WARNING! Cyberattack Downed a 911 Systems in 12 States:
For more than 12 hours, 911 call centers in more than a dozen states were paralyzed by a cyberattack, according to The Wall Street Journal. The attack used “zombie” calls to inundate thesystems, sometimes with hundreds of calls. The attack happened on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. in Texas, Florida, California, Washington, and elsewhere. Federal and state officials have long-worried that the nation’s outdated 911 system has become vulnerable to hackers and could easily be downed through these means. Luckily, the October attack has not been linked to any publicly known deaths or serious injuries. “If this was a nation-state actor that wanted to damage or disable 911 systems during an attack, they could have succeeded spectacularly,” said Trey Forgety, director of government affairs at a 911 trade group called the National Emergency Number Association. “This was a serious wake-up call.”
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Jordan Executes 10 for Terror Offenses:
Jordan on Saturday hanged ten men convicted of terror charges for a series of attacks since 2003 that killed a British tourist, members of the security forces and a writer. The execution was the first since two Iraqi prisoners were executed in 2015 following the release of an Islamic State video showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive. The men were executed at dawn at the Swaqa Prison, about 47 miles from Amman, authorities said. They had been involved in at least six different attacks, including a 2003 bombing at Jordan’s embassy in Iraq, which killed 19; a 2006 shooting attack on a group of tourists that killed a British man; and the 2016 murder of local writerNahed Hattar
, who’d posted a cartoon on social media that was considered offensive to Islam. Another five men were executed for unrelated crimes, including incest, the state news agency reported.
DOJ: Sessions to Respond in Writing to Russia Questions:
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions
will offer written responses to Democrats’ inquiries about his meeting with the Russian ambassador last year, the Department of Justice said Friday. The news came after nine Democratic senators sent a letter demanding Sessions be called before Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley
’s panel to answer questions about why he failed to disclose his contacts with the Russian ambassador earlier. Grassley said there would not be a hearing, but a Justice Department spokesman told Reuters that Sessions would respond in writing on Monday to the relevant questions. Amid calls for his resignation over the scandal, Sessions has denied any wrongdoing, and PresidentDonald Trump
has backed him up, saying Democrats are exploiting the situation for their own political purposes. The Washington Post
reported earlier this week that Sessions had spoken with Russian Ambassdor to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak
twice during Trump’s campaign, though he said he’d had no contact with Russian officials during his confirmation hearing. On Thursday, Reuters cited two officials who spoke on condition of anonymity as saying Sessions was one of many individuals under scrutiny by investigators as part of an ongoing probe into the Trump team’s communications with Russian officials.
WH: Pence and Hillary Emails ‘Light Years’ Different:
The White House is defending Vice President Mike Pence
over reports that he used a personal AOL email account for government business while he served as governor of Indiana. The account was also reportedly hacked last summer. Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday, principal deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders said the controversy is “light years” different than Hillary Clinton
’s email setup. “Number one he was a governor, he wasn’t a federal employee, which means the laws are different. It’s subject to Indiana law not federal law,” Sanders said. “Second he’s a governor which means he wasn’t handling classified info like she was, and third all of his emails he turned over specifically to be archived, which is why anybody even knows about the account.” She added: “He did everything to the letter of the law in Indiana, turned all of his emails over, unlike Hillary Clinton who lost at least 30,000, who knows how many more, had a private server, classified information which he didn’t have. That’s apples to oranges comparison.”
PA Senate Dems Being Held ‘Cyber-Hostage’:
Pennsylvania Senate Democrats and their staffers are locked out of their computer network after it was broken into in a ransomware attack, NBC News reports. Democratic leader Jay Costa
said that the hackers are demanding a payment, but would not elaborate on whether the hackers carried out the cyberattack for political reasons. A state official told NBC News that the Democrats are the only ones affected by the hack.
LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET:
***The Federal Reserve is poised to raise its benchmark interest rate in mid-March, significantly sooner than investors had expected, as it moves to keep pace with a wave of economic optimism that started with the election of President Trump
. In an unusually clear statement about a pending decision, the Fed chairwoman, Janet L. Yellen
, said on Friday in Chicago that the central bank was likely to act at its next policy-making meeting — barring any unpleasant economic surprises. Ms. Yellen added that the Fed still expected to raise rates twice more later in the year, which she said would bring the benchmark rate close to a level that the Fed regards as neutral, with low rates no longer providing an inducement for borrowing and risk-taking. That outlook signals that an end is finally in sight for the Fed’s economic stimulus campaign, devised during the depths of the financial crisis more than eight years ago. ***Craigslist founder Craig Newmark
announced a $1 million gift to ProPublica. ***Warren Buffett told CNBC that he thinks newspapers are in for even worse days — and predicts only the New York Times and Wall Street Journal have a secure digital future… But there’s this: Patrick Soon-Shiong
paid an estimated $13.87 million for another 950,000 shares of Tronc stock, buying the shares from Oaktree.
LBN-NOTICED: ***Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take the Caribbean. The two lovebirds met up in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on Thursday after taking separate flights. It appears Harry brought Meghan as his date to his best friend Tom Inskip‘s wedding to Lara Hughes-Young this weekend, which gave the Suits actress a chance to get to know her beau’s inner circle just a bit better. ***Veteran film producerMike Flint, attorney Konrad Trope, plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Perlman, CNN’s Sandro Monetti, comedian Joey Garza, former book publisher Bill Hartley were among a group of friends hanging out last night in the lobby lounge of Casa Del Mar hotel at the beach in Santa Monica. ***Anderson Cooperand Audrey Gruss checking out the Armory Show at Chelsea Piers in NYC. ***Michael Stipe, Mark Ronson, Ellen Burstynand Steve Buscemi among the guests taking in a performance by Patti Smith at the Anthology Film Archives 2017 Benefit and Auction at Capitale in NYC. ***Chris Rock making a surprise stand-up appearance at the Comedy Cellar in NYC ***“Sex and the City” author Candace Bushnell seeing Broadway’s “Significant Other,” which Ramona Singer and LuAnn D’Agostino also attended.
LBN-SEE IT:… Lena Dunham Copied Rihanna And Got An Under-Boob Tattoo
***Prize-winning author Paula Fox
, a prominent figure in New York City’s literary scene, famous for the novels “Desperate Characters” and “Poor George,” has died at the age of 93. Her daughter, Linda Carroll
, told the Associated Press on Saturday that she died at Brooklyn Methodist Hospital on Wednesday after experiencing complications with her health. Fox was renowned for her novel “Desperate Characters,” which focused on 1960s domestic life in New York City. Fox, who also wrote more than a dozen children’s books, won the Newbery Medal in 1974 for “The Slave Dancer,” a story about a 13-year-old boy’s experience in the slave trade.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer:
Among themany unintended legacies of Barack Obama, one has gone largely unnoticed: the emergence of a novel form of resistance to executive overreach, a check-and-balance improvised in reaction to his various presidential power grabs. It’s the revolt of the state attorneys general, banding together to sue and curb the executive. And it has outlived Obama. Normally one would expect Congress to be the instrument of resistance to presidential trespass. But Congress has been supine. The Democrats in particular, approving of Obama’s policy preferences, allowed him free rein over Congress’ constitutional prerogatives.
LBN-COMMENTARY By SCOTT WALKER: Over the last few weeks, angry voters have greeted Republican congressmen in districts around the country. As someone who has confronted similar crowds before — and lived to tell about it — I have a simple message for those lawmakers: It’s put-up or shut-up time. Those are the exact words I told my fellow Republicans in the State Legislature in 2010, after we made big promises on the campaign trail. It was time to govern, and we did just that by taking on public-sector unions that had too much control over the government. In response, 100,000 protesters descended on the Capitol, while others protested at the executive residence and even my house. Despite the intimidation, we stood strong in our fight for taxpayers. It paid off, and today the budget is balanced, taxes are down and more people in the state are working than ever. Republicans in Washington need to do the same when it comes to Obamacare, tax reform and the rest of their agenda. Yes, liberals will turn out to protest. But don’t let the left shape the debate. Explain that the centerpiece in the Republican agenda — returning authority to the states — is the best solution to our nation’s problems.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author – www.MichaelLevineMedia.com): In hindsight, the life of Charlie Chaplin is fascinating. Though he spent most of his career in the US, British-born silent-film legend Charlie Chaplin never applied for citizenship. The US took advantage of this fact in 1952, while Chaplin was overseas, revoking his re-entry permit over his alleged Communist ties. His political leanings, as well as his many affairs with young women, nearly cost him a knighthood, but after decades of debate, he was finally knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Today is the anniversary of the day he was finally knighted.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Seth Meyers: Taco Bell has announced that it is creating a hybrid of its Quesalupas and Doritos Locos Tacos, called the Doritos Quesalupa Crunch. Of course, if you can say that, you’re probably not drunk enough to eat it.
LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Without Notes – The Podcast” featuring international comedy sensation – Ismo ——http://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/5138916
LBN SPOTLIGHT: Newly released and available on Amazon in both e-book and paperback formats is a non-fiction study of the Nixon era, Tiananmen West: Why Nixon Ordered the Kent State Massacre. Author, Jenny Deason Copeland, emphasizes Nixon’s own confession in his autobiography RN. The book took over three decades of research using FOIA procedures. The work ends with a call to action in hopes that Nixon would be the final marginally sane president the U.S. would suffer. The book uncovers the possible motive behind the massacre. The FOIA results are available free at www.crazyredheadpublishing.com
LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:…..
was really fired — by bad ratings, says President Trump
. The tweeter-in-chief on Saturday couldn’t resist a dig at his “Celebrity Apprentice” successor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who announced a day earlier that he’s quitting the NBC show. “Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show,” Trump tweeted at 8:19 am. ***Congratulations to Natalie Portman and her choreographer husband Benjamin Millepied
. The couple welcomed a baby girl, Amalia Millepied
, on Feb. 22, her rep confirmed.
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