May 8th, 2007

priate fish

An old dog learns a new trick...

It had to happen sooner or later. At least one virus writer has gone back to the methods of the good old days. Following the idea of the floppy-disk viruses that plagued us in the '80s and early '90s comes the USB removable drive virus:
Researchers at Sophos are warning of a new worm virus that spreads via infected USB devices. The W32/SillyFD-AA program, or Silly worm, automatically spreads itself to any USB storage device connected to a PC it has infected, and then passes itself along...

What's that old saw? There's nothing new under the sun.

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Click for larger imageI happened to look over ashacat's shoulder while she was reading this week's Time: she was perusing their list of the 100 most influential people. She was on the page with their piece on Gary Kasparov -- whose life after chess has involved tackling Czar-in-intent Vladimir Putin and his anti-democratic ways. When I saw the illustration Time used, this question struck me: Just what are they trying to say about Kasparov?

Take a closer look at that image.

Click for larger imageYou'll see Kasparov represented with the chiseled features common of fascist art (see the 1937 representation of Il Duce at left). Note also that he's depicted wearing a brown coat. Not quite a brown shirt, but close. And last, take a look at the flags over his left shoulder. It's not the flag of the USSR and not the Nazi flag. It's the banner of the National Bolshevik Party. National Bolshevism is a bizarre admixture of Communism and Fascism with a nationalist veneer. While the National Bolshevik Party is a member of Kasparov's coalition, his organization has groups from far-left to far-right and all across the middle.

Just wondering, ya know.
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