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A New Malicious Software Hits The Internet, What You Need To Know

A New Malicious Software Hits The Internet, What You Need To Know

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – – Hackers stole software from the National Security Agency on Friday, which resulted in a worldwide cyber attack that affected 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries. Many are still fighting the fallout of the attack. We look into how cyber security is changing, and what you need to do to protect yourself.

“So what happened on Friday is we saw a new strain of malicious software hit the internet,”Don Faulkner, Chief Information Security Officer for the University of Arkansas said.

It’s an attack that’s wreaked havoc on tens of thousands of computers all around the world.

“There’s a variety of different kinds of malicious software. the particular kind that’s going on right now is designed to encrypt or scramble the files on your computer and essentially hold them for ransom,” Faulkner said. Businesses in the U.S. have been affected by the hacking and some even chose to pay the ransom, according to Faulkner.

“The risk is real, the other side of it is, you encourage more activity by paying, so the best choice is to not have to pay,” Faulkner said. Faulkner says a lot of what people do in this world now is connected to the internet, and we unintentionally put a lot of information out that allows people to be victimized.

So how do you protect yourself when hacking software and its users are getting better everyday? Faulkner said It affects everybody and everyone needs to be prepared to defend themselves.

“Do you have a strong password on all of your accounts? D o you keep your computer up to date with patches and the latest software?That’s a big deal, the fact that not all computer systems are patched and up to date is the reason for the outbreak that we saw over the weekend,” Faulkner said. It’s not just your personal computers you have to worry about, you may need to adjust your shopping preferences too.

“The advantage big business is they can hire large teams of people to defend their computer systems, if you’re a small business owner.. you don’t have that,” Faulkner said.

BEWARE OF HACKERS: There’s A New Malicious Software Out

BEWARE OF HACKERS: There's A New Malicious Software Out

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – – Hackers stole software from the National Security Agency on Friday, which resulted in a worldwide cyber attack that affected 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries. Many are still fighting the fallout of the attack. We look into how cyber security is changing, and what you need to do to protect yourself.

“So what happened on Friday is we saw a new strain of malicious software hit the internet,”Don Faulkner, Chief Information Security Officer for the University of Arkansas said.

It’s an attack that’s wreaked havoc on tens of thousands of computers all around the world.

“There’s a variety of different kinds of malicious software. the particular kind that’s going on right now is designed to encrypt or scramble the files on your computer and essentially hold them for ransom,” Faulkner said. Businesses in the U.S. have been affected by the hacking and some even chose to pay the ransom, according to Faulkner.

“The risk is real, the other side of it is, you encourage more activity by paying, so the best choice is to not have to pay,” Faulkner said. Faulkner says a lot of what people do in this world now is connected to the internet, and we unintentionally put a lot of information out that allows people to be victimized.

So how do you protect yourself when hacking software and its users are getting better everyday? Faulkner said It affects everybody and everyone needs to be prepared to defend themselves.

“Do you have a strong password on all of your accounts? D o you keep your computer up to date with patches and the latest software?That’s a big deal, the fact that not all computer systems are patched and up to date is the reason for the outbreak that we saw over the weekend,” Faulkner said. It’s not just your personal computers you have to worry about, you may need to adjust your shopping preferences too.

“The advantage big business is they can hire large teams of people to defend their computer systems, if you’re a small business owner.. you don’t have that,” Faulkner said.

Service Dogs in Training Complete Airport Security Orientation

Service Dogs In Training Complete Airport Security Orientation

BIG FLATS, N.Y. (18 NEWS) – Some new recruits had a “paw-esome” day of training at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport on Wednesday. It’s the second year that trainers with Guiding Eyes for the Blind[1] took a trip to the airport. They like taking the opportunity to familiarize dogs with the security checkpoint process.

“This is a super valuable experience for everybody involved,” Transport Security Administration spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said. “For the Guiding Eyes group, for TSA and for the airport.”

The training starts with the dogs walking through the metal detectors with their service vests on. Some vests trigger the alarm, some don’t. Either way TSA officers pat the dogs down to ensure nothing is tucked under the vest. Then they swab the trainers hands.

“They take that cloth that’s on the swabbing device and they’re going to put it in the machine and that’s checking for any traces of explosives,” Farbstein said. Volunteer Puppy Raisers[2] for Guiding Eyes for the Blind said this type of training is essential in preparing the dogs for service.

“We’re always trying to find real life situations for them and so something like this is, the noises, the strange people around, touching them things like that, it’s just imperative for them,” Puppy Raiser Alysha Williams said.

But it’s not just the dogs who are getting some practice.

“It’s a good opportunity for our TSA officers to get additional practice screening service animals,” Farbstein said. And even though these dogs may fly out of much bigger airports someday, officials say the experience is essentially the same.

“It’s the same experience whether they’re at Elmira or where they’re at LaGuardia or JFK or Dallas or Boston or Chicago or LA,” Farbstein said. And though Wednesday exercise was just for practice, it won’t be long before some of these dogs experience the real deal.

“It’s good to get in some practice because it’s out of the ordinary, a lot of things going on around them,” Airport Manager Bill Hopper said. “And it’s just really good to get them to experience that, work out the kinks before they have to do it for real someday.”

TSA officials said they scheduled the training during the middle of the day when there were no departures so they didn’t delay any passengers.

References

  1. ^ Guiding Eyes for the Blind (www.guidingeyes.org)
  2. ^ Puppy Raisers (www.guidingeyes.org)