…thankfully it’s almost the weekend…& I don’t mean to take the shine off that friday feeling
…but I guess we should maybe spare a thought for the folks who don’t get days off at the moment
…prepared is good
Moderna’s vaccine has the advantage of being distributed more widely because it can be stored at normal freezer temperatures and, unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, does not require ultracold storage.F.D.A. Panel Endorses Moderna’s Covid-19 Vaccine [NYT]
…& not just for cub scouts…
…surprises…not always good
…so it’s nice that they’re finally getting around to some relief
…because…it’s about the people that need relief, right?
…same shit…different day(s)?
…guess maybe it’s time to ask ourselves who we trust, maybe
…speaking of tech & trust
…it’s funny who seems to be keeping quiet about this stuff
Federal officials issued an urgent warning on Thursday that hackers who were working for a foreign government and penetrated deep into government systems had used a wider variety of techniques in their cyberoffensive — and they warned that the hacking was “a grave risk to the federal government.”
The discovery vastly complicates the challenge for federal investigators as they search through computer networks used by the Treasury, Defense and Commerce Departments, as well as nuclear laboratories, trying to assess the damage and understand what the Russian actors had stolen. Although the government warning made no specific reference to the origin of the hacking, intelligence agencies have told Congress that they believe it was carried out by an elite Russian intelligence agency.
Minutes after the statement from the cybersecurity arm of the Department of Homeland Security, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., in his first comments on the broadening cyberattack, warned that his administration would impose “substantial costs” on those responsible.
“A good defense isn’t enough; we need to disrupt and deter our adversaries from undertaking significant cyberattacks in the first place,” Mr. Biden said, adding, “I will not stand idly by in the face of cyberassaults on our nation.”
President Trump has said nothing about the attacks since they were first revealed on Sunday.More Hacking Attacks Found as Officials Warn of ‘Grave Risk’ to U.S. Government [NYT]
…well…I say funny…but I’m not laughing…& neither is this guy
According to SolarWinds S.E.C. filings, the malware was on the software from March to June. The number of organizations that downloaded the corrupted update could be as many as 18,000, which includes most federal government unclassified networks and more than 425 Fortune 500 companies.
The magnitude of this ongoing attack is hard to overstate.
The Russians have had access to a considerable number of important and sensitive networks for six to nine months. The Russian S.V.R. will surely have used its access to further exploit and gain administrative control over the networks it considered priority targets. For those targets, the hackers will have long ago moved past their entry point, covered their tracks and gained what experts call “persistent access,” meaning the ability to infiltrate and control networks in a way that is hard to detect or remove.
While the Russians did not have the time to gain complete control over every network they hacked, they most certainly did gain it over hundreds of them. It will take years to know for certain which networks the Russians control and which ones they just occupy.
The logical conclusion is that we must act as if the Russian government has control of all the networks it has penetrated. But it is unclear what the Russians intend to do next. The access the Russians now enjoy could be used for far more than simply spying.
The actual and perceived control of so many important networks could easily be used to undermine public and consumer trust in data, written communications and services. In the networks that the Russians control, they have the power to destroy or alter data, and impersonate legitimate people. Domestic and geopolitical tensions could escalate quite easily if they use their access for malign influence and misinformation — both hallmarks of Russian behavior.I Was the Homeland Security Adviser to Trump. We’re Being Hacked.
…guess old man baby has his hands full…too busy getting people killed, for a start
…or doing…whatever the fuck you call this?
President Donald Trump said Thursday that he plans to follow through on his threat to veto the annual defense policy bill that passed with veto-proof majorities in the House and the Senate last week.https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/trump-vows-veto-defense-bill-congress-sent-him
…because apparently that goes down well with…a certain sort?
…or maybe trying to get his AG to un-resign?
Barr Plans to Finish Term Despite Wanting to Leave Early
Mr. Barr had been weighing whether to leave this month. But President Trump — already angry with the attorney general’s refusal to help overturn the election — was said to be irritated with Mr. Barr’s contemplation of an early departure, according to the person.https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/10/us/politics/barr-not-resigning.html
Mr. Barr was wary of the tensions and problems that could pop up when one administration handed off to the next, the people said. As attorney general in the final months of the George Bush administration, Mr. Barr confronted several contentious issues tied to pardons and an independent counsel’s investigation.
The president’s claim of comprehensive electoral fraud has been distinguished by a complete lack of supportive evidence. Legal representation by swaggering, bungling windbags has done little to advance the president’s cause. And Trump’s diversion into deranged conspiracy thinking while national challenges mount is a fitting end to this sad, shabby chapter in the American story. One imagines the other 43 presidents in Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents pointing and laughing at their most embarrassing successor.https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-and-his-party-are-threatening-our-constitutional-order/2020/12/17/story.html
Hating Facebook was one of the few issues that united the political parties this year.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/12/17/technology-202-here-were-winners-losers-tech-industry-2020
…& while we’re not forgetting things…let’s not forget that a certain lame duck is officially not entitled to camp out in his chosen refuge
…& according to the dutch courts…he really did use “maga2020!” for his twitter password while in office…because this excuse for an administration is absolutely as shit at everything as they seem