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The White House's cybersecurity desk warriors have installed a hotline which will allow them to immediately contact Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin in the event of an online apocalypse. The US Cybersecurity will have a direct connection to Russia’s Deputy Secretary of the Security Council, so they can report a "crisis situation …


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  1. Vimes

    The two countries will, no doubt, be discussing China using the new line. Miscreants within the People's Republic were responsible for about 41 per cent of the world's cyber-attacks during the final quarter of last year, according to a report by online distribution network Akamai.

    I wonder how many hackers are actually in China and how many are outside and merely taking advantage of compromised PCs in the country?

    1. g e

      Dare I suggest

      At least half...

  2. gautam

    The biggest hackers are ...... their own backyards !

    NSA and FSB.


  3. g e

    Failsafe (as in the film)

    "I'm sorry Mr Putin, there's really no way to divert the bomber at this stage"

    1. Daniel B.

      Dr Strangelove or ...

      I usually think more of the Kubrick film.

      The code is OPE!

  4. Matt 21

    I was thinking more Yes Minister

    "Have we tested the line?"

    "Well we don't like to as it seems to cause panic at the other end."

    etc. etc.

  5. E 2

    Is the hotline analog or is it IP based? If it's IP then the Chinese are probably listening in already.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Is it a video conferencing link?

    That way there is more opportunity for some Putin bare-chested machismo!!

    1. Euripides Pants

      Re: bare-chested machismo

      Sean Connery in Zardoz has Putin beat. Only a man with no fear could run around in nothing but a read handkerchief and thigh high boots.

      1. Euripides Pants

        Re: D'oh!

        Should have been *red* handkerchief.

        Maybe I need more Red Bull...

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