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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Mecosta County Deputy Jared Christensen announces plan to run for sheriff

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Purcell won’t seek re-election

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BIG RAPIDS — Jared Christensen, a deputy with the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office and chief of police with the village of Morley, will be entering the race for the office of Mecosta County Sheriff in the 2020 election.

Christensen, 38, of Big Rapids, announced his plans to run for office on the Republican ticket after learning Todd Purcell, the current sheriff in Mecosta County, will not be seeking re-election this year.

“There has been talk that the seat may be open in the upcoming election, and several people have approached me in the last few months and asked that I consider running for sheriff,” Christensen said. “After dozens of conversations with community leaders, business owners and a great cross-section of local residents, I am excited to lead the sheriff’s department into the new decade.”

Purcell confirmed he will not be running for sheriff in 2020 after Christensen issued a news release declaring his entrance in the race and some of his goals if he is elected.

“This is my 29th year here in this office serving Mecosta County, and I feel it’s time to pass the torch and move on to new things,” Purcell said. “At this point, I’m not supporting anyone in the race, but that may change after the filing deadline.”

Although excited about running for the office of sheriff, Christensen said he has enjoyed his time working with Purcell.

“I’ve had a great working relationship with the sheriff’s office since I’ve been there,” Christensen said. “I’ve also enjoyed working with Todd. He’s always had an open-door policy.”

As Christensen gears up for election season, he said he is ready to take on new challenges.

“It’s always exciting to do something new. I feel like I’ve worked with the best people in the business, and hopefully we can continue to make things better,” he said.

While Christensen has many goals for the position if he is elected, he said one of his top concerns is bringing a renewed community focus to the department.

“I’d like to see us more human-oriented,” he said. “I’d like to reach out more to the community to see what they think about laws that change and how it affects their lives.”

One way Christensen said he hopes to accomplish this goal of resident interaction is by establishing a Citizen’s Academy, where people can learn more about local law enforcement.

“By involving the community members in our sheriff’s office, we will learn from them, and they will learn how they can help to keep their communities safe,” he said.

In addition to working more with the public, Christensen said his campaign will focus on combating the “crimes of today,” including cyber crimes, the drug epidemic and scams.

“As technology changes, everything changes with it. We see a lot of cyber crimes, and my goal with that is to update the way we enforce laws, as far as the technology we have and training,” he said.

Christensen said while part of his goal is to improve the way officers search for offenders, he also hopes to find ways to stop people from committing additional crimes.

“In the coming years and beyond, we will see new crimes and find new ways to fight them,” he said. “That means we have to focus on reform. We must reform the way we search out offenders and bring them to justice — but with that, we also have to find ways to reform offenders and offer them the support they need to avoid becoming a repeat offender.”

Kevin Lamb, a local business owner and Mecosta County resident, said he is excited to support Christensen’s campaign.

“He is a family-man who has a long track record of keeping our community safe while being fair and just when applying the law,” Lamb said.

Christensen resides in Mecosta Township with his wife and their three children. He said in his free time he enjoys fishing, golfing and farming.

According to the Mecosta County Clerk’s Office, no one has formally filed to run for sheriff yet.

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#comptia | #ransomware | Rancocas Valley High School students blocked from social media, but can stream music video – News – Burlington County Times

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Federal law requires schools to protect students from inappropriate content. Schools have different standards on what to block, records show.

MOUNT HOLLY — Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter are off-limits.

Apple TV, Amazon Prime and Hulu video are just fine.

At Rancocas Valley Regional High School, cybersecurity systems are set to block student access to social media but allow teens to stream music and video on classroom devices, according to records released after a legal appeal to the New Jersey Government Records Council.

Beginning Nov. 8, this news organization filed open records requests with all Burlington County school districts.

Four months later, on Jan. 10, district officials released the requested information while apologizing for the delay.

“I reviewed the District’s initial response which did not include all of the documents I advised them to produce,” said George M. Morris, attorney for the school district. “Not sure where there was a breakdown in communication.”

Public schools are required by federal law to protect students from inappropriate content.

The information released by area schools districts shows that they have different standards for filtering content, protecting students and staff as well as the equipment financed by taxpayers.

In October, Cherry Hill School District in Camden County discovered some of its computer systems had been locked down and some district computer screens displayed the word “Ryuk,” a term associated with ransomware attacks.

Rancocas Valley is home to some 2,100 students from Eastampton, Hainesport , Lumberton, Mount Holly and Westampton.

In addition to streaming audio and video, Rancocas Valley students are allowed to access shopping, news and media, sports and travel websites, records show. A long list of blocked content includes dating, gambling, pornographic materials, sex education, tobacco, “sports hunting” and “war games.”

So far, records were provided by Bordentown Regional, Burlington City, Burlington Township, Cinnaminson, Delanco, Eastampton, Florence, Lenape Regional, Lumberton, Maple Shade, Medford, Moorestown, Mount Laurel, North Hanover, Palmyra, Riverside, Riverton, Shamong, Southampton, Springfield and Westampton.

Similar records requests are pending with Beverly City, Chesterfield, Edgewater Park, Evesham, Mansfield, the Northern Burlington County Regional School District and Willingboro schools.

Appeals have been filed with the New Jersey Government Records Council.

Under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act, government agency must respond within seven days after receiving a request. Government agencies “must ordinarily grant immediate access to budgets, bills, vouchers, contracts,” according to the records council.

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#deepweb | ‘Britain’s FBI’ set for huge new powers to foil County Lines drug gangs

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Ministers are planning to give a huge budget boost and sweeping new powers to ‘Britain’s FBI’ to combat the growing threat of online paedophile rings, people traffickers and County Lines drugs gangs. It comes as the National Crime Agency reveals the frightening scale of organised crime […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Camden County residents are being warned about a new scam that targets your cellphone

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans 0 Camden County residents are being warned about a new scam that targets your cellphone CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. – We’re always on our smartphones so it’s easy to let our guard down, opening the door for scammers.   Now, our cash and identity can be at risk […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

HACKERS #HIT NORTH #CAROLINA COUNTY #GOVERNMENT AND #DEMAND TWO #BITCOIN #RANSOM

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he county government of Mecklenburg, North Carolina, has been hacked, leaving their server files being held for a ransom of 2 bitcoins.


One of the growing problems for businesses and governments today is having their electronic files hacked and held for ransom. Last month, computer hackers targeted the Sacramento Regional Transit system, resulting in 30 million files being deleted. The ransom price demanded by the hackers for that attack was a single bitcoin. Now that ransom price is being doubled as hackers have hit the Mecklenburg, North Carolina county government and are demanding 2 bitcoins.

DON’T OPEN THAT ATTACHMENT!

County Manager Dena Diorio said that the hackers got into the county’s system when an employee clicked on an email attachment they shouldn’t have. (It’s amazing in this day and age that people still click on strange email attachments.) Once the click took place, spyware and a worm were unleashed into the system, freezing all of the electronic files.

Diorio told county commissioners in a meeting that the files were being held for ransom as the hackers were demanding 2 bitcoins, which is now worth almost $25,000 (at the time of this article’s writing). The deadline for paying the ransom is 1pm EST today.

Dena Diorio told reporters that the county was considering paying the ransom, but she did express some concerns over doing so, stating:

There’s a risk you don’t get the decryption key and don’t get your files back. There’s also the chance if they think you’ll pay, they may try to get you to come back again.

IS IT CHEAPER TO PAY THE RANSOM?

Local governments and businesses do find themselves in a quandary when targeted by hackers. Is it actually cheaper to pay the hackers off to once again have access to critical files? A third-party group could restore said files, but using them could cost more than what the hackers were demanding. Of course, as Diorio mentioned above, paying off a hacker could embolden them to attack you again.

This difficult decision is summed up by Diorio when she said:

We need to determine how much it would cost (to pay) versus fixing it on our own. There are a lot of places that pay because it’s cheaper.

The short deadline is obviously putting pressure on the country commissioners to capitulate to the hackers. As of now, the county is switching to paper records for their employees today.

As for the hacking attack, County Manager Dena Diorio summed it up by saying:

I don’t think we were targeted. I don’t think we were at fault. There have been many, many institutions that have been breached. I think we do everything we can to keep our firewall secure.

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County #still weighing #options after #hacking

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The Latest on a hacking attack on a North Carolina county (all times local):

2:35 p.m.

A North Carolina county says it’s still weighing options on how to deal with data frozen by a hacker.

Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio told reporters Wednesday afternoon that local officials haven’t decided whether to pay a hacker who’s ransoming county data frozen on dozens of servers.

Diorio said that it appears the hacking came from Iran or the Ukraine but didn’t elaborate. A forensic review is underway.

Whether or not the ransom is paid, Diorio says it will take days to get county computer systems running in normal fashion. A 1 p.m. deadline set by hackers has passed, but Diorio says talks with the hacker continue.

County services ranging from transportation to Medicaid patients to processing of arrestees have been slowed as employees use manual instead of computer-based controls.

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1:30 p.m.

A hacker’s deadline has passed for a North Carolina county to pay for access to frozen computer data, but it’s not clear if local officials paid ransom.

Mecklenburg County officials said that a hacker that was ransoming data on its servers gave a 1 p.m. Wednesday deadline to pay more than $23,000 to get the data back.

After 1 p.m., multiple county sites including an online jail inmate search were still not functioning.

County spokesman Leo Caplanides said in an email that he could offer no further information. The county manager has scheduled a 2 p.m. news conference to discuss the case.

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12:20 p.m.

North Carolina’s largest city says its computer system hasn’t been affected by a hacking attack on the surrounding county.

Charlotte government officials released a statement Wednesday saying that its separate computer systems have not been affected and that it has severed direct connections to county computers. The release noted that the city and county maintain separate servers.

Mecklenburg County officials say that a hacker is seeking a ransom of more than $23,000 after freezing county computer files. Departments including the sheriff’s office and code enforcement have had to use paper records for at least some of their functions.

The sheriff’s office said emergency calls are processed by the city and haven’t been affected.

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11:30 a.m.

A North Carolina sheriff’s office is checking in arrestees by hand after a hacking attack on county government computers.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff spokeswoman Anjanette Flowers Grube said in an email that the problems don’t extend to the processing of emergency calls, which is handled by the city of Charlotte. Charlotte officials have said their computers aren’t affected by the hacking.

The sheriff’s office also posted a message that its website wasn’t able to process requests for information on jail inmates that are normally easily accessed by the public.

Mecklenburg County officials say that the hacking has affected its computer system and that a hacker is seeking a ransom of more than $23,000.

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10:30 a.m.

A deadline is approaching for one of North Carolina’s largest counties to respond to a hacker who froze county servers and is demanding ransom.

Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio told reporters that local officials face a deadline of 1 p.m. Wednesday to decide whether to pay a ransom of two bitcoin, or more than $23,000.

On Wednesday morning, some county sites such as the jail inmate search function were down. Diorio said departments including the code enforcement office were using paper records.

The county issued a statement on Twitter Wednesday asking residents to contact county offices before visiting to see whether they are offering services.

Diorio said leaders are working with a technology consultant and haven’t ruled out paying the ransom. Charlotte officials say city government computers haven’t been hacked.

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County Officials Didn’t Protect Computer Systems from Obvious Hacking Risks, Auditors Say

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Orange County officials failed to implement essential safeguards to protect county computer systems, which left the county unnecessarily vulnerable to hacking and other malicious activity until the problems were uncovered in recent months by a comprehensive audit. “We found that physical and [software access] security to data and programs WAS…

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ISIS-linked group claims hack of Leon County website

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No important data was compromised in a hack Thursday of Leon County’s government website by an ISIS-linked group. Up for only minutes on the Leon County homepage, the message accompanied by a photo of North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and audio of a 1964 Ronald Regan speech was gone…

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Parents at fault when students take guns to school, Duval County board member says

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Tennille Whitaker Elko County teacher arrested after 2 year sex relationships with 2 students

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