighting “Putin’s dictatorship” (which in itself could be the subject of study for the Dispute app). In their view, this act caused the “regime to completely discredit itself” (ummm, again) by trying to choke free speech on the Internet with the “bloody hands of Kremlin propaganda.”

Moreover, the blogger-fighters already “know” that all of the funds allocated for the purchase of said software have been stolen and redistributed (“and this, by the way, was the taxpayers’ money!”). A separate tier of gloom and doom bloggers expressed the conviction that now all computers belonging to the opposition will be infected with secret “spy viruses,” and a “little Putin” will play bogeyman behind each and every computer monitor (aye, and smartphones and other gadgets will get their version of a “little Medvedev”).

But bloggers can’t reach agreement about what to do with this. Some offer a universal solution – leave the country; but this hardly seems like solid advice, because the “accursed Putin” now has software that could reach out to your computer anywhere in the world (and live in your foreign monitor). Others propose to contact the European Court of Human Rights, the UN and “Amnesty International“, but don’t seem to know which address to write to.

Whose machine is “gooder”?

Strangely, the very same bloggers fully support the use of the so-called Good Propaganda Machine, recently launched by the newly famous Kremlin invader Alexey Navalny. It is a tool that can be used to initiate manufactured information attacks in the blogosphere and also in reality.

But what is so good about it? Probably the fact that it distributes “good” propaganda: truth about “the monstrous flood in Krymsk,” the “monstrous Pussy Riot sentence;” the “monstrous Magnitsky case,” the “monstrous NATO base in Ulyanovsk “and other “monstrous crimes of the Putin regime.”

(Just in case, we’d like to warn current users of the Good Propoganda Machine that their monitors could be also occupied by little Akunin and little Kasparov. And if the former is basically harmless, the latter is just waiting to bite off a finger or two).

Watchers everywhere

We would like to take a step further than the Kommersant newspaper and lay bare a few more “monstrous” issues, for comparisons’ sake.

Just recently the U.S. Navy announced a tender (http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2012/06/navy-seeks-social-media-tracker-measure-reach/56260/) for the development of new software for monitoring social networks and news sites. The software used at the moment no longer meets the requirements of the Navy and it is time to replace it with something more fitting the task.

And we’re not even going to bother mentioning the fact that U.S. intelligence forces have control over Facebook and Twitter. According to Twitter, only for the first half of 2012 U.S. authorities have requested disclosure of profile data on some 679 Twitter users. Further, as early as last year the British Guardian wrote a piece about the U.S. government’s intention to develop special software allowing it to manage thousands of bot accounts on Facebook, which would be used to create a purpose-built, manufactured opinion around any subject required by the government.

And of course we should not forget the fact that the American internet is brimming with scandals regarding the use of “extremist” expressions on the web. Last time we checked, the list of suspicious terms included such words as “pork”, “earthquake”, “bridge”, “electricity” and “tornado”.

Amid all this, the SVR initiative brings only two questions two mind: why only now, and why so little funding? Only the blind fail to see that Good Propaganda Machines are already deployed worldwide and are successfully used to fuel uprisings in targeted countries, while traditional media are losing their audience and trust factor to social networks by the minute. Sluggishness of the state in this new breed of info wars allowed the initiative it to be largely captured by its opponents. This means it has to start its own propaganda machine as soon as possible, and the meaner it will be, the better.