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Suburban Chicago Family Struggles To Bring Family Home From Afghanistan – NBC Chicago

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A suburban Chicago family is trying to get their young family members home from Afghanistan but face confusion over logistics.

Only giving us his first name, Masud has been watching the unnerving situation in Kabul from his Lincolnwood home, wondering if his family will ever catch a flight out.

“There is no security in place for everyone’s safety, let alone Americans’ safety,” said Masud.

His wife’s youngest siblings, ranging in age from 8 months to 10 years old, traveled to Kabul a month ago to visit other family members.

Masud says they were supposed to catch a flight back home to the United States this week, but the flight was canceled.

Now, the children are in hiding with family members awaiting word from the U.S. government on what to do next.

“How will they be able to get on a U.S. military flight?” said Masud. “Even if they’re told to go to the airport, how do [they] get to the front gate?”

Masud said it’s too dangerous for the children to travel to Kabul Airport, even as thousands of American troops restored order to the airport on Tuesday.

“No one is able to predict the next minute,” said Masud. “Random criminals can kidnap them.”

On Tuesday, the Pentagon said it was in talks with the Taliban, who’ve fully taken over Afghanistan in a matter of days.

Jake Sullivan, U.S. National Security Adviser, said the Taliban have informed the U.S. that they are prepared to provide the safe passage of civilians to the airport.

“We intend to hold them to that commitment,” said Sullivan.

RefugeeOne of Chicago is already assisting two Afghan families that will be relocating to the Chicago area in the coming weeks, according to Jims Porter, a spokesperson for the state’s largest resettlement organization.

“Last week, we were told there were about 18,000 Special Immigrant Visa holders from Afghanistan that were going to be relocated to Fort Lee, Virginia,” said Porter.

Of those thousands of refugees, Porter says RefugeeOne Chicago can welcome up to 500 refugees per year. He says they are “nowhere near” that number this year.

Meanwhile, it’s estimated that about 11,000 Americans could be waiting to evacuate Afghanistan. As of Tuesday, evacuations…

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U.S. Struggles to Stop Hackers Behind Russia’s Cyber Curtain

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(TNS) — U.S. authorities are running into a major obstacle in holding hackers responsible for an onslaught of ransomware attacks: The extortionists remain out of reach in Russia, safely ensconced behind a cyber curtain as difficult to penetrate as the iron one that defined the Cold War.

Recent high-profile ransomware assaults have added urgency to U.S. government efforts to combat Russia-linked hackers who have disrupted East Coast U.S. fuel supplies, raised fears about nationwide meat shortages and exposed sensitive files from a Southern California police force. The problem, Justice Department officials say, is that the Kremlin believes it benefits from allowing such hackers to target U.S. interests, gathering valuable intelligence in the process.

“The criminal hacking the Russian government is willing to tolerate and take advantage of is beyond what we see in virtually every other country,” said John Demers, the Justice Department’s top national security prosecutor who has battled ransomware since 2017. “It is very difficult to stop hacking when it is occurring in a country that is more than just tolerating it, but is quite happy with it.”


President Joe Biden is expected to discuss Russian ransomware attacks with allies during his European trip, hoping to find common ground in confronting the Kremlin. Advisers say he will also seek to pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin during a June 16 meeting in Geneva to rein in hackers.

Biden issued an executive order last month that White House officials say will enhance cybersecurity of federal government networks and enhance security standards for commercial software.

The Justice Department is also seeking new ways to combat what a top agency official called an “epidemic” and Attorney General Merrick Garland told Congress was a “very, very serious threat” that is “getting worse and worse.” The FBI on Monday managed to recover $2.3 million in difficult-to-trace cryptocurrency that a pipeline company paid in ransom to Russia-linked hackers to unlock its systems, a move that Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said showed the Justice Department…

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Peel District School Board struggles with fallout from malware attack, leaving parents, teachers in the dark

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The Peel District School Board is still unable to say when several of its key online resources will be back on track after they were hit by a malware attack that continues to paralyze a string of databases.

Last week, the board told staff in an email, the malware “resulted in the encryption of certain PDSB files and systems,” and after it was discovered, the board “took immediate steps to isolate the incident.”

The risk posed by unknown hackers is creating unease among the unions representing elementary and secondary school teachers, who claim they have been kept in the dark, and received just the most sparing details about the type and scope of attack more than a week since the board first admitted it was facing a “cyber security incident.”

Speaking to the Star Thursday, board spokesperson Tiffany Gooch said a cybersecurity firm, hired by the board has made significant progress in both the investigation and recovery efforts, but couldn’t say exactly when the systems would be back to normal.

“We hope to be able to provide a resolution timeline in the next few days,” said Gooch.

“We can confirm that the incident involved encryption malware.”

Gooch wouldn’t say if the hackers have attempted to extort the board by seeking payment to unlock the seized data portals, but she did say there is “no evidence that any personally identifiable or otherwise sensitive data was compromised because of the attack.”

Gooch was unable to say how the incident occurred and who might be responsible. These are things she says she hopes the continuing probe will reveal.

Of equal concern to the union is that the board faces this logistic hurdle in the days leading up to students’ anticipated return to the classroom for in-person learning the week of Feb. 16.

Representatives from both unions say the board has provided links for back-channel access, so some tasks can be completed.

The board remains partially locked out of the intranet used by staff because some functions cannot be accessed.

She said the malware has not affected virtual classrooms, but it did wipe out the website and with it applications accessed by families.

As a result, the board extended deadlines for Grade 1 French…

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Honda Halts Some Production, Struggles to Deal with Reported Ransomware Attack – Paul Eisenstein

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