18 Dec 2020

CISA Warns Foreign Cyberhack Much Larger Than Reported
A foreign hack of the U.S. government is even bigger than originally thought, according to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The Washington Examiner reports the agency shared that the cyber hackers gained secretive backdoor access in more ways than just through the publicly known SolarWinds software update being corrupted.

Georgia announces signature matching review for presidential election ballots
…on Thursday, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced a statewide move to match signatures to their absentee ballots in all 159 counties in the state. The announcement comes just weeks before two Georgia Senate runoff elections on Jan. 5 will determine which party controls the Senate.

Seriously? Gunshot Deaths Counted Among COVID-19 Fatalities In Colorado
Grand County, in the sparsely-populated (but breathtaking) northwestern quarter of the state, is home to fewer than 15,000 people and has been lucky enough to endure only a handful of deaths related to the Wuhan Virus. But of those five deaths, County Coroner Brenda Bock says two actually died of gunshot wounds.

Top Ranking Catholic Cardinal Says COVID-19 Used To Advance ‘Godless And Murderous Agenda’ , Usher In ‘Great Reset’
In early November, an Italian archbishop and Pope Francis foe, Carlo Maria Vigano, launched an attack against those behind pandemic lockdowns across the globe, warning President Trump in a letter of the coming “Great Reset” whose architects are “a global élite that wants to subdue all of humanity, imposing coercive measures with which to drastically limit individual freedoms and those of entire populations.”

“Who Wants To Be A Guinea Pig?”: Health Workers Balk At Vaccine; 40% Of Staff At One Chicago Hospital Refuse To Take
As tens of thousands of doses of the new Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine make their way across the country, some health workers – first on the list to receive the two-stage jab – are leery of the emerging treatment

‘Theft by 1,000 cuts’: Report outlines election fraud in 6 states
Titled “The Immaculate Deception: Six Key Dimensions of Election Irregularities,” it employs charts and other graphics to summarize the evidence from Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Turkish media vows to take over Tel Aviv, calls opposition ‘terrorists’
Vows to destroy Israel, “liberate Al-Aqsa,” and spread anti-Zionist and antisemitic comments have become normal in Turkey.

Report: Sudan revokes citizenship of former Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal
Move comes after the US formally removes Sudan from list of state-sponsors of terrorism. Mashaal, who stepped down as Hamas chief in 2017, has been living in exile for over three decades.

Biden: God isn’t for me or Anyone else
Former Vice President Joe Biden, held a parking lot rally for Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock in Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon. During his speech, the former Vice President made a statement that seems rather controversial but perhaps telling for a politician proporting to be the president-elect. “The lord isn’t to me or anyone else. It’s for the people of Georgia!” he said to the sound of weak applause and honking horns from the audience.

Israel’s top Rabbis unite to Battle against Politicians pushing Gay Agenda
Leading religious Zionist rabbis in Israel have united on Wednesday to sharply criticize the Blue and White political party in the Knesset Among the rabbis leading the initiative is the Chief Rabbi of Safed Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, head of yeshiva of Beit El Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed, and former Chief Rabbi of Hebron Rabbi Dov Lior. Together, they have called the newly formed team the ‘Union of Rabbis who love Torah and the Land of Israel’ reports 0404.

CISA Issues Emergency Directive to Mitigate the Compromise of Solarwinds Orion Network Management Products
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) tonight issued Emergency Directive 21-01, in response to a known compromise involving SolarWinds Orion products that are currently being exploited by malicious actors. This Emergency Directive calls on all federal civilian agencies to review their networks for indicators of compromise and disconnect or power down SolarWinds Orion products immediately.

Dominion’s link to Solar Winds…
Dominion Voting used the same system, Solar Winds, that Russian hackers may have tapped to snake their way into Treasury accounts. “There is concern within the U.S. intelligence community that the hackers who targeted Treasury and the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration used a similar tool to break into other government agencies,

Microsoft says it found malicious software from SolarWinds in its systems
Microsoft said it detected a malicious version of software from SolarWinds inside the company but that its investigation so far showed no evidence hackers had used Microsoft systems to attack customers.

US nuclear weapons agency hit by massive hacking campaign
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the U.S. agency that manages the nation’s stockpile of nuclear weapons, is the latest in federal agencies hacked, according to a new report on Thursday. Officials close to the matter told Politico that the NNSA has evidence of hackers gaining access to the agency’s networks in a mass spy operation that also hacked various other U.S. agencies. The officials don’t yet know what information hackers have been able to access or steal – and it may take weeks to find out.

Desert Locust ‘re-invasion’ threatens millions across Horn of Africa
“New locust swarms are already forming and threatening to re-invade northern Kenya and breeding is also underway on both sides of the Red Sea, posing a new threat to Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan, and Yemen,” FAO said in a news release.

Amid regional tensions, Gantz meets US Joint Chiefs Chairman
Three weeks after the assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Defense Minister Benny Gantz met with US Army General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, during the later’s trip to the region. The meeting on Friday was also attended by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi.

Turkey has evacuated seven Syrian military posts – report
Turkey has evacuated seven military observation posts in northwest Syria, pulling back troops from territory controlled by the Syrian government to areas held by insurgents and Turkey-backed rebels, a Turkish source said on Friday. Turkey had set up a dozen military posts in the region in 2018 as part of an ill-fated deal it reached with Russia and Iran to calm fighting between Syrian government troops and rebels.

Coinbase announces IPO in a milestone for the crypto industry
Cryptocurrency giant Coinbase announced on Thursday that it has confidentially filed for a public offering, becoming the latest in a parade of high-profile startups to pursue an IPO in 2020. Founded in 2012 as a simple way for consumers to purchase Bitcoin, Coinbase has since become a conglomerate of crypto-related business and the standard-bearer for an industry long regarded with suspicion by regulators…

Mozambique’s Islamist insurgency: UN warns of rising violence in Cabo Delgado
The number of civilians forced from their homes by conflict in northern Mozambique has quadrupled this year – to 420,000 – according to the United Nations. It links the crisis in Cabo Delgado province not just to attacks by Islamist militants, but to a perceived failure to distribute vast mineral and off-shore gas revenues to the local population.

US cyber-attack: US energy department confirms it was hit by Sunburst hack
The US energy department is the latest agency to confirm it has been breached in what is being described as the worst-ever hack on the US government. The department is responsible for managing US nuclear weapons, but said the arsenal’s security had not been compromised. Tech giant Microsoft also said on Thursday that it had found malicious software in its systems.

Jordan condemns Israeli bill legalizing settlement outpost on Palestinian territory
Jordan condemned an Israeli Knesset’s bill legalizing illegal settlement outposts built across the Israeli-occupied West Bank, state news agency Petra reported. The Foreign Ministry called the move is a “flagrant and gross” breach of international law and international legitimacy resolutions, the agency said on Thursday.

Disaster looms as locusts threaten livelihood of millions in region
A ravenous pest is threatening the livelihood of millions of people in the Middle East and Africa — but the menace did not appear overnight. In fact it has been slowly building for three years. Locusts breed in remote areas and thrive in damp conditions. Moisture is critical if their eggs are to survive and hatch, and it also feeds the fresh, green vegetation they need for food and shelter.

Iran builds at underground nuclear facility amid US tensions
Iran has begun construction on a site at its underground nuclear facility at Fordo amid tensions with the US over its atomic program, satellite photos obtained Friday by The Associated Press show. Iran has not publicly acknowledged any new construction at Fordo, whose discovery by the West in 2009 came in an earlier round of brinkmanship before world powers struck the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.

Russia is ‘flexing its muscles’ as Vladimir Putin sends 10 warships to British waters
Russia has been accused of “flexing its muscles” after President Vladimir Putin sent 10 warships into British waters. In a show of force, the nation is seemingly “testing” Britain and NATO allies, it has been claimed. The country is acting in a way not seen since the Cold War says the Chief of the Defence Staff.

Why is Antarctica shaking like crazy? More than 50,000 earthquakes in 3 months baffle scientists
Many weird phenomena are currently taking place in Antarctica. While enigmatic deep space signals are hitting the surface of the continent, more than 50,000 tremors have rocked Antarctica since the end of August. Such an impressive spike in seismic activity has never been witnessed by scientists.