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U.S. Supreme Court blocks release of Mueller Russia grand jury material

The Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily blocked the Democrat-led House of Representatives from access to secret grand jury testimony from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Read the rest

From Star Wars to Borderlands, check out these Steam games at big savings

Look, we get it. Animal Crossing is about as destressifying as any game could possibly be these days. But, c’mon… There are only so many bugs you can put in a museum and so many seashells you can sell while still maintaining any level of gaming edge.

If you’ve already played through everything else in your house and you’ve maxed out on frolicking with anthropomorphic animals, we’ve got a handful of top-shelf games available on Steam at some big discounts to help keep you busy.

The Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Bundle - $4.99; originally $19.98

In addition to being part of the fabled Star Wars franchise, Knights of the Old Republic and its sequel also stand as two of the most revered, critically-acclaimed games of the past 20 years.

Set 4,000 years before the events of the films, you play the galaxy’s lone surviving Jedi, leading a ragtag band of freedom fighters as the Galactic Republic’s last hope to stop rampaging Sith Lords...but can you hold out from succumbing to the Dark Side? In this collection, you get both blockbuster games, Knights of the Old Republic and Knights of the Old Republic II, for under $5.

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection - $9.99; originally $59.99

Another one of gaming’s biggest hits, Borderlands is all about treasure hunting, lunacy and guns, guns, guns! In this award-winning collection, players shoot and loot as they explore the mayhem-filled world of Pandora in Borderlands 2, then go back and explore how Pandora and main villain Handsome Jack got that way in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Read the rest

Zoom sued over Bible Study that was zoom-bombed by 'Traumatizing' porn

"It is baffling, to say the least, how Zoom failed to protect Saint Paulus's Bible study class from a 'serial offender' who has been 'reported multiple times to the authorities,'" the church said.

Learn cybersecurity essentials on your own time at home with these classes

Fear is ripe soil for the unscrupulous. With so much uncertainty and concern over our health and the broader world economy, cybercriminals have been playing on that fear to steal a few extra dollars out of the most scared and vulnerable. The U.S. Secret Service warned that phishing attacks were up significantly and scams over fake COVID-19 treatments have led to seizures and arrests.

From companies and organizations to individuals, it’s never been more important for everyone to have their cybersecurity measures on high alert. And whether you’re looking to protect your own assets or you’ve been tasked with safeguarding a company and all its workers, the vital work of white hat hackers is absolutely essential these days.

The training in The Ultimate 2020 White Hat Hacker Certification Bundle can put you in a position to understand all aspects of maintaining cybersecurity for a communication system of virtually any size, a lucrative career that can earn you a six-figure income.

The four-part Complete Cyber Security Course (taught by cybersecurity expert and noted consultant Nathan House) is a 360-degree starting point for any cybersecurity career. Starting at the beginning, each part of this multi-pronged introduction will help guide you through vital knowledge, from network hacking techniques and vulnerability scanning to all the defense methods that assure every laptop, desktop, smartphone and tablet in your network remain secure.

The hacker training continues with the rest of the courses in the collection, including building security analysis tools using Python and learning how to analyze web app security vulnerabilities and solutions using frameworks like Ruby on Rails and PHP. Read the rest

This massive collection of cybersecurity training could be what you need to get hired now

The numbers are stark. The global cost of data breaches is expected to rise from $3 trillion this year to over $5 trillion by 2024

However, the numbers are just as eye-popping for those who want to defeat current unemployment trends and get hired as a cybersecurity expert. Cybersecurity job postings have nearly doubled since 2013, all while the average salary of an information security analyst is circling six figures.

Students who want to get a huge leg up on that vital cybersecurity training can get started for under $30 with a subscription to the CyberTraining 365 Online Academy

With over 3,800 up-to-date modules covering all the latest and most important information on cybersecurity technologies and procedures, learners can explore every facet of the industry at their own pace.

With over 660 hours of video content available (and growing), students will find coverage on virtually any topic that strikes their interest, including malware analysis, penetration testing, threat assessments, reverse engineering, and more. 

No matter where an Academy members wants to turn their focus, courses are all taught by industry-recognized cybersecurity specialists and infrastructure experts, each with years of teaching experience to help bring coursework to life.

All the training is created to align with the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework developed by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). 

If you want to find out what it takes to be an ethical hacker, the training is here. If you want to study vulnerabilities to make sure they don’t find their way into your company’s data systems, you’ll find it here. Read the rest

State-backed hackers are attacking coronavirus responders, U.S. and UK officials warn in joint statement

Britain and the United States said on Tuesday in a joint warning that government-backed hackers are attacking healthcare and research institutions with the goal of stealing valuable information about the response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Read the rest

State-sponsored hackers are using COVID-19 as cover for espionage, report from Google's Threat Analysis Group shows

More than 12 government-backed hacker groups are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic as cover for digital reconnaissance and espionage, a new report by Google's Threat Analysis Group finds. Read the rest

Smugglers sawed through Trump's wall 18 times in a one-month period

The Washington Post reports that smugglers used cheap tools to saw through Trump's expensive wall 18 times in the San Diego area over a one-month period: Read the rest

Get 11 Cyber Security training courses for a price that you pick

As much as we’d all like to think otherwise, the reality is there are many out there hurting right now. Furloughs, cutbacks and job losses have left millions of Americans in a tough financial place, for some even far worse off than during the 2008 housing crisis economic downturn.

Many of those affected could use something to help get them back on the feet. And if it means a new career with the prospect of new job training, even that new lease on lease needs to come at an absolutely minimal cost.

As the Financial Times reports, “Tech companies are still hiring feverishly as they move to take advantage of a world shifting increasingly to digital.” And IT security experts will be a huge portion of that expanded workforce. The Complete Cyber Security Certification Training Bundle not only offers the background to get hired in one of those new positions, but students can even pay the price they want to pay for that training.

The package includes nine IT security certification prep courses with more than 100 hours of instruction in areas like ethical hacking, penetration testing, auditing and more.

All the biggest IT security acronyms are here in this collection, including training for CISSP, CPEH, CISM, CISA, and CPTE certifications.

From generalized training to validate knowledge about the information security and best practices to specialized looks at risk management, cryptography, ID and access management, network, server, and app security and more, this package lines up all the training to be ready to take and pass six different certification exams, including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) test, issued by the world’s leading cybersecurity and IT security professional organization. Read the rest

Get lifetime access to 1K+ premium online courses for just $59

Can't sit still during the pandemic? You're not alone. Many folks are using their social distancing time to decompress and zone out on Tiger King, some even pushing back against the idea of being productive. But plenty of others find themselves bored, restless, and in need of projects and goals, somewhere to direct their energy. If productivity is what you crave, there is surely no time like the present to make the most of that urge: You've got hours to fill and over 1000 premium online classes (and counting) are available now for only $59.

Join over 550k satisfied students on the StackSkills platform where you'll get access to courses that will help you master today's most in-demand skills. Subject matter runs from beginner to advanced and covers IT, coding, graphic design, blockchain, growth hacking, iOS development, finance, business, marketing, and much more, with new classes added every month.

Use StackSkills to teach yourself something that will make you first in line for a promotion or send your resume to the top of the pile when applying for jobs. Thanks to up-to-date information in courses most relevant to today's markets and excellent teachers leading the way (350+ of the web's top instructors, all experts in their fields), you can even leverage your StackSkills access into a side hustle in an area you currently know very little about.

As you move through the platform and individual lessons, you'll find easy-to-use progress tracking, course certifications, quarterly instructor Q&A webinars, real-life applications and examples of theoretical skills, sample projects, and more. Read the rest

Hackers tried to break into WHO, which faces more than two-fold increase in cyberattacks

Hackers tried to break into the World Health Organization earlier in March, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread, Reuters reports. Security experts blame an advanced cyber-espionage hacker group known as DarkHotel.

A senior agency official says the WHO has been facing a more than two-fold increase in cyberattacks since the coronavirus pandemic began. Read the rest

Hackers say they breached Russian contractor, got details on IoT hacking project for Russia spy agency

• 'Fronton' is the FSB's IoT botnet project

This massive cybersecurity training package covers everything a security pro has to know

In case you needed any more proof that America desperately needs more cybersecurity specialists, look no further than the U.S. Congress. Just this week, the release of a year-long congressional study of America’s cyber defense capabilities showed the nation was still “ill prepared” to fend off cyberattacks and requires a full overhaul of its entire cyberoperations strategy.

Whether you’re the U.S. military, an American company or just an organization that doesn’t want to fall prey to hackers and other cyber-criminals, you’re undoubtedly looking for trained and qualified professionals up to the task of keeping your digital systems safe. The training in The A-to-Z Cybersecurity Developer Bundle offers hours of introductory and advanced instruction in the areas where security specialists need it the most.

This 10-course, 170-hour massive collection is as comprehensive as security training comes, packed with basic training as well as in-depth advanced tactics for handling most of the challenges an IT security expert faces on the job.

A pair of courses spend almost 60 hours on ethical hacking and penetration testing, ensuring students have the most up-to-date training available in identifying system vulnerabilities and how to exploit those flaws to ultimately make any system as impervious as possible to attack.

Three of these courses are directly designed to help new students pass three critical CompTIA security exams — CompTIA PenTest+ (PT0-001), CompTIA Security+ (SY0-501), and CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) — each an elite certification for any aspiring IT pro.

Meanwhile, another 46 hours of coursework will lead students toward accreditation in three more important cybersecurity roles as a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), or Certified Information Systems Security Pro (CISSP). Read the rest

Become a CompTIA-approved IT security pro with 7 different certification prep courses

The top security risk to any company’s vital IT systems isn’t hackers or malware. It’s basic, pure and simple human error, according to CompTIA, the industry’s most respected trade association.

Even though 75 percent of companies have cybersecurity training for their employees, less than 45 percent say their staff has adequate security expertise. It’s just another reason why the IT pro entrusted with safeguarding all those systems is so vital.

CompTIA provides the security certification programs that drive the industry — and you can receive top-level training from premier instructors to pick up a virtual armload of those certifications with The CompTIA Cyber Security Pathway Certification Prep Bundle.

In all, this collection features in-depth training in the exact knowledge needed to pass seven different CompTIA security certification exams, an industry-standard accreditation that proves you’re fully versed and up to speed in all the disciplines that matter for an IT security expert.

Your training begins with courses in passing IT Fundamentals, then the CompTIA A+ Core 1 and Core 2 exams, the best starting point foundation for anyone with IT career aspirations. From there, the coursework veers solidly into the security realm, including certification prep in CompTIA Security+ covering risk management, identifying threats and how to spot system intrusions; and CompTIA Network+, with all the background needed to manage and secure a thriving business network.

Next, CompTIA PenTest+ explains ethical hacking and testing for system vulnerabilities; then CompTIA CySA+ looks at security analytics and how exactly to respond to a cyber incident. Read the rest

Get over 100 hours of expert cybersecurity training for just $50

Another day, another data breach affecting thousands, another giant international company apologizing and wondering publicly about what went wrong with their cybersecurity.

The latest victim: Virgin Media, who saw someone illegally access user information for about 900,000 Virgin customers. There was no evidence of hacking or compromised financial information here, but every company fears to leave vital customer data vulnerable to theft.

Cybersecurity experts make six-figure salaries for a reason. They are the front line and best defense against the ultimate betrayal of customer loyalty and they’re paid handsomely for their talents. You can start constructing your own career in IT protection with The Cybersecurity Expert Certification Training Bundle. 

This collection of four prep courses is training with a purpose. Across almost four dozen lectures, this training in all aspects of cybersecurity and web-connected systems is geared toward earning you five prime IT security certifications. Those qualifications can be a major resume item to help get you employed as a well-paid cyber defense expert.

Your certification training starts with the responsibilities of a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), entrusted with monitoring and guiding enterprise IT and doing effective security audits to guarantee a well-protected network.

Meanwhile, Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) training elevates those skills as you dig deeper into the management, design, and oversight of an entire interconnected IT system. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification covers all areas of IT security, while the PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) training hones in on identifying and eliminating project risk. Read the rest

Become a cybersecurity superhero with 60+ hours of training from ethical hacking professionals

Bug bounties are making some hackers rich — and the companies they’re hacking are more than happy to pay them. More than 600,000 white hat hackers are members of the bug bounty site HackerOne, a community connecting those hackers with companies paying them to find security holes in their vital digital systems.

And it’s working. Last year, bounties of over $40 million were paid out, including some awards of over $1 million. Ethical hacking is now a tech industry mainstream and a career option for computer-savvy students -- and training like The 2020 Premium Ethical Hacking Certification Bundle can light the way to a career working to protect sensitive information.

This collection includes eight courses that help learners understand the latest methods of cyber infiltration, the tools of the hacking trade and how a trained hacker can be a vital asset to any company’s cybersecurity team.

A pair of courses — Complete Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security Masterclass Course and All-in-One Hacking Guide: From Zero to Hero —show new hackers the basics from accessing a server to bypassing security methods to ways to virtually take control of a website or network.

Penetration testing is the focus of the Web Penetration Tester: Jump Up a Level in Your Career course, challenging students to find and fix security breaches in any network. Meanwhile, key tools used in pen testing get introduced in PenTesting with OWASP ZAP: Mastery Course; and Learn Server Security with BitNinja. There’s even training in how to protect WordPress sites (WordPress Hacking & Hardening in Simple Steps), which account for more than a third of all active websites worldwide. Read the rest

Costco completely out of divination supplies, thanks to artist

Reality hacking wizard Danielle Baskin has been busy changing up signs at her local Costco. What was once an empty toilet paper shelf, now holds zero bags of runes.

She explains:

I went to Costco today and replaced the signs for sold out items like toilet paper and bottled water with signs for magical items like: health potions, dowsing rods, tarot decks, summoning orbs, soul gems, healing crystals, and invisibility amulets. Epidemic panic essentials. 🔮

-- Danielle Baskin is always up to something good

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