cybersecurity, SMS, text hacking, flaw
The author writes, “While I was on a Google Hangouts call with a colleague, the hacker sent me screenshots of my Bumble and Postmates accounts, which he had broken into. Then he showed he had received texts that were meant for me. ... The hacker used a service by a company called Sakari, which helps businesses do SMS marketing and mass messaging, to reroute my messages to him.” Photo credit: Wade Morgan / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Diplomats Warned of Coronavirus Experiments in a Wuhan Lab ; Officers Who Danced at a BLM Rally Stormed the Capitol ; and More Picks

In 2018, Diplomats Warned of Risky Coronavirus Experiments in a Wuhan Lab. No One Listened. (Dana)

From Politico: “The original Chinese government story, that the pandemic spread from a seafood market in Wuhan, was the first and therefore most widely accepted theory. … In the spring of 2020, inside the U.S. government, some officials began to see and collect evidence of a different, perhaps more troubling theory — that the outbreak had a connection to one of the laboratories in Wuhan, among them the [Wuhan Institute of Virology], a world leading center of research on bat coronaviruses.”

The Officers Danced at a Black Lives Matter Rally. Then They Stormed the Capitol. (Dan)

The author writes, “One sunny day last spring, Bridgette Craighead was dancing the Electric Slide with three police officers in the grass next to the farmers’ market. It was the first Black Lives Matter protest this rural Virginia county had ever had, and Ms. Craighead, a 29-year-old hairdresser, had organized it. She had not known what to expect. But when the officers arrived, they were friendly. … This, she thought, was the best of America. Police officers and Black Lives Matter activists laughing and dancing together. They were proving that, in some small way, their Southern county with its painful past was changing. … She did not see the officers around Rocky Mount much after that. But in early January, someone sent her a photograph.” 

They Escaped New York During the Pandemic. Make Them Pay. (Russ)

The author writes, “First things first: City Hall should immediately move to enforce a resettlement tax on all returning New Yorkers. The levy will be determined at the very moment they touch down at J.F.K., determined by both their income level and how flagrant their desertion was. (If an exile spent the entirety of the pandemic on the crystal waters between Monaco and Sardinia, they can expect to pay up.)”

How Norway Is Offering Drug-Free Treatment to People With Psychosis (Mili)

The author writes, “Most people with psychosis take powerful drugs to keep delusions and hallucinations at bay — but the side-effects can be severe. In Norway, a radical approach is now on offer via the national health system for patients who want to live drug-free.”

Thanks to Meghan, Business Is Booming at Humphrey Yogart (Reader Steve)

From the Los Angeles Times: “Few customers trickle into frozen yogurt shop Humphrey Yogart on a rainy Wednesday afternoon in Sherman Oaks [CA]. But don’t let the bad-weather foot traffic fool you — the creamery has seen a major spike in attention and sales since Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, name-checked it during her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.”


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