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#deepweb | Northwest CT leaders set rules for municipal activities during coronavirus spread

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans


In response to the coronavirus and its impact on local communities, municipal leaders are making changes to their town hall schedules. Some remain open with signs on the door asking residents to consider their own health before entering; others are closed.

Torrington

City Hall and its offices remain open, with a warning sign posted on the front entrance asking people to consider their health and the health of others before entering.

Residents can find information on all boards and commissions online at www.torringtonct.org/

The Sullivan Senior Center is closed, and all park and recreation activities are canceled or postponed. An Easter Egg Hunt, set for April 4, is “on hold.” Check the website for details.

The Torrington Historial Society also announced this week that it is closed. Residents can visit www.torringtonhistoricalsociety.org/ or call 860-482-8260.


Litchfield

Town Hall remains open with regular hours, including the town clerk, first selectman, assessor, finance office and tax collector. Residents are being asked to put off non-urgent business at Town Hall, or call ahead before they visit, at 860-567-7561.

Probate Judge Diane Blick said Friday that probate court operations in the Litchfield town hall and Canaan are continuing, but no passport applications will be processed until further notice. Anyone with questions can call the court in Litchfield at 860-567-8065 or in North Canaan at 860-824-7012.

The Litchfield Community Center, Oliver Wolcott Library, Litchfield Historical Society, public schools and the Forman School are closed. The recycling center is closed until March 21, and park and recreation programs are suspended.

“We are taking a proactive approach in dealing with this COVID-19 event and setting up our Community Emergency Response Volunteer Team in case we need to deploy,” said First Selectman Denise Raap in a statement. “I urge residents to check on their elderly neighbors via phone calls, social media messaging or email. In the meantime, we urge you to continue social distancing, to follow the guidance of CDC guidelines (www.cdc.gov) the CT State Dept of Public Health (portal.ct.gov/coronavirus) and will continue to work with Torrington Area Health.”

Morris

According to the town website, the Morris town hall, senior center and the library are closed until further notice.


New Hartford

New Hartford First Selectman Dan Jerram said this week that Town Hall and the public works department are open. The town garage is open to employees only. Residents are being asked to call Town Hall if they need help.

“If you have business that can be conducted by phone, email or snail mail … we prefer that method for now,” Jerram said, adding that residents can still come to town hall if necessary, but to keep their visits brief.

Jerram reminded residents that the senior center is closed “to protect our ‘at risk’ senior population,” he said, adding that all exercise classes and social programs are canceled until further notice. The senior van will be used to transport resident seniors to scheduled medical appointments only. All other social trips are canceled.

Jerram also said that board or commission meetings that are not required to meet to conduct business required by state statute are canceled until further notice, including the Commission on Aging, Conservation Commission, Economic Development Commission, Historic District Commission, Recreation Commission and the Open Space Preservation Commission. Boards required to meet, including the Board of Assessment Appeals, Board of Education, Board of Finance, Inland Wetland Commission, Planning & Zoning Commission, Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) and Zoning Board of Appeals, will be assessed case-by-case.

For more information, visit www.newhartfordct.gov/ or call 860-379-3389.

Barkhamsted

“We are going to post signs at Town Hall requesting that anyone with symptoms or who has returned from travel outside the U.S. in the previous 14 days not come into the building and that everyone use .

Purell (which we will have available) before engaging with Town Hall staff,” wrote First Selectman Don Stein, in a town website message.

The Board of Finance meeting, scheduled for March 17, will be moved to the Community Room. Stein said he is maintaining the spring budget hearing/meeting schedule, with a budget hearing on April 7 ,and town meeting May 5. These dates are subject to change.

The Barkhamsted Senior Center is closed for the next two weeks. A decision to remain closed or reopen the week of March 29 is pending.

The Highway Garage Community Room is closed for non-town functions until further notice.

Residents can always call Town Hall, 860-379-8285, email dstein@barkhamsted.us, or visit www.barkhamsted.us/

Goshen

Goshen First Selectman Robert Valentine sent a letter to residents Monday, outlining the town’s plans to keep the coronavirus in check.

Those who need building or land use permits or have business with the town clerk should visit the online application portal at www.goshenct.gov

“If you have documents that need to be filed, we ask that they be sent to the Town Clerk via FedEx UPS or USPS. For those needing hunting and fishing licenses please use the DEEP web site to purchase them,” Valentine said.

Board and commission meetings are moving to “electronic means” in the near future, Valentine said, either online or by a conference call, and all residents and members will be notified. “We’ll make sure that those interested in attending meetings are allowed to attend electronically and have the ability to see documents being discussed by boards and commissions,” he said.

The town hall is open for business, and residents are asked to limit their visits by going online or calling 860-491-2308 ext. 221 or administrative a ssistant Virginia Perry at ext. 228.

The Goshen Library is closed, and all recreation activities are canceled through March.

Warren

Town hall is closed to the public starting Tuesday, March 17. “Staff will be on hand to assist you in any way we can,” officials said. Call 860-868-7881 for assistance.

Land records can be found at https://www.searchiqs.com/ctwar/Login.aspx. Forms and applications are available on individual department pages. Anyone in need of assistance can call 860-868-7881.

Winsted

Winsted is following a similar protocol, keeping town hall and the public works department open, and asking residents to limit their visits unless it’s urgent. Residents are asked to call ahead to make an appointment at 860-379-2713 or visit www.townofwinchester.org/

Board and commission meetings have been postponed. “All visitors are expected to maintain a “social distance” and may be asked to cleanse their hands. If you are sick, please stay home,” officials said in a statement online.

Recreation activities are canceled, and the senior center is also closed. The Senior Van is available to senior citizens for doctor appointments by calling 860-379-4252.

Refuse disposal center open

Regional Refuse Disposal District One, 31 New Hartford Road, Barkhamsted, which serves Barkhamsted, New Hartford and Winsted, is open and can be reached at 860-379-1972.

Residents are welcome to drop off trash and recyclables. Employees cannot help unload cars because they have been instructed to stay three feet away from others. “You will need to remove (trash) from your vehicle yourself and dispose of it properly. This includes televisions, air conditioners, appliances, garbage, etc.,” according to a statement.

RRDD1 also asked residents who have tested positive for coronavirus to put used paper products (tissues, paper towels) in a plastic bag and to place it in the facility’s trash compactor.

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#nationalcybersecuritymonth | Facebook, Google and Twitter Rebel Against Pakistan’s Censorship Rules

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Mr. Khan rose to power in Pakistan in 2018 partly because of his party’s strong presence on social media, a fact he acknowledges in his speeches. But now that he is in charge, he has shown little patience for online criticism.

Pakistan’s powerful military is also averse to debates on social media platforms, especially on Twitter, which is used by critics to question human rights violations and the military’s involvement in politics.

Over the past two years, Pakistani government requests for Facebook, Google and Twitter to remove content have increased sharply, according to transparency reports published by the companies. Pakistan disclosed in September that it had blocked more than 900,000 web pages for various reasons, including pornography, blasphemy and sentiments against the state and military.

Separately, regulators in Pakistan have proposed requiring online video sites to obtain licenses from the government.

There is a strong case to be made that the government is overstepping its authority with the new rules, said Muhammad Aftab Alam, executive director of the Institute for Research, Advocacy and Development, a Pakistani public policy group.

“This national coordinator is judge, jury, regulator and executioner as well,” he said.

At least two lawsuits challenging the rules have already been brought in Pakistani courts.

“The main objective of the impugned rules seems to be to control the social media through indirect control by the government and ruling party,” read the petition in one case, filed by Raja Ahsan Masood, who asked the court to declare them unconstitutional.

Vindu Goel reported from Mumbai, and Salman Masood from Islamabad, Pakistan. Zia ur-Rehman contributed reporting from Karachi, Pakistan, and Davey Alba from New York.

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#deepweb | How strong is your password, really? 9 rules to make, remember and manage your logins

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Strong passwords can help keep your data locked down James Martin/CNET Strong passwords are of course key to your security. The challenge is to create strong passwords you can actually remember, without stumbling into the bad habits that can harm you — like reusing the same […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#hacking | Will the UK’s new IoT cybersecurity rules do enough?

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As our personal lives are enhanced with greater connectivity – faster download speeds, more powerful smartphones, cloud-enabled apps – IoT devices are quickly extending beyond novelty factor, proving that cross-device connectivity really does have its perks. 

We can answer our door from work with Google Nest, ask Amazon Alexa for a new recipe, but all this ‘anytime, anywhere’ appeal must be weighed against an unfortunate reality – by connecting a multitude of often poorly-configured devices to our personal networks we are rapidly expanding our cyber-attack surface. 

Cybercriminals often seek access to devices to build powerful botnets in which to conduct DDoS attacks on online services or to access personal information, but few recent cases have been as sinister than that of the attacker who hacked a Ring camera to taunt an 8-year-old girl during the Christmas holidays. 

In-built security standards for IoT devices have historically been lax to the point that, in the US, even the FBI has warned that “your fridge and your laptop should not be on the same network.

“Keep your most private, sensitive data on a separate system from your other IoT devices,” it added.

As the number of connected devices proliferates within households and businesses, the UK – in which just 27 percent of consumers aren’t even aware of the security issue (Specops) – is making steps to curb the IoT cybersecurity risk before it spirals out of control. 

Under new government proposals, all Internet of Things and consumer smart devices will need to adhere to specific safety requirements. 

The proposed measures between the government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) come as a result of conversations with information security experts, product manufacturers, retailers and others.

“Our new law will hold firms manufacturing and selling internet-connected devices to account and stop hackers threatening people’s privacy and safety,” said Matt Warman, Minister for Digital and Broadband at DCMS.

The intended legislation, which follows previously suggested (but unenforced) guidelines, would require IoT devices sold in the UK to follow three particular rules: 

  • All consumer internet-connected device passwords must be unique and not resettable to any universal factory setting.
  • Manufacturers of consumer IoT devices must provide a public point of contact so anyone can report a vulnerability and it will be acted on in a timely manner.
  • Manufacturers of consumer IoT devices must explicitly state the minimum length of time for which the device will receive security updates at the point of sale, either in store or online.

“We want to make the UK the safest place to be online with pro-innovation regulation that breeds confidence in modern technology,” said Warman. 

“Our new law will hold firms manufacturing and selling internet-connected devices to account and stop  hackers threatening people’s privacy and safety. It will mean robust security standards are built in from the design stage and not bolted on as an afterthought.”

Despite the announcement, no date has been presented as to when the rules would be enforceable – legislation would be done “as soon as possible,”  it said, pending further work alongside retailers and manufacturers. 

However, the government’s proposed that any products that don’t follow these rules could be banned from sale in the UK in due course to “ensure that strong cybersecurity is built into these products by design,” said Warman.

Despite the show of intent, some commentators have said the move to enhance IoT security won’t address the root flaws with devices. Stuart Sharp, VP of Solution Engineering at OneLogin, said the move was a “welcome first step” but failed to address the core problem.

“For standard forms of authentication, there are well established and scrutinised protocols such as SAML, OAuth and OIDC. IoT lacks any such standards, and the proposed regulations do nothing to ensure that the mechanisms underpinning IoT communication are secure.”

According to a 2019 Smart Home Security Report by Avast, more than 40 percent of ‘digital households’ worldwide have at least one vulnerable device. Making matters worse, just one vulnerable device can put an entire home network at risk and the most at-risk devices aren’t always the most obvious 

Two-thirds (67 percent) of Americans and 82 percent of Brits saw security cameras as the most vulnerable devices. However, research shows that these are some of the best equipped in terms of fighting off attacks

Just 10.5 percent of respondents said smart hubs were among the most vulnerable to hacking but these have been shown to be some of the least secure – and can, of course, provide a gateway to other devices in a household.

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#nationalcybersecuritymonth | Congress struggles on rules for cyber warfare with Iran

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans The U.S. and Iran may have walked back from the brink of war, but the potential for a cyber battle looms with no clear rules of engagement. Lawmakers and military officials say there’s no agreed-upon definition of what constitutes cyber warfare, leaving them to decide on a […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#nationalcybersecuritymonth | TikTok Tightens Rules on Video Content and Users

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans TikTok has overhauled its guidelines to clarify what kind of content is off-limits, from racial slurs to critical remarks about other users’ hygiene, at a time when the popular video app is facing increased scrutiny over its security. The more expansive rules released Wednesday cover 10 […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#nationalcybersecuritymonth | 4 easy cybersecurity rules for technophobes

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Having your data exposed in a breach feels inevitable, so securing your information online is a must. But with terms like VPN, SSO and HTTPS being bandied about, it’s hard to know where to start. It’s true, there are many, many steps you could take to improve […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

US #rules on #reporting #cybersecurity #flaws set to change #according to #source

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The Trump administration is set to release its rules for determining whether to disclose t that they find, according to a national security official in the US.

Speaking to the Reuters news agency, the anonymous source stated that the revised rules would be released on whitehouse.gov on Wednesday. The changes are expected to make the process, which federal agencies go through when dealing with finding cybersecurity flaws, more transparent.

The move is seen as an attempt by the US government to fend off criticism that it routinely exposes internet security by keeping cybersecurity flaws and vulnerabilities secret. for

According to the report on Reuters.com, the proposed rule change will name the agencies involved in the process, such as the Departments of Commerce, Treasury and State.

Currently the US government employs an inter-agency review, created under former President Barack Obama. Known as the Vulnerability Equities Process, it is tasked with deciding what happens to any cybersecurity flaws that is discovered by the National Security Agency (NSA).

This approach to online security has received criticism from experts who claim a failure to disclose findings has a more negative impact on the industry, with Reuters pointing out the dangers experts find with the approach:

“The criticism grew earlier this year when a global ransomware attack known as WannaCry infected computers in at least 150 countries, knocking hospitals offline and disrupting services at factories.

The attack was made possible because of a flaw in Microsoft’s Windows software that the NSA had used to build a hacking tool for its own use.

Named WannaCryptor, but also referred to as WannaCry, it spread rapidly by utilizing the eternalblue SMB exploit, part of a large collection of files that leaked from the NSA.

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Apple sets up China data center to meet new cybersecurity rules

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Apple Inc on Wednesday said it is setting up its first data center in China, in partnership with a local internet services company, to comply with tougher cybersecurity laws introduced last month. The U.S. technology company said it will build the center in the southern province of Guizhou with data…

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New York Intros New Cyber Security Rules for Financial Companies

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New York Intros New Cyber Security Rules for Financial Companies

The State of New York recently announced new regulations [PDF], set to take effect on March 1, that require banks, insurance companies and other financial services companies to establish and maintain cyber security programs that meet specific standards. “As our …

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