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05/26/2016 China reportedly will send nuclear-armed submarines to patrol Pacific
The Chinese military reportedly is planning to send submarines armed with nuclear weapons to patrol the Pacific Ocean for the first time amid territorial disputes over islands in the region.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/05/26/china-reportedly-will-send-nuclear-armed-submarines-to-patrol-pacific.html?intcmp=hplnws

05/25/2016 Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after US airstrike kills previous one
The Afghan Taliban confirmed on Wednesday that their leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor — a scholar known for extremist views who is unlikely to back a peace process with Kabul.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/05/25/afghan-taliban-appoint-new-leader-after-us-airstrike-kills-previous-one.html?intcmp=hplnws

05/24/2016 Iraqi government forces clearing booby traps set up by ISIS outside of Fallujah
Clashes between Iraqi government forces and the Islamic State group outside the city of Fallujah briefly subsided on Tuesday, the second day of a large-scale military operation to drive militants out of their key stronghold west of Baghdad.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/05/24/iraqi-government-forces-clearing-booby-traps-set-up-by-isis-outside-fallujah.html?intcmp=hplnws

05/23/2016 US airstrikes, advisers back Iraqi forces in offensive to retake ISIS-held Fallujah
The U.S. military launched airstrikes and advised Iraqi government forces in their push to recapture the city of Fallujah from Islamic State fighters Monday, a U.S. military spokesman based in Baghdad confirmed to Fox News.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/05/23/us-airstrikes-advisers-back-iraqi-forces-in-offensive-to-retake-isis-held-city-fallujah.html?intcmp=hplnws

05/19/2016 Vets pleading for cleanup of black mold festering in VA hospital for months
Veterans living at a long-term care facility in a Chicago-area VA hospital are pleading for congressional intervention over being forced to live the past 10 months with black mold growing in their housing complex.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/18/vets-pleading-for-cleanup-black-mold-festering-in-va-hospital-for-months.html?intcmp=hplnws

05/18/2016 Rights group report details 'scenes of horror' in ISIS-held Libyan city
CAIRO – A leading international rights group on Wednesday released a report documenting atrocities committed by Libya's Islamic State affiliate in the country's coastal city of Sirte, a stronghold of the militants.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/05/18/rights-group-report-details-scenes-horror-in-isis-held-libyan-city.html?intcmp=hplnws

05/17/2016 Olympic officials: 31 athletes at Beijing games test positive in doping reanalysis
In a major doping crackdown stretching back eight years, 31 athletes in six sports were caught in retesting of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and other positive cases could emerge from the 2012 London Games, the IOC said Tuesday.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2016/05/17/olympic-officials-31-athletes-at-beijing-games-test-positive-in-doping-reanalysis.html?intcmp=hplnws

Couple's motive in California rampage a mystery for police, family 12/03/2015 Couple's motive in California rampage a mystery for police, family
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Dec 3 (Reuters) - Authorities on Thursday were working to determine why a man and a woman opened fire at a holiday party of his co-workers in Southern California, killing 14 people and wounding 17 in an attack that appeared to have been planned.

Source: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/breakingnews/couples-motive-in-california-rampage-a-mystery-for-police-family/ar-AAfYExB?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=ASUDHP

11/18/2015 32 dead, 80 injured in Nigeria bomb blast, Boko Haram blamed
 A night-time suicide bombing blamed on Boko Haram extremists killed 32 people and wounded 80 Tuesday at a truck stop in northeastern Nigeria, an emergency official said.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/11/18/32-dead-80-injured-in-nigeria-bomb-blast-boko-haram-blamed/?intcmp=hplnws

Islamic State threatens attack on Washington, other countries 11/16/2015 Islamic State threatens attack on Washington, other countries
Islamic State warned in a new video on Monday that countries taking part in air strikes against Syria would suffer the same fate as France, and threatened to attack in Washington. The video, which appeared on a site used by Islamic State to post its messages, begins with news footage of the aftermath of Friday's Paris shootings in which at least 129 people were killed. 

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/16/us-france-shooting-islamicstate-idUSKCN0T51AM20151116#gEAe8czh86ddLrUu.97

Iraq warned of imminent assault before Paris attacks 11/16/2015 Iraq warned of imminent assault before Paris attacks
Senior Iraqi intelligence officials warned members of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group of imminent assaults by the militant organization just one day before last week's deadly attacks in Paris killed 129 people, The Associated Press has learned.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/11/16/ap-newsbreak-iraq-warned-us-led-coalition-countries-imminent-assault-before/?intcmp=hpbt1

No place like home: Western jihadists decry Islamic State’s lack of beauty salons, Starbucks, good food 11/13/2015 No place like home: Western jihadists decry Islamic State’s lack of beauty salons, Starbucks, good food
Westerners who left their homelands for a new life in the Islamic State caliphate seem to have taken at least one tradition with them: airing their gripes on social media.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/11/12/no-place-like-home-western-jihadists-decry-islamic-states-lack-beauty-salons/?intcmp=hpbt2

Chinese hack attacks against US companies persist despite leader's pledge, report says 10/19/2015 Chinese hack attacks against US companies persist despite leader's pledge, report says
Chinese hacking attempts on American corporate intellectual property have occurred with regularity over the past three weeks, suggesting that China almost immediately began violating its newly minted cyberagreement with the United States, according to a newly published analysis by a cybersecurity company with close ties to the U.S. government.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/10/19/chinese-hack-attacks-against-us-companies-persist-despite-leader-pledge-report/?intcmp=hplnws

Another intifada brewing? Israel calls in troops to try to stop escalating violence 10/14/2015 Another intifada brewing? Israel calls in troops to try to stop escalating violence
Israel's military deployed hundreds of troops Wednesday to help police trying to stop a wave of deadly Palestinian shooting and stabbing attacks that have triggered panic across the country.

Police also say they foiled an attack outside Jerusalem's Old City, shooting and killing the assailant as he attempted to stab security forces. Eight Israelis and 30 Palestinians-- including 13 identified by Israel as attackers -- have died in a month of unrest, with dozens of other people wounded.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/10/14/another-intifada-brewing-israel-calls-in-troops-to-try-to-stop-escalating/?intcmp=hpbt1

Islamic State destroys ancient Palmyra arch, Syrian activists say 10/05/2015 Islamic State destroys ancient Palmyra arch, Syrian activists say
Syrian activists said late Sunday that Islamic State (ISIS) militants have destroyed a nearly 2,000-year-old arch in the ancient city of Palmyra, the latest victim in the group's campaign to destroy historic sites across the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/10/05/islamic-state-destroys-ancient-palmyra-arch-syrian-activists/?intcmp=hplnws

Taliban free hundreds of prisoners in attack on strategic Afghan city 09/28/2015 Taliban free hundreds of prisoners in attack on strategic Afghan city
Hundreds of Taliban forces broke into a main prison Monday in the strategic Afghan city of Kunduz, and freed hundreds of fighters, Reuters reports.

The militants seized a hospital, a courthouse and other government buildings, and are locked in fierce battles with government forces, security officials say. The city's fall would mark a major loss for the government as it struggles to combat the insurgents without the aid of U.S. or NATO combat troops.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/09/28/taliban-seize-half-afghanistan-strategic-kunduz-city/?intcmp=hplnws

Los Angeles officials propose to declare state of emergency over homelessness 09/23/2015 Los Angeles officials propose to declare state of emergency over homelessness
It's no secret to people who walk or drive the streets of Los Angeles that homeless people — tens of thousands of them — are everywhere.

On Tuesday, having looked at numbers showing the city's homeless population has increased more than 10 percent over the past two years, officials announced they have decided enough is enough.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/09/23/los-angeles-officials-propose-to-declare-state-emergency-over-homelessness/?intcmp=hplnws

Pope Francis heads to Washington, D.C., following Cuba trip 09/22/2015 Pope Francis heads to Washington, D.C., following Cuba trip
Pope Francis was ending his visit to Cuba on Tuesday with a Mass at the country's most revered shrine and a pep talk with families before flying north to Washington for the start of his U.S. tour.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/09/22/pope-francis-heads-to-washington-dc-following-cuba-trip/?intcmp=hpbt3

WHO errors undermined fight against Ebola in West Africa, report says 09/21/2015 WHO errors undermined fight against Ebola in West Africa, report says
 The chlorine was expired. The protective gear was missing. And the red tape was so thick that responders fighting last year's Ebola outbreak had trouble getting approval for boots and buckets.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/09/21/who-errors-underminded-fight-against-ebola-in-west-africa-report-says/?intcmp=hplnws

Taliban kill 29 in attack on Pakistan air force base's mosque 09/18/2015 Taliban kill 29 in attack on Pakistan air force base's mosque
 A brazen Taliban attack on a Pakistani military base on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar killed 29 people on Friday, including 16 worshippers who were gunned down when the militants stormed a mosque inside the compound during prayers.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/09/18/at-least-6-dead-after-militants-atatck-pakistan-air-force-base/?intcmp=hplnws

More than 2,000 enslaved fisherman rescued over past 6 months 09/17/2015 More than 2,000 enslaved fisherman rescued over past 6 months
More than 2,000 fishermen have been rescued this year from brutal conditions at sea, their freedom prompted by an Associated Press investigation into seafood brought to the U.S. from a slave island in eastern Indonesia.

Dozens of Burmese men in the bustling port town of Ambon were the latest to go home, some more than a decade after being trafficked onto Thai trawlers. Grabbing one another's hands, the men walked together toward buses last week. As they pulled away for the airport, some of those still waiting their turn to go home cheered, throwing their arms in the air.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/09/17/more-than-2000-enslaved-fisherman-rescued-over-past-6-months/?intcmp=hplnws

Refugees hopping razor-wire fence into Hungary met with tear gas as EU frustration mounts 09/16/2015 Refugees hopping razor-wire fence into Hungary met with tear gas as EU frustration mounts
Refugees flooding into Hungary on Wednesday were fired at by police with tear gas, a day after the country closed its border with Serbia and began arresting people trying to breach the area's 110-foot barbed-wire fence.

Hungarian authorities say they have arrested 519 refugees attempting to cross the border illegally and convicted one Iraqi man of "illegally crossing the border" under a new series of laws making it a crime to cross the border. 

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/09/16/refugees-hop-barbed-wire-fence-into-hungary-as-eu-frustration-mounts/?intcmp=hplnws

North Korea says it has restarted nuclear fuel production plants in warning to US 09/15/2015 North Korea says it has restarted nuclear fuel production plants in warning to US
North Korea announced Tuesday it has upgraded and restarted all of its atomic bomb fuel production plants in a warning to the U.S. weeks after a standoff with South Korea.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/09/15/north-korea-says-it-has-restarted-nuclear-fuel-production-plants-in-warning-to/?intcmp=hplnws

Cuba to release 3,522 prisoners before Pope Francis' visit to island 09/11/2015 Cuba to release 3,522 prisoners before Pope Francis' visit to island
Cuba's highest authority says it is releasing 3,522 prisoners ahead of Pope Francis visit next week, making it the largest release since the 1959 revolution.

Source: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2015/09/11/cuba-to-release-3522-prisoners-before-pope-francis-visit-to-island/?intcmp=hplnws

Moscow admits Russian military experts on the ground in Syria 09/09/2015 Moscow admits Russian military experts on the ground in Syria
Russia's Foreign Ministry disclosed early Wednesday that Russian military experts are assisting forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in that country's long-running civil war.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/09/09/russia-undeterred-after-kerry-phone-call-continues-flights-to-syria/?intcmp=hplnws

American woman beaten to death in Nepal during earthquake relief visit 09/08/2015 American woman beaten to death in Nepal during earthquake relief visit
An American woman who had traveled to Nepal to help those affected by April's deadly earthquake was beaten to death last month, Nepali officials said this weekend. 

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/09/08/american-woman-beaten-to-death-in-nepal-during-earthquake-relief-visit/?intcmp=hplnws

Russian spy ship spotted near US sub base 09/04/2015 Russian spy ship spotted near US sub base
A Russian intelligence ship, capable of cutting undersea communications cables and other sensors, has been spotted by the U.S. military off the coast of Kings Bay, Ga., home to the U.S. Navy’s East Coast ballistic missile submarine fleet.   

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/09/03/russian-spy-ship-spotted-near-us-sub-base/?intcmp=hpbt1

Head of UN investigative panel on Syria calls IS 'desperate' 09/03/2015 Head of UN investigative panel on Syria calls IS 'desperate'
GENEVA – The Islamic State group appears "desperate" and is losing ground to Kurdish fighters who are battling the radicals "on behalf of humanity," the head of a U.N. panel on Syria said Thursday.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/09/03/head-un-investigative-panel-on-syria-calls-is-desperate/?intcmp=hplnws

Russia, China expand ties with largest naval exercise yet 09/02/2015 Russia, China expand ties with largest naval exercise yet
The Russian and Chinese militaries recently completed the largest combined naval exercise ever conducted between the two nations, building on cooperation that has been expanding over the past decade.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/09/02/russia-china-expand-ties-with-largest-naval-exercise-yet/?intcmp=hplnws

ISIS destroys Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, U.N. reports 09/01/2015 ISIS destroys Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, U.N. reports
One of the most culturally significant pieces of architecture in the world has been destroyed, the United Nations said on Monday.

The U.N. training and research agency released satellite images and analysis that confirmed the Temple of Bel -- which for nearly 2,000 years has been the center of religious life in Palmyra, Syria -- was no longer standing, despite conflicting reports earlier in the day that it was not fully demolished.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/31/middleeast/palmyra-temple-damaged/index.html

The real danger with North Korea 08/31/2015 The real danger with North Korea
The latest crisis involving North Korea appears to be ebbing. It started when Pyongyang's forces allegedly placed landmines on the South Korean side of the demilitarized zone (DMZ). Two South Korean soldiers were nearly killed by the mines earlier this month. American soldiers also patrol the DMZ and could have been the victims.

Source: http://us.cnn.com/2015/08/22/opinions/whiton-north-korea-real-danger/?iid=ob_article_footer_expansion&iref=obnetwork

US drone strike in Syria reportedly kills top ISIS online recruiter 08/27/2015 US drone strike in Syria reportedly kills top ISIS online recruiter
A U.S. drone strike in Syria Tuesday reportedly killed a fugitive British computer hacker who had become one of ISIS' top online recruiters.

The Wall Street Journal reported the death of Junaid Hussein late Wednesday, citing two people familiar with the operation. The officials said that Hussein was killed by a targeted airstrike near the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS' self-proclaimed "caliphate".

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/08/27/us-drone-strike-in-syria-reportedly-kills-top-isis-online-recruiter/?intcmp=hplnws

Philippines seeks US help to protect troops in disputed sea 08/26/2015 Philippines seeks US help to protect troops in disputed sea
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine defense chief said he asked the visiting U.S. Pacific commander on Wednesday to help protect the transport of fresh Filipino troops and supplies to Philippine-occupied reefs in the disputed South China Sea by deploying American patrol planes to discourage Chinese moves to block the resupply missions.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/08/26/philippines-seeks-us-help-to-protect-troops-in-disputed-sea/?intcmp=hplnws

'Extremely alarming': Iraq executes 42 people in two days 10/11/2013 'Extremely alarming': Iraq executes 42 people in two days
Iraq executed 42 people, including a woman, for mass killings and other "terrorism" offenses over the past week, the justice ministry and the United Nations said following a surge in sectarian violence.

The U.N. mission in Iraq said on Thursday it was concerned about the executions, which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Amnesty International described the news as "extremely alarming."

Both urged Baghdad to immediately suspend the death penalty, which rights groups say has been used with increasing frequency by Iraqi authorities in recent years.

Sixty-eight death sentences were carried out in 2011, according to Amnesty.

Source: http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/11/20911972-extremely-alarming-iraq-executes-42-people-in-two-days?lite

U.S. ambassador to Libya, 3 other Americans killed in Benghazi 09/12/2012 U.S. ambassador to Libya, 3 other Americans killed in Benghazi
The Defense Department has dispatched two Marine Corps anti-terrorism security teams to Libya to reinforce security there, a senior Marine official said. In a statement issued by the White House early Wednesday morning, President Obama said he had directed an increase in security at U.S. diplomatic posts around the world.

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/news-agencies-us-ambassador-to-libya-killed-in-attack-outside-consulate/2012/09/12/665de5fc-fcc4-11e1-a31e-804fccb658f9_story.html

Ten shot, 2 dead near New York's Empire State Building 08/24/2012 Ten shot, 2 dead near New York's Empire State Building
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two people were killed and at least eight wounded in a shooting outside the Empire State Building on Friday, a New York police source said, creating chaos and shocking tourists and commuters who witnessed the bloody scene outside the landmark tourist attraction.

Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-shooting-empirestatebre87n0m2-20120824,0,4180453.story

7 dead, including gunman, in shooting at Wis. Sikh temple 08/05/2012 7 dead, including gunman, in shooting at Wis. Sikh temple
Police and fire departments are investigating a shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, south of Milwaukee, where at least seven people, including the gunman, were killed. At least three people, including a police officer who exchanged shots with the suspect, were injured and taken to a hospital.

Source: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/08/breaking-shooting-at-temple-in-oak-creek-wis-/1


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J. Scott Quirarte J. Scott Quirarte is a Fire Captain with the Ventura County Fire Department in California. He has been with the department 24 years and was honored as the Firefighter of the Year 1992 and 2011, and Engine Company of the Year 2009 and 2011. Captain Quirarte is a CSTI/ProBoard certified Hazardous Materials Technician and is currently assigned to the Hazardous Materials Team. He has been a member of the Hazardous Materials Team since 1992, and the Hazardous Materials Captain since 2001. His duties include the management of all department hazardous materials training, budgets, research and development, and PPE program. Captain Quirarte has developed and led multiple programs since being assigned to the Hazardous Materials Team including the department air monitoring program, the county-wide radiological monitoring program and Cal-EMA Type 1 HazMat Team certification for the regional team. Captain Quirarte was also the program manager for the replacement of the current HazMat vehicle. This grant funded program was completed with the purchase and outfitting of a state of the art 44’ tractor trailer HazMat response vehicle. Captain Quirarte has responded as part of an Incident Management Team to numerous Type 1 and Type 2 incidents. Captain Quirarte holds the following ICS qualifications: Type 4 Incident Commander, Strike Team Leader Engine, Task Force Leader, Field Observer, Engine Boss, PIO 2 and Cal-EMA Hazardous Materials Group Supervisor and Assistant Safety Officer HazMat. Captain Quirarte is a state certified Fire Investigator. He spent four years assigned as an Arson Investigator where he conducted origin and cause investigations and testified as an expert witness in both criminal and civil cases.

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Email Hacked? 7 Things You Need to do NOW
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Ask Leo!It seems like not a day goes by where I don't get a question from someone that boils down to their email account having been hacked.

Someone, somewhere has gained access to their account and has started using it to send spam. Sometimes passwords are changed, sometimes not. Sometimes traces are left, sometimes not. Sometimes everything in the account is erased, both contacts and saved email, and sometimes not.

But the one thing that all of these events share is that suddenly several people, usually those on your contact list, start getting email from "you" that you didn't send at all.

Your email account has been hacked.

Here's what you need to do next..

1. Recover Your Account

Login to your email account via your provider's website.
If you can, consider yourself very lucky and proceed to step 2 right away.
If you can't login even though you know that you're using the correct password, then it's likely that the hacker has already changed your password.

Important: If you cannot recover access to your account, then it is now someone else's account. It is now thehacker's account. Unless you've backed up, everything in it is gone forever and you can skip the next two items. You'll need to set up a new account from scratch.

2. Change Your Password

One you regain access to your account, or if you never lost it, you shouldimmediately change your password.

As always, make sure that it's a good password: easy to remember, difficult to guess, and long. In fact, the longer the better, but make sure your new password is at least 10 characters or more and ideally 12 or more, if the service supports it.

But don't stop here. Changing your password is not enough.

3. Change Your Recovery Information

While the hacker had access to your account, they may elect to leave your password alone. That way, chances are you won't notice that the account has been hacked for a while longer.

But whether they changed your password or not, they may very well have gone in and changed the recovery information.

The reason is simple: when you finally do get around to changing your password, the hacker can follow the "I forgot my password" steps and reset the password out from underneath you using the recovery information that he collected or set.

Thus, you need to check all of it and change much of it ... and right away.

Change the answers to your secret questions. The answers that you choose don't have to match the questions (you might say your mother's maiden name is "Microsoft", for example). All that matters is that the answers that you give match the answers that you set here if you ever need to recover your account.

Check your alternate email address or addresses associated with your account and remove any that you don't recognize or are no longer accessible to you. The hacker could have added his own. Make sure that all alternate email addresses are accounts that belong to you and that you have access to.

Check any mobile or other phone numbers associated with the account. The hacker could have set their own. Remove any that you don't recognize and make sure that if a phone number is provided, it's yours and no one else's.

These are the major items, but some email services have additional information that they can use for account recovery. Take the time now to research what that information might be and if it's something that could have been altered while the hacker had access to your account.

Overlooking information that could be used for account recovery could allow the hacker to easily hack back in; make sure that you take the time to carefully check and reset as appropriate.

4. Check Related Accounts

This is perhaps the scariest and most time consuming.

Fortunately it's not common, but the risks are high so understanding this is important.

While the hacker has access to your account, they have access to your email, including both what is in your account now – past email – as well as what arrives in the future.

Let's say that the hacker sees that you have a notification email from your Facebook account. The hacker now knows that you have a Facebook account and what email address you use for it. The hacker can then go to Facebook, enter your email address, and then request a password reset.

A password reset that's sent to your email account ... that the hacker has access to.

As a result, the hacker can now hack your Facebook account by virtue of hacking your email account.

In fact, the hacker can now gain access to any account that has this hacked email associated with it.

Like, perhaps your bank. Or Paypal.

Let me say that again: because the hacker has access to your email account, he can request a password reset be sent to it from any other accountfor which you use this email address. In doing so, the hacker can hack and gain access to those accounts.

What you need to do: check your other accounts for password resets that you did not initiate and any other suspicious activity.

If there's any doubt, consider also proactively changing the passwords on those accounts as well. (There's a strong argument also for checking or changing the recovery information for these accounts just as you checked for your email account, for all the same reasons.)

5. Let Your Contacts Know

Some may disagree with me, but I recommend letting your contacts know that your account was hacked. Either from the account once you've recovered it or from your new email account.

In particular, inform all of the contacts in the address book that's kept with that account online. That's the address book that the hacker would have had access to.

I believe it's important to notify your contacts so that they know not to pay attention to email sent while the account was hacked. Occasionally, hackers will actually try to impersonate you to extort money from your contacts. The sooner that you let them know that the account was hacked, the sooner, they'll know any such request – or even the more traditional spam that might have come from your account – is bogus.

6. Start Backing Up

One of the common reactions to my recommending you let your contacts know is: "But my contacts are gone! The hacker erased them all and all of my email as well!"

Yes. That happens sometimes. It's often part of a hacker not wanting to leave a trail – they delete everything in the account: everything they've done along with everything you've done.

If you're like most people, you've not been backing up your online email. All I can suggest at this point is to see if your email service will restore it for you. In general, they will not. Because the deletion was not their doing, but rather the doing of someone logged into the account, they may simply claim it's your responsibility.

Hard as it is to hear, they're right.

Start backing up your email now. Start backing up your contacts now.

For email, that can be anything from setting up a PC to periodically download the email via POP3 or IMAP to setting up an automatic forward of all incoming email to a different email account, if your provider supports that. For contacts, it could be setting up a remote contact utility (relatively rare, I'm afraid) to also mirror your contacts on your PC or periodically exporting your contacts and downloading them that way.

7. Learn From The Experiene

Aside from "I should have been backing up," one of the most important lessons to learn from the experience is to consider all of the ways that your account could have been hacked, and then take appropriate steps to protect yourself from a repeat occurrence in the future.

If you are fortunate enough to be able to identify exactly how your password was compromised (it's not common), then absolutely take measures so that it never happens again.

8. If Your Not Sure Get Help

If the seven steps above seem too daunting or confusing, then definitely get help. Find someone who can help you get out of the situation by working through the steps above.

While you're at it, find someone who can help you set up a more secure system for your email and can advise you on the steps that you need to take to prevent this from happening again.

And then follow those steps.

The reality is that you and I are ultimately responsible for our own security. That means taking the time to learn and to set things up securely.

Yes, additional security can be seen as an inconvenience. In my opinion, dealing with a hacked email account is significantly more inconvenient and occasionally downright dangerous. It's worth the trouble to do things right.

If that's still too much ... well ... expect your account to get hacked again.

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We've seen insects with microchips attached used as zombie drones and weapon trackers, thanks to DARPA. But now a group at the University of Michigan has a plan to unleash cyborg insects equipped with sensors as first responders in dangerous environments.

The bugs carry small devices on their backs that harvest the energy of wing movements, and use it to power cameras, microphones, sensors and communication equipment.

"Through energy scavenging, we could potential power cameras, microphones and other sensors and communication equipment that an insect could carry aboard a tiny backpack," said Professor Khalil Najafi, chair of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Michigan. "We could send these 'bugged' bugs into dangerous or enclosed environments where we would not want humans to go."



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