The BLM Movement Comes to Essential Workers ; Rural Oregon Feeling Overwhelmed by Coronavirus ; and More Picks 7/20

Iranian State Hackers Caught With Their Pants Down in Intercepted Videos (Mili)

The author writes, “Iranian state hackers got caught with their pants down recently when researchers uncovered more than 40GB of data, including training videos showing how operatives hack adversaries’ online accounts and then cover their tracks. The operatives belonged to ITG18, a hacking group that overlaps with another outfit alternatively known as Charming Kitten and Phosphorous, which researchers believe also works on behalf of the Iranian government. The affiliation has long targeted US presidential campaigns and US government officials.”

The World’s Most Technologically Sophisticated Genocide Is Happening in Xinjiang (Bethany)

The authors write, “Two recent disturbing events may finally awaken the world to the scale and horror of the atrocities being committed against the Uighurs, a mostly secular Muslim ethnic minority, in Xinjiang, China. One is an authoritative report documenting the systematic sterilization of Uighur women. The other was the seizure by U.S. Customs and Border Protection of 13 tons of products made from human hair suspected of being forcibly removed from Uighurs imprisoned in concentration camps.”

Strike for Black Lives: The BLM Movement Comes to Essential Workers (Chris C.)

The author writes, “Striking workers are [demanding] that corporations … raise wages, allow workers to form unions, offer child care support, and provide health care and sick leave.”

Evidence Shows Portland Police Working With Federal Officers at Protests (Reader Steve)

From the Oregonian: “Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has repeatedly said the police force he oversees does not want or need the help of federal officers during nightly protests downtown. But hours after Wheeler’s most recent public plea for federal agents to leave, Portland police advanced on protesters in a coordinated effort with federal officers.”

Rural Oregon Feeling Overwhelmed by Coronavirus: ‘We Really Need Help’ (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “In Umatilla County … the rate of people testing positive for COVID-19 is about 16%. That’s a measure of how widespread the disease is in the community, and the World Health Organization recommends it stay below 5%.”

How to Make Coronavirus Masks That Everyone Will Want to Wear (Mili) 

The author writes, “Is there such a thing as an effective mask that everyone will want to wear? National Geographic contacted engineers, physicists, psychologists, and fashion designers to find out.”