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Collapse Kills 13 in Ecuador

December 15, 2014 3:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chinese embassy in Quito confirmed that 10 Ecuadorean and three Chinese workers were killed over the weekend at the construction site of the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric power plant. The Chinese firm Sinohydro is building the $2 billion 1,500-megawatt power plant.

IBM, State of Indiana to Settle Dispute in Court

December 11, 2014 4:28 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM Corp. and the state of Indiana are turning to...

Nurse Exposed to Ebola Being Monitored For Virus

December 11, 2014 4:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An American nurse who was exposed to the Ebola virus...

FBI Affidavit Says Former Freedom Industries President Lied About Role in Chemical Spill

December 11, 2014 4:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In bankruptcy court hearings and meetings, former...

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Researchers Still Searching for Identity of Hackers

December 11, 2014 4:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers say they have a wealth of clues — but no clear answers — as to the identity of those behind a series of newly discovered cyberattacks targeting Russian and Eastern European embassies, oil companies and military officers.   The malware — nicknamed "Inception" — has been attacking mainly Russian or Eastern European targets in the fields of diplomacy, energy and finance.

North Korea Denies Role in Sony Hack

December 8, 2014 3:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea released a statement Sunday that clearly relished a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which is producing an upcoming film that depicts an assassination plot against Pyongyang's supreme leader.  Some cybersecurity experts say they've found striking similarities between the code used in the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment and attacks blamed on North Korea that targeted South Korean companies and government agencies last year.

Experts Say It is 'Unlikely' That North Korea Perpetrated Sony Hack

December 5, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some cybersecurity experts say it is unlikely North Korea was behind the cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures' computers and possibly leaked unreleased movies online.  Speculation has been rampant that the hard-line communist state sponsored last week's hack in anger over the new Sony movie "The Interview," in which Seth Rogen and James Franco play television journalists assigned by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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Decades After Disaster, City in India Mourns Disaster

December 3, 2014 2:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Three decades after lethal gas swept through Bhopal, the central Indian city remains haunted by memories of the world's worst industrial disaster.  Hundreds of survivors of the gas leak that claimed thousands of lives took to the streets Wednesday to mark the 30th anniversary of the disaster, chanting slogans and carrying placards demanding harsher punishments for those responsible and more compensation for the victims.

Speaker's Soapbox: David Lindstedt of Readiness Analytics

December 2, 2014 10:48 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

David Lindstedt of Readiness Analytics will host an interactive session called "Measuring Preparedness and Predicting Recoverability: A Hands-on Workshop."  This session will introduce attendees to a proven measurement and metrics model and allow them to try it out right away.  The model focuses on measuring resources, procedures and competencies to determine how prepared your organization is. 

Lack of Indictment in Ferguson Leads to More Protests

December 2, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Protesters turned out in several U.S. cities on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, Black Friday, in response to a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Moderate Earthquake Strikes Arizona, No Injuries Reported

December 2, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A moderate earthquake jostled residents of northern Arizona — a region where quakes are frequent but usually don't produce much damage or alarm.  The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-4.7 temblor that hit Sunday night was centered 7 miles north of Sedona and 6 miles underground. There were no immediate reports of injury or major damage.  Unknown for now is whether it is a precursor to a larger one yet to come,

Rioters Damage Businesses In Ferguson, St. Louis

November 25, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass Tuesday morning after Ferguson erupted over a grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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Cars Could Become Targets for Hackers

November 25, 2014 9:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers are betting heavily that consumers will want not just the maps and music playlists of today but also Internet-enabled vehicles that stream movies and the turn dictation into email. The federal government wants to require cars to send each other electronic messages warning of dangers on the road.  In these and other connections, hackers see opportunity.

Floods Leave More Than 30 Dead in Morocco

November 25, 2014 8:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Days of unusually heavy rain pounded Morocco's south and unleashed deadly floods that killed more than 30 people, the Interior Ministry said Monday.  Near the southern city of Guelmim alone, 24 people died, including 11 bodies that were recovered from the Oued Talmaadart, which is normally a dry riverbed but the flooding turned it into a raging torrent.

Homes, Businesses Evacuated After Chemical Mixture Bursts Into Flames

November 21, 2014 9:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 40 people were taken to hospitals for decontamination and homes and businesses for a mile around were evacuated after a mysterious chemical mixture burst into flames at a Southern California waste facility.  A vacuum truck exploded into flames at the Santa Clara Waste Water Co., spreading about 1,200 gallons of a waste chemical mixture that contained sulfuric acid and a highly combustible organic peroxide, fire officials said.

New Agency Established in Wake of Ferry Sinking Incident

November 19, 2014 4:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea formally launched a new safety agency in the wake of April's ferry sinking that killed more than 300 people, mostly teenage students, and exposed shortcomings in disaster response.  The new ministry has about 10,045 employees, becoming the fifth largest government department, according to the home affairs ministry.

Polish Electoral Commission Targeted by Hackers

November 19, 2014 2:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Computer hackers have attacked the website of Poland's electoral commission, which is still unable to publish full returns from local elections because of an unrelated computer glitch, officials said Wednesday.  The State Electoral Commission said while the website hacking incident didn't add further difficulties to the vote counting process, it ordered its officials to change their passwords.

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Top Five: 2014 Extreme Weather Events

November 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Few things can shut down business operations like an extreme weather event.  They are unpredictable, dangerous and very, very difficult to plan for.  Here are a few of the more unique and dangerous extreme weather events the world has seen in 2014. 

State of Aging Structures a Concern in New Orleans' French Quarter

November 17, 2014 3:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The collapse of a 210-year-old building in the heart of the French Quarter is raising warning flags about decay and a lack of rigorous inspections in one of America's oldest and most fragile neighborhoods.  No one was injured when the three-story, brick-and-cypress building collapsed in late October, but the episode has thrown into focus an array of problems throughout the nearly 300-year-old Quarter.

Chickens, Ducks Killed Over Bird Flu Concerns

November 17, 2014 3:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chickens were being killed in the Netherlands, and Britain was preparing to kill ducks, after two cases of bird flu were discovered in Europe — but officials insisted Monday that the risk to public health was very low.  British officials said they were investigating a case of the H5 bird flu virus in northern England, but noted it's not the more dangerous H5N1 strain.

Hack Causes State Department to Shut Down Entire E-Mail System

November 17, 2014 3:16 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The State Department has taken the unprecedented step of shutting down its entire unclassified email system as technicians repair possible damage from a suspected hacker attack.  A senior department official said "activity of concern" was detected in the system around the same time as a previously reported incident that targeted the White House computer network.

Safe America Foundation Presented 2014 WorldSafe Awards Nov. 8

November 14, 2014 10:10 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Safe America Foundation | Articles | Comments

The Safe America Foundation presented its WorldSafe Awards on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Delta Flight Museum in Hapeville, Ga. Individuals and organizations across various categories were recognized for their contributions to safety both nationally and internationally.

Students Still Missing, Protests Impacting Tourism

November 13, 2014 4:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As Mexico prepares to commemorate its 1910 revolution, hotels in Acapulco have seen a wave of cancellations after demonstrators temporarily shut down the airport, blocked highways and attacked government and political offices in the southern state of Guerrero.

Large Banks to Pay Nearly $3.4 Billion in Fines

November 13, 2014 3:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC Bank and UBS agreed to settlements totaling almost $3.4 billion with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, U.K. Financial Conduct Authority and Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority. The British regulator said Barclays remains under investigation.

Law Enforcement, Activists Preparing for Grand Jury Decision

November 13, 2014 1:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that law enforcement officials have been working around the clock to make sure residents and businesses are kept safe once prosecutors announce whether a suburban St. Louis police officer will face charges for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown.  A grand jury is expected to decide later this month whether to indict Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 death of Brown, who was unarmed.

Water Issues Slowing Fukushima Cleanup

November 12, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than three years into the massive cleanup of Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on key tasks such as preparing for the dismantling of the broken reactors and removing radioactive fuel rods due to another ongoing issue. 

Top Five: Reasons to Prepare for Winter Weather Right Now

November 11, 2014 10:41 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

As temperatures begin to drop, winter weather will soon be upon us.  Snow, ice, hail and “wintery mix” can bring a host of problems for business continuity professionals and their teams.  Here are five reasons you should begin making preparations for winter weather right now.

Effort to Protect Sensitive Data Struggling to Keep Pace with Cyberattacks

November 11, 2014 7:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security identification numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks and is unwittingly being undermined by federal employees and contractors.

The Ebola Outbreak by the Numbers

November 7, 2014 9:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As the biggest-ever outbreak of Ebola continues to ravage West Africa, here are a few key numbers to get a handle on the epidemic.  According to an update this week from the World Health Organization, there have been 13,042 Ebola cases and 4,818 deaths since the first child died of the virus in December.

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