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Hidden racial slurs are flooding across Russian media, AI reveals

A glut of racial slurs hidden behind slang has emerged in Russian digital media. The insults were discovered by Osavul, a Ukrainian startup that uses AI to analyse information threats. Osavul tapped language models to conduct a cross-platform survey of racial discourse in Russia. Over 5,000 messages were scanned on news sites and social media platforms, from US giants Facebook and X to Russian kingpins Telegram and VK. The system highlighted the rise of various epithets for neighbouring…

‘Nature reminded me you still have to live’: Jane Weaver on grief, reinvention and 80s Russian aerobics music | Music

Jane Weaver turns up to our interview in a Stockport restaurant carrying a plastic bag stuffed with albums. They are all old, the worse for wear – she’s taking them to be professionally cleaned later – and obscure: the closest the bag’s contents comes to mainstream is a compilation of soundtrack music from the 80s films of nouvelle vague director Eric Rohmer. “The music from the scenes set in discos or parties,” she nods. “Really good. Eighties, French, synthesisers. Some of it sounds a bit like Air.”This all seems very…

Lev Parnas Says GOP Impeachment Push Based on Russian Lies

The Republican impeachment push against President Joe Biden has always rested on the thinnest of evidentiary ice, but with one of their key informants facing criminal charges for lying to federal investigators, the charade is now on the verge of falling apart.  On Wednesday, the House Oversight Committee — one of the three Republican-controlled committees overseeing the Biden impeachment inquiry — held a hearing in an attempt to salvage the effort.  Democrats brought in Lev Parnas, a former Rudy Giuliani crony…

Microsoft says Russian hackers trying to use stolen ‘secrets’ to breach systems

Russian hackers have been attempting to breach Microsoft’s systems in recent weeks, using stolen information they acquired in an earlier hack, the company said Friday. The hackers, which Microsoft identified as a Russian state-sponsored group known as Midnight Blizzard, have been “using information initially exfiltrated from our corporate email systems to gain, or attempt to gain, unauthorized access” to the company’s systems. Microsoft previously revealed in January that it had “detected a nation-state…

Microsoft says it hasn’t been able to shake Russian state hackers

Microsoft said Friday it's still trying to evict the elite Russian government hackers who broke into the email accounts of senior company executives in November and who it said have been trying to breach customer networks with stolen access data. The hackers from Russia's SVR foreign intelligence service used data obtained in the intrusion, which it disclosed in mid-January, to compromise some source-code repositories and internal systems, the software giant said in a blog and a regulatory filing.Elevate Your Tech Prowess…

Microsoft Under Constant Attack by Russian Hackers, Filing Says

File photo of a surveillance camera near the Microsoft office building in Beijing, China on July 20, 2021.Photo: Andy Wong, File (AP)Hackers linked to the Russian government keep trying to penetrate Microsoft’s systems using information stolen in a hack from late 2023, according to an announcement from the tech company. The latest intrusion was serious enough that Microsoft filed a report with the SEC.Warning! Microsoft Wants ChatGPT to Control Robots NextThe Russian hackers have been dubbed Midnight Blizzard, previously

Microsoft says Russian hackers stole some of its source code

Microsoft is offering an update into the hack it first reported in January—and things aren’t looking good. The tech giant says state-sponsored hackers, backed by Russia, are still trying to access its systems and successfully stole “some of the company’s source code repositories and internal systems.”The hackers, who call themselves Midnight Blizzard or Nobelium, were also responsible for the SolarWinds attack that compromised the Treasury and Commerce Departments in December 2020.“In recent weeks, we have seen evidence…

Russian state-sponsored hackers keep trying to infiltrate Microsoft

Russian hackers keep trying to infiltrate Microsoft, the company These hacks follow a of last year, in which state-sponsored agents obtained the emails of Microsoft’s senior level managers. An internal investigation led by Microsoft identified the hackers in both instances as a Russian group called Midnight Blizzard.It looks like Midnight Blizzard has gotten bolder in its approach. Last year’s attack seemed to prioritize the collection of email addresses, but this most recent attack finds the group repeatedly attempting…

Russian oligarch’s yacht costs U.S. taxpayers $900,000 a month

A mega-yacht seized by U.S. authorities from a Russian oligarch is costing the government nearly $1 million a month to maintain, according to new court filings.The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking permission to sell a 348-foot yacht called Amadea, which it seized in 2022, alleging that it was owned by sanctioned Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov. The government said it wants to sell the $230 million yacht due to the "excessive costs" of maintenance and crew, which it said could total $922,000 a month."It is…

The Air Leak on ISS Russian Module Is Getting Worse

NASA is monitoring a leak on the Russian module of the International Space Station (ISS), from which air has been escaping at an increasing rate for nearly four years. The space agency acknowledged that the leak is growing, while claiming it poses no threat to the astronauts on board.Three Astronauts May Be Stranded on the ISS After Disturbing Soyuz Coolant LeakThe rate at which air is leaking in the Zvezda service module has doubled from one pound a day to “a little over two pounds a day,” NASA ISS Program Manager Joel…