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Monday, September 18, 2017

Fear of the power of Russian hackers is groundless


Photo: Nikolay Gyngazov/Global Look Rgege next year minimum wage (the minimum wage) should be compared with the cost of living. The job has given Vladimir Putin. The state Duma has promised to enact as soon as possible. Thus, the minimum wage equal to the subsistence minimum for the first time, although it has declared in recent years. Will this help in the fight against poverty? Details…

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Go to a section…”Sevastopol should become the southern capital”Photo: Vasily Batanov/RIA “news”,”If you spend time on the constant scandals, public discussion, and to care in other planes other than work, then you have nothing useful happens” – said the newspaper VIEW, the newly elected Governor of Sevastopol Dmitry Ovsyannikov. In particular, he commented on the subject of previous disagreements with the team of his predecessor Alexey Chaly. Details…

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Go to a section…”Local residents have been warned that it was going to Maclay Fourth”Photo: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland”Maclay they remember and love, for the North-Eastern part of New Guinea it is almost a national hero. It should be used”, – said the newspaper VIEW, descendant of the legendary Russian traveller, speaking of the purpose of a new expedition to the Papuans is a unique for the Russian science and public diplomacy. Details…

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Go to a section…the United States remained a gap, a critically vulnerable to nuclear attackPhoto: Workman/WikipediaРассуждающие about the prospect of nuclear war between the US and the DPRK think in terms of a missile strike, the benefit is for the missiles, Pyongyang has bet. Meanwhile, it is obvious that such an attack is impossible. But it is theoretically possible the other is also nuclear and so devastating that America after he did not recover for a very long time. Details…

  • Saakashvili handed over the Protocol on violation of the Ukrainian border
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Go to a section…”Arrow from Ivanteevka” was inspired by the American experiencePhoto: from the personal pages vk.com the alleged shooter”Ivanteevka is a very beautiful, prosperous city with good, proper social environment. We need to understand what pushed a young man to such actions,” – said the newspaper VIEW Duma Deputy from the Moscow region Sergei Zhigarev. A student opened fire in class, according to classmates, was different unsociable disposition, however, he did not hide his intentions, no one took the example. Details…

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Alexei Mukhin: regional elections in 2017. The results

It turned out that in Moscow the part of the opposition is still gaining a number of municipal mandates. “Apple” will even call it their victory. However, it became clear that Yabloko “took a bite” these mandates are not the “United Russia”.
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Andrei Babitsky: On the way Saakashvili may stand only nationalists like Yarosh

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      Musk first showed SpaceX space suit in full growth

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          Scientific and technological valley will compete with SKOLKOVO Experts argue about the consequences of a permit to carry gigabusca before the might of Russian hackers is groundless

          Another Russia’s success in IT: the Russian company won the first world championship of emotion recognition through computer algorithms. These and other victories of our programmers come amid Western hysteria about the omnipotence of Russian hackers. Are we so strong in this industry? And if so, can we lose this power?

          The League, referred to, was organized by the Ohio state University. Win Russian programmers in it – the news is not that significant, but indicative and pleasant. And here is another, really sad: in March – and also in the USA – when you jump with a parachute crashed programmer who worked under the name Chris Kasperski and less known by his real name – Nikolay Likhachev. Kasperski – almost legendary personality, the details of his biography are known. What is more interesting is how the fate of a talented hacker from the Kuban province of the nineties, evolved into the American IT-specialist of international level, is typical for Russian programmers?

          “In the Russian computer schools great emphasis on the fact that a person grew up well. This environment – guitar songs, performances, the play can be put”

          By the way, from the Krasnodar region (Novorossiysk) took the start and the “real” virus – Eugene, founder and owner of the famous antivirus laboratory. However, his childhood he spent in a “worker-peasant Dolgoprudny near Moscow” and describes it as “a Fight, drunk, punks. Sometimes I had funny antics, like everyone else. But the more I puzzles solved”.

          Career as Kaspersky, and Kaspersky has developed more than successfully, with one of them emigrated, the other remained in Russia. To some extent this determined the eleven-year age difference. The youth of the founder of Kaspersky Lab came in relatively stable eighties, when a talented student noticed on mathematical Olympiad, which opened him the way to the legendary boarding school named Kolmogorov at Moscow state University and then at the student bench of the cryptographic Department of the KGB (in this regard, like to hint at its Association with intelligence agencies). Growing up as a specialist among those who are enthusiastic professionals in the era of the stateless chaos of the nineties, the virus was able to realize this potential in business, and now the Kaspersky Lab products are used by more than 200 countries.

          Youth Likhachev came in the middle of the nineties and the beginning of a null – system of selection of gifted school students in Krasnodar Krai worked and even took the new progressive forms (for example, Summer University of high school students, winners of Olympiads), but the General chaos and disorganization in society were too great. The result of the future Kasperski, already demonstrate the ability of a computer genius self-taught, did not arouse interest as a promising student in Taganrog University of radio engineering and dropped out after two attempts, returning to the reclusive lifestyle, the benefit of the development of the Internet was already allowed to communicate with the world, to publish books, edit magazines.

          The result is known – in 2008 Likhachev moved to USA with rare O1 visa, which give people with outstanding talents (Nobel laureates, academicians, IT professionals) and proven achievements at the world level, where he worked in commercial companies with a focus on Internet security, and military programs (and even tried to get into the US army, but was not selected for the physical and psychological tests).

          And Kaspersky in this sense, not alone – a huge number of his “colleagues” in that period was recognized in the emigration outflow from the industry was immense and incomparable with the period of 80-90 years, when emigration was often a risk and a personal choice, not a development of specific career. A reasonable question arises – what now? How the Russian education system and economy have evolved in their ability to seek, create, and most importantly – to retain talented it people? How does it differ from the old? What are the chances of “nuggets” to be realized in Russia then and today?

          The factor of wages can be left behind the scenes. It is known that, on the one hand, experts in the computer field in Russia has never been out of work and are well-paid employees. C the other – you’ll always find foreign firms willing to offer higher income, and try to surpass them “on salary” does not make sense: the level of the economy still different (however, on this account, there are alternative views), and information technology no state borders. The main mechanism here is the creation of an enabling environment in their own state: professional programming is a creative process and requires at least the appropriate atmospheric environment.

          Whether it was the environment in Russia 10 years ago? In many ways, Yes. For example, in the period 2007-2008 produced more than 60 Russian computer magazines – from a solid academic to the playful Amateur. At the same time domestic firms, software developers came out with their products on the American market: the same “Kaspersky anti-virus” collected an extensive set of recognitions for high efficiency and marched confidently to the award of Channel’s Choice 2008 in the category “Best new product of the year” (nominees determined leaders of the computer industry).

          Analysis of the situation with the support of the scientific-educational environment also shows interesting results. For example, for young talents the competition “Superkid-2008” – creative competition of children 7-16 years in the development of computer games and multimedia projects, organized with the support of Intel, KasperskyLab, Agnitum, Linuxcenter, TranslateGroup, as well as the municipalities of Saint-Petersburg, Novosibirsk and other cities of the (qualifying rounds of the competition were also held in Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod).

          In the same year, the Russian students won in the International competition among programmers Imagine Cup in Paris. In it have taken part more than 200 thousand applicants from 60 countries, 370 people were in the finals, and two Russian teams – from Ivanov and St. Petersburg – won the award for “programming the behavior of the nanobots” and the competition of software projects. “Age” experts in 2008 also did not remain without attention, the Council on grants of the President of the Russian Federation supported a number of projects in the field of information and telecommunication technologies among the leading scientific schools.

          Thus, the period when Chris Kasperski left Russia in search of a better life, while Eugene Kaspersky has actively gained a global antivirus market, was not for the Russian programming community a time of dashed hopes. Quite the contrary – there was an intensive build-up of forces. But what it led to in real time?

          Unconvincing, but very noisy on a global scale will separate the representatives of the Western political establishment in their attempts to find “the trail of Russian hackers”. USA even try to demand from the Russian Federation for the issuance of specific “culprits”, and British intelligence agencies promise to “save” from Russian hackers their party functionaries. The Russian side, in turn, says that all this information campaign similar to the attempt to divert attention from the revelations of the ugly methods of electronic surveillance of the CIA, made public by WikiLeaks. Thus, even in a hysterical form, but in the West do recognize the high level of Russian programmers who are able to compete successfully with the Americans in matters of information security.

          “We thought with the guys, how much of the salary will be left after taxes, cost of living. It appeared that much sense to go for no money. Now because of the dollar began to go more often”

          If not to take into account this media-driven panic, and to evaluate objective achievements in math and IT teams, we too have something to rejoice. First and foremost pleases the younger generation – at the International mathematical Olympiad in Hong Kong the Russian students won four gold medals, a silver and a bronze, becoming the seventh in the team standings, up from eighth place in 2015. the Year before the young Russian mathematicians were winners of the prestigious mathematical Olympiad Romanian Master – the second largest in the world (it involves the top 20 teams according to the results of the main international competitions).

          According to experts, Russia competes in this area thanks to a developed system of school subject Olympiads, continues to operate from Soviet times. Gifted students are selected at local and regional competitions already in middle school, giving them the opportunity to develop further in the teams of teachers in higher education trainers.

          Russian programmers also keep a high level. And although the news of science is not easy to reach people through the news of politics, sports and culture, many know that last year, the team of St. Petersburg state University won the student world programming championship, ahead of team Shanghai and Harvard. The ICPC is the most prestigious and one of the most ambitious intellectual competitions of young programmers in the qualifying rounds involved 10 teams from 40 countries, in addition to St. Petersburg, in the top ten included teams from ITMO, MIPT, Urfu, UNN. Tellingly, this is not a one-time result: Russian-speaking participants regularly take up to half of the top 10 University in the international programming competitions. But overall the XVIII International Olympiad in Informatics IOI-2016, the Russian team took second place, sharing the top three with China and Iran.

          The coach of the winning St. Petersburg national team Andrey Lopatin (by the way, not an abstract theoretician “of the spherical programmer in vacuum”, and the developer of software for Vkontakte and Telegram) said that one of the secrets of success – intensity training: “Team – three times a week for five hours, plus fees several times a year.” However, he notes the specific Russian approach to the formation of the programmers: “In the Russian computer schools, I think, a big attention is paid to the fact that a person grew up well. This environment, which may be formed from the Soviet era: guitar songs, performances, everything. Social activities some conducted, for example, a play can be put”.

          Thus, the Russian educational system, based on a strong Foundation of the Soviet hizmatlari, Olympiad and cultural traditions, continues to train mathematicians and programmers of the world level. Which, incidentally, is confirmed by the ratings of their senior comrades in the online version of the platform of tests in the programming HackerRank (as of 2016 the community covered half a million professionals from 50 countries) Russia took the second place in the world ranking programmers, second only to China (in third place – Poland).

          This is consistent with the results of the ratings CTFtime – international organization, which holds the prestigious hacker event Capture the Flag around the world and is the most successful experts in the field of information security. The Russian team LC/BC took third place in the “white hackers” – they managed to get past more than 12 thousand teams from around the world (gold went to the team of Ukraine, silver – hacker group from Poland).

          In the end, you can recognize that the stars of the international programmatic emerged from zero’s, there was a base in order to become stars. The base is now, moreover, it has developed, then there will be a new star – there is an example of a working system. However, the state is not a reason to rest on our laurels, as we have certain problems. The most important of them all is the same “brain drain”. Moreover, it escalated. Here is what the above-mentioned Andrey Lopatin:

          “I remember in 2005 Google held the event and invited the finalists of the competition (to work), and we thought with the guys, how much of the salary will be left after taxes, cost of living. It appeared that much sense to go for no money. Now because of the dollar began to leave, probably more often. I would say that leaving 30-50% (Olympiad). Some want to do science, they go to American, canadian, German universities, some then come back.”

          A partial answer to this problem is “Strategy of development of it industry in Russia for 2014-2020 and on prospect till 2025”, according to which the Ministry of education over the past two years increased the number of budget studying places for it specialties by 70% (to 42.5 thousand) together with the Ministry of labour has included them in state-financed regional programmes of retraining specialists from other industries. Whether the quantitative growth of programmers to smooth out the problem of their emigration, or give us a new unrecognized computer geniuses involved in the military programs of other countries after the feds, we learn in the coming years.

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