How Telegram Is Trying to Dodge Russia's Service Ban—And Dragging Google and Amazon Into the Drama

By Bloomberg

Russia’s attempts to ban access to the Telegram messaging service threaten to drag U.S. tech giants including Alphabet and Amazon into the war with founder Pavel Durov as he turns to proxy servers to bypass the blocking measures.

Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor has already blocked 18 Google googl and Amazon amzn sub-networks that Telegram used to avoid restrictions, the watchdog’s head Alexander Zharov told the Izvestia daily on Wednesday. More than 15 million IP addresses were blocked as a result, making some third-party internet resources unavailable in Russia, according to Qrator Labs.

Durov rejected as “unconstitutional” Russian officials’ demands to turn over encryption keys to allow the Federal Security Service, known as the FSB, to access users’ messages on Telegram to intercept communications of terrorists. Roskomnadzor started blocking access to the messenger on Monday, after a Moscow court ruled last week that Durov was in breach of Ru…

U.K. Pushes Back Against More Syria Strikes as U.S. Talks Tough

By Robert Hutton

U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson insisted that the strike against Syria’s alleged chemical arms infrastructure was a one-time move, even as the U.S. signaled it’s ready to punish the Middle Eastern country again if it keeps using banned weapons. 
Johnson told the BBC that there was “no proposal on the table” for further strikes. Hours earlier, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that her country is “locked and loaded” for another attack if necessary. 
“The overwhelming purpose, the mission was to send a message,” Johnson said. “Finally the world has said enough is enough.” He conceded that this meant “the rest of the Syrian war must proceed as it will” and that Bashar Al-Assad would be allowed to “butcher his way” to victory. 
With Prime Minister Theresa May due to face critics in Parliament on Monday, Johnson’s comments highlighted the…

Russia to ban Telegram messenger over encryption dispute

By Jack Stubbs, Andrey Ostroukh

A Russian court on Friday ordered that access to the Telegram messenger service be blocked in Russia, heralding possible communication disruption for millions of users in the latest clash between global technology firms and Russian authorities.  

The decision came a week after state communication watchdog, Roskomnadzor, filed a lawsuit to limit access to Telegram following the company’s repeated refusal to give Russian state security services access to its users’ secret messages.

As part of its services, Telegram allows its more than 200 million global users, including senior Russian government officials, to communicate via encrypted messages which cannot be read by third parties.

But Russia’s FSB Federal Security service has said it needs access to some of those messages for its work that includes guarding against terrorist attacks. Telegram has refused to comply with the demands, citing respect for user privacy.

“The court decided to meet…

Russia: Trace of Western-made nerve agent seen in UK samples


Russia's foreign minister says Moscow has received a document from a Swiss lab that analyzed the samples in the nerve agent poisoning of an ex-Russian spy, which points at a Western-designed nerve agent as a likely cause.

Minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday that Moscow received the confidential information from the laboratory in Spiez, Switzerland, that analyzed samples from the site of the March 4 poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury.

He said the analysis was done at the request of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

The OPCW's report confirmed British findings that the Skripals were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent, but didn't say who was responsible.

Britain has accused Russia of poisoning them with a Soviet-designed agent, an accusation that Moscow denies.

Lavrov said the document indicated that the samples from Salisbury contained BZ nerve agent and its precursor. He said BZ was p…

Two Memphis Police Officers Busted in Undercover Drug Sting

By Eryn Taylor and Luke Jones, NEWS3

Two Memphis police officers are behind bars after they allegedly tried to protect a load of heroin entering the city.

According to police, the Organized Crime Unit set up a sting after receiving a tip back in February that two officers were stealing drugs and money during traffic stops.

Subsequent traffic stops involving an undercover officer corroborated that claim.

On April 5 one of those officers, Terrion Bryson, contacted an undercover officer about protecting a shipment of narcotics scheduled to be moved into the city.

After several calls back and forth, Bryson told the undercover he needed another officer, Kevin Coleman, to help protect 2.5 kilograms of heroin from "being seized by legitimate law enforcement activities."

The undercover officer agreed and stated he would pay them $9,000 — with half of it up front — if they would complete the job. Bryson collected his payment from a car parked at a Wal-Mart on Austin Peay, p…

Donald Trump demands former FBI chief James Comey is jailed

By Julie Allen, Telegraph

Donald Trump, the US president, has called for former FBI director James Comey to be jailed, accusing him of revealing classified information and of lying to Congress.

In addition to suggesting the former intelligence chief be incarcerated, Mr Trump called him "slippery" and a "slimeball" and said he would go down as the worst FBI director in history, during a Twitter rant which spanned the course of two hours on Sunday morning.

He also challenged accusations made by the former FBI director in a tell-all book that is due for release this week.

Mr Trump wrote: "The big questions in Comey’s badly reviewed book aren’t answered like, how come he gave up Classified Information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail), why did the DNC refuse to give Server to the FBI (why didn’t they TAKE it), why the phony memos, McCabe’s $700,000 & more?"

He added: "I never asked Comey for Personal Loyalty. I hardly even knew this …

Bring the Noize

By Christopher R Rice, Underground America Inc.

Well, I'm about to become public enemy number one because I'm about to tell you the truth which is the biggest sin in the land of hypocrisy. I'm going to take apart an article by the Daily Beast (below in italics) and try to make some sense out of it.

From TheDailyBeast: Syria Strikes: This Isn’t How You Punish a ‘Monster’

The missiles flew and the skies over Damascus and Homs lit up briefly on Friday night as the Americans, British, and French attacked from the air what they identified as important targets on the ground in Syria related to the chemical weapons program of dictator Bashar al-Assad.
We don’t know if Assad is laughing, but he might well be.

President Donald Trump announced gravely on television that the attack was aimed to punish “the crimes of a monster.” But monsters don’t respond to limited strikes like this. Indeed, what doesn’t kill them makes them stronger. And for this tyrant who has slaughtered hun…