Cyberattackers strike city of Atlanta

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — The city of Atlanta’s computer network was targeted today by hackers demanding ransom, prompting an investigation by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, officials said. “The city of Atlanta has experienced a ransomware cyber attack,” Richard Cox, the city’s chief operating officer, announced at a news conference this afternoon. “This attack has encrypted some of the city data, however, we’re still validating the extent of the compromise.” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said workers began noticing peculiar activity on parts of the city’s computer network at 5:40 a.m. “This is a very serious situation,” Bottoms said at the news conference.Bottoms and Cox said the attack caused outages to multiple internal and external applications for the city, including apps people use to pay bills and view court-related information.The officials said that no evidence has been found to indicate the city’s emergency 911 response networks, including those used by police and fire departments, were tampered with. They also do not believe the city’s water department or Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport computer systems were affected. Bottoms advised all city employees to be proactive and monitor their bank accounts for suspicious activity.“We don’t know the extent, so I would ask for people to assume that you may be included,” Bottoms said.Neither Bottoms or Cox would say how much the hackers demanded in ransom or if the city will pay it.Cyberattacks caused by ransomware locks computers and holds them ransom for a specific amount of money, usually cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin.“Our information management team is working with the FBI, homeland security, also external partners from Microsoft and Cisco Cybersecurity incident response team to help resolve this issue,” Bottoms said. “We have been working diligently all day long to try to come to some type of resolution.”Earlier today, officials sent out an outage alert, saying the city was “experiencing outages on various internal and customer-facing applications, including some applications that customers use to pay bills or access court-related information.”Atlanta is just the latest victim of hackers freezing computers for ransom.Last May, a global ransomware attack hit more than 200,000 companies, hospitals, government agencies and other organizations in 150 countries.The attackers are believed to have used tools developed by the National Security Agency that were leaked to the public by the hacker group the Shadow Brokers in April to exploit a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows, the world’s most popular operating system.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img

Four-level mansion with resort-style swimming pool puts suburb on the map

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agoMargaret and Malcolm Davison have sold their mansion at Tristania Rd, Chapel Hill. AAP/David ClarkOwners Dr Margaret Davison, a general practitioner, and husband Malcolm, a cardiologist had lived at the home for the past 19 years.The couple who have four children — the youngest are twins — said it was time to move.Dr Margaret Davison said it was her children who were keen on the move and said she had mixed feelings.“This home really is the ultimate package. You can have huge parties with very little effort here,” she said.“When you need space, there’s plenty of it.” 71 Tristania Road, Chapel Hill.A six-bedroom mansion in one of Brisbane’s leafy suburbs has smashed the suburb record by $300,000.Setting a new benchmark for prestige properties in the area, the architecturally designed home at 71 Tristania Road, Chapel Hill sold for $3.9m on Tuesday.McGrath Estate Agents — Paddington selling agents Alex Jordan and Reuben Packer-Hill said a local family with older children bought the four-level home.The previous record was set at $3.6 million for the sale of a five-bedder at 47 Tristania Rd in 2014. Mr Jordan said given the calibre of the property it would help put Chapel Hill on the map.“It’s always been attractive because of the school catchments and shopping centres,” he said. The beautiful home at 71 Tristania Road, Chapel Hill.Dr Davison said she was not surprised her property had fetched a record price for the area.The property features a basketball court, two gigantic sandpits and swings, a championship-sized tennis court, a cinema, and a swimming pool. Mr Packer-Hill said during the campaign he received more than 40 inquiries, most of which were from premium buyers looking to secure quality properties.last_img

Guyanese support the establishment of sex offenders’ registry

first_imgDear Editor,An opinion survey commissioned by The Caribbean Voice (TCV) and conducted during the last week of January revealed that 73% of those surveyed felt that social problems like depression, anxiety, alcoholism and suicide would increase because of the closure of the sugar estates.The survey also showed that 75% felt the Government is not doing enough to address suicide, while 69% felt the Government is not doing enough to address domestic abuse.Of the respondents interviewed, 79% support the call for the age of consent to be raised from 16 to 18, while 86% believe that sexual exploitation against young people is on the rise, and that Government needs to take action to deter such occurrences. Notably, 80% support the call for a sex registry for offenders. The survey also found that Guyanese were generally not aware of entities involved in suicide and abuse prevention, but there was more awareness of the work of The Caribbean Voice, most likely because TCV’s work is not centralized in Georgetown and environs, but extends to various regions, and is often a collaborative effort with other NGOs, special interests, and mass-based organizations.Conducted by experienced pollster Dr. Vishnu Bisram, the survey interviewed 490 individuals, representing Guyana’s ethnic makeup (41% Indians, 30% Africans, 18% Mixed, 10% Amerindians, 1% others) of the population. The findings, analysed at a significance level of 95%, has a margin of error of 4%. This is the third survey commissioned by The Caribbean Voice since we launched our anti-violence campaign in 2014. The first survey, done in November 2014 found that 92% of respondents believed suicide is preventable and 96% were willing to help in suicide prevention if given the relevant training. That survey also found that 66% of those interviewed were willing to intervene in domestic abuse if provided with the requisite training, although 19% were not willing to get involved, pointing out that the ‘peacemaker’ usually ends up being the enemy, an age old perspective that still seems to hold currency both in Guyana and the diaspora. And this is why TCV has been continually calling for a return of the Gatekeeper’s Program and piggybacking mental health on other government training programs.A subsequent survey done in March 2016 found that 92% felt that government was not doing enough to address mental health, while 78% believed that people with mental illnesses could live normal lives. And this is why TCV has been engaged in continual lobbying on a basket of measures, including counsellors in schools, mental health care integrated into the physical health care system, and relevant training for all Police officers. In any case, the most recent survey clearly indicates that not only is it time for a registry of sex offenders, but provides evidentiary support for reported plans to that effect by the Child Care and Prevention Agency and another Government agency. As well, the survey makes it clear that those who resist the call for raising the age of consent from 16 to 18 are in the small minority, and thus the Government should not allow the outmoded views of a vociferous few to override the desire of the vast majority of Guyanese. In fact, we urge the Government to commission its own survey, perhaps through the University of Guyana. Last year, neighbouring Trinidad & Tobago, with ethnic and cultural similarities to Guyana, raised the age of consent to 18. Haiti and the Dominican Republic also have the age of consent at 18, while there are ongoing calls for a similar measure in Jamaica, Barbados and a number of other Caribbean nations.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img


first_imgJudge Kelly: Jailed McBride for three monthsA JUDGE rejected pleas for clemency from a lawyer after hearing a man on assault charges has 22 previous convictions.Bernard McBride, who is 35 and from 50 Lough Fern Heights in Milford had told Gardai “it would take more than you boys to move me” when officers went to an altercation at the Four Lanterns in Letterkenny in the early hours of June 30 this year. Inspector David Murphy told Letterkenny District Court that McBride was aggressive and abusive to officers, assaulting another man during the altercation.He said McBride had 22 previous convictions, four of them for assault.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had been out until the early hours of the morning and had been drinking.“Drink doesn’t do well with him,” said the solicitor, who pleaded for leniency in the case.But Judge Paul Kelly told the court: “This man has four previous assault convictions for which he was treated very leniently. He hasn’t got the message about this sort of behaviour.“He has run out of rope as far as I’m concerned.”Judge Kelly jailed McBride for three months for the Section 3 assault.He also fined him €200 for being drunk and disorderly.JUDGE JAILS DONEGAL MAN OVER FOUR LANTERNS ATTACK was last modified: December 10th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultBernard McBridedonegalFour LanternsjailLetterkenny CourtmcbrideMilfordlast_img

What we learned at Raiders HQ Thursday

first_imgCarlson has a decidedly different look in that he’s 6-foot-5, unusual for a kicker.“You get more leverage on the … For complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — New place kicker Daniel Carlson walked in to the Raiders locker room through a doorway, but it may as well have been a revolving door.Carlson replaces Matt McCrane, who replaced Mike Nugent, who replaced Eddy Pineiro, who replaced Giorgio Tavecchio, who replaced Sebastian Janikowski.Got that?last_img

South Africa’s JSE expands to Cape Town

first_img26 January 2016The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) is opening a new office in Cape Town so it can enhance its service to clients, build and strengthen relationships and provide accessible support to the market.The city has increased its footprint in the financial services sector and has become an important hub in the industry.JSE capital markets director Donna Oosthuyse described the Mother City has a major centre for global and local institutional investors as well as listed companies.“Being the second largest economic hub of South Africa, and the head office base of many institutional clients and an increasing number of member firms and brokers, an office in the city is a logical part of the JSE’s client strategy,” she said.#JSE aims to build and strengthen relationships and provide accessible support to the market from its new office in Cape Town.— JSE (@JSE_Group) January 20, 2016The new office will be used for all JSE-related activities and events held in Cape Town and it will be headed by senior capital markets specialist, Maryke Vreulink.Source: JSElast_img

More funding available to farms in Lake Erie Watershed

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  The next round of funding is now available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), as part of a tristate, five year, $17.5 million program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The goal of the program is to reduce nutrients and harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie by assisting farmers in installing conservation practices that benefit water quality in the western basin of Lake Erie. March 18 is the application deadline.This year, applications received from Ohio livestock farmers will receive priority for funding. Nutrient management practices that allow for proper storage, timing, and placement of nutrients, will help livestock producers comply with Ohio’s new nutrient management laws. Ohio livestock farmers located in the western Lake Erie basin watershed interested in applying for technical and financial assistance to implement these practices should contact their local USDA Service Center as soon as possible to apply.The Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorus Reduction Initiative is a partnership effort that includes public, private and non-profit organizations and is led in Ohio by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. These partner organizations assist with promoting conservation opportunities and monitor the impact of these practices implemented through the initiative.For more information about conservation assistance available through the Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorus Reduction Initiative, visit Ohio’s USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website at

Find Smokey Bear trackables and help prevent wildfires!

first_imgIt’s always wildfire season somewhere in the U.S., and Smokey Bear is counting on you and your families to be part of the solution by using fire responsibly to reduce human-caused wildfires.Though Smokey has been essential to the reduction of unwanted, human-caused wildfires over the last 75 years, he still needs help. Even today, nearly 9 out of 10 wildfires nationwide are caused by people. In fact, his message is even more relevant today as people are living closer and closer to wildlands and more frequently choosing outdoor recreation activities. Smokey may be 75, but he’s still going strong and his message is more important now than ever before.To celebrate Smokey’s 75th birthday, Geocaching HQ is partnering with the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign from the USDA Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters and the Ad Council to create custom Smokey Bear trackables. Request an iconic Smokey Bear trackable at and share your geocaching outings with #SmokeyBear75.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedHappy Birthday and Happy GeoTour, Smokey Bear!July 2, 2019In “Community”How the geocaching community celebrated Smokey Bear’s 75th birthdayNovember 5, 2019In “Community”MAT – the Travel Bug® that TeachesSeptember 18, 2012In “Learn”last_img

Tracking the Middle East’s Hashtag Uprisings

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting We here at ReadWriteWeb have been following the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt with great interest. We’ve even written about them once or twice. Our eyes are now on Bahrain and Yemen and all the other uprisings that have been “scheduled” via date-driven hashtags.(Egypt used #jan25 to aggregate information about that uprising, for instance, and Bahrain #feb14.)So, to keep track of these rapidly changing situations, we (and be “we” I mean “Jared“) have created a widget that tracks news about the uprisings, their context and their build-up by pulling the feeds from them from Twitter Search. And we (and by “we” I mean “I”) would like to share them with you. Here’s the widget. If we’re missing a #date, please let us know in the comments. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkinslast_img

The Largest Passivhaus Building in the U.S.

first_imgDuring schematic design, the project team chose to remove the trash room, elevator, laundry rooms, and fitness room from the conditioned Passivhaus envelope. These spaces require high ventilation rates. If the spaces had been located inside of the Passivhaus zone, the large volumes of conditioned air that will be exhausted from the building would have made it difficult to attain the Passivhaus goal.There were also concerns about the degree of airtightness that could be achieved at these spaces given the number and size of vents that would be required at the laundry rooms and elevator shaft. This early decision has had significant ramifications on later design decisions and is currently being studied for revision as construction is progressing. 2×10 studsThe three-story wood-framed building sits on a slab-on-grade foundation (see Image #1, above). Typical exterior walls have 2×10 framing with blown-in fiberglass cavity insulation and 1 1/2-inch-thick rigid mineral wool exterior insulation (see Image #7, below). Mineral wool was chosen due to its permeability and capacity to facilitate drying to the exterior.At the exterior walls, the plywood sheathing (with taped seams) serves as the primary air barrier. Plastic housewrap installed over the sheathing serves as the water-resistive barrier. A smart vapor barrier is located on the interior of the wall framing. This is a polyamide membrane with a variable permeance rating to allow the wall to dry to the interior.The ground floor slab sits on a 4-inch layer of EPS insulation, which also wraps around and under the perimeter and interior footings. Type II EPS is used under the slab and at the sides of the footings; however, Type IX EPS is used under the footings for its higher bearing capacity. American HRVsSelection of the heat-recovery ventilation equipment required a similar amount of scrutiny as the window selection (see Image #9, below). Products offered by European manufacturers were evaluated and compared with those offered by North American manufacturers. This was a challenging process as inconsistencies between the different testing standards made it difficult to compare the performance of one ERV or HRV to another.Ultimately, the team chose to use equipment from the Loren Cook Company — a North American manufacturer — due in part to cost considerations, but also based to a significant degree on the mechanical contractor’s prior experience with that manufacturer’s products. Space heating with heat pumps and electric-resistance heatersThe building will be served by three rooftop mechanical penthouses housing HVAC equipment (see Image #5, below). Each penthouse will serve a “pod” of 18 to 20 apartments and a portion of the common areas. Rather than designing a fully centralized system, or a decentralized system with individual HVAC units in each apartment, the pod design is an approach that provides a high degree of efficiency while simplifying distribution and likely cutting down on maintenance needs.Approximately 90% of the space heating demand will be met by heat pumps delivering space heat through the ventilation system, while wall-mounted electric resistance cove heaters in the apartments will fulfill the remaining 10% (see Image #8, below). An L-shaped buildingThe building has an L shape, with two wings of residential units and a “knuckle” of common spaces at the corner (see Image #6, below). Although in terms of energy-efficient design, the building form is not optimal — either from an orientation or massing standpoint — the L shape was required to meet urban design guidelines in the Orenco Station district of Hillsboro. RELATED ARTICLES Placing a Concrete Foundation on Rigid Foam InsulationWalls and Windows for the Orenco PassivhausMultifamily Passivhaus Project Starts in OregonOnion Flats’ Big Multifamily Passivhaus PlanA Passivhaus Take on MultifamilyA Net-Zero Multifamily Project in Seattle Multifamily Construction is Good News for Green Building Construction has startedIn 2011, REACH selected Walsh Construction Company as the general contractor for the project. We’ve been at the table with REACH and the design team from project inception, working together in a highly collaborative effort to help put the project together. Construction began in June 2014, and a great deal has happened at the site since then.The project is scheduled for completion in May 2015. Over the next six months, we plan to share stories of the construction, including successes as well as some of the challenges we’ve encountered along the way. In Portland’s western suburbs, a structure is on the rise that could change the face of affordable housing in America. Situated adjacent to the Orenco Station light rail transit stop in Hillsboro, Oregon, the Orchards at Orenco will provide 57 units of housing. The project sponsor, REACH Community Development, is aiming to achieve Passivhaus certification. When complete in the spring of 2015, Orchards read more