P!NK and her children featured on the cover of People Magazine’s ‘Beautiful’ Issue

Grammy-winner and all-around bad ass P!nk was revealed as the choice for this year’s cover of People Magazine’s ‘Beautiful’ issue.

The 38-year-old singer, who appears on the cover with her children Willow Sage Hart, 6, and Jameson Moon Hart, 15 months, revealed on a recent appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show that she “laughed out loud” when she found out about the honor. “I immediately turned to whoever was in the room and said, ‘Did you ever think this was as good as it gets?’” she said. “I feel more beautiful [now]” the singer joked, “and I have decided that for the whole week that the magazine is out, no one is allowed to look me directly in the eyes.”

Always outspoken since her debut in 2000, the singer received raves for the speech she gave while accepting the 2017 MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

Discussing a recent conversation she had with her daughter that involved being teased and having a poor body image, P!nk reminded her daughter of her uniqueness. “I said to her, ‘Do you see me growing my hair?’ She said, ‘No, mama.’ I said, ‘Do you see me changing my body?’ ‘No, mama.’ ‘Do you see me changing the way I present myself to the world?’ ‘No, mama.’ ‘Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?’ ‘Yes, Mama.’ ‘OK! So, baby girl. We don’t change. We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl. And we help other people to change so they can see more kinds of beauty.”

P!nk’s next stop on her Beautiful Trauma tour is April 19 at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va.

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End of multiculturalism? Swedes say immigration is top issue ahead of election

Some 20 percent of Swedes listed immigration as the main issue ahead of the country’s elections, followed by healthcare (19 percent), law and order (12 percent) and integration (10 percent).

Since refugees started pouring into Europe in 2015, Sweden has welcomed more asylum seekers than any other European country in relation to its population. Nearly 163,000 people sought asylum in Sweden at the height of the refugee crisis in Europe, according to the national migration agency. Sweden’s finance minister said in December that the influx of migrants had put a tremendous financial and social strain on the country.

“Integration is not working properly. It didn’t work before the autumn of 2015 either, but for me it is obvious that we cannot have a larger asylum reception than we are able to integrate,” Magdalena Andersson told the Dagens Nyheter.

As a result of the country’s controversial open-door migrant policy, Swedish politicians have found themselves battling to win the support of a growing number of anti-immigration voters.

Sweden’s ruling Social Democrats announced in January that it would court 350,000 undecided voters wavering between them and the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats with the slogan of “Better welfare, law and order, and faster integration.”

“There is a desire among voters for someone to take control over the way society is developing,” John Zanchi, the party’s election chief, said after unveiling the new strategy.

Restrictions imposed after the initial wave of refugees in 2015 resulted in less than 30,000 people coming to Sweden the following year, with even smaller numbers in 2017.

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Trump officials issue warnings after Syria strike

After the U.S. and its allies launched strikes on Syria, UN Ambassador Haley warned that the U.S. is prepared to respond again, while Vice President Pence said Russia is “on the wrong side of history.”

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Health Ranger lawyers issue demand to YouTube: Show justification for termination or reinstate video channel

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(Natural News) In the most egregious demonstration yet of outright tyranny and oppression of free speech, YouTube terminated the entire Health Ranger channel(“TheHealthRanger”) without explanation over a week ago. Since then, the internet has expressed increasing outrage toward YouTube for blatant censorship of a channel with over 350,000 subscribers, 1700+ videos and over a decade of video content covering natural medicine, home gardening, laboratory science and liberty podcasts.

The blatant censorship purge being carried out by tech gatekeepers like Google, YouTube and Facebook can only be called “techno-fascism,” and it’s rooted in radical left-wing ideology that has disturbingly morphed into an intolerance cult of totalitarian nut jobs. These people believe that censoring all political opponents is a “victory” for their twisted ideology, and they have now weaponized their power to censor into a campaign of oppression that’s so dangerous, even the creator of the World Wide Web is now calling for the tech giants to be urgently regulated to protect free speech.

“What was once a rich selection of blogs and websites has been compressed under the powerful weight of a few dominant platforms,” warned Tim Berners-Lee in this Web Foundation post. “This concentration of power creates a new set of gatekeepers, allowing a handful of platforms to control which ideas and opinions are seen and shared.”

“What’s more, the fact that power is concentrated among so few companies has made it possible to weaponise the web at scale,” Lee added. He’s referring to the tendency for concentrated power to be exploited and abused by those who wield it. Today, Google, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter pose a very real danger to democracy and freedom, and they are selectively targeting independent media voices for termination or suppression.

Watch Ben Swann explain it, if they don’t ban his video by the time you read this:

Health Ranger lawyers demand answers from YouTube

Today, my legal team has issued a demand letter to YouTube, seeking justification for why the channel was banned and demanding the channel be restored. When YouTube terminates your channel and memory holes all your videos, they provide no evidence whatsoever to justify their decision. They don’t name a video that was in violation, and they have no process for appealing the decision or defending yourself against false accusations.

YouTube’s censorship process is the very definition of techno-tyranny: You’re deemed guilty merely by being accused, even without a shred of actual evidence against you. That’s why we’ve demanded that YouTube present evidence of a violation of their community guidelines. Because, truth be told, no such evidence exists. YouTube fakedthe “violations” accusation in order to terminate my video channel for political reasons alone.

This is exactly what Google did over a year ago to blacklist the NaturalNews.com domainfrom the Google index for six days. They fabricated a completely fake technical reason, then deleted the entire Natural News website. Six days later, the site was turned back on, without explanation. Never in this entire process did Google provide a single shred of evidence of any technical violation having occurred. In fact, thousands of webmasters reviewed the Natural News website during that dust-up, and there wasn’t a single webmaster who could locate any technical violation that would have justified Google’s blatant censorship of the NaturalNews.com domain.

That’s why it’s no surprise that YouTube — owned by Google — pulled the same shenanigans a week ago, terminating The Health Ranger channel utterly without justification or rational explanation. A close review of Health Ranger content — now available at this Vimeo channel — reveals no violation whatsoever of legitimate community guidelines. My videos contained near-zero profanity, for example, and criticism against individuals was focused on public figures such as Al Gore, Joe Biden, Jimmy Kimmel or Hillary Clinton.

Health Ranger channel banned for claiming “there are only two genders?”

In the last few days, I was told by an individual who claimed to be a YouTube insider that my channel was terminated because I claimed there were only two genders.

It wasn’t the politics or liberty-oriented content that resulted in a termination, I was told: It was my unwillingness to bow down and lick the boots of the LGBT mafia, which has increasingly become a totalitarian mob of thought police and victimology experts who are now trying to memory hole genetic science and biological reality.

Any person who claims that children are born as either male or female — rather than the “undecided” status the LGBT cultists demand — is deemed an intolerant bigot. Yes, merely quoting biological reality is now enough to make you an enemy of the deranged, lunatic Left (which now saturates the twisted culture of YouTube and Google).

To fully grasp the insanity of the LGBT mafia’s demands for irrational conformity, imagine if there were a group of “anti-gravity” cultists who targeted you to be silenced if you dared mention that you believe in gravity. The sheer delusion of the LGBT nut jobs and their make believe “infinite genders” quackery is laughable to any legitimate scientist or biologist, yet these delusions have now become required “confessions” in order to maintain your right to speak online. In other words, to have any voice at all on YouTube, Facebook, Google or Twitter, you are now required to state outrageously false things, like believing that XX / XY chromosomes don’t control gender expression, or that human babies are born “gender-less,” requiring their gender to be arbitrarily “assigned” after they are born. (Yes, this lunacy is literally what the Left now believes… it’s beyond crazy…)

These ideas are sheer lunacy. They are blatantly, obviously false and self-contradictory. But they are pushed in such dangerous fashion that failing to publicly embrace these delusions can get you fired from your job, denied entrance into a college or censored on YouTube.

The Left has devolved into a cult of deranged lunatics who demand you “confess” to insane, false beliefs

This is what the Left has come to: A delusional, tyrannical cult of lunatics who invent new delusions each week while requiring you to progressively accept and profess your conformity to each one, even as they become increasingly bizarre. This week, you’re told that human babies are born as gender-less beings… next week, you’ll be told that all white people must be executed for “social justice” (or that all cops are evil and should be killed on sight). Before long, the insane Left will be insisting that sex between a man and a woman is an unnatural, evil thing, and they will fill all the men’s restrooms with tampon dispensing machines while celebrating man-boy pedophilia because “love wins.”

Once you abandon reason and detach your worldview from biological reality, you can be swept down the rabbit hole to believe any insanity that’s put in front of you alongside socially-enforced demands for conformity and obedience. It won’t be long before lunatic Leftists demand the elimination of all mathematics, philosophy and science from public education, citing the “white privilege racism” of history’s philosophers and scientists. In place of the hard sciences, universities and public schools will teach “social justice,” victimhood and left-wing “language conformity,” which is a collision of libtard lunacy and desperate virtue signaling gender-loony pronouns. Soon, you won’t even be able to talk to a leftist because they will have destroyed the meaning of words, language and rationality itself. Leftism will descend into a cesspool of conforming gender-babble and spontaneous victimhood posturing spouted by snowflake crybullies who claim the right to murder anyone with whom they disagree. This, they call “utopia.”

Even right now, college campuses across America have become sewers of deranged “social justice” indoctrination that utterly lack any basis in law, reason or rationality. Colleges have descended into what are essentially domestic terrorism training camps for Antifa activists who quite literally plan to carry out a violent, Stalinesque purge of this nation. They are being taught that committing murder is perfectly acceptable as long as their targets are conservatives, Trump supporters, white people or successful business owners.

YouTube, of course, is aiding and abetting these terrorists by silencing the channels that dare question the runaway lunacy of it all. That’s because YouTube is largely run by the very same lunatics who are building Antifa terrorism groups and planning a “revolution” to overthrow this nation. The inmates are truly running the asylum.

Urgent regulation of tech giants now needed

That’s how YouTube, Google, Facebook and even Twitter have become a clear and present danger to this Republic. It’s also why I believe the offices of these tech companies will be among the very first targets to be occupied and controlled by pro-America forces once the civil war begins (which seems increasingly near with each passing day).

It’s also becoming clear to me that the deranged, lunatic Left has crossed the tipping point into utter lawlessness and the rejection of abiding by any rules at all. This has become abundantly clear in California’s “Sanctuary State” laws that reject federal immigration enforcement and openly seek to protect illegal felons, rapists and murderers from deportation. To the deranged Left, violent illegals are more important and valuable than American citizens, because illegals are granted the instant right to vote in California, which means illegal aliens are literally electing U.S. members of Congress.

Consider the implication of that for a moment and you’ll realize the extreme danger of allowing the lunatic Left to have any power at all. That’s why the tech giants must be urgently regulated to protect the free speech of internet users. The so-called Internet Bill of Rights (IBOR) is gaining momentum, and indications are that President Trump is going to push for new protections that would limit the ability of tech giants to selectively censor people based on the content of their speech.

That’s exactly what needs to happen, of course. If we don’t regulate tech giants and force them to stop their outrageous censorship, we will lose this nation forever, and it will be overrun by a deranged liberal mob of hate-filled lunatics who seek death, destruction, censorship and tyranny over everyone else. The result of that will be, as All News Pipeline warns, “Rivers Of Blood Flowing Through The Streets Of America.”

In fact, that outcome may already be inescapable, as the lunatic Left seems so far beyond reach that the possibility of reinserting Leftists into a law-abiding, democratic society appears to be virtually zero.

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Sensible Solutions For The School Safety & Gun Control Issue That We Never Hear About



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It’s no surprise that the topic of school shootings is on most people’s minds, these shooting sprees have become very common in the USA, so much so that it simply cannot be ignored.

There are many opinions and ideas about what can be done about this very serious issue. Many people think that simply banning guns is the answer, but is that really going to end violent acts towards others?

One post that has received many shares (at the time of writing this it was up to 100,000) is one by Clint Fiore, father to 4 children who has been involved with ‘Rachel’s Challenge’ an anti-violence, anti-bullying school safety organization which was formed after what happened at Columbine High School.

I loved the points Clint raised in his post and I personally think members of Congress need to see this list. Please make sure you read the expanded info section which you can access at the bottom of this post.

Let us know what you think, and if you like it, please share and tweet to members of congress!

Here’s the link to the original post: https://www.facebook.com/clint.fiore/posts/10101395810027708

Message from CE: Here is an article examining the potential ‘false flag’ aspect of this type of  violence.

Defending guns is getting tiresome. The same impossible-to-implement gun-control ideas are trotted out after every shooting with a fixation on the scary object. Few of you on my friends list know I dedicated years of my life right after college to a program born out of Columbine that’s the most effective at reducing school shooting tragedies and that I’ve traveled the country to visit middle schools and high schools in 30+ states speaking as well as doing work to make schools safer.

1) Fatherlessness needs to be addressed. Kids need dads- most shooters don’t have an involved dad. Can we connect boys without fathers to father-figure mentors? This is also a theme in the inner-city, less-publicized, yet more-frequent gun crimes in minority communities.

2) Adults need to be held accountable. The Parkland shooting last week is ‘Exhibit A’ on that. Dozens of adults at the school, local law enforcement agencies, and even the FBI knew about this kid and what he said he was going to do. Another adult, the SRO on duty, could have stopped it while it was happening but never went in. How many adults around this situation will be charged with crimes like negligence or manslaughter for their blatant failures? My guess is zero. How many will lose their jobs? My guess is zero. Nobody does anything because you risk nothing by doing nothing and get in trouble if you take a proactive approach and try to do address things before the blood is spilled. This is up and down our education and law enforcement systems.

3) Boys need safe environments to fight and let out their physical aggression. Young men involved in physically violent sports like football, wrestling, karate, etc. typically do not become mass murderers. I feel like our present culture is trying to take the fight out of our boys, but it’s still hard-wired into them. Where no healthy outlets for this natural aggression exist, unhealthy ones will take their place.

4) The role of pharmaceutical drugs in mass shootings needs to be thoroughly investigated. It’s too common of a theme to be ignored as a potential factor. Too many of our kids are getting drugged up instead of getting the care they really need. Right on the labels of these mood-altering drugs are side effects like “Hallucinations- loss of contact with reality.” and “Suicidal thoughts.” Yet we don’t immediately ask about the prescriptions these kids are on, instead focusing on what kind of gun they used.

5) Training kids to huddle together as stationary targets on the ground, HAS TO STOP. It’s stupid and getting our kids killed in greater numbers during these events. If they can’t get in a secured room separated from the shooter, they need to run or fight, period. Get out the window or tackle the shooter etc are all way better things to teach. There are great programs to better train our kids on how to react to this threat.

6) Empower and encourage teachers and school administrators to have a plan, have the support of the district, and secure their classrooms the way they’re comfortable with. Too many wonderful teachers with hearts of lions for protecting their kids are fearful bringing up their desires to their bosses whom will point to policy and liability concerns over common-sense solutions the teacher needs and wants. Teachers, if you don’t get the support you need, do what you need to do anyways quietly. Damn the system. Keep our kids safe. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer here, but all kinds of things could help like: ways to block/harden doors, weapons (gun or non-gun) to have a fighting chance if a shooter makes it through the door, and additional escape options like rope ladders for 2nd story windows teachers can deploy, etc. We can’t have a cop everywhere and even if we do, there’s no guarantee they won’t be taking their sweet time outside like the Parkland SRO did while your class is in the cross-hairs. Teachers are right there and the first line of defence and they need to think about it and take it seriously and not get in trouble if they do.

7) Finally, and most importantly, we need to improve the culture of our nation and our schools. We need to value human life highly. We need love. We need kindness. We need compassion. We need to look for the kids that are becoming isolated and need help and go help them. We need more than just anger at what’s wrong, we need to celebrate the good stories and champions of kindness. Kids that care for one another don’t kill each other. We need to touch the hearts of kids and train them up in morality and virtue- not just pack their heads full of information.

This is exactly what we focused on when I worked for Rachel’s Challenge, one of the top anti-violence programs in the country, and we saw tons of lives saved by changing the culture of schools from the inside out. (would-be-shooters with kill lists turning themselves in, gang members laying down their colors, suicides planned for that night cancelled, etc.) Invite them to your school as a great way to start this cultural transformation.

Clint Fiore, the author of this post also has now expanded his list with suggestions for action which you can access here: this is highly recommended to read. 

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How They Do It– ‘Criminalizing free speech and free inquiry on the issue of the Holocaust isn’t the way to deal with the past’

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Re: Palestine is definitely a European issue

Think tanks and commentators around the world have analysed and evaluated US President Donald Trump’s decision to accept Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv. Their analysis has been exhaustive, and while roundly condemned by most countries, political observers and Middle East experts, it seems that only extreme right-wing groups have welcomed the controversial decision without question.

Arguably the most thought-provoking seminar on the topic was that hosted in London recently by EuroPal Forum called “Trump’s Jerusalem promise: Time for Europe to lead for peace in the Middle East”. Given that the whole Palestinian crisis was created right here in Europe, it’s only right that the historical errors and injustice should be corrected by Europeans. This time, though, discussions should be held in concert with those in the Arab and Muslim world who have the best interests of the Palestinian people at the heart of their proposals, starting with the Palestinians themselves, who have all too often been spectators while others decide and dictate their future.

Aside from the geopolitical role of Europe in the issue, Palestine has a Mediterranean coastline, as do a host of European countries. Fishermen from all of these lands seek a living from the same sea, but whereas those from Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and Greece can do so with relative ease, the Palestinians risk being shot at, sunk or killed by the Israeli navy, which restricts their access to their own territorial waters.

Read: Eugenics, Palestine and freedom of speech

There would be international outrage if a foreign navy attacked fishing boats from Italy or Croatia as they cast their nets. Yet that is the daily reality for fishermen from Gaza who risk their lives whenever they try to make an honest living. It is long overdue, therefore, for Palestine to be considered a European issue.

The seminar was opened by Dr Daud Abdullah, Director of Middle East Monitor, who asked delegates to examine possible European roles. One of the speakers was international human rights lawyer Toby Cadman, who took an active role in the legal case against Israel’s deadly military assault on a humanitarian flotilla, including the Mavi Marmara, back in 2010.

The flotilla was bound for the Gaza Strip and sailing through the eastern Mediterranean, in international waters, when it was intercepted by Israeli commandos who attacked the passengers in a highly coordinated assault. Nine Turkish civilians were killed on the spot and another succumbed to his wounds later; scores more were seriously wounded.

The attack was a crime under international law, noted Cadman at the time. However, to date, Tel Aviv has never been held accountable by the international community. Had a similar attack been carried out in French, Spanish or Greek territorial waters, a trial of some sort would almost certainly have been done and dusted by now. When the victims are Palestinians, or citizens of states standing in solidarity with them, their status as the Other is made all too obvious; indeed, Palestinian lives do not matter as much as Europeans’.

Read: Western feminists should support their sisters in Palestine, because they’re worth it

In a world becoming increasingly obsessed with equality and gender balance – and rightly so – it is appalling that the Palestinians are neither featured in campaigns nor treated equally. The apartheid system run within Israel and by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories is apparently accepted as being both necessary and the norm by Western governments and public perceptions.

Israel flouted international law in the flotilla attack and ended up paying out millions in compensation to Turkey which was not prepared to sit by silently and so acted on behalf of the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla”, the collective name for the ships collected together by six organisations. The flotilla was a multinational coalition of the Free Gaza Movement, the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights, Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), the European Campaign to end the siege of Gaza, Ship to Gaza-Greece, Ship to Gaza-Sweden, and the International Committee to end the siege of Gaza.

Gazans show solidarity with the Freedom Flotilla III by making sand sculptures. [file photo]

It is a pity that the legal proceedings in the Turkish courts were not allowed to take their full course. While Turkey adopted a pragmatic approach to the Israeli war crimes, justice has still not been served on the Zionist State which continues to violate international law with apparent impunity. Once again, the right for justice has been denied to the Palestinians who stood to benefit if the flotilla had been allowed to reach its destination.

At the EuroPal seminar, the Middle East peace talks were addressed by Dr Ghada Karmi, a Palestinian academic and writer who pointed out that the US is not an independent broker in the process. She suggested that the EU could play a role in this acceptable to both sides. Professor Kamel Hawwash from Birmingham University noted the importance of Europe’s rejection of Trump’s announcement about Jerusalem, but added that as it stands today the Palestinians are regarded as the weakest party.

The chair of EuroPal Forum, Zaher Birawi, said that it is time for the Palestinians to “think outside the fruitless negotiation box.” They must, he added, prepare to deal with Israel as an occupying state, which international law gives them the right to resist in order to restore their national rights.

Read: UK university accused of ‘whitewashing’ Israel apartheid

All of these speakers gave commendable arguments about the importance of Europe in the Palestine-Israel issue, but they all missed the point that the geography of the territory in question has shared characteristics with Europe. I believe that this makes the Palestinians and their issue very much a European issue.

Westerners with donor fatigue tend to lump the Middle East into a homogenous mass; politically it was, of course, before European colonialists drew lines in the sand 100 years ago and installed Arab despots in the newly-created capital cities. If they consider the role of Europe in the creation of the Palestinian crisis, and its proximity to European territory, perhaps those in the West might see the conflict in a very different light.

This strategic shift has been utilised very effectively by the Israelis and their supporters in Western capitals and media. The Palestinians have been “Othered” in the process. However, if Israel can be regarded as European when it comes to cultural and sporting events like the Eurovision Song Contest and football World Cup and European Championships, then why can’t Palestinians and their cause? Once that is taken on board – and logically it shouldn’t be difficult – then the next step has to be the EU stepping in as an honest broker and trying to right the undoubted wrongs that have been inflicted upon Palestine and its people.

It is not written in stone anywhere that the US has to have a monopoly on the peace process. Europe must stand up and be counted, and insist on taking over now that US duplicity has been exposed for all to see. Anything less, and the injustice looks set to continue for years to come.



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Police issue warning about drugs cut with 'Rizzy' after man's skin is eaten away

Police in Alliance, Ohio, issued a warning to other law enforcement officials after a man’s skin was eaten away when he allegedly injected heroin tainted with a substance called “Rizzy” into his arms, according to WEWS.

Narcotics officers who arrested the unnamed 25-year-old man last week said they immediately noticed his horrific injuries. WEWS reports that the man’s forearm skin was blackened and peeling, and some of his flesh had been completely eaten away.

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The man told officers that he bought heroin laced with Rizzy powder and injected it into his arms, which is believed to have caused the severe injuries.

According to a website that retails Rizzy powder, the substance is allegedly meant to be added to floral arrangements to dye flower pedals different colors.

“Rizzy powder is a Flower centerpiece maker,” the site reads. “For white flower centerpiece add 1/2 teaspoon to water in vase. Cut the end off of a flower so that it has a fresh surface. Allow several hours for Rizzy to be incorporated into the petals of the flower. Place a black-light behind the flower to add effect.”

The retailer also includes the following disclaimer:  “TOXIC! Do not ingest. Keep out of reach of children. Call Doctor immediately if ingested.”

Alliance Police Sergeant Michael Yarian told WEWS that he fears Rizzy-tainted heroin could become the latest dangerous drug trend.

“It’s very, very disturbing,” Sergeant Yarian said. “It’s so new that we’re not even sure what all the dangers are yet.”

While police are trying to figure out where the man obtained the tainted heroin, Sergeant Yarian issued a staunch warning in light of the disturbing case.

“If you see something that you don’t recognize or you don’t know what it is, do not touch it because it could be deadly,” he said. 

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New Intel AMT Security Issue Lets Hackers Gain Full Control of Laptops in 30 Seconds

It’s been a terrible new-year-starting for Intel.

Researchers warn of a new attack which can be carried out in less than 30 seconds and potentially affects millions of laptops globally.

As Intel was rushing to roll out patches for Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, security researchers have discovered a new critical security flaw in Intel hardware that could allow hackers to access corporate laptops remotely.

Finnish cyber security firm F-Secure reported unsafe and misleading default behaviour within Intel Active Management Technology (AMT) that could allow an attacker to bypass login processes and take complete control over a user’s device in less than 30 seconds.

AMT is a feature that comes with Intel-based chipsets to enhance the ability of IT administrators and managed service providers for better controlling their device fleets, allowing them to remotely manage and repair PCs, workstations, and servers in their organisation.

The bug allows anyone with physical access to the affected laptop to bypass the need to enter login credentials—including user, BIOS and BitLocker passwords and TPM pin codes—enabling remote administration for post-exploitation.

In general, setting a BIOS password prevents an unauthorised user from booting up the device or making changes to the boot-up process. But this is not the case here.

The password doesn’t prevent unauthorised access to the AMT BIOS extension, thus allowing attackers access to configure AMT and making remote exploitation possible.

Although researchers have discovered some severe AMT vulnerabilities in the past, the recently discovered issue is of particular concern because it is:

  • easy to exploit without a single line of code,
  • affects most Intel corporate laptops, and
  • could enable attackers to gain remote access to the affected system for later exploitation.

“The attack is almost deceptively simple to enact, but it has incredible destructive potential,” said F-Secure senior security researcher Harry Sintonen, who discovered the issue in July last year.

“In practice, it can give a local attacker complete control over an individual’s work laptop, despite even the most extensive security measures.”

According to the researchers, the newly discovered bug has nothing to do with the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities recently found in the microchips used in almost all PCs, laptops, smartphones and tablets today.

Here’s How to Exploit this AMT Issue

To exploit this issue, all an attacker with physical access to a password (login and BIOS) protected machine needs to do is reboot or power-up the targeted PC and press CTRL-P during boot-up, as demonstrated by researchers at F-Secure in the above video.

The attacker then can log into Intel Management Engine BIOS Extension (MEBx) with a default password.

Here, the default password for MEBx is “admin,” which most likely remains unchanged on most corporate laptops.

Once logged in, the attacker can then change the default password and enable remote access, and even set AMT’s user opt-in to “None.”

Now, since the attacker has backdoored the machine efficiently, he/she can access the system remotely by connecting to the same wireless or wired network as the victim.

Although exploiting the issue requires physical access, Sintonen explained that the speed and time at which it can be carried out makes it easily exploitable, adding that even one minute of a distraction of a target from its laptop is enough to do the damage.

Attackers have identified and located a target they wish to exploit. They approach the target in a public place—an airport, a café or a hotel lobby—and engage in an ‘evil maid’ scenario,” Sintonen says.

Essentially, one attacker distracts the mark, while the other briefly gains access to his or her laptop. The attack doesn’t require a lot of time—the whole operation can take well under a minute to complete.

Along with CERT-Coordination Center in the United States, F-Secure has notified Intel and all relevant device manufacturers about the security issue and urged them to address it urgently.

Meanwhile, users and IT administrators in an organisation are recommended to change the default AMT password of their device to a strong one or disable AMT if this option is available, and never leave their laptop or PC unattended in a public place.

Source Article from https://thehackernews.com/2018/01/intel-amt-vulnerability.html