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Employees for #city of #Atlanta allowed to #turn #computers back #on

Employees for the city of Atlanta who haven’t been allowed to turn on their computers after a major hack put the city at risk last week are now being allowed back online.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says teams of city IT experts and outside companies are still trying to diagnose what happened during the cyberattack that has crippled the city’s computer systems and left business at a standstill.

The computers at City Hall were turned off for several days and experts believe the hackers gained access to computers systems through a remote portal.

The attack continues to cause all kinds of problems and is frustrating people who are trying to conduct business with the city. It’s a big pain for people like Eulises Wimberly, who needed to take care of business at municipal court.

“They didn’t tell me anything. They just gave me this piece of paper here to reschedule my appointment again. I feel kind of bad because I had pay $30 for someone to bring me from Lawrenceville over here,” said Wimberly.

Wimberly isn’t the only one running into problems. Lauren Downer and her husband just bought a house and had to do everything the old fashioned way.

“My husband and I closed on our house Friday,” says Downer. “We had no water, the web site was down all weekend so we had no choice but to come in and ask to get our service turned on.”

Downer was able to physically fill out the paperwork needed for new service but it would’ve been much easier had the city website been operable.

City officials, including Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms insist that critical systems that the police and fire departments use have not been affected so far but many other services are not available.

The mayor likened the cyber crisis to the water infrastructure crisis under Mayor Shirley Franklin’s administration, saying the digital infrastructure needs the same kind of emergency upgrade. The city’s computers have been idle except for those that can run off of hotspots and bluetooth. Everything else is pen and paper.

In addition to the FBI and Georgia Tech, the city has enlisted the help of an Atlanta-based computer company. They’re still trying to determine how the hacker got in. Even if they paid the ransom, they don’t know where the attack started. And that could mean attacks could happen over and over again.

Also, the mayor says there’s no evidence that anyone’s personal information has been compromised.

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Hackers #exploit old #flaw to turn #Linux #servers into #cryptocurrency miners

The malicious actors who installed and ran a cryptocurrency mining operation on hacked Tesla ASW servers and Jenkins servers is now targeting servers running Linux and has so far generated more than $74,000 in Monero.

The new campaign uses the legitimate, open-source XMRig cryptominer in conjunction with exploiting the old vulnerability CVE-2013-2618, which is found in Cacti’s Network Weathermap plug-in, according to a Trend Micro Cyber Safety Solutions Team report. The vulnerability is a cross-site scripting vulnerability in editor.php in Network Weathermap before 0.97b and allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the map_title parameter.

This active campaign is hitting targets primarily in active campaign, primarily affecting Japan, Taiwan, China, the U.S., and India.

“As to why they’re exploiting an old security flaw: Network Weathermap only has two publicly reported vulnerabilities so far, both from June 2014. It’s possible these attackers are taking advantage not only of a security flaw for which an exploit is readily available but also of patch lag that occurs in organizations that use the open-source tool” the team wrote.

Trend Micro was able to trace the activity back to two usernames associated with two Monero wallets where $74,677 has been deposited as of March 21.

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Turn off #cameras and #tracking devices in children’s #Christmas #presents to prevent #hacking, Information #Commissioner tells #parents

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Parents should turn off the cameras and automatic tracking devices in their children’s Christmas presents because of the risk of hacking, the Information Commissioners’ Office has warned.

With a rise in the number of ‘smart’ toys and devices gracing the wish list this year, parents should consider the safety of them being connected directly to the internet before giving them as gifts, according to the data regulator.

When adults are not going  to personally use cameras in toys to view what is happening remotely then they should consider turning the function off all together, Deputy Commissioner Steve Wood said.

The warning comes amid growing concerns about the ability of criminals to hack into toys containing sensors, microphones, cameras, data storage and other multi-media capabilities.

In a blog on the regulators website Mr Wood wrote: “You wouldn’t knowingly give a child a dangerous toy, so why risk buying them something that could be easily hacked into by strangers?

“In the same way that safety standards are a primary consideration for shoppers buying toys, we want those buying connected items in the coming weeks to take a pause and think about both the child’s online safety, and also the potential threat to their own personal data such as bank details, if a toy, device or a supporting app is hacked into.

“Unlike Santa, those looking to hack into your devices don’t care whether you’ve been naughty or nice.”

Parents are advised that they should ensure that they are buying products from a reputable source, that all passwords and usernames are changed from the default option and to use two-step identification where available.

Mr Wood continued: “Some toys and devices are fitted with web cameras. The ability to view footage remotely is both their biggest selling point and, if not set up correctly, potentially their biggest weakness, as the baby monitor hacking issue of a few years ago demonstrated.

“If you have no intention of viewing footage over the internet, then turn the remote viewing option off in the device’s settings, or else use strong, non-default passwords.”

He added: “One of the main selling points of children’s smart watches is the ability for parents to know where their children are at all times. However, if this isn’t done securely, then others might have access to this data as well. Immediately get rid of default location tracking and GPS settings and set strong, unique passwords.”

Parents are also advised to turn off Bluetooth or set strong passwords to protect their child’s data from hackers.

The Deputy Commissioner concluded: “If you aren’t convinced a smart toy or connected/wearable device will keep your children or your personal information safe, then don’t buy it. If consumers reject products that won’t protect them, then developers and retailers should soon get the message.”

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State-sponsored hackers turn on each other

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Researchers have revealed that nation-state hacking groups are not only dedicated to striking targets issued to them, but also to fighting each other. On Wednesday, Kaspersky Labs researchers presented their findings at the Virus Bulletin conference in Woburn, MA, claiming that sophisticated threat actors are proactively targeting other groups in…

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UK’s Top Police Warn That Modding Games May Turn Kids into Hackers

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UK’s Top Police Warn That Modding Games May Turn Kids into Hackers

Last week at EGX, the UK’s biggest games event, attendees got a chance to play upcoming blockbusters like Battlefield 1, FIFA 17, and Gears of War 4. But budding gamers may also have spotted a slightly more unusual sight: a

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Schools Turn a Corner on Mental-Health Education – Education Week

Teachers can play a role in improving mental-health outcomes for students as long as they have the tools to do so, writes Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk.

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Parents turn to doctors, lawmakers to save school recess – Education Week

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Turn Your Phone into a Preschool Learning Tool

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60 Dirty and Seductive Things to Say to Turn a Guy On

Arousing a guy is an art, and one that can be perfected with the right words. Use these dirty, seductive lines to turn a guy on and leave him hard. From the thrill of seduction to budding love to restoring a long-term relationship’s sizzle, it’s always nice to inject some well-placed dirty talk with your partner here and there. Read More….

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20 Sexy Things that Turn Guys On Every Single Time

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