MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Labor says a job database used by the state has been compromised by malicious software. Officials said Wednesday that the breach of America’s Job Link Alliance, a provider of a nationwide web-based database Joblink, has been fixed and it’s unknown at this time if any personal information was extracted. They say it’s unknown whether the malicious software was deliberately or unintentionally introduced.
The state says analysts are working to determine if any accounts containing names and possibly Social Security numbers were compromised.
The state is advising users of Joblink to review bank, credit card and debit card account statements and report any suspicious activity to their bank or credit card company.
John Georgelas, the Texas-born son of a U.S. Air Force doctor and grandson of a World War II veteran, now calls himself Yahya Abu Hassan. He has reportedly just become one of the top leaders of the Islamic State (ISIS). Georgelas is not by any means the only convert to Islam to have gotten the idea that his new religion, though touted as peaceful by almost all American authorities, actually commands him to commit treason and mass murder. Those authorities remain resolutely uncurious as to why so many converts to Islam seem to ignore the peaceful teachings of the Qur an that are so patently obvious to learned imams such as Pope Francis, John Kerry, and George W. Bush. Those peaceful teachings also elude Joshua Cummings, another convert to Islam. On January 30, he murdered Denver Regional Transportation District security guard Scott Von Lanken. Cummings explained:
I give my bay ah (pledge) to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and I am committed to being a soldier for the Islamic State. [However,] on the night in question, what I did do, I didn t do that for the Islamic State. I did that purely and solely for the pleasure of Allah.
He didn t explain where he got the idea that Allah would be pleased by the murder of a Denver security guard. Perhaps he was inspired by the Qur an s exhortations regarding unbelievers: [K]ill them wherever you find them (2:191, 4:89, and 9:5). Not long after that, a convert to Islam in Kansas City named Robert Lorenzo Hester, Jr. (who called himself Ali Talib Muhammad and Rami Talib) planned a jihad massacre on President s Day involving coordinated attacks on buses, trains, and a train station. He told contacts he thought were accomplices but who were actually FBI informants that President s Day was going to be a good day for Muslims worldwide and that it was good to help strike back at the true terrorist. U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tammy Dickinson said of Ali Talib Muhammad:
[He] believed he was part of an ISIS-sponsored terrorist attack that would result in the deaths and injuries of many innocent victims. While the plot was foiled, the questions remained: where did this convert learn about Islam? From whom? How many other American converts were taught by the same people? Where are they now? Generally media reports about jihad plotters tell us that they were radicalized on the Internet. These reports never explain why the supposedly peaceful Islam that these Muslims presumably learned at the local mosque was unable to withstand the appeal of the allegedly twisted and hijacked online version.
The same questions could be asked about 27-year-old Garrett Grimsley of Cary, North Carolina, who several weeks ago was charged with threatening non-Muslims. In February, Grimsley posted a warning online: Don t go to Cary tomorrow.
Mohamed Abdullahi, a computer science student at Renton Technical College (RTC), has been selected as one of 20 community college students in the nation to be a member of the All-USA Community College Academic Team. Along with the recognition as an outstanding student and an engaged leader, Abdullahi will receive a $5,000 scholarship supported by the Follett Higher Education Group. Student winners will be introduced at Phi Theta Kappa s Presidents Breakfast held during the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Convention on April 24, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The All-USA program is widely recognized as the most prestigious academic honor for students attending community college. Each college may nominate two students for showing intellectual rigor and demonstrating academic achievement, leadership and civic growth.
Abdullahi was born in 1993 in a refugee camp in Kenya and immigrated to the United States with his mother as a refugee. He entered the RTC computer science program after high school graduation, pursuing his studies while working evenings as a security guard and as a tutor. Abdullahi is a student leader in the RTC Associated Student Government and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa academic honors society.