Drop in Garda numbers prompting bad behaviour

first_imgFacebook Priority is to have a decent society with decent public services Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins appointed as Minister of State A DROP in the number of Gardaí on the beat in communities is directly responsible for a rise in anti-social behaviour, according to Limerick City Fianna Fáil candidate, Cllr. James Collins.He was speaking after being contacted by city centre residents and members of the local business community, who are worried about rising levels of anti-social behaviour.“The fact is, since 2010, there has been a 53 per cent cut in the number of Community Gardaí operating in the city’s Garda stations. We used to have 80 Community Gardaí operating out of four stations in the city. Successive Fine Gael Justice Ministers have allowed the number of Community Gardaí in the city drop significantly.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “At the end of 2017, just 28 were based out of three stations. “It is no coincidence that there has been a rise in anti-social behaviour. If these specialist Gardaí aren’t working with at-risk young people, more of them will start engaging in anti-social behaviour,” he concluded.More about crime and court here. Twitter Limerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sector Limerick City Council accept proposal for County Limerick dog park on 6 month trial basis WhatsApp NewsCrime & CourtDrop in Garda numbers prompting bad behaviourBy Bernie English – April 26, 2018 1379 Emailcenter_img Previous articleChamber function addressed by top entrepreneurNext articleSeoda Chamber Choir to perform at Shannon Rowing Club Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSbusiness communityFianna FáilGardaíJames Collinsstations Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 Print Top Fianna Fáil councillor will reject Green coalition deal Advertisement Linkedinlast_img read more

Security researcher discovers badBIOS malware that jumps using microphone and speakers

first_img © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Security researcher discovers badBIOS malware that jumps using microphone and speakers (2013, November 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-badbios-malware-microphone-speakers.html All of the things Ruiu has described have been seen before, just not all together. The Stuxnet virus, for example, was passed to infected machines from memory sticks, and high-frequency sound waves have been used to send network packets of information for years. What’s troubling about badBIOS is that it’s either infecting only Ruiu’s machines, or it’s infecting a lot of other machines but nobody knows about it because of its very sneaky nature. If it is infecting other computers, what is it doing, and why?Ruiu contends that badBIOS is malware that infects a computer’s BIOS, thus reformatting a hard drive won’t kill it, nor will running any known commercial antivirus software suite. Ruiu says that despite cleaning every piece of hardware he owns, the infections return. He says it all started around three years ago after installing a fresh copy of Mac OS X on his MacBook Air—the firmware on it updated itself without him doing anything to cause it to do so. Afterwards, the machine refused to allow him to boot from a CD ROM. Over the next several months, he reports, his other computers began behaving strangely as well, modifying their own firmware, occasionally deleting data and undoing changes to configuration information. What really worried him though was that a computer not connected to a network, or the Internet became infected as well. That led him to discover that encrypted data packets were being sent between infected machines, even those not on a network. The only way to stop them, he found, was disconnecting the microphones and speakers.Ruiu’s tale is a strange one indeed, begging several questions. The first of which is why is he the only one infected? Also, because of the complexity of the malware, if it’s real, it almost certainly has been created by an entity with a lot of money, most likely a government. If so, which one, and why? And if a group or a government went to so much trouble to create badBIOS, why use it to infect one security expert, unless perhaps, the purpose is to use him as a pawn to test how well it does whatever it’s been designed to do? (Phys.org) —Highly respected Canadian security expert Dragos Ruiu has been fighting, he claims, an unknown bit of malware that that appears to run on Windows, Mac OS X, BSD and Linux, for approximately three years. After much research and effort, which he has been documenting using several online venues (mainly Twitter), he says he believes the malware infects computers via memory sticks, and vice versa. He says also that he’s found evidence that the malware is able to create mini-networks between infected machines using high frequency sound waves that are passed from a computer’s microphone to another’s speakers, and vice-versa. Unfortunately, at this time, Ruiu is the only person that appears to know about the malware, which he has dubbed badBIOS. Explore further UN atomic agency suffers ‘malware’ attacklast_img read more