Stupid Criminals and WiFi Auto-login

It’s good to see that the American educational system is still just like it always was. Wi-Fi Auto-Login Helped Identify Hate Crime Vandalism Suspects.

The plan was to write “Class of 2018” everywhere, but it didn’t end there. They painted racist, homophobic and antisemitic graffiti all over the place.

They knew there were security cameras, so they covered their faces.

What the suspects did not realize however, is that their smartphones automatically connected to the school Wi-Fi once they were in the area. Which of course, would only possible if they have an account or attend the school. Since each student has their own unique ID, their login times were recorded on the server and could be cross-referenced with the surveillance video.

To be completely surrounded by technology, to use that technology every day of your life, and to be so completely ignorant of how that technology works… I guess they figure it is like magic, they go to school and get connected to WiFi, and don’t bother to think what that means. Or when they go to their favorite coffee shop, fast food restaurant, or anywhere else that they use the free WiFi. Privacy? What’s that? Stupidity they seem to have a handle on.

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Cops Still Haven’t Figured Out They Are Always on Camera

And he and another cop at the scene were wearing body cameras. Former Baltimore officer and man he punched on viral video testify in assault trial.

Cellphone footage of the incident that went viral last year showed Williams confronting and striking McGrier multiple times on a sidewalk in the 2500 block of E. Monument St. of East Baltimore. Body camera footage from both Williams and a second officer, Brandon Smith-Saxon, provided more angles and details of the altercation.

He resigned the day of, was charged, and is in the middle of a bench trial.

McGrier, 26, suffered a fractured jaw and ribs, swelling around his eye and ringing in his ears from Williams’ punches, his attorney has said. McGrier was hospitalized for three days, according to testimony.

Defense attorney Thomas Maronick argued that the hospital stay of only three days shows, “The injury was not serious in any regard.”

I know lawyers are paid to spin things in their clients’ favor, but is stretching the truth part of that deal? A few broken bones is no big deal. Really?

Baltimore STILL Suffering from Ransomware

I feel like they are in the mode “search for the scapegoat.” Baltimore Council President Scott to form panel to examine city’s cybersecurity after crippling computer hack.

I wonder if his panel will discover past requests for IT support dollars that were deemed not important. Any bets? (On whether there were requests, or on whether his panel will find evidence of them?)

The ransomware attack last week on the city’s computer network has caused widespread problems across agencies, including shutting down systems essential for completing home sales in Baltimore.

“This cyberattack against Baltimore city government is a crisis of the utmost urgency,” Scott said.

Actually this guy said, after the previous hack, that they weren’t spending enough on IT security. But it’s easy for one politician to say “we should fix this.”

A review of city budgets shows that certain elements of cybersecurity strategy has lagged as funding has declined.

After they suffered a MAJOR attack about a year ago, funding for security DECLINED. They deserve whatever they get. And what they’ve got is, they can’t pay bills or accept payments. So there’s that.

Security isn’t free. It takes software, and people (who need training regularly) and probably outside audits. Oh, and training so people outside of IT don’t click on spear-phishing emails.

And people ask me why I will never work in Information Technology again. I don’t know how to do something with nothing. I can’t put 10 pounds in a 5-pound bag, not matter how loud you scream. And public bureaucracies aren’t that much different than private. (The best plan, in case of emergency, is to keep your resume updated on your PC at home.)

Use the Weapon That Is Available

I fully expect WaPo to come out in favor of “common sense rock control.” Robber died after victim struck him in head with rock, police say.

A man who authorities initially said was fatally shot last month was actually killed when he was struck by a rock during a struggle with a robbery victim acting in self-defense, Prince George’s County police said.

He tried to rob 2 people and shot one. (That victim remains in critical condition.) The other guy fought back with the only thing available. The would-be robber died 2 days later.

Baltimore’s Ransomware Attack Drags On

Baltimore got hit with ransomware (again) on Tuesday, and it is taking a while to correct the problems. Baltimore struggles to recover from ransomware attack.

Email is down for most city employees, as is bill-paying via credit cards for stuff like paying water bills, etc.

It’s the 2nd time Baltimore has been hit with ransomware in 14 months.

At a Wednesday press conference, city IT director Frank Johnson said the city was working with the FBI and that it appeared to be a “fairly new variant” of the RobinHood ransomware that is “quite aggressive.”

Baltimore isn’t saying exactly what happened, since they are still trying dig themselves out from under… But things with .gov at all levels aren’t great.

The Baltimore attack is a reminder that many governments remain vulnerable to cyberterrorism, largely due to a lack of funding and staffing. In a 2018 Deloitte-NASCIO survey of 50 state officials in charge of information security, nearly half said their state did not have a separate cybersecurity budget line, and most allocate between 0% and 3% of their IT budgets to addressing cyberthreats.

Doesn’t sound good at the next election for the politicians to go on about spending money to avoid crap like this. And so, Baltimore isn’t alone.

And that is only the .gov from the past week.

He Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

If you break into homes you will eventually find an armed homeowner. Teen who broke into Prince George’s Co. house fatally shot.

He kicked the front door of someone’s home. The homeowner shot him. He ran off. The homeowner called 911 to report what had happened.

Prince George’s County police were called to Doctors Hospital in Lanham, after Mbeng was admitted with a gunshot wound around 6 p.m. He died shortly after arriving.

According the report Victory Mbeng was armed when he committed the home invasion. How would you respond to a home invader?

Self-defense is a human-right.

So How Should an 80-year-old Defend Himself?

Alcohol really can be hazardous to your health. Police: 80-year-old homeowner shoots intoxicated intruder.

An 80-year-old man shot an intoxicated woman who forced her way into his house Friday night, Baltimore County police said.

Police are investigating. The drunk is in a local hospital recovering from a gunshot wound.

Self-defense is still a human-right.