Russian ‘Dukes’ Overtly Hack Vaccine Trial Data

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Primer: Will this cause an Article 5 response?

In response to malicious activity targeting COVID-19 research and vaccine development in the United States, the United Kingdom (UK), and Canada, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Canada’s Communications Security Establishment (CSE), and the National Security Agency (NSA) released a Joint Cybersecurity Advisory to expose the threat. A malicious cyber actor is using a variety of tools and techniques to target organizations involved in COVID-19 research and vaccine development.

Tools include SOREFANGWELLMESS, and WELLMAIL malware.

CISA encourages users and administrators to review the Joint Cybersecurity Advisory and the following Malware Analysis Reports for more information and to apply the mitigations provided.

LONDON (AP) — Britain, the United States, and Canada accused Russia on Thursday of trying to steal information from researchers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine.

The three nations alleged that hacking group APT29, also known as Cozy Bear and said to be part of the Russian intelligence service, is attacking academic and pharmaceutical research institutions involved in coronavirus vaccine development.

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Britain’s National Cybersecurity Centre made the announcement, which was coordinated with authorities in the U.S. and Canada.

“It is completely unacceptable that the Russian Intelligence Services are targeting those working to combat the coronavirus pandemic,″ Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement. “While others pursue their selfish interests with reckless behavior, the U.K. and its allies are getting on with the hard work of finding a vaccine and protecting global health.″

The persistent and ongoing attacks are seen by intelligence officials as an effort to steal intellectual property, rather than to disrupt research. The campaign of “malicious activity″ is ongoing and includes attacks “predominantly against government, diplomatic, think-tank, healthcare, and energy targets,″ the National Cybersecurity Centre said in a statement.

It was unclear whether any information actually was stolen but the center says individuals’ confidential information is not believed to have been compromised. The Russian Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cozy Bear, also known as the “dukes,″ has been identified by Washington as one of two Russian government-linked hacking groups that broke into the Democratic National Committee computer network and stole emails ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The other group is usually called Fancy Bear.

The director of operations for the British cybersecurity center, Paul Chichester, urged “organizations to familiarize themselves with the advice we have published to help defend their networks.”

The statement did not say whether Russian President Vladimir Putin knew about the vaccine research hacking, but British officials believe such intelligence would be highly prized.

A 16-page advisory made public by Britain, the U.S. and Canada on Thursday accuses Cozy Bear of using custom malicious software to target a number of organizations globally. The malware, called WellMess and WellMail, has not previously been associated with the hacking group, the advisory said.

“In recent attacks targeting COVID-19 vaccine research and development, the group conducted basic vulnerability scanning against specific external IP addresses owned by the organizations. The group then deployed public exploits against the vulnerable services identified,” the advisory said.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity agency warned in April that cybercriminals and other groups were targeting COVID-19 research, noting at the time that the increase in people teleworking because of the pandemic had created potential avenues for hackers to exploit.

Vulnerable targets include health care agencies, pharmaceutical companies, academia, medical research organizations, and local governments, security officials have said.

The global reach and international supply chains of these organizations also make them vulnerable, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said in an alert published in conjunction with its counterparts in Britain.

CISA said it and the British cybersecurity agency have detected the threat groups scanning the external websites of targeted companies and looking for vulnerabilities in unpatched software. It did not name any of the targeted companies.

U.S. authorities have for months leveled similar accusations against China. FBI Director Chris Wray said last week, “At this very moment, China is working to compromise American health care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and academic institutions conducting essential COVID-19 research.”


Reasons to Watch the McCloskey Case

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Fact sheet:

1. Both Mark and his wife Patricia are personal injury trial lawyers.

2. Their home is on a private gate no trespassing street.

3. The couple was featured in St. Louis Magazine for their impressive renovation of the famous estate in 1988. Now more than 30 years after purchasing the home, which was once owned by Edward and Anna Busch Faust — the son of a revered St. Louis restaurateur and daughter of the beer-making Busch family — they have restored the Renaissance palazzo back to its original glory.

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Mark McCloskey told the magazine, “All the plumbing was made by Mott, which was the premier manufacturer at the turn of the century, and all the door and window hardware was made by P.E. Guerin.” Patricia McCloskey noted “the glass in the windows” was from the second-floor reception hall at the 14th century Palazzo Davanzati in Florence, “and the shutters, at least the ironwork, are probably original.” The property is appraised at $1.15 million, according to St. Louis city property records.

4. McCloskey is representing a victim of police brutality in a lawsuit against a Missouri police department and officer. According to the Associated Press, David Maas, a Woodson Terrace Police officer at the time, was caught on dashcam video appearing to assault a man and was indicted on a federal charge in March.

5. While some on social media have claimed the McCloskeys are registered Democrats, it was not immediately possible to determine whether the couple are actually registered as Democrats or if they are registered Republicans. But Federal Election Commission records show Mark McCloskey has contributed thousands of dollars to the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, the Republican National Committee, and Donald J. Trump for President Inc. He also made contributions to a Republican congressional candidate, Bill Phelps, in 1996, and to the Bush-Quayle campaign in 1992.

Patricia McCloskey also made a contribution to the RNC in 2018 and to a Republican Senate dinner in 1988.

Attributions in part

6. Missouri Castle Doctrine in part:

Justified Use of Force 


Physical force:

  • May be used when individuals reasonably believe that the physical force used is necessary for the defense of themselves (or others) from an imminent attack of unlawful force from another person.
  • May be used when individuals believe that the force is reasonably necessary to prevent another person from stealing, causing property damage, or tampering.

Deadly force:

  • May be used when a person reasonably believes that the level of force is necessary for self-defense or defense of others (including unborn children) in response to an imminent threat.
No Duty to Retreat A person has no duty to retreat:

  • From their dwelling, residence, or vehicle
  • From their private property
  • If the person is any other location where they have the right to be

7. Mr. McCloskey said he started trying to arrange private security for the house when the couple received a tip saying the protesters were planning to come back to ‘get us and burn the house’. ‘We had been told that the city police had been ordered to stand down, we had been told there was going to be no official help,’ he said. ‘Our neighborhood association put out a flyer saying if people broke in they were just going to let them. ‘So we started trying to hire private security and entity after entity said they did not want to get involved.’ The situation became so bad that the couple started ‘hiding’ their valuables and were told by one security firm of former special forces members to ‘walk away’ and ‘abandon’ the house.

8. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department confirmed that it executed a search warrant on the McCloskeys’ house on Friday. The department said the search was authorized by a judge, but would not comment on any other aspect of the investigation.

“Our Department executed a search warrant, which was issued by the Courts,” a department spokeswoman told the Free Beacon. “Since the investigation is ongoing, we have no further comment to provide.”

The rifle held by Mark McCloskey during the altercation was seized by police during the search, according to KSDK. The handgun held by Patricia McCloskey was turned over to police by the couple’s former attorney Albert Watkins, who told the St. Louis American the gun was inoperable at the time of the incident.

9. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Tuesday that President Trump would be “getting involved” in the case of the St. Louis couple who pointed guns at a group of protesters passing outside their home last month, and who are under review for criminal charges.

On Tuesday, both the president and Republican governor offered separate impassioned defenses of Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who went viral after brandishing guns at protesters on the private street outside their mansion on June 28.

Parson, who said the couple had “every right to protect their property,” said he spoke with Trump just before the governor’s coronavirus news briefing. He said Trump made it clear he “doesn’t like what he sees and the way these people are being treated,” referencing the McCloskeys.

He said Attorney General William P. Barr “was represented on the call,” and he thinks the president and the attorney general “are going to take a look” at the McCloskeys’ case.

10. Kim Gardner, the prosecutor targeting the McClosky’s has a very dark resume herself. In 2019, Gardner admitted to repeat campaign finance violations dating back to her time as a Missouri State Legislator. These violations included using campaign donations to pay for a private apartment. Gardner reached an agreement with the Missouri Ethics Commission to pay a settlement of $6,314 in lieu of a $63,009 fine.  The Circuit Attorney’s Office has experienced a more than 100% turnover rate in staff since Gardner took office. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in September 2019 that “over 65 attorneys with a combined experience of over 460 years in prosecutorial experience” have left the Circuit Attorney’s office under Gardner. On June 3, 2020, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Circuit Attorney’s office had released all of the 36 rioters who had been arrested. This drew criticism from the Gardner’s longtime public opponent Eric Schmitt, the Attorney General of Missouri. Gardner’s office responded that the individuals were released due to insufficient evidence.

11. The Safety & Justice Committee, a George Soros PAC was a large donor to Gardner. St. Louis Today reported in June of 2016 in part: Gardner’s campaign reported to the Missouri Ethics Commission a $24,548.37 in-kind donation from the same federal campaign committee, a day after reporting a $25,738.86 contribution from that super PAC. Then on July 29, Gardner reported an additional $72,770.27 from Safety & Justice, bringing the Soros-backed super PAC total contribution to Gardner’s campaign to at least $190,750.73.


Let’s Take Back Our Kids, Already!

By: Lloyd Marcus

I realize that it is tacky to be an I-told-you-so. But we conservative activists have been fighting on the front lines of the culture war for many years, warning the masses.  Wake up, America…leftists are turning our kids into sleeper cells.  At the proper time, leftists will unleash our kids to launch a violent no-holds-barred war against their parents, God, and country!

Black disciples of socialism disguised as civil rights activists have also been allowed to sow their seeds of anti-American hate in public education for decades.  In the 1970s, I was a student at the prestigious Maryland Institute College of Art via scholarships.  The Black Panthers showed up, angrily demanding a platform on campus to protest.  College management humbly complied.  As a black student, I never understood what I was supposed to be angry at the college about or how the college was abusing me.

Dad was a civil rights pioneer.  He pressured me and my four younger siblings to always vote and join the NAACP.  Upon attending my first NAACP meeting, I was stunned.  They actually joined in a circle; held hands; and sang, “We Shall Overcome”. Their rhetoric sounded as though I had stepped through a time warp back to 1950.  Leftist institutions of indoctrination are still selling students, black and white, the absurd lie that America has not progressed racially beyond the 1950s.

I wrote about public elementary schools teaching white kids to hate themselves and feel guilty for being born white — about pre-K students being taught to embrace homosexuality and to consider attempting to change their sex.  The children’s book I Am Jazz about a boy whose parents insanely began preparing him to pretend to be female at age 3 is read to kindergartners without parental consent and even mandatory in schools’ curricula.

Pediatricians along with Pope Francis say teaching transgender ideology causes child abuse.

I wrote about a white friend who said her middle school son came home in tears after being taught how cruel his ancestors were to women, blacks, and American Indians.  Today, her son is an adult member of the Communist Party.  She cannot display an American flag for fear of retaliation by her son.  I wrote about how when I suggested that a Millennial relative visit Mt. Rushmore while vacationing in South Dakota, the relative’s venomous response was “I wouldn’t go across the street to visit those guys!”

I wrote about the Dancing Waters at Bellagio Fountain in Vegas doing a breathtakingly beautiful presentation set to Whitney Houston’s spectacular version of our National Anthem.  In the end, I expected thunderous cheers and applause.  Shockingly, the mostly young audience of thousands responded with a yawn.

I wrote about Michelle Obama telling students to report their parents who make racist statements at the dinner table.

I wrote about the powerful documentary, Waiting For “Superman” — which exposed urban black parents’ desperate, heartbreaking efforts to get their kids out of violent, failing schools and into good schools.  Democrats’ loyalty to the teacher unions is keeping black students stuck in bad schools.

I wrote about leftists’ PSA telling kids to steal their parent’s guns and turn them over to their teachers.

I caught holy hell for writing about LGBT activists infiltrating the Boy Scouts of America.  Once inside, LGBT activists insisted that “morally straight’ be removed from the oath.  They also changed the name.  The historic heroic Christian organization has been destroyed.

I wrote about how Planned Parenthood, which was founded by a racist, targets black babies while illegally selling the body parts for profit.  I wrote about public schools recruiting students for Islam while banning Bibles and Christian clubs.  I wrote about schools assisting students with genital mutilation surgery and abortions without parental knowledge or consent.

I was told, “Lloyd, do not put your divisive articles on my Facebook page.” Everyone was wimpish, content with being politically correct, keeping their heads buried into the sand.

Then, along came the perfect political storm of COVID fear and the unfortunate death of George Floyd.  Leftists commanded their sleeper cells, “GO!  GO!  GO!  Seek, kill, and destroy all things American and Christian!”

As my late momma would say, “no sense crying over spilled milk.  What’s done is done.”  Due to passively allowing counter-culture old hippies to control public education, we have a lost generation infected with severe anti-Americanism and anti-Christianity.  The question is, how do we take back our kids?

President Trump made a major step in the right direction with this tweet. “Too many Universities and School Systems are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education. Therefore, I am telling the Treasury Department to re-examine their Tax-Exempt Status and/or Funding, which will be taken away if this Propaganda or Act Against Public Policy continues. Our children must be Educated, not Indoctrinated!”

I say, “Right on, bro!” (a little 1970s lingo).

Leftists have aggressively sought to criminalize homeschooling.  Ironically, in forcing an unnecessary COVID lockdown, leftists have forced parents to homeschool.

A refreshing exchange at Walmart: I spotted a white twenty-something-year-old wearing a MAGA cap.  “Excuse me, sir, why do you support Trump?”  The young man replied, “He’s honest.  He always tells the truth.”  I asked, “What do you think about the Marxist war taking place in our streets?”  He shrugged his shoulders and said, “Oh well, that’s their opinion.”

I said, “If only anarchists had the same tolerance for various opinions.”

The good news is that the Marxist war against America unfolding in our streets has awakened millions to how public education has transformed our kids into an army of leftist walking brain-dead zombies.

Finally, parents are saying, “We must take back our kids.”

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
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