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Not that the interview was staged by any chance, never seen anything so unconvincing.
I try to be neutral and polite but it is hard at times.
fake or fortune.
"You know, there really exist certain people to whom it is assigned, at their birth, to have all sorts of extraordinary things happen to them" Mikhail Lermontov
Dr Foxall really should use a military-grade spellchecker.
'Pass the cow dung, my dropsy's killing me' - Heraclitus
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Mr. Corbyn is probably correct. It might have been better to wait for some real evidence than to just knee-jerk accuse the Russians. Not that I believe most politicians most of the time anyway. I wouldn't be surprised if the USA had sent agents over to kill people in the UK, but that would be ok because of our 'special relationship'.
I think you all give politicians far too much credit for honesty and intellect, Boris (the buffoon) Johnson is using brexit to promote his own political ambitions at the expense of this country's future, all he cares about is his own greedy little self. For those of you old enough, think Billy Bunter, put him in power in the F.O., and try and take the babbling halfwit seriously. These are the type of people making Putin the bogeyman. I quite like the bloke, and it seems the Russians love him.
Do nothing and nothing happens!
I wonder if our spammers are among those mentioned here. I can't help but wonder why that country and by inference its President seems to be so worried by the western world and how it carries on.
BTW I can not use the R word as that prompts the spam block .
I try to be neutral and polite but it is hard at times.
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More laughs from the GRU.
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Those naughty Russkies at it again.
The Kremlin is targeting British teenagers as part of a covert campaign to sow discord among young westerners, The Times can reveal. Russian-run accounts have posed as Harry Potter fans and used images of celebrities such as the actress Emma Watson to amass young followers on social networks.
Thousands of young Britons have also been exposed to a Kremlin-financed YouTube channel that has been described as “the Blue Peter of Russian propaganda” and which has sought to create confusion about the Salisbury poisoning.
The full scale of Russia’s disinformation campaign can be disclosed today after analysis of more than three million tweets and other social media messages collected by US researchers. Kremlin-controlled accounts portray GM foods and other biotech advances as dangerous, the analysis shows. This newspaper has previously revealed how Russian “trolls” promoted discredited theories about the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Russia has also attempted to stir public panic after terrorist attacks in London as well as disseminating misinformation on Brexit and the issue of Scottish independence. Individual accounts that bear Russian hallmarks have achieved hundreds of thousands of mentions and retweets on Twitter this year despite an attempted crackdown by the social media company.
“What they are doing is political warfare on an industrialised scale, and it is aimed at all western democracy,” Darren Linvill, a specialist in Russian disinformation from Clemson University in South Carolina, said. “It is well funded, it is dangerous and it is hiding in plain sight.” Moscow’s disinformation campaign is being run in parallel with an international hacking operation that was exposed on Thursday when western intelligence agencies showed that one unit tried to hack the international chemical weapons watchdog while it was investigating the Salisbury poisonings.
Russian hackers were also linked to attacks on a US nuclear power developer, anti-doping agencies and authorities investigating the suspected Russian-linked downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet. The GRU military intelligence agency, which was responsible for the attempts, was further embarrassed last night when the names of hundreds of their spies were apparently revealed.
The social media disinformation effort has been led by the Internet Research Agency, an operation based in St Petersburg and allegedly funded by Yevgeny Prigozhin, an oligarch known as “Putin’s chef” for his ties to the Russian leader. One research agency account tried to appeal to western teenagers by posing as a supporter of gay rights. It encouraged schoolchildren to disrupt lessons with political protests, posting the message: “A little drama in the classroom is necessary once in a while.”
are the Russians hacking this thread.
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Defence chiefs have carried out war-games simulating a massive cyber-attack on Moscow, according to the Sunday Times.
Senior security sources tell the paper they fear that if Russia escalates its aggressive tactics against the west, "turning off the lights in the Kremlin" is the only realistic response short of a nuclear strike.
Defence chiefs have war-gamed a massive cyber-strike to black out Moscow if Vladimir Putin launches a military attack on the West, after concluding that the only other way of hitting back would be to use nuclear weapons. Senior security sources have told The Sunday Times they are concerned that Britain has a capability gap that has left commanders with too few weapons to meet Kremlin aggression short of firing a Trident nuclear missile. Planning exercises on the threat posed by Ru*sia have left officials “ashen-faced” at the speed with which confrontation with Moscow could escalate.
Whitehall officials have vowed to step up offensive cyber-capability, including the ability to “turn out the lights” in the Kremlin. That would give Britain more options if Putin ordered Ru*sian forces to:
Seize small islands belonging to Estonia to test whether Nato is serious about its article 5 clause stating an attack on one is an attack on all
● Intervene in Libya to gain control of oil reserves and unleash a new migration crisis in Europe
● Use irregular forces to launch an attack on British troops or threaten Britain’s new aircraft carrier.
This weekend 5,500 British troops took part in their biggest military exercise for a decade and engaged in war games to improve readiness for any confrontation with Ru*sian tanks or hybrid forces such as those deployed by Putin in Crimea. The £100m exercise in the Omani desert involves 200 armoured vehicles, six naval ships and eight Typhoon warplanes. In a series of mock battles, the Household Cavalry played the role of an enemy using Ru*sian T-72 tanks. The preparations come after British and Dutch spies last week exposed an operation by the GRU, Ru*sian military intelligence, to disrupt an investigation of the assassination plot against Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury.
Highly classified planning meetings, held once a week in Whitehall, have concluded that cyber-weapons give Britain the best chance of deterring Ru*sia because the West no longer has small battlefield nuclear weapons. The chief of the defence staff, General Sir Nick Carter, warned in August that “a spiral of escalation that ends up in miscalculation” with Ru*sia is “the greatest threat to us at the moment”. One senior source said: “Ru*sia will continue to try to undermine our western democracy. They won’t probably go to conventional war, but there are islands off Estonia they could take to test Nato’s commitment to article 5.
“If they sank our aircraft carrier with a nuclear-tipped torpedo, what is our response? There’s nothing between sinking their submarine and dropping a nuclear weapon on northern Kamchatka. “This is why cyber is so important; you can go on the offensive and turn off the lights in Moscow to tell them that they are not doing the right things.” Officials say no plans have been drawn up to bomb Siberia.
Ru*sia knocked out the computer systems of the Estonian parliament, banks and broadcasters in 2007 and launched malware attacks on the Kiev underground system and Odessa airport in 2017.
This morning, the former head of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove warned that assassination was part of “Ru*sian political DNA”. Sir Richard, appearing on Sky News, said: “Russian espionage, Soviet espionage, has never stopped. “It’s deeply embedded in Ru*sia’s DNA to use the capabilities that it has to disrupt our nations, to pursue their own national interest, to, as it were, reinforce Putin in power. “The attack in the UK fits a historical pattern. Ru*sia has always used assassination as a weapon. It’s a rather terrible thing to say but it’s a violent country and they tend to kill each other.”