Action Copied and Removed Web Shells that Provided Backdoor Access to Servers, but Additional Steps may be Required to Patch Exchange Server Software and to Expel Hackers from the Victims’ Networks.

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department has initiated a court-authorized operation to copy and remove malicious web shells from hundreds of vulnerable computers in the United States running on-premises versions of Microsoft Exchange Server software used to provide enterprise-level e-mail service.

Through January and February 2021, certain hacking groups exploited zero-day vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Server software to access e-mail accounts and place web shells (which are pieces of code or scripts that enable remote administration) for continued access. Other hacking groups followed suit starting in early March after the vulnerability and patch were publicized. Although many infected system owners successfully removed the web shells from thousands of computers, others appeared unable to do so, and hundreds of such web shells persisted unmitigated.   more...
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has upheld the Federal Trade Commission’s determination that Impax Laboratories, LLC engaged in an illegal pay-for-delay, or “reverse payment,” settlement to block consumers’ access to a lower-cost generic version of Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s branded extended-release opioid pain reliever Opana ER. Under the settlement, Impax agreed to stay out of the market for two-and-a-half years in exchange for a substantial and unjustified payment from Endo.

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PHOENIX -- Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and federal officials for violating the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) over destructive immigration policies. The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is asking the U.S. District Court in Arizona to void the decisions to stop border wall construction and the “Remain in Mexico” policy until the federal government complies with its obligations under NEPA.

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Looking for a florist?

Perhaps you're not sure whom you should use when the need arises to send flowers for that special occasion.

After receiving several warnings and complaints about JustFlowers.com, an online florist company, we decided to put them to the test. A call was made to their 800 number by a member of our staff while also perusing their online site. A female voice offered assistance. Our staff member then suggested that the site offered a number of choices and it would perhaps be best to find the preferred choice and then call back with the selection. The JustFlowers.com representative stated she would wait.

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PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich is leading a coalition of 11 states seeking to intervene in a lawsuit challenging a federal immigration policy that ensures noncitizens can financially support themselves in order to become lawful U.S. citizens or obtain green cards. The coalition filed a motion to intervene in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the lawsuit regarding the “Public Charge Rule,” after the Biden Administration abandoned the defense of the law at the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). If granted, this motion will allow the states to petition SCOTUS to accept review of the case again.

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BY MASOOMA HAQ

On March 3, the Democrat-led House passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021, which was introduced by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.). The election reform package, if passed by the Senate, would transfer authority over how elections are administered from states to the federal government, subject private citizens to intimidation and harassment for their private and political beliefs, and make permanent many voting rules that opponents say lead to voter fraud.

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