Archive for August, 2016

postheadericon VMWorld: Do you know where your data is?

VMWorld this year feels like a confessional – operators coming clean about their lack of data visibility, heads hung in shame, says ESET’s Cameron Camp.

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postheadericon ENISA: Security of Things important for CIIs

The Security of Things is set to become a key feature in the fight against cybercriminals, according to a new report by ENISA.

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postheadericon Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Wants Your Guns And Ammo — CA Prop 63 This November, You Decide

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA — As a Presidential election looms in November, Californians are gearing up to face 18 proposals which will alter the very fabric of the state. Amongst these 18 proposals is Prop 63, proposed by Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom who wants to run for Governor of California in 2018.

According to the Washington Times, here’s how Newsom frames his proposition.

“Enough massacres, death, tears, and hate – it’s time to take action and save lives,” Mr. Newsom said in the Sacramento Bee. “The Safety for All initiative gives California voters the opportunity to keep guns and ammo out of the hands of violent, dangerous, hateful people.”

That statement means nothing. However, Newsom has some creative ways he thinks Prop 63 will make it harder for criminals to have access to firearms and ammunition. Before we go into those, here’s some definitions for us to remember:

  • Newsom defines “large-capacity ammunition magazines” as magazines holding more than 10 rounds.
  • Background checks are required to purchase ammunition.
  • Ammunition sales can only be done through licensed vendors.
  • Ammunition purchases have to be reported to the Justice Department.
  • In the event a firearm is lost or stolen, it must be reported.

If you’re in possession of these “large capacity” magazines, Newsom wants you to destroy them, return them to dealers, or move them out of state. If you’re caught with them, expect them to be confiscated. There may even be criminal charges associated with possession of these types of magazines.

This measure adds to the 17 other proposals on the ballot this November for Californians.

Here’s the rub: Democrats oppose this proposition while still trying to pass legislation that accomplishes the exact same thing.

Democrats don’t want gun-owners showing up to the polls. They see it as stirring the pot that will inevitably lead to more votes for the Republican Presidential nominee and put them all in political “hot water”.

Even the California Sheriffs Association has opposed this measure stating that it will create a “new class of criminals”. We’ve seen in Los Angeles, where they enacted a magazine ban last year, that people don’t just hand in their magazines. To date, none have been turned in.

A lot of law-abiding gun owners in California presumably own magazines which Newsom would define as “large capacity”. How many do you expect to turn them in if Prop 63 passes?

Here’s a guess: extremely few.

If anything, this proposal would do more to push law-abiding gun owners out of the state. For those who can’t afford to pack up and move, they would then be classified as criminals if the police caught them with even one magazine that met Newsom’s definition.

Defending your home and you shoot a home intruder?

“Well, sir, let’s see your gun… Oh, I see this gun holds more than 10 rounds. Come with us to the station.”

California has the choice to block this type of infringement on basic liberties at the ballot box. It is our sincere hope for concealed carriers and gun owners in that state that they are able to do so.

Otherwise, enjoy waiting 45 minutes for a background check to clear before purchasing ammunition to go practice at the range.

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postheadericon Ransomware: To pay or not to pay?

Is it always wrong to pay up when hit by a ransomware attack? ESET’s David Harley explores.

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postheadericon Best Ways to Unblock YouTube

Accessing YouTube is not exactly the easiest thing in the world if you live under restrictive governments. We’ll show you how to get unblock YouTube in those countries.

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postheadericon California Transplant Restricts Utah’s Open Carry — And It May Be Against The Law

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — Sea Bears Ogden Fish House relocated to the historic Ogden Union Station outside Salt Lake City. This historic location is home to a number of museums and it is a very scenic destination for visitors and locals alike. Sea Bears has maintained a policy which allows its waiters and waitresses to openly carry firearms on their kilts.

Since the business has been open, this has not been a problem. However, when they relocated to the new historic location, the Executive Director of the Ogden Union Station Foundation has inserted stipulations: no open carry.

If this sounds weird for Utah, you’d be right. But then again, its Executive Director isn’t from Utah. She’s from Orange County, California.

The main curator of Union Station, Dr. Elizabeth Sutton, Ph.D., is from Orange County, California, and relocated to Utah in 2012 to help out at the Museum of Anthropology at Utah State University. She is now the Executive Director of Ogden Union Station Foundation and Museums and it was her call as to whether or not to push the restriction of open carry on the premises of the Sea Bears location.

via KSL

“In this day and age, to see somebody carrying in public, you don’t know right away if it’s friendly or scary,” Sutton said. “So, to make everyone feel safe, we felt that open-carry does not meet our mission and goal.”

Thankfully, according to the Standard Examiner, there’s been a public outcry over this arguably illegal restriction. Dr. Sutton responded by reassuring everyone: we have signs that stop people from carrying guns openly.

“I believe the misinformation came with people believing that we were going to allow open-carry in the Station,” Sutton said. “It is not allowed, and we have not had a problem. I had my staff put up signs today.”

Because, as we all know, putting up signs stops criminals. /s

Located at the Union Station site is a museum dedicated to John M. Browning’s contributions to firearms. The irony was not lost on visitors.

For right now, until this is contested in court, California will have temporarily won its restriction of open carry. Sea Bears waiters and waitresses can carry concealed.

The owners of the Sea Bears location at Union Station enjoy their new location but will not comment on Dr. Sutton’s restrictions on the carrying of firearms. After all, in business, location is everything.

This is a frightening development. As more Californians move away to seek opportunities elsewhere, neighboring states are going to see more and more California-style gun restrictions creep in through the woodwork.

This means more vigilance on the part of locals. There’s nothing wrong with someone coming from California and bringing their expertise with them. When they attempt to institute their own draconian laws in neighboring states, there has to be an upper limit to that.

The best place to start: the wallet.

The Union Station has a very high operating budget in relation to its income. This major historic site offers a lot of great museums and feature locations ideal for visitors and families. The restaurant location is a source of generated income for this foundation. We believe the Sea Bears have a LOT more leverage in this negotiation than they let on but they’re playing it safe.

For visitors who see signs posted at Union Station, make sure to let staff know that their decision to restrict open carry may influence your decision to return. And do try the seafood. We heard from some of our readers that Sea Bears is the best seafood outside Salt Lake City.

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postheadericon Lax ALM security ‘contributed’ to Ashley Madison data breach

Avid Life Media (ALM), recently rebranded as Ruby Corp, has been heavily criticized for its lax cybersecurity measures, which contributed to the Ashley Madison data breach.

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postheadericon 21st century cybercriminals: The threat landscape has evolved

21st century cybercriminals are more sophisticated, daring and organized than ever. The threat landscape has evolved.

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postheadericon Homeowner Tries Reason But Intruder Wants Violence — Careful What You Wish For

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA — One homeowner was forced to defend himself when a young man charged at him from the bushes. Thankfully, he was armed.

According to WESH 2 News, the homeowner detected an intruder trying to break into his home late at night. He armed himself and went out to confront the suspect. The intruder retreated to a thick bush on his front lawn. Not wanting to take chances, the homeowner fired once and warned the intruder to come out.

The intruder thought this must be his opportunity to act. Fight or flight. He chose fight. He chose wrong.

“I heard a couple big booms and didn’t know what it was, and my dogs started barking,” said Hamrick. “I came out on the porch and saw a young man in the road. An old gentleman I know who lives across the street said, ‘Please call the cops. Call the cops.’”

The homeowner says that the intruder tried to charge him from beneath the concealment of the bushes. He shot him repeatedly in the legs, neutralizing the threat. When a neighbor came out, he saw the homeowner standing over the suspect, holding him at gunpoint.

Seminole County Sheriff’s Office arrived and took the suspect to a hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

No charges have been filed against the homeowner.

The suspect has not been identified.

In the neighbor’s account to WESH 2 News, he says he has lived in that neighborhood for thirty years and this is the first time he’s run into this type of activity. As someone who covers a lot of these stories, let me tell you that’s a very common sentiment.

For those who have lived in an area for a long time, this fresh wave of new crime may come as a surprise. The best way to solve it is by making your community a hard target to hit. If a neighborhood gets a reputation for being tough on crime, you can expect criminals to be less than enthusiastic about planning their next heist there.

Defend your neighborhood from thugs. Carry at home, carry everywhere.

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postheadericon How to give your social media security a boost

From login credentials to notifications, tracking and ads, ESET’s Lysa Myers explains how you can give your social media security a boost.

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