Topic / Russia

Skype security hole allows anyone to hijack your account with only your email address

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A new security hole has been discovered in the latest version of Skype, allowing users to gain control of your account. And it appears pretty simple, all you need to do is to know the user’s email address. According to The Next Web, who have reproduced the attack and verified the vulnerability, the email address is used to create a new account with that email address before resetting the password […]

Russia ‘SOPA-style’ censorship bill passes parliament

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Image: Skye Suicide/Flickr (Creative Commons) The lower house of Russia’s parliament, the Duma, has passed a bill that will censor “harmful material” despite critics from popular websites – including LiveJournal and the Russian version of Wikipedia –  labelling the law as similar to SOPA. The new laws will see a non-governmental internet watchdog, according to state-owned Russia Today, that will request companies to restrict access to harmful content. If they […]

Nokia 808 PureView to roll out in May in ‘selected markets’ – includes Russia, India

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The Indians and the Russians are about to be the first few countries to get the new Nokia 808 PureView, with the mobile manufacturer confirming that it will be rolling out the 41-megapixel cameraphone in May in ‘selected markets’. Other markets have not been revealed, but having growing markets such as India and Russia as part of its initial launch could hint at launching it first in those markets to […]

Windows 8 reaches Milestone 2, according to leaks

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While it hasn’t been any secret that Microsoft is already at work in producing the successor to Windows 7 – the OS that happens to repair much of the damage of Windows Vista – but the stage of development of it has been so secretive, it can rival Apple. However, there has been a leak. A Russian website is reporting that Redmond has recently compiled a new build of a […]

Morning Briefing: Tuesday 28 December

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Welcome to the Morning Briefing for Tuesday 28 December, where we highlight the tech stories from across the web and what we are watching here at TECHGEEK.com.au. Here’s what we are watching: Facebook has been valued at $41.2 billion, which is 56 percent higher than the past half year, making it worth more than eBay and Yahoo. Ouch. The Next Web has an interesting infograph detailing the growth of Google […]

Zuckerberg to partner with Baidu to open Facebook China?

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Image: Sina (via guardian.co.uk) Founder of Facebook and recent inductee to Time’s Person of the Year, Mark Zuckerberg, has been spotted in China taking a tour around Baidu; and now, speculation is rising of a possible Facebook in China, with the help of Baidu’s power in one of the largest markets in terms of users on the Internet. Baidu has been quick to downplay such rumours, telling that his meeting […]

Morning Briefing: Tuesday 21 December

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Welcome to the Morning Briefing for Tuesday 21 December, where we highlight the tech stories from across the web and what we are watching here at TECHGEEK.com.au. Here’s what we are watching: Motorola is said to be showing off a new tablet at CES, according to a new teaser video released by the company. It’s said to be competing against the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The UK is debating a way […]

Report: Microsoft used to suppress Russian dissidents

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Dissidents’ computers are being suppressed by the police by using the pretext of searching for pirated copies of software belonging to Microsoft, according to a report by The New York Times. The group, Baikal Environmental Wave, were protesting against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s plan to reopen a paper factory known to have polluted a lake that is known to hold some 20 percent of the world’s fresh water – […]

Security report links Russian intelligence agency to Georgia cyber attacks

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A new report written by a group of cyber-security experts has claimed that Russian intelligence agencies were linked or probably involved in the 2008 cyber attack on Georgia during the 2008 invasion of the country by Russia in July and August of 2008. The report has concluded that there is a “strong likelihood” that the Foreign Military Intelligence agency (the GRU) and the Federal Security Service (the FSB) directed the […]

Google upsets Russia, local advertising acquisition halted

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Russian regulators have said that Google cannot acquire Zao Begun, a local advertising company in Russia – effectively halting its $140 million deal that was agreed to in July. Zao Begun is owned by Rambler Media, another Russian company who runs various websites and a search engine. Google has said, according to IDG, that it would be reviewing the decision of the Federal Antimonopoly Service in Russia; saying in a […]

Georgia: Russia engaging in cyber warfare

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The bitter conflict between two former Soviet republics, Russia and Georgia, over the Georgian province of South Ossetia may have now migrated online after the Georgian presidential website and other government sites have been attacked by a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) – which shuts down a computer network by flooding it with requests that lead to a non-existing page on the server. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs for […]

Google buys contextual ads company for $140 million

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Google is in the process of buying the Russian contextual ad company ZAO Begun for $140 million from the UK-registered Rambler Media, according to TechCrunch. While the ad company is a Russian company, many firms have based themselves in the UK; with Rambler owning 50.1 percent of the company. Basically, Rambler will buy the other 49.9 percent from Bannatyne Limited and then sell the firm to Google. As well, Rambler […]

Russian malware gang vanishes

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A Russian gang that is alleged to hosting malware has vanished after their software disappeared from the web, says Trend Micro. The Russian Business Network, which was alleged to have been heavily involved in packing kits -development kits to deploy malicious software- suddenly dropped off the internet on Thursday, the Tokyo-based company said. Researchers from the Internet security company, Verisign, has said that RBN was able to offer “bulletproof” hosting […]

AllofMP3.com is back from the dead

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The Russian music download site, allofMP3.com, is set to be reborn after a Moscow court found that the site is legal. This comes a big blow to the US Government. The site says that it pays it royalties to a non-commercial company that spreads the money to the record companies.