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23 January 2009

Give or Take days in Haringey

Just to let you know that there will be two this February!

I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with the concept; some of you may even have attended our last one at Chestnuts in October.

This is a simple way for people to give away unwanted reusable items and for others to come along and take them. All for free! Almost all items will be accepted as long as they are in good working order and will be of use to someone else. There will be an electrician present on the day to test small electronic items that may be donated to ensure they are in good working order and safe to use.

There is no limit to what you can take, we just ask people to make sure they only take things they think they will use and to be mindful of others at the event. You don't have to have given anything in order to take items but if you do have unwanted items please bring them along!

Venue 1:

Saturday 7th February

Muswell Hill Primary School

Top of Muswell Hill

N10 3ST

Give from 10-12, Take from 12-2

Entrance through Infant Hall/Springfield Road

-         Face mask making activity for kids

-         PAT tester for electronic items

-         Space for un/ loading of items only

 

Venue 2:

Saturday 21st February

Northumberland Park Resource Centre

177 Park Lane

N17 0HJ

12:30-3:00

-         in conjunction with Haringey Time Bank

-         free local delivery of large items on the day

 

If anyone has any queries please feel free to get in touch!

Adam Parvez

Environmental Resources Officer

London Borough of Haringey

Tel:     020 8489 5691

Email: adam.parvez@haringey.gov.uk

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Community Crime Fighters - training event invitation

Dear friend

In June this year I published my review ‘Engaging Communities in Fighting Crime’ – which was a frank and honest analysis of the levels of public confidence in how crime is tackled and justice delivered.

My review looked at how the police, local authorities and other criminal justice agencies can work more effectively with local people to reduce crime and the fear of crime. 10,000 people took part in the review. Many of these people told us that they wanted to be better informed about, and involved in, actions taking place at local level to reduce crime.

I am pleased that the Government has responded favourably to the majority of my recommendations and I am particularly delighted that the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, recently announced her intention to push forward with my recommendation for the establishment of the ‘Community Crime Fighter’ programme.

The Community Crime Fighter programme will help create stronger links between crime fighting agencies and the communities they serve. This will be done by offering training and skills to activists like yourself, in order that you may become an even more effective advocate for your community.

Groups of trained, responsible community volunteers will be ideally placed to become ‘Community Crime Fighters’. I do hope you will be able to join us.

Louise Casey,
Director General, Neighbourhood Crime and Justice Group

 

Coming to a training event

Community Crime Fighter training will be taking place in your region over the next few months. Events are free to attend; lunch and refreshments will be provided, as will assistance with travel costs. The events will start at 10am and be finished by 4pm.

The training will include:

  • Information on how you might get more involved with your local services to reduce crime and the fear of crime in your community;
  • An understanding of the services and information you can and should receive from the police and other agencies in your area; and
  • Ways that you can more effectively hold your local crime fighting services to account.

The events are taking place in:

North West

 
: Manchester – 15  December 2008
North East
 
: Newcastle – 16 December 2008
West Midlands: Birmingham – 20 January 2009
London: London – 12 February 2009
East Midlands: Nottingham – 25 February 2009
South East: Southampton – 26 February 2009
Wales & South West: Cardiff – 4/5 March 2009

To book your place
To
register you will need to use the special code provided on your letter of invitation.
Please book as quickly as possible to ensure your place. Click here

 
to book now.

If you require any assistance with your booking call Freephone on 0800 197 2965 or email us

If you are unable to attend any of these events, but you wish to take part later next year please email us to register your interest: delegates@communitycrimefighters.org.uk

 

Conficker Worm Alert!

The Conficker Worm has shocked PC security experts. Over nine million computers are supposed to be already infected. One million new computers are being added to this every day. The solution to the problem: The free program a-squared Free 4.0 checks whether Conficker is already present on the computer. In the worst case, the free program immediately removes the security risk.

a-squared Free 4.0 removes the Worm free of charge!

With a-squared Free 4.0, Emsi Software offers a free security solution for private users. In addition to their own Malware engine, this program uses another search engine from the virus experts Ikarus in parallel, thus offering double the level of security. This means that the program is currently capable of detecting and eliminating almost 2.6 million types of damaging software.

Read all facts about the Conficker Worm in the detailed Knowledgebase article: http://www.emsisoft.com/en/kb/articles/ticker090121/

 

a-squared Free 4.0 (45 MB) is available free of charge for private users. The program runs under Windows XP, 2003/2008 Server and Vista. It no longer runs under Windows 98, ME and 2000. Its big brother a-squared Malware 4.0 which provides permanent malware protection costs US $39.95 per year.

Homepage Emsi Software: http://www.emsisoft.com/

 

a-squared Free 4.0: http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/free/

 


a-squared Anti-Malware 4.0: http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/antimalware/

 

20 January 2009

Windows worm numbers 'skyrocket'

USB drives, BBC
The worm can also spread via USB flash drives.

Infections of a worm that spreads through low security networks, memory sticks, and PCs without the latest security updates is "skyrocketing".

The malicious program, known as Conficker, Downadup, or Kido was first discovered in October 2008.

Anti-virus firm F-Secure estimates there are now 8.9m machines infected.

Experts warn this figure could be far higher and say users should have up-to-date anti-virus software and install Microsoft's MS08-067 patch.

In its security blog, F-Secure said that the number of infections based on its calculations was "skyrocketing" and that the situation was "getting worse".

Even having the Windows patch won't keep you safe.
Graham Cluley
Sophos

Speaking to the BBC, Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant with anti-virus firm Sophos, said the outbreak was of a scale they had not seen for some time.

"Microsoft did a good job of updating people's home computers, but the virus continues to infect business who have ignored the patch update.

"A shortage of IT staff during the holiday break didn't help and rolling out a patch over a large number of computers isn't easy.

"What's more, if your users are using weak passwords - 12345, QWERTY, etc - then the virus can crack them in short order," he added.

"But as the virus can be spread with USB memory sticks, even having the Windows patch won't keep you safe. You need anti-virus software for that."

Method

According to Microsoft, the worm works by searching for a Windows executable file called "services.exe" and then becomes part of that code.

It then copies itself into the Windows system folder as a random file of a type known as a "dll". It gives itself a 5-8 character name, such as piftoc.dll, and then modifies the Registry, which lists key Windows settings, to run the infected dll file as a service.

Once the worm is up and running, it creates an HTTP server, resets a machine's System Restore point (making it far harder to recover the infected system) and then downloads files from the hacker's web site.

Most malware uses one of a handful of sites to download files from, making them fairly easy to locate, target, and shut down.

But Conficker does things differently.

Right now, we're seeing hundreds of thousands of [infected] unique IP addresses
Toni Koivunen, F-Secure

Anti-virus firm F-Secure says that the worm uses a complicated algorithm to generate hundreds of different domain names every day, such as mphtfrxs.net, imctaef.cc, and hcweu.org. Only one of these will actually be the site used to download the hackers' files. On the face of it, tracing this one site is almost impossible.

Variant

Speaking to the BBC, Kaspersky Lab's security analyst, Eddy Willems, said that a new strain of the worm was complicating matters.

"There was a new variant released less than two weeks ago and that's the one causing most of the problems," said Mr Willems

"The replication methods are quite good. It's using multiple mechanisms, including USB sticks, so if someone got an infection from one company and then takes his USB stick to another firm, it could infect that network too. It also downloads lots of content and creating new variants though this mechanism."

"Of course, the real problem is that people haven't patched their software," he added.

Technicians have reverse engineered the worm so they can predict one of the possible domain names. This does not help them pinpoint those who created Downadup, but it does give them the ability to see how many machines are infected.

"Right now, we're seeing hundreds of thousands of unique IP addresses connecting to the domains we've registered," F-Secure's Toni Kovunen said in a statement.

"We can see them, but we can't disinfect them - that would be seen as unauthorised use."

Microsoft says that the malware has infected computers in many different parts of the world, with machines in China, Brazil, Russia, and India having the highest number of victims.

BBC report

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