Defending critical communication infrastructures against bot and troll armies in Central-Eastern Europe

The defence of critical communication infrastructure has become a significant issue for most countries in Central-Eastern Europe, as well as in the West, which have faced repeated attempts of foreign adversaries to influence public attitudes and democratic election processes. During the COVID-19 epidemic, Russian and Chinese actors, including state officials, used the health emergency to extend their soft or sharp power by spreading false information about the virus to sow discord and panic on a global level. Therefore, with the generous support of the British Embassy in Budapest, Political Capital organised an online conference on 25 March 2020 to address the “Defense of critical communication infrastructures against bot and troll armies in Central-Eastern Europe.” Renowned experts of Russian hybrid warfare and strategic communication explored how state or non-state actors, market-based solutions could enhance

Альфред Кох: можно смело утверждать, что до конца эпидемии осталось еще 4 недели

Теперь всем нам известен вот этот рисунок. Не буду его сейчас комментировать, но для моих дальнейших рассуждений важно то, что любая (!) эпидемия развивается по кривой Гаусса. Это, как говориться – научный факт. Так же известно, что эпидемии, например, гриппа длятся в среднем около 8 недель. Об этом – здесь: https://www.epidemvac.ru/jour/article/viewFile/393/393 Заразность (или как говорят специалисты – “контагиозность”) коронавируса выше, чем у гриппа (https://www.sciencealert.com/the-new-coronavirus-isn-t-like…) и по идее, эпидемия коронавируса должна распространяться быстрее, чем грипп. Но допустим, что это будет также 8 недель. Вот на этом сайте (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/) есть данные по эпидемии короновируса с разбивкой по странам. Если

Molima hristofobiei în vreme de pandemie – a fost descoperit „vaccinul” împotriva coronavirusului

Text semnat de Părintele Episcop Ignatie al Hușilor, apărut pe pagina www.marginaliaetc.ro în data de 30 martie 2020: În plină pandemie, scotocind grijuliu în garderoba ideologică, prin care sfidează şi îi înjosesc infatuat pe creştini, şi negăsind ceva potrivit, designerii secularişti au recurs la o variantă stilistică imprevizibilă şi de ocazie: s-au înveşmântat ipocrit şi ostentativ cu haina evlaviei care, cred ei în aroganţa lor, poate aduce salvare neamului şi chiar întregului mapamond. Cu alte cuvinte, toţi plesnesc de evlavie. Cine spune că pandemia nu face şi minuni, se înşală amarnic. Suntem martorii unor „schimbări de paradigme” nemaiîntâlnite în societatea postdecembristă. Aproape că suntem vrăjiţi şi riscăm să rămânem blocaţi într-o contemplaţie perpetuă în faţa unor asemenea schimbări radicale. Mai concret, despre ce este vorba? Un filosof, despre care, sincer, nu mai ştiam absolut nimic (şi chiar

По экономике нашего нефтегазового каганата нанесен удар неслыханной мощности

Сравнивают с падением цен на нефть в 80-е – 90-е, но и это мрачное сравнение вряд ли вполне корректно. Люди в казарменном СССР всегда жили плохо, бедно. Во второй половине 80-х стало хуже, чем во второй половине 70-х, но и в 70-е было ведь дерьмово. У советских людей отсутствовала привычка к хорошему. За первые двадцать лет XXI века эта привычка выработалась. В крупных городах РФ кое-как сложилось мелкобуржуазное общество с хоть какими-то признаками зажиточности. Это не результат гениальной экономической политики Путина. Нам просто подфартило с ценами на черную жижу. Да и рыночные механизмы, кое-как выстроенные при Ельцине, заработали в полную силу. А потом у нас было двадцать лет, чтобы диверсифицировать экономику. Чтобы не оставаться тотально зависимыми от чужого нефтегазового аппетита, от

Ventilatorul mecanic proiectat de voluntari la Timișoara a trecut primul test de funcţionare. Urmează verdictul personalului medical VIDEO

Un ventilator mecanic creat la Timişoara a trecut testul de funcţionare, iar marţi va fi testat şi de anestezişti, acesta fiind primul prototip inventat de români pentru a sprijini eforturile medicale în timpul pandemiei de coronavirus. Un grup format din zeci de voluntari, ingineri, medici, manageri şi studenti din Timişoara, au proiectat un ventilator mecanic. Este vorba despre primul prototip inventat de români. Specialiştii încearcă, în contextul noului coronavirus, să construiască echipamente de ventilare mecanică a pacienţilor aflaţi în stare gravă. „Ne străduim să construim un prototip în care componenta mecanică şi de acţionare e aproape finalizată, cea electronică e iarăşi aproape de finalizare, în principiu marţi seara ajungem să îl confruntăm cu anesteziştii care eventual vor ajunge să îl folosească. (…) Sunt zeci de oameni care muncesc pe proiectul ăsta. Avem sprijin şi din partea firmelor din Timişoara,

Britain names new MI5 chief: the spy who investigated 2018 Novichok attack

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain on Monday named Ken McCallum, a career spy who led the response to the attempted murder of Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal, as the new head of its MI5 domestic intelligence agency. McCallum, who has worked in MI5 for 25 years, rose through the ranks working across the agency’s main fronts from Northern Ireland to countering Islamist militants and ensuring the safety of the 2012 London Olympics. Then, after former Russian double agent Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found poisoned with a Soviet-developed nerve agent known as “Novichok” in 2018, McCallum led the agency’s response to the attempted murder, MI5 said. “Our people - with our partners - strive to keep the country safe, and they always want to go the extra mile,” McCallum said in a statement. “Having devoted my working life to that team effort, it is a huge privilege now to be asked to lead it,”

Britain Names Ken McCallum as new Head of MI5 Spy Service

LONDON - Britain on Monday named career spy Ken McCallum as the new head of its MI5 domestic intelligence agency. McCallum, whose appointment was announced by interior minister Priti Patel, has worked for MI5 for almost 25 years and oversaw counter terrorism investigations in the run up to the 2012 London Olympics. He succeeds Andrew Parker who retires in April. source: voa

The next frontier in coronavirus testing: Identifying the full scope of the pandemic, not just individual infections

Scientists are starting to roll out new blood tests for the coronavirus, a key development that, unlike the current diagnostic tests, will help pinpoint people who are immune and reveal the full scope of the pandemic. The “serological” tests — which rely on drawn blood, not a nasal or throat swab — can identify people who were infected and have already recovered from Covid-19, including those who were never diagnosed, either because they didn’t feel particularly sick or they couldn’t get an initial test. Scientists expect those individuals will be safe from another infection for at least some time — so the tests could signal who could be prioritized to return to work or serve as a frontline health worker. The serological tests, which are being deployed in some countries in Asia and are starting to be used at one New York hospital, could also eventually help scientists answer outstanding epidemiological questions

Coronavirus mutates into 40 strains. How this changes the pandemic outlook: Experts

Recent scientific tests are starting to reveal more about the coronavirus, known technically as COVID-19, including one recent discovery: that the virus has at least 40 mutations. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep the world, scientists are scrambling to discover as much information as they can that could help to slow the spread of the deadly pathogen. Now, with evidence that the coronavirus mutates, they are hoping that they can learn more through studying the virus’ genes – perhaps eventually helping to find a future treatment. But what does it mean for a virus to mutate, and why does it matter? Here is everything you need to know. Mutations in coronavirus: Evidence Evidence that the coronavirus mutates was brought to attention back in late February by Christian Drosten, the head of the Institute of Virology at the Charité University Hospital in Berlin. Drosten studied a

Bloomberg: Цена на нефть стала отрицательной. Теперь за нефть доплачивают, чтобы ее купили

Агентство Bloomberg сообщило неожиданную новость. На американском рынке нефть перестала иметь цену - спрос на нее опустился до такого уровня, что некоторые производители готовы платить за то, чтобы нефть вывезли из их хранилищ. Компания Wyoming Asphalt Sour первой поставила отрицательную цену на нефть. Ее сырье в основном используется для производства битума. Mercuria Energy Group Ltd в середине марта объявила, что будет сама платить по 19 центов за каждый баррель сырой нефти, который вывезут из ее хранилища. По словам аналитика компании ESAI Energy, места добычи этой нефти удалены от морских портов, ее сложно транспортировать потребителям. Она также пояснила, что там, где хранилища заполняются быстро, цены могут уйти в минус. И хотя на биржах нефть марок Brent и WTI все еще держится выше 20

Russia Pushing Coronavirus Lies As Part of Anti-NATO Influence Ops in Europe

The pandemic has provided the Kremlin with an ample opportunity to target nervous populations with fake news. Russia is directing coronavirus-related disinformation at Eastern European audiences in a bid to drive anti-NATO sentiment among virus-spooked populations. The tactics range from the usual sort of anti-Western commentary on pro-Russian sites to hacking a legitimate news site to post a false story. A key target has been Lithuania, which sits between Russia’s client state Belarus and its exclave of Kaliningrad. In January, someone posted a false story on the Lithuanian news site kauno.diena.lt, or Kaunas Day, claiming that a U.S. soldier in Lithuania had COVID-19. (Since September, the country has hosted elements of the U.S. Army’s 1st Cavalry Division.) The story was up on the site for just a few minutes. “There is a case of hacking into a content management system. For the time

Paul Goble: Russia’s Other Pandemic – HIV/AIDS with More than a Million Infected

Staunton, March 23 – HIV/AIDS is “developing according to the same scenario as the coronavirus but over a more extended time,” Russian medical experts say, with more than a million Russian citizens now infected, more than a third of those infected since the epidemic began having died, and with existing government measures incapable of preventing increases. At a four-day conference in Kazan of NGOs who are seeking to fill the gap, speakers said that in some places this plague has achieved horrific proportions but that the government medical system has not addressed it, with many officials still viewing it as a criminal rather than a medical matter (business-gazeta.ru/article/462472). In the last year alone, Liliya Taisheva of the Center for Hygiene Instruction of the Population notes, this has meant that more than 94,000 new cases of HIV have been identified, a figure that is pushing Russia toward the top of

«Роснефть» объявила об уходе из Венесуэлы

«Роснефть» объявила о прекращении деятельности в Венесуэле и продаже активов, связанных с работой в этой стране, сообщает ТАСС со ссылкой на пресс-службу компании. Венесуэльские активы «Роснефти» проданы госкомпании, которая на 100% принадлежит правительству России. Это доли в добывающих предприятиях Petromonagas, Petroperija, Boqueron, Petromiranda и Petrovictoria, в нефтесервисных компаниях и торговых операциях. В качестве оплаты сделки «Роснефть» получит 9,6% собственных акций, находившихся в собственности государства. Стоимость пакета - около 300 млрд рублей. Избавиться от венесуэльских активов, в которые было вложено 7 млрд долларов, крупнейшая добывающая компания России решила на фоне угрозы санкций США. 18 февраля американский Минфин внес в «черный список» трейдинговую дочку

Statistica: Sute de preoți din R.Moldova au ignorat îndemnul lui Chicu de a renunța la slujbe

Angajații Inspectoratului General al Poliției au interprins mai multe verificări în această dimineață la bisericile din R.Moldova. Acțiunile au avut loc după ce premierul Ion Chicu a dat indicația MAI-ului de a nu permite desfășurarea slujbelor bisericești pentru prevenirea răspândirii COVID-19. Potrivit reprezentanților IGP, în urma controalelor efectuate, oamenii legii au stabilit că, în pofida îndemnului premierului Ion Chicu, dar și stării de urgență din cauza pandemiei de COVID-19, în 654 de biserici din R.Moldova au avut loc servicii divine. Astfel, din cele 654 de biserici, în 369 de cazuri slujbele au fost petrecute exclusiv de slujitori ai lăcașelor sfinte, în 139 slujbele au fost oficiate în curtea bisericilor, iar în altele 146 de cazuri slujbele s-au desfășurat în interiorul bisericilor. Din cele 146 de biserici unde slujbele s-au petrecut în interior, în 144 de cazuri au fost desfășurate în prezența a aproximativ 3 persoane și într-un caz cu

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