Ransomware victim Kaseya gets master key to unlock networks
The Florida company whose software was exploited in the devastating Fourth of July weekend ransomware attack, Kaseya, has received a universal key that will decrypt all of the more than 1,000 businesses and public organizations crippled in the global incident. Kaseya spokeswoman Dana Liedholm would not say Thursday how the key was obtained or whether a ransom was paid. Ransomware analysts offered multiple possible explanations for why the master key, which can unlock the scrambled data of all the attack's victims, has now appeared.news.yahoo.com
Biden’s message to social media platforms on COVID-19 misinformation: ‘They’re killing people’
Departing the White House on Friday, President Biden responded to a reporter’s asking if he had a message to social media companies like Facebook regarding COVID-19 misinformation. Biden said, “They’re killing people,” and added, “The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated.”news.yahoo.com
US virus cases are rising again, doubling over three weeks
The COVID-19 curve in the U.S. is rising again after months of decline, with the number of new cases per day doubling over the past three weeks, driven by the fast-spreading delta variant, lagging vaccination rates and Fourth of July gatherings. Confirmed infections climbed to an average of about 23,600 a day on Monday, up from 11,300 on June 23, according to Johns Hopkins University data. “It is certainly no coincidence that we are looking at exactly the time that we would expect cases to be occurring after the July Fourth weekend," said Dr. Bill Powderly, co-director of the infectious-disease division at Washington University’s School of Medicine in St. Louis.news.yahoo.com
What exactly was Mark Zuckerberg riding in that viral Fourth of July video?
If you’ve been scrolling around on social media this month, then you may have noticed that over the Fourth of July weekend, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg was riding on some sort of wakeboard on a lake with an American flag in tow.
Girl injured by firecracker transferred to another hospital
The 8-year-old girl who suffered “serious head trauma” from a fireworks accident on Fourth of July in Pharr remains hospitalized due to her injuries, according to DHR Health. The child was originally taken to McAllen Medical Center but had to be transferred to DHR Health in Edinburg, where she remains without further word of her condition or nature of her injuries. The incident, described by the city of Pharr as a “fireworks accident” in a news release, occurred about 5 p.m. Local firefighters and emergency medical personnel responded. Details pertaining to the location of the incident, the circumstances surrounding the fireworks used and the nature of the injuries have not been disclosed. Pharr officials reminded the public that fireworks are not permitted in the city and penalties can run from $200 to $1000.myrgv.com
Columbus Blue Jackets goalie dies after fireworks accident
Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks died of chest trauma from an errant fireworks mortar blast in what authorities described Monday as a tragic accident on the Fourth of July. The 24-year-old Kivlenieks was in a hot tub and tried to get clear with several other people, police Lt. Jason Meier said. The fire department and EMTs got to the private home shortly after 10 p.m. and took Kivlenieks to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Meier said.news.yahoo.com
2 teenagers dead, 3 wounded in shooting at Cincinnati park
Two teenagers are dead after apparently exchanging gunfire that wounded three others at a downtown Cincinnati park where hundreds of teens were gathered late on the Fourth of July, police said. It's possible others were involved in the conflict Sunday at Smale Park, but police aren't searching for any other particular suspects, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said Monday. Sixteen-year-old Milo Watson died at the scene, and 19-year-old Dexter Wright Jr. died later at a hospital, police said.news.yahoo.com
Tragedy casts pall over July Fourth holiday in South Florida
The Fourth of July holiday was marked with somber tones in South Florida, where a collapsed building has left at least 24 dead and more than 120 missing under rubble. “July 4 is ordinarily a time to gather with our loved ones and to celebrate our freedom and our independence, and this year the holiday looks very different," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. A vigil was planned for Sunday night in Miami Beach for the victims of the fallen Champlain Towers South condominium complex in Surfside, Florida.news.yahoo.com
Ransomware attack before holiday leaves companies scrambling
Businesses rushed Saturday to contain a ransomware attack that has paralyzed their computer networks, a situation complicated in the U.S. by offices lightly staffed at the start of the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The Swedish State Railways and a major local pharmacy chain were also affected. Cybersecurity experts say the REvil gang, a major Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate, appears to be behind the attack that targeted a software supplier called Kaseya, using its network-management package as a conduit to spread the ransomware through cloud-service providers.news.yahoo.com
DPS to increase enforcement over holiday
Heading into the Fourth of July holiday, the Texas Department of Public Safety will increase the number of Texas Highway Patrol Troopers as part of Operation CARE and Operation Holiday.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
How to celebrate Independence Day in Kyle
With fewer COVID-19 restrictions in place compared to last year, the City of Kyle will celebrate the Fourth of July with a fireworks show Sunday night.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Independence Day DWIs down in San Antonio, but still cause for concern, police say
This Fourth of July, San Antonio police made 11 DWI arrests. Even though San Antonio city and Bexar County parks were closed, and major events throughout the area were canceled, this year’s numbers weren’t much lower than last year’s when there were 15. San Antonio police officer Doug Greene says the slight improvement isn’t anything to brag about. Man killed in wrong-way crash had plans to marry, relative says”My daughter’s just turned five... last week. And it’s it’s really tough to explain to her that, you know, her dad passed away because of the drunk driver,” Salama said.
Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo win this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, CBS reports
The winners of this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest have been announced! According to a report from CBS Sports, Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo were the winners of this year’s contest. Sudo was the first of the two winners to compete in the contest, and her official total of hot dogs and buns consumed was 48.5 in 10 minutes, according to CBS Sports. ESPN reports that Sudo holds seven straight hot dog eating contest titles as of yet. pic.twitter.com/YJGJXSzmBZ — CBS Sports (@CBSSports) July 4, 2020In 2018, Chestnut set a record of 74 hot dogs consumed in 10 minutes, according to CBS Sports.
Look to the sky on 4th of July to see the first full moon of summer
SAN ANTONIO – Fireworks won’t be the only reason to look to the sky on the Fourth of July! According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the first full moon of the summer, otherwise known as the Buck Moon, is taking to the skies just before the midnight hour on Saturday. There will also be a partial penumbral lunar eclipse, NASA officials said. This process is known as a partial penumbral eclipse. The moon will appear full for about three days around the eclipse, from Friday evening into Monday morning, and NASA officials said this will be a full moon weekend.
Firefighters dealing with increased traffic at Canyon Lake during 4th of July weekend
COMAL COUNTY, Texas – With Bexar County and San Antonio city parks closed Friday through Sunday due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, Canyon Lake is seeing especially increased volume for the holiday weekend. Officials say the increase in visitors is likely due to the temporary shutdown of the public parks, meaning increased vigilance for firefighters guarding the lake. Marine 53, a fireboat, will be staffed with trained professionals who are going to be patrolling the lake. The extra safety measures come as San Antonio area health officials announced increased hospitalizations following Memorial Day. While the firefighters patrolling Canyon Lake are equipped to handle on scene emergencies, they want to remind the community how important it is for folks to heed the guidelines issued in the fight against COVID-19.
Eagle Scout, Boy Scout Troop line 6,000 American flags along Schertz Parkway
SCHERTZ, Texas – Nearly 6,000 American flags now line Schertz Parkway thanks to one local Eagle Scout who is determined to show off his patriotic spirit. Eagle Scout candidate Kyle Dorsey, with the help of Schertz Boy Scout Troop 51, lined both sides of a 2.5-mile stretch of the parkway Friday morning. Their efforts are part of a new program called Project Flagline, which is meant to lift spirits after the cancellation of the City of Schertz Independence Day Parade and Jubilee. A group of about 40 volunteers consisting of adults and children also lent a hand in the effort on Friday. RELATED: City of Schertz cancels 45th Annual 4th of July Jubilee
Reminder: Hand sanitizer and fireworks a ‘recipe for disaster'
SAN ANTONIO – In this instance, hand sanitizer is not the way to go. Safety officials are reminding people ahead of Fourth of July celebrations that hand sanitizer and fireworks are a dangerous mix. While hand sanitizer has become the go-to precaution amid the coronavirus pandemic, it contains alcohol, which is highly flammable. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advises keeping a bucket of water or a water hose nearby in case of a mishap. The commission also says young children shouldn’t handle fireworks, including sparklers, as some sparklers are hot enough to burn certain metals.
San Antonio hospital system, city leaders urge residents to skip large gatherings, follow CDC guidelines
SAN ANTONIO – Nicole Miranda, 24, is quarantined after recently finding out she tested positive for COVID-19. On Thursday afternoon, local hospital leaders asked the community to do its part as hospitals inch closer to reaching capacity. “Please, please, please wear a mask,” said Matthew Stone, CEO of Baptist Health System. Allen Harrison, with Methodist Health Care System, said two weeks ago, they had 75 positive COVID-19 patients, and on Thursday, they were at 343. Methodist is currently taking care of 10 COVID-19 patients with this alternative respiratory treatment.
County park, boat ramps at Medina Lake closed for July 4th weekend
SAN ANTONIO – Medina Lake Park in Bandera County will be closed this Fourth of July weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic. The park, which is operated by the county, will stay closed until Wednesday, July 8, due to the virus, according to officials. The boat ramp at the park will also be closed to the public. Medina Lake Park is just one of the dozens of recreational areas in Central and South Texas that will not be open during the biggest holiday of the summer due to the virus. Cameron County, which includes South Padre Island, has also announced all county parks and county beaches will be closed over the weekend.
Texas tubing outfitters forced to close ahead of Fourth of July, Gov. Abbott says
Greg Abbott issued an executive order Friday morning that requires all rafting and tubing businesses to close, just ahead of the Fourth of July weekend. “As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Abbott said Friday. Greg Abbott says bars must close by noon, restaurants to scale back capacityAbbott’s executive action also requires bars to close back down, read more on that here. “The actions in this executive order are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and protect public health. The executive order also states that “transportation of people for the purpose of rafting or tubing” is also prohibited.
San Antonio’s 4th of July celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park canceled due to COVID-19
SAN ANTONIO – The annual Fourth of July Celebration and fireworks show at Woodlawn Lake Park has been canceled this year out of an abundance of caution to help slow the spread of COVID-19, city officials said Tuesday. The celebration is a city of San Antonio-sanctioned event. The actions we take now will ensure that we are all around for holidays and celebrations next year,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. City parks and trails will remain open over the holiday weekend. City officials want to remind residents to practice social distancing when visiting city parks and trails.
No 4th of July parade in New Braunfels this year, but here’s how to watch the fireworks
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – UPDATE: The City of New Braunfels has postponed its fireworks display over Landa Park due to Governor Greg Abbott’s new order in response to COVID-19. PREVIOUSLY:The annual Fourth of July Parade in New Braunfels this year has been canceled, but you’ll still be able to enjoy the city’s annual fireworks spectacular. “We are pleased to still be able to provide the fireworks spectacular to give our citizens a beautiful and patriotic show while celebrating our country in a safe manner. Anyone found to have fireworks in city limits may be issued a citation and have their fireworks confiscated. For more information on the fireworks display or regulations, click here.
11 outdoor pools, 5 splash pads opening ahead of July 4th weekend in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO – Despite a pandemic, dips in city pools will continue this summer. San Antonio’s Parks and Recreation Department has announced that 11 outdoor pools and five splash pads are scheduled to reopen on July 3. The pools, including the ones at San Pedro Springs Park and Woodlawn Lake Park, will remain open throughout Aug. 9. The splash pads will stay open through November as usual, the city says. Here are the pools that will reopen on July 3:Lincoln Park, 2803 E. CommerceElmendorf Lake Park, 235 Shore Dr.Cuellar Park, 502 S.W.