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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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#iossecurity | #applesecurity | How Tim Draper’s first job picking apples made him a capitalist

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Tim Draper — the billionaire venture capitalist who built his fortune by making early investments in Twitter, Skype, Tesla and SpaceX (to name a few) — says his first job as an apple picker drove him to capitalism.

“When I was about 8 years old, my first job was picking apples. We had a couple of apple trees in our backyard and it was harvest time, so I picked a bunch of them and I would take them down to the end of the driveway and sell them,” Draper, 61, founding partner at Draper Associates, tells CNBC Make It.

His asking price: 5 cents an apple, which in 1966 was the same price as a U.S. postage stamp.

“I [sold apples] every day for a couple of months, and every once in a while one of my friends would come by in the neighborhood and stay with me for a little bit while I sold them,” Draper remembers.

At the end of the season, he says, he was wrapping up selling his last batch, when his friend’s mother approached him and asked him how much he made.

Draper says he told her $8, which meant he sold 160 apples that season. He says he was ecstatic over the accomplishment.

But his friend’s mother wasn’t. Draper says she took the $8 away from him and asked him who else had been there to help him sell apples. She then divided up the money and gave each kid a dollar who stopped by to help, leaving Draper with a dollar himself.

“It was my first exposure to socialism, and I decided at that point that there had to be a better system for sharing the wealth,” Draper says.

The experience, he says, led him to become a capitalist — just like his dad and grandfather were.

Draper’s grandfather, William Draper Jr., founded the first venture capital firm in Silicon Valley in 1959 called Draper, Gaither & Anderson, while his father William Draper III, founded Draper & Johnson Investment Company in 1962. Draper started his own early-stage venture capital firm in 1985.

While Draper does believe change is desperately needed to combat income inequality not only in the U.S. but globally, he doesn’t believe socialism or free-cash handouts (the idea of giving out a “no strings attached” cash handout to every citizen regardless of employment status) are the solutions.

“It all depends on how it’s done. I think that it is an interesting idea and a good safety net for people,” Draper says, “but I’m always a believer that you have to teach people to fish rather than handing them all the fish. And I would rather see that money go into improving education instead.”

Draper says what the government really needs is a “Steve Jobs type candidate,” meaning someone capable of completely revolutionizing the way something works, to get elected and reshape our government systems like Jobs did with the iPhone.

“The government is still operating like a mainframe computer while the rest of us all have smartphones.”

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#iossecurity | #applesecurity | First Friday, Apple Festival, River Tour: Weekend Events Near HdG

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HAVRE DE GRACE, MD — It’s First Friday in downtown Havre de Grace. The street festival will kick off the first weekend of October with vendors, live music and more. Outside the city limits, there’s a Daven and Dine event at Temple Adas Shalom. Saturday marks the 33rd annual Darlington Apple Festival as well as Oktoberfest at the American Legion. Sunday there’s an open house at the Level Volunteer Fire Company or a cruise along the Susquehanna.

Did we miss your event? Post it on the Havre de Grace Patch calendar; instructions are at the end of the article.

First Friday

Downtown Havre de Grace will turn into a pedestrian thoroughfare from 5 to 9:30 p.m.


October Daven & Dine

Friday, October 4 at 6:00 pm

Join us on Friday, October 4th at 6:00 pm as we present our October Daven & Dine service.

Afterward attendees are encouraged to dine out together. This month we will be Dining at Liberatore’s in Bel Air, MD. RSVPs for dinner can be made at https://harfordjewishcenter.or…

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Havre de Grace Out of the Darkness Walk

Saturday, October 5 at 8:30 am

Registration is at 8:30 a.m. The walk starts at 10 a.m. in Tydings Park.


Oktoberfest at the Legion

Saturday, October 5 at 9:00 am

The event featuring crafters and other vendors runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Joseph L. Davis Memorial Post.


Havre de Grace Farmers Market

Saturday, October 5 at 9:00 am

Pick up fresh produce and other goodies from 9 a.m. to noon at Hutchins Park.


Darlington Apple Festival

Saturday, October 5 at 10:00 am

Get in the autumn spirit with hayrides, apple dumplings and other fall favorites.


Community Concert Choir of Baltimore

Saturday, October 5 at 3:00 pm

Musical Concert performed by over 125 powerful voices.

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Havre de Haunts Tour

Saturday, October 5 at 7:00 pm

The tour runs from 7 to. 8:30 p.m.


Fire Prevention Open House In Level

Sunday, October 6 at 12:00 pm

From noon to 3 p.m., there will be fire engine rides, demos and more.


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Sunday Evening Cruise

Sunday, October 6 at 5:00 pm

Join us for a tour of the lovely Susquehanna River! Visit www.blackeyedsusanhdg.com!

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Kol Nidre Service

Tuesday, October 8 at 7:30 pm

Join us on October 8th at 7:30 pm for our evening Yom Kippur service, Kol Nidre.

On the eve of Yom Kippur, The Temple Adas Shalom congregation and our guests gather in our synagogue to recite the Kol Nidre declaration as we enter into the Day of Atonement.

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Yom Kippur Service & Programs

Wednesday, October 9 at 9:15 am

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“The Clean Bin Project” – Film Screening

Wednesday, October 9 at 7:00 pm

Is it possible to live completely waste-free? In this multi-award winning festival favorite, partners Jen and Grant go head-to-head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least garbage. Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the problem of waste.

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2019 Harford County Job Fair

Thursday, October 10 at 12:00 pm

2019 Harford County Job Fair

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Ripken Stadium

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Over (60) Businesses registered

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Fall in Love with Science!

Thursday, October 10 at 5:00 pm

This fall, come join us to learn all about native trees and autumn leaves! Do you know the science behind the beautiful fall colors we see adorning the trees each year? Come find out, and create your very own skeleton leaf art – just in time for Halloween! It’s $5.00 per person, and all ages are welcome to attend. The workshop falls on two different dates to accommodate as many as possible:

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Make a calendar event and fill it with all the info that people need to add it to their list of things to do. Choose an image to upload and most importantly, have fun with it!

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Department of #Homeland #Security Finds #Cybersecurity #Flaws in First #Responder Apps

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The Department of Homeland Security found critical cybersecurity flaws in mobile apps being used by public safety official during emergencies in pilot project.

Thanks to a pilot project run by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), numerous cybersecurity vulnerabilities discovered in mobile apps used by first responders have been patched.

In emergency and disaster situations, mobile devices and apps enable public-safety professionals to receive and share critical information in real-time. The department’s S&T Directorate established the pilot projectin order to test how vulnerable smartphone apps used in the public safety sector are to cyberattack, including ransomware and spyware, and whether certain apps have coding vulnerabilities that could compromise device security, expose sensitive data, or allow for spying.

The pilot-testing project discovered potential security and privacy concerns — such as access to the device camera, contacts or SMS messages — in 32 of 33 popular apps that were tested. In all, 18 apps were discovered to have critical flaws such as hard-coded credentials stored in binary, issues with handling Secure Sockets Layer certificates or susceptibility to “man-in-the-middle” attacks.

Pilot project leaders worked with each app developer to remediate identified vulnerabilities, according to a press release. So far, 10 developers successfully remediated their apps, and as a result of the pilot project, the security and privacy concerns of 14 mobile apps were addressed.
“This pilot project illustrates the efficacy, benefits and value an ongoing app-testing program will provide to the public-safety community and the nation,” says Vincent Sritapan, S&T’s program manager for mobile security research and development. “During the testing phase, numerous cyber vulnerabilities were identified and remediated. This model can be used to ensure all apps used by the public-safety professionals are secured against cyberattacks and other security and privacy weaknesses.”

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China #unveils its first #civil-military #cybersecurity innovation #center

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China on Tuesday unveiled the nation’s first cybersecurity innovation center developed under the national strategy of civil-military integration, amid Beijing’s call to step up its national cyber defenses.

The freshly-established center has set the ambitious goal of setting up a cutting-edge cybersecurity defense system for the military to help win future cyber wars.

It was set up under the instruction of the Central Commission for Integrated Military and Civilian Development and related military bodies, which will also supervise and manage the center during its operation by one of China’s leading cybersecurity companies, 360 Enterprise Security Group.

According to Wu Yunkun, president of the security group, the center will focus on building cyber defense systems for military-related internet services and a threat intelligence sharing mechanism for military users in the first stage.

It will work to encourage more small- and medium-sized companies to cooperate on technology R&D projects in order to guarantee the supply of cyber defense services that can meet practical combat requirements, Wu introduced.

Specifically, the center wants to set up a special fund for cybersecurity innovation investment and teams of researchers that are supported by local governments, the military, and enterprises. It is also mulling to conduct a pilot study on cyber militia construction and to set up a mechanism to offer cyber emergency response services and advanced persistent threat (APT) analysis and monitoring services to the military and local government bodies.

China has long attached significance to cybersecurity, and the eminent influence of cybersecurity in the military domain in particular has been increasingly valued by the central government.

In a strategy paper released by Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) last December, China vowed to develop a cyber defense compatible with its international status as a major cyber power – a national goal with a development timeline by 2035.

Three months later, an international strategy document published by the Chinese foreign ministry and CAC made clear that national defense in cyberspace is one crucial part of Chinese military modernization, following the same military strategy of active defense.

“Countries like the US and Israel that are taking the lead in cyberspace development have demonstrated how cybersecurity companies can help support a nation’s national defense needs in the virtual world. In turn, the development of cyber defense can help give a boost to the whole industry,” Qi Xiangdong, Chairman of the 360 Enterprise Security Group, noted at the ceremony.

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Risk #assessment: The #first step in #improving #cyber security

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Despite the proliferation of high profile cyber-attacks over the last 18 months, many organisations are still too disorganised in their approach to security. While it is no longer feasible to guarantee 100% protection against a breach, businesses are setting themselves up for a fall by failing to adequately understand and prepare for the risks facing them.

PwC’s 2018 Information Security Survey, which surveyed more than 9,000 business and technology executives around the world, found that more than a quarter (28%) don’t know how many cyber-attacks they have suffered in total, and a third also don’t know how they occurred. While some security incidents are the result of high level attackers using advanced techniques to disguise their activity, the vast majority of cases are caused by common security failings and could be easily prevented with better governance and process control.

Perhaps the most important step an organisation can take to improve its security is to undertake a thorough IT risk assessment. This is crucial to understanding where the biggest vulnerabilities within the organisation are, as well as what potential external threats it may be facing. Any company attempting to create an IT security strategy without this knowledge will simply be throwing money at the problem. This approach will certainly miss the basic mistakes in IT management that enable attacks and lead to accidental breaches.

A comprehensive risk assessment needs to not only take into account the internal processes at the company, but also a variety of third parties including suppliers and contractors, as well as the role of an increasingly mobile workforce. With this in mind, a thorough assessment is no small task, and usually takes a great deal of planning and preparation to execute.

Choosing a risk framework

As a result of the complexity involved, most companies usually turn to one of the various pre-existing risk assessment frameworks that have been developed over the last few decades as the IT industry has matured. While these frameworks are extremely useful resources, companies should not rely on them to entirely shape their strategy. We still see too many organisations taking a premade framework and going through it as a tick-box exercise. No two businesses are the same, so assessment frameworks can only ever be a general guide and starting place.

Instead, companies need to base their assessment around their own unique structure and risk profile, incorporating elements of existing frameworks where they are appropriate. Encouragingly, 53% of respondents in PwC’s survey stated that spending on their information security budget was based exclusively around risk.

Perhaps the most popular choice of risk assessment frameworks are those created by NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The NIST 800-53 and NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) are regularly used by governmental agencies and educational institutions as well as private enterprises.

Exploring NIST and ISO

The earlier framework NIST 800-53 was designed to support compliance with the U.S. Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). This special publication provides organisational officials with evidence about the effectiveness of implemented controls, indications of quality of risk management processes used and information regarding the strengths and weaknesses of information systems.

The CSF was designed to help organisations of all sizes and any degree of cyber security sophistication apply best practice of risk management. The framework is comprised of three components: framework profile, framework core and framework implementation tiers.

NIST’s roots with the US Commerce Department make it fairly US-centric, but the CSF also incorporates globally recognised standards, making it useful for risk assessment around the world. It is also designed to be flexible and can be used alongside other cybersecurity risk management processes, such as the ISO (International Organisation for Standardization) standards.

Indeed, the ISO/IEC 27000-series, jointly published by the ISO and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), is another of the most well-known and widely used frameworks. Like NIST, the ISO frameworks are flexible enough to fit most organisational sizes and structures. The frameworks can be useful in dissuading an organisation from the tick box compliance mindset, as they encourage organisations to assess their own information security risks and implement controls according to their needs. The ISO series also promotes a continuous feedback approach to address changes in the threat landscape or within the company and implement iterative improvements.

Other strong framework choices to consider include OCTAVE, which has a broader, simpler approach that easy to integrate, and COBIT, an operational framework with a focus on uptime that is well-suited to manufacturing firms and others where uptime is important.

Taking risk assessment to the top

Whichever combination of frameworks the company decides to incorporate for its risk assessment, it is essential to relate the process back to the organisation’s unique operational structure and business objectives. One of the most important activities in preparing a comprehensive assessment is to conduct in-depth interviews with senior management, IT administrators and other stakeholders across the organisation. This will help to develop a much more realistic understanding of the organisation’s potential threats, likelihood of compromise and the impact of the loss, as well as relating everything back to its business priorities.

It is also essential that the risk assessment is understood and supported at the highest level of the organisation. PwC’s survey found that only 44% of boards are actively participating in their security strategy. Without buy-in from the board and other senior leaders, a risk assessment is likely to end up being little more than a series of recommendations that are never actually implemented. By aligning popular industry assessment frameworks with their business objectives, organisations can conduct an assessment that not only highlights potential threats, but goes on to implement real changes that improve its security posture.

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Ukrainian hacker became first witness in FBI’s ‘Russian case’ of hacking servers of US Democratic Party

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The Ukrainian hacker gave confessions and witnessed the US Federal Bureau of Investigation in the case of hacking servers of the US Democratic Party during the campaign, which for Hillary Clinton turned into a series of scandals and became victorious for Republican Donald Trump. Russia is accused of organizing crack…

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Chester County First Responders and Citizens Are Vulnerable to Hackers Due to Cyber Security Gaps

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Chester County First Responders and Citizens Are Vulnerable to Hackers Due to Cyber Security Gaps

If you’ve ever been pulled over by police or had an ambulance rush to your home, laptop computers offer a way for first responders to check some of your most personal information. Former Chester County Technical Communications Specialist David Cucchi …

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Corvil Develops World’s First Virtual Security Expert to Address Cybersecurity in Financial Markets

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Corvil Develops World’s First Virtual Security Expert to Address Cybersecurity in Financial Markets

Corvil today announced a cybersecurity solution specifically designed to address the unique security needs of today’s electronic trading businesses looking to solve escalating concerns over cyber attacks while demonstrating compliance with evolving regulations. Powered by sophisticated machine learning algorithms, Corvil “Cara” acts as a virtual security expert that autonomously identifies vulnerabilities and possible attacks within trading environments that often process …

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