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Protection Coming For Oklahoma Job Seekers Impacted By Data Breach

Protection Coming For Oklahoma Job Seekers Impacted By Data BreachHundreds of thousands of Oklahomans are starting to get some answers after the state’s job website was hacked earlier this month as part of a national data breach. OKLAHOMA CITY –

Hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans are starting to get some answers after the state’s job website was hacked[1] earlier this month as part of a national data breach.

America’s Job Link Alliance[2] runs employment websites for ten different states, including Oklahoma s[3]. Those states are now coming together to demand protection for more than 4.8 million people nationwide whose personal information may be in jeopardy.

AJLA found out about its database being hacked last week, and just announced the launch of a help line for all those affected.

They are going to be providing credit protection and monitoring for everyone impacted in this particular breach for 12 months, said Oklahoma s chief information security officer Mark Gower.

Oklahoma job seekers are required by law to create an account on[4] within seven days of filing for unemployment, expecting their names, birth dates and social security numbers to remain confidential. That is why Gower said the state is pushing for a quick response by both AJLA and federal investigators.

Vulnerabilities and threats are discovered or created every day, said Gower. This is a global issue, cyber security and securing your information, so it s something we take very seriously at the state.

AJLA has fixed the breach, but has not identified the person or group behind the attack that compromised anyone who created an account before March 14. Those people will be getting an email notification within the next week, while investigators take over the next phase.

We also want to make sure that this attacker doesn t misuse this information in any way. We re continuing to work with law enforcement and also monitor what is known at the dark Web, Gower said.

AJLA s response center help line opens at 8 a.m. Monday, March 27. For questions about the data breach, you can call 1 (844) 469-3939 or click here[5].


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In Massachusetts’ failing mental health care system, even the lucky …

James Boyd Jr. was supposed to be one of the fortunate ones. Within Massachusetts broken mental health care system, he was among those sick enough to be named clients of the state Department of Mental Health. State workers, accordingly, were tasked with watching over Boyd, who had chronic paranoid schizophrenia, and keeping him safe.

Yet just before sunrise one morning last August, he sat naked on a bench at a South End mental health center. The 49-year-old was agitated and had just gone to the bathroom outside the building, according to an internal state report obtained by the Globe. Boyd had been released from a hospital psychiatric unit just days earlier, and it was clear to his immediate caregivers that he still required inpatient care, the report shows. But after two facilities refused to take him a common problem for people with serious mental illness the Department of Mental Health opted to keep Boyd in a less secure residential program that allowed him the freedom to come and go.

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Boyd was jumpy after a night on the streets, and after spending days before that trying to get admitted to local emergency rooms. When he heard a nearby security officer call 911, he apparently got spooked and left Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center.

A failed patchwork of resources

Those most ill, including people at risk of committing violence, are far too often left in the care of almost anyone except the professionals that could help. Half a block up East Newton Street, a car struck him. Boston police found him writhing in pain in a crosswalk, with severe lacerations to his back and scrapes on his head, legs, and arms, according to the police report. He was pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center at 6:37 a.m. on Aug. 24.

The heroes who put their lives on the line

The Heroes Who Put Their Lives On The Line Mountain and cave rescue specialist John Kavanagh, who is a member of the Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team, near the Scalp in Dublin Mountains. Photo: Frank Mc Grath The Heroes Who Put Their Lives On The Line

  • The heroes who put their lives on the line

    It is a tradition dating back more than a century. When bodies are lost at sea, coastal communities show their respect by leaving lighted candles on their windowsills.

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It is a tradition dating back more than a century. When bodies are lost at sea, coastal communities show their respect by leaving lighted candles on their windowsills. For more than a week, they have been doing just that in the fishing villages around Blacksod in Mayo. It is a small gesture to show solidarity with those who risk their lives on the water and to acknowledge the devastating power of the Atlantic Ocean.

The deaths of four Coast Guard helicopter crew Dara Fitzpatrick, Paul Ormsby, Mark Duffy and Ciar n Smith have reverberated across the country, but especially in those places that hug the coast. The distinctive orange and white Coast Guard choppers are a common and reassuring sight and the loss of Rescue 116 is felt sharply. This tragedy and that last summer of Caitr ona Lucas, a Coast Guard crew member based in Doolin, Co Clare highlights the precarious situations search and rescue volunteers can find themselves in. Although every precaution is taken, these men and women risk their lives in order to save others.

Nobody thinks about them until you need them yourself, says Ray Doyle, a bus driver from Mallow, Co Cork. I owe my life to the RNLI. I was just minutes from drowning when they saved me.

The 44-year-old father-of-four had been kayaking alone in the sea near the beach at Youghal last month when his craft capsized. I had been momentarily distracted and a small ripple toppled the kayak over, he says. I didn t have enough upper body strength to get back into it and when I tried to swim to shore, I seemed to keep getting pushed out to sea. The panic set in then and I started to roar and shout but nobody seemed to hear me. Luckily, his distress was spotted by a couple on the beach and the lifeboat was called. Just before they got to me, when I had no idea they were on the way, I had resigned myself to the thought that I was about to die. It was a strange feeling of calm, but the rescuers told me that that was a sign that my body had started to shut down. Such a rescue mission was about as simple as it gets for the RNLI the Royal National Lifeboat Institute but often such volunteers face very dangerous conditions whether it s on land or sea.

I d be lying if I told you I ve never felt fear, says one lifeboat volunteer, based on the south coast.

There have been times where we ve been out in really bad conditions and you re in a small boat looking out at enormous waves. You know you ve been very well trained, and you know you ve got great colleagues and the best equipment, but every now and again there s that feeling of what am I doing out here?

It s a conversation I ve had with others and they feel it too, especially those who have young children.

It s a bit like someone who s used to flying and has no fear of it but gets the jitters when they re caught up in bad turbulence. But the feeling evaporates when you have a successful mission and you know that you ll be out there again the next time.

RT s south-east correspondent Damien Tiernan has long been fascinated by those who work the sea and the brave volunteers who help keep them and us safe. His book, Souls of the Sea, written about a series of fishing tragedies that hit the Dunmore East community in January 2007, honoured both.

Often, you ll find that people who volunteer for lifeboats are either fishermen and women themselves or those who come from a fishing family. They have a deep connection to the sea and a huge respect for the water and they want to give something back, even if they ve no interest in fishing themselves.

There s a wonderful community of rescuers, too. They ll come from inland waterways to help on the coastline if they can and the Coast Guard helicopter is held in huge regard it s like a safety net. And it s not just coastal areas that rely on it, but mountainous regions too. Sometimes it s the only safe way to get an injured person safely down. The RNLI s lifesaving manager, Gareth Morrison, says those who give their time and expertise to search-and-rescue missions are a special breed. They re people who feel compelled to help others and who are willing to take calculated risks in order to save somebody else s life, he says. We get all kinds of people. But inside the lifeboat, everyone is equal and they work as a team. And that s the thing about rescue work it s never an individual pursuit; it s always about the strength of a team. When the RNLI was founded way back in 1824 its service was almost exclusively needed by fishermen and those whose profession revolved around the sea. Today, this charity and others like it are in high demand due to the huge increase in the recreational use of water.

And, yet, 50pc of the people we rescue had no intention of getting wet, Morrison says. By that I mean they could have been standing on a pier or walking the dog along the banks of a river and they fell in. Tragedy can happen so easily and unexpectedly.

It s a sentiment echoed by those who provide rescue services on land. No hillwalker sets off with the intention of getting injured and being unable to make contact with others, but it happens a lot.

Read more: It can be a scary environment… the weather changes so quickly[2]

The Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue service, to name but one of many that operate throughout the country, was called upon 66 times last year. Different challenges face those rescuers than their sea-going counterparts, but dangers are present too, particularly when visibility becomes poor as is often the case when mist descends, particularly on the west coast. This week, volunteers were continuing to search for the bodies of Rescue 116, and Damien Tiernan has seen at first-hand how heartbreaking it can be for families not to have a body to bury.

It can be really devastating, he says, and unfortunately some families who lose people to sea never get to have that closure.

Even 20 years on, you hear of people standing on the shoreline and looking out across the water and wondering where their loved ones are.

It’s not just the rescuer making a commitment, our families do, too

John Kavanagh (37), IT consultant and mountain rescuer, Dublin/Wicklow

The allure of the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains were ever-present for John Kavanagh when he was growing up in Tallaght. Joining the Scouts at age seven introduced him to a world of nature far removed from the endless housing estates of west Dublin.

“As corny as it might sound,” he says, “being in the Scouts didn’t just give me a love of the great outdoors, it instilled the idea of being socially responsible, of helping other people.”

Joining a caving club at college proved to be the gateway to his work with Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue and his membership of the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation. “It’s very gratifying because you know you’re involved in something that could save somebody’s life,” he says. Already this year he estimates he has been involved in a dozen search missions. “You’re on call all the time, even Christmas Day, and if you’re in a position to go out and help, you do that.”

He admits there is an element of danger, particularly when on the side of a mountain in inclement conditions, but he and his crew do everything they can to ensure their own safety. “We don’t put ourselves into situations where we are at risk of becoming another casualty. That wouldn’t help anybody.”

Usually, there’s a happy ending to mountain rescue missions, and a hillwalker, for instance, is safely located, uninjured. But sometimes, rescuers are confronted by death. “You do see traumatic incidents,” he says, “and we have policies in place to help anyone traumatised. You look out for each other as you would in any team.”

John Kavanagh believes a support network is crucial. “It’s not just us rescuers who make a commitment, but spouses, children, other family members, work colleagues who allow us the time to go away to do this and step into the breach.

“We couldn’t do it without them.”

Read more: My life was saved by rescuers and now I try to do my bit, too[3]

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