This tool can block ransomware on Mac OS X, for now | PCWorld

By Lucian Constantin

A security researcher has created a free security tool that can detect attempts by ransomware programs to encrypt files on users’ Macs and then block them before they do a lot of damage.

Called RansomWhere?, the application is the creation of Patrick Wardle, director of research and development at security firm Synack. It’s meant to detect and block the encryption of files by untrusted processes.

The tool monitors users’ home directories and detects when encrypted files are rapidly created inside them–a telltale sign of ransomware activity.

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VA Benefits Practice Free CLE –

May 24, 2017 10:54 AM

Stephanie A. Bugos

VA Benefits Practice Free CLE –

REPRESENTING VETERANS BEFORE THE VETERANS’ ADMINISTRATION AND BEYOND

Presented By: New York State Bar Association Committee on Veterans

 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 4:35 p.m.

 

Presented Live & Webcast

In-Person Location: Orrick, 51 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

 

The purpose of this CLE is to provide an in-depth training for any attorney that wishes to represent Veterans at the VA Administrative level or in Federal Court (up to and including the US Supreme Court):

·         What can you do for a Vet that has a dishonorable discharge?

·         What Military legal proceedings lead to the discharge status?

·         Federal Tort Claims Act-Medical claims against government

 

Renowned national speaker Ken Carpenter will be presenting.

 

To register go to: www.nysba.org/VetJune2017

CFPB Sues Nation’s Largest Student Loan Company Navient for Failing Borrowers at Every Stage of Repayment | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Navient, Formerly Part of Sallie Mae, Illegally Cheated Borrowers Out of Repayment Rights Through Shortcuts and Deception

***  lawsuit alleges that Navient has been in violation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act. The suit seeks redress for consumers harmed by Navient’s illegal practices. The CFPB is also seeking to keep Navient from continuing the illegal conduct described in the complaint, and to prevent new borrowers from being harmed.

The complaint against Navient Corporation, Navient Solutions, and Pioneer Credit Recovery is available at: http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/201701_cfpb_Navient-Pioneer-Credit-Recovery-complaint.pdf 

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Read entire press release from CFPB announcing suit…

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Judging an Injustice: During Asian Heritage Month, Japanese Internments Are Recalled | United States Courts

Just months after Japanese bombs fell on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Atsushi Wallace Tashima was pulled from his home and sent away to an internment camp. Like 120,000 Japanese Americans, he and his family were branded as potential spies and saboteurs.

Decades later, he viewed those events from a very different perspective. Once the victim of an admitted national injustice, he made a career of delivering justice as a federal judge.

Learn more about Judge Tashima’s life, and others who recall the internment of Japanese Americans.

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Apple offering free classes at all 495 of its stores – CNET

by Alfred Ng

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Turns out Apple isn’t too cool for school. 

The company said Tuesday it would launch educational sessions globally with seminars called “Today at Apple.” The free program will be open to the public and include more than 60 different classes on topics such as art, design, coding and photography.

The sessions will kick off worldwide in May at all 495 Apple’s stores.

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Read more here about the free classes to be taught by “Creative Pros”…

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Billy Bot, a Chatbot with A Funny Streak, Takes A Barristers’ Clerkship | Law.com

Caricature of William Ballantine. Caption reads “He resisted the temptation to cross-examine a Prince of the blood”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BY GABRIELLE ORUM HERNÁNDEZ

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It’s not often that you’d consider the old school, white-wigged English barristers and chatbot technology in the same sentence, but Stephen Ward, a career barristers’ clerk and founder of clerk-oriented technology company Clerksroom, took his interest in developing technology and turned it back on his own job.

Billy Bot is a chatbot that can interface with members of the public about some of the same preliminary legal questions that barristers’ clerks often handle. “This really is a natural development from building case management systems and online payment portals. We’re looking at new ways to automate old-fashioned practices,” he said.

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Read the entire article about Billy Bot here…

Law Professionals | Animal Legal Defense Fund

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has numerous resources for law professionals interested in the field of animal law.

  • ALDF provides comprehensive resource guidance to individuals interested in teaching animal law, including casebooks, sample exams, sample syllabi, articles of interest and networking opportunities
  • ALDF partners with pro bono coordinators interested in developing animal law volunteer opportunities at their firms
  • ALDF works with bar association members interested in forming committees and/or sections that deal exclusively with animal law
  • ALDF provides access to our resources and expertise, including model laws, pleading summaries, research tools, and blog
  • ALDF provides grant opportunities for animal law related litigation
  • Read more here…
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