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With Textbook Lawsuit Dismissed, Platinum Equity Inks $4.5B Deal to Buy McGraw Hill | #tinder | #pof | #match | #sextrafficking | romancescams | #scams

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Publisher McGraw Hill will soon pass from one private-equity firm to another. Platinum Equity announced an agreement this week to buy the company from Apollo Global Management, in a deal […]

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What’s the deal with these dang black flies? | Family & Parenting | Spokane | The Pacific Northwest Inlander | #parenting | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

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I  grew up about three blocks from the Spokane River, and I never recall being bitten by any bugs really, except for the occasional mosquito that sucked a bit of […]

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‘She wanted $4,000 or she’d post the video’: how to deal with dating scams | Scams | #tinder | #pof | romancescams | #scams

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The dating game is full of the unexpected: it can quickly become apparent that photographs might have been in rotation for a few years or that someone listing their height […]

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Pa. man shot at wrong house over botched drug deal, killing sleeping teacher: cops | #teacher | #children | #kids | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

It was a case of mistaken identity turned deadly. The suspect in the shooting death of a sleeping teacher tells police he was shooting at the wrong house. The accused […] View full post on National Cyber Security

#deepweb | Is Pelosi Making Mexico Pay for its Trump Deal?

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans The Speaker of the House who called a border wall with Mexico “an immorality” is still sitting on a Mexican request to approve a new trade agreement. What is the morality of ignoring this key priority of our southern neighbors? In a letter this week, Mexico’s […] View full post on

Cyber Security #breakfasts to help #businesses deal with #security #threats

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Cyber security is to come under the spotlight as police demonstrate a live hack to encourage businesses to protect themselves.

The safety of the online world is a hot topic with threats from hackers, criminals, activists, terrorists and even disgruntled employees who target vulnerable firms.

Now the North East Cyber Crime Unit (NERSOU) has teamed up with local police forces to host ‘cyber breakfasts’ in a bid to urge businesses to protect themselves against the growing menace of cyber-crime.

Detective Sergeant Martin Wilson from NERSOU, said: “North East businesses are underprepared when it comes to cyber threats, with many having no contingency plans in place for a crisis.

“Whilst it is easy enough to recognise an insecure window or an unlocked door, it is not always as easy to spot that your computer system has been compromised.

“The purpose of these breakfasts is simple, we want to show businesses how they can be vulnerable to a cyber-attack by demonstrating a live hack with the help of Waterstons, an IT consultancy based in Durham.

“This may all sound like doom and gloom but it is not, we can give you the support to defend against these hacks and are offering a free vulnerability assessment service, which can give you an overview of your ICT weaknesses so you can fix them before cyber criminals find them.”

The free events will take place across the region in Durham City, Darlington and Barnard Castle and it will be a chance for businesses to speak to experts in cyber-crime and enable organisations in the North East to come together to share their experiences and learn from best practice.

“Cyber-crime has been on people’s radars for a while now but it is still an evolving global threat and attacks are incredibly disruptive. It is a growing part of the workload of policing in UK,” said DS Wilson whose team has recently expanded to deal with these type of crimes.

“We are a dedicated team of detectives here to protect businesses and members of the public,” he added.

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Governor #Deal announces $35 #million for #cybersecurity center #expansion

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 Cyber Training and Innovation was already a big project, but it just got bigger, by 35 million dollars to be exact. Today Governor Nathan Deal annouced a second building which is set to begin its construction immediately.

Augusta University Brooks Keel calls it a pretty sweet deal not only for the students and state but the entire country.

The first building won’t be finished until July 2018. This new second one won’t be done until a year from now, Dec. 2018.

Keel says, “it will allow us to just really explode innovation. “

Innovation that he believes can start a boom for business. 
Not just for business in the downtown area near the building but throughout the entire city.

“Its being able to take this piece of training to provide for the workforce and turn that into a giant magnet to bring in business to augusta.” 
He told News 12, that’s going to bring more jobs and attention to Augusta.

It’s this kind of attention that Augusta University cyber students like Bryce Floyd are waiting for. Floyd is a junior who says he’s excited to get to spend at least one semester in the new second building before he graduates.

“Well i’m excited they’re investing that much into my field, and my major and i’m really happy that they’re thinking about the future.”

According to his school president Keel, it’s a future where studying cyber will transform easily into a career. 
Keel said the new building is a part of a ‘concept’ where students would have class on one side of the hallway. Then after class, they could simply walk over to the other side of the hall for their internship.

New halls, new classrooms, more equipment and advanced labs are all a part of the reason why Floyd believes it made sense to add an extra building. 
He believes Augusta earned it.

“This is definitely, in America, probably one of the leading areas for cyber security. “

What was only an idea a year ago– now is a steel structure with a new promise for an even bigger design.

“When Governor Nathan Deal first announced the 50 million dollar facility, then turned it into a 60 million dollar facility, there were two parts to it, innovation and training,” said Dr. Brooks Keel.

You could say Training is being built.

That’s the focus of the first building.

Innovation is the second 35 million dollar, 165,000 square foot building announced today.

It’s going to start being built immediately and will open its doors in a year.

Augusta University President Dr. Brooks Keel says moving quickly is everything in this industry.

“When you’re talking about lightning speed I can’t think of a technology that’s quicker than cyber, and beyond that cybersecurity. You have to be not just on the cutting edge but the bleeding edge to be on top of the growth with cyber,” he said.

That’s exactly what Governor Deal wants, he says these projects will help make Georgia the leader in the nation for cyber, setting Augusta and Augusta University ahead as well. While the project grows, the schools reach grows also.

“I’ve been saying for a while that’s just phase one, here’s phase two, and there’s more to come on that parcel of land there,” he said.

So the now more than 90 million dollars in cyber investments in downtown Augusta is paving the way for a brighter future from city, to the state, to the whole nation.

 Governor Deal announced $35 million in funding to expand Augusta’s Hull McKnight Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center.

According to a release from the Governor’s Communications Office, Deal said, “Given Georgia’s growing status as a technology and innovation hub, this additional investment will further cement our reputation as the ‘Silicon Valley of the South.’ When complete, the center will house a cyber range, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s new cyber crime unit and an incubator for startup cybersecurity companies.”

Construction of the new facility will begin immediately. The 165,000 square foot space will serve as a training facility for information security professionals employed by state and local governments. 
The space will also allow tech companies to establish fellowships, internships, and co-op programs for students and employees.

The Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) will oversee the construction and the operation of the cybersecurity center facilities. The GTA is partnered with the U.S. Army Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon, the Georgia, National Guard, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the City of Augusta to name a few. The GTA is also partnered with schools, colleges, and private corporations.

The first phase of the Cyber Center is scheduled to open in July. The Second is scheduled to be completed December 2018.

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Why #Trump is #sticking with #Obama’s #China #hacking #deal

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Why #Trump is #sticking with #Obama’s #China #hacking #deal

President Donald Trump has broken with a host of Obama-era international agreements, from the Trans-Pacific Partnership to the Paris climate pact — but he’s showing every sign of sticking with a 2015 hacking accord with China.

Last month, the Trump administration quietly reaffirmed the agreement, which Republicans had initially greeted with skepticism. And business groups, cyber researchers and international policy experts say they see little reason for Trump to cancel the deal, especially as he’s pressing for China’s cooperation in curbing North Korea’s increasingly bellicose cyber and nuclear programs.

The hacking agreement is not expected to be a major talking point when Trump meets on Wednesday in Beijing with Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose country remains one of the most skilled and aggressive operators in cyberspace.

China appears to be largely complying with the 2015 deal, in which both countries pledged not to steal trade secrets from each other for the benefit of their domestic companies. That has helped calm the friction that once reigned between Washington and Beijing over cyber disputes, leaving Trump free to press his complaints with China on issues such as its protectionist regulations and unfavorable trade balance with the U.S.

“Having the cyber accord that we have helps to narrow the issues in dispute,” said Luke Dembosky, who worked on the 2015 U.S.-China cyber pact as a senior Justice Department official. “We need every bit of goodwill we can muster between our two countries on issues like North Korea. And we should, as a country, capitalize on the breakthrough that was achieved in fall of 2015.”

Perhaps most surprisingly to some, the deal has had its intended effect: Chinese-backed cyber theft of American trade secrets has dropped roughly 90 percent since the September 2015 accord, according to two leading digital security firms. Before then, analysts estimated that the thefts were costing the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars a year.

“We saw the level of that activity drop off a cliff,” said Chris Porter, chief intelligence strategist at FireEye, which closely tracks major Chinese-linked hacking groups. “At or near zero levels.”

Those same researchers, though, caution that Chinese hacking tactics may have mutated in recent months, once again threatening American businesses through means that push the boundaries of the 2015 accord.

The Trump administration has not made strong public statements either way regarding the U.S.-China cyber pact despite jointly pledging with China in October to continue implementing the deal.

“President Trump believes strongly in protecting intellectual property rights, which are a key part of a fair and reciprocal trade policy,” White House spokesman Marc Raimondi wrote in an email. “We will be closely monitoring [China’s] adherence to both the letter and the spirit of the commitment.”

When Xi visited the White House in 2015, cyber tensions were at an all-time high between the two countries. It was widely believed that Beijing’s cyber spies had been behind the devastating theft that spring of more than 20 million sensitive U.S. government security clearance background-check files. And business groups were imploring the Obama administration to punish China over what they said was a pervasive hacking campaign to steal America’s trade secrets and erode the country’s competitive advantage, costing the U.S. up to $400 billion a year.

But instead of slapping Beijing with sanctions, Obama and Xi announced a mutual vow to end the type of theft that was enraging U.S. business leaders. Republicans — and even some Democrats — were immediately dubious that the diplomatic route would have any tangible effect on China’s behavior. And notably, the deal did not require either side to stop traditional cyber espionage, such as the theft of the U.S. background-check records.

However, just over two years later, the pact has held.

There has been a “massive reduction” in Chinese intrusions of American companies, said Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder of the digital security firm CrowdStrike, which is working on a report analyzing China’s digital behavior since the agreement.

And it has allowed the two countries to focus more on their trade relationship, making it “a remarkable success” from that perspective, said Porter, of FireEye. “It shows that diplomacy can be used to reduce the cyber threat to Americans.”

Those who worked on the deal also believe it played a broader role in stabilizing U.S.-China relations and set a rare precedent for the international community on cyber norms, which have been notoriously difficult to pin down.

“These are two of the, if not the two, world leaders on cyber issues,” said Dembosky, now a partner at the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton. “So for them to reach any agreement on matters of cyberspace … has huge ripple effects in the international community in a positive way.”

China did not give up its expansive cyber efforts, though. Instead, the country shifted its focus to regional targets, training its digital spies on dissidents in Tibet and Hong Kong, as well as political, military and economic targets across Asia, CrowdStrike’s Alperovitch said. According to FireEye’s Porter, Chinese hackers were able to pilfer intellectual property — from other nations, like Japan — that was largely comparable to what they had been getting in the U.S.

At the same time, Xi was also restructuring his military. The increasingly powerful leader wanted to consolidate the country’s cyber army and rein in government-linked hackers moonlighting as rogue digital actors, a process FireEye detailed in a June 2016 report.

And there are recent signs that Beijing may be testing the limits of its 2015 promises.

In mid-2016, FireEye noticed that one prominent suspected Chinese hacking group had resurfaced, catching it infiltrating a U.S. information technology services firm in a likely attempt to gain access to the firm’s clients. Porter said FireEye had also discovered Beijing-linked hackers spying on corporate executives, giving them access to inside information that might eventually come in handy for Chinese investors looking to purchase an American firm or Chinese companies bidding on a U.S. project.

It’s unclear whether either strategy would technically violate the narrow terms of the 2015 agreement.

“I do think that it’s still too early to call victory here,” Alperovitch said.

Still, cyber watchers say that Trump should stick with the deal.

The U.S. gave up almost nothing in inking the agreement, they note, as it already had a long-established commitment to not steal corporate secrets for domestic economic gain. Plus, the deal established law enforcement channels to swap details on cybercrime, a valuable tool given China’s proximity to North Korea’s increasingly assertive cyber army. Researchers believe Pyongyang was behind a global malware outbreak earlier this year that froze tens of thousands of computer networks, costing businesses hundreds of millions of dollars. South Korea has also blamed its northern neighbor for the digital theft of war plans.

China may have enabled North Korea’s hacking operations by providing network bandwidth or even physical space for Pyongyang’s digital warriors, according to studies and media reports. Details are thin on what assistance China may currently provide.

“China may well be in a position to be able to provide information about North Korean cyber activities,” said Samir Jain, who helped craft the U.S.-China cyber deal as a senior director for cyber policy at the National Security Council. “To the extent that the Chinese can provide information about those actors or about servers or other infrastructure being used by North, then that would all be helpful.”

The White House also doesn’t appear eager to rock the boat over any possible noncompliance with the 2015 deal. A White House blog post about Trump’s upcoming visit to Beijing mentioned only the North Korea situation and “China’s unfair trade practices.”

Indeed, those “unfair trade practices” are where industry leaders’ concerns now lie. They worry that new Chinese cybersecurity regulations could force foreign technology companies to hand over software for “security” reviews before being allowed to enter China’s booming market. Trump recently ordered the U.S. trade representative to investigate the issue, setting up a potential showdown with Beijing on trade.

“We are at risk of a trade war,” Dembosky said. “It may be a cold trade war, but it’s certainly getting much hotter. If we don’t reach some understanding with China on the processes — and the fairness of the processes on both sides for evaluating these risks — then both counties will suffer.”

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‘Impossible’ to protect children from online threats and they must be taught how to deal with them

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