Malware from Kazakhstan

EFF has the story of malware from the Kazakhstan government against "journalists and political activists critical of Kazakhstan's authoritarian government, along with their family members, lawyers, and associates."

Posted on August 9, 2016 at 2:14 PM • 15 Comments

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Ross SniderAugust 9, 2016 2:25 PM

Central Asia is well known for this, with authoritarian activity against civil society - especially in Uzbekistan - (supported in large part by great powers) used to keep control the geostrategic area. With the United States long term bid to keep the 'stans' at war and without the development necessary to solve food and water crises, we should expect Central Asia as it has been in the past, an area of active great power competition at the detriment and the loss to the well meaning families and plebeians there.

Joe KAugust 9, 2016 5:06 PM

@MrC

No. Modern times!

It is "Network Investigative Technique for make glorious benefit…"

GrauhutAugust 9, 2016 5:13 PM

@Joe K: "It is "Network Investigative Technique for make glorious benefit…"

One could also interpret it as: "A FOXACID / OLYMPUSFIRE clone for make glorious benefit…" ;)

AndrewAugust 9, 2016 6:32 PM

I recommend the latest "Bourne" movie, very well made. Some stupid cliché in the end but overall quite good.
Also not a great idea (as in previous ones) of mad agencies directors, I'd rather see some old fat mobsters owning banks, media and industries above everything, trying to control the world. That would have been more... natural.

AnonAugust 9, 2016 8:33 PM

It's kind of ironic that a government accused of being authoritarian would hack those making the accusations. Way to prove the theory!

Interesting that Kazakhstan isn't on some EU blacklist for deportation, too.

Truth, Justice, and The American WayAugust 10, 2016 7:35 AM

How grownup countries regard US parastatal pearl-clutching over authoritarian regimes:

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/putin-calls-rigged-u-s-democracy/

Wake me up when nefarious Mussolinohilterstalin Nazarbayev collects it all on everybody just in case like NSA does.

All rise!

♫ ♪ No refuge could save the HIRELING and slave ♫♪
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave ♫♪

Ha. Suckers.

albertAugust 10, 2016 11:18 AM

@Ross, @Those Who Doubt US Foreign Policy,

The US 'official' policy on Eurasia is, for all practical purposes, codified. See Zbigniew Brzezinskis book, "The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives" (1997)

Henry Kissinger has promoted similar policies.

US global hegemony remains the integral base of US foreign policy, and has been so since the end of WWII. The playbook is written. HRH will follow it to the letter. Don't think Trump wouldn't. They have no choice in the matter.

Read "Foreign Affairs" (magazine). It's fascinating.

We (US) have, at present, much more civilized ways of dealing with dissent. Marginalization, ridicule, criticism, job discrimination, harassment, no-fly listings, legally questionable threats of arrest, etc. They seem to work fairly well....today. Expect escalation in this area, along with everything else in the political, social, financial, and health sectors.

Have a nice day!
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rAugust 10, 2016 11:53 AM

@albert,

We (US) have, at present, much more civilized ways of dealing with dissent. Marginalization, ridicule, criticism, job discrimination, harassment, no-fly listings, legally questionable threats of arrest, etc. They seem to work fairly well....today. Expect escalation in this area, along with everything else in the political, social, financial, and health sectors.


Gee, nobody ever thought about inclusion or understanding did they?

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