Archive for February, 2017

postheadericon Old Enough To Serve? Still Not Old Enough To Carry Concealed According To VA Governor

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA — Governor Terry McAuliffe issued a wave of vetoes for bills that passed in the General Assembly. Of note for concealed carriers is one bill that would have dropped the age for concealed carry applicants to 18 if they were serving in an active duty role in the United States military.

According to the Washington Times, Gov. McAuliffe vetoed that bill alongside another bill which would have allowed homeschooled children to play for public school sports teams and another bill which would have allowed concealed carry switchblades.

It’s nothing new with McAuliffe, though. As a Democratic Governor, he has continually acted as the counter-weight to Republican-backed initiatives to expand gun rights and carry through other unrelated agenda items.

Last year, he pushed ahead regulations banning people from carrying concealed handguns into public buildings. He used his Attorney General to temporarily pull concealed carry reciprocity with a majority of states. Thankfully, that was rescinded.

In a lot of ways, he reminds me of former New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan. Also a Democrat, she adamantly opposed permitless concealed carry measures passed through the legislature. Often times, many states will elect a Democrat governor to off-set a Republican-majority on the state legislature. In some cases, this may prove a pragmatic approach to balancing the agendas of both parties. However, in recent years, it’s only served as a point of endless gridlock.

Ultimately, concealed carriers in the Commonwealth of Virginia are unaffected by any of the recent vetoes of Gov. McAuliffe. It definitely stops a large number of active duty military service members from pursuing a concealed carry permit — which may have been useful in stopping attacks such as what happened in Chattanooga, Tennessee, back in 2015.

Virginia has quite a few large active duty military bases — including Marine Corps Base Quantico, NMITC Dam Neck, and Naval Station Norfolk amongst others. These are locations where men and women come from across our country to begin their careers in the military. It would have been nice to let them know that the country they defend respects their rights to defend their lives off base.

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postheadericon Released Android malware source code used to run a banking botnet

ESET researchers have discovered a new variant of botnet-forming Android banking malware based on source code made public a couple of months ago.

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postheadericon Sunny with a chance of stolen credentials: Malicious weather app found on Google Play

ESET has spotted a new banking malware on Google Play. Disguised as a weather forecast app, it steals banking credentials and locks screens.

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postheadericon Active Shooter at Texas Hospital turns up No Shooter and No Victims

HOUSTON, TEXAS — Multiple calls were made to 911 of an active shooter inside Ben Taub Hospital in Houston. When police arrived, they found no one with a gun and no victims, but they did find patients being evacuated and scared employees and visitors.

One caller gave a vague description of a man with a gun. There were reports that people heard gunshots on the 2nd floor of the hospital.

After police searched and cleared all 6 floors and the basement, the all-clear was given to return to the hospital. If there was an actual threat, it wasn’t there anymore.

ABC 7 Chicago provided a timeline of events from today’s scare:

TIMELINE OF EVENTS AT BEN TAUB HOSPITAL:

Around 2:00PM: Houston police received a report of a shooting in progress.

2:13PM: TWEET FROM HPD: We are responding to reports of shots fired at Ben Taub Hospital; SWAT and PIO enroute #hounews

2:41PM: TWEET FROM HPD: Officers in the process of searching the hospital; no reports of injuries at this time #hounews

2:48PM: TWEET FROM CHIEF ACEVEDO: At Ben Taub report of active shooter. No victims located. Active search continues. All patients and employees safe at this point.

We are awaiting word of any bullet holes or other evidence that would show shots actually being fired. The police presence was said to be felt quickly, and the evacuation was smooth.

Check this space for updates.

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postheadericon Android malware: It doesn’t hurt to know about this

Android malware is an increasing problem … but worry not – n this infographic, we highlight some of the key things you should be aware of.

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postheadericon Flipkart and Microsoft forge cloud partnership to expand e-commerce in India

BANGALORE, India — Feb. 20, 2017 — Microsoft Corp. and Flipkart, India’s leading marketplace, on Monday announced a strategic partnership to provide consumers in India with the best online shopping service. As a first step in the broad collaboration between the two companies, Flipkart will adopt Microsoft Azure as its exclusive public cloud platform. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Flipkart Group CEO and co-founder Binny Bansal announced the news at an event in Bangalore.

“At Microsoft, we aim to empower every Indian and every Indian organization with technology, and key to this is forging strategic partnerships with innovative companies like Flipkart,” Nadella said. “Combining Microsoft’s cloud platform and AI capabilities with Flipkart’s existing services and data assets will enable Flipkart to accelerate its digital transformation in e-commerce and deliver new customer experiences.”

“Flipkart has always been committed to its vision of transforming commerce in India through technology,” Bansal said. “Given Microsoft’s strong reputation in cloud computing, coupled with scale and reliability, this partnership allows us to leverage our combined strength and knowledge of technology, e-commerce and markets to make online shopping more relevant and enriching for customers.”

Launched in 2007, Flipkart has amassed unparalleled scale in India through customer-centric innovations that have made online shopping a seamless, accessible and affordable experience for over 100 million Indians. Its innovative disruptions like Cash on Delivery, No Cost EMI, Product Exchange, easy returns, same-day delivery and instant refunds have paved the way for the e-commerce market in India.

Starting with computing infrastructure, Microsoft Azure will ultimately add a layer of advanced cloud technologies and analytics to Flipkart’s existing datacenters. Microsoft’s strong presence in India, along with its global scale, allows for continued growth and expansion, setting the stage for the long-term partnership.

Flipkart plans to use the artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics capabilities in Azure, such as Cortana Intelligence Suite and Power BI, to optimize its data for innovative merchandising, advertising, marketing and customer service. With powerful insights about its business and new, intelligent services, Flipkart can deliver increasingly relevant and personalized experiences to its customers.

About Flipkart

Flipkart is India’s largest e-commerce marketplace with a registered customer base of over 100 million. Flipkart offers more than 80 million products across 80+ categories including Smart Phones, Books, Media, Consumer Electronics, Furniture, Fashion and Lifestyle.

Launched in October 2007, Flipkart is known for its path-breaking services like Cash on Delivery, experience zones and a 10-day replacement policy. Flipkart was the pioneer in offering services like In-a-Day Guarantee (50 cities) and Same-Day-Guarantee (13 cities) at scale. With over 100,000 registered sellers, Flipkart has redefined the way brands and MSME’s do business online.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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postheadericon It’s too easy to steal a second-hand connected car

Until more effort is made by vendors to integrate the internet in a safe way into the myriad of devices that surround us, we are going to hear more and more stories of security breaking down like this.

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postheadericon Armed Robber Holds Occupants Hostage In Their Own Home… Until One Of Them Got A Gun

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA — It’s terrifying enough discovering an intruder in your home, but what happens when that intruder is armed and has you and other people in your home hostage? One homeowner realized that when seconds count, a gun in his hands may be the only chance he has to survive.

According to WBRZ News, the armed intruder forced his way into the residence and held both the homeowner and other occupants at gunpoint. The homeowner managed to retrieve a handgun and shoot the armed robber. The robber, once hit, fled. He fell only a few short steps from the doorway.

The deceased robber was identified as 19-year-old Terione Williams. He had prior convictions related to a prior home invasion. No stranger to violence, Williams certainly posed a significant threat to both the homeowner and the other people inside the home with him.

This was not a scenario that was going to play out without someone being significantly injured or even killed. In those moments, it’s a choice: you or him.

The homeowner took the calculated risk that if he didn’t get a gun, he was living on borrowed time.

Criminals depend exclusively on having unilateral choice of force. Let me explain that previous sentence a bit better. When an armed intruder enters another person’s building, he knows he’s at risk from the second his foot crosses the threshold. He knows he can be killed. That’s why he needs to convince everyone inside that home that fighting back against him is a guaranteed loss. It’s not important that fighting back isn’t necessarily a loss, it’s just important he ensures they believe that.

To get to that state, he will exert however much force he thinks is necessary. That could include shooting and killing a hostage. It could include killing everyone inside. That’s his mentality.

As a gun owner, unfortunately we have to understand the mentality of a bad guy because it’s important to overcome that natural fear of harm coming to ourselves or others. We need to get to the gun and use it effectively.

That’s made exceedingly easier if the gun is already physically on your body. If your gun is in a holster and that holster is on your body, you don’t have far to go to bring deadly force to bear on your intruder.

Always carry — especially in the home.

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postheadericon RSA 2017 – day 2: Attacking yourself

Want to find holes in your security perimeter? What better way than to attempt to attack yourself, and here at RSA there are plenty of tools to help.

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postheadericon Constitutional Carry: The Three Best Arguments In Favor

By Robert Farago via The Truth About Guns

Back in the day, when the Texas legislature was considering reforming the licensing system for concealed carry, a lot of politicians were caught unawares. They had no idea Texans needed a permit to carry a firearm. They assumed carrying a gun was a citizen’s birthright, which it is, protected by the U.S. Constitution, no less. And now . . .

Texas is moving in the direction of permitless or constitutional carry, looking to join Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho (residents only), Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming (residents only). There are a lot of good arguments for this trend. Here are the top three:

1. Look at Vermont!

The main argument against Constitutional Carry: it’s dangerous! If you let people carry a gun without a background check and training, they’ll shoot the wrong person! Cops won’t know who’s the good guy and who’s the bad guy! And there’ll be more people carrying, leading to more “gun violence.”

You could counter these objections one-by-one, but it’s better to just say “look at Vermont.” Green Mountain State residents have enjoyed constitutional carry since the Constitution was enacted. According to the FBI’s 2015 stats, Vermont is the safest state in the country, with a violent crime rate of 118 incidents per 100k residents.

That’s not to say Vermont is the safest state in the U.S. because of constitutional carry. But their crime rates show that constitutional carry doesn’t create crime. Why would it? Criminals get guns no matter what the law says (they’re criminals, after all). Constitutional carry makes it easier for law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. Which leads us to . . .

2. Carry Permits Punish the Poor!

Some states make getting a permit to carry a firearm cheap and easy (e.g. Washington). Some states make it extremely expensive and time-consuming, to the point of impossibility (e.g. New Jersey, Hawaii).

Either way, society’s poorest members don’t have the time or money to jump through all the hoops needed to secure a permit to carry a firearm. What’s more, they lack the ability and/or desire to deal with the bureaucracy in charge of issuing licenses.

Constitutional carry makes it possible for all Americans to exercise their natural, civil and constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, regardless of their income or education. Speaking of which . . .

3. Carry Permits Are Unconstitutional!

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitutional states “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Requiring Americans to petition the government to exercise their right to keep and bear arms is as clear an infringement as requiring Americans to pass a literacy test to exercise their right to vote. Clearer even.

What other constitutionally protected right do Americans have to pay to exercise? The right to free speech? The right to religious freedom? The people arguing against constitutional carry see the right to keep and bear arms as an exception. Because death! Which takes you back to argument number one: Vermont.

Or Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho (residents only), Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming. And soon, New Hampshire. And one day, Texas.

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