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Educational CyberPlayGround, Inc. K12 Education 12-23-2020

HEALTH SECURITY

PENNSYLVANIA misses deadline to spend $108M in rent, mortgage relief from CARES Act 

OF COURSE THE REPUBLICANS WOULD STEAL THE MONEY MEANT FOR THE PEOPLE AND DIVERT IS TO THEIR FRIENDS WHO RUN PRIVATE JAILS FOR THEIR OWN POCKETS. With the government paying private prison operators about $23,000 per year per inmate (keep in mind, the minimum wage is $15,000 per year), it’s a lucrative business.

Private Prisons in the United States
Corrections Corporation of America, a $1.8 billion private prison corporation now known as CoreCivic, Terrell Don Hutto ran a cotton plantation the size of Manhattan.
2015 Who Owns Private Prison Stock?
Pennsylvania Correctional Industries (PCI) is a Bureau of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) that employs inmates to produce a variety of items that are available for sale to non-profit organizations and government entities located throughout Pennsylvania.

Department of Justice Files Nationwide Lawsuit Against Walmart Inc. for Controlled Substances Act Violations

FACT: $2,000 is much better than $600.
FACT: Neither are remotely adequate.
In a fair and just country, people would get $3,000/month, retroactive to March, and debts cancelled.
Also, all net worth above $10 million would be taxed at 100%. We beat fascism by being ANTI-FASCIST.

Spending bill: Anger over $2B for Space Force, racehorse tax break

1 RCM Inc. [NASDAQ:RCM], one of the nation’s largest medical debt collection companies, has been hit in a ransomware attack. Formerly known as Accretive Health Inc., Chicago-based R1 RCM brought in revenues of $1.18 billion in 2019. The company has more than 19,000 employees and contracts with at least 750 healthcare organizations nationwide. According to Trend Micro, Defray usually is spread via booby-trapped Microsoft Office documents sent via email.
#Accretive Health, #Defray ransomware, 3proofpoint, #R1 #RCM ransomware,
Phishing Emails Used to Deploy KONNI Malware
https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/alerts/aa20-227a
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has observed cyber actors using emails containing a Microsoft Word document with a malicious Visual Basic Application (VBA) macro code to deploy KONNI malware. KONNI is a remote administration tool (RAT) used by malicious cyber actors to steal files, capture keystrokes, take screenshots, and execute arbitrary code on infected hosts.

Pfizer VaccineNO ONE IS BETTER AT MANUFACTURING MEDICINE THAN PFIZER

 

400M doses = 200M full vaccinations. 2 dose regime for Pfizer and Moderna.
It’s official: Pfizer-BioNTech reach deal to supply 100M doses of #covid19 vaccine to the US for $1.95B, delivery by July 31.

US has now secured:
200M doses Moderna
200M Pfizer
100M J&J*
300M AstraZeneca*
100M Novavax*
100M Sanofi/GSK*
(*US ph3 pending)
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201223005185/en/

Wearable electrical stimulator to zap Alzheimer’s disease

COPYRIGHT

“NEW: Draft legislation from @SenThomTillis reforming the DMCA is out today. And it includes a “notice-and-staydown” provision, which the tech industry is already gearing up to oppose once the fight over online copyright starts in earnest next year.
‘Notice-and-stay-down’ set to be sticking point in new online-piracy fight Sen. Thom Tillis unveiled a sweeping plan to reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act—and one provision in particular will be a bitter pill for the tech industry to swallow. bill text

SEDITION TREASON

Laurence Tribe @Tribelaw
What would the Framers say about an American president who lets a hostile power put bounties on the heads of our soldiers, looks the other way while that power wages war on our government agencies, and spends his time attempting a coup rather than fighting a pandemic?

Treason 18 U.S. Code 2381 “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies giving them aid and comdfort withting the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall ve imprisoned not less than five years and fined… and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”

DebUNCing Attribution: How Mandiant Tracks Uncategorized Threat Actors

Alleged Pan Am Flight 103 Bomber Charged, 32 Years After Lockerbie Disaster. Some 32 years to the day after Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, the Justice Department has filed charges against the man alleged to have built the bomb.

Sources: Secret Service Has No Plan if Trump Refuses to Go
But they do have procedures for handling trespassers. Trump wants a kleptocracy, and most of the GOP is on board with that. And that works for Russia.

Leonardo hack targeted military plane details, arrest warrant shows

CBS NEWS headline DOES NOT SAY HIS NAME ERIK PRINCE – Trump pardons Blackwater  global mercenary force led by Erik F’ing Prince involved in Baghdad massacre

ROBERT REICH
Millennials own less than 5% of all US wealth. In 1989, when baby boomers were the same age, they owned 21% of all US wealth. Young people aren’t going broke because they’re buying avocado toast. They’re going broke because the economy is rigged against them.

CRYPTO PRIVACY

71 pages
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION against -::RIPPLE LABS, INC.,BRADLEY GARLINGHOUSE,:and CHRISTIAN A. LARSEN, 20 Civ. 10832ECF Case Complaint Jury Trial Demanded
XRP determined to be a security and will be delisted.

On Dec 18th, FinCEN announced a proposed rule that will require collection of personal information for transactions of >$3,000 sent to self-hosted wallets. https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2020-28437.pdf
You either keep the bitcoin info on your own Wallet
Or you allow someone else to keep the info instead
You should always keep your own info cause then you own it.
► ► A “wallet” is either an address or a collection of addresses mathematically derived from a equation everyone uses but with different variables.
► ► It’s a string of numbers.
► ►You either possess the variables or you do not.

Trump’s Longtime Banker at Deutsche Bank Resigns
Rosemary Vrablic, who oversaw hundreds of millions of dollars in loans to President Trump’s company, will leave the bank next week.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/22/business/trump-deutsche-bank-rosemary-vrablic.html

Trump is contractually prohibited from living at Mar a Lago. Therefore, he cannot be a Florida resident with Mar a Lago as his primary address. Er go, Trump committed voter fraud.

Buried in pandemic aid: $200 billion in tax cuts, largely for the richest. How about instead of pumping trillions into an endless war machine, we provide our people with actual security: food, shelter, and health care?

Solar Flare They got the Nukes: Just a reminder that John Bolton eliminated the position of White House cybersecurity coordinator in 2018.
fact check https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/15/technology/white-house-cybersecurity.html
and https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-eliminates-job-national-cybersecurity-coordinator-n874511
and https://www.forbes.com/sites/jemimamcevoy/2020/12/20/it-happened-on-my-watch-chris-krebs-says-russia-exploited-outdated-systems-for-cyberattack/

Hacked networks will need to be burned ‘down to the ground’ https://wtop.com/national/2020/12/hacked-networks-will-need-to-be-burned-down-to-the-ground/
It’s going to take months to kick elite hackers widely believed to be Russian out of the U.S. government networks they have been quietly rifling through since as far back as March

#ZOOM DO NOT USE #ZOOM

China-Based Executive at U.S. Telecommunications Company @ZOOM Charged with Disrupting Video Meetings Commemorating Tiananmen Square Massacre
Defendant Coordinated with the People’s Republic of China to Target Dissidents and Disrupt Meetings
#natsec #counterintelligence #insider #insiderthreat

Former Zoom Employee Wanted by the FBI for Support to Chinese Government He was a 16 yr veteran of Zoom who was the liaison between the company and China’s security and intelligence services “Not surprisingly, social media monitoring was used to identify individuals who were hosting the #Zoom calls.” China’s #MSS asked Jin to keep meetings open. This ensured the MSS would be able to “obtain additional details on meeting participants.”

A Chinese Communist Party think tank staffer offered to pay for sources

ANTI TRUST

Law enforcement take down three bulletproof VPN providers

Google, Facebook agreed to team up against potential antitrust action

THEY WILL BACK EACH OTHER TO SUPPORT FACEBOOK BECAUSE NONE OF THEM WANT TO HAVE ANTI TRUST LAW BREAK THEM UP – THEY ALL NEED TO GET BROKEN UP.

THE ETHICS OF BROGRAMMERS

Like the guards at concentration camps who thought they weren’t in charge, the brogrammers whose code is used to do atrocious things against the world for profit will also go to jail.

Unlike governments which are bound by international laws and diplomatic norms, private companies like the Israeli firm are only motivated by profit.

THEY WILL ALL GO TO JAIL

NSO Group’s actions should not be granted legal immunity

The social network took the Israeli firm to court after alleging that the latter exploited a vulnerability in WhatsApp which helped its clients spy on over 1400 users globally. It’s believed that the bug or similar ones may also have been used to help Saudi Arabian officials spy on murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi and his former boss, Jeff Bezos. NSO Group has argued that its tools are only ever used for legitimate law enforcement purposes, and that, as it sells exclusively to governments, it should benefit from the “sovereign immunity” that means nation states can’t be taken to court.

SCIENCE

Seals are making ‘Star Wars’ noises at each other underwater, and we have no idea why

MOVIES

2002 GRAMMY WINNER STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN – WHO ARE THE FUNK BROTHERS

 

THE BEATLES NEW MOVIE OUT IN 2021 THE GET BACK

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