28 June 2017

Petya ransomware slams Windows PCs shut in massive attack
Another widespread ransomware attack is threatening to wreak havoc across the world. Businesses and government agencies have been hit with a variation of the Petya ransomware — that is, malware that holds crucial files hostage. The malware is demanding $300 in bitcoin before victims can regain access. The new ransomware, identified by security firm Bitdefender as GoldenEye, has two layers of encryption, researchers said. It locks up both your files and your computer’s file system.

AIPAC leaders to arrive in Israel for special meeting on Kotel crisis
In a sign of the growing fallout from the cabinet’s decision to cancel the Kotel deal, AIPAC’s top leadership will arrive in Israel on Wednesday for high-level talks with Israeli government officials…“Part of the support for Israel on Capitol Hill is based on the idea that Israel is a democracy and safeguards peoples’ freedom and rights,” one official said. “The cabinet decision sends a different message.”

Iran’s flag on Israel’s border: ‘We are coming’
Lebanon seems to be having a flag sale. Iranian flags, Hezbollah, the UN, Spain, Palestinian flags. They are all flying provocatively along the border with the northern Israeli community of Metulla…On a hill overlooking new houses being constructed…is another huge poster with a photo of the Dome of the Rock. The face of Ayatollah Khomeini glowers down over the dome and Hezbollah has written “we are coming” in Hebrew and Arabic.

China launches new warship type to boost military strength
China on Wednesday launched a new type of domestically built warship in its latest bid to modernise its military, state media said. The launch comes after China presented its first home-produced aircraft carrier in April. Amid ongoing tensions in the South China Sea, Beijing is taking an increasingly assertive stance in the waters it claims.

Six held in Spain, UK and Germany in anti-jihadist raids
Four men have been arrested on Majorca and two more in the UK and Germany as part of a Spanish investigation into support for so-called Islamic State, police say. The suspects are said to have produced and spread violent videos to recruit would-be jihadist fighters online. One was a 44-year-old man from Birmingham, described by Spanish officials as a Salafist imam.

Venezuela crisis: Helicopter launches attack on Supreme Court
Venezuela’s Supreme Court has been attacked by grenades dropped from a helicopter in what President Nicolás Maduro called a “terrorist attack”. Footage on social media shows a police helicopter circling over the city before shots and a loud bang are heard. The police officer said to have piloted the stolen aircraft issued a statement denouncing the “criminal government”. His whereabouts are unknown.

Qatar condemns Saudi refusal to negotiate over demands
Qatar’s foreign minister has condemned its Gulf neighbours for refusing to negotiate over their demands for restoring air, sea and land links. Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani said the stance was “contrary to the principles” of international relations. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt accuse Qatar of aiding terrorism – a charge it denies.

Satellite mega-constellation production begins
European aerospace giant Airbus and its partner, OneWeb, have begun the production of a satellite mega-constellation. The network will comprise at least 600 spacecraft in the first instance, but could eventually encompass more than 2,000. The aim is to deliver broadband links from orbit to every corner of the globe.

Senate GOP shelves health bill, imperils ‘Obamacare’ repeal
Senate GOP leaders abruptly shelved their long-sought health care overhaul Tuesday, asserting they can still salvage it but raising new doubts about whether President Donald Trump and the Republicans will ever deliver on their promises to repeal and replace “Obamacare.” Republican leader Mitch McConnell announced a delay for any voting at a closed-door senators’ lunch…his action amounts to a stinging setback for the longtime Senate leader…

Japan, EU press ahead on free trade pact to counter U.S. protectionism
Japanese and European Union negotiators meeting in Tokyo aim to reach a free trade deal that would stand against a protectionist tide threatening the global economy, and make the United States think twice over pursuing inward-looking policies. Japan and the EU have been negotiating since 2013, but talks have intensified since last week, with almost daily meetings to overcome key hurdles, including tariffs…

House overwhelmingly backs NATO mutual defense
The U.S. House of Representatives voted nearly unanimously on Tuesday to reaffirm the NATO alliance’s guarantee that all members defend each other, weeks after President Donald Trump raised doubts about Washington’s support for the agreement. The vote was 423-4 in the House, where Trump’s fellow Republicans hold a 48-seat majority, for a resolution “solemnly reaffirming” the U.S. commitment to Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.

19th Obamacare Co-Op Folds, Leaving Only 4 Operating in 2018
Minuteman Health of Massachusetts and New Hampshire announced it is withdrawing from the Affordable Care Act exchanges in 2018, leaving only four co-ops in operation. The company cited issues with Obamacare’s risk-adjustment program, which is the program that shifts money away from those with healthier customers to those with sicker enrollees. Minuteman Health said that the negative impact of this program had been “substantial.”

Obama’s cyber security expert: Russia didn’t hack elections
Former White House cyber expert Michael Daniel says Russia didn’t hack elections, … they certainly didn’t change any votes,” Daniel said. “The votes that were cast properly reflect the votes of the American people.”

Top experts at Tel Aviv conference keep close eye on global cyber attack
One name kept coming up when it comes to who may be behind the global attacks.

Global business reels from second major cyber attack in two months
A major cyber attack, believed to have first struck Ukraine, caused havoc around the world on Wednesday, crippling computers or halting operations at port operator Maersk, a Cadbury chocolate plant in Australia and the property arm of French bank BNP Paribas. Russia’s biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms were among those hit on Tuesday by the cyber extortion campaign, which has underscored growing concerns that businesses have failed to secure their networks from increasingly aggressive hackers.

’Going for jugular’: Undercover filmmakers take aim at CNN
The sting video published Tuesday shows CNN producer John Bonifield admitting the network has no evidence of claims that President Donald Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia to subvert the 2016 presidential election. “I think the president is probably right to say, like, look, you are witch-hunting me,” Bonifield can be heard saying.

Top US admiral warns: ISIS-linked militants seek new fronts in Asia
The commander of U.S. Pacific forces said Wednesday that ISIS-linked militants returning from the Middle East are intent on opening a new front in Asia, The Wall Street Journal reported. Adm. Harry Harris used the battle in the southern Philippines as a prime example. He warned that the militants may be losing ground in Syria and Iraq, but their supporters are still willing to fight.

900+ earthquakes shake Yellowstone in 2 weeks
Yellowstone National Park is experiencing the largest earthquake swarm since 2010. “When it gets to these bigger ones, we pay attention to them just because we need to monitor these things just in case something changes,” Farrell said. Farrell believes the activity is caused by stress building up under the crust of the massive volcano. He says there is no reason to panic along the Wasatch Front.

Seismologists track dozens of earthquakes shaking Truckee area
Seismologists detected two large quakes in the swarm near Independence Lake. The 4.0 magnitude one occurred at 2:02 a.m. PST. Seven minutes later, the 4.1 magnitude occurred at 2:09 a.m. PST. The cluster is happening in a transfer zone between the two mapped faults, Mohawk Valley and Polaris. These two fault zones are located within the Sierra Basin-Range boundary.

Syria’s Anti-Assad Forces Want IDF More Involved in War Against Regime
A leading member of Syria’s political opposition said most Syrians view Iran as the real enemy and not Israel, adding that Israel could do more to help the Syrian people.

111 terminally ill patients took their own lives in first 6 months of California right-to-die law
A total of 111 people in California took their own lives using lethal prescriptions during the first six months of a law that allows terminally ill people to request life-ending drugs from their doctors, according to data released Tuesday.

When Evangelicals Become Useful Idiots for Islamism
Our culture looks to be coming apart at the seams. The June 14 attack on the GOP Congressional Baseball team is only an exclamation point in an increasingly hostile, increasingly violent, premeditated campaign by Democrats and other leftists to create an atmosphere of ungovernable anarchy.

“She Will Not Be Rehired” University Cuts Ties With Professor Who Said Warmbier “Deserved To Die”
“[Kathy Dettwyler] will not be rehired to teach at the University in the future…”

The Most Dangerous Fake News Of All Is Peddled By The Corporate Media
“This is not the sort of thing you see in a confident, brave, and civilized nation, it’s the sort of stuff you’d expect to see toward the end. It’s the stuff of craven war-mongers, of dishonest cowards, of a totally deranged and very dangerous media. The signs are everywhere; imperial decline is set to accelerate rapidly in the coming years.”

Look who’s inviting you to report ‘hate crimes’
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, an unindicted co-conspirator in a terror-financing plot, has launched a mobile phone app called “Making Democracy Work for Everyone” that enables Muslims to quickly and efficiently report “hate crimes.” CAIR, in a statement, called it “an important feature during a period of increased hate incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups.”

China Suspends Fuel Sales To North Korea
It appears President Trump’s remarks about the lack of progress made by China in pressuring North Korea has worked. Reuters reports that CNPC – the main supplier of diesel and gasoline to North Korea – has halted sales, reportedly because the buyers could not pay.

Atheist Richard Dawkins: “Any Fetus is Less Human Than an Adult Pig”
“With respect to those meanings of ‘human’ that are relevant to the morality of abortion, any fetus is less human than an adult pig.” — A tweet from Richard Dawkins, echoing philosopher Peter Singer, who has made the same comparison.