Posts Tagged ‘russia’

Full text of ICA-2017-1 – Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections (with annotations)

// January 8th, 2017 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

The following was released to the general public on January 6, 2017 by the DNI (Director of National Intelligence). In short, the release accuses Russia of attempting to influence the US’s 2016 election using a persona known as Guccifer 2.0 to release stolen (hacked) documents via Wikileaks. Regular readers will not be surprised by the […]

How we know Russia hacked the US election – analysis of the DNC hack (and why Assange and Guccifer 2.0 are best buds)

// December 13th, 2016 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Assange served as the gateway for stolen US government documents that appeared to be an attempt to influence the US election process. The documents were rumored to come from the Russian government and an enigmatic lone-wolf hacker known as Guccifer 2.0.

Who’s really behind the DNC/NSA hacks? Russia, Snowden, independent hacker, or hybrid of all three?

// August 17th, 2016 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Regardless of whether you consider Edward Snowden’s leaks of classified information to be self-sacrificial acts of patriotism or the deeds of a traitor, the recent DNC data dump and NSA cyber weapons malware (milware?) code drops have all the markings of a Snowden escapade. If you disagree, consider the timing of the code drop and […]

Probe finds that contractors working on military code outsourced some tasks to Russian coders

// November 6th, 2015 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

After conclusion of a four-year probe, contractors who worked on U.S. military code are being fined a combined $12.75 million. As it turns out, some contractors outsourced coding tasks to Russian. No words can convey the level of stupidity here (hey, let’s get Al-Qaeda to build US airplanes!).

Interesting geographic attack vector from a Russian launched cyber counter-attack

// July 14th, 2015 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

I love the Russians. I know, strange to hear that from an American in modern day with a new “cold war” (seemingly) beginning to gain steam. Let’s say, I respect them. Their hackers in particular. Their response to a cyberattack is to launch a full-on offensive attack against the attacker, quite a different response from […]

JPMorgan Chase security breach not what you think – military attack against key financial institutions turns over keys to the kingdom

// October 4th, 2014 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Although I’m disappointed that JPMorgan Chase delayed the disclosure of the breach that touched more than 83 million U.S. households (they knew about it at least four months ago), I’m even more upset at what they disclosed – that key customer financial data was not stolen. JPMorgan may tout the expertise of their security team […]

No, no “Eugene” did NOT pass the Turing test

// June 9th, 2014 // No Comments » // Robotics

I hate to steal anyone’s thunder but I’m afraid Eugene did not pass the “Turing test”, the test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior. Media outlets are reporting that “Eugene”, an AI created by a team based in Russia, has passed a Turing test organized by the University of Reading, by duping one […]

VIDEO: So it IS possible to do a complete loop on a swingset!

// November 25th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment

So now we know. It IS possible to do a complete loop on a swingset. We’ve just been attempting it backwards this entire time. In the video below, a young lad (presumably from Russia) begins to swing on a rickety-looking swingset before finally getting high enough to do a complete loop – backwards. He continues […]

Evidence emerges suggesting hijacking of huge chunks of Internet traffic

// November 20th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Researchers from network intelligence firm Renesys published an assessment this week that documents dozens of distinct hijacking events within the last few months where huge chunks of Internet traffic were purposefully diverted through distant service providers leading them to speculate that the traffic may have been “surreptitiously monitored or modified before being passed along to […]

First TOR sites are raided, now Blackhole malware creator has been arrested in Russia

// October 9th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

It appears as if the creator of the popular Blackhole malware toolkit was been arrested in Russia yesterday. Word of the arrest began to leak yesterday morning but details were sketchy. First a mysterious tweet from a Dutch security investigator broke the news. Then a former Russian police detective in contact with Russia’s federal government […]

Pirate Party offers birthday gift for NASA – you can use our servers while U.S. funding gets worked out

// October 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News, Hacking and Security

The Pirate Party of Russia (Russian: Пиратская Партия России, ППР), a grassroots effort to promote e-democracy, freedom of information, and protection of personal privacy, has offered NASA a birthday gift as the space institution marks its 55th birthday this week. While the space agency’s website has been shut down “due to the lapse in federal […]

Scientists discovered well-preserved, flowing Wooly Mammoth blood in Siberia

// May 31st, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Russian scientists announced this week that they have found the body of a well-preserved fully-grown female mammoth trapped in the ice in Siberia. The creature has extremely well-preserved muscle tissue (colored a natural, fresh meat color) and shockingly, well-preserved, flowing blood. The pools of blood were found in cavities underneath the belly of the beast. […]

Russian daredevil sets world record base jumping off Mount Everest

// May 29th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment News

Valery Rozov, a Russian daredevil, claimed a world base jumping record this month in a leap off the north face of Mount Everest using a special wingsuit built for the occasion. The jump was from 23,687 feet (7,220 meters) to a glacier below at 19,521 feet (5,950 meters). Rozov glided for over a minute reaching […]

Russian explorers prove it’s possible to drive from Russia to Canada across North Pole

// May 20th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

It took two and a half months at a speed of only 6.2 MPH but Russian explorers have proven that it is indeed possible to drive from Russia to Canada across the North Pole. The seven Russian explorers drove a custom-made bus in an effort to road test the automobile over ice and water. It’s […]

Differences in Chinese and Russian security philosophies and how the United States should counter

// April 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // Technology

I enjoy hacking. The intrigue, digging through arcane protocol specs in order to discover some new architectural design flaw or idiotic programmer bug, and the excitement surrounding a mysterious hidden world that few are capable of experiencing, in my mind is akin to losing yourself deep in a software coding problem. I consider myself a […]

Largest DDoS attack in history clogs Internet and emphasizes the need to correct Open DNS resolvers [UPDATE]

// March 31st, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

A 300 Gigabit per second denial of service attack has been crowned the biggest DDoS operation to date. For over a week, European spam-blocking service Spamhaus has been subjected to a brutal Denial of Service attack that has been so large, it has threatened to slow down the entire Internet infrastructure.