A red sky hangs over the Federal Prison 08 June 20
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John Strand breaks into things for a living. As a penetration tester, he gets hired by organizations to attack their defenses, helping reveal weaknesses before actual bad guys find them. Normally, Strand embarks on these missions himself, or deploys one of his experienced colleagues at Black Hills Information Security. But in July 2014, prepping for a pen test of a South Dakota correctional facility, he took a decidedly different tack. He sent his mom.

In fairness, it was Rita Strand’s idea. Then 58, she had signed on as chief financial officer of

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 29:   U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield and Surgeon General Jerome Adams listen during a news conference at the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House February 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. The Department of Health in Washington State has reported the first death in the U.S. related to the coronavirus.
Enlarge / WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 29: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield and Surgeon General Jerome Adams listen during a news conference at the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House February 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. The Department of Health in Washington State has reported the first death in the U.S. related to the coronavirus.

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Health officials in Washington state reported three grim new features