Hackers May Have Retrieved the Names and Social Security Numbers of Florida Concealed Carry Weapon Owners

Hackers might have obtained the names of more than 16,000 people who have Florida concealed weapon permits, officials said. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Monday that it had discovered a data breach of an online payment system that processes payments for applications and permits.

The department warned that the breach might have revealed the Social Security numbers of 469 customers. The agency plans to offer free credit protection for a year to the affected individuals.

You can read more at: http://bit.ly/2qhqcHH.

The locked and loaded weapons won’t provide much protection against credit card thieves and other privacy-invading criminals.

New Twitter Policy Abandons a Longstanding Privacy Pledge

According to an article by Jacob Hoffman-Andrews in the Electronic Frontier Foundation web site:

Twitter plans to roll out a new privacy policy on June 18, and, with it, is promising to roll back its longstanding commitment to obey the Do Not Track (DNT) browser privacy setting. Instead, the company is switching to the Digital Advertising Alliance’s toothless and broken self-regulatory program. At the same time, the company is taking the opportunity to introduce a new tracking option and two new targeting options, all of which are set to “track and target” by default. These are not the actions of a company that respects people’s privacy choices.

If you use Twitter, you should read the article at: http://bit.ly/2rxyKyF. Better yet, perhaps you shouldn’t use Twitter at all.

Telegram 4.0 Now Available

Telegram is one of the more secure messaging systems of today. Telegram messages are heavily encrypted and can self-destruct so that no future hacker can ever read them. With Telegram, you can SECURELY and SAFELY encrypt personal and business secret communications, send documents of any type, coordinate groups of up to 5000 members, destroy your sent messages with a timer, and much, much more. It is available for Android, Apple iOS (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch), Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and there is a web-based version that should run on Chromebooks or any other computer that can open a web browser and connect to the Internet.

Telegram is free forever. No ads. No subscription fees.

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CIA-created Spyware called Athena released by WikiLeaks, Targets All Major Windows Versions

Do you use Windows? If so, there is a huge new security problem for you: Athena allows an attacker to take total control of a computer, send and retrieve data to and from remote locations, such as CIA servers, delete data and also upload other malicious code onto the computer, thereby introducing even more infections. It also works for any version of Windows from Windows XP to Windows 10, marking it as particularly potent in both its capabilities and its reach.

You can thank your government-funded CIA and Siege Technologies, a New Hampshire cyber tech firm, for providing the tools to hackers to steal your information.

The malware (malevolent software) is described this way:

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IRS Officials are Really Good at Protecting their Own Privacy

Snooping by government officials is generally seen as a bad thing. Whether it is the NSA, CIA, FBI, or IRS, nobody wants others to learn about their private activities. But how about the Feds themselves? Shouldn’t they have the same levels of exposure or privacy as other citizens? Apparently not, according to some IRS employees who think they should have more privacy than do other citizens.

The desire for “special privacy” protection is so ludicrous that Department of Justice lawyers defending the IRS in a legal case have been lectured by more than one judge for their dilatory tactics and unprofessional behavior, which has repeatedly prevented evidence in the case from being produced in a timely fashion. What reason do they offer for delaying the case? The lawyers argued that it would be “unduly burdensome” to find and provide this information.

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New Monero Global CyberAttack Reported to be Much Bigger and maybe Much Worse than the Recent “WannaCry” Ransomware

Last week’s WannaCry ransomware could be dwarfed by a new malware that effectively enslaves Windows machines into botnets to mine for Monero. The rogue cryptocurrency miner called Adylkuzz has been affecting hundreds and thousands of PCs worldwide, according to researchers at cybersecurity firm Proofpoint.

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Aomei Backupper Free Helps Protect Against Ransomware and Many Other Nasties

Aomei Backupper Free is a freeware Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista backup utility that’s “specially designed to protect your system and files against ransomware.” Actually, there are dozens of backup programs available for Window2s and most of them do a good job at saving files. What sets Aomei Backupper Free apart from its competitors is the protection offered against specific to WannaCry and other ransomware. Specifically, it instructs you on the kind of backup to make if you haven’t been affected and what to do if you have.

With the help of AOMEI Backupper Free, you can easily back up system, files, disks, partitions on desktop and laptop computers by creating backup image and restore all your important data when your computers have been attacked. What is more, even if your computer has already been infected with Ransomware, you can still use AOMEI Backupper to create image files in System Backup, Disk Backup, Partition Backup not only to prevent from more serious data loss caused by misoperation or a new mutation of Ransomware, but also “froze” the countdown of Ransomware.

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