{"184410":{"id":"184410","parent":"183908","time":"1611006549","url":"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2021\/01\/18\/twitter-suspends-account-of-russian-covid-vaccine-citing-attempted-us-hack\/","category":"Monde","title":"Twitter Suspends Account of Russian Covid Vaccine Citing Attempted Us. Hack","image":"http:\/\/newsnet.fr\/img\/newsnet_184410_bowhUWl6rxQ.jpg","hub":"newsnet","url-explicit":"twitter-suspends-account-of-russian-covid-vaccine-citing-attempted-us-hack","admin":"newsnet","views":"17","priority":"2","length":"8134","lang":"en","content":"\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cb\u003E\u003Ci\u003EThe Silicon Valley giant suspended the account after detecting suspicious activity originating in Virginia, home of the CIA and numerous other three-letter agencies.\u003C\/i\u003E\u003C\/b\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ci\u003EBy Alan MACLEOD\u003C\/i\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe Twitter account of the Russian COVID-19 \"Sputnik V\" vaccine was suspended yesterday after the Silicon Valley-based platform detected suspicious attempts to log into it. Raising more eyebrows was the stated location of the attempted hack: not Russia, but Virginia, U.S.A.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe news immediately prompted Internet sleuths to question who was behind the hack. \"Now who in Virginia might want to sabotage a global health initiative by one of Washington's \"official enemies?\" \u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1349795769960853504_tweet');\" class=\"txtx\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-tw\" style=\"font-size:16px;\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E wrote\u003C\/a\u003E former \u003Ci\u003EMintPress\u003C\/i\u003E \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.mintpressnews.com\/author\/morgan-artyukhina\"\u003Econtributor\u003C\/a\u003E Morgan Artyukhina. Virginia is, of course, home to many of the three-letter national security agencies engaged in online warfare, including the CIA. Many social media users suggested this was evidence of a failed nefarious action. Sputnik's Twitter account has since been reinstated.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"twit track\" id=\"1349795769960853504\"\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"nbp\"\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_card_LavenderNRed_');\" class=\"popbt\" title=\"@LavenderNRed\"\u003EMorgan Artyukhina\u003C\/a\u003E \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/LavenderNRed\/status\/1349795769960853504\" class=\"small\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 14\/01\/2021 20:09:24\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1349795769960853504_rpl');\" title=\"answers\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-dialog\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"fav1349795769960853504\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-heart\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E11\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"rtw1349795769960853504\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-repost\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E4\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-users\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 3569\/1267\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('1349795769960853504_app___twit_recache_1349795769960853504');\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-reload\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"tog_jb('yndtwt60853504_yandex,calltw___1349795769960853504_fr-en','yndtwt60853504_twit,playtxt___1349795769960853504','bt733300')\" id=\"bt733300\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-language\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca href=\"plug\/twit\/1349795769960853504\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-url\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"panel\"\u003E\u003Cdiv id=\"yndtwt60853504\"\u003ENow who in Virginia might want to sabotage a global health initiative by one of Washington's \"Official Enemies?\" 🤔🤔🤔 \u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cbr \/\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"twit track\" id=\"1349789041139585026\"\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"nbp\"\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_card_sputnikvaccine_');\" class=\"popbt\" title=\"@sputnikvaccine\"\u003ESputnik V\u003C\/a\u003E \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/sputnikvaccine\/status\/1349789041139585026\" class=\"small\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 14\/01\/2021 19:42:39\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1349789041139585026_mnt');\" title=\"sputnikvaccine\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-oversight\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1349789041139585026_rpl');\" title=\"answers\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-dialog\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"fav1349789041139585026\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-heart\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E1760\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"rtw1349789041139585026\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-repost\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E820\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-users\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 148086\/142\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('1349789041139585026_app___twit_recache_1349789041139585026');\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-reload\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"tog_jb('yndtwt39585026_yandex,calltw___1349789041139585026_fr-en','yndtwt39585026_twit,playtxt___1349789041139585026','bt098576')\" id=\"bt098576\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-language\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca href=\"plug\/twit\/1349789041139585026\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-url\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"panel\"\u003E\u003Cdiv id=\"yndtwt39585026\"\u003ETwitter restored access to @sputnikvaccine account and explained that they restricted the account due to a possible security breach from Virginia, USA. \u003Cbr \/\u003E\nThank you, @Twitter! \u003Cbr \/\u003E\nPlease follow us to see how #SputnikV fights #COVIDー19 , saves lives and restores economies. \u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cp\u003ENamed after the first manmade satellite to orbit the Earth, the vaccine is among the first to be developed and brought to market. With rich nations \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.mintpressnews.com\/oxfam-countries-hoarding-future-covid-19-vaccines\/271313\"\u003Ebuying up\u003C\/a\u003E huge quantities of Western vaccines before they were even approved, leaving little for poorer states, Sputnik is primarily being used in Russia, Asia, and Latin America. Already, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.bloomberg.com\/graphics\/covid-vaccine-tracker-global-distribution\"\u003E727 million\u003C\/a\u003E doses have been ordered by 50 countries, including 200 million from India and 160 million from Russia. Meanwhile, Brazil has ordered 100 million and Mexico 24 million. Bolivia, Argentina, and Venezuela are also major customers. In December, Hungary became the first EU nation to purchase the shots, and there is a \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.reuters.com\/article\/us-health-coronavirus-russia-dmitriev\/russia-to-submit-sputnik-v-vaccine-for-eu-approval-says-rdif-chief-idUSKBN29J1DX\"\u003Epossibility\u003C\/a\u003E that the vaccine could be rolled out across the continent soon. Testing occurred in a number of nations in the Global South and the vaccine will be produced in nine countries.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003ELike Western variants, Sputnik must be delivered in two shots weeks apart and must also be stored in deep freezer conditions (-18\u00b0C\/-0.4\u00b0F). Developed by the state-run Gamaleya Institute, it is a viral vector vaccine, meaning that it employs another virus to carry the DNA encoding of the desired immune response into cells. Protein coding genes from the coronavirus are inserted into two common cold-like viruses that have been genetically modified so they cannot replicate inside the human body. Trial results suggest that the injections are between 91-95% effective, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ft.com\/content\/ac5e5ef8-bccb-482b-9f8d-0dab5cac6f9a\"\u003Esimilar\u003C\/a\u003E to the Moderna and BioNTech\/Pfizer vaccines.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EHowever, Western politicians and press have been casting doubts and fears on the safety and effectiveness of the product for months, describing it as \"controversial\" (\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.theguardian.com\/world\/2020\/aug\/11\/russia-approves-coronavirus-vaccine-despite-testing-safety-concerns-vladimir-putin\"\u003EThe Guardian\u003C\/a\u003E) or \"rushed\" (\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.bbc.co.uk\/news\/world-europe-55221785\"\u003EBBC\u003C\/a\u003E). Others, such as \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/edition.cnn.com\/2020\/10\/27\/health\/russia-coronavirus-vaccine-sputnik-v-reality-check\/index.html\"\u003ECNN\u003C\/a\u003E and \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.cnbc.com\/2020\/08\/11\/scientists-worry-whether-russias-sputnik-v-coronavirus-vaccine-is-safe-and-effective.html\"\u003ECNBC\u003C\/a\u003E have characterized it as unsafe and ineffective.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cb\u003EThe new Cold War\u003C\/b\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThis is perhaps unsurprising, given the new levels of anti-Russian sentiment expressed in the corporate media since 2016. A central claim from many in the Democratic Party is that the Russian government strongly interfered in the presidential election and swung the result for Donald J. Trump. Russian President Vladimir Putin is supposedly in possession of incriminating evidence on Trump, making the man in the White House a \" \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.nytimes.com\/2016\/07\/22\/opinion\/donald-trump-the-siberian-candidate.html\"\u003ESiberian candidate\u003C\/a\u003E,\" according to many. Russophobic sentiment has reached such heights that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper could appear on \u003Ci\u003ENBC\u003C\/i\u003E's \u003Ci\u003EMeet the Press\u003C\/i\u003E to \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcnews.com\/meet-the-press\/meet-press-may-28-2017-n765626\"\u003Eclaim\u003C\/a\u003E that Russians are \"genetically driven to co-opt, penetrate [and] gain favor\" and receive no push back at all.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EDemocrats also immediately saw Russia's hand behind the deadly \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.mintpressnews.com\/unpacking-aftermath-trumps-coup-attempt-brian-becker\/274332\"\u003Estorming\u003C\/a\u003E of the Capitol Building earlier this month. \"A complete tool of Putin, this president is. Putin's goal was to diminish the view of democracy in the world. That's what he has been about... the president gave him the biggest of all of his many gifts to Putin\" \u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1347261403888029697_tweet');\" class=\"txtx\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-tw\" style=\"font-size:16px;\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E said\u003C\/a\u003E Nancy Pelosi. \"This is the day that Vladimir Putin has waited for since he had to leave East Germany as a young KGB officer,\" \u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1346933221141843968_tweet');\" class=\"txtx\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-tw\" style=\"font-size:16px;\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E reacted\u003C\/a\u003E Obama advisor Ben Rhodes. \"Putin's Disinformation Campaign Claims Stunning Victory With Capitol Hill 'Coup'\" \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.haaretz.com\/us-news\/.premium.HIGHLIGHT-putin-s-disinformation-campaign-claims-stunning-victory-with-capitol-hill-coup-1.9432690\"\u003Ewrote\u003C\/a\u003E Omer Benjakob in \u003Ci\u003EHaaretz\u003C\/i\u003E.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EAll of this was a far cry from 2012 when Democrats relentlessly mocked Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for suggesting Russia was a threat. \"Romney talks like he's only seen Russia by watching 'Rocky IV'\" \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.politico.com\/story\/2012\/09\/kerry-mocks-romney-on-foreign-policy-080886\"\u003Ejoked\u003C\/a\u003E former presidential candidate John Kerry. \"The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back... the Cold War's been over for 20 years,\" President Obama \u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/youtube.com\/watch?v=bowhUWl6rxQ\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E quipped\u003C\/a\u003E, attempting to present his opponent as a man stuck in the distant past.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EBut while many in the Democratic Party see Trump as being either soft on (or controlled by) Putin, in reality, the 45th president has adopted a highly aggressive policy towards Moscow. Trump's administration armed far-right rebel groups in Ukraine, something Obama shied away from. He also increased sanctions on Russia, bombed a Russian military base in Syria, and \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.mintpressnews.com\/experts-warn-of-new-nuclear-arms-race-after-trump-signals-us-withdrawal-from-start-treaty\/267181\"\u003Ewalked away\u003C\/a\u003E from a number of anti-nuclear treaties crucial in maintaining the peace between the two powers.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EAs a result, Americans'view of Russia has crashed. As late as 2011, a substantial majority of the country saw Russia in a positive light. Today, the country has a 28% favorable and a 72% unfavorable rating. By comparison, in 1989, during the Cold War, 62% of Americans saw the Soviet Union as either \"highly\" or \"mostly\" favorable, according to \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/news.gallup.com\/poll\/1642\/russia.aspx\"\u003Ehistoric data\u003C\/a\u003E from pollster Gallup.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EDespite the Western speculation about the vaccine's effectiveness, Sputnik V is considered a superior, more trustworthy vaccine by people in the Global South, according to a \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/sputnikvaccine.com\/newsroom\/pressreleases\/russia-is-considered-a-highly-trusted-vaccine-manufacturer-and-almost-half-of-respondents-in-11-coun\"\u003Estudy\u003C\/a\u003E of 11 nations conducted by British polling group YouGov. Good thing too, as, lacking the ability to pay, they might not be able to receive any other COVID-19 shot. Although Russia continues to be a central issue in U.S. politics, it is doubtful whether this attempted hack will receive anything like the attention other alleged hacks going the other way have received.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.mintpressnews.com\/twitter-suspends-russia-covid-19-vaccine-attempted-hack\/274406\"\u003Emintpressnews.com\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2021\/01\/18\/twitter-suspends-account-of-russian-covid-vaccine-citing-attempted-us-hack\/\"\u003Estrategic-culture.org\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E"}}