Nonprofit law office celebrates official opening

first_imgGLENDALE – From helping the homeless find a place to live to advising immigrants on their rights, Neighborhood Legal Service of Los Angeles County has been offering tips on the law for 40 years. Now, the group has an office in Glendale. Today, it will dedicate its new Adams Square office, where the nonprofit will help poor residents with a wide range of legal problems. Attorneys with the organization offer advice about housing and eviction problems, immigration issues, restraining orders, custody disputes and other areas of civil law. It began serving clients at the Glendale office late last year as renovation of the space was under way. Now that construction is finished, it is set to celebrate its official opening. The city of Glendale arranged for the group to get $200,000 in federal community development funds to renovate the building. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.comIF YOU GONeighborhood Legal Services will celebrate its grand opening, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at 1104 E. Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale. Mayor Rafi Manoukian will speak during the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:15 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “We think Glendale is an exciting place to be,” said Neal Dudovitz, the group’s executive director. “We also recognize it has, sadly, an extensive low-income community that needs assistance. It has one of the highest number of immigrants of any community in Los Angeles.” Neighborhood Legal Services has more than 40 attorneys. Its biggest office is in Pacoima, and it has another branch in El Monte. The Glendale office will have about six attorneys. A few weeks ago, the Glendale attorneys helped a homeless woman in her 50s get enough money in disability benefits to allow her to start looking for an apartment. “She was smiling a lot more and really you could just see a big difference in the way she carried herself,” said Abby McClelland, a supervising attorney for the nonprofit. When it came to Glendale, Neighborhood Legal Services moved into an art deco building from the 1920s that was designed by the same architect who drew up the blueprint for the Wiltern Theatre in Mid-Wilshire. last_img read more

Carlos Tevez now earning more than £500,000-a-week after completing China move

first_img Carlos Tevez 1 Former Manchester City, Manchester United and West Ham striker Carlos Tevez has joined Chinese Super League club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.The Chinese club announced the signing of Tevez from Argentinian side Boca Juniors on Thursday in a statement on their official website.Shanghai are reported to have agreed a deal worth £70million for the forward, including a salary of more than £500,000-a-week.“Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC has reached a transfer agreement with Argentina Club Atletico Boca Juniors. Carlos Alberto Tevez has officially joined Shanghai Shenhua,” the statement said.Tevez, who has also played for Corinthians and Juventus, scored 25 goals in 56 matches for Boca Juniors.Shanghai finished fourth in last year’s Chinese Super League standings and are managed by former Brighton and Sunderland boss Gus Poyet.Tevez will team up with former Newcastle strikers Demba Ba and Obafemi Martins at Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.The Argentina international joins a growing list of high-profile players to head to China, which includes Graziano Pelle, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Jackson Martinez and Oscar – who agreed a deal to leave Chelsea for a reported £52million earlier this month.Tevez began his seven-year stint in England at West Ham following a controversial move, alongside international team-mate Javier Mascherano, from Corinthians in 2006.He helped the Hammers avoid relegation before moving to Manchester United, where he won the Champions League, two Premier League titles and the League Cup.After two seasons at Old Trafford he switched allegiances to Manchester City in 2009 and helped to end the club’s 35-year wait for a trophy when claiming the FA Cup in 2011.Tevez also played a pivotal role in securing the Premier League title for City from under the noses of their neighbours on a dramatic final day of the 2011-12 season.A move to Juventus followed, where he won successive Serie A crowns in 2014 and 2015, and last year he helped his hometown club Boca Juniors claim the Argentine Primera Division title.A statement on Boca’s official website read: “Club Atletico Boca Juniors reached an agreement with Shanghai Greenland Shenhua of China for the transfer of Carlos Tevez, respecting the player’s willingness to continue his football career in the Asian country.“Good luck Carlitos! You will always be in our hearts.”last_img read more

Senior Menu

first_imgLunch is served at noon weekdays at the Simi Valley Senior Citizens Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Suggested donation is $5, or $2.25 for those 60 and older. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance by calling (805) 583-6365. Lunch is served to Moorpark seniors at noon weekdays in the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Suggested donation is $2.25. For information, call (805) 517-6261. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesAll meals are served with whole-grain bread, green salad, yogurt, cottage cheese or cheese stick, fruit and low-fat milk. Here is this week’s menu: Monday: Chicken a la king, broccoli, yellow wax beans. Tuesday: Beef and mushrooms with pearl onions, vegetable blend, peas. Wednesday: Boneless chicken fricassee, green beans, yellow wax beans. Thursday: Stuffed cabbage rolls, broccoli, vegetable blend California. Friday: Vegetable lasagna with fire-roasted vegetables, peas, green beans.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

The spirit of giving

first_img“Most of the kettle donations, even the valuable ones, are done anonymously,” he said. Frost said the 50 kettles around Orange County pull in about $1,000 a day in donations. The coin is named for Paul Kruger, who was elected president in 1880 of the former Transvaal Republic – an area that is now made up of several provinces in the northeastern area of South Africa. Kruger’s face adorns one side of the coin while a springbok is imprinted on the other side. The U.S. Congress banned the import of Krugerrands in 1984 as part of the economic sanctions imposed on South Africa during apartheid. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA HABRA – Out of politeness, Denese Trebilcox does not usually look at people’s hands when they drop money into her Salvation Army Christmas kettle as she rings her bell. If she did, she would have noticed who had dropped a South African coin called a Krugerrand into her kettle on a recent Saturday outside the La Habra Wal-Mart – a 1-ounce chunk of gold worth about $650. “I always make eye-contact but I never look at their hands to see how much they’re putting in,” said Trebilcox, 57. “I think it must have been intentional because I can’t imagine someone walking around with an ounce of gold in their pocket.” As soon as Trebilcox emptied her kettle back at the counting center, she recognized the coin and its approximate value because she had received one as a Christmas gift during the 1980s. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’She said some volunteers mistook the coin for a Sacagewea dollar – the gold-colored silver dollar coins that replaced the Susan B. Anthony dollars in 2000 but never became popular. “I’ve found some unusual things in the kettles before, but rarely do you find something that has value like this coin,” said Trebilcox, who normally finds paper clips, lint, keys and an occasional wedding ring in the kettles. “A child once put his Chuck E. Cheese tokens in, which I thought was so sweet because they had value to him.” Trebilcox said a volunteer at her Tustin church was a coin collector and had offered to pay the Salvation Army the market value of $650 for the Krugerrand. The buyer declined to comment about his offer. Ron Kurtz of Whittier Coin said $650 would be considered a fair price for the coin. Barry Frost, spokesman for the Salvation Army of Orange County, said he has known of instances when people dropped one thousand dollar bills in the kettles or expensive jewelry. last_img read more

David Silva named Man City captain for final season at club

first_imgWest Ham vs Manchester City (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Nottingham Forest (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Aston Villa (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT AFP or licensors Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Ally McCoist pays tribute to David Silva who is to leave Man City at the end of next season “No, this is the last one,” he replied when asked earlier in the summer if he could stay beyond next season. “10 years for me is enough. It’s the perfect time for me.“Initially, City were talking about two years, but I decided to sign another one, so I finished at 10 years. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week deals David Silva has been named as Manchester City’s captain for the new season.The 33-year-old is in his 10th and final season at the Etihad and has been given the honour of being named club captain. targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVE on talkSPORT latest LATEST OFF David Silva has been named as Man City’s captain New job LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 1 “It completes the cycle. It’s a nice round figure. I can never see myself playing against City for another team. So 10 years – that’s it.”Pep Guardiola revealed in his press conference ahead of their Premier League opener against West Ham that the Spaniard would take the armband. FAREWELL He said: “David Silva will be our captain and Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne second.“He knows the club, the league and has big respect.”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever. Silva, who has won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups during his time at City, featured in 33 league games last season as Pep Guardiola’s side retained their crown as part of a domestic treble.The midfielder has made a total 396 appearances since moving to City in 2010, but the 2019/20 campaign looks set to be his final for the club. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:33Loaded: 6.47%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ last_img read more

Indiana Lawmakers Respond To Trump’s Address

first_imgU.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement after attending President Trump’s State of the Union address this evening. Donnelly’s guest at the address was Taylor Nielsen, a member of the Lebanon Police Department, whose openness about mental health challenges as a police officer helped advance Donnelly’s Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act, which was signed into law earlier this month.Donnelly said, “I’m pleased that President Trump spoke about continuing the economic growth that our country has enjoyed for the last several years, but we have more work to do to ensure every Hoosier who wants a job has one, to prevent the outsourcing of American jobs, and to realign our trade policies to benefit hardworking men and women across our country. There are a lot of pressing challenges facing our country, and I look forward to working in a bipartisan manner to: address the opioid epidemic, which is in desperate need of a more robust federal response; repair and upgrade our nation’s infrastructure; and implement a comprehensive strategy to effectively counter the dangerous threat posed by North Korea.” Congressman Todd Rokita released the following statement after President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. Audio of statement can be found here.“President Donald Trump put forth an American First agenda to build a safer, stronger, and prouder country,” said Congressman Todd Rokita. “Thanks to President Trump’s leadership, the forgotten men and women of this country have a voice in the White House and I’m proud to be an ally to drain the swamp and make our nation great again.”Senator Todd Younglast_img read more

Daisy’s Best Week Ever, October 26, 2017: 46 Hours in California

first_imgI normally get the gumbo, but I was feeling brave and wanted to try something new. I settled on the shrimp and grits and I think this will be my new “go to” dish. Wow, was this fantastic! I’m lucky this isn’t served anywhere here at Walt Disney World because I’d already be planning my next meal!And just like that, our trip was over too soon. We shopped our way out of the park and found Baby Pua is now a thing! I might have snuck him home in my suitcase. I mean, look at that face. How can you resist?That’s it for this time. Thanks for joining me for another week of fun! Please let me know if you have requests for next time around. Until then – I hope you’re having the best week ever. Share This!Hello, friends! I’ve just returned from a wild adventure that I’m so excited to share with you. When new Halloween events were announced at Disney’s California Adventure, we started trying to make a trip to the west coast happen. Unfortunately, between other plans and work we just couldn’t find a time… Until we realized we had one glorious weekend to squeeze in just 46 hours at the happiest place on Earth! The Headless Horseman was our first hint that we’d make a good decision.If I’m being honest, the entire reason we wanted to visit so much were the decorations in Cars Land. We’re huge fans of this area and really wanted to see the new changes. This sign greets guests as they enter to wish them a Happy Haul-O-Ween. I’m glad I snapped a photo first thing in the morning because this spot had a long Photopass line the entire rest of the day!Want to see the rest of our trip? Click to read more.Tow Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree was our first stop. The overlay was impressive with entirely new spooky songs and decorations throughout. I have my fingers crossed that our new Little Green Aliens ride in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be similar to this attraction. While it’s a simple ride it’s one we never skip.Next we stopped by Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween. Inside they had these super cute tire pumpkins on display. Later in the day we found out they sold mini light-up ones attached to drinking straws and decided we needed to add one to our collection. Unfortunately, the light stopped working before we left the park that night. We went back to replace it and found several other people were having the same trouble.Again, they did such an impressive job with the decorative overlay. The signs were all updated and the songs were updated to a Halloween playlist. I’m so jealous they can do things like this on the west coast. I’d love to see events happen like this in our parks here at Walt Disney World. Maybe it will be possible in Toy Story Land. What do you think? Would you like an addition like this?Over at Flo’s V8 Cafe a Mr. Toad car had turned arachnid. This was another spot covered in PhotoPass photographers all day, so I was lucky I stopped by early. Speaking of PhotoPass, it is included with MaxPass which, after using for a couple of days, I decided is well worth the price. The reason I was able to casually take photos in the morning was because I was able to grab my Radiator Springs Racers FastPasses from my phone without waiting in line.Since we were passing by Flo’s anyway we stopped in for breakfast. It certainly isn’t the best food, but it’s become a tradition for us. We love stopping in early in the morning while things still aren’t too busy and watching cars from Radiator Springs Racers zoom by. Do you have a favorite Disney dining spot that you visit, but not for the food? I’d love to hear in the comments! 🙂The Day of the Dead is even being celebrated in Cars Land. Inside this shop was an altar for Doc Hudson. I had never heard of this holiday growing up, but I’ve really started to like it and have considered celebrating it myself. It was so cool to see this creative interpretation in Cars Land!Nothing was left untouched. It was clear the decorations were carefully considered and planned. Even though we had extremely limited time we spent half the day taking in every inch of the new decorations. Everywhere we looked we found something new.Then, the ultimate! Vampire Mater had more to do with booking this trip than I’d like to admit. It proved to be a good choice, I mean look at him! Of course, we took a bunch of photos with him and also went looking for the Vampire Mater sourdough we’d seen advertised. You’ll notice I didn’t include a photo of that bread because it really didn’t look much like Mater at all. (We bought it anyway.)As the day wore on we stopped by the Cozy Cones to grab a seasonal snack. They were absolutely mobbed with lines snaking out longer than I’d ever seen them. Good thing we packed our patience as we ended up waiting nearly 45 minutes just for a treat!We didn’t feel like sugar, so we went with the Slow Burnin’ Mac and Cheese Cone. It tasted pretty much like the regular macaroni and cheese cone just with spicy cheeto dust on top. After a long wait we ended up tossing most of it.I had planned to spend the evening in Cars Land taking photos in the dark, but once I got home I realized most things looked better in the light. The one exception was this zombie car. He looked much better with his creepy red light!When we decided it was time for sugar, we headed to Schmoozies. If you can believe it, the below treats tasted better than they looked! The candy apple smoothie even had little pieces of apple in it and tasted very natural rather than overly sweet. The marshmallow cronut is maybe the best treat I’ve tasted in a very long time. I didn’t think a cronut could get any better! It was pretty filling though, so I was glad to have friends to share it with.As it was getting dark we checked out the sneak peek of Coco. The display itself was a bit basic, but I’m getting very excited to see this movie. Are you looking forward to it?Thanks to MaxPass we were able to score FastPasses to the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride and the seasonal After Dark experience. I’m way too much of a ride chicken to try this myself, but my husband was delighted to have the FastPasses. He decided that he liked the after dark experience better than the regular ride. Have you tried this one? What do you think of the overlay?As we made our way over to World of Color I noticed there was fog over the water. I hadn’t done much research for this trip and hoped maybe this meant we were in for a new Halloween edition of the nighttime show. Ends up it was regular World of Color, which is amazing, but I can’t help but wonder if maybe a Halloween version will come next year.As we wrapped up the night we saw Buena Vista Street lit up for the first time. Bright purple lights covered all the trees and spooky lights showcased the bats flying out of the Carthay Circle restaurant. I couldn’t imagine anything better for this area. I keep hearing rumors that Mickey’s Halloween Party is moving to this park for 2018 and after seeing all these decorations I hope it’s true.As we left the park I finally got the epic, nighttime shot of the park entrance that I’d been dreaming of. I’m a huge The Nightmare Before Christmas fan and it makes me sad that it’s mostly been forgotten at Walt Disney World. What a treat to see Oogie Boogie proudly right on top of the entrance to a theme park!The next morning, after too little sleep, we bounced out of bed to rope drop Disneyland. All of the same decorations were up from years past. Much like the Magic Kingdom things don’t seem to change much year to year. To see more about those decorations here is an older post from 2015.Something that was very new this year were these seasonal donuts! I’d heard that only a limited batch was made each day and they always sold out so we stopped by first thing in the morning. These were tasty and cute, but nothing special.  I wasn’t in too much of a rush because Alice in Wonderland never seems to open on time and that was the first ride I had planned. Sure enough after finishing our treats we were able to walk on that and every other ride in Fantasyland with the exception of Peter Pan.Again, MaxPass came in handy. We were able to spend valuable time riding rides in Fantasyland rather than running over to get a Haunted Mansion Holiday FastPass. We spent the rest of our morning scheduling FastPasses to this ride and hopping on whatever was nearby with a short wait. Did I mention I love The Nightmare Before Christmas? 😉While I could devote an entire blog to just this ride alone and bore you with dozens of photos, I’ll leave you with just one. Last year The Disney Parks Blog shared a photo of Sally and it has haunted me ever since (pun intended). I tried different lenses, but could never get wide enough. I finally got a photo I’m happy with this trip, with a 6.5mm lens!As our morning turned into afternoon we headed to Cafe Orleans for our last meal of the trip. Of course, we had to order pommes frites. My hubby went for an old favorite, the Monte Cristo. The only time I tried this popular sandwich it killed my stomach. Have you tried it? What do you think?last_img read more

Malaysia must face up to its responsibilities on MH370

first_imgMalaysia is once again sending relatives of those lost on MH370 on a ghastly emotional roller coaster ride with a stream of contradictory statements that have left many shattered.Last week, Malaysia’s new Transport Minister Anthony Loke told the ABC’s South-East Asia correspondent Adam Harvey that after a four-year search failed, it was time to look for “closure” only to be contradicted by Malaysia’s prime minister-in-waiting, Anwar Ibrahim, a day later who told The Australian that he was not ruling out a new search after a full review of the disappearance of the Boeing 777.Last week Danica Weeks, who lost her husband Paul, that “it was not the time for closure it was time for the truth.”Sadly, there is saying in the airline industry that truth is the first casualty of any air crash, and so it would seem for Flight MH370 which disappeared on March 8, 2014.READ: Death threats, intimidation, defamation thwart MH370 debris huntFrom the outset, Malaysia’s handling of the investigation has been botched, and that apparent reluctance to be more open is tarnishing the reputation of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau which has led the international team looking for MH370.It must be remembered that the ATSB’s role is search and recovery, not the investigation that under international law is the sole responsibility of Malaysia.In January 2017, US air safety expert and former National Transport Safety Bureau chairman Mark Rosenker commented that the cooperation from Malaysian authorities in the early stages of the search for MH370 was a critical setback.“In the beginning it was horrific. “I can’t think of a worse textbook study on how not to do a cooperative effort with a global accident situation, it was terrible,” said Mr Rosenker.“They didn’t understand the implications of what had happened here and what would be necessary to do a co-operative search and rescue and recovery effort.”Malaysia’s new government must step up to its international responsibilities and aggressively review all the data and plan a new search for the next southern summer.A great start would be to offer a reward for debris and quickly collect it all as the tiniest piece may possibly reveal the best clue yet to what happened 1542 days ago.The relatives and the global media will not rest until MH370 is found as it is inconceivable that the world will walk away from this disaster.The Titanic was found, the Bismarck was found, the Hood was found and HMAS Sydney was found.So will MH370.last_img read more

Today’s Hackers Are Way More Sophisticated Than You Think

first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#antivirus#botnet#cyberattacks#data#enterprise#hackers#malware Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts Guest author Lance Cottrell is the chief scientist at Ntrepid.While the modern always-on, data-fueled environment spells opportunity for the enterprise, it also makes an attractive target for hackers. And the proliferation of such environments has turned hacking into a profession.Today’s serious hackers are no longer attention-seeking geeks trying to make a statement—instead, they’re calculated criminals focused on acquiring information in a data-laden marketplace. What does this mean to the technology user? Hackers have a growing and constantly evolving arsenal of attack methods, putting everyone with a connection to the Internet at risk. Everyone has something that hackers are interested in, whether bank account information, personal identification or credentials into corporate email accounts.Users need to evolve in step. Malware and antivirus tools alone are not the solution. Organizations need to embrace robust ways of dealing with security breaches that can minimize their impact. In practice, this means automating rapid recovery of the IT infrastructure to a known good state.Defining Today’s Hacker Today’s breed of hacker did not just appear. Instead, the skilled professionals behind the latest security threats are the result of long-term evolution. When most people think about hackers and security, they are clinging to an outdated vision. Hackers are now part of a highly specialized and distributed criminal ecology. The most basic layer is filled with individuals focused on finding exploits in software. Instead of using the exploits, these professionals often sell discoveries to groups specializing in packaging exploits and running them through botnets. Those individuals, in turn, rent their botnets to anyone who aims to gain unauthorized access to other computer systems.See also: How To Build A Botnet In 15 MinutesBottom line, hacking is no longer about bragging rights. While less sophisticated hacktivists still exist, today’s new hackers are doing this for money—and so aren’t talking about their exploits.It’s hard to tie an accurate dollar amount to the costs associated with hacking. However, the sophistication of today’s hacker is quite clear in the Ponemon Cost of Cyber Crime Study, which shows a 20 percent increase in successful attack rates year over year, even as organizations continue to invest in security tools.How Do They Do It?Part of hackers’ growing sophistication is a direct result of the vast number of attack methodologies at their disposal. They can pick and choose among denial of service attacks, viruses, worms, trojans, malicious code, phishing, malware, botnets and ransomware, any of which could play a key role in opening business data centers to intrusion.Today’s hackers also benefit from giant scale. They often build huge botnets from compromised computers they can harness in order to hack other systems. Often, the goal of these attacks is to compromise the desktop or workstations that allow them to work from within the organization. These attacks are launched against anyone and everyone, using generally less sophisticated techniques and better-known vulnerabilities.Many attacks are also precisely targeted against particular individuals with access to sensitive information—proprietary corporate secrets, for instance, details of negotiations or other information that could be valuable to competitors or investors willing to base trades on it. These hackers are like snipers with carefully crafted attack plans.The danger here is that their attacks are highly unlikely to turn up in your typical malware or antivirus detection system. That’s because such threats are often tailored specifically for particular targets and rely on innovative techniques and zero-day vulnerabilities. As a result most detection systems won’t have a clue what to look for.Finally, modern hacker attacks are persistent. Once a hacker gets into one person’s corporate email, they can gather enough information to social engineer everyone else in the company. Patience is a real factor in these attacks. Attackers do not just come in, poke around and leave. In most breaches, it turns out that the hacker has been inside the network for months.How To Fight BackThere is no silver bullet capable of stopping today’s attacker. Given that attackers are very likely to be successful in compromising their targets, we need a new approach to security.For a new approach to take root, people first need to let go of the notion that no hacker will target them or their company because they “don’t have anything worth stealing.” Today’s hackers consider a lot of things valuable, especially financial information. Hackers are looking for online banking, credit card numbers or access to any other financials they can possibly find.More to the point, almost any Internet resource stolen at scale can be turned into something valuable. So everyone is at risk.That means the only way to assure the security of our computer systems is to assume that they have or will be compromised. We need to design networks in such a way that it’s possible to revert them to a safe state. People have a mentality that when they are breached, they will simply clean it up. Instead, they need to think of themselves as always being in a breached state.Bottom line, no business is ever entirely free of viruses. Occasionally, something is going to penetrate the browser. What separates winners from losers rests with the organization’s ability to make the consequences negligible. When countering targeted attacks, remaining anonymous can prove instrumental. If the hacker never recognizes the target, they will not pull the trigger.See also: The Virtual Path To Freezing MalwareOrganizations also need the ability to isolate browser activity in addition to conducting a rapid reset to a known good state. Security optimized virtualization is key for both of these. Running the browser in a properly designed and configured virtual machine ensures that any compromise is contained, and the browser virtual machine can be rolled back to a saved clean state without impacting the user’s working documents.The trick is to destroy any possible trace of infection without losing important work or documents. It’s possible to preserve key documents and other material and to restore them to the virtual machine after reset, taking great care to ensure that doing so doesn’t also create an avenue for the malware to survive as well. Diverse resiliency is key. For example, good deep backups help neutralize the effectiveness of ransomware.The trend towards walled garden architectures with a requirement for signed binaries and enforced sandboxing may help, but it will simultaneously reduce the flexibility and openness of our computers. It is unlikely that they will ever be completely reliable, and software will continue to have vulnerabilities so additional layers of protection will be needed for many years to come. Simply put, as hackers grow in sophistication, so too should our responses.Photo by Johan Viirokcenter_img Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid lance cottrell How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?last_img read more

Koskinen Predicts Smooth Start to Filing Season; Reminds Taxpayers of Refund Delays

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportIRS Commissioner John Koskinen told reporters in Washington, D.C. on January 5, that the Service is ready for the 2017 filing season. Koskinen was joined at the press conference by state and industry partners to discuss the opening of the filing season. Together, the representatives comprise what is known as the “Security Summit,” which was organized to combat and protect the nation’s taxpayers from identity theft refund fraud.RefundsKoskinen placed a heavy focus on changes that affect tax refunds, particularly for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) filers. Those taxpayers who claim either the EITC or the ACTC may see a slight delay in the timing of their refunds, because the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (P.L. 114-113) requires the IRS to hold refunds claiming those credits until February 15. However, Koskinen stated, taxpayers should not wait to file returns.“Judging by what we have done in the past, we have 27-million participants in the EITC program alone, so we are going to have 30-to-35-million returns that potentially may be affected,” Koskinen said. “Those that will be affected are those who file before the 15th. However, the goal is to have people file as they normally would.”Koskinen assured taxpayers that refunds claiming the EITC or ACTC would start to be released the week of February 15, which, accounting for the weekend and President’s Day holiday, would mean that taxpayers would not have access to their refunds before the week of February 27, he explained. In any event, he stated that the Service’s online Where’s My Refund tool is the fastest way to obtain up-to-date information on the status of tax refunds. Koskinen also recommended that taxpayers choose to direct deposit their tax refunds, since mailing a paper check will add several weeks to the overall process.ITINsChanges to Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) were also highlighted. Koskinen explained that any ITIN not used at least once on a tax return in the past three years will no longer be valid for use on a return. In addition, ITINs with middle digits 78 or 79 expired as of January 1. Koskinen urged affected taxpayers to renew their ITINs as soon as possible, as failure to do so will result in significant delays in refunds.Taxpayer ProtectionsJoining Koskinen was Dawn Cash, vice chair of the Oklahoma Tax Commission. Cash said that state tax agencies are working with the IRS to ensure accurate and efficient tax return processing, as well as to prevent tax fraud. She assured that states are working to fight fraud and ensure that honest taxpayers receive their refunds in a timely manner.Cash stated that taxpayers will see stronger protections against identity theft this tax season. She noted that there are new security measures that may result in a few extra steps for taxpayers, but these safeguards will ultimately help limit a criminal’s ability to claim refunds that do not belong to them. Cash also pointed out there are a number of other measures that, although invisible to taxpayers, may cause a slight delay in the issuance of refunds.In addition, John Ams, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the National Society of Accountants, offered insight into how the tax professional community was working together to help tax professionals understand what they need to do to protect the sensitive client data they handle.By Jalisa Mathis, Wolters Kluwer News StaffIRS Commissioner Koskinen’s Remarks: 2017 Filing Season Kickoff & Security Summitlast_img read more