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(TechSpot)   Hackers created a robocaller to waste Russian officials' time and you can listen in on the calls "If youʼre on the phone, you canʼt drop bombs or coordinate soldiers"   (techspot.com) divider line
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2616 clicks; posted to Main » and Politics » on 18 May 2022 at 11:04 PM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-05-18 11:05:24 PM  
Hey! This is like my pestering all the trolls working on their Borscht Belt routines here!
 
2022-05-18 11:07:18 PM  
Apparently russians can't coordinate soldiers even when they're not busy on the phone.
 
2022-05-18 11:09:01 PM  

The Dog Ate My Homework: Apparently russians can't coordinate soldiers even when they're not busy on the phone.


In fairness I think that's because there wasn't anyone who was supposed to coordinate the soldiers, phone or not.

This is funny as fark though.
 
2022-05-18 11:09:02 PM  
We are attempting to reach you about your APCs extended warranty.
 
2022-05-18 11:09:57 PM  
Le
 
2022-05-18 11:11:50 PM  
Sorry. I was going to to say that I think that might be against the Geneva Accord.
 
2022-05-18 11:15:50 PM  
"Why did you call me, Ivan?"

"I didn't call you Ivan! I called you Dmitri! My name is Ivan!"

"No, shiat for brains. What is the purpose of your call?"

"Shiat for brains? You're so farking stupid you didn't realize you called me! Stop drinking so early!"

"Wait, no, you called me."

"No you called me! Hold on... *no Babushka, I had the black Adidas jacket. The black one!* Okay, where were we. If you don't have an update, then don't call me. I need to keep the lines clear."
 
2022-05-18 11:17:22 PM  
comrade, do you have Prince Albert in a can?
 
2022-05-18 11:20:56 PM  
" hello this is varranty service, ve call about extended varranty on your tank"
 
2022-05-18 11:24:18 PM  
I have to admit, as appalling as this whole war has been, the attitude and success of the Ukrainians has been the best thing I've seen in the news since 2014. It's been oddly uplifting.

I'm going to be traveling extensively next decade and I plan to make Ukraine a port of call if the violence has ended. I just want to tell them I'm a big fan.
 
2022-05-18 11:25:36 PM  
What are you wearing, Peggy ?
 
2022-05-18 11:26:55 PM  

daffy: Le


Suitable Poetry Sketch - A Bit of Fry and Laurie - BBC
Youtube 0nTmSu6v0LA
 
2022-05-18 11:27:04 PM  
We've been trying to reach you about your Lada's extended warranty
 
2022-05-18 11:31:58 PM  
Idea is great, but I couldn't work out how to listen in on calls but the website is vomit inducing.

Acts like a modern equivalent of a Geocities website, replacing sparkles and dancing babies with responsive Javascript.
 
2022-05-18 11:39:08 PM  
Any chance that there fellow named Tucker Carlson could be added to the call list? Might keep him off the air for a while. Yes, I am sure there are just tad more names that should be added to that call list. Well they do like that other fellow name Putin. This is about Russia isn't.
 
2022-05-18 11:39:46 PM  
You see...this is what makes the internet awesome. What a time to be alive.
 
2022-05-18 11:41:33 PM  
Please tell me that someone used Springfeel. God I love Springfeel.
 
2022-05-18 11:42:39 PM  
As an aside, I've had a suspicion the reason the telecom companies keep letting things through is a request from various intelligence agencies to prevent phones from being viable remote bomb triggers.
 
2022-05-18 11:51:03 PM  

Rage Against the Thorazine: We've been trying to reach you about your Lada's extended warranty


LOL.  It's amusing when I get those calls and they leave a voice mail.

/Drive a '97 Wrangler.
 
2022-05-18 11:55:16 PM  
"This is Rachael from War Services..."
 
2022-05-18 11:57:43 PM  
Audio NSFW

no you called me mate?
Youtube 9skkvZzSKXM
 
2022-05-18 11:58:42 PM  

The Dog Ate My Homework: Apparently russians can't coordinate soldiers even when they're not busy on the phone.


Vlad the Bad is on the phone all day, telling the senior conscript in every platoon how to ford a river, because he's a STABLE GENIUS!!!

You know if TFG gets back into office, he's going to be calling ship captains and the battalion commanders, demanding answers to stupid questions, but first they'll have to tell him how great it is to be serving under the best military tactician since Rommel!

(What, you think TFG would have said "Patton"? The guy died from a car crash; total loser.)
 
2022-05-19 12:00:12 AM  

Barnhawk72: comrade, do you have Prince Albert in a can?


"Tovarich, is your stolen Ukrainian refrigerator running?"
 
2022-05-19 12:04:35 AM  

dyhchong: Idea is great, but I couldn't work out how to listen in on calls but the website is vomit inducing.

"

Since thereʼs no fun calling people out-of-office, and the Russians called it a day already, weʼll be back tomorrow.
We start at 06:00 UTC."

/That's 2 hours from now which would be 9am in Russia.
 
2022-05-19 12:07:10 AM  
NIce. Particularly the calls where the FSB is one of the parties may be interesting.

/ WTF am I getting a call from the FSB?...
 
2022-05-19 12:07:31 AM  
"Dear owner/operator of T-72 near Kyiv, Ukraine. We noticed you recently attempted to propel your antennae into low Earth orbit. We would like to remind you that you can renew your SiriusXM subscription at a low cost due to you being a valued customer. We believe that you will love the new features we've introduced in the last few months, and as a pragmatic and astute consumer you will certainly appreciate the price, particularly when compared with replacing the turret on your vehicle."
 
2022-05-19 12:11:01 AM  
I know this scene does not involve a robocall, but sending robocalls with this song would be perfect:

camp granada
Youtube 77aZHincFCQ
 
2022-05-19 12:41:26 AM  
This makes me so happy
 
2022-05-19 12:50:40 AM  

C18H27NO3: dyhchong: Idea is great, but I couldn't work out how to listen in on calls but the website is vomit inducing.

"Since thereʼs no fun calling people out-of-office, and the Russians called it a day already, weʼll be back tomorrow.
We start at 06:00 UTC."

/That's 2 hours from now which would be 9am in Russia.


Do they have voice-mail queues that need to be packed full every night?
Long, rambling messages in barely intelligible Russian. Or hundreds of short messages (how do you say, "Fark you, Russian captain", with a Ukrainian accent?) that have to be played to get to any possible actual message.
 
2022-05-19 1:24:22 AM  
How dare the Ruskies operate in time zones that don't jive with the U.S. business day. During the off hours I should be able to order 27 pizzas to be delivered to the Kremlin.
 
2022-05-19 1:24:41 AM  
I'm just going to say how much I love that Russia has become the laughingstock of the world. Everyone was so deathly afraid of them for so long, and when they finally got pushback, they just collapsed. I imagine 'Lil Vladdy Poot Poot thought if he was going to go out, it'd be with a decisive victory against the West.

So far he's going out with quite a few bangs, unfortunately for him they're on his side. And really the future is up in the air. Like the turrets on all of his tanks.
 
2022-05-19 1:30:31 AM  

wildcardjack: As an aside, I've had a suspicion the reason the telecom companies keep letting things through is a request from various intelligence agencies to prevent phones from being viable remote bomb triggers.



Prevent or permit?

Just kidding. SS7 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Signalling_System_No._7) is an absolute shiatshow for security purely for historical and economic reasons.

Many decades ago, the only organizations that could get their hands on telco equipment would be governments, and everyone would play nicely with each other.

A few decades ago, anyone could get thir hands on telco equipment. Just part of running an internal company switchboard.

A few years ago, anyone using software-defined radio could impersonate telco equipment. $50-100 in parts and a little bit of tinkering.

If any one country's big telco wants to use something more secure, they could upgrade their systems -- but it'd have to leave in backdoors for its own government. And nobody else on the planet (which is stuck on SS7) would be able to talk to them.

So if any one country's big telco wants to use something more secure, they'll have to upgrade the systems of everyone else on the planet. (And the governments of those countries might take a dim view of not having their own backdoors. And they might not trust the first country's big telco equipment supplier equipment not to be backdoored by the first country's government.)

So it's a giant catch-22.

Every telco on the planet wants something more secure than SS7. But no telco on the planet can afford the costs of being the first mover, even without government interference. So even in a free market, any attempt to secure shiat is already doomed. All we can do is slap workarounds like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STIR/SHAKEN onto the broken system, so no telco even bothers to try, because it's a money-losing proposition.

And in the real world, where government interference is on the table, no telco on the planet can be considered trustworthy enough for anything more than SS7 Plus A Whole Bunch Of Bandaids, and no telco optimistic enough to try to replace SS7 with something more secure is crazy enough to do anything that might inconvenience their own governments' eavesdroppers.

It sucks that the world's telcos are all completely insecure.

But when everybody's shiat is compromised or must be assumed to be compromised, at least it's a fair playing field. Which is OK for the telcos (no money needs to be invested) and the governments (everyone can eavesdrop on everyone else) making the decision. Neither group of interests is really happy about it, but as long as the only losers are the end users, they're willing to live with the status quo.
 
2022-05-19 1:37:49 AM  
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2022-05-19 3:20:23 AM  
I love sht like this.  it's clever, no one's getting hurt, no damage to property.  it's so 21st century as well.
 
2022-05-19 5:07:41 AM  
Either the idea really took off or the Russians DDosd it all to hell, but I can't get the site to load anymore.

/so sad, it sounds like something really fun to do high in the middle of the night.
 
2022-05-19 7:26:43 AM  

sidailurch: Either the idea really took off or the Russians DDosd it all to hell, but I can't get the site to load anymore.

/so sad, it sounds like something really fun to do high in the middle of the night.


They're having an "issue": https://twitter.com/ringringrussia/status/1527170788771745793?cxt=HHwWgsC-gbfvzLEqAAAA
 
2022-05-19 8:10:24 AM  
Didn't they do this in the Moon is  a harsh Mistress
 
2022-05-19 2:34:28 PM  
Might be interesting if I spoke Russian.
 
2022-05-19 6:00:28 PM  
The fun part would be changing the caller ID number to another known Russian military number, and giving false information that way  or just stringing them along.

So whenever a Russian colonel gets an update from someone, they have to wonder if that information is correct, even though the caller ID is for one of their personnel (or superiors)
 
2022-05-19 6:22:39 PM  
Need to have some pizzas sent to them as well
 
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