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Modern technology is a real pain in the butt

Twenty years ago, I thought I was pretty smart keeping up with technology. I previously put this in the Osoyoos Times. The love of the fax machine, people ask me how I can afford a fax machine; mine cost me $648. You can get them in the dumpster now. It cost me 49 cents to fax Thompson, Manitoba, from B.C and 37 cents to Moose Jaw. Excuse me then, Canada Post and B.C Tel for sharing this with everybody what is our postal, then 46 cents plus G.S.T and how long does it take for our mail to get from A to B, if it gets there? Now it is $1. Every time the postal goes on strike, they are striking them right out of a job, now that we have email, texting, and all the rest of the ways of communication.

I was sitting at our Friendship Center in Prince George looking for my G.S.T. Now I am playing telephone tag: press one for English, two for French, then I get to listen to Whitney Houston screaming in my ear for five minutes. I thought why am I sitting at the Friendship Center, I will just walk down to Revenue Canada and talk to a real person, wrong. Fred the security guard, sends me to the telephone. I said I just listened to that song at the friendship center, and I still don t like Whitney Houston. Now Revenue Canada has closed the doors altogether. We are told to go online. Again, more people jobs. In the near future there will no longer be Service Canada. When you go to Service Canada, there is a big sign that says, Why stand in line, when you can go online. Again, more people jobs.

We like people contact, not everyone is a computer genius. Online banking, automatic deposits are very convenient, but will this mean less bank tellers? I seen this on the funniest videos, a lady texting, and walks right into a manhole. I seen it in Prince George, another one texting across a red light, damn near got run over. I myself damn near got run over when a lady was yapping on her cell phone while she was driving. We had a job fair at the Coast Hotel, it was great, People contact. The military had a booth, R.C.M.P had a booth, tourism, Prince George Correctional Service, security companies with all the work that is going on there, Tim Horton s had a booth, Canfor, there were two young men at the Canfor booth, they handed in their resume. Can you fellows start on Monday, you bet we can. People contact. Do not email your resume or fax it, I myself have owned two businesses. I kind of like to see the person. I owned a small newspaper, these jobs will also be gone from the paste-up department to the printers to the paper boys. Some people like to pick up and read a newspaper.

I see the younger generation who graduate and don t know math without a calculator, they don t know how to spell without the spell check. Let s get our face out of all this technology and smell the coffee once in a while. I wonder everyday if all the computers went down, IPod didn t work or cell phones, would the world come to an end?

We need backup to today s system. I would like my reader to give their experiences with this issue. Let s have a family reunion without all cell phones, IPods and laptops. This would be great.

Crystal Clear, Oliver

Researchers see possible North Korea link to global cyber attack

By Dustin Volz[1] | WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON Cyber security researchers have found technical clues they said could link North Korea with the global WannaCry “ransomware” cyber attack that has infected more than 300,000 machines in 150 countries since Friday.

Symantec and Kaspersky Lab said on Monday some code in an earlier version of the WannaCry software had also appeared in programs used by the Lazarus Group, which researchers from many companies have identified as a North Korea-run hacking operation.

“This is the best clue we have seen to date as to the origins of WannaCry,” Kaspersky Lab researcher Kurt Baumgartner told Reuters.

Both firms said it was too early to tell whether North Korea was involved in the attacks, which slowed to a crawl on Monday but have already become one of the fastest-spreading extortion campaigns on record.

The cyber companies’ research will be closely followed by law enforcement agencies around the world, including Washington, where U.S. President Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser said on Monday that both foreign nations and cyber criminals were possible culprits.

The two companies said they needed to study the code more and asked for others to help with the analysis. Hackers do reuse code from other operations, so even copied lines fall well short of proof.

U.S. and European security officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity that it was still too early to say who might be behind the attacks, but they did not rule out North Korea as a suspect.

The Lazarus hackers, acting for impoverished North Korea, have been more brazen in pursuit of financial gain than others, and have been blamed for the theft of $81 million from a Bangladesh bank. The North Korean mission to the United Nations was not immediately available for comment.

Regardless of the source of the attack, investors piled into cyber security stocks on Monday, betting that governments and corporations will spend more to upgrade their defenses.

SMALL PAYOUT

The perpetrators had raised less than $70,000 from users looking to regain access to their computers, according to Trump homeland security adviser Tom Bossert.

“We are not aware if payments have led to any data recovery,” Bossert said, adding that no federal government systems had been affected.

Some private sector cyber security experts said they were not sure if the motive of the attack was primarily to make money, noting that most large ransomware and other types of cyber extortion campaigns pull in millions of dollars of revenue.

I believe that this was spread for the purpose of causing as much damage as possible, said Matthew Hickey, co-founder of British cyber consulting firm Hacker House.

The countries most affected by WannaCry to date are Russia, Taiwan, Ukraine and India, according to Czech security firm Avast.

The number of infections has fallen dramatically since Friday s peak when more than 9,000 computers were being hit per hour. Earlier on Monday, Chinese traffic police and schools reported they had been targeted as the attack rolled into Asia for the new work week, but no there were no major disruptions.

Authorities in Europe and the United States turned their attention to preventing hackers from spreading new versions of the virus.

Shares in firms that provide cyber security services rose sharply, led by Israel’s Cyren Ltd (CYRN.O) and U.S. firm FireEye Inc (FEYE.O).

Cisco Systems (CSCO.O) closed up 2.3 percent, making it the second-biggest gainer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, as investors focused more on opportunities the attack presented rather than the risk it posed to corporations.

Morgan Stanley, in upgrading the stock, said Cisco should benefit from network spending driven by security needs.

POLITICAL TOPIC

Beyond the immediate need to shore up computer defenses, the attack has turned cyber security into a political topic in Europe and the United States, including discussion of the role national governments play.

In a blog post on Sunday, Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) President Brad Smith confirmed what researchers already widely concluded: the attack made use of a hacking tool built by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) that had leaked online in April.

He poured fuel on a long-running debate over how government intelligence services should balance their desire to keep software flaws secret – in order to conduct espionage and cyber warfare – against sharing those flaws with technology companies to better secure the internet.

On Monday, Bossert sought to distance the NSA from any blame.

“This was not a tool developed by the NSA to hold ransom data. This was a tool developed by culpable parties, potentially criminals or foreign nation-states, that were put together in such a way as to deliver phishing emails, put it into embedded documents, and cause infection, encryption and locking,” Bossert said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, noting the technology’s link to the U.S. spy service, said it should be “discussed immediately on a serious political level.”

“Once they’re let out of the lamp, genies of this kind, especially those created by intelligence services, can later do damage to their authors and creators,” he said.

In Britain, where the virus first raised alarm when it caused hospitals to divert patients on Friday, it gained traction as a political issue just weeks before a general election. The opposition Labour Party accused the Conservative government of leaving the National Health Service (NHS) vulnerable.

RANSOM VIA BITCOIN

Some victims were ignoring official advice and paying the $300 ransom demanded by the cyber criminals to unlock their computers, which was due to double to $600 on Monday for computers hit by Friday’s first wave.

So far only a few victims of the attack appeared to have paid, based on publicly available bitcoin accounts on the web, where victims have been instructed to pay.

The initial ransom demand was $300 per machine. Three days after becoming infected the demand doubles. Starting on Monday, the first victims began facing demands of $600 to unlock their machines.

This coming Friday, victims face being locked out of their computers permanently if they fail to pay the $600 ransom, said Tom Robinson, co-founder of Elliptic, a London-based private security company that investigates ransomware attacks.

As of 1400 GMT, the total value of funds paid into anonymous bitcoin wallets the hackers are using stood at just $55,169, from 209 payments, according to calculations made by Reuters using publicly available data.

Brian Lord, managing director of cyber and technology at cyber security firm PGI, said victims had told him “the customer service provided by the criminals is second-to-none,” with helpful advice on how to pay: “One customer said they actually forgot they were being robbed.”

Companies and governments spent the weekend upgrading software to limit the spread of the virus. Monday was the first big test for Asia, where offices had already mostly been closed for the weekend before the attack first arrived.

Renault-Nissan (RENA.PA) (7201.T) said output had returned to normal at nearly all its plants. PSA Group (PEUP.PA), Fiat Chrysler (FCHA.MI), Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE), Daimler (DAIGn.DE), Toyota (7203.T) and Honda (7267.T) said their plants were unaffected.

British media were hailing as a hero a 22-year-old computer security whiz who appeared to have helped stop the attack from spreading by discovering a “kill switch” – an internet address which halted the virus when activated.

Individual European countries and the United States saw infections at a rate of only 10 percent to 20 percent of the most affected countries, according to the researcher who stumbled on the kill switch.

The virus hit computers running older versions of Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) software that had not been recently updated. Microsoft released patches last month and on Friday to fix a vulnerability that allowed the worm to spread across networks. The company’s shares were down about 1 percent on Monday, in a slightly higher broad market.

Infected computers appear to be largely out-of-date devices. Some were machines involved in manufacturing or hospital functions, difficult to patch without disrupting operations.

For a graphic on how the cyber attack spread, see: tmsnrt.rs/2qIUckv[2]

(Additional reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, Jim Finkle, Cate Cadell, Jemima Kelly, Noel Randewich, Eric Auchard, Joseph Menn, Michelle Nichols and Tim Ahmann; Writing by Peter Graff and Nick Zieminski; Editing by Peter Millership and Bill Rigby)

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References

  1. ^ Dustin Volz (www.reuters.com)
  2. ^ tmsnrt.rs/2qIUckv (tmsnrt.rs)

Victor Goodman is appointed as President and CEO of INKAS …

INKAS Group of Companies is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Victor Goodman as the new President and CEO of INKAS Security Services Ltd., effective immediately.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto, ON, April 26, 2017 – David Khazanski, President, INKAS Group of Companies, announced today the appointment of Victor Goodman as President and CEO of INKAS Security Services Ltd. INKAS Security Services Ltd. is a Cash Management Solutions Company – offering a full cycle of security services to financial institutions, corporate and government organizations.

We are very pleased to have Victor join our global organization as we continue to drive innovation and transform the security industry. I am confident that Victor s wealth of experience in the security sector, as well as his track record of success in business development and M&A will accelerate the growth of the company for many years, said David Khazanski. The security industry is in need of evolution. By offering an intelligent alternative, INKAS can transform the traditional model that exists today . Victor joins INKAS as a goal oriented senior executive with extensive revenue growth achievements in premium brand organizations including Brookfield Asset Management, IBM Algorithmics, CIBC Wood Gundy and Brinks Inc. His proven track record of innovation and execution through a network of international financial services and corporate relationships has enabled him to transition challenged businesses to a highly profitable and dominant market share across multiple industry verticals. Victor holds an Economics Degree from the University of Toronto as well as various post graduate accreditations from Queens University and the London Business School. As well, Victor serves on various not-for-profit boards including the Matthew House a Refugee Claimant Program in collaboration with The Law Foundation of Ontario.

INKAS Group of Companies is in the business of protecting lives and valuables. It is proud of its integrated suite of armored vehicle manufacturing, cash management, environmental and point-of-sale products and services. Its innovative financial and security solutions have strengthened its customers overall profitability and as such, company s growth trend continues to escalate year over year. The company takes pride in our service offering and is constantly exceeding both industry standards & customer expectations. Specifically, INKAS Security Services Ltd. is a cash management solutions company. It fulfills the entire end-to-end value chain of security including its own: truck manufacturing and maintenance, technology innovation, and safe manufacturing. This model, in essence, allows it to control both quality and cost. As a result, the company can pass on this unique industry advantage to its customers with cost effective pricing, superior customer service and flexibility. Company s people its greatest asset – with their commitment to customer focus, safety, security and operational excellence. To attest to this, its customers have ranked INKAS as number one in service level achievement, against that of our largest competitors. INKAS knows that risk mitigation is a key focus for its customers. The company strives to understand the challenges its customers face by considering their specific requirements. As such, the integrated cash management solution has been designed in order to optimize ATM services, cash-in-transit, secure logistics, storage and cash processing.

In order to promote leadership in the industry, INKAS prides itself on being an innovative company. INKAS goal is to bake in a deep level of innovation with every product and service it provides. With research and development being a pivotal factor in its growth, it recognizes the importance of continuing to push the boundaries in order to further elevate INKAS as a brand founded on quality, sustainability and progress.

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