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Anatomy of a DDoS Attack Part 1: Botnets

October 24, 2014 10:49 am | by Dr. Bill Highleyman, Availability Digest | Blogs | Comments

Dr. Bill Highleyman, Managing Editor of Availability Digest, discusses Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, including botnets, various attack strategies and how they can impact an organization.  This is part one of a two part series on DDoS attacks.

Storm Could Complicate FairPoint Strike

October 24, 2014 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A nor'easter could deliver the first major test for replacement workers hired by FairPoint...

Gas Pipe Explosion Kills One in Germany

October 24, 2014 8:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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Four Core Elements of an Effective Employee Personal Preparedness Program

October 21, 2014 10:43 am | by Jeff Hamilton | Blogs | Comments

Jeff Hamilton, President and COO of Nexis Preparedness Systems, discusses the importance for being prepared for an emergency, including having proper supplies, creating an emergency plan, being aware of potential disasters and practicing for them.

'Years of War' Made West African Nations Vulnerable to Ebola Outbreak

October 21, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Ebola has killed more than 2,000 people in her country and has brought it to "a standstill," noting that Liberia and two other badly hit countries were already weakened by years of war.  The total death toll has risen to more than 4,500 

Q&A: The Future and Potential Aftermath of the Hong Kong Protests

October 21, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Three weeks ago, students at a rally stormed a fenced-off courtyard outside Hong Kong's government headquarters, triggering unprecedented mass protests for greater democracy in the semiautonomous Chinese city.  Since then, the movement has spiraled into a volatile and dangerous crisis with no clear endgame.

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Fireworks Factory Blaze Kills 13 in India

October 21, 2014 9:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A blaze engulfed a fireworks factory in southern India on Monday, killing at least 13 workers and seriously burning seven others, police said.  The fire department was still trying to control the fire by early evening and the bodies could not immediately be retrieved.

Hong Kong Police Officers Caught on Camera Kicking Handcuffed Protester

October 17, 2014 9:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hong Kong's police force said Wednesday it will investigate after officers were caught on camera kicking a handcuffed protester amid the most violent clashes since street demonstrations for greater democracy began more than two weeks ago.

Category 4 Storm Gonzalo Approaching Bermuda

October 15, 2014 4:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hurricane Gonzalo barreled toward Bermuda as a powerful Category four storm Wednesday, threatening the tiny archipelago as residents were still repairing homes and clearing trees and power lines knocked down days earlier by a tropical storm. 

Protesters in Ferguson Commit Various Acts of Civil Disobedience in Surrounding Area

October 15, 2014 4:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pounding rain and tornado watches didn't deter hundreds of protesters Monday outside Ferguson police headquarters, where they stayed for almost four hours to mark how long 18-year-old Michael Brown's body was left in a street after he was fatally shot by police.  Organizers of the four-day Ferguson October protests committed acts of civil disobedience across the St. Louis region.

Nurse at Texas Hospital Contracts Ebola

October 14, 2014 8:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Health officials are intensifying the monitoring of hospital workers who provided care to the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. after one of them was infected with the virus despite wearing protective gear.  Tests confirmed the first known case of Ebola transmitted in the nation.

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Anti-Government Rally Turns Deadly After Seven Die in Stampede

October 13, 2014 2:55 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A stampede at an anti-government rally in central Pakistan killed seven supporters of the country's famous former cricket player, now opposition politician, officials and his party said.  It was the second deadly incident related to the campaign of opposition protests led by politician Imran Khan. In August, Khan launched a bid to overthrow Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government over alleged fraud in the 2013 elections.

Liberian Nurses Threatening to Strike Over Ebola Hazard Pay

October 13, 2014 2:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberian officials are pleading with nurses and physician assistants to show up to work Monday amid a dispute over hazard pay that has prompted calls for a strike in the middle of the Ebola epidemic.  A strike could deliver a serious blow to the fight against Ebola in Liberia, where the World Health Organization has recorded more than 2,300 confirmed, suspected and probable deaths from the deadly disease — more than any other country.

Mob Attacks Hong Kong Protesters, Police

October 13, 2014 2:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A mob of masked men opposed to Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstrators led an apparently coordinated assault on the protest zone in the heart of the city's financial district Monday, tearing down barricades and clashing with police.  The chaotic scenes came after police carried out a dawn operation to reopen some key roads blocked by protesters for more than 15 days.

Area Evacuated After Gas Pumping Station Explosion

October 13, 2014 1:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion and fire at a gas pumping station in Saskatchewan on Saturday prompted an evacuation.  The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the blast occurred at a TransGas facility.  Police say there have been no injuries reported.

Small Businesses Also a Target for Hackers

October 10, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

It's not just big businesses like JPMorgan Chase, Target and Home Depot that get hacked. Small companies suffer from intrusions into their computer systems, too.  The costs associated with computer and website attacks can run well into the thousands and even millions of dollars for a small company.

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Ebola Scare Has Dallas Residents On Edge

October 10, 2014 8:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dallas is a city on edge as public-health officials wait to see if any of the people who may have been exposed to Ebola develop symptoms of the deadly disease.  Several residents of the neighborhood where a Liberian man emerged as the first U.S.-diagnosed Ebola case told city officials they had been sent home from work.

Earthquake Kills One, Damages Buildings in China

October 10, 2014 8:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A strong, shallow earthquake shook southwestern China overnight, killing at least one person, damaging buildings and prompting thousands to camp outside as aftershocks continued to strike the area, officials said.  The earthquake with a magnitude of at least 6.0 hit the Weiyuan city area of Yunnan province at 9:49 p.m. when most residents would have been in their homes.

Manufacturing Building Burns, Releasing Hazardous Chemicals

October 3, 2014 4:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A large fire destroyed a manufacturing building in Seattle, sending a big plume of black smoke over the city and prompting an effort to contain toxic chemicals.  Both companies based in the building are considered  "large-quantity generators of hazardous waste."

Radioactive Waste Storage Tank will Continue Leaking for At Least a Year

October 3, 2014 4:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new deal allows a radioactive waste storage tank to continue leaking for more than a year before its contents are pumped out at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site.  The deal to pump nuclear waste tank AY-102, announced , is between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Oil, Railroad Industries Want More Time to Upgrade Tank Cars

October 3, 2014 4:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil and railroad industries are urging U.S. regulators to allow them as long as seven years to retrofit existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said. The cars have ruptured and spilled oil during collisions, leading to intense fires.

Weather Turning Cold, Officials Unable to Stabilize Landslide

October 3, 2014 4:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say they don't have enough time left before cold weather arrives to get going on a project to permanently stabilize a slow-moving landslide in Wyoming that tore one house in two and cut off access to dozens of other homes last spring.

Customer Information of 76 Million Households, 7 Million Small Businesses Compromised

October 3, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A huge cyber attack against JPMorgan Chase & Co. this summer compromised customer information for about 76 million households and 7 million small businesses. JPMorgan Chase said that names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses were stolen from the company's servers, but only customers who use the websites Chase.com and JPMorganOnline and the apps ChaseMobile and JPMorgan Mobile were affected

Train Crash Kills 12, Injures Dozens of Others

October 2, 2014 3:08 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A train overshot a stop signal and plowed into another express passenger train in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state, killing 12 people and injuring dozens, officials said. The bodies of 12 passengers were pulled out of the Barauni's mangled coaches, he said, adding that 44 people from that train were hospitalized with injuries.

Man who Brought Ebola to U.S. Traveled Roundabout Route

October 2, 2014 2:55 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The first reported case of Ebola in the United States is spooking airline investors and raising the prospect that some frightened travelers might stay home despite repeated reassurances from public-health experts.  Details of the man's 28-hour trip from western Africa emerged this week. 

Fifteen Killed in Decommissioning Factory Blast That 'Left Craters'

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

Fifteen people were confirmed dead in a blast at an explosives decommissioning factory in northwestern Bulgaria. Thirteen men and two women perished in the wake of the blast that left craters. Three others were taken to hospital with injuries.

Pro-Democracy Protesters Clash with Police in Hong Kong

September 30, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

Pro-democracy protesters, some wearing surgical masks and holding up umbrellas to protect against tear gas, expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub.

Muscle Weakness and Paralysis May be Caused by Enterovirus 68

September 29, 2014 2:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials are investigating nine cases of muscle weakness or paralysis in Colorado children and whether the culprit might be a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday sent doctors an alert about the polio-like cases and said the germ — enterovirus 68 — was detected in four out of eight of the sick children who had a certain medical test. 

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