DoS Attack Blamed for U.S. Grid Disruptions

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#DoS Attack Blamed for U.S. #Grid Disruptions | #TpromoCom #Power #CyberSecurity #Hackers | According to the National Energy Technology Laboratory’s OE-417 Electric Emergency and Disturbance Report for the first quarter of 2019, a cyber event caused “interruptions of electrical system operations.”

The report shows that the incident impacted an unidentified utility in the region overseen by the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), which is responsible for compliance monitoring and enforcement in the Western Interconnection, and affected California (Kern County and Los Angeles County), Utah (Salt Lake County) and Wyoming (Converse County).

However, the report shows that the incident did not result in any power outages. The cyber event occured on March 5 — it started at 9:12 AM and systems were restored by 6:57 PM on the same day.

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Equifax CEO testifies company took security seriously before its massive breach in response to scathing Senate report

Equifax CEO testifies company took security seriously before its massive breach in response to scathing Senate report | #TpromoCom #CyberSecurity #DataSecurity #DataBreach | Equifax’s new CEO Mark Begor told senators Thursday that the credit ratings agency has made many changes since its 2017 breach of the personal information of 143 million people, but he also defended the company against a harsh new Senate report about the incident.

“The fact that Equifax did not have an impenetrable information security program and suffered a breach does not mean that the company failed to take cybersecurity seriously,” he said in a prepared statement.

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China has a business-like approach to terrorism

China has a business-like approach to terrorism | #TpromoCom #China #Terrorism #Policy | To get China on board for designating Masood Azhar in the UN, New Delhi needs to increase the costs for China.

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, November 2, 2018. The moment China sees that the cost of supporting Pakistan exceeds the short-term benefits, it will drop the latter like a hot potato (REUTERS)

In what can be seen as a small victory for India, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has issued a statement condemning the suicide bombing in Pulwama. More crucially, the statement, signed off by all permanent members of the Security Council, including China, names the Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). As is widely known, China has been the primary obstacle in India’s efforts to get JeM chief Masood Azhar sanctioned by the United Nations under Resolution 1267. So, does the UNSC statement mark a veritable shift in China’s position?

For starters, China has not yet agreed to Azhar getting listed under Resolution 1267. The UNSC statement is good but carries no punitive implication against Azhar or Pakistan. This is not the first time China has signed off a statement condemning Pakistan-based terrorist groups. The September 2017 BRICS declaration in Xiamen mentioned both JeM and Lashkar-e-Taiba. It needs to be recalled that the Xiamen summit was preceded by the end of the 73-day stand-off between Indian and Chinese forces in Doklam. In fact, India used, according to some experts, a threat to boycott the Xiamen summit. And then in February 2018, China agreed to put Pakistan on the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an inter-governmental body that targets money laundering and terrorist financing. In return, other countries consented to China’s vice-presidency of FATF.

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US Law Enforcement Busts Romanian Online Crime Operation

US Law Enforcement Busts Romanian Online Crime Operation | #TpromoCom #Children #Police #SocialMedia | Twelve members of 20-person group extradited to US to face charges related to theft of millions via fake ads other scams.

US and international law enforcement authorities have dismantled a group operating mostly out of Romania that over the past five years allegedly stole millions of dollars from American citizens using false advertisements for goods online.

Twenty people, including 15 Romanians and 1 Bulgarian national, have been indicted for their roles in the operation. Twelve of the foreign nationals have been extradited to the US and are set to face trial later this year. The arrests stem from a 24-count indictment that a federal grand jury in Kentucky returned in July 2018.

This is the second win against online crime in recent weeks for US law enforcement and their counterparts in other countries. In January, the government announced it had taken down xDedic, one of the Internet’s largest sites for stolen goods.

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Underestimated Risk & Overestimated Security: When All You Do Is React, it May Be Too Late

Underestimated Risk & Overestimated Security: When All You Do Is React, it May Be Too Late | #TpromoCom #AI #Webinar #Security | For decades, IT professionals have been fighting malware, hackers, and other threats. Data protection, confidentiality, integrity and availability have long been threatened not only by amateur hackers, but by profit-oriented, well-organised criminals. Victims can usually only react because many of the usual methods for detecting malware require knowledge about specific attack techniques, about the behavior or about signatures of specific malware families.

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  • What makes security solutions with AI so special;
  • What the mathematical approach in security tools is all about;
  • How to detect attackers and automate your response;
  • Why your company in particular can benefit from AI security.

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Secret Charges Against Julian Assange Revealed Due to “Cut-Paste” Error

Secret Charges Against Julian Assange Revealed Due to “Cut-Paste” Error | #TpromoCom #Wikileaks #Legal | United States prosecutors have accidentally revealed the existence of criminal charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in a recently unsealed court filing in an unrelated ongoing sex crime case in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Assistant US Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer, who made this disclosure on August 22, urged the judge to keep the indictment [pdf] prepared against Assange sealed (secret) “due to the sophistication of the defendant, and the publicity surrounding the case.”

Dwyer is assigned to the WikiLeaks case.

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Editor’s Note: Why did I post what appears to be purely a political news piece on Security eNews? Because there’s something terribly wrong going on behind the scenes that most all of us have  missed. Ever hear the old saying, “Don’t shoot the messenger?”  Well, someone has given us an important piece of information about what amounts to a whistleblower (Assange) who, himself, gave us some very important pieces of the puzzle. I don’t care if it’s about President Trump or about Presidential hopeful Clinton. If there’s a wrong doing, doesn’t the public have a right to know?  Don’t shoot the messenger.

Additional information on Julian Assange and recent events:

Julian Paul Assange (/əˈsɑːnʒ/;[1] born Julian Paul Hawkins; 3 July 1971) is an Australian computer programmer and the editor of WikiLeaks.[2] Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006, but came to international attention in 2010, when WikiLeaks published a series of leaks provided by Chelsea Manning. These leaks included the Collateral Murder video (April 2010),[3][4] the Afghanistan war logs (July 2010), the Iraq war logs (October 2010), and CableGate (November 2010). Following the 2010 leaks, the federal government of the United States launched a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks and asked allied nations for assistance.[5]

In November 2010, Sweden issued an international arrest warrant for Assange.[6] He had been questioned there months earlier over allegations of sexual assault and rape.[7] Assange continued to deny the allegations, and expressed concern that he would be extradited from Sweden to the United States because of his perceived role in publishing secret American documents.[8][9] Assange surrendered himself to UK police on 7 December 2010, and was held for ten days before being released on bail. Having been unsuccessful in his challenge to the extradition proceedings, he breached his bail and absconded. He was granted asylum by Ecuador in August 2012 and has remained in the Embassy of Ecuador in London since then. Assange has held Ecuadorian citizenship since 12 December 2017.[10]  (click here)

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Julian Assange has been charged, prosecutors reveal inadvertently in court filing | WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged under seal, prosecutors inadvertently revealed in a recently unsealed court filing — a development that could significantly advance the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and have major implications for those who publish government secrets.
The disclosure came in a filing

in a case unrelated to Assange. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer, urging a judge to keep the matter sealed, wrote that “due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged.” Later, Dwyer wrote the charges would “need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested.”

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Reaping the benefits of automation and artificial intelligence

Reaping the benefits of automation and artificial intelligence | #TpromoCom #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #Automation | According to a study done by PwC, ‘Sizing the prize’ (2017), it is estimated that up to 14 percent of global GDP will be attributable to smart automation by 2030, an equivalent of $15 trillion in today’s economy. (Please scroll down)

On the flip-side, the landscape of the labour force is set to drastically change as automation takes over people’s jobs, leading to increased unemployment and redundancies.

With that in mind, the responsibility falls upon us as human beings to maximize on the positives and minimise on the negatives that this drastic change will most certainly bring. According to research conducted by PwC economists, building on that done by Frey and Osborne (Oxford University, 2013), automation of jobs in the years leading to the 2030s will occur in three successive waves namely the algorithm wave, the augmentation wave and the autonomy wave.

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Video: The Tragedy of Wounded Knee

Video: The Tragedy of Wounded Knee | #TpromoCom #WMD #Western #Indian | In the Western Magazine Digest article entitled ‘The Battle of Wounded Knee Creek,’ there’s a video that provides an inside view into what happened at Wounded Knee. ‘The Tragedy of Wounded Knee (The Ghost Dance)’ tells of the tragic events that led up to the killing of more than 200 Sioux Indians, including innocent women and children. Such a dark blot on the historic pages of this nation. Such a tragedy to happen to any nation of such proud people. (scroll down)

“Our troop was simply cut to pieces by the brightly painted Sioux. The Savages made their break for freedom through our ranks wielding war clubs, knives, and hatchets and I doubt that a single member of our troop escaped their fury unscathed,” said Hugh McGinnis, the last known survivor as told to O.M. Glasgow in the faded but potent pages of True West magazine (March/April 1961).

Watch, listen, and experience the sadness of that moment:  http://bit.ly/2EA5XkU

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