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AG Commissioner Nikki Fried (Dem) asks DeSantis to issue stay-at-home order for FL

Florida's Agriculture Commissioner is asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to implement a stay-at-home order in response to the increase of COVID-19 cases in the state.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried asked DeSantis to think about implementing the order that falls in line with decisions that California, New York and Illinois have already made.

"Shutting down one of the nation's largest states is a decision that will have an economic impact – but it is a decision that will save lives," Fried said.

Fried said that Florida, the nation's third-most populous state, is a week behind California's increase in COVID-19 cases.

Love that she’s stepping up but this needs to be every state

We’re on our own. It’s up to all governors to collaborate to Shelter-in-Place simultaneously & for weeks


"There's a quote that I keep hearing...that this is a crisis that's going to be locally managed, state run & federally supported," Scarborough said.

Immigration Courts Telling Employees to Come to Work-Ignoring Health Risks & Local Shelter-in-Place

On Tuesday night — over a day after several Bay Area counties issued shelter-in-place orders barring most people from leaving their homes — the San Francisco immigration court sent an email to staff: Hearings were being postponed nationwide for most immigrants, so the court would be closed starting Wednesday. (The text of the email was provided to ProPublica.)

On Wednesday, however, employees were directed to get onto a conference call, according to two participants. There they were told the Tuesday night email was wrong. The court wasn’t closed. They would have to come into the office — or use their vacation time to stay home. When staff asked about the shelter-in-place orders, the response was that the Department of Justice, which runs immigration courts, took the position that those were local laws and didn’t apply to federal employees.

The Trump administration has reduced immigration court operations in the past week, by postponing hearings for non-detained immigrants and closing a handful of courts to the public. Those actions came after the unions representing immigration prosecutors and judges issued a rare public call for courts to close.

The reduced court operations came after weeks of employees raising concerns privately and, they say, receiving few and unhelpful answers. And because the closures are determined solely by whether a court is hearing cases of detained immigrants, rather than by the level of health peril, employees still feel they’re putting their health at risk every time they come into the office as instructed.

Gotta protect that border. That wall would surely stop a virus right?

Hackers breach FSB contractor and leak details about IoT hacking project

Digital Revolution hacker group leaks details about "Fronton" an IoT botnet a contractor was allegedly building for the FSB, Russia's intelligence agency.
According to screenshots shared by the hacker group, which ZDNet asked security researchers to analyze, and based on BBC Russia's report from earlier this week, we believe the Fronton project describes the basics of building an IoT botnet.


Based on file timestamps, the project appears to have been put together in 2017 and 2018. The documents heavily reference and take inspiration from Mirai, an IoT malware strain that was used to build a massive IoT botnet in late 2016, which was then used to launch devastating DDoS attacks against a wide range of targets, from ISPs to core internet service providers.

The documents propose building a similar IoT botnet to be made available to the FSB. Per the specs, the Fronton botnet would be able to carry out password dictionary attacks against IoT devices that are still using factory default logins and common username-password combinations. Once a password attack was successful, the device would be enslaved in the botnet.

Fronton specs say the botnet should specifically target internet security cameras and digital recorders (NVRs), which they deem ideal for carrying out DDoS attacks.

Well, well, well.

Much more at the link

Dear gawd. Shut. It. Down! All of it! (3 TSA agents at Orlando airport have now tested positive)

well, other than hospitals, supply delivery trucks, grocers, etc

2nd *and* 3rd positive cases at TSA at Orlando International Airport confirmed today.

*3* TSA agents have now tested positive at one of the busiest airports in the country.

Nationwide Shelter-in-Place is now 6-8 weeks overdue!

Beyond maddening!!

Timing of his last day is horrendous!

According to officials, the worker's last day was March 16 at the east checkpoint between the hours of 4 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Disney World and Universal closed on the night of the 15th. The airport was jammed with people heading back home

L.A. County gives up on containing coronavirus, tells doctors to skip testing of some patients


The nation’s second-largest municipal health system has told its staff that it is essentially abandoning hope of containing the coronavirus outbreak and instructed doctors not to bother testing symptomatic patients if a positive result won’t change how they would be treated.

The guidance, sent by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services to its doctors on Thursday, was prompted by a crush of patients and shortage of tests, and could make it difficult to ever know precisely how many people in L.A. County contracted the virus.

The department “is shifting from a strategy of case containment to slowing disease transmission and averting excess morbidity and mortality,” according to the letter. Doctors should test symptomatic patients only when “a diagnostic result will change clinical management or inform public health response.”

The guidance sets in writing what has been a reality all along. The shortage of tests nationwide has meant that many patients suspected of having COVID-19 have not had the diagnosis confirmed by a laboratory.

I guess for practical purposes it makes sense but it's still saddening and maddening!

"Anyone who wants a test can get a test"

Perspective...remember how anxious Twitler was re: e-cig/vaping deaths (6)?


But yet Covid-19 has killed 235 Americans in less than 2 months and he still acts like it's an annoyance to *his* stock market numbers and *his* approval ratings.

President Ego can't handle the truth because he's never had to actually be responsible about anything....ever!

OH! This has to stick in his craw, bigly! CrowdStrike stock price surging on work-from-home surge

CrowdStrike stock surges as platform feels right at home in a coronavirus work-from-home world
CrowdStrike Holdings Inc.’s stock soared Friday after the cybersecurity company demonstrated in its quarterly results and outlook that it’s well-positioned for the new realities of a work-from-home world still reeling from the spread of COVID-19.

CrowdStrike CRWD, +17.41% shares soared nearly 25% Friday to hit an intraday high of $51.97, and closed up more than 17% at $49.01. Shares are up 24% for the week, but are down 1.7% for the year.


On the analyst call late Thursday, CrowdStrike co-founder and Chief Executive George Kurtz confirmed that the company has taken share from Symantec’s enterprise security business following its recent acquisition by Broadcom Inc. AVGO, +0.53%.

“Second, the architecture of its solutions being cloud first with the ability to implement without the need for a host (laptop, server, virtual cloud server, etc.) or needing to reboot is key given the need to implement these solutions remotely,” Auty said. “Third, cybersecurity spending is resilient even in tough economic times as bad actors look to exploit any situation that they can.”

Wanna see what "under tremendous control" looks like?


Facebook down apparently. Updating their post removal algorithms??

Kentucky church held service against governor's warning. Visitor now has coronavirus.


Kentucky governor Andy Beshear urged last week for church services to be canceled statewide amid the coronavirus pandemic. A church in Murray went against the suggestion, and a visitor at Sunday’s service has now tested positive for COVID-19.

University Church of Christ in Murray advised its congregation, which included around 150 people Sunday, to self-quarantine for the next 10 days, it said in a since-deleted Facebook post. The person diagnosed with coronavirus is not from Murray, the church said.

Friday, the Calloway County Health Department announced it has its first coronavirus case in the county, which Murray is a part of.

The person who was diagnosed in Calloway County spent time with the church visitor, according to WPSD-TV. The infected woman works at Murray-Calloway County Hospital, the TV station reported.

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