Monday, December 15, 2014

“Stupid is as Sony does.” What Forrest Gump should have said.
Sony asks media to ignore hacked emails
Sony Pictures Entertainment has sent a letter to several media outlets threatening possible legal action if they report the contents of stolen film studio documents that were leaked online, following a cyberattack last month.
In a blunt letter written by one of the top lawyers in the US, Sony’s movie unit asked media organisations including New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and The Hollywood Reporter to destroy “stolen information”, which includes documents, personal data and emails.
“If you do not comply with this request and the Stolen Information is used or disseminated by you in any manner, SPE will have no choice but to hold you responsible for any damage or loss arising from such use or dissemination by you,” the letter warned, according to a copy posted online by The Hollywood Reporter.

Petty but predictable.
Anonymous hacks Swedish govt emails over seizure of Pirate Bay servers
Swedish government email accounts have been hacked by the Anonymous hacktivist group, in response to last week’s seizure of The Pirate Bay servers by Swedish police.
The group also claims to have hacked into the government email accounts of Israel, India, Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico.

“My strategy is to spend lots of money...”
Russia is buying weapons - a lot of them
… Russia has begun investing heavily in upgrades to its military capabilities. President Vladimir Putin plans to spend more than 20 trillion rubles ($700 billion) bringing equipment up to date by 2025.

(Related) “... that we don't have.” What could possibly go wrong?
The Rouble Is Tumbling Again
The Russian rouble tumbled to another record low on Monday as doubts surrounding the country intensify.
Russia's currency is threatening to cross 60 roubles to the dollar, a new low that is likely to trigger greater concern over the central bank's efforts to prevent rouble falls from impacting the country's financial stability.
… Last week news broke that Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft, which faces a $6.88 billion loan repayment on December 21, sold 625 billion roubles ($10.8 billion) of 6- and 10-year notes into the local market at yields below those on equivalent Russian gov securities.
Bloomberg reported that the debt sale was a back-door refinancing of the company by the Russian central bank, as it simultaneously announced that exchange-traded Rosneft bonds would be eligible to be used as collateral in an unprecedented 700 billion ruble liquidity auction on Monday. The move was unusually swift, according to analysts, and is indicative of the problems facing even some of Russia' s largest companies.

You can learn anything on the Internet – at least you think you can.

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