- More than 900 pages of materials related to U.S.-funded coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were released following a FOIA lawsuit by The Intercept. According to Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University: “The materials confirm the grants supported the construction–in Wuhan–of novel chimeric SARS-related coronaviruses that combined a spike gene from one coronavirus with genetic information from another coronavirus, and confirmed the resulting viruses could infect human cells. The documents make it clear that assertions by the NIH Director, Francis Collins, and the NIAID Director, Anthony Fauci, that the NIH did not support gain-of-function research or potential pandemic pathogen enhancement at WIV are untruthful.”
- The president of the Human Rights Campaign had earlier revealed that the organisation wanted him out in order to redirect attention away from the official’s ties to the Cuomo sexual harassment report. Alarms had been raised after it was determined he was consulted in a letter to character assassinate one of Cuomo’s accusers. Alphonso David, the president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), was dismissed by the group’s board on Monday night, after a story disclosing that he guided former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on how to handle the sex harassment charges that surfaced.
- Do NOT get on the bus to the quarantine camp. Do NOT get on the boat to the quarantine camp. Do NOT get on the plane to the quarantine camp. Do NOT go to the quarantine camp. ~ CodeMonkeyZ
- Web infrastructure and website security company Cloudflare on Thursday disclosed that it mitigated the largest ever volumetric distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack recorded to date. The attack, launched via a Mirai botnet, is said to have targeted an unnamed customer in the financial industry last month. “Within seconds, the botnet bombarded the Cloudflare edge with over 330 million attack requests,” the company noted, at one point reaching a record high of 17.2 million requests-per-second (rps), In this specific incident, the traffic originated from more than 20,000 bots in 125 countries worldwide, with almost 15% of the attack originating from Indonesia, followed by India, Brazil, Vietnam, and Ukraine. What’s more, the 17.2 million rps alone accounted for 68% of the average rps rate of legitimate HTTP traffic processed by Cloudflare in Q2 2021, which is at 25 million HTTP rps. making it three times bigger than previously reported HTTP DDoS attacks. Volumetric DDoS attacks are designed to target a specific network with an intention to overwhelm its bandwidth capacity and often utilize reflective amplification techniques to scale their attack and cause as much operational disruption as possible.
- In recent weeks, health professionals, journalists, politicians and pundits across the Western world have in growing numbers openly discussed if not outright advocated harsh, coercive punishments for those who refuse to accept a CVD vaccination. For many, including physicians themselves, it’s a deeply disturbing development. Yet the mainstream media has so far neither challenged the suggestion in any serious way, nor given the large number of medical practitioners steadfastly opposed to the notion a platform of any kind. In an illustrative example of this perturbing phenomenon, a recent Washington Post op-ed by Ruth Marcus declared that “vaccinated patients should be given priority over those who have refused vaccination” – in other words, medical neglect for the unvaccinated.
- Joe Biden has ordered the Justice Department to release the remaining classified documents on the 9/11 terrorist attacks within six months, after families of victims told him he wasn’t welcome to the commemorations. In a statement on Friday, Biden said he had signed an executive order instructing Attorney General Merrick Garland to conduct a ‘declassification review’ of the remaining documents, concerning the FBI investigation into the attacks targeting New York City and Washington, DC on September 11, 2001.
- The Taliban movement is ready to have relations with Washington that serve the interests of both Afghanistan and the United States, and will welcome possible US involvement in the reconstruction of the country, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen declared on 7 September. “Yes, of course, in a new chapter if America wants to have a relation with us, which could be in the interest of both countries and both peoples, and if they want to participate in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, they are welcome”, Shaheen said.
- People across the UK and France spotted a big meteor fireball lighting up the night sky on Sunday. The magnificent view was captured by the people in videos and photos. Astronomer Will Gater reposted the video urging the others who have captured the meteor fireball video to share it via UK Meteor Network. “Such imagery can be invaluable to meteorite researchers & teams,” he tweeted.
- UK fires up old coal power plant as gas prices soar and wind farms have “not generated as much power as normal” to power modern civilization.
- Protonmail’s CEO said it was forced to cooperate with authorities after a Swiss warrant was issued – ProtonMail logging IP information on the account, which was subsequently handed over to French police and an arrest was duly made. French police registered a request for the members details to a Swiss court (home of ProtonMail) aided by Europol – which was approved despite not being subject to French or EU requests. The data was requested as part of a broader investigation into a group of climate activists occupying several apartments and commercial spaces in Paris – one member of the group using jmn18@protonmail. com in online postings. CEO, Andy Yen, said on Monday: “The prosecution in this particular case was very aggressive. Unfortunately, this is a pattern we have increasingly seen in recent years around the world.”
- George Soros, the billionaire investor and founder of the Open Society Foundations, has previously slammed President Xi Jinping, claiming in a Financial Times op-ed that the Chinese president “does not know how markets operate”. Investor George Soros has dubbed the company BlackRock’s push for investments in China a “tragic mistake” that would allegedly lead to clients losing their money, according to the billionaire’s new op-ed in The Wall Street Journal. “Pouring billions of dollars into China now is a tragic mistake”, Soros claimed in the op-ed. “It is likely to lose money for BlackRock’s clients and, more important, will damage the national security interests of the US and other democracies”.
- A group of K-pop fans in China have become the latest victims of a crackdown on celebrity culture. Twenty-two fan accounts have been suspended by Chinese social media site Sina Weibo for what it called “irrational star-chasing behaviour”. They include fans of Korean pop band BTS who crowdfunded on the platform to customise an aeroplane for singer Park Ji-Min’s 26th birthday. Weibo accused one fan account of “illegal fundraising” for the stunt. In a statement, the company said it “firmly opposes such irrational star-chasing behaviour and will deal with it seriously”. It also pledged to “purify” online discussions and “regulate community order” on its platform.
- A cybercriminal known as “sangkanicil” claims to have stolen the personal information of around 7mn Israeli’s, approximately 80% of the population and is offering the data for sale online – without disclosing an asking price. The hacker accessed the details via a website used by municipalities called ‘City4U’ and started leaking details online on Monday to back up claims – including ID cards, driver’s licenses and tax bills.
News Burst 8 September 2021