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Have you noticed your junk folder filling up faster lately? A recent study by the Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab reveals what we've long suspected: Russia is the world’s number one spam distributor and the leading innovator in virus technology. While China still made more viruses in 2008, Russia’s were more complex. But there was no contest when it came to spam: Russia produces 22 percent of the world’s junk-mail messages to the United States’ 16 percent. You may wonder how a country with so few computers and a non-Latin alphabet can manage to distribute so much spam. Well, a lot of Russian spam is written in English. In fact, there may be some sitting in your spam inbox right now! Read on to learn the telltale signs.
You've Got a Mail! How To Know If Your Spammer Is Russianby Andrew Biliter
Perhaps the best thing about being an oligarch – if you have any money left, that is – is the ability to hire your own partisan (Russian for “guerrilla”) army. And Mikhail Prokhorov, now the richest man in Russia by sheer luck, may have just such an army.
Partisans for Prostitutesby Julia Ioffe
So, the other day BoingBoing featured a link to a seemingly harmless blog called rolcats.com. The site's author purports to be offering translations of images he takes from a Russian lolcat site called kotomatrix.ru. The twist is that they're not real translations at all, but an excuse to make Cold War jokes about Marxism and the KGB. BoingBoing seemed to get that it's a hoax, but in the past few days we've received queries about the site's authenticity from friends who aren't stupid. So let's put an end to the madness! After the jump, a real Russian lolcat caption for the photo seen above.
Beware the Fakes: Russian LOLcats Articulate, Poeticby Andrew Biliter