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postheadericon State sponsored cryptocurrency: Could it ever be a reality?

Cryptocurrencies work on a decentralized methodology, there is no sever or centralized place that holds account details and transactions.

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postheadericon Equifax hack could affect half the population of the US

The credit reporting agency, Equifax, has revealed that they suffered a huge cyberattack that could affect up 143 million Americans.

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postheadericon A major cyberattack could cost the global economy $53 billion

Lloyd’s of London have reported that a serious cyberattack could cost the global economy as much as a devastating natural disaster.

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postheadericon A DDoS attack could cost businesses as much as $2.5 million

Businesses that fall victim to a DDoS attack could lose, on average, as much as $ 2.5 million in revenue, new research has suggested.

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postheadericon What Could Ever Make A Father Shoot His Own Son? This.

MACON COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA — A son with a criminal record a mile long. A father trying to protect himself. These are some of the conditions surrounding the recent shooting of 25-year-old Danny Thomas by his own father.

According to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office’s statement to WLOS News, Thomas’ father discovered him trying to steal gas from his vehicle. When the father confronted his son, the son got violent and allegedly grabbed him by the beard. The son went further and took out a knife.

“The son then grabbed his father by the facial area and also displayed a knife according to his father. We were able to retrieve a knife at the scene,” Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland told News 13.

The father, fearing for his life, took out a 9mm handgun and shot his son once in the abdomen. The Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene and took D.J. to a nearby hospital where he remains under close guard.

The Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Thomas was scheduled to show up in court over a breaking and entering and larceny charge. He has multiple prior convictions and law enforcement told the news that they were very familiar with Thomas’ prior criminal activities.

It’s unconfirmed whether or not drugs or alcohol played a role in the altercation but the Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the matter.

It’s a tragic thing when a son strays so far from the path of being a law-abiding citizen that he sees his own family as potential prey to his criminal exploits. How many times had his father already been forced to defend himself and his own family from his son?

If so ever there were conditions whereby a father would feel compelled to use deadly force against his own son, this certainly would be it. It’s sad but necessary. The alternative promises only a limited life full of more pain and misery.

We can’t all choose the paths our children go down but we may take full responsibility for our own safety and defense. And, in cases like this, it’s all the more necessary to do so when violence is already unavoidable.

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postheadericon Airport Terminal Carry Maps Aren’t Always Reliable, And Could Get You Arrested

Republished with permission from American Gun Owners Alliance

Soon after the shooting that occurred inside the Fort Lauderdale airport terminal the topic of carrying a firearm in an airport quickly took off among both pro and anti-gun groups. Right about this time a so-called ‘airport carry’ map began circulating on social media.

I have to be honest, the first time I saw it I didn’t give it much thought, you see these things all the time and after a while your eyes just glaze over but when I saw it a second time I paid attention and was quite suspicious of it.

The map shows all but six states allowed carrying firearms in the non-secure areas of an airport and shows three states where open carry is supposedly legal. I tracked the map down to an article on a Florida pro-gun organization website that was titled ‘Airport Carry is legal in 44 states, but Florida will put you in jail’. This just didn’t seem right so I set out to verify their claims.

I soon stumbled upon a paper that had been done by a district attorney that showed this map and then went on to discredit it state by state. Not knowing who was right I decided to track down the information and verify it for myself. What I found shocked me and showed that this map was not only incorrect, it could be down right dangerous should anyone blindly follow it.

What I found was that the author of this map, and article, did no more than a cursory look at state laws. If there was nothing explicitly banning carrying firearms in an airport they included it in the ‘good’ column. Furthermore they interpreted language that stated ‘licensed carriers could not enter an airport’ to mean open carry was legal. As with anything regarding laws like this, one can not just ‘skim the surface’ and correctly make a conclusion.

What they failed to consider when making their conclusions were states that do not have preemption laws, states that allow exemptions for local governments, government under ‘home rule’ and airport specific bans in three states. Lastly they failed to look for laws allowing posting of no firearm signs in ‘public safety areas’.

So let’s take a close look at their map and then the correct information.

Their map shows the following states as allowing airport carry: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, HI, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY. The map also shows MS, NV & OH as ‘open carry in airport’ states and it shows these states as prohibiting carrying in airports: AR, FL, IL, ND, OK, VA.

If your eyebrows raised when you saw NY & NJ as allowing airport carry you aren’t alone. Having lived in NJ and now based out of eastern PA we know all too well how restrictive their state laws regarding firearms are. There have been instances of people transporting a firearm per federal guidelines that have been arrested or detained at airports in those two states. While upstate New York airports (Buffalo and Albany) might be safe to carry, the major airports in NYC are completely out of the question. I also classify New Jersey as a “don’t even think about it” state so that comes off the ‘good’ list immediately.

After doing some exhaustive research I found there are actually only 26 states (as opposed to their 44) that have no specific laws regarding carrying in the non-secure areas of an airport. These states also do not have any local restrictions. At the same time I found 5 states where airports can be posted, 5 states where local government can ban carrying, and 3 states where carrying is banned in specific airports. All of these were classified as ‘good’ on their map.

The states that allow posting of airports are Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. The states that allow local governments to restrict carrying in public places are Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Montana and West Virginia.

The three states that have airport specific bans are North Carolina, Missouri and Massachusetts. In North Carolina both Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte airports restrict carrying. The restrictions come from local ordinances. In Massachusetts carrying is banned in any airport that falls under the Port Authority’s jurisdiction, otherwise know as a MassPort airport. The restrictions come from the Port Authority’s own regulations. Lastly Saint Louis (STL) airport is controlled by the city which prohibits carrying on any airport property.

So that brings the ‘good’ list down to AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, KY, LA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NH, NM, OR, PA *, RI, SD, UT, VT, WA, WY.

I then started researching the three states that were marked as ‘open carry’ in airports. What I found was law that specifically stated ‘licensed carry’ was prohibited in Mississippi and Ohio. This is where their assumption that open carry was legal came from but again, assuming with firearm law is never a good thing.

I contacted the Ohio attorney general’s office and while they explained they couldn’t give legal advice, they did look at the statute and commented on how someone could assume that. They directed me to several senior firearm officers, at several sheriff’s departments, and they too confirmed that while the language appears to allow open carry airports are considered ‘protected areas’ and ban the carry of firearms in any fashion. They also stated all airports are posted. Note that in March of 2017 airport carry will be legal after the passage SB199 in December 2016.

Researching Mississippi law I also found the same type verbiage about ‘licensed carry’ so again it was assumed that open carry was legal. I could not specifically confirm or refute this with any state official. I did however find several opinion pieces on the state attorney general’s website regarding restricting open carry that state ‘any such laws would have to pass constitutional muster.’ They go on to say the courts have only said concealed carry can be regulated. There is an exception though under §97-37-7 for those that have completed the required training and have an enhanced permit. Our determination is it MAY be legal to open carry but there is no case law to clarify it, and open carrying into an airport in the state is at the carriers own risk.

Nevada is the only state where I was able to confirm from multiple sources that open carry in an airport is legal. The thought process everyone has taken is open carry can not be regulated by the state because of the state constitution which states in Article 1, Section 11, [1.]: “Every citizen has the right to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes.

So per my research all of the following states restrict, or can restrict either by posting or local ordinance, carrying of firearms in airports: AR, CT, FL, IA, IL, KS, MA, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV. That’s 23 states, not even close to the 6 shown on that map. Here’s what the map should really look like:

So the next time you see something similar to this map make sure you verify the information, assuming the information is correct could get you arrested, or even worse.

To read my findings state by state please see our airport carry pdf and to see our interactive version of the map please click here.

Update: After publishing this article we were informed of a ban at Saint Louis (STL) airport by local ordinance. A copy of the ordinance can be found here. The article has been updated to reflect this information.

* Allegheny County, PA §705-39 Prohibits firearms on airport property (illegal per PA preemption laws) but they appear to not currently enforce it due to anticipated litigation

Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to understand the laws in your area, and what you can and cannot legally do. It is also your responsibility to use your best judgement, given the situation that you may find yourself in. In no way should this information be viewed as legal advice. When in doubt, consult a lawyer for any clarification that you may require. Simply put, use your best judgement and always abide by the law.

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postheadericon Why combining technology with standards could combat fraud

ESET’s Miguel Ángel Mendoza looks at why combining technology with standards could combat fraud.

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postheadericon Our insulin pumps could be hacked, warns Johnson & Johnson

The Animas OneTouch Ping insulin pump contains vulnerabilities that could be exploited by a malicious attacker to remotely trigger an insulin injection.

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postheadericon Before The Feds Crack Down On Guns, It’d Be Nice If They Could Account For Their Own

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Official reports show that around 165 Department of Homeland Security firearms were lost or stolen in a period of 31 months. In and amongst the other stolen items of interest include official DHS badges and credentials used to gain access to sensitive areas.

The Department of Homeland Security is getting our “Irresponsible Gun Owner” of the month award.

via Complete Colorado

“Law enforcement credentials, badges or ID cards can be used to access areas closed to the public, restricted access areas, and allow a person to pose as a law enforcement official where lax inspection of the credential to match it with the person carrying it allows that person entry to restricted areas,” Michael Brown, former Undersecretary of Homeland Security and Director of FEMA told Complete Colorado by email. “Possession of these kinds of credentials gives terrorists or criminals the basic information needed to counterfeit other credentials.”

This follows in the footsteps of ATF’s new measure to classify wet nitrocellulose as an explosive and potentially change the way ammunition is sold. Wet nitrocellulose is a primary ingredient in many ammunition primers. By not classifying the substance as an explosive, restrictions on selling and shipping ammunition have been relatively lax by comparison of the shipment of substances classified as explosives.

via ATF Bulletin

“We are aware that the U.S. Department of Transportation may assign a nonexplosive classification to nitrocellulose when it has been wetted with water or alcohol. This is based, in part, on the diminished likelihood of explosion in a transportation accident. Because the nitrocellulose retains its explosive characteristics when the water or alcohol is removed, the wetted nitrocellulose remains a nitrocellulose explosive, subject to the licensing, safety and security requirements of the Federal explosives regulations.”

For those who may be unfamiliar with the many heads of the hydra known as the Department of Homeland Security, let’s discuss where the majority of these credentials, badges, and guns went missing:

  • Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

In the midst of an unprecedented wave of terrorism in Europe, how could we ever imagine that having some hooligan faking the funk on immigration and borders would bite us in the proverbial rear?

So, while the Federal government decides to strip Medical Marijuana recipients of their right to possess firearms and carry concealed, and rules against concealed carry as a constitutional right, AND tries to classify the principle ingredient in ammunition primers as an explosive regulated under the ATF… We’re somehow neglecting to watch our own borders and ports of entry?

Here’s the thing — if the government was actually serious about making this country safer, it wouldn’t be concealed carriers or otherwise law-abiding citizens that they would need to worry about.

We’re not the problem.

We don’t need serialized bullets, Chicago.

We don’t want to be restricted when entering into state buildings, Virginia.

And we certainly don’t think people should be held civilly liable for defending themselves inside their home, Oregon.

And if you can’t secure basic things like the ports-of-entry, customs, and borders… Why should we be the ones to bear the brunt of that security breach?

It doesn’t make sense.

That’s why we need to be concealed carriers. We need to protect our homes and communities because it’s becoming increasingly obvious that the federal government doesn’t know or doesn’t care what happens when 3,000 badges go missing and about 195 of their federally-issued guns go off the books.

We have to look out for each other. We’re not given any other good options.

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postheadericon A Federal Gun Registry Could Be Coming To Hawaii

By Robert Farago via The Truth About Guns

“Hawaii could become the first state in the United States to enter gun owners into an FBI database that will automatically notify police if an island resident is arrested anywhere else in the country,” bigstory.ap.com reports. “Most people entered in the ‘Rap Back’ database elsewhere in the U.S. are those in ‘positions of trust,’ such as school teachers and bus drivers, said Stephen Fischer of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division. Hawaii could be the first state to add gun owners.” The FBI describes the system thus . . .

The Rap Back Service provides authorized agencies with notification of criminal, and, in limited cases, civil activity of individuals that occurs after the initial processing and retention of criminal or civil transactions. Rap Back does not provide new authority to agencies, including the FBI, for collection of biometric and biographical information. It does, however, implement new response services to notify agencies of subsequent activity for individuals enrolled in the service. Including a more timely process of confirming suitability of those individuals placed in positions of trust and notification to users of criminal activity for those individuals placed on probation or parole.

I’m not exactly sure who can access this database, but the Firearms Owners Protection Act is completely clear on its prohibition against ANY federal database of guns or gun owners.

No such rule or regulation prescribed [by the Attorney General] after the date of the enactment of the Firearms Owners Protection Act may require that records required to be maintained under this chapter or any portion of the contents of such records, be recorded at or transferred to a facility owned, managed, or controlled by the United States or any State or any political subdivision thereof, nor that any system of registration of firearms, firearms owners, or firearms transactions or disposition be established.

Now a clever man might wonder WTF. The paper records of firearms sales — recorded on ATF Form 4473 — violates FOPA. And I wouldn’t argue the point. But Hawaii’s move is in direct contradiction of FOPA’s mandate. Which hasn’t stopped its supporters from a) proposing it and B) trumpeting it as the shape of things to come.

Supporters say the law would make Hawaii a leader in safe gun laws. Allison Anderman, a staff attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said the bill was “groundbreaking,” and that she hadn’t heard of other states introducing similar measures . . .

Sen. Will Espero, who introduced the bill, and the Honolulu Police Department said Hawaii could serve as a model for other states if it becomes the first to enact the law.

Surely the courts will strike this down! Don’t call gun control advocates Shirley.

Legal experts say the bill could face challenges, but would probably hold up in court. Recent Supreme Court rulings have clarified states’ ability to regulate gun sales, said David Levine, a law professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

The bill will undergo a legal review process by departments including the Attorney General’s Office, which supported the bill, before Gov. David Ige decides if he will sign it into law, said Cindy McMillan, a spokeswoman for the governor.

The cost to enter names in the database will be covered by a fee paid by gun owners, which wasn’t defined in the bill.

If the Aloha State legislators’ legal advisors can read the U.S. Constitution, and not ignore what they read, this one won’t pass muster. But the smart money’s on Hawaii — the island state where gun rights go to die — passing this bill. Will the FBI play ball? Watch this space.

In any case, this move proves that the fight for gun rights in one state is a fight for gun rights in every state. In case you’re one of those let-California-stew-in-its-own-tyrannical-juices types.

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