Censored: Putin takes American’s question live – Q&A highlights 2017 (16 min)

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16 Jun 2017

On June 15th, Russia’s Vladimir Putin held his 15th annual live Q&A session, lasting for four hours. I have condensed the video into a mere 17 minutes – which was quite the hard task! I have left only matters of foreign policy, which I thought would be interesting to the Western audience, as well as a few odd bits and pieces from the programme. The majority of the show dealt with specific internal Russian issues; wages, pensions, roads, rubbish collection, medical care, and specific cases of injustice. The call center opened 11 days before the direct line with President Putin – it is said that as soon as regional leaders got word of a complaint from their region to the programme, they immediately sprung to action, as if the problem never existed at all.

President Putin is only one man and he can’t do everything, so it…

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Ryerson University Cancels Free Speech Panel As A Threat To Public Safety

JONATHAN TURLEY

Ryerson_University_CrestI have previously written about how cities and universities are now cancelling conservative speakers in order to protect public safety. I recently discussed this rising rationale for barring speakers, a way for officials to claim that they are still being content neutral while achieving the same result of censoring speakers. The latest such example occurred in Canada at Ryerson University where the school canceled a free speech panel after some groups criticized the appearance of conservative speakers.   The school gave them what they demanded in the name of protecting public safety.

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‘US hegemony has come to an end’: Bolivian FM rejects idea of intervention in Venezuela

Ppl simply ask urself, if not for the purpose of regime change to install a puppet gov’t… what possible reason could the US have for interfering in another country’s business? Fortunately Maduro knows the drill…

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“The hegemony of the Western world and the [US] empire has come to an end,” Mamani told RT.

Source: ‘US hegemony has come to an end’: Bolivian FM rejects idea of intervention in Venezuela — RT News

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‘US hegemony has come to an end’: Bolivian FM rejects idea of intervention in Venezuela
The Bolivian foreign minister has firmly rejected Washington’s hegemonic ambitions as manifested in Donald Trump’s latest threat of a military intervention in Venezuela, while underlining Caracas’ right to self-determination without outside meddling.

READ MORE: US-Venezuela standoff: Latin America haunted by ‘ghost of military interventions’

Speaking to RT in Moscow following his meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, Fernando Huanacuni Mamani emphasized that any foreign meddling in Venezuela’s domestic affairs is unacceptable.

“Our countries, Russia and Bolivia, also agree that we firmly reject any…

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UN lambastes Trump’s Venezuela military action threat

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The UN chief says Latin American countries must be safeguarded from foreign intervention after the US president threatened military intervention in Venezuela.

Source: PressTV-UN lambastes Trump’s Venezuela military action threat

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This July 7, 2017 file photo provided by the United Nations shows Secretary General Antonio Guterres addressing a press conference in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana. (Photos by AFP)
This July 7, 2017 file photo provided by the United Nations shows Secretary General Antonio Guterres addressing a press conference in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana. (Photos by AFP)

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has stressed that Latin American countries must be safeguarded from foreign intervention after US President Donald Trump threatened military action in Venezuela.

On Friday, Trump said his administration was considering many measures, “including a possible military option if necessary,” to repair what he referred to as a “dangerous mess” in Venezuela in the wake of the formation of the country’s Constituent Assembly.

Apart from being rejected by the government in Caracas and Venezuela’s opposition coalition, the statement was also rejected by all Latin American countries —…

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Imagine That! CIA Stops Arming Terrorists in Syria, 600,000 Refugees Return Home

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The Western narrative of the Syrian conflict is now being debunked by the very Syrian refugees that the media purported were fleeing Assad in the first place.

According to the International Organization for Migration, refugees are returning to Syria en masse, coincidentally, as the US stops arming ISIS.

Source: Imagine That! CIA Stops Arming Terrorists in Syria, 600,000 Refugees Return Home

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By Jay Syrmopoulos

Aug 16, 2017

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The Trump administration’s decision to halt the covert CIA program of arming ‘moderate rebels’ in Syria was lambasted in the mainstream press, but for those paying attention, this was an intelligent move — namely, because those ‘moderate rebels’ are actually terrorists.

Now, new information reveals that Syrians displaced by the ongoing US-sponsored regime change operation are now returning home in large numbers, according to a Switzerland-based migration agency.

On Friday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that nearly 603,000 Syrian…

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Hacker News: Warning- Two Dangerous Ransomware Are Back – Protect Your Computers

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Ransomware has been around for a few years but has become an albatross around everyone’s neck—from big businesses and financial institutions to hospitals and individuals worldwide—with cyber criminals making millions of dollars.

In just past few months, we saw a scary strain of ransomware attacks including WannaCryPetya and LeakerLocker, which made chaos worldwide by shutting down hospitals, vehicle manufacturing, telecommunications, banks and many businesses.

Before WannaCry and Petya, the infamous Mamba full-disk-encrypting ransomware and the Locky ransomware had made chaos across the world last year, and the bad news is—they are back with their new and more damaging variants than ever before.

Diablo6: New Variant of Locky Ransomware

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First surfaced in early 2016, Locky has been one of the largest distributed ransomware infections, infecting organisations across the globe.

By tricking victims into clicking on a malicious attachment, Locky ransomware encrypts nearly all file formats on a victim’s computer and network and unlocks them until the ransom in Bitcoins is paid to attackers.

The ransomware has made many comebacks with its variants being distributed through Necurs botnet and Dridex botnet.

This time security researchers have discovered a fresh spam malware campaign distributing a new variant of Locky known as Diablo6 and targeting computers around the world, with the United States being the most targeted country, followed by Austria.

An independent security researcher using online alias Racco42 first spotted the new Locky variant that encrypts files on infected computers and appends the .diablo6 file extension.

Like usually, the ransomware variant comes in an email containing a Microsoft Word file as an attachment, which when opened, a VBS Downloader script is executed that then attempts to download the Locky Diablo6 payload from a remote file server.

The ransomware then encrypts the files using RSA-2048 key (AES CBC 256-bit encryption algorithm) on the infected computer before displaying a message that instructs victims to download and install Tor browser; and visit the attacker’s site for further instructions and payments.

This Locky Diablo6 variant demands a sum of 0.49 Bitcoin (over $2,079) from victims to get their files back.

Unfortunately, at this time it is impossible to recover the files encrypted by the .Diablo6 extension, so users need to exercise caution while opening email attachments.

Return of Disk-Encrypting Mamba Ransomware

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Mamba is another powerful and dangerous kind of ransomware infection that encrypts the entire hard disk on an affected computer instead of just files, leaving the system totally unusable unless a ransom is paid.

Similar tactics have also been employed by other ransomware attacks, including Petya and WannaCry, but the Mamba ransomware has been designed for destruction in corporates and other large organisations, rather than extorting Bitcoins.

Late last year, Mamba infected the San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency (MUNI) system’s network over the Thanksgiving weekend, causing major train delays and forcing officials to shut down ticket machines and fare gates at some stations.

Now, security researchers at Kaspersky Lab have spotted a new campaign distributing Mamba infections, targeting corporate networks in countries, majorly in Brazil and Saudi Arabia.

Mamba is utilising a legitimate open source Windows disk encryption utility, called DiskCryptor, to fully lock up hard drives of computers in targeted organisations. So, there is no way to decrypt data as the encryption algorithms used by DiskCryptor are very strong.

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Although it’s not clear how the ransomware initially finds its way into a corporate network, researchers believe like most ransomware variants, Mamba might be using either an exploit kit on compromised or malicious sites or malicious attachments sent via an email.

The ransom note does not immediately demand money, rather the message displayed on the infected screen only claims that the victim’s hard drive has been encrypted and offers two email addresses and a unique ID number to recover the key.

Here’s How to Protect Yourself From Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware has become one of the largest threats to both individuals and enterprises with the last few months happening several widespread ransomware outbreaks.

Currently, there is no decryptor available to decrypt data locked by Mamba and Locky as well, so users are strongly advised to follow prevention measures in order to protect themselves.

Beware of Phishing emails: Always be suspicious of uninvited documents sent over an email and never click on links inside those documents unless verifying the source.

Backup Regularly: To always have a tight grip on all your important files and documents, keep a good backup routine in place that makes their copies to an external storage device that is not always connected to your PC.

Keep your Antivirus software and system Up-to-date: Always keep your antivirus software and systems updated to protect against latest threats.

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