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Community Care hacked

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold is still reeling from a cyberattack that shut its computers down for more than a week. The local food bank’s CEO, Betty-Lou Souter, said Community Care’s systems are back up and running, but the ransomware attack has reinforced the need for cyber-vigilance. “It…

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Phone scammers target VA health care program

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Phone scammers target VA health care program

The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning military veterans about a phone scam targeting people who call the Veterans Choice Program hotline. The correct number for the program is (866) 606-8198. But if someone makes the simple mistake of dialing 1-800, the scammers go to work. A misleading recording tells the caller they are eligible for a retail rebate of …

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Parents of day care kids may never know extent of abuse

Parents at a Bear day care where a teacher was caught on video inappropriately touching three students may never find out if their children also were victims.

Anthony Rodriguez, a teacher there, was arrested in 2015. Parents whose children were not identified as victims in videotapes that alerted authorities to Rodriguez never learned of the abuse until they read about the 21-year-old’s guilty plea and sentencing in The News Journal this week. That lag, they say, robbed them of the chance to determine if anything happened to their children.

“I just want to make sure I do what I need to do as a parent, but now they took that away from me,” said Nicole Rittenhouse, a mother who withdrew her 6-year-old son from Kidz Ink II’s after-school program this week.

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6 Reasons Why Parents Should Care About Kids and Online Privacy

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Senators work to improve Foster care

Children in Nebraska’s foster care system are some of the most vulnerable in the State. They can’t always live like other kids and that can lead to some risky behavior.

When kids feel different. They might reach out for some type of connection. Sometimes that puts children in the path of dangers like sex trafficking. Nebraska’s working to fix that in the big picture.

Kayla Bailey was a foster child.

“I fought every day in school. Just to be treated like everybody else,” she said.

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Identity theft on the rise – take greater care

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

OUR love of online shopping and social media is making Australians unwitting pawns in the global fraud marketplace. That’s just one of the findings of recent research by credit analysts Veda in time for National Identity Fraud Awareness Week, which runs from 11-17 October. Veda’s study dished up some disturbing statistics. In particular, fraudulent credit applications involving identity theft have soared 59% in the past two years in Australia alone. If you’re not familiar with the term, identity theft involves pretending to be someone else in order to access their bank accounts, use their credit card details to make purchases or take out loans in the victim’s name. Crims can assume your identity in a variety of ways, from simple means like stealing mail or rummaging through garbage for bank statements. Or with more sophisticated measures such as skimming debit cards at ATMs or hacking computers and even mobile phones. According to Veda, one in four Australians – that’s almost four million of us (and it includes me), have been victims of identity theft. Yet people often only become aware their identity has been stolen when they check bank statements and discover unfamiliar or unauthorised transactions. Despite the financial fallout […]

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Child sex abuse royal commission appeals for children in care to give evidence

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald addressed more than 100 children under 18, many of whom are in the child protection system, at a youth conference in Brisbane today.

He invited them to tell their stories and give advice to the commission based on their experiences.

“I, as a Commissioner, don’t know how it feels to be in and out of home care,” he told delegates.

“You’ve felt it, experienced it. You know what we need to do. Tell us.”

Mr Fitzgerald said much of the evidence already heard in the royal commission involved historic allegations of abuse in schools, religious institutions and other organisations.

But with about 50,000 children moving in and out of care each year in Australia, he said it was important to hear contemporary accounts of their experiences.

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Sharing child care may lead to better sex, study finds

Sharing the pain and joy of child care with your spouse could pay off in the bedroom, a new study finds.

Moms and dads who split child-rearing duties down the middle have a lower level of couple conflict, higher overall couple satisfaction, and higher quality sexual relationships for both partners compared with their less-egalitarian peers, according to the report.

“When it comes to relationship satisfaction and couple conflict, the only arrangement that seems to be problematic is when the female is doing most or all of the work with the kids,” said Dan Carlson, a sociologist at Georgia State University who led the study.

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Children are being raped and raping others in Victoria’s residential care system every day.

In the past 14 days alone there have been 23 sexual harm incidents involving 43 children.

An emotional and frustrated Children’s Commissioner Bernie Geary has launched a landmark report into the state’s residential care system, which he said was creating opportunities for sexual abuse.

The “… as a good parent would…” report included cases in which older boys raped younger children, a 13-year-old girl put sexually explicit videos of herself on YouTube and teenage girls were abused by their care workers.

A 15-year-old girl who reported being raped had a miscarriage and was offered Panadol. Three months later the Department asked someone to take her to a doctor but there was no evidence she seen by one.

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Why we should all care about cyber crime: the risk to you and me

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

In today’s world, the reality is that all individuals and organisations connected to the internet are vulnerable to cyber attack. The number, type and sophistication of attacks continues to grow, as the threat reportpublished last month by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) points out. It isn’t only large organisations that are under threat. Even individuals or organisations that don’t believe they have much to offer hackers can be targeted. So even if you think you’re a small target, you might still be at risk. Illusion of trust Malicious individuals and groups thrive on gathering information that can be used to enhance their attack strategies. Hackers are becoming more focused on spear-phishing attacks, which are tailored to individual people, and any bit of information about you can be of help. Key to the hacker is the issue of trust. The information gathered is used to build a profile of the target with the aim to have enough data that allows the hacker to appear trustworthy to you. In most cases, the hacker will attempt to impersonate an entity that is trusted by you. The more information the hacker has on you, the more likely they will be able to maintain […]

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