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Washington D.C, August 2017: Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), the only hospital system in Ontario, Canada, providing specialty care to people throughout the entire life cycle, from pre-birth to old age, have chosen to strategically partner with Axios Sy...
Vancouver tech company seeks to de-list a website selling alleged counterfeits.
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Over Half (52%) do not Currently Adequately Protect Personally Identifiable InformationMISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO – May 25th, 2017 – A new survey from WinMagic, the encryption and intelligent key management security solution provider, asked IT leaders in the U.S., UK, Germany and France about their current data policies to see how well aligned they are with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR), which comes into force on May 25, 2018.

The findings, released today, suggest... Source: RealWire
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Back to pen and paper Every year Ottawa's Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) tests secondary school students in their literacy skills.

This year it rolled out online tests and the results weren't good. In October the online pilot test of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) was deployed and quickly fell over with its legs in the air mimicking a dead parrot.

The failure was the result of what it called an "intentional, malicious and sustained distributed denial-of-service attack," against the testing system. The attack was successful despite earlier testing of the online system against the possibility of just such an online assault.

Forensic examiners are still investigating where the attack came from – El Reg suggests they look for a computer-savvy kid who doesn't study English much. The original plan was for the OSSLT to be run for real in March, with students and teachers being able to choose whether to do the tests online or in the old-fashioned way.

But because the source of the attack is still unknown, the EQAO is dropping all online testing for the time being. "While we are pressing 'pause' on EQAO's move toward online assessments, we are by no means hitting 'stop,'" said Richard Jones, interim CEO of EQAO. "In the days following the cyberattack in October, we heard from hundreds of members of Ontario's education community about the online OSSLT and we will take the time required to continue those discussions, so that we can integrate feedback into our system design.

The intent is to come back with a system that better addresses needs in terms of usability, accessibility and security." ® Sponsored: Customer Identity and Access Management
Network crippled by extortion software nasty Carleton University in Ontario, Canada, has confirmed it has been hit by a ransomware infection that crippled some of the Windows machines on its main campus. Systems at the university started to go down on Tuesday, and its IT department reported that email, network drives and the central university student portal had all crashed.
It warned those students using Windows PCs not to access the system. "This was ransomware," a university spokesman told The Register on Tuesday afternoon. "It's hard to say at this point when the problem will be sorted out, but it is now safe to log back in to the network." The ransom demanded by the attackers was reportedly 39 Bitcoin (US$28,495 / CA$38,274), but it appears as though the university hasn't paid up and is fixing the problems internally from backups.
In the meantime, it is warning students not to pay. "Individuals may see ransom-ware messages appear on their screens, demanding payments via bit coins," the university's IT department warned. "Users are asked to ignore all messages seeking a payment and are encouraged to report these messages to the CCS Help Desk." This isn't the first time Canadian centers of learning have been hit.
In June, the University of Calgary took a major hit from ransomware and paid up a five-figure sum to the attackers in exchange for its files back.
Such a craven display may have encouraged today's attack. ® Sponsored: Customer Identity and Access Management
EnlargeTracy Packer via Getty Images reader comments 95 Share this story The Ontario Provincial Police in Canada are planning to text about 7,500 mobile phones that were in the area where the body of a murdered man was discovered in December—all in a bid to find somebody who may have information about the crime. Welcome to the modern, digital-age version of door-to-door police canvassing. Murder victim Frederick "John" Hatch. According to local media, the authorities obtained a court order that does not include the names or any other identifying information of mobile phone users whose devices pinged a cell tower near where the body of Frederick "John" Hatch was discovered. "Texting is an evolution of this investigative technique that is unique, maybe unprecedented,” OPP Detective Inspector Andy Raffay said in a news release. “But it’s the most efficient way to contact these people quickly to either eliminate them as witnesses or learn whether they have any useful information." The victim's partially burned body was found near Erin, Ontario. Police said the Toronto man was known to hitchhike and was seen the day before his body was discovered at a local discount store in Nepean, near Ottawa, some 450 miles away. According to local media, the text messages, set to be sent Thursday, will be in English and French and will ask people to voluntarily answer questions.

They can also call a tip line at 1-844-677-5010.

The authorities are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to a conviction. "Building on the accepted practice of the door-to-door witness canvass, texting is an evolution of this investigative technique that is unique, maybe unprecedented," Det.
Insp.

Andy Raffay of the criminal investigation branch told local media. A Canadian attorney, Michael Spratt of Ottawa, told CTV News that the police may be on "constitutionally shaky ground." "This is akin to knocking on everyone’s door and then looking in their mailboxes and opening their mail to see if there is anything of use," he said. Laura Berger of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association said the text messaging is similar to door knocking, but it raises the question of "whether people will feel coerced or not."
reader comments 25 Share this story BlackBerry has filed a patent lawsuit (PDF) against internet telephony firm Avaya. The dispute marks a turning point for Blackberry, which pushed into the Android market last year but has been struggling.In making its case that Avaya should pay royalties, BlackBerry's focus is squarely on its rear-view mirror.

The firm argues that it should be paid for its history of innovation going back nearly 20 years. "BlackBerry revolutionized the mobile industry," the company's lawyers wrote in their complaint. "BlackBerry... has invented a broad array of new technologies that cover everything from enhanced security and cryptographic techniques, to mobile device user interfaces, to communication servers, and many other areas." Out of a vast portfolio, BlackBerry claims Avaya infringes eight US Patents: Nos. 9,143,801 and 8,964,849, relating to "significance maps" for coding video data; No. 8,116,739, describing methods of displaying messages; No. 8,886,212, describing tracking location of mobile devices; No. 8,688,439, relating to speech decoding and compression; No. 7,440,561, describing integrating wireless phones into a PBX network; No. 8,554,218, describing call routing methods; and No. 7,372,961, a method of generating a cryptographic public key. The patents have various original filing dates, ranging from 2011 back to 1998. Accused products include Avaya's video conferencing systems, Avaya Communicator for iPad, a product that connects mobile users to IP Office systems, and various IP desk phones.

The '961 cryptography patent is allegedly infringed by a whole series of products that "include OpenSSL and Open SSL elliptic curve cryptography," including the Avaya CMS and conferencing systems. The BlackBerry complaint states that the company notified Avaya of its alleged infringement of those specific patents in a letter dated December 17, 2015. BlackBerry, which is based in Waterloo, Ontario, filed the complaint in the Northern District of Texas, where Avaya does business and maintains a two-story office. To prosecute the suit, BlackBerry has hired Quinn Emanuel, an experienced California-based law firm that's no stranger to high-profile tech cases.

Emanuel's firm defended Samsung in the high-profile Apple v.
Samsung
case and has taken on various cases for Google. The lawsuit was filed last week and first reported by the IAM Blog on Tuesday. This won't be the first time a large networking company pays BlackBerry for its patents.

A patent cross-license that BlackBerry executed last year involved Cisco paying a "license fee," although the amount was confidential.
In May, BlackBerry CEO John Chen told investors on an earnings call that he was in "patent licensing mode," eager to monetize his company's 38,000 patents.