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Hackers demand $37K ransom for Pekin Community High School data

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Hackers demand $37K ransom for Pekin Community High School data

Students at Pekin Community High School are only just getting access to the Internet after malware infected the school network early Sunday morning.

“We all thought it was because it was testing, and we thought that the principal might have turned it off or something, but I guess that’s not the case,’ said sophomore Arika Berrios. “Apparently someone hacked into the whole system!”

Superintendent Danielle Owens confirmed the hack locked everyone out from accessing grades, schedules, lesson plans and other information on the school’s network. The hackers demand $37,000 dollars to release the data.

“I don’t think anything like this has ever happened before here at the school,” said senior Tyler Carlson. “I think we’ve had a pretty secure system.”

Superintendent Owns also confirmed the involvement of local police and the FBI, and that no personal information was at risk.

Though students aren’t particularly worried, this type of malware attack is serious. Dave Jacobs with Facet Technologies says this type of infection can happen to anyone. And most likely, it’s a case of the hackers getting lucky.

Jacobs explained these types of viruses are spread everywhere, trying to find any vulnerability.

“It’s kind of like walking through a neighborhood at night and checking to see if anybody has an unlocked front door,” he said.

Jacobs also mentioned the necessity of keeping your anti-virus and protection software up-to-date, and being careful of what you click on or download.

Superintendent Owens mentioned they have no plans on paying the ransom and are already almost finished restoring backups to all of the locked data.

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Community Copes After Suicide at School

A high school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is coping with the suicide of a 15-year-old student on school grounds earlier this month. The student was found with gunshot wounds and died at a hospital the next day. Students wore purple to the school’s next football game to raise awareness of suicide as a mental health issue for teens. In the United States, 18 percent of high school students say they have considered suicide in the past year.

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3 Ideas for Building Class Community Through the Arts

Students are more engaged and willing to take learning risks when they feel like they are part of a team. The beginning of the year is the perfect time to lay the foundation for a safe […]

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Rancho Cordova grads eligible for free community college – Education Week

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Using the Arts to Build School Community

One of the best ways to really connect with our students is to get to know their families. At my elementary school, we do as much as we can to host events that help our families learn and have fun together while connecting with staff and other families. For the past two years, we’ve tried to help parents feel more connected with Common Core math by hosting a math night in the fall, where families […]

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He is special guest at the Ground Zero Summit 2015 being organised by Indian Infosec Consortium – a group of ethical hackers. “Threat to national security has moved to the digital dimension. Terrorist organisations have turned social networks and online forums into recruitment hotbeds and propaganda mechanisms. We need a security apparatus in the digital space to address this threat. Hackers are the face of this digital army.” The actor said he is bringing his whole team including scriptwriters of the show to observe and interact with the ethical hacker community. (Also Read: Tabu Has Shown Interest in 24, Says Director ) “From November 22, I will start shooting for 24. It will go on air in 2016. When an actor prepares for a role, we often start to live like the character. Some call it method acting. We meet real life people like the character and try to understand their nuances, their life,” he said. As per the summit’s website, speakers will share details of the espionage mission as well as hold sessions on hacking of cellular networks, medical devices in hospitals, using technical loopholes in them. The consortium claims to have discovered cyber espionage operation under which phones of Indian Army personnel, who had downloaded some mobile application related to news, had been compromised by hackers based in Pakistan. IIC CEO Jiten Jain has said that the findings were handed over to security agencies who promptly acted and sanitised the infected handset early this year.

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He is special guest at the Ground Zero Summit 2015 being organised by Indian Infosec Consortium – a group of ethical hackers.   “Threat to national security has moved to the digital dimension. Terrorist organisations have turned social networks and online forums into recruitment hotbeds and propaganda mechanisms. We need a security apparatus in the digital space to address this threat. Hackers are the face of this digital army.”   The actor said he is bringing his whole team including scriptwriters of the show to observe and interact with the ethical hacker community. (Also Read: Tabu Has Shown Interest in 24, Says Director )   “From November 22, I will start shooting for 24. It will go on air in 2016. When an actor prepares for a role, we often start to live like the character. Some call it method acting. We meet real life people like the character and try to understand their nuances, their life,” he said.   As per the summit’s website, speakers will share details of the espionage mission as well as hold sessions on hacking of cellular networks, medical devices in hospitals, using technical loopholes in them.   The consortium claims to have discovered cyber espionage operation under which phones of Indian Army personnel, who had downloaded some mobile application related to news, had been compromised by hackers based in Pakistan.  IIC CEO Jiten Jain has said that the findings were handed over to security agencies who promptly acted and sanitised the infected handset early this year.

He is special guest at the Ground Zero Summit 2015 being organised by Indian Infosec Consortium – a group of ethical hackers. “Threat to national security has moved to the digital dimension. Terrorist organisations have turned social networks and online forums into recruitment hotbeds and propaganda mechanisms. We need a security apparatus in the digital space to address this threat. Hackers are the face of this digital army.” The actor said he is bringing his whole team including scriptwriters of the show to observe and interact with the ethical hacker community. (Also Read: Tabu Has Shown Interest in 24, Says Director ) “From November 22, I will start shooting for 24. It will go on air in 2016. When an actor prepares for a role, we often start to live like the character. Some call it method acting. We meet real life people like the character and try to understand their nuances, their life,” he said. As per the summit’s website, speakers will share details of the espionage mission as well as hold sessions on hacking of cellular networks, medical devices in hospitals, using technical loopholes in them. The consortium claims to have discovered cyber espionage operation under which phones […]

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Germany’s intelligence community allegedly spied on friendly states

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The German newsmagazine “Spiegel Online” has reported that Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND) eavesdropped on communications of several of its allied countries until late 2013. According to reports, these operations may not only have taken place under the guidance of the US National Security Agency (NSA) but also under the BND’s own initiative. Earlier this year, it had been revealed that the NSA commissioned the BND for years to spy on German targets using so-called “selectors” – search criteria used to flag activity with vested interests for the NSA. The NSA was reported to have supplied the technology involved in this method of intelligence gathering. The latest disclosures, however, might imply that the BND added its own choice of selectors to the list – an act which would fall outside its constitutional mandate and qualify as illegal. The BND is already under scrutiny for the legalities of doing the groundwork for a foreign spy agency by collaborating with the NSA. Further setbacks for the BND According to the report, Germany used thousands of such selectors in total, which ended up flagging communications of allied states. France and the United States were reported to be among the nations affected by the […]

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Local agencies need community volunteers to help victims of child abuse

Mesa County Partners, The Department of Human Services, and Court Appointed Special Advocates are teaming up to create a new initiative.

Fostering Hope aims to get more people in the community involved in protecting our children and helping them recover from child abuse.

In 2014 the number of child welfare referrals was 3,393 – almost 1,000 more than the amount of child welfare referrals made in 2006.

“In our community these kids need a lot of help,” said Skip Hudson, who has been mentoring youth for years. “It’s amazing, the more I’m involved in this the more I realized how our youth is under served in so many ways.

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Serious issue: Hindu community protest girl’s ‘gang rape’

Scores of human rights activists, nationalists and office bearers of Hindu rights organisations staged a protest outside the Karachi Press Club on Sunday against the alleged gang rape and killing of an intermediate student and school teacher, Hawa Meghwar. The participants shouted slogans against the police and local influential people, as well as against the provincial government for supporting the culprits, alleging that there is a conspiracy afoot against Sindhi Hindus. Read More….

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College Area Community Council to meet Wednesday in Ventura

VENTURA, Calif. – A representative from the Ventura Police Department will address recent crime trends when the College Area Community Council meets Wednesday.

In addition, the council will discuss a new city ordinance that places stricter regulations on adult entertainment businesses, such as strip clubs.

The council represents citizens between Mills Road and Victoria Avenue bordered by Foothill Road and Highway 126.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Wright Event Center at 57 Day Road on the Ventura College campus. Call 658-7225 for more information.

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