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Lateral Movement with Infection Monkey

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[Autogenerated] hello, Welcome to plural site and this course in the Red Team Tool series featuring infection monkey, the open source lateral movement and network discovery tool. Built by Kartik, or Infection Monkey is a tool used by ___________ testers, ethical hackers and sock teams to test week configurations and vulnerable network paths, which could be exploited for lateral movement as well as privilege, escalation, credential access and network discovery. The monkey finds vulnerable network pads and host with a self propagating payload, using built in exploits to discover and traverse networks. The monkey is also one of the few tools currently in existence, which evaluates not only against miter attack tactics but also the zero trust framework. So come join me as we discover the uses for infection monkey and set our own monkey loose to compromise a network of vulnerable hosts.

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Monkey escapes enclosure at Fota wildlife park

A monkey escaped its enclosure at Fota Island Wildlife Park in Cork earlier today.

Patrons were stopped moving through the park as zookeepers chased the run away animal in golf carts.

However the bolting monkey ran through groups of visitors to get away.

In a statement from Fota Wildlife Park, they named the animal who escaped and also said the monkey was returned to its habitat:


“Today, Tuesday 11th August, one of our residents, a male Roloway monkey, Valentino, made a brief escape from his habitat here at Fota Wildlife Park.

“Our escape protocols and procedures were immediately implemented by Fota Wildlife Park’s animal ranger team.

“Valentino was continually under observation by the animal rangers and was quickly coaxed into a secure holding pen and returned safely to his island habitat. At no time was he in danger, or a threat to any visitors or members of the public.

“The Roloway species is extremely rare, even more so than any ape species. It is one of the most critically endangered primates in Africa.

“The Roloway is indigenous to sections of Ghana and the Ivory Coast and is an imposing-looking animal with a black coloured body and a chest and throat of white fur including a distinctive white goat-like beard and bright white fur on the brow-line.

“Fota Wildlife Park are constantly reviewing their animal welfare policies so that they can continue to improve our animals and visitors’ experiences and ensure that the animals who live here can continue to thrive.”

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Rascal monkey Valentino escapes enclosure in Fota Wildlife Park in Cork

A monkey escaped its enclosure in Fota Wildlife Park in Cork this afternoon.

The male roloway monkey who is named Valentino made a dash for it around 4.30pm.

Animal management scampered after the marauding mammal who was last seen hanging around the exit to the popular park.

Visitors were prevented from leaving the park as bosses sealed off all exits, while other staff attempted to give chase in golf carts armed with large nets.

The monkey escaped from it moat-surrounded enclosure before running through a crowd.

A bystander, who has now left the park, described the scene as “insane” to Cork Beo.

The roloway is an endangered species native to tropical West Africa.

It’s currently classified as Critically Endangered due to habitat loss and continued hunting for the bushmeat trade.

There are only about 300 roloway monkeys left in the wild (301 earlier today), and 36 individuals living in captivity.

We have since heard it through the ape-vine that the monkey is safely back in its enclosure.

Fota Wildlife Park told The Irish Daily Mirror: “Today one of our residents, a male roloway monkey, Valentino, made a brief escape from his habitat here at Fota Wildlife Park. Our escape protocols and procedures were immediately implemented by Fota Wildlife Park’s animal ranger team. 

“Valentino was continually under observation by the animal rangers and was quickly coaxed into a secure holding pen and returned safely to his island habitat.

“At no time was he in danger, or a threat to any visitors or members of the public.

“The Roloway species is extremely rare, even more so than any ape species. It is one of the most critically endangered primates in Africa. 

“The Roloway is indigenous to sections of Ghana and the Ivory Coast and is an imposing-looking animal with a black coloured body and a chest and throat of white fur including a distinctive white goat-like beard and bright white fur on the brow-line.

“Fota Wildlife Park are constantly reviewing their animal welfare policies so that they can continue to improve our animals and visitors’ experiences and ensure that the animals who live here can continue to thrive.

“Separately, the park has sealed off an area near the train station after a significant burst in a water main which may disrupt supply to Cobh this evening.”

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Celebrate Women’s Month with Monkey Shoulder Whisky!

In today’s world whisky has always been associated with men, an old traditional drink which has some backstory of grandpa and how the drink was enjoyed from generation to generation.

To set the record straight, a fact that remains, is that women love whisky too.

Monkey Shoulder whisky speaks to every generation, the bold, creative and playful male and female. It is a whisky made for mixing, so why not mix people from all genres of life to enjoy this time old favourite. With its vanilla notes and fruity aromas, this blend of malt whisky speaks to the taste buds of those committed to the unconventional with a playful attitude. Monkey Shoulder brings scotch to the new generation of whisky drinkers.

Studies have shown that women have more sensitive palates and have more taste buds on their tongues than men. Furthermore, 35% of women can taste more intensely than men, which makes a female a super taster.

The new generation of women love whisky and Monkey Shoulder’s Rob Roy cocktail recipe is the perfect way to celebrate National Women’s Day. A day created to celebrate femininity, independence and all things women, so as a supertaster what better way than a delicious cocktail to enjoy and toast to yourself.

The Rob Roy! 

The Rob Roy is a good way to spruce up Monkey Shoulder Whisky. It has the look of a Manhattan with the taste of this whisky blend.

Ingredients

  • 50ml Monkey Shoulder Whisky
  • 25ml Sweet Vermouth
  • 3 dashes of angostura bitters
  • Orange Zest

Preperation

  1. Combine Monkey Shoulder, vermouth and Angostura bitters
  2. Stir cocktail over ice until very cold
  3. Strain into Chilled Martini or Coupette Glass
  4. Garnish with orange zest twist

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No more monkey business: Liverpool sever relationship with coconut milk sponsor after allegations of MONKEY slave labor

Premier League champions Liverpool have ended sponsorship ties with coconut milk producer Chaokoh after animal cruelty allegations emerged which suggest that they use monkey slave labor to harvest the fruit.

The club’s partnership with the Thai-based business ended in July and Liverpool opted to not continue the partnership, which comes amid a campaign by Carrie Symonds – the partner of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson – which had accused Chaokoh of unfair treatment of animals. 

Animal rights watchdog PETA conducted an investigation in Thailand which they say proved that Chaokoh were mistreating monkeys, visiting eight farms and noting evidence that monkeys were being forced to pick coconuts which would then be exported across the world. The group also said that the the monkeys they observed were displaying behavior indicative of being under extreme stress.

They also claimed that the animals were confined in cramped conditions and chained to car tyres to prevent them from escaping, and were tortured by removing teeth if they became unruly. 

These curious, highly intelligent animals are denied psychological stimulation, companionship, freedom, and everything else that would make their lives worth living, all so that they can be used to gather coconuts,” PETA Senior Corporate Liaison Dr Carys Bennett said.

PETA thanks Liverpool FC for its decision to end its association with Chaokoh and calls on the Thai government to take meaningful steps towards ending the vile practice of using monkeys to harvest coconuts.”

However, Liverpool have denied that the decision to not renew their sponsorship deal was based upon the report by PETA, while Chaokoh strenuously denied the allegations against them via a social media post.

In light of the disturbing reports in the news, we’d like to make it clear that both we and our associated parties do not support the use of monkey labour in the harvesting of coconuts,” they said.

As a family business that has exported coconut products for more than 40 years, we are so grateful that so many of you care as deeply about this issue as we do.”

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‘Killing the chicken to scare the monkey’: what Jimmy Lai’s arrest means for Hong Kong’s independent media

The arrest this week of pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai in Hong Kong reveals the repressive reality of the city’s new made-in-China national security law.

It also sends a sharp signal to the remaining independent media in the territory: watch your step, or you could be next.

Lai, his two sons and four top executives of the Next Digital media group were all arrested under the new law. On the same day, police raided the offices of Next’s flagship publication, Apple Daily, deploying over 200 officers to search the premises for almost nine hours.

China imposed the national security law in June, bypassing the local legislature and breaching the principle of non-interference in the city’s governance.

The new law established a comprehensive PRC-style national security regime overriding aspects of Hong Kong’s common law legal system.

The national security law is designed to make dissent all but impossible in Hong Kong, including in the city’s once-freewheeling but gradually diminished independent media.

Jimmy Lai had been an outspoken critic of the government — and knew his arrest was likely. VERNON YUEN/EPA

What the new law means for journalists

Lai and the others were arrested under article 29 of the new law, which criminalises collusion with a foreign country or external elements to endanger national security.

Banned acts include collaborating with a foreign entity to impose sanctions on Hong Kong or China, seriously disrupting the making of laws or policies, or provoking hatred of the government among Hong Kong residents.

Although Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement is a grassroots, homegrown affair, Beijing has sought to portray it as the result of foreign meddling. Hong Kong’s last two leaders, Carrie Lam and CY Leung, both alleged foreign forces were behind the protests that took place during their terms.


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Beijing has already signalled that collusion will be broadly interpreted under the law.

Police have not disclosed the specifics of Lai’s offences, but his July meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is likely to be under the microscope, as is an opinion piece he wrote for The New York Times in May.

Lai’s status as an influential media owner and prominent pro-democracy activist has positioned him in Beijing’s crosshairs. He has been the target of extraordinary vitriol from mainland state media and was arrested by Hong Kong police in February and April on charges of participating in an illegal assembly.

Lai’s case is undoubtedly intended to serve as a warning — “killing the chicken to scare the monkey,“ to borrow a Chinese saying — and an inducement for the city’s journalists to self-censor, lest they fall foul of the new law.

For instance, an editorial calling for Hong Kong’s constitutionally guaranteed autonomy to be preserved could be interpreted by a zealous prosecutor as inciting secession under articles 20 and 21 of the law.

Hong Kong’s protests have dwindled since the new security law came into place this year. Vincent Yu/AP

An uncertain future for independent media

Although self-censorship has long been a concern, Hong Kong has traditionally enjoyed a vibrant free press. In 2002, Reporters Without Borders ranked it 18th in its inaugural World Press Freedom Index.

However, by 2020, the city had plunged to 80th. (China, meanwhile, ranked 177th of 180 countries.) The application of the national security law in Hong Kong will no doubt see the territory’s ranking tumble even further.

Apple Daily’s days appear to be numbered. Similar fates could befall other outspoken independent media, like the crowd-funded Hong Kong Free Press, which launched in 2015 amid rising concerns over declining press freedoms in the city. This was around the same time the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong’s venerable English-language daily, was acquired by the mainland conglomerate Alibaba.


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Over the years, much of Hong Kong’s media has been bought up by China-owned or -affiliated entities, some of which are ultimately controlled Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong. More than half of Hong Kong’s media owners are now members of political bodies on the mainland.

The public broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong has remained editorially independent, but it is under review again, having recently fallen foul of the local regulator for criticising the police handling of pro-democracy protests in a manner that was

irresponsible, and could be regarded as a hate speech with the effect of inciting hatred against the police.

International media still operate in Hong Kong relatively unrestrained, but visa refusals for foreign journalists suggest this is changing.

In recent years, Financial Times editor Victor Mallet’s visa renewal was denied after he chaired a discussion with a pro-independence politician, and New York Times reporter Chris Buckley’s Hong Kong work permit was denied, without any specific reason, months after he was also kicked out of China.

The Times has moved some of its former China- and Hong Kong-based reporters to South Korea and Taiwan in response. However, foreign journalists who engage in critical reporting on China and Hong Kong could be in breach of the national security law regardless of where they are based, as the law applies extraterritorially and to non-Chinese citizens as well as nationals.

Blank Post-it sticky notes have been posted around Hong Kong to protest the breadth of the new national security law. TYRONE SIU/Reuters

Speaking for the party’s will

China’s constitution purports to preserve freedom of expression. It has never met the promise of its terms. In 2016, President Xi Jinping told the country’s press,

all news media run by the party must work to speak for the party’s will and its propositions and protect the party’s authority and unity.

The guarantees of free speech and a free press under Hong Kong’s Basic Law are now on the same trajectory.

It is unlikely the media in Hong Hong will be nationalised to the extent it is on the mainland. Instead, Beijing is deploying a combination of acquisition, co-optation and intimidation to obtain its compliant silence.

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Vertices Partners boss has ‘Shoe Dog’, ‘Chaos Monkey’ on her reading table, says she gains a new perspective from every book

Archana Khosla Burman, Founding Partner, Vertices Partners loves non-fiction and biographies. She has been reading books from that genre. Amongst the ones that are presently placed on her reading table are ‘Hard Thing about Hard Things’ by Ben Horowitz, ‘Chaos Monkeys’ by Antonio Garcia Martinez, ‘Bookless in Baghdad’ by Shashi Tharoor and ‘Shoe Dog‘ by Phil Knight.

“Every book I read has a lesson or another perspective in it. Some books have provided me the inspiration to never give up. While some have provided me with a reservoir of knowledge, some have taught me the true art of believing in myself, some are works of a creative genius, others are inspiring for their volume and range of experiences. The category that I read usually allows me an insight into another brilliant journey and as long as the author is honest, I always come away with heaps of learnings, both in my personal and professional life,” she told ET Panache.

Some of the quotes from books which Khosla Burman has carried through in her life are ‘If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later’. ‘Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.’ To quote one Valley sage, ‘If your idea is any good, it won’t get stolen, you’ll have to jam it down people’s throats instead’.

Hearing inspiring stories of successful people, coming from very humble backgrounds, experiencing trials and tribulations, failures and triumphs, just helps Khosla Burman value what she has in life and hope to come out stronger, during any adversities.

“They help me relate to my experiences. Further, as an entrepreneur, I believe in the fact that one needs to be ever optimistic and these real life stories generate that optimism to a different level,” she said.

Whenever Khosla Burman gets the time, she reads. “As an entrepreneur and a mother of a two year old toddler, I have to keep my schedule flexible. I come from the old school thought and enjoy the hardcopy experience far better than the e-book variety but given the accessibility benefits at times it depends on what is more handy,” she ended.

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Monkey shootings continue in uMhlanga

DURBAN-based animal rescue organisation, Monkey Helpline, said it has noticed a spike in the number of monkeys being shot in the uMhlanga area.

Carol Booth of Monkey Helpline, said the organisation has rescued a number of primates in the last two months that had been targeted by airguns.

Booth said the response of some residents, fueled by lockdown frustrations and boredom, was to shoot at the monkeys with their airguns.

An area of specific concern was Chartwell Drive where there has been more than three shootings.

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“One of our latest rescues was shot through the eye and the pellet was lodged in its brain. Both Steve and I have noticed that monkey shootings have skyrocketed during lockdown. The cases we’ve seen in uMhlanga and in particular Chartwell Drive is alarming. One of the monkeys wounded in an incident dropped feet away from a domestic worker hanging clothes which goes to show the shooter doesn’t care about putting others in danger.

“At least 90 per cent of the monkeys we rescue and x-ray have at least one pellet encapsulated in them which goes to show how bad the problem is. The troop on Chartwell Drive is being decimated and we’ve seen their numbers decrease,” she said.

Smit appealed to the public to be vigilant and to report any shootings to the authority.

Contact Monkey Helpline on 082 659 4711 or 082 411 5444.


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South Bay prosecutor’s past monkey anecdote raised amid debate over racial justice bill

After testimony was given to a state Senate committee Friday over the merits of a bill that would open up criminal charges and sentences to unprecedented scrutiny for possible racial bias, Alameda County Chief Public Defender Brendon Woods took to Twitter with an online discovery about the prosecutor who voiced opposition to the bill on behalf of the state’s district attorneys.

Woods posted Jeff Rubin’s introductory biography, which had been published online by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office in 2015, when Rubin took a prosecutor job in the South Bay after years in Alameda County.

In the biography, Rubin recalled a past job working at a Pennsylvania zoo and befriending a monkey there, and the monkey eventually using him as a literal springboard to escape his cage. Rubin is quoted as saying, “The monkey’s escape put all the zoo visitors at the risk of harm. I wasn’t able to make amends because my employment was terminated shortly after the fact that I had been outsmarted by a monkey became apparent.”

That is followed by an unquoted sentence, of unclear authorship: “Ever since, Mr. Rubin has tried to compensate for his mistake by helping prevent the escape of those who represent a risk of harm to the public.”

An excerpt from a 2015 hiring biography for Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Jeff Rubin, which has since been taken down. 

Woods seized on that in his tweet, asserting that the passage was comparing criminal defendants — who are disproportionately people of color — to monkeys.

“He’s exactly why we need it,” Woods posted, referring to Assembly Bill 2542. “It’s such an obvious link to the monkey and the person he’s preventing from escaping now,” he added in an interview Monday.

“Maybe your average person who is not sensitive to race won’t see that,” said Woods, his county’s first Black chief public defender and the only Black person in that role in California. “Almost every Black person is going to see that.”

In a statement, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said his office has since taken down the biography page from its website.

“We agree that this section of a 2015 posting of Mr. Rubin’s impressive accomplishments could be misinterpreted and we have removed it,” Rosen said. “I apologize. Everyone in the criminal justice system – from victims to inmates – deserves dignity.”

Defenders of Rubin are characterizing the tweet as unfair and a political smear intended to distract from legitimate issues with AB 2542, whose lead author is San Jose-based Assemblyman Ash Kalra.

Through the DA’s office, Rubin declined comment for this story. But the morning after Woods’ tweet was posted, Rubin’s wife Kay Rubin defended him on Twitter.

“I’m his wife. I’m black. Our sons are black. He was relating a funny story from his youth. It is not related to his work,” she tweeted. “You are stretching to make this comparison and to paint him as racist. The system may be flawed, but that doesn’t make everyone who works in it a racist.”

Woods’ response to her said Rubin’s family life does not exempt him from scrutiny, and added that “several people saw this and no one recognized how problematic it was. That is the problem. You can’t fix what you don’t see.”

AB 2542, dubbed the California Racial Justice Act, aims to root out racial bias in criminal prosecutions by allowing defendants to challenge convictions and sentences by showing that racial bias factored into a charging decision, the running of a trial, or the severity of a sentence. Evidence that can be used to show racial bias at any of those stages, according to the bill, includes “statistical evidence, aggregate data, expert testimony, and the sworn testimony of witnesses. The court may also appoint an independent expert,” and any “exhibited” racial animus by a judge or other court officers could also be cited as evidence to mount a challenge under the bill.

Furthermore, language in the bill — which passed the state Senate’s Public Safety Committee on Friday — would allow sentences to be challenged based on racial disparities in charges and sentences for similar offenses.

Woods has heavily championed the component of the bill that would disallow race-based peremptory challenges during jury selection. The bill’s committee passage Friday was lauded by Kalra and reform groups including Californians United for a Responsible Budget, the Oakland-based Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and Smart Justice California.

Opposition to the bill, led by the California District Attorneys Association, includes objections to the “imprecise” language they argue would open the floodgates to countless instances of fruitless but lengthy and expensive case work and litigation. AB 2542 “creates an impractical, unfair, unnecessary, and incredibly costly means of reaching a goal fervently shared by CDAA of providing equal justice for all regardless of race, ethnicity, or national origin,” Rubin, speaking on behalf of the association, said Friday.

Rubin argued that the absence of definition in determining similarity in offenses, and creating comparable racial benchmarks to make the statistical comparisons outlined in the bill, make it unworkable. The current language of the bill, he added, would create wide latitude for criminal charges or sentences to be dismissed or overturned without proof that a case was negatively impacted.

Rubin also argued that the Fifth and Fourteenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution already bar racial bias in prosecutions and that existing law bars convictions if there is proven racial prejudice by a judge, defense attorney or juror.

In a statement Friday, Kalra said, “Those in opposition say that this bill is impractical; I say that injustice is impractical. We cannot ignore what is happening in our society and continue to allow the court system to reflect racial biases that punish our Black and Latinx communities.”

Woods added Monday that the five-year-old biography for Rubin was emblematic of the broader problems he contends the bill aims to repair.

“What will be the biggest immediate impact of this bill, is it will force prosecutors, moving forward, to think about their practices, and if they are intentionally or subconsciously showing bias,” he said. “Looking at it from all lenses, from charging to jury trial to sentencing.”

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In Review: The New Legends of Monkey – Season 2 (Netflix)

Synopsis: The Monkey King and his friends return as the seek out the scrolls of wisdom while fending off the demonic forces who seek out the scrolls for their own evil.

The Story

Monkey, Pigsy, Sandy, and the young monk Tripitaka continue their quest to collect the scrolls of wisdom and link up with the rebel gods in the west. Feeling fairly confident with themselves Monky and his friends learn that complacency is an evil mistress when the Demons somehow manage to steal the scrolls from them. The demons who for the most part seem to be under the spell of the Puppeteer Hagfish who is a very clever villain for Monkey and his friends to contend with. As the season progresses we see young Tripitaka get puppeted, and Monkey goes up against Shadow Monkey as they struggle to get the two scrolls back from Hagfish and obtain the scroll of creation.

The Acting

Having established their roles in season one. This second season sees much improvement in the overall acting as the four main leads get more screen time together and more character development. Josh Thomson gets a lot of development as Pigsy who turns out to be the main source of food for the group given that he has master skills in the Kitchen as well as being an awesome fighter with his rake. Emilie Cocquerel’s Sandy learns more about her powers, which include the ability to manipulate water, which she uses to fun effect by making people cry or want to suddenly go to the toilet. Sandy is also the quietest of the trio of gods who travel with Tripitaka and perhaps the most underestimated.

Luciane Buchanan is rock solid as Tripitaka and is very much the leader of the group, but that role is tested to great effect by a few game-changing events. Chai Hansen continues to be the perfect embodiment of the childlike and somewhat arrogant Monkey King and gets a lot to do this season as we learn more about him.

In short. The chemistry between the four leads has really developed and each character has their own respective arc and personal challenges to meet during this second season as their friendship and loyalty to each other and to their quest gets seriously tested.

Overall

Where season one brought the team of Monkey, Pigsy, Sandy, and Tripitaka together and began their quest. This second season sees them gel as a team as their questing becomes more and more dangerous. Hagfish provides an excellent villain for them to contend with and pretty much rules the roost when it comes to getting things done. Whereas the other demons seem fairly ineffective and preoccupied with infighting.

The second season includes highlights such as Monkey doing the Deadpool thing in episode one when he loses his hands and needs to seek out a special plant to regenerate them. We get to see more layers added to Pigsy’s character as he uses his cooking skills to infiltrate the Demon Camp in order to try and help Monkey and Tripitaka who are doing a very bad impersonation of humans.

The fight choreography is excellent throughout the series as is the clever use of magic and the cheques and balances that must be made by those who use it. Which is a point that is made really strongly in the season two finale where a great sacrifice has to be made in order to kill off the Shadow Monkey because for every good thing that happens. There have to be bad things happening too in order to maintain the balance and natural order of things.

Overall. A fantastic second season, which builds on the world that we were introduced to in season one.