web: LiveJournal was taken over by Russians !?!!

I tried to login to eBay for the first time in years, without success; it didn’t recognize my username or e-mail. https://monitor.firefox.com/ doesn’t think I was part of an eBay password breach, but it did report I was a victim of the May 26, 2020 LiveJournal breach. (You should go to Firefox Monitor!) So I logged in to LiveJournal for the first time in years to reset my password, only to find a home page full of Russian articles (even when viewing the lang=EN site). After password reset I had to agree to new User Agreement, with the disclaimer “The English version is a translation and is provided solely for the convenience of reading the Agreement. In the event of any inconsistency between the Russian version and its translation, the Russian version of the Agreement shall prevail.” πŸ˜•

How did I miss LJ getting taken over by Russians? “LiveJournal became so popular in Russia that at the end of 2007, Russian-based media company SUP bought it from Six Apart. The news was followed by a wave of outrage. SUP’s CEO was Alexander Mamut, a Russian banker with alleged ties to the Kremlin.” 😠

Anyway, I made only my second LiveJournal post ever: “Putin is an autocratic brutal thug. Slava Ukraini!” I’m deliberately not linking, LJ doesn’t deserve the clicks. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ If I get mysteriously sick or disappear, you know why.

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