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The disk-wiping malware that tore through at least hundreds of Ukrainian Windows systems at the start of Russia's occupation wasn't alone. Slovakian infosec firm ESET has found a second similar strain in Ukraine. "Malware artefacts suggest that the attacks had been planned for several months," said the biz. Last week, as the …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Well done Apple?

    "RT News and Sputnik News are no longer available for download from the App Store outside Russia."

    Because Apple don't want to risk affecting future sales within the pariah state. Your Russian money and their Ukrainian lives, nice one.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Phoning it in

    "but they are of a much lower volume than many had expected."

    Why would they do their best work? If they fail, then Luschenko fails too, Putin fails too, Putin *falls*, and Luschenko *falls* with him, so why try so hard? You get that people in a dictatorship know the propaganda is propaganda right? They just think *other*people* are fooled, so they go along with it, so as not to get trouble themselves.

    The whole game of a dictator is to keep enough people uncertain about others, that they all acquiesce.

    Nobody is fooled now. Nobody. Putin is weak. Russia cannot defend itself, Belarussia cannot save them. Imagine even *needing* Belarussia's help! They're stuck in a 40 mile traffic jam without air superiority with decaying old vehicles, short on fuel, spares, and breaking down block their own convoy! Russia doesn't even control its own airspace, over its own land.

    I'd say the same to Fox News writers, why try so hard? Why try to sell Putin, why try so hard to demoralized the US, NATO and its ally Ukraine? Why try so hard to divide America and weaken it? Why spend so much effort trying to promote Putin? Why give aid and comfort to America's enemies?

    For what? Russia a shithole, Belarussia is worse, and you don't want to live like that! The rewards Tucker Carlson gets, won't be *your* rewards! That 'woke-free' fictional paradise you write about, you know doesn't exist.

    So phone it in.

    At some point, Putin will start using human shields for its army, and Tucker will find the cutest, more lucid charismatic, little Ukrainian girl, and interview her. Get her name, her age, her mommy's name, her hopes and dreams. He'll make her as *human* as possible, so boss Putin's human shield can be as *strong* as possible. A human shield is made of human empathy, and Tucker will try to make that shield as strong as possible... "she could be *your* child, *your* little girl" Tucker will say, as he describes troops as if they're monsters for attacking invading military targets.

    Each time the west attacks a Russian military target, Tucker will remind you of the human shield they have. He'll remind you of the little girl. He'll remind you he has kids himself, claim he 'shares' your empathy. He'll replay the little girl interview, as if she's dying *over* and *over* and *over* and *over* and *over* again. He'll do his fake sad face, and ask contrived questions he, or rather *you* wrote. *Your* words from *his* mouth to support *his* lies. He'll try to make everyone regret ever attacking Russian military targets, ever attacking boss Putin.

    So why try so hard? Why write those lines? Why try to demoralize your own allies? Why try to give your best?

    Why acquiesce?

    Russia, It's a shit-hole. The picture you paint of Russia as all happy and contented, woke-free gay-free, all white-skinned, unanimously supporting their glorious leader, Putin, a leader American's are supposed to follow, that's *not* *real*. That's the conservative fiction, a fiction *you* write.

    So don't write it.

    You wouldn't want to live in a US version of 'Belarussia', with a President Tucker, so don't help make that happen.

  3. T. F. M. Reader

    While supporting Apple's "freelance sanctions"...

    RT News and Sputnik News are no longer available for download from the App Store outside Russia.

    What's the rationale for still allowing those inside Russia? Shouldn't Putin's internal propaganda machine be disrupted as much as possible? Or are those installed by default on Russkies' iThings so that there is no point? Genuine question.

    And we have disabled both traffic and live incidents in Apple Maps in Ukraine as a safety and precautionary measure for Ukrainian citizens.

    Given the reputation of Apple Maps I suppose it'll really help Ukrainians to avoid head-on collisions with 40-mile-long columns of Russian vehicles. Wait, do Russian troops, at least senior officers, carry iThings? Maybe leave it on and as default for them? No, not really a genuine question, just looking for small ways to help ...

  4. Potemkine! Silver badge

    In time of war Truth is the first casualty

    Rumors in the media hint that significant numbers of Russian soldiers are deserting and abandoning their vehicles, that the Ukrainian Air Force – contrary to all expectations – is still able to fly and fight.

    That's the problem: all we have is rumors. We have no reliable information on what is happening there.

    1. big_D Silver badge

      Re: In time of war Truth is the first casualty

      Just go look at Bellingcat, if you want verified information.

      https://www.bellingcat.com/

      1. Eclectic Man Silver badge

        Re: In time of war Truth is the first casualty

        According to the people interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 news programs, they would expect the Russian troops to have had about 5 days worth of provisions (food, water, fuel etc.) As these are now running out the soldiers, many of whom seem to have been told they were actually going on an exercise, or that they would be welcomed with flowers and open arms by 'the oppressed Ukrainians' they are having to fight on empty stomachs, and abandon fuel-less vehicles. Napoleon said that every army marches on its stomach, and tanks, self-propelled artillery and APCs don't get many km per litre. Re-supply is a major problem for the Russians, and I doubt the Ukrainians in the countryside are going out of their way to be helpful.

        1. Eclectic Man Silver badge
          Unhappy

          Re: In time of war Truth is the first casualty

          Just heard reports on TV rolling news of Russian soldiers taking food from supermarkets in south Ukraine near Crimea. Someone also said the Russian soldiers had only been given 3 days of provisions as the 'intelligence' was that Ukraine would be a pushover. If so they must be getting very hungry by now.

          Just heard that Kherson is now under Russian control. (BBC TV News channel 231 in the UK.)

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