The U.S. Marine Corps will now be conducting regular, random breath alcohol tests. Marines will be required to submit to a breathalyzer test and those who register a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .01 or greater will receive counseling. Greater than .04 and a medical exam will be ordered.
In most states, the (BAC) to be considered “drunk” for DWI or DUI is .08.
The military has been conducting regular, random urine drug testing for years. These measures help to ensure the safety of those in the combat zone. A soldier, sailor, airman, marine, or coast guardsman who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a danger to those around him or her.
Regular, random testing of those in safety-sensitive positions ensures a drug-free workplace.
Here are some photos of the destruction in Breezy Point, Queens, NYC from my time on State Active Duty with the New York Guard.
Hurricane Sandy has affected us all, as I’ve noted in this previous post that shows some of the damage on Long Island. Recently, I was called to State Active Duty in the New York Guard to assist in the response to the storm. Here are some photos from Floyd Bennett Field, in Brooklyn, NYC.
More photos to follow shortly.
For some background: On July 17th, a number of Dropbox users begun noticing an increase in the level spam attacking their accounts. As Sarah reported at the time, the red flag appeared when users begun reporting that the email accounts receiving spam were in fact only tied to their Dropbox accounts, which indicated that the address leak had come from Dropbox itself. Many of those reports came from the company’s international users, including Germany, the U.K. and the Netherlands.
To its credit, Dropbox was quick to respond. Less than 24 hours later, in a message posted to forums, the company said they were bringing in “an outside team of experts” to back up their own security team in the investigation along with help from law enforcement. Today, we received the first round of answers.
Ever wonder why military dog tags from the era of WWII to Vietnam have the notch? Well, wonder no more!
(h/t This Ain’t Hell)
Approximately 300,000 computers are still infected with malware which has changed their DNS servers to rogue servers. Those servers are set to shut off completely tomorrow and will effectively cut off Internet access to those computers.
DNSChanger infects both Windows and Mac platforms. Here is how to check your system and remove the malware from your computers.
While the Mac OS X’s Unix (BSD) underpinnings make it safer than Windows, Windows has come a long way with its security and the Mac has come a long way in terms of market penetration. More OS X installations mean a more tempting target for “black hat” hackers.
It is incumbent on all computer users to be responsible for their computer and network security.
(hat tip: Instapundit)
It was only a matter of time, but now it’s here. The newest malware attack targets computers operating both Windows and Mac. No more safety from obscurity with Macs. This newest malware appears to be based in China and be targeted at their Uyghur minority.
The age of cyber warfare is upon us.
GE has been shipping appliances for the past three years that are “smart.” Smart meaning that they are equipped with ZigBee wireless capabilities so that your appliances can communicate with each other—and more ominously, with your utility company or anyone over the Internet. Most of the ZigBee capable appliances aren’t even labeled as such.
This is potentially a huge privacy breech. It seems that few of these appliances communicate back… yet.
(hat tip to the blogfather)
No more security from obscurity. Now that the Mac OS X platform has become more prevalent, malware has followed. In the last two weeks, two new trojan horse threats to security. The first presents itself as a PDF file, “which displays a Chinese-language document on the screen in an attempt to hide its background activity.”
The second is a bit more clever, it presents itself as a flash installer. If a user tries to install the software, it deactivates security software on the user’s machine.
Apple has updated its anti-malware tools, so the threat is low, but the threats are increasing in number and sophistication.