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Did #Atlanta’s #hacker get in through #City Council #software?

 – The Atlanta City Council President Thursday ordered a review of the Atlanta City Council database to determine exactly how hackers got in. Hackers continue to hold the city data hostage and demand a ransom to get it back.

Last week, members of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom’s team informed Atlanta City Council members “a high likelihood that the incursion came through the City Council side of the building, through some software used by the Atlanta City Council called the Legislative Management System.”

The president of council and members have been told that.

Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore said there has been no definitive word that the databases that citizens see working when regular meetings are held is the actual source where the hackers got in. Moore is asking questions about it.

“When I first heard of it, I have been doing my due diligence to ask our staff to give me any information that may be even remotely related to that. But in terms of a determination, no one has given me any firm determination,” said Moore. “Well, there are some offices that are operating. There are some that are not, and that’s across the city.”

The company involved with the software, it’s called Accela. FOX 5 News has obtained some communications between city officials and that company, in which early February there was a report of an urgent security incident in which they detected perhaps some company familiar with malware or using malware had gotten into or attempted to get into the city council computers.

That’s among the information Felicia Moore has in these emails and that’s part of her review.

FOX 5’s Morse Diggs spoke with an executive with the company, Jonathan Knight, who said he was unaware of those communications but the company is cooperating fully with the city and any law enforcement that wants to talk with them

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Hack of #Baltimore’s 911 #dispatch system was #ransomware #attack, city #officials say

The hack that forced Baltimore’s 911 dispatch system to be temporarily shut down over the weekend was a ransomware attack, city officials said Wednesday.

Such attacks — another of which occurred in Atlanta last week — take over parts of private or municipal computer networks and then demand payment, or ransom, for their release.

Frank Johnson, chief information officer in the Mayor’s Office of Information Technology, said he was not aware of any specific ransom request made by the hackers of Baltimore’s network, but federal authorities are investigating.

“The systems and the software and the files are all being investigated by the FBI right now,” Johnson said.

No personal data of city residents was compromised, he added.

Dave Fitz, an FBI spokesman, could not be reached Wednesday. On Tuesday, Fitz said the agency was aware of the breach and providing assistance to the city, but otherwise declined to comment.

The attack infiltrated a server that runs the city’s computer-aided dispatch, or CAD, system for 911 and 311 calls. The system automatically populates 911 callers’ locations on maps and dispatches the closest emergency responders there more seamlessly than is possible with manual dispatching. It also relays information to first responders in some cases and logs information for data retention and records.

The breach shut down the CAD system from Sunday morning until Monday morning, forcing the city to revert to manual dispatching during that time. While the city’s 911 calls are normally recorded online on Open Baltimore, the city dispatch logs stopped recording them at 9:54 a.m. Sunday and didn’t resume recording them again until 7:42 a.m. Monday.

Johnson said the attack was made possible after a city information technology team troubleshooting a separate communications issue with the server inadvertently changed a firewall and left a port, or a channel to the Internet, open for about 24 hours, and hackers who were likely running automated scans of networks looking for such vulnerabilities found it and gained access.

“I don’t know what else to call it but a self-inflicted wound,” Johnson said. “The bad guys did not get in on their own without the help of someone inadvertently leaving the door open.”

Once the “limited breach” was identified, city information technology crews “were able to successfully isolate the threat and ensure that no harm was done to other servers or systems” on the city’s network, Johnson said. And once “all systems were properly vetted, CAD was brought back online.”

Johnson said the city “continues to work with its federal partners to determine the source of the intrusion.”

The Baltimore hack comes amid increasing hacking of municipal systems across the country, and follows one in Atlanta last week that paralyzed that city’s online bill-payment system, with hackers demanding a $51,000 payment in bitcoin to unlock it. That attack occurred Thursday, and Atlanta employees only turned their computers back on Tuesday.

Johnson said his office works diligently to prevent cyberattacks and is looking to invest more in safeguarding its networks.

Baltimore also faced cyberattacks during the unrest in 2015, when its website was taken offline. Johnson said he was unaware of any other successful attacks on the city’s networks. He said the city would be obligated to disclose any attacks that compromised residents’ personal information, health information or crime data.

Johnson said he feels the city recovered well from the breach once it was identified, but that he did not want to go into detail about what was done lest he expose the city to more attacks.

The city has a $2.5 million contract with TriTech Software Systems to maintain its CAD software and provide “technical support services to ensure the functional integrity” of the city’s CAD system.

Scott MacDonald, TriTech’s vice president of public safety strategy, said the company worked with city IT personnel to shut down the CAD software after the attack. The breach was not related to the company’s software, MacDonald said.

“When we were alerted of it, it was reported that the server had some sort of compromise,” he said. “Our techs connected and worked with the IT staff there, and the CAD system was taken down manually, in combination between our staff and theirs, while the servers could be troubleshooted by the city.”

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Employees for #city of #Atlanta allowed to #turn #computers back #on

Employees for the city of Atlanta who haven’t been allowed to turn on their computers after a major hack put the city at risk last week are now being allowed back online.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says teams of city IT experts and outside companies are still trying to diagnose what happened during the cyberattack that has crippled the city’s computer systems and left business at a standstill.

The computers at City Hall were turned off for several days and experts believe the hackers gained access to computers systems through a remote portal.

The attack continues to cause all kinds of problems and is frustrating people who are trying to conduct business with the city. It’s a big pain for people like Eulises Wimberly, who needed to take care of business at municipal court.

“They didn’t tell me anything. They just gave me this piece of paper here to reschedule my appointment again. I feel kind of bad because I had pay $30 for someone to bring me from Lawrenceville over here,” said Wimberly.

Wimberly isn’t the only one running into problems. Lauren Downer and her husband just bought a house and had to do everything the old fashioned way.

“My husband and I closed on our house Friday,” says Downer. “We had no water, the web site was down all weekend so we had no choice but to come in and ask to get our service turned on.”

Downer was able to physically fill out the paperwork needed for new service but it would’ve been much easier had the city website been operable.

City officials, including Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms insist that critical systems that the police and fire departments use have not been affected so far but many other services are not available.

The mayor likened the cyber crisis to the water infrastructure crisis under Mayor Shirley Franklin’s administration, saying the digital infrastructure needs the same kind of emergency upgrade. The city’s computers have been idle except for those that can run off of hotspots and bluetooth. Everything else is pen and paper.

In addition to the FBI and Georgia Tech, the city has enlisted the help of an Atlanta-based computer company. They’re still trying to determine how the hacker got in. Even if they paid the ransom, they don’t know where the attack started. And that could mean attacks could happen over and over again.

Also, the mayor says there’s no evidence that anyone’s personal information has been compromised.

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Infosec in the City – Singapore

General Cybersecurity Conference

 May 21 – 25, 2018 | Singapore

Cybersecurity Conference Description

Infosec in the City, Singapore (IIC-SG) will be featuring two conference tracks: a dedicated ‘High-Tech’ track — where speakers reveal cutting-edge techniques and more, and an ‘Education’ track where more speakers give insights on how to effectively enter the cybersecurity job market in their area of specialisation.

IIC-SG will also be featuring complimentary embedded short training courses at the event where conference attendees can take away a new skill or set of knowledge to kickstart or further develop their career. There will also be Career Guidance, featuring CV workshops and more.

In support of the local and regional community, free admittance will be granted to the first conference night event (24 May 2018) — ‘Singapore Community: Division Zero (Div0) Night’. Conference attendees will have even more content to enjoy.

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New York City to become major cybersecurity hub as part of new 10-year plan

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New York City to become major cybersecurity hub as part of new 10-year plan

New York City may turn into the next cybersecurity hub of the United States, thanks to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 10-year plan to invest in new technological industries, raise wages, train New Yorkers, and overall strengthen the middle class. Today, the mayor announced “New York Works,” a series…

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Someone hacked a giant electronic Billboard in Mexico City to show Xvideos clips

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Yesterday we had reported how hackers breached the radio station in Indiana and started streaming Zombie Apocalypse messages. Today we have even worse news for you. Unknown hackers managed to breach a giant electronic billboard on a busy junction in …

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Johnson City Man Charged With 12 Federal Child Porn Counts

A Johnson City man is being charged with twelve felony counts for allegedly distributing child pornography online.
Prosecutors say 34 year old Jared Flanders was arrested Friday, February 17 and is being held without bail.
A detention hearing is to be held this week.
Federal prosecutors say, if convicted, Flanders faces a minimum of five years and up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 dollars.

Source:http://wnbf.com/johnson-city-man-charged-with-12-federal-child-porn-counts/

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James City County man pleads guilty to child pornography charge

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James City County man pleads guilty to child pornography charge

A James City County man pleaded guilty Tuesday to receipt of child pornography. Court documents say in August 2016, a family member of 69-year-old Charles K. Young called the James City County police to report that Young was in possession …

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ACLU suing Kansas City Public Schools for handcuffing boy – Education Week

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Why did the city forget about this brutally murdered teen?

Chanel Petro-Nixon was whip-smart, God-fearing and so very beautiful. Called “little princess’’ by her adoring parents, she aimed to become a psychiatric nurse. Instead, the straight-A high school honors student was murdered, strangled by unseen hands, her body dumped on a Brooklyn street, in a fetal position, inside a black garbage bag. Read More….

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