you don't know
can hurt you and your loved ones. We all know about the threat
cyberspace can pose on our financial data but if you own any smart
devices, and the average person owns five, or live in a connected
'smart' house you are exposing your physical safety as well your
personal and confidential information. Learn about cyber risks in your
daily life and how to avoid or mitigate them."
Don't forget Orwell, Huxley, not to mention science fiction writers in media.
ABOUT TOWN'S Q&A plus reasons:
#1: Must I use a "smart phone?"
#2: No - don't use a smart phone.
#3: Especially if your eyesight is so bad you can neither read nor
type a)what you see on its screen, b)if "U" care about "YR" declining
quality of interpersonal discourse or c)don't have long finger nails..
Dec. 31, 2018 Courant reports:
Who missed the print edition?
Tribune Company's hack has affected...the CT "newspaper of record."
Los Angeles TIMES and flagship Chicago Tribune as well. Hit'm
where it hurt, too - the advertising revenue streams had been using the
same software as the print edition. Not back up yet, according to
TOWER ONE IS BEHIND TOWN HALL, #2 IS AT THE TRANSFER STATION The Town of Weston exempted itself from zoning on Town land @1973. Because of this, it was easier for Weston to coordinate cellphone companies to co-locate.
Hearing loss of US diplomats in Cuba blamed on covert device Matthew Lee and Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press Updated 4:33 am, Thursday, August 10, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — The two-year-old U.S. diplomatic relationship with
Cuba was roiled Wednesday by what U.S. officials say was a string of
bizarre incidents that left a group of American diplomats in Havana with
severe hearing loss attributed to a covert sonic device...is this related to all the leaks in D.C.?
"...Asked who should be concerned, Department of Emergency
Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora Schriro said everyone
should be concerned.
"She said people need to use different passwords for important accounts
and change their passwords. She said they also need to update their
security and antivirus software. And they should be wary of anyone
trying to get them to click on a link when the sender of the email is
unknown to them.
"She also asked that residents call state or local police to let them know about any suspected cyber crimes."
POLICE HAVE TO WEAR BODY CAMERAS TO RECORD BAD
BEHAVIOR IN SOME JURISDICTIONS. "BACK DOOR" INTO SOCIAL MEDIA TO
PREVENT TERROR ATTACKS NATUALLY FOLLOWS
...Facebook said in a statement that it is committed to providing a safe experience for its users.
"Our Community Standards make clear that there is no place on Facebook
for groups that engage in terrorist activity," the company said, "or for
content that expresses support for such activity, and we take swift
action to remove this content when it's reported to us. We sympathize
with the victims and their families."
The other company did not immediately respond to a request for
comment. But, Berger added, Congress could seek to change those
laws if it saw fit.
"In our brave new world starting January, who knows?" he said.
New York TIMES OP-ED piece today shows how the rest of the
campaign will go. Since they can't "DUMP TRUMP" bridge-playing
Republicans protest by playing "Two No-Trump Doubled" for the rest of
Anything bad about Hillary is blamed on Russia hacking (so you don't
think her e-mail server was hacked for four years when she was Secretary
of State?). Read OP-ED here.
State Urged To Seek Cheaper, Faster, Better Broadband To Bolster Economy CTNEWSJUNKIE
by Steve Majerus-Collins|
Mar 29, 2016 5:30am
Connecticut has the potential to become a national leader in offering
the ultra-high speed Internet that many companies are looking for in an
increasingly digitalized business world, according to a new state
study...story in full:
Followed by presentation post Concurrence at LWVCT Convention.
Police surveillance system hacked in D.C. days prior to Trump’s inauguration - we listened for a while on a snowy day and snow is the correct word. By Andrew Blake - The Washington Times - Saturday, January 28, 2017
FWIW - WE"RE NOT SO GOOD AT PROOFREADING EITHER! Already having had to apologize for previous mistakes, crack
researcher at CT MIRROR might have to make another, EVEN WORSE, in the
capsule sentence above the graphic (headline for the graphic "Percentage of Census blocks without broadband access").
This one shows the proofreading capabilities at CT MIRROR - it is
correct in the article itself, we note. Proofreaders not knowing
the difference between upload and download speeds is better than
reporters not knowing (?) - DOWNLOADS are supposed to faster!
Also, the number of Census blocks varies according to population density. Or was he referring to "blocks" as a play on words, because of slow speeds???
Macqquarie bought from Kelda the venerable U.S. company Bridgeport Hydraulic some years ago.... Altice to buy Cablevision for $17.7B to expand in the U.S.
Roger Yu, USA TODAY
3:50 p.m. EDT September 17, 2015
Altice Group, a European telecom company controlled by French cable
entrepreneur Patrick Drahi, has agreed to buy U.S. cable operator
Cablevision (CVC) in a deal valued at $17.7 billion.
Not including Cablevision's debt, Altice will pay about $10 billion in
cash -- or $34.90 per share -- for the Bethpage, N.Y.-based company that
is controlled by the Dolan family
The deal would create the fourth largest cable operator in the U.S.
market, the companies said. The acquisition also includes Newsday Media
Group, publisher of Newsday and amNewYork. The deal doesn't include the
Madison Square Garden Company, which is also controlled by the Dolans
and owns the New York Knicks and Rangers and their home arena in
Shares of Cablevision ended Wednesday down a penny to $28.54 in regular-hour trading. Shares zoomed 16% to $33.25 in pre-market.
In May, Altice, headquartered in the Netherlands, entered the U.S. by
agreeing to buy cable operator Suddenlink Communications in a deal
valued at $9.1 billion. Drahi, Altice's chairman, said a month later
that he was not done dealing here and that he was interested in
expanding the company's revenue in the world's largest TV and Internet
Amy Yong, an analyst at Macquarie Group,
told USA TODAY earlier this month that Cablevision, which serves cable
Internet and TV customers in the New York region, was widely seen as an
attractive acquisition target and investors were expecting an imminent
deal. "In the last (Cablevision earnings) call, a lot of people read
from the body language that it's something they're looking into," she
DEP, BHC, Nature Conservancy Seal Largest Open Space Preservation Deal in Connecticut History Memorandum of Understanding Will Preserve All BHC Land Forever
BRIDGEPORT, CT, February 6, 2001 – The Connecticut
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Kelda Group, its Aquarion
and BHC Company subsidiaries, and The Nature Conservancy...
Not a very smart activity...one syllable words only
Presidential Campaigns See Texting as a Clear Path to Voters NYTIMES
By NICK CORASANIT
AUG. 18, 2015 WASHINGTON — Even a presidential candidate’s most devoted supporters
could be forgiven for trying to tune out the torrent of campaign
emails, Twitter messages, Facebook posts, Instagrams and Snapchats from
that steadily flood voters’ inboxes and social-media feeds in this
digitized, pixelated, endlessly streaming election cycle...from the
AP Investigation: US power grid vulnerable to foreign hacks DAY
By GARANCE BURKE and JONATHAN FAHEY, Associated Press
Published December 21. 2015 3:30AM
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Security researcher Brian Wallace was on the
trail of hackers who had snatched a California university's housing
files when he stumbled into a larger nightmare: Cyberattackers had
opened a pathway into the networks running the United States power
grid. Digital clues pointed to Iranian hackers. And Wallace found
that they had already taken passwords, as well as engineering drawings
of dozens of power plants, at least one with the title "Mission
Critical." The drawings were so detailed that experts say skilled
attackers could have used them, along with other tools and malicious
code, to knock out electricity flowing to millions of homes...story in
One way to define Barack Obama’s foreign policy is as a Doctrine of Restraint. It is clear, not least to the Kremlin...
Yet the cost of the Doctrine of Restraint has been very high. How high
we do not yet know, but the world is more dangerous than in recent
memory. Obama’s skepticism about American power, his readiness to
disengage from Europe and his catastrophic tiptoeing on Syria have left
the Middle East in generational conflict and fracture, Europe unstable
and Putin strutting the stage. Where this rudderless reality is likely
to lead I will examine in my next column...
Russia Destroys Piles of Banned Western Food
By ANDREW E. KRAMER
AUG. 6, 2015
...Throughout the Ukraine crisis, there has been a
real war in which more than 6,000 people have died and, on the
sidelines of that war, a food fight. Russia has a track record of
applying food import rules politically.
In 2013, the Kremlin banned Ukrainian chocolate, ostensibly for health reasons.
As tensions escalated, Russia banned European milk products like yogurt,
giving rise to the term Milk Curtain for the new East-West divide in
Europe. After Western nations imposed sanctions on Russian banks
and oil companies over Moscow’s support for separatism in eastern
Ukraine, Russia turned, as it has so often before, to food, banning
European and American imports. But Russia’s notoriously corrupt
customs inspections turned out to be as porous as, well, Swiss cheese.
Many products, like Danish canned ham, easily found in Moscow grocery
stores, were slipping through. Importers had taken to obscuring
the origins of shipments, suggesting that they came from Turkey rather
than a European Union country, for example, or used other ruses to slip
sustenance over the borders.
In response, Mr. Putin on July 29 issued a decree with a title as long
as a menu item in a farm-to-table restaurant — “On Special Economic
Measures to Protect the Russian Federation’s Security” — and it ordered
the destruction of contraband food discovered inside Russia starting
NORTH POLE COUP CUTS OUT SANTA?
In an effort to repair his global
image, Vladimir Putin of Russia will claim that Xmas gifts come "from
Mother Russia." Thus gaining support from children and feminists
in the western world, as well.
We note that this subject is related to M.O.R.E. Commission "Municipal Efficiencies" Sub-Committee...
New Connecticut agency focuses on high-speed Internet
By Luther Turmelle
Posted: 07/22/15, 6:49 PM EDT | Updated: 2 hrs ago
NEW BRITAIN >> The state has created a new agency focused on
facilitating efforts to bring widespread ultra-high-speed Internet to
The Connecticut State Broadband Office is a division of the Office of
Consumer Counsel, the job of which is to advocate for the interests of
the ratepayers of regulated utilities. The agency is being created as a
result of the passage of Public Act 15-5 by the Connecticut General Assembly during this year’s legislative session.
The Connecticut Broadband Office will not a have any regulatory
authority, said Elin Swanson Katz, the state’s consumer counsel. It
will, however, require the hiring of an additional employee to meet the
needs of the new agency, Katz said. The Connecticut Broadband
Office will not a have any regulatory authority, said Elin Swanson Katz,
the state’s consumer counsel. It will, however, require the hiring of
an additional employee to meet the needs of the new agency, Katz said.
“They wanted this agency to be about consumers and how we could better
meet their needs,” she said Wednesday. “Creating a new agency helps
create a critical mass around this issue and legitimizes the focus.
“We’re trying to move the needle toward wider availability of ultra-high speed Internet service through advocacy,” she said.
Even before the creation of this new agency, Katz’s office has been
taking the lead for more than a year in trying to identify the need for
ultra-high-speed Internet among state businesses and municipalities.
That effort had been dubbed the “CT Gig Project...”
Better known as "The Implementer" for those who follow this
website: "CTGIG" had been referred to by the First Selectman as
something perhaps of interest to Weston.
SB1502 which became Public Act 5...
Sec. 40 (c) There shall be established an Office of State Broadband within the
Office of Consumer Counsel. The Office of State Broadband shall work to
facilitate the availability of broadband access to every state citizen
and to increase access to and the adoption of ultra-high-speed gigabit
capable broadband networks. The Office of Consumer Counsel may work in
collaboration with public and nonprofit entities and state agencies, and
may provide advisory assistance to municipalities, local authorities
and private corporations for the purpose of maximizing opportunities for
the expansion of broadband access in the state and fostering innovative
approaches to broadband in the state, including the procurement of
grants for such purpose. The Office of State Broadband shall include a
Broadband Policy Coordinator and such other staff as the Consumer
Counsel deems necessary to perform the duties of the Office of State
Connecticut to Congress: Don’t Infringe On Our Jurisdiction
by Cara Rosner | Jul 9, 2015 5:30am
As Congress considers enacting a national law regarding data-breach
notifications, Connecticut and most other states worry that such a law
would potentially infringe on their right to investigate breaches.
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and 46 other state attorneys
general on Tuesday sent a letter to Congressional leaders, asking them
to preserve states’ abilities to investigate and take action in response
to data breaches impacting their residents.
There are eight bills before Congress addressing data security and data
breach notification. According to Jepsen, while the bills differ in the
protections they would offer consumers, all but one would pre-empt state
laws and enforcement efforts.
Hartford — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced a cybersecurity plan for
Connecticut’s utilities to protect lives and commercial activities
against a “mounting threat” from nation states and individuals trying to
hack into utility companies across the country.
At a press conference Monday, Malloy said, “We know what having 1.2 million customers without power is like.
“... We have experienced it, and if that was to be the result of a
cyberattack, sustained over a period of time, obviously it can have
The plan is based on the role of states — not the federal government —
in regulating utility companies. A recent report — “Cybersecurity and
Connecticut’s Public Utilities” by the state Public Utilities Regulatory
Authority — called for a multi-tiered approach to preventing attacks
and said utility companies should weigh the pros and cons of using
outside, third-party audit companies when trying to measure the results
of their efforts.
The state’s major electric companies were present Monday along with ISO
New England, which distributes electricity throughout New England, to
express their support for a collaborative effort...
Please search the New London DAY archives for the remainder of this story.
How does the government deal with "spy" issues in the 21st century? Spying Case Against U.S. Envoy Is Falling Apart, and Following a Pattern
By MATT APUZZO, MARK MAZZETTI and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
OCT. 10, 2015 (?)
...If the Justice Department declines to file spying charges, as several
officials said they expected, it will be the latest example of American
law enforcement agencies bringing an espionage investigation into the
public eye, only to see it dissipate under further scrutiny. Last month,
the Justice Department dropped charges against a Temple University
physicist who had been accused of sharing sensitive information with
China. In May, prosecutors dropped all charges against a government
hydrologist who had been under investigation for espionage...linked to
this story: See immediately below.
Accused of Spying for China, Until She Wasn’t
By NICOLE PERLROTH
MAY 9, 2015
...The agents accused Mrs. Chen, a hydrologist born in China and now a
naturalized American citizen, of using a stolen password to download
information about the nation’s dams and of lying about meeting with a
high-ranking Chinese official...story in full at NYTIMES.
Russia grants Snowden three more years of asylum: lawyer
By Associated Press
August 7, 2014 | 6:31am
MOSCOW — Edward Snowden’s lawyer says the NSA whistleblower has been
granted permission to stay in Russia for three more years...Please
search the NYPOST archives for the remainder of this story.
My favorite line from "The Graduate" all those years ago re future - "Plastics"
Zoning enforcement? Done by drones (with humans in office only) in the future?
does it mean to be
"Running out of IP addresses?" And how about ever-present cameras? And then there is Google spy-eyeware?
can sing along with this
page - just a simple substitution - just substitute "lawyers" for
"clowns" and do a Judy Collins
imitation!. Or how
about ever changing attitudes on "net neutrality"rules
in the U.S.A.?"Up,
up and away..." in the words of the 5th Dimension, or
perhaps "Both Sides Now" written by Joni Mitchell...
Previously in Frankfurt...
5 January, 2003, I-BBC:
hijacker arrested; Police clear the streets as the plane circles
pilot who caused panic in Frankfurt
when he hijacked a light aircraft and flew it over the city has been
and is being questioned by German authorities.
plane landed in Frankfurt airport
after more than two dramatic hours during which the pilot, whom police
described as mentally disturbed,
threatened to smash the aircraft
into the European Central Bank. Thousands of people were evacuated from
tall buildings or ordered by police to take shelter underground as the
plane swooped erratically round the city...I-BBC has the article in full.