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Federal court system hacked, experts warn it could impact national security

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -Today federal courts were notified a dangerous hack may have infiltrated the nation’s judicial branch.

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Now lawyers are scrambling to notify clients.

And experts say—the damage from this hack could impact our safety now.

Right now federal officials are investigating an enormous computer breach of the judicial branch.

It’s part of a wider breach that has now impacted all three branches of the government.

Suspected Russian hackers accessed U.S. Government and private companies’ systems for months — without anyone even noticing.

“I’ve been practicing in federal court for 40 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” says attorney James Martin Davis.

Omaha attorney James Martin Davis is a former secret service agent.

He knows all too well the impact this could have on our entire nation.

“I’ve never seen something so consequential in terms of the size, the magnitude and the depth,” says Davis.

Davis says the impact from this breach goes beyond hackers having information on criminal court cases.

It could have a serious impact on our nation’s security.

That’s because those hackers now have access to countless documents with sealed information.

“Many times, in federal court, there are cases that involve national security or espionage or defense contractors,” says Davis.

Hackers also have sensitive information that could hurt businesses across the nation.

When someone goes to patent and idea or trademark something, it all goes through the federal court system.

“If somebody has the access they can get patent information, trademark information, highly confidential financial information. All those things that can be used, particularly engineering information,” says Davis.

Right now, Davis says the biggest concern our nation is facing, what happens to all the information now in the hacker’s hands.

“We know the hack is very serious. We just don’t know how the perpetrators are going to use that information now,” says Davis.

The judiciary branch is working hard to add new security measures in place.

Documents will now be stored in a stand-alone computer.

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GBT Continues Research on AI Detection System Other OTC:GTCH

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GBT Technologies Inc. (OTC PINK: GTCH) (“GBT”, or the “Company”), announced that its joint venture, GBT Tokenize Corp. (“GBT/Tokenize”), is continuing with its research associated with an AI system to detect and open clogs within arteries based on its proprietary radio technology, which has an internal code name of “Hermes”.

The research is evaluating a system targeted for arterial clogs cleaning, such as a coronary artery, peripheral artery, or any other body vascular organ. The researching is focusing on the use of an intravenous mini-probe unit that could travel within the artery, searching to find clogs including complete blockages (Total Occlusions). Upon detecting a clog, GBT/Tokenize will evaluate whether the system will have the capability to remove it and clear the blood vessel for efficient blood flow. This blockage may cause a condition called atherosclerosis (when a substance called plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries) and can eventually block the artery, causing vascular disease, heart attack or stroke. The research is evaluating whether the unit can use AI based and radio frequency imaging system to “see” within arteries. We are now researching the development of a low frequency radio system to scan within arteries, producing 3D visuals, shown on a computer screen, and used for intravenous navigation.

GBT/Tokenize is evaluating developing a system that will have the capability to be manually remote controlled by physicians or to autonomously operated inside blood vessels. It is intended that an advanced SOC (System on Chip) microchip with an embedded software will control the unit’s operations. The goal is to research the inclusion of a wireless communication capability to produce a computerized 3D imaging for the operating physician. We are evaluating initial setup of the system for inserted into a human body, for example through a large leg artery, and autonomously or manually travel further to other parts of the body. Using a variety of micro-sensors, we are researching the viability of a system that will search and remove clogs without damaging the vessel’s tissue. The device is…


Cyberattack cripples NYC DOE’s teacher disciplinary system

A ransomware attack has crippled the city’s teacher discipline system, The Post has learned.

A contractor that provides hearing transcripts for the city Department of Education, the Ubiqus Group, said it “was hit by a  ransomware-type cybersecurity incident” on Dec. 4.

 “As a precautionary measure, we have shut down all our IT systems across all our operating sites,” the company announced on its website. 

In a ransomware attack, hackers seize a user’s data, folders or device until a “ransom” fee is paid. A DOE spokeswoman would not say whether a ransom had been demanded.

Pending a probe, the cyberattack shut down NYC termination hearings for tenured  educators accused of incompetence or misconduct.

 “This is serious. Transcripts are the lifeblood of these hearings,” said Betsy Combier, a paralegal who defends teachers and a blogger who first reported the malware attack. “You can’t do anything without the transcripts, you can’t do a closing. You can’t decide a case.”

Combier said she called the state Education Department and was told that a “forensic cyberteam” is investigating.

The city DOE said Ubiqus is contracted by the state. A spokeswoman could not immediately say how many hearings have been held up.