FBI issues alert on mobile banking app cybersecurity threats

first_imgThe FBI released an alert to warn the public about anticipated exploitation of mobile banking app platforms as in-person access to financial institutions has been limited amid the coronavirus pandemic.“Americans are increasingly using their mobile devices to conduct banking activities such as cashing checks and transferring funds,” the FBI noted in the alert, issued last week. “US financial technology providers estimate more than 75 percent of Americans used mobile banking in some form in 2019.”The alert warns against app-based banking trojans, which are “malicious programs that disguise themselves as other apps, such as games out tools,” and fake banking apps, which are designed to impersonate the real apps of major financial institutions.In addition, the FBI provides tips to protect both consumers and financial institutions from these threats, including: continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

More Repairs Force Crews To Delay U.S. 52 Reopening

first_imgThe reopening of U.S. 52 east of Brookville has been pushed back past May 1, an Indiana Department of Transportation official said. The road is now slated to open during the second week of May.Highway crews have completed the soil nailing process on the slide but additional repair work is required.“Wish we would have gotten open a little faster but it needs a little more extensive repair,” said INDOT spokesperson Harry Maginity said.“I was thinking it might open before that, but because of the type of repairs we have to do there our technical service people said the second week of May it would be open.”The soil nail process includes 20-foot shafts installed into the bank in a pattern. Maginity added the installation comes with a working guarantee to hold the slide for a number of years.The slide repairs have been ongoing since April 2, as a result of the harsh winter.last_img read more

Call to Memorialize Late Gabriel Nyantee Wilson (Executive Horn)

first_imgGabriel Wilson, commonly known as Executive Horn was an employee of the Ministry of State and the traditional horn blower to the President of LiberiaMedia Hub Liberia and the Wedeobo family have humbly requested the Government of Liberia to memorialize the late Gabriel Nyantee Wilson, commonly known as Executive Horn, for his invaluable contribution to Liberia’s art, culture and politics.According to a statement by Media Hub, a professional media and public relations firm, Wilson “perfectly did this through hooting the horn at different places particularly, national functions our Presidents including President George Manneh Weah, addressed.”The Late Wilson carried on with the activity from the administration of President William R. Tolbert through to President Weah’s. Implicitly, Gabriel, unwaveringly blew the horn after President Tolbert, President Doe, President Taylor, Interim President Bryant, President Johnson-Sirleaf and President Weah until he died in a fatal accident Sunday, February 10, 2019.“We must mention that none of these illustrious leaders of our Motherland at any point or time stopped horn-hooter Gabriel from practicing his vocation especially around the Presidency,” Media Hub said. “Each of them retained him possibly because they understood the positive message the traditional wooden instrument blower conveyed.”Hooting horn at national functions happens nowhere else in West Africa and perhaps beyond. Neither Nigeria’s Iso Rock, Ghana’s Castle, United States’ White House, Britain’s Number 10 Downing Street or Russia’s Kremlin have the horn tooted when their Prime Ministers or Presidents speak. “This is another telling of the uniqueness of Liberia as the Mother of Africa liberation, civilization and democracy. We must pat Gabriel on the back,” the group said.To various ethnic groups of Liberia, the horn communicates a lot. It acclaims good community or public servants, hails the brave, motivates community-group workers, signals or warns of dangers or risks to public good, spices up festivities, and so on.The art of tooting the communication tool Gabriel brought from his home-village of Cavalla in Maryland County into Monrovia and right up to the Liberia Presidency. There, it mesmerized diplomats and foreign guests that graced our State functions. Even former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton so admired the hooting that she took a picture with Gabriel when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addressed an occasion she attended during one of her visits to Liberia. It is at this highest level Gabriel brought the infamous art – an effort that needless wither with the tooter’s demise.Therefore, Media Hub Liberia and the Wedeobo family call on the Government to memorialize Gabriel in the following ways:1. Dedicate a space to him in the National MuseumDisplay the broken-horn and some traditional garments of his in the spaceShowcase portrait(s) of him hooting the horn as well as copy(ies) of the Ministry of State’s monthly magazine: ‘Executive Horn’ Display a memoire of his in the space. This could be coordinated by Media Hub LiberiaOutdoor Gabriel’s trainee: Nathaniel Sie Payne and treat him wellReplace the current Liberia Broadcasting System news bulletin’s signature tune with the hornSetup an ‘Executive Horn Foundation’ to propagate the forgotten parts of Liberia’s art and cultureGive assistance to Gabriel’s children to further their education, andErect a ‘Sculpture’ or ‘Statue’ of him on the Providence Island.During a meeting on Saturday, March 2, 2019, Gabriel’s family consented to the idea to venerate their son, and expressed its readiness to provide whatever feasible to appropriately honor the deceased.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Foot massage parlors the latest rage in Southland

first_img“Foot massage is good for all kinds of illness,” said Lio “Tony” Jingfeng, owner of Foot Massage, one of six such establishments along the 200 block of Valley Boulevard. “If you’re sick, it helps with symptoms,” he said through an interpreter. “If you’re healthy, it maintains your health.” While independent medical tests could not be found to confirm that, Lio’s storefront could not be more busy. Located in a two-story strip mall with other businesses and restaurants boasting a range of wares in both English and Chinese, it was filled to capacity on a recent Sunday evening, with customers of all ages enjoying a bit of weekend pampering at $15 per hour. “In China, Korea, Japan and other Asian countries foot massage is very popular,” Lio said, emphasizing that the therapists who have worked for him since he opened six months ago are all trained in Chinese medicine. “Many guests have come and about 90 percent become repeat customers.” Lio added that many Westerners become regulars after experiencing a treatment. Vivian Lee and her husband, C.J. Stoltman, frequent the establishment, stopping in for treatments consisting of a foot soak with Chinese herbs, reflexology massage on feet and shoulders or full body massage, and herb tea, at least twice a month. “I had tennis elbow and Mr. Lo helped me with it,” said Lee, sitting in an armchair with her feet on a matching ottoman while Lo Jian administered a massage. “It took several visits. I couldn’t even lift my arm, but now I can and I can play tennis like I used to.” Said Stoltman: “It helps with mental clarity. I think the herbs seep through the skin.” Stoltman added that he’s enjoyed reflexology for about five years. Massage specialists Lo and Teng Amy echoed Lio, saying reflexology helps with a range of health issues, including high blood pressure and arthritis. Lio opened the establishment after first coming here from northern China and working in a chiropractic office for four years. He noticed the demand for reflexology was growing and decided to open his own shop, in which 10 armchairs and ottomans face two plasma screen TVs for customer viewing. San Gabriel police Chief David Lawton said about 20 business licenses for foot massage storefronts have been issued in the last two years. “I have been invited, but I haven’t gone yet,” Lawton said. “Some of my friends, very legitimate people, including doctors and attorneys, love it.” He acknowledged some assume prostitution occurs at such massage establishments. But Lawton said recent investigations revealed that most of that illegal trade occurs in residences set up solely for that purpose. Police said that has been one arrest for prostitution at a San Gabriel foot massage establishment. “We’ve also encountered prostitution in beauty salons, restaurants and night clubs,” the chief added. [email protected] (626) 578-6300 Ext. 4461 • Photo Gallery: 3/21: Happy Feet SAN GABRIEL – Got reflexology? Foot massage lounges – the fancy term is reflexology – in tough competition with each other are springing up around the San Gabriel Valley, all the rage for those looking for quick, walk-in relaxation. There’s even a claim that it’s good for what ails you. last_img read more