You’ve installed antivirus software on your computers, configured your operating system to update its security automatically and password-protected your Wi-Fi. So your home network is safe against hackers, right?Guess again. And then take a long look at your wireless router.What Can Happen (Hint: It’s Bad)For years, manufacturers of home routers have all but ignored security issues, at least when it comes to making sure that consumers update their firmware to close exploitable vulnerabilities. Let’s put it this way: Have you ever updated the firmware on your router? If not, odds are good that it’s got one or more security holes through which a properly motivated hacker could slip.Attacks on routers aren’t common, partly for logistical reasons that make them uneconomical for hackers. But that could change as technology evolves, criminal incentives shift and security tightens up in other areas. One big potential trouble spot: the embedded Web servers that many routers use for managing their settings — including, of course, security.Router manufacturers have done a lousy job informing users about firmware updates that would patch security flaws, and are even worse making it easy for users to obtain and install those updates. Such patches are seldom available through automatic services, forcing users to look up the fixes on manufacturer websites.“These are low-priced, low-power devices,” Tod Beardsley, a researcher with application security vendor Rapid7, said. Manufacturers “may not have the margins on these devices to provide ongoing software support.”To see what can happen when a flaw remains unpatched, look no further than a major intrusion in Brazil in 2011, when hackers broke into 4.5 million home DSL modems over the Internet. The modems were reconfigured to send users to malware-carrying imposter websites, primarily so thieves could steal their online banking credentials.From Brazil With LoveThat exploit in Brazil was similar to one that application security tester Phil Purviance recently employed against a wireless Linksys EA2700, which was released about a year ago. Called a cross-site request forgery, the technique allowed Purviance to break into the router’s embedded management Web site. Once in, Purviance found he could change the login information and remotely manage the hardware.“What I found was so terrible, awful, and completely inexcusable!” Purviance wrote in his blog. “It only took 30 minutes to come to the conclusion that any network with an EA2700 router on it is an insecure network!”Purviance found a total of five vulnerabilities in two Linksys routers, the EA2700 and WRT54GL. Separately, flaws recently found in Linux-based routers from D-Link and Netgear could enable a hacker on the network to gain access to the command prompt on the operating system, Rapid7 reported.D-Link and Netgear didn’t respond to requests for comment. Belkin, which bought Linksys from Cisco last month, said in an email sent to ReadWrite that the EA2700 was fixed in a firmware update released last June. Called Smart Wi-Fi, the firmware is available through an opt-in update service. What Hackers WantManufacturers have gotten away with sloppy security practices because breaking into wireless routers usually requires physical proximity. That made it far harder for hackers to bust into multiple computers, because they’d have to move from network to network in order to target them. Thus hackers have tended to favor blasting out malware-carrying spam from a single location over attacking individual wireless routers.But that could change. Industrial control systems that run manufacturing operations, power grids and other critical infrastructure are increasingly under pressure from cyberespionage campaigns. Vulnerabilities in these systems are as bad as in home routers. You can see just how bad is is via the search engine Shodan, which collects information on 500 million connected devices, such as routers, printers, webcams and servers, each month.In time, hackers will develop better tools and malware for breaking into hardware, and this technology will eventually find its way into the criminal underground.How To Safeguard Your RouterIn other words, it makes sense to safeguard your router now. Here are a few steps you can take to make your home network a less inviting target:In your router security settings, make sure you’ve changed any default usernames and passwords. These will be the first things any hacker tries, much the way a burglar jiggles a doorknob to see if it’s unlocked.Disable wireless access to your router’s management console, which allows you to manage its settings by pointing a Web browser to an address such as 192.168.1.1. Disabling wireless access means you’ll have to be physically plugged into the router in order to manage it, making it far more difficult to hack.If you’re sufficiently technically minded, consider replacing your router’s doubtless buggy internal software with an open-source alternative such as DD-WRT, Tomato or OpenWRT. While these options aren’t particularly consumer friendly, their firmware is less likely to contain obvious vulnerabilities — and will probably offer you some cool new features, too.Image courtesy of ShutterstockUpdated at 12:35pm PT to make clear that embedded Web servers, not embedded browsers, pose a security threat in many routers. 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Expressing concern over the presence of Rohingya in Manipur, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has said efforts should be made to identify the people who are facilitating their entry and providing them shelter in the state. The Chief Minister was referring to the arrest of six Rohingya from the Tulihal International Airport in Imphal on Saturday. The six passengers had arrived from New Delhi with forged documents. Addressing people on the occasion of Patriots’ Day on Tuesday, he said, “It indicates that many of them are taking shelter in the state and we have to find out the persons who are behind the illegal entry of Rohingya from different places.” Urging the locals to trace Rohingya and the agents who are bringing them to Manipur, the Chief Minister said, the “already sinking” Manipuri population will disappear in the coming years, if they do not take the inititative. Police investigation revealed that the six Rohingya were trained in a Madrasa in Delhi and had come to the state with the help of some agents based in the national capital and Manipur, DIG T. Ngasangva had told reporters on Sunday. The Rohingya had admitted that they were residents of Yangon and Mandalay in Myanmar, the DIG said.
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of July 28, 2019:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Morris “Moe” Anderson, 68Paul L. D’Eon, 83Francis J. Zizis, 94Previously Lived In Wilmington:Helen C. (Cotter) Domigan Adams, 85Nancy Noble Cook, 89Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:Lawrence “Mike” Considine, 63Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 7, 2019)In “Obituaries”
An indefinite strike enforced by transport owners and workers is underway in the district since Wednesday morning, causing immense suffering to the thousands of passengers.Sylhet Transport Workers’ Union called the strike for indefinite period to press home their two-point demand, disrupting road communications between the district and the rest of the country.The two-point demand includes immediate arrest of those who assaulted the transport workers and hotel workers, and the recovery of illegal arms.Bus services to and from Sylhet came to a halt and ticket counters remained closed since Tuesday night.While visiting, a small number of vehicles were seen plying city thoroughfares due to the transport strike.Sylhet Metropolitan Police ADC (Media) Jedan Al Musa said the transport strike is underway in the city peacefully. No untoward incident was reported yet.Earlier on Tuesday, Sylhet Transport Workers’ Union president Selim Ahmed Falik made announcement of indefinite strike following the attack on transport workers allegedly by a group of Jubo League leaders at Tajmahal Hotel.Falik alleged the leaders and activists of local unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jubo League for carrying out the attack on the transport workers twice earlier.
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneU.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks about carrying out President Donald Trump’s immigration priorities at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas in Austin on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday, April 6, ordered federal prosecutors on the southwest border to adopt a “zero tolerance” policy against anyone who enters or attempts to enter the country illegally, a mandate he said “supersedes” any prior directives.“To those who wish to challenge the Trump Administration’s commitment to public safety, national security, and the rule of law, I warn you: illegally entering this country will not be rewarded, but will instead be met with the full prosecutorial powers of the Department of Justice,” Sessions said in a statement. “To the Department’s prosecutors, I urge you: promoting and enforcing the rule of law is vital to protecting a nation, its borders, and its citizens.”The directive instructs all federal prosecutors on the southwest border to prosecute all Department of Homeland Security referrals for alleged violations of federal immigration illegal-entry laws. In a one-page memo sent to federal prosecutors on the southwest border, Sessions said the goal wasn’t merely developing more immigration cases, but instead an end to the “illegality in [the] immigration system.” He added that if the new policy requires more resources, the offices should identify and request those to the Department of Justice.The mandate comes the same week President Donald Trump has assailed Democrats for supporting what he said are “catch and release” policies where individuals apprehended by the Border Patrol are released while they await a court date. (The Washington Post later reported that “catch and release” actually flourished under the George W. Bush administration.)It’s unclear what the mandate will do to the current immigration-court case backlog, which was at more than 684,000 as of February, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. That figure includes more than 105,000 cases pending in Texas courts, higher than any state but California. The move is the latest in a busy week for the administration, which has also seen Trump sign a proclamation ordering the deployment of National Guard troops to the border until construction of his promised wall on the southwest border is complete. Share
A Maryland man was fatally shot on the afternoon of Aug. 13 in Southeast D.C. The shooting is one in a wave of recent District murders, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.Authorities responded to a call in the 1400 block of V Street, SE. the afternoon of Aug. 13. Officers found Gary Thompson, 19, from Suitland, Md., unconscious and suffering from a gunshot wound to his back. Thompson was taken to a local and later died, police said.Several murders also occurred during the week of Aug. 8-Aug. 14, including the Aug. 10 slaying of William Lassiter, 52, who was shot on the 900 block of Mount Olivet Road, NE, police said.Officers said they heard gunfire in the area of Mount Olivet Road and New York Avenue around 1:45 a.m. and found the victim suffering from a gunshot injury. He was pronounced dead on the scene.A third shooting took the life of another man on Aug. 8 in Northwest D.C. Authorities said they arrived at the 5700 block of Georgia Avenue, NW. around 7:10 p.m. Police said they found Donald Stephen Johnson Jr., 45, injured from gunfire behind Emery Recreation Center. Johnson was transported to an area hospital where he later died.Police said they are searching for suspect Herman Lee Cook Jr. pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant charging him with second-degree murder while armed. Police described Cook as, “. . . a black male, 5’8” tall, 250 pounds, with brown eyes, medium complexion, and black hair (balding on top).” Authorities said he is considered armed and dangerous.Aquita Brown, spokesperson for the police department, told the AFRO Aug. 15 that no arrests have been made in any of the three murders.According to the police, there have been a total of 85 homicides in D.C. as of Aug. 17, a 10 percent decline from the same time a year ago. Data shows that there have been two homicides on V Street Southeast, one homicide in the immediate area of Mount Olivet Road Northeast and three homicides on Georgia Avenue Northwest in 2016.
By MARK F. GRAY, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.orgChallenges in caring for loved ones with special needs can cause pressure on those who must make their lives comfortable in later years. The needs to be met are both practical and emotional and often put strains on family relationships.Author Teraleen Campbell understands the pressure that goes with caring for an indigent family member in their final years. As an only child she faced the task of caring for her mother as an only child for the last six years of her mother’s life.As her mother’s caregiver, author Teraleen Campbell used her own experiences as inspiration for the book “Carefree to Caregiver,” which has been published for National Caregivers Month. (Courtesy Photo)In her book from “Carefree to Caregiver,” Campbell discusses what caregivers face when trying to comfort loved ones who need full time attention and the affect it can have on their lives. She uses her experiences from the time caring for her mother as a way to tell help shed light on facing the challenges of her responsibility and to provide counseling to those who may be approaching this critical juncture in their lives.“It can be a difficult road when you’re trying to take care of a parent or a spouse when they can no longer do for themselves,” Campbell told the AFRO. “When the normal routine of life is lost, and you have to assume that responsibility it can be overwhelming”.Family caregivers are the unsung heroes of this generation. With baby boomers living longer – even with health challenges – their support has become vital in handling the personal matters that accompany those twilight years.Instead of framing the narrative in a desperate light, she puts her challenges in an inspirational form that paints a picture of optimism and gives the reader hope. The book is formatted as 31-day devotional book. Each daily passage provides an inspirational reading in addition to a prayer and space for journaling.Being a caregiver is not limited to providing medical care. It also includes working with medical staff to ensure that quality care is provided. Additionally, there are often legal and financial considerations.In most cases, caregivers feel unprepared for the level of responsibilities that they must assume. Long term caregiving can lead to burn out, especially if the caregiver has not adjusted their life to successfully balance their new role.“I realized the importance of taking some time to focus on me and what I was dealing with, in addition to processing what was happening in my life. I became mindful that if I wasn’t healthy, I couldn’t adequately care for my mother. “According to data from AARP, 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child for at least 12 months. Nearly one in six working adults have responsibilities of providing care for a family member. Additionally, 69% of working caregivers caring for a family member or friend report having to rearrange their work schedule, decrease their hours, or take an unpaid leave in order to meet their caregiving responsibilities. These situations can adversely affect the mental and physical health of the very caregivers who are providing support for others.Campbell, who is also a minister at Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church in Washington, D.C., noticed as she was putting her stories to paper that there were not many books that addressed the African American community’s perils when facing becoming caregivers. She hopes that this book will help to make it easier for those families to address the issues to prepare them for the hard decisions they will face, should they become caregivers.“In our community people don’t want to discuss transitional lifestyle decisions,” Campbell adds. “Its tough handling things by yourself and hopefully this book will be of comfort and support”.