21 thoughts on “Getting Back To Business”

  1. the usual suspects?  or somebody new…   

    A letter from Executive Editor Sally Buzbee on the Pegasus Project – The Washington Post

    Dear Reader,
    Today The Washington Post is joining news organizations across the globe to bring you an important story. Digital surveillance pervades our society, and new technologies offer more power than ever to track every aspect of our daily lives. The danger of abuse has never been greater. In most countries, there are no effective rules or standards limiting private companies that sell surveillance technology to governments or others.
    That is why we have devoted extraordinary resources to joining the Pegasus Project.
    The project was conceived by Forbidden Stories, a Paris-based journalism nonprofit, which, along with Amnesty International, a human rights group, had access to records that formed the basis of our reporting: a list of more than 50,000 cellphone numbers concentrated in countries known to surveil their citizens and also known to have been clients of NSO Group, a private Israeli firm that is a worldwide leader in the field of private surveillance. NSO is the developer of Pegasus, a powerful spyware tool, and says it has 60 government agency clients in 40 countries, which it will not name. The company says that it licenses its software only to vetted governments and that Pegasus is meant to be targeted at criminals — drug dealers, terrorists, pedophiles — not ordinary citizens.
    NSO says it does not operate the software it licenses. It maintains that it follows the highest ethical standards and monitors its clients for human rights violations. Nevertheless, the Pegasus Project examined the numbers on the list to identify dozens of smartphones belonging to journalists, human rights activists and others that were infected or subjected to attempted penetrations by NSO software. Although the purpose of the list could not be conclusively determined, it is a fascinating document. Out of the more than 1,000 identities that could be confirmed, there were at least 85 human rights activists, 65 business executives, several members of Arab royal families, 189 journalists, and 600 government officials and politicians, spread across more than 50 countries. The journalists include investigative reporters who have crusaded against government corruption while the politicians include leading opposition figures in countries with authoritarian leaders. Several heads of state and prime ministers were on the list.
    Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International had access to the list. Based on our reporting with the consortium, we are confident that the material provides accurate and revelatory insight into the pervasiveness of private surveillance.
    NSO says the list of more than 50,000 numbers probably shows nothing more than the innocent gathering of data for business purposes, not surveillance. It says the Pegasus Project’s findings are flawed and baseless. It cites confidentiality obligations in not identifying its clients and says it does not know the specifics of their intelligence gathering.
    One of the experts we quote in our report states the problem plainly: “Humanity is not in a place where we can have that much power just accessible to anybody.”
    The Post is proud to take part in reporting that brings such information to light.
    Sally Buzbee

  2. I can get in on google chrome but not MS Edge of course chrome still gives me the scary scary talk.

  3. in other news today about other hackers WSJ via msn:
    U.S. Blames Hackers Tied to China for Microsoft Cyberattack Spree

    WASHINGTON—The Biden administration Monday publicly blamed hackers affiliated with China’s main intelligence service for a far-reaching cyberattack on Microsoft Corp. email software this year, part of a global effort to condemn Beijing’s malicious cyber activities.
    In addition, four Chinese nationals, including three intelligence officers, were indicted over separate hacking activity.
    The U.S. government has “high confidence” that hackers tied to the Ministry of State Security, or MSS, carried out the unusually indiscriminate hack of Microsoft Exchange Server software that emerged in March, senior officials said.
    “The United States and countries around the world are holding the People’s Republic of China (PRC) accountable for its pattern of irresponsible, disruptive, and destabilizing behavior in cyberspace, which poses a major threat to our economic and national security,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. The MSS, he added, had “fostered an ecosystem of criminal contract hackers who carry out both state-sponsored activities and cybercrime for their own financial gain.”
    The U.K. and European Union joined in the attribution of the Microsoft email hack, which rendered an estimated hundreds of thousands of mostly small businesses and organizations vulnerable to cyber intrusion. But the public shaming did not include punitive measures, such as sanctions or diplomatic expulsions, a contrast with how the administration recently punished Russia for a range of alleged malicious cyber activity.
    The Justice Department made public Monday a grand jury indictment from May that charged four Chinese nationals and residents working with the Ministry of State Security of being engaged in a hacking campaign from 2011 to 2018 intended to benefit China’s companies and commercial sectors by stealing intellectual property and business information. The indictment didn’t appear directly related to the Microsoft Exchange Server breach, but accused the hackers of stealing information from companies and universities about Ebola virus research and other topics to benefit the Chinese government and Chinese companies.
    Also on Monday, the National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency jointly published technical details of more than 50 tactics and techniques favored by hackers linked to the Chinese government, the official said. 

  4. This glitch will work itself out. Server company had to generate what’s called a new security certificate for our https address that is stronger and it takes time to take full effect, depending on the browser. If you’re still having trouble clear cache and it should work

  5. No problem loggin in on Chrome or Safari now.
    So now an Israeli software firm provides hacking software to agencies in “vetted governments”.  Why does this not make me feel any more comfortable?
    And a bit more on the Chineses cyber attacks

    The United States, European Union, NATO and other world powers on Monday accused the Chinese government of a broad array of malicious cyber activities, blaming its Ministry of State Security and affiliated criminals for a sophisticated attack on Microsoft’s widely used email server software earlier this year.

    The condemnations represent the first time NATO, a 30-nation alliance, has denounced alleged Chinese cyberattacks following the Biden administration’s pledge in June to rally U.S. allies against Beijing’s malign behavior. The number of nations involved amounts to the largest condemnation of China’s cyber aggressions to date, U.S. officials said.

    The joint statements stopped short, however, of punishing China for its alleged actions, exposing the challenge of confronting the world’s second-largest economy by an alliance with deep business ties there.

    Hmm, I wonder if anyone here has info on a Microsoft app that might be vulnerable? How now, brown cow?  

  6. A shout out to our server company since we began, Network Solutions. They hop on problems quickly and always easy to reach for updates. They’re often hacked but always survive, usually within hours. And fingers crossed this security upgrade makes us safer than ever.

  7. We’re going to need you to do some vaccine outreach in Springfield, Mr. J- it’s the current American C19 epicenter😬

  8. Back in the start of the internet for the people, ’90’s, Network Solutions was the source for domain names in the U.S.  They are great on getting things done.  Sometime around the late 90’s I was getting hit with a denial of service (DOS) attack on one of my sites.  They needed a few hours to track it down and get the European internet master to shut down the server that was being used in Germany.  I never figured that one out, probably a disgruntled reader of whatever I wrote the week before.

  9. And Ron is suing the CDC, and apparently the government over the restrictions that are in place to try to prevent the spread of the virus? Apparently he ain’t too good with math. My guess is that lawsuit’s dead on arrival.

  10. that’s not the only bad stuff coming from floriduh gov folk. not long ago, fl scotus opined with this doozy not allowing the Bar to accept CLE course credits from entities that require diversity on their boards:

    … the Court understands the objectives underlying the policy at issue here. Nonetheless, certain means are out of bounds. Quotas based on characteristics like the ones in this policy are antithetical to basic American principles of nondiscrimination. Cf. Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306, 334 (2003) (“To be narrowly tailored, a race-conscious admissions program cannot use a quota system . . . .”); Regents of University of Cal. v. Bakke, 438 U.S. 265, 307 (1978) (numerical goal or quota “must be rejected” as “facially invalid”). It is essential that The Florida Bar withhold its approval from continuing legal education programs that are tainted by such discrimination. Accordingly, rule 6-10.3(d) of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar, which governs course approval for continuing legal education,

    to read full order amending the bar rule see:  2021-284_miscdoc_367078_e05.pdf (flcourts.org)

    some blame the new de santis (aka duh insanity or duh inanity) appointees for this idiocy.  so i guess none of the ABA cle courses can be counted since that org and it’s sections all try to have diverse boards.

    scroll down this link http://onlinedocketssc.flcourts.org/DocketResults/CaseDocket?Searchtype=Case+Number&CaseTypeSelected=All&CaseYear=2021&CaseNumber=284 to see quite a few comments of outrage about it

  11. first time i’ve heard the phrase “tainted by such discrimination” applied to corps who were  seeking diversity.     a new way of recalling that old racist cry.

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  12. Bink
    To quote my baby sister
    “You can’t fix stupid”
    I think it i time to stop begging these folks and just let them die. Covid cases should have a lower priority over other health emergencies. They chose this way to commit suicide so let them live or die with that decision. Also, I’m tired of my tax money paying for there damn health care. Nobody has insurance down there either.

  13. jack, at least dedicate separate treatment centers for the unvaccinated covid cases (might add the resurging polio, tb, diphtheria, tetanus etc. that’ll begin showing up too).  am sure there are some old  abandoned insane asylums still useable with a little fixing up that would be ideal. 

  14. Covid cases should have a lower priority over other health emergencies.

    Winning argument [if unvaccinated].

    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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