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The recent case of a man who was unlawfully at large in the Truro, N.S., area and allegedly committed dozens of sex and drug trafficking crimes against children shows the need for a local youth shelter is dire, says a youth advocate.
Michelle Rafuse, a volunteer who supports First Nations youth in court, said a shelter for young people would help prevent at-risk youth from becoming victims of violence and sexual exploitation.
“There’s no place for kids to go in Truro if they need a place to stay,” said Rafuse, who often allows homeless kids to stay at her own home.
“If they have no place to go, they end up in circumstances where they could get led down a path they don’t want to be on.”
Truro and the surrounding Colchester County do not have a youth shelter. The counties of Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne, Pictou and Halifax all have youth shelters serving their areas.
Youth shelters are usually run by not-for-profit groups and are aimed at ending homelessness for people aged 16 to 24. The youth stay for several months and receive connections and support to help them get their lives on track.
CBC News spoke to a 22-year-old Indigenous man who said he spent the last several years homeless in Truro. He said he used to walk around the town at night messaging friends and asking for a place to stay, often crashing at the homes of friends on their laundry room floors. If he couldn’t find a place to stay, he kept walking.
“It was weird sleeping outside, so I just stayed awake,” said the young man, who recently found housing because a member of the community offered up her home. “There’s a lot of people in the same boat. There’s a pretty big need for it.”
CBC News is not identifying the man because he has been a participant in the youth criminal justice system, involved in break and enters, which he said he did to get money to support himself. He said he wouldn’t have committed those crimes had he not been so desperate and had a safe home.
He said his troubles started in his teens when his relationship with his father turned volatile. Upset about the fighting, he failed to turn up at his job baking cookies and bread at a local bakery. After losing the job, he said he was kicked out of the house because he could no longer pay the rent.
Truro has emergency shelter, but it’s not just for youth
Truro has a youth centre, which has been closed due to COVID-19, but it’s only open during the day. There is also an overnight emergency shelter open to youth over the age of 16.
Truro, with its population of 12,500 is a hub town, a crossroads where the Trans-Canada Highway joins from three different directions. The town is next door to the Millbrook First Nation, a Mi’kmaw community with many members living off-reserve.
A 2018 Statistics Canada study found Nova Scotia had the highest rate of human trafficking in the country in 2016.
Joe Pinto, a local developer and businessman, said he’s noticed the growing issue of youth homelessness in Truro.
“There seems to be a lot of kids that the parents are not available to look after them or they’re just on the street, couch-surfing, going from place to place. I feel that there’s a need to house them and give them a bit of guidance,” he said.
Pinto said he has space available in downtown Truro for a youth shelter if a community group is interested.
Social services and housing are provincial responsibilities. In a joint statement, the Department of Community Services and the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing described having a place to live as an important piece of the complex problem of human trafficking.
To propose a youth shelter for the town, a community group would first have to submit a proposal, which could include a request for funding, to Nova Scotia’s Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing. So far, no such proposal has come forward.
What the province says it’s doing
The Nova Scotia government earmarked $1.4 million in new funding to combat human trafficking, some of which is trickling down to Truro. In the town, there is one housing support worker and a trustee who can help at-risk youth find secure, stable housing. The province said rent subsidies are available and the Truro Homeless Outreach Society can also connect people to safe and affordable housing.
Truro Mayor Bill Mills said he’s open to the idea of a youth shelter, but it’s going to be a tough sell right now to get funding from the municipality because everyone is being stretched.
“On the surface, if we could pull this off and have a youth shelter and the right people in place… sure, why not,” he said, adding that a letter to council would be the first step.
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It was Sunday, February 23, 2020, and I was packing my bags for an early morning flight from Detroit to San Francisco for another week at an RSA Conference covering all things related to cybersecurity. The conference theme this year was “The Human Element,” which became an ironic choice of words.
While reading-up on the best sessions, pre-conference news and other hot cyber headlines, I noticed that several large companies had pulled out of the conference because of coronavirus fears.
Here’s an excerpt from the Business Insider article that grabbed my attention: “Verizon pulled out of the RSA Conference on Friday, joining competitor AT&T and IBM as large sponsors with coronavirus concerns abandon the cybersecurity trade show that was expected to draw more than 40,000 to San Francisco next week. …”
The RSA Conference website offered this webpage with coronavirus updates; however, the information was sparse and seldom updated. No new updates were added after February 25, which started with this less than comforting news, “Today, the City of San Francisco declared a State of Emergency to begin preparations around any future coronavirus outbreaks. The City stated that residents and visitors remain at low risk for becoming infected with the coronavirus and that the number of cases within the City remains at zero. …”
My Delta flight was overbooked, and the airport seemed packed on Monday morning as I traversed through TSA security lines in Detroit. Several TSA officials wore face masks, and most of them were wearing plastic gloves, which I had not seen before.
Thankfully, my flight arrived early, and I was able to attend most of the RSA Public Sector Day at the San Francisco Hilton by Union Square. There was an excellent agenda of topics and federal, state and local government speakers on issues (Read more…)
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An estimated 97% of cyber-attacks originate from or involve email.
This estimate cited by The Wall Street Journal may be a little bit high, according to IT consultant J. Peter Bruzzese, who believes it is between 90% and 95%. But it nevertheless means emails are the biggest threat and employees are typically the weakest point at which an organisation can be attacked.
Speaking at the Armour Expo on Friday, 4 Oct., Bruzzese said gone are the days when hackers would drop infected USB sticks in the parking lot of their target organisation.
Those who picked up the devices and used them would ultimately infect their computers and potentially a whole network. The method was so successful that IT teams started to super glue the USB drives on computers to render them unusable.
“We actually have software for that,” the IT consultant said. “But some people are really extreme. Why? Because that’s where the threat was coming from.”
Nowadays these types of attack have been replaced by sophisticated email scams.
These can take the form of ransomware and other malware attacks, URL links that lead to malicious websites and even impersonation attacks that make heavy use of “social engineering”, the hacker term for manipulating the victim through verbal or written interaction.
Far from the Nigerian email scams, which involved preposterous stories written in bad English, these attacks appeal right to the heart of the victim, said Bruzzese. They are emails using sophisticated language, often imitating a person known to the target, and containing plausible messages or requests.
The IT consultant presented an email that he, although highly sensitised to the threat, fell prey to himself. It was purportedly sent from the CEO of a client company, who informed Bruzzese that the company had changed direction and to continue the collaboration his compensation structure would have to be adjusted. More information was supposedly contained in an attached Excel file.
Of course, Bruzzese said, he should have noticed that he had never communicated with the CEO about compensation in the past or that an Excel spreadsheet was not really needed in this context.
“I wasn’t thinking. That is what your end-user is like most of the time,” he told local IT professionals at the event hosted by IT and cyber-security firm eShore.
The first thing he therefore recommends is end-user training.
“You have to prevent the end-user from making that click or opening that attachment. If you can stop that just a proportion of the time, you will save the company the frustration of a ransomware attack, the frustration of some form of impersonation attack or URL-based attack where they get password credentials.”
But in some cases, even the best training will not be sufficient. When homoglyphs, different character sets that look like letters, are used to replicate an email domain name, Brazzese said what looks like “apple.com” to the naked eye will actually be “xm00-ak68.com”, adding, “That’s how sneaky these folks are.”
The solution therefore must involve technology on top of user security awareness because most people will not pick up on these attempts. “You have to have the technology in place. An end-user is never going to see a URL that is based on homoglyphs.”
Moving email systems into the cloud will take care of some, but not all, security issues. Most people think that if they use Office365 they will never have a problem with a ransomware attack because their email is in the cloud and on Microsoft servers, Brazzese noted. “That makes sense, except there is a new form of attack called a ‘ransomcloud’ attack.”
In this attack, the end-user is prompted with a fake Microsoft message to opt into certain settings to enhance their security. Once these settings are accepted, the attackers can take control of the Microsoft mailbox online and they can encrypt it.
“They only way you can get your mailbox back is to pay the ransom unless you have a back-up, which in Office365 most people don’t,” the IT consultant added, because most people believe that Microsoft backs up their emails in such a way that they can be easily restored. But with 180 million corporate users across the globe that is impossible, he said.
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