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The War Vet, the Dating Site, and the Phone Call From Hell

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

“Please don’t go!” Jared’s mother, Kathy Bowling, begged him. “This is why I don’t want you to go!”

“This is why I have to go,” he told her.

Two months after he graduated, in May 2012, Jared packed his bags to join the Army. In his spare time during training, he recorded videos of himself in his camouflage uniform, singing pop songs and Christian hymns, which he uploaded to his YouTube channel. He was deployed to Afghanistan less than a year later, manning a .50-caliber gun atop a Buffalo, a moving-truck-sized armored vehicle.

Jared had wanted to see combat, but the reality of it hit him harder than he’d imagined. He was terrified one night when his base came under rocket fire. Two of his buddies were blown up in a truck. But that wasn’t the worst of it. Jared told his brother about one particular firefight where he was blasting away with the .50-caliber gun. “I don’t know for sure, but I might have killed a child,” he told Jacob. He didn’t want to say much more about it.

After a patrol in Kandahar Province one day, Jared injured his back while getting off the Buffalo. He was flown to a hospital on a base in Germany. There, the doctors put him on painkillers and told him he couldn’t go back into combat. After barely six months in the field, he was done as war-fighter.

Stuck on base, his ambitions crushed, Jared started coming unglued. He hit the bars every night, drinking heavily. He got a local woman pregnant. He was caught driving drunk and confined to barracks. He made a clumsy suicide attempt with pills, which got him placed in psychiatric care for a few days. By October 2015 he was discharged and back home in Greenville.

Though his parents, sister, and two brothers gave him a hero’s welcome, Jared was lost. “All my life I wanted to be a soldier, and now I can’t do that,” he told Jacob. “I just feel worthless.” He bounced from job to job and between his divorced parents’ houses. As the months went by, his once muscular physique turned soft. Jared had nightmares and occasional panic attacks and got into bar fights. He was diagnosed with PTSD and prescribed antidepressants. Stuck for a job, he bought a Jeep and started driving for Uber. Over Kathy’s objections, he also bought a stubby black 9-mm pistol to keep in the car, for protection.

By mid-2018, though, things were looking up. He was dating a local girl. He had a dog, a lively German shepherd he called Tex. He’d landed a great job for a chatterbox like him, selling phones and internet service plans at the local AT&T store, and he and Jacob had moved into an apartment with a balcony overlooking the complex’s pool. The brothers would cook, watch football games, stream Netflix with their girlfriends. Once a week they’d have dinner with their mom and then go into town to drink tequila and sing at DT’s, their favorite karaoke bar. Just about every time, Jared would wail through his three signature songs—“Drops of Jupiter,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “No Diggity.”

The caller said he was a police detective. He’d been contacted by Caroline’s parents, who were outraged that Jared had sexually propositioned their daughter.

Though he and his girlfriend didn’t mean to get pregnant, Jared was overjoyed when his son Jaxon was born. He stopped taking the antidepressants; he wanted to keep his head clear to be a good dad to the baby.

Before long, however, Jared split with Jaxon’s mom. Suddenly he was a part-time single dad, fighting regularly with his ex. He turned to Tinder and soon started seeing a young woman whom I’ll call Lisa—she doesn’t want her real name published. But from time to time, he still cruised dating sites, and in early September he came across the pretty blonde who said her name was Caroline Harris. The two chatted on the dating app. When she said, “I’ll be 18 in a few weeks,” he replied, “Oh that’s cool when will you be 18?”

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#hacking | Scott Morrison says drought the Coalition’s ‘first call’ – but makes no mention of climate | Australia news

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Scott Morrison has indicated the federal government might be prepared to commit extra relief funding to drought-stricken communities, reaffirming the drought is the government’s top priority.

In a triumphal speech to the Liberal party’s federal council in Canberra on Saturday, Morrison again said the drought was “the most pressing and biggest call on our budget”.

“It is the first cab off the rank, the first thing we sit together and say, ‘Once we have done everything we can in this area, then we can consider other priorities’.

“It is the biggest call on the budget because it is the most pressing, the rock I’m going to put in the jar first. It is the first call because that is what is needed in our rural and regional communities. They know we cannot make it rain and they know we cannot make it like it was before the drought.”

The prime minister did not mention the climate crisis while detailing the government’s three-phase drought response package thus far: the farm household allowance for eligible farming families; the drought communities program dedicating $100m to councils affected by the drought; and long-term drought resilience plans, including money for new dams and the drought future fund.

“That is what we are doing on drought and we will keep responding,” Morrison said. “We will keep going and delivering. That is why you need resilient and strong budget. That is why we will not walk away.”

But the budget is coming under significant pressure, with a sharp downturn in the economic outlook. The IMF this week forecast a global “synchronised slowdown” of world economies, and a “precarious outlook” for recovery. Australia is forecast to grow more slowly than Greece, with 1.7% growth in 2019, a full percentage point below 2018’s 2.7%.

But the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg – currently at the G20 – has said additional drought support would not sacrifice the surplus, saying natural disasters had been taken into account when the Coalition made its pre-election pledge to return the budget to balance and then surplus next year. The midyear economic and fiscal outlook (MYEFO) will come out before Christmas. Any additional drought spending is likely to be detailed there.

The government has been criticised by Labor for moving too slowly on the drought. Accusing the government of “six years of inaction”, Labor’s Joel Fitzgibbon has called for a bipartisan drought war cabinet to be established.

“What began as crisis for our farmers fast moved to a crisis for our rural townships, which are literally running out of water,” he said. “And I fear that we now are fast approaching a threat to our food security … We need to sit the major parties down together and to start making some pretty significant decisions.”

The drought response has also been questioned by some councils, including Moyne shire in south-west Victoria, which was given $100m despite not being in drought and whose mayor said he wanted to refuse it.

“Our council has never applied for funding under this drought package or any other similar program of drought-assistance funding,” Moyne shire council mayor Mick Wolfe said.

Morrison’s speech to the party faithful in Canberra was a triumphal affair, given the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the party’s founding by Robert Menzies, the Coalition’s unexpected election win in May and his own rise to unchallenged authority within the party.

He condemned the Labor party for what he described as its “panic in a crisis” and “politics of envy”, in particular highlighting the party’s current corruption issues in NSW.

The Liberal party federal council will also debate a series of motions from various branches of the party.

The Young Liberals called on the party to “reaffirm its strong support for freedom of speech and the rule of law around the world and supports the right of the people of Hong Kong to protests peacefully in defence of those freedoms”.

The Morrison government’s rhetoric towards China has become increasingly bellicose in recent weeks: the home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, accused the Chinese Communist Party of political repression, intellectual property theft and cyber hacking; the foreign affairs minister, Marise Payne, has been forthright in her demands over detained Australian writer Yang Hengjun; while Morrison has taken an uncompromising position on China’s “developing nation” status at the WTO.

However, it’s unclear whether an overtly political motion such as the Young Liberals’ support for Hong Kong will win broader party support.

The ACT branch of the Liberal party has called on the government to “prioritise a free trade agreement with the UK over the European Union” and also wants the government to reject European demands for “geographic indicators” on food products in Australia, such as on feta, gruyere and gorgonzola cheeses.

The ACT Liberals also want investigation of “innovative financing options” for a high-speed rail linking Australia’s east-coast capitals.

And the West Australian branch want legislation mandating that public funding for both “yes” and “no” campaigns be equal at all future constitutional referenda, a legacy of the marriage equality campaign.

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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | 2 fake call centres busted | Kolkata News

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Kolkata: The cyber cell of Kolkata Police busted two fake call centres that had been cheating US nationals in the name of IT major, Microsoft.
Cops conducted twin raids following a complaint lodged by the legal counsel of Microsoft Corporation who alleged that such fraudulent activity was causing loss of clients and prestige for them. This is for the first time Microsoft approached Kolkata Police, urging for an action against fraud.
“Two separate complaints were received from Bhupinder Singh Bindra, attorneys of Microsoft Corporation India against some illegal activities of technical support scams, run in the name of Microsoft. The first complaint was against a call centre at Topsia. The second complaint was against another call centre on Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road,” said joint CP (crime) Murlidhar Sharma.

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#Cyber #Security Today: Jan. 7, 2019 — #iPhone call #scam, Germans #hacked and Android #spyware

Watch out for this iPhone call scam, prominent Germans hacked, Android spyware found and an Acrobat update.

Apple iPhone users should be on the lookout for a phone phishing scam. According to security writer Brian Krebs, it works like this: You get a call and when you look at the phone’s screen to see who it is, the Apple logo, real phone number and real address is displayed. The target in this case didn’t answer the call so a message was left asking her to call a 1-866 number. It probably led to a scammer who would have asked for personal information. So iPhone users, ignore calls purporting to be from Apple. Apple won’t phone you. And for those who use other phones, hang up on anyone who tries to get personal information or passwords.

Hackers somehow have gotten access to private emails, memos and financial information of hundreds of German politicians, reporters, comedians and artists. The information was then published through a Twitter account. At this point no one knows if this was the work of a mischievous activist or a foreign country, or exactly how it was done. But British security writer Graham Cluley suspects victims fell for a phishing lure and gave away a password to one of their email or social media accounts. The hacker then went from there. Victims may have also used the same password for different accounts, which also makes a hacker’s job easier. If so, it’s another example of why you shouldn’t use the same password on more than one site, and, where possible enable two-factor authentication to make sure someone else can’t log into your account. Two factor authentication usually sends a six-digit number to your smart phone that you have to enter in addition to your password. Check your applications’ settings to see if you have it.

UPDATE: According to the Associated Press, a popular German YouTube contributor who was victimized said the perpetrator somehow first gained access to his email account and then convinced Twitter to disable a second security check — presumably two-factor authentication — required to take control of his account on the social networking site.

Twitter didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment and it wasn’t clear how many of those affected by the leak had such “two-factor authentication” enabled for their email or social media accounts, and whether the hacker similarly managed to bypass it.

As hard as Google tries to keep malware out of the Google Play store, criminals manage to find ways to evade detection. Trend Micro reports it discovered spyware hidden in six seemingly legitimate Android applications including a game called Flappy Bird, a presumably copycat called Flappy Birr Dog, FlashLight, Win7Launcher and others. All have been removed from the app store. The spyware would have stolen information like user location, text messages, contact lists and device information as well as try to phish for passwords. Owners of any computing device have to be cautious when deciding what to download, advises Trend Micro.

Finally, Adobe usually issues security updates on the second Tuesday of the month, which is tomorrow. However, it has already issued an emergency patch for Acrobat and Acrobat Reader. So if you use either of these applications check you have the latest versions.

 

Source: https://www.itworldcanada.com/article/cyber-security-today-jan-7-2019-iphone-call-scam-germans-hacked-and-android-spyware/413736

 

 

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Your Company Has Been Hacked; Should You Call the Government?

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U.S. companies’ vulnerability to data security incidents through computer hacking has garnered unprecedented public awareness in the last 12 months. Given our increasing volume of user data generated in business and its significant value, hacking will remain a common feature in the data landscape. In one respect, the most sophisticated…

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Trump Drops His Call for a Joint Cyber Security Team With Russia after Much Criticism

Trump Drops His Call for a Joint Cyber Security Team With Russia after Much CriticismSource: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday backtracked on his push for a cyber security unit with Russia, tweeting that he did not think it could happen, hours after his proposal was harshly criticized by Republicans who said Moscow could not be trusted. Trump said on Twitter […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com | Can You Be Hacked?

Cyber security experts call for upgrade in defences

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Cyber security experts call for upgrade in defences

In the aftermath of WannaCry, experts call for watchdogs to be split from snoopers Whoever forms the next Government will urgently need to upgrade the UK’s cyber defences, academics agreed at a seminar this week. Staged by Institute of Legal Studies at University College London, it dealt with the aftermath…

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Microsoft says ransomware hack a ‘wake-up call’ for world governments

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Microsoft says ransomware hack a ‘wake-up call’ for world governments

Global governments should treat a massive international cyber attack that struck last week as a wake-up call and should feel a “renewed determination for more urgent collective action,” the chief legal officer of Microsoft has said. Writing in a blog post, Brad Smith said that the multinational technology company had been working around the clock since Friday to help customers …

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Troubled by Post-Election School Climate, K-12 Groups to Issue ‘Call to Action’ – Rules for Engagement – Education Week

Several national K-12 groups will encourage schools to respond to numerous reports of violence, harassment, and intimidation that have occurred since Donald Trump’s presidential election by reaffirming “the inclusive values that are the foundation of healthy learning cultures.”

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William H. Macy And Stephen Colbert Call A Family Meeting For America

Actor William H. Macy had a heart-to-heart with the nation on Friday.

The “Shameless” star joined “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert for a “family meeting” with America, in which the two dads talked about pretty much everything from porn, puberty, taking drugs, Thanksgiving fireworks, where babies come from and drinking alcohol.

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