Chicago weekend leaves 10 dead

At least 10 people were killed and 52 others were wounded in a tragic outburst of Chicago gun violence over the weekend, according to police. Officers with the Chicago Police Department attributed the shootings to rash of gang-related incidents. Many of the shootings occurred between 6 p.m. and early Saturday morning, police said.

SFC David J Todd Jr KIA 20AUG2008

“Never was so much owned by so many few” - Winston Churchill

Today we take the time out of our day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice

“Sergeant First Class David J. Todd Jr., age thirty-six of Marrero, Louisiana, died August 20, 2008 in Bala Morghab, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked while on patrol by enemy forces using small arms fire. He was assigned to the Afghan Regional Security Integration Command-West, Herat, Afghanistan. It was his first Afghanistan deployment.

Sergeant First Class Todd was a husband and father and provided training and care to many others in their quest for improvement and attainment of their personal best. He was a strong advocate for physical fitness and a fitness center is named in his honor. A runner, he was also honored by a run established to honor both him and all fallen heroes.”

PFC Christopher P. Dona KIT 13June2013

“Never was so much owned by so many few” - Winston Churchill

Today we take the time out of our day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice

PFC Christopher P. Dona

The U.S. Army Ranger killed in a parachuting mishap was a 21-year-old veteran from Massachusetts

Dona served in the 1st Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment based at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah. He was a combat veteran who returned last month from his first deployment to Afghanistan.

“Chris was an excellent Ranger who consistently displayed great courage and strength — a true warrior,” Lt. Col. Robert J. Harman, the battalion commander, said in a prepared statement. “He was the kind of Ranger everyone wants by their side in a tough situation.”

Staff Sergeant Ray Rangel KIA 13FEB2005

“Never was so much owned by so many few” - Winston Churchill

Today we take the time out of our day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice

Staff Sgt Ray Rangel of San Antonio‚ Texas was born to Federico and Cynthia Rangel‚ Jr. He was taken away from his family on February 13‚ 2005‚ at the age of 29 while on a rescue mission in Balad‚ Iraq. Staff Sgt Ray died doing what he loved to do – helping others when they were in need.

Ray served as a firefighter for over 9 years‚ serving last with the 7th Civil Engineer Squadron. He attended the Department of Defense Lewis F. Garland Fire Academy at Goodfellow AFB‚ Texas. His advanced training included: Airport Crash Firefighting‚ Silent War (Infectious Diseases)‚ Nuclear‚ Biological and Chemical Domestic Preparedness (Awareness Level)‚ Emergency Response to Terrorism‚ Emergency Response to Domestic Biological Incidents Operations Level (WMD)‚ Terrorism Response/Emergency Care‚ and Critical Incident Stress Management (Basic). His career took him to Lackland AFB‚ Texas; Goodfellow AFB‚ Texas; Spangdahlem AFB‚ Germany; Whiteman AFB‚ Missouri; Clear AFB‚ Alaska; and Dyess AFB‚ Texas. His awards and decorations include: the AF Training Ribbon‚ Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle)‚USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon‚ AF Longevity Service (1 device)‚ AF Overseas Ribbon Long‚ AF Overseas Ribbon Short‚ Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal‚ Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1 device)‚ National Defense Service Medal (1 device)‚ AF Good Conduct Medal (3 devices)‚ AF Outstanding Unit Award (2 devices)‚ and Air Force Achievement Medal (2 devices ). Ray also has two awards named in his honor: Staff Sgt Ray Rangel Award and the Ray Rangel Noncommissioned Officer Award which is given to fellow airmen in the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing that epitomize the selfless courage that he displayed. An American Legion was also renamed to Ray Rangel Post 399.

Cyber attacks Knock Baltimore's City Services Offline

Cyber attacks Knock Baltimore's City Services Offline

“Anonymous hackers breached the city of Baltimore's servers two weeks ago. Since then, those servers' digital content has been locked away — and the online aspects of running the city are at an impasse… Hackers demanded 13 bitcoins — worth about $100,000 today — to relinquish their grip. Baltimore City Mayor Jack Young has said the city won't pay. The FBI and Secret Service are investigating, and the city has contracted with a series of experts to assist in restoring service…. The cyberattack is just one of more than 20 made on municipalities this year — and cybersecurity experts say it likely will take months for the city to recover”

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Officials in US, Europe Charge 10 in Malware Attacks

Officials in US, Europe Charge 10 in Malware Attacks

“Ten people, including five Russian fugitives, have been charged in connection with malicious software attacks that infected tens of thousands of computers worldwide and sought to steal $100 million from victims, U.S. and European authorities announced Thursday.

The malware enabled criminals from Eastern Europe to take remote control of infected computers and siphon funds from victims’ bank accounts, and targeted companies and institutions across all sectors of American life.”

What steps are you taking to improve your defenses against such attacks?

Below is a link for 10 simple steps to provide yourself with a base layer of defense.

https://www.autodesk.com/redshift/10-tips-on-how-to-prevent-malware-from-infecting-your-computer/

Phone-Surveillance Program's negatives out way positives?

Phone-Surveillance Program's negatives out way positives?

NSA recommended the White House terminate a phone surveillance program, arguing its logistical and legal challenges negate its intelligence benefits. The agency previously claimed the program was essential for uncovering and foiling terrorism plots against the U.S., but sources report the NSA halted the program earlier this year amid frustrations about legal-compliance issues.

What are your thoughts?