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‘I felt a burning sensation

A hotel security guard who was the first victim of the Las Vegas massacre people has spoken of what happened of the first time.

Jesus Campos was on duty at the Mandalay Bay hotel and was the first to confront gunman Stephen Paddock1 . Police have given a series of conflicting accounts of how events then panned out amid serious questions over the response time. The hotel has also come under scrutiny over their security arrangments.

Campos would appear to be the only person who can conclusively clear up the dispute. He was due to give a series of TV interviews last week but cancelled at the last minute.

On Wednesday he finally appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to give his first public account of how he responded to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S . history. The guard told DeGeneres he had been called to check on an open stairwell door near Paddock s suite on the 32nd floor.

He found it was blocked by a metal bracket, and he called hotel security to send up a building engineer.

Jesus Campos speaks on the Ellen DeGeneres Show about the Las Vegas shooting He was joined by engineer Stephen Schuck who was also present

“At that time I heard what I assumed was drilling sounds and I believed that they were in the area working somehow,” said Campos, who was joined for the interview by the engineer, Stephen Schuck. Campos said he took cover when Paddock began shooting from behind the door.

I felt a burning sensation . I went to go lift my pant leg up and I saw the blood,” he went on.

“That s when I called it in on my radio that shots have been fired.”

Paddock killed 58 and injured more than 500 in the mass shooting

After he was hit, Campos said, he used his cellphone to call the hotel s security desk in order to keep the emergency radio frequencies clear. When Schuck arrived on the 32nd floor, Campos leaned out and he said, Take cover !

Take cover ! and yelled at me, Schuck said.

“Within milliseconds, if he didn t say that, I would have got hit.”

Las Vegas Sheriff Lombardo has come under criticism for the police account of what happened Paddock killed himself as police waited outside his hotel room Investigators have yet to establish what drove Paddock to carry out the massacre

Police have said that Paddock, a 64-year-old avid gambler, fatally shot himself before they entered the room. He wounded almost 550 people when he opened fire on an outdoor concert from his window, according to authorities, and strafed the hotel hallway with about 200 bullets.

Las Vegas police on Friday presented a third version of the timeline for the shooting that showed they responded immediately to the gunfire, and that Paddock shot Campos at about the same time he opened fire on concertgoers.

References

  1. ^ Stephen Paddock (www.mirror.co.uk)

Beyond passwords: Industry steps up to hardware-enhanced endpoint security

When talking about security threats that face companies today, I compare them to the difference between a gas leak in your home and carbon monoxide. Gas companies put a scent in natural gas, so if there s a leak you can smell it, and you know there s a problem . Computer performance is like that . Users notice when their PC is running slower, they don t like it, and they want to get the problem fixed. A security issue is more like carbon monoxide . You can t see it, you can t smell it, and by the time you know you ve got a problem, it s too late. Security breaches within businesses have become commonplace . There are now billions of cyber exploits every day, according to the 2017 Internet Security Threat Report by Symantec* . In 2016, these attacks were successful enough to expose over 1.1 billion identities, according to the same report .

The bottom line is that 90 per cent of security incidents result from exploits against software defects, according to a CSO report attributed to the U.S . Department of Homeland Security.

2017 is on pace to set a new record for compromised identities, with more than 1,200 breaches recorded and 3.4 billion records exposed according to Risk Based Security s Q1 2017 DataBreach QuickView ReportOpens in a new window1 . It s not a matter of if a business will be attacked, but rather, when. Looking back over the past year s data breaches, there s one common thread: weak identity protection at the endpoint. The PC is a front door to a company s network and assets . But all too often, that PC is outdated and lacking hardware-enhanced protection . In other words, the front door is wide open. Older endpoints are vulnerable because their technology only supports single-factor identity protection at the software layer, rather than providing a much more secure multifactor authentication solution rooted in the PC hardware . A common vulnerability is the use of weak or stolen passwords .

This is a problem, as more than 80 per cent of major data breaches come from password issues at the software level, according to the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report.

Why multifactor identification matters

There is now a more effective approach to identity and access management: multifactor authentication anchored in silicon inside Intel-based, enterprise PCs . With the Intel Core vPro platform, our security solutions provide a unique, deeper layer of protection at the root of trust: the hardware component of the computing stack . While two-step authentication is certainly stronger than one, true multifactor authentication encompasses:

As a result, cyber criminals have a much harder time gaining access to a PC. As part of the migration to Windows 10, companies can strengthen security today by upgrading to new devices powered by 7th Generation Intel Core vPro processors with Intel Authenticate deployed . This combination gives you customisable, hardware enhanced, multifactor authentication with biometrics, credentials and the IT policy engine all stored and executed securely in hardware below the software layer where attacks are prevalent. More than 50 PC designs have been optimised for Intel Authenticate since its introduction in January 2016 . Our hardware-enhanced solution supports a range of customisable, hardened factors to fit specific business needs and integrates easily into existing environments. And there s a bonus: Users love it because they don t have to remember complex, ever-changing passwords. Endpoint security doesn t end with identity protection . We re also aggressively innovating to make hardware the center of data protection . The 7th generation Intel Core vPro processor-based devices, announced in January 2017, support a new hardware-enhanced file encryption solution called Intel Data Guard.

Intel Data Guard lets IT centrally set policy on how and when to encrypt files, then execute that policy automatically on individual endpoints . IT has the flexibility to decide how and when files should be encrypted automatically (without any user action) or whether certain file types or folder locations can be encrypted at the user s discretion . This dramatically reduces human error from the process, because users no longer are exclusively relied upon to remember to encrypt sensitive data .

The result is less risk of data loss of sensitive company data. The key to staying ahead of today s ever-evolving security environment is to deepen your endpoint protections . Refresh older PCs with modern systems that feature hardware-based security defenses that transform an endpoint problem into a key part of the solution.

Tom Garrison, Vice President and General Manager, Business Client Platforms, Intel
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References

  1. ^ ataBreach QuickView ReportOpens in a new window (pages.riskbasedsecurity.com)
  2. ^ Intel (www.intel.com)

Trump won’t single out Russia as a security threat but insists that ‘many countries’ qualify in that category

  • President Donald Trump got asked if he considered Russia a ‘security threat’
  • He held a joint press conference with the president of Finland
  • Instead he said he considered ‘many countries’ a threat
  • Russia has been flying spy planes over the Baltic Sea
  • NATO allies have reported concern
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended the patrol flights
  • Risk of collision with civilian aircraft feared
  • Continues Trump’s longstanding pattern of not criticizing Russia
  • Russia also backs Bashar al-Assad in Syria and invaded Ukraine in 2014
  • There were new revelations Monday about a now-defunct plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow

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President Trump was given an opportunity to call Russia a ‘security threat’ on Monday, but he instead spoke about ‘many countries’ that are a threat. ‘Would you consider Russia as a security threat?’ Trump got asked at a press conference with Finland’s President Sauli Niinist by a Finnish reporter, who reminded the president that Russian planes have been conducting missions over the Baltic Sea using aircraft that didn’t turn their transponders on thereby avoiding tracking by NATO aircraft. Rather than slap Russia for the tactic in a region historically under Russia’s shadow, Trump spoke about generalized unnamed threats.

‘Well, I consider many countries as a security threat, unfortunately, when you look at what’s going on in the world today,’ Trump said. U.S . President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Finland President Sauli Niinist at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 28, 2017, where he declined to call Russia a ‘security threat’ The president continued, referencing a recent trip by Vice President Mike Pence to reassure Baltic nations.

‘As you know, a few weeks ago our great vice president, Mike Pence, who is right here, was in the region and spent quite a bit of time there,’ Trump said. ‘We consider that a very, very important part of the world . We have great relationships there . We have a great relationship with Finland,’ a nation that borders Russia. ‘And so I would consider many countries threats, but these are all threats that we’ll be able to handle if we have to . Hopefully we won’t have to handle them .

But if we do, we will handle them,’ Trump said. President Donald Trump turned down an opportunity to call Russia a ‘security threat’ Monday . ussian President Vladimir Putin walks along the Cathedral Square of the Kremlin before a holiday reception marking “Russia Day” in Moscow on June 12, 2017 Then he got asked if the situation in the Baltic were to escalate, what the U.S . would be ready to do. Again, Trump who recently warned North Korea about the ‘fire and fury’ it could face was nonspecific. ‘Well, we are very protective of that region .

That’s all I can say . We are very, very protective . We have great friends there, great relationships there . We are extremely protective,’ Trump said. Trump’s decision not to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin drew frequent comment during the presidential campaign. A U.S . S B-52 bomber over Baltic Sea in Ventspils, Latvia 06 June 2017 .

Russia’s defense ministry informed that Russia scrambled an Su-27 fighter on, 06 June to intercept a US B-52 bomber over the Baltic Sea . The B-52 bomber which was in international airspace but close to the Russian border, was escorted away by the Russian plane

President Trump was asked at a press conference whether Russia was a ‘security threat’

Michael Cohen (R), a former executive vice president of the Trump Organization, wrote Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman about a now-defunct Trump Tower Moscow deal during the presidential campaign

Trump and the Russian government have denied allegations of collusion to influence the election . In May, Trump met with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia’s Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak at the White House

On Monday, the Washington Post3 reported that Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen wrote the top spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin seeking ‘assistance’ with a Trump Tower Moscow project, new bombshell documents turned over to Congress reveal. The email is from January 2016, during the presidential campaign, and appears to contradict President Trump’s repeated assurances that he had nothing to do with Russia. ‘Over the past few months I have been working with a company based in Russia regarding the development of a Trump Tower – Moscow project in Moscow City,’ Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen wrote Putin spokesman Dmitri Peskov.

‘Without getting into lengthy specifics . the communication between our two sides has stalled,’ Cohen went on, a person familiar with the email told the Post. ‘As this project is too important, I am hereby requesting your assistance . I respectfully request someone, preferably you, contact me so that I might discuss the specifics as well as arranging meetings with the appropriate individuals . I thank you in advance for your assistance and look forward to hearing from you soon,’ Cohen wrote, in a message that has now been obtained by congressional investigators.

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References

  1. ^ e-mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ 72 View comments (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  3. ^ Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com)