Drones Used To Supply Quick EMT Services

14 Jun 2017

2017-06-14 – Emergency drones rush life-saving help to simulated cardiac arrest cases – Ars Technica

Reenacting 18 real-life emergency calls of cardiac arrest to emergency medical services in Norrtälje, Sweden, researchers dispatched a drone carrying an automated external defibrillator (AED) from the local fire station. The drone reached the site of the emergency in around five minutes—about 16 minutes faster than emergency medical responders—researchers report Tuesday in JAMA.

Good stuff…


When ISIS Goes Underground

31 May 2017

2017/05/29 – What Happens After ISIS Goes Underground – The National Interest

The good part…

ISIS is losing territory and struggling financially. Its fighters are fleeing, and its leadership is being targeted at a frenetic pace. Throughout the Arab and Islamic world, ISIS had been losing support through 2016—given the group’s military losses, that trend has likely continued in the past year. And in what appears to be a rather desperate attempt to continue fighting, the organization is increasingly relying on elderly militants to conduct suicide attacks.

The bad part…

Despite such adversity, it is highly likely that ISIS will not be defeated in the coming months and years.


Taking away territory from ISIS is a temporary stopgap that will merely push the group toward more clandestine activity in the near term, as Craig Whiteside, a professor at the U.S. Naval War College, and other terrorism experts have repeatedly noted. In conjunction, the group will probably shift the locus of its activities to other enclaves where it continues to hold power and can remain capable of resupplying its organization with weapons and other materiel. And, the organization will undoubtedly redouble its efforts and presence in cyberspace, where for years it has enjoyed relative sanctuary in the conduct of offensive and support operations.

Also take into account that many sympathizers have been exported across the globe.

A good article if you follow these things.


Chipotle Customer Info Hacked in March, April 2017

27 May 2017

2017/05/26 – Chipotle says hackers hit most restaurants in data breach – Rueters

Chipotle said it did not know how many payment cards or customers were affected by the breach that struck most of its roughly 2,250 restaurants for varying amounts of time between March 24 and April 18, spokesman Chris Arnold said via email.


Stolen data included account numbers and internal verification codes. The malware has since been removed.

The information could be used to drain debit card-linked bank accounts, make “clone” credit cards, or to buy items on certain less-secure online sites, said Paul Stephens, director of policy and advocacy at the non-profit Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.


Net Neutrality Will Be Scrapped

24 May 2017

2017/05/24 – FCC Begins Rolling Back Obama’s Net Neutrality Rule – PJ Media

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday began scrapping the Obama administration’s net neutrality rule with a pivotal 2-1 party line vote.

Adopted in 2015, the FCC’s net neutrality rule bars internet service providers from throttling website data traffic for financial gain. The rule was approved through the 2015 Open Internet Order, which reclassified ISPs from information services to public utilities. Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has proposed undoing the Open Internet Order and returning authority to the Federal Trade Commission, which regulated the internet prior to 2015.

Trump was voted in for actions like these.


Wasserman-Schultz Threatens Police Chief with “Consequences”

24 May 2017

2017/05/24 – Wasserman Schultz Threatened Police Chief For Gathering Evidence On Her IT Staffer’s Alleged Crimes – The Daily Caller

The police chief does a good job holding his ground for her 3 minutes of repeated questioning. This is regarding the Pakistani IT staffers who hacked into numerous DNC and government agency computers, and were eventually fired and are under investigation.

The Florida lawmaker used her position on the committee that sets the police force’s budget to press its chief to relinquish the piece of evidence Thursday, in what could be considered using her authority to attempt to interfere with a criminal investigation.


As one of eight members of the Committee on Appropriations’ Legislative Branch subcommittee, Wasserman Schultz is in charge of the budget of the police force that is investigating her staffer and how he managed to extract so much money and information from members.

The back and forth starts at around 2m 45s into the video.


Cyberattack Hits UK Hospitals, Spreads Across The Globe

12 May 2017

As of June 12, the culprits behind this seem to originate from South China or North Korea, and have netted approximately $100,000 or so in paid ransoms. The cyber attack hit many health care facilities in 150 countries.
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2017/05/25 – Linguistic Analysis of WannaCry Ransomware Messages Suggests Chinese-Speaking Authors – Flashpoint

2017/05/23 – Cybersleuths Unearth More Clues Linking WannaCry to North Korea – Bloomberg

2017/05/23 – Sony hackers ‘highly likely’ responsible for WannaCry ransomware attack: Report – Washington Times

2017/05/22 – WannaCry: Ransomware attacks show strong links to Lazarus group – Symantec

2017/05/16 – Focus Turns to North Korea Sleeper Cells as Possible Culprits in Cyberattack – NY Times

2017/05/16 – Less than $70,000 paid in ‘ransomware’ cyberattack – China.org

2017/05/16 – Meet the 22-year-old tech whiz who cracked global cyberattack – NY Post

2017/05/13 – Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack – The Verge

2017/05/12 – A massive cyberattack attack using leaked NSA exploits has hit 74 countries and it’s still spreading – Business Insider

2017/05/12 – THE LATEST: EXPERT: “BIGGEST RANSOMWEAR OUTBREAK” EVER – AP

2017/05/12 – Russian-linked cyber gang Shadow Brokers blamed for NHS computer hack – The Telegraph

2017/05/12 – Massive ransomware attack hits 74 countries – CNN Money

2017/05/12 – Identified ransomware attack affecting Windows systems – Centro Criptologico Nacional (original in Spanish)

2017/05/12 – Trump Orders Preparation for Electric Grid Cyber Attacks – Washington Free Beacon

2017/05/12 – Major cyberattack hits more than a dozen British health institutions – USA Today

2017/05/12 – Major cyberattack plunges NHS into chaos, closing hospitals and cancelling operations – Business Insider

2017/05/12 – Cyberattacks in 12 Nations Said to Use Leaked N.S.A. Hacking Tool – NY Times

2017/05/12 – What We Know and Don’t Know About the International Cyberattack – NY Times

2017/05/12 – Cyberattack across Europe closes hospitals, disrupts phone service – Washington Times

2017/05/12 – NHS cyber-attack: GPs and hospitals hit by ransomware – BBC

2017/05/12 – Weekend operations CANCELLED across Lincolnshire during NHS cyber attack – Lincolnshire Live

2017/05/12 – Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust hit by cyber attack threatening to delete NHS files – Hampshire Chronicle

2017/05/12 – What is ‘WanaCrypt0r 2.0’ ransomware and why is it attacking the NHS? – The Guardian


911… Nationwide AT&T Outage

8 Mar 2017

Nationwide AT&T outage is affecting 911 callsNY Post

AT&T is experiencing a nationwide outage that’s affecting 911 calls, authorities said.

Police departments across the country have been urging customers to call another number in the event of an emergency.


In a statement to the East Texas ABC affiliate KLTV, AT&T said the outage had been caused by a “service issue” — which was affecting wireless calls to 911.