November 7, 2017: Federal Jury Convicts Lake Charles Veterinarian, Pharmacy in Race Horse Doping Conspiracy

November 7, 2017: Federal Jury Convicts Lake Charles Veterinarian, Pharmacy in Race Horse Doping Conspiracy

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Fund Targets Victims Scammed Via Western Union

If you, a friend or loved one lost money in a scam involving Western Union, some or all of those funds may be recoverable thanks to a more than half-billion dollar program set up by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

In January 2017, Englewood, Colo.-based Western Union settled a case with the FTC and the Department of Justice wherein it admitted to multiple criminal violations, including willfully failing to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program and aiding and abetting wire fraud. As part of the settlement, the global money transfer business agreed to forfeit $586 million.

Last week, the FTC announced that individuals who lost money to scammers who told them to pay via Western Union’s money transfer system between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017 can now file a claim to get their money back by going to before February 12, 2018.

Scammers tend to rely on money transfer businesses like Western Union and MoneyGram because once the money is sent and picked up by the recipient the transaction is generally irreversible. Such scams include transfers made for fraudulent lottery and prizesfamily emergenciesadvance-fee loans, and online dating, among others.

Affected consumers can visit to file claims, learn more, or get updates on the claims process, which could take up to a year. The graphic below seeks to aid victims in filing claims.

The FTC says some people who have already reported their losses to Western Union, the FTC, or another government agency will receive a form in the mail from the claims administrator, Gilardi & Co., which has been hired by the DOJ to return victims’ money as part of the settlement. The form will have a Claim ID and a PIN number to use when filing a claim online via

The agency emphasized that filing a claim is free, so consumers should not pay anyone to file a claim on their behalf. “No one associated with the claims process will call to ask for consumers’ bank account or credit card number,” the FTC advised.

This isn’t the first time a major money transfer business admitted to criminally facilitating wire fraud. In November 2012, MoneyGram International agreed to pay a 0 million fine and admit to criminally aiding and abetting wire fraud and failing to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program.

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Debugging Tool Left on OnePlus Phones, Enables Root Access

Phone maker OnePlus is being blasted for leaving a developer debugging app on its handsets allowing phones to be rooted by an attacker with physical access to the device.

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SEC Announces Agenda and Panelists for the 36th Annual Small Business Forum

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced the agenda and panelists for the 36th Annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation.

The November 30 event will begin at 9 a.m. Central Standard Time (10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) with opening remarks from the SEC Chairman and Commissioners followed by a morning panel discussion that will explore how capital formation options are working for small businesses.  Panelists will include representatives of Texas-based small businesses and advisors to the small business community.

Following the morning panel discussion, attendees will work in groups to formulate specific policy recommendations.  These breakout groups will develop recommendations on a variety of issues related to small business capital formation, including exempt securities offerings and smaller registered offerings.

As the Commission previously announced, this year’s annual small business forum is being hosted in partnership with the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Renewal at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.  It will be held in the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin at 1900 University Avenue.  The forum will be open to the public and the opening remarks and morning panel discussion will be webcast live at  The webcast will not include the breakout group sessions, but those sessions will be open to the public and accessible by phone to anyone who pre-registers online by November 27, 2017.  More information, including forum materials, will be made available on the small business forum webpage.

2017 SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

On the campus of The University of Texas at Austin

1900 University Avenue

Austin, TX  78705

November 30, 2017


9:00 a.m.

Call to Order
Sebastian Gomez Abero, Chief, Office of Small Business Policy, SEC Division of Corporation Finance

Opening Remarks

Jay Hartzell, Dean, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin

Introductions of Chairman and Commissioners
William H. Hinman, Director, SEC Division of Corporation Finance


  • Chairman Jay Clayton
  • Commissioner Kara M. Stein
  • Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar

9:30 a.m.

How Capital Formation Options Are Working for Small Businesses, Including Small Businesses in Texas


  • William H. Hinman, Director, SEC Division of Corporation Finance
  • Sebastian Gomez Abero, Chief, Office of Small Business Policy, SEC Division of Corporation Finance


  • Mark Elenowitz, Founder and CEO, TriPoint Global Equities
  • Jan Goetgeluk, CEO, Virtuix
  • Youngro Lee, CEO, NextSeed
  • Antonio Madrid, Co-Founder, The Native
  • Catherine V. Mott, CEO, BlueTree Capital Group
  • Michael S. Pieciak, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation
  • Annemarie Tierney, Vice President and Head of Strategy and New Markets, NASDAQ Private Market
  • Paul R. Tobias, Partner, Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P.

11:00 a.m.


11:10 a.m.

Breakout Groups Assemble to Develop Recommendations

  • Exempt Securities Offerings (including Micro-Offerings)

  • Smaller Registered and Regulation A Securities Offerings

12:30 pm.

Lunch Break

2:00 p.m.

Breakout Groups Assemble to Develop Recommendations

3:30 p.m.


3:45 p.m.

Plenary Session to Develop Next Steps

4:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

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Investor Alert: Beware of Paid-To-Click (PTC) Scams

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is warning investors about investment scams conducted through online paid-to-click (PTC) programs.

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Week in Photos: Nov. 11-17

Week in Photos is a collection of the best images published on during a seven-day period.

An airman jumps out of an airplane and salutes.

A member of the Air Force’s Wings of Blue Parachute Demonstration Team jumps out of an aircraft during the opening ceremony of Aviation Nation 2017 Nellis Air and Space Expo at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Nov. 10, 2017. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum

An aircraft receives fuel at night in flight.

An Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon receives fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during a mission over Syria, Nov. 10, 2017. The squadron, assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Operations Group, supports various operations, including those in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Air Force pho …More

Water shoots out of a firetruck turret during firefighting training at Moody Air Force Base.

Water shoots out of a firetruck turret during firefighting training at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., Nov. 8, 2017. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson

A sailor gives a signal while a jet takes off from an aircraft carrier.

A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron 115 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the western Pacific Ocean, Nov. 11, 2017. The Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt and Nimitz strike groups are underway conducting flight operations in international waters as part of …More

A marine sits on the ground operating a machine gun.

A Marine with Marine Aircraft Group 31 learns how to operate an M2 machine gun during Integrated Training Exercise 1-18 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 4, 2017. ITX is a large-scale, combined-arms training exercise intended to produce combat-ready forces capable of operating as …More

An airman, shown in silhouette, places a cover on a tube on the tip of a jet's nose, against purple sky

Air Force Senior Airman Adam Armstrong places a cover over a tube on an F-16CM Fighting Falcon after a combat capability demonstration at the Dubai Airshow in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 11, 2017. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Zade Vadnais

An airman stands in place between two rows of airmen flinging rifles.

The U.S. Air Force Drill Team perform for students at John Adams High School in New York City’s borough of Queens, Nov. 8, 2017, during an event to showcase the team’s capabilities and answer students’ questions. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Terrence Clyburn

Smoke bursts out of a howitzer as soldiers fire it in desert terrain.

Soldiers fire an M777A2 howitzer while supporting Iraqi security forces near al-Qaim, Iraq, Nov. 7, 2017, as part of the operation to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Army photo by Spc. William Gibson

Jets and ships are seen from above.

Three F/A-18E Super Hornets, assigned to the Eagles of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron 115, fly in formation over the aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan, USS Theodore Roosevelt, USS Nimitz and their strike groups along with ships from the South Korean Navy as they transit the Western Pacific, Nov. 12, 2017. The strike …More

Two soldiers kneel on the ground with a machine gun.

Army Reserve Spc. Krista Winburn and Pvt. Tevin Hightower reassemble an M2 machine gun during Operation Cold Steel II, hosted by the 79th Theater Sustainment Command, at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Nov. 9, 2017. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Debralee Best

A soldier climbs a cargo net against a backdrop of blue sky.

Army 1st Lt. Stephen Lloyd climbs a cargo net obstacle during a challenge at Fort Stewart, Ga., Nov. 15, 2017, as part of Marne Week 2017, a celebration of the 3rd Infantry Division’s centennial. Army photo by Spc. Jonathan Wallace

A soldier jumps over a hurdle, as a bulldog mascot him jumps over one behind him.

Sgt. Rocky, the 3rd Infantry Division’s mascot, jumps over obstacles with a soldier during a competition at Fort Stewart, Ga., Nov. 13, 2017. The event was part of Marne Week 2017, a celebration of the division’s centennial. Army photo by Sgt. Caitlyn Smoyer

Marines play instruments while seated.

Marine Corps Sgt. Brooke Bart, a flutist with Marine Corps Forces Pacific band, looks to the conductor while playing at the Marine Corps birthday pageant at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Nov. 9, 2017. The pageant celebrated Marine Corps birthday and pays homage to the rich legacy of the corps. Marine Corps photo by Lance C …More

A cyclist rides her bike in Honolulu in an event.

Army Pfc. Kaitlyn Quinn competes in the cycling event for the Pacific Regional Trials at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Nov. 10, 2017. The Warrior Transition Battalion at Schofield Barracks hosted the trials, which includes wounded, ill and injured soldiers from the transition battalions at Joint Base Lewis-McCord and Schof …More

A girl cries and hugs her father, who is shown from behind as he holds her.

The daughter of Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Shreaves hugs her dad upon his return to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Nov. 12, 2017, following a nine-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Trey Clifton

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Motherboard Digital Security Guide

This digital security guide by Motherboard is very good. I put alongside EFF’s “Surveillance Self-Defense” and John Scott-Railton’s “Digital Security Low Hanging Fruit.” There’s also “Digital Security and Privacy for Human Rights Defenders.”

There are too many of these….

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“Making Each Day Count” for Prevention Week

Prevention Week Logo
Group Picture from the Prevention Week Kick-off Event

Pictured at the Prevention Week 2017 Kickoff Event from SAMHSA are Frances M. Harding, Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and Kana Enomoto, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use; Angie Goff, News Anchor for NBC4 in Washington, DC; Peter Konwerski, Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, The George Washington University.

The 2017 observance of Prevention Week focused on the theme, “Making Each Day Count.” The annual observance raises awareness and promotes action on substance use and mental health. In addition to a kick-off event in Washington, DC, communities around the country participated in events and educational outreach and celebrated achievements made to prevent behavioral health issues. Participants also shared their prevention efforts on social media using #PreventionPower and #NPW2017 in their posts. Each day of Prevention Week had a prevention focus, including youth tobacco use, underage drinking and alcohol misuse, prescription and opioid drug misuse, illicit drug use and youth marijuana use, suicide, and mental health and wellness.

Prevention resources on all of these topics and more can be found at

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Science could make fire suppression safe via #datacenter #simulation

Data centers have had a problem with fire suppression systems. While trying to remove the threat of fire damage, they have actually introduced dangers of their own.

These systems operate by flooding the data center with inert gas, preventing fire from taking hold. However, to do this, they have to fill the space quickly, and this rapid expansion can create a shockwave, with vibrations that can damage the hard drives in the facility’s storage systems.


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A year ago, this happened in Glasgow, where a fire suppression system took out the local government’s email systems. And in September ING Bank in Romania was taken offline by a similar system. At the bank, there wasn’t even a fire. The system wrecked hard drives during a planned test of the fire suppressions system – one which had been unwisely scheduled for a busy lunchtime period.

These are just the incidents we know about. Ed Ansett of i3 has told us that this same problem has occurred on many occasions, but the data centers affected have chosen not to share the information.

It’s also likely these faults will happen more frequently as time passes because hard drives are evolving. To make higher capacity drives, vendors are allowing read/write heads to fly closer to the platters. This means they can resolve smaller magnetic domains, and more bits can fit on a disk. These drives have a smaller tolerance to shaking.

This is a shame because information leads to understanding, which is the key to solving the problem. To solve the problem, we need a scientific examination of how these incidents occur. And it turns out this is exactly what has been happening.

At DCD’s Zettastructure event in London last week, I heard about two very promising lines of inquiry that could make this problem simply disappear.

Fire suppression vendor Tyco believes that with drives becoming more fragile, more gentle nozzles are needed. The company has created a nozzle which will not shake drives, and will eventually be available as an upgrade to existing systems. Product manager Miguel Coll told me that the new nozzle is just as effective in suppressing fires, but does not produce a damaging shockwave.

That sounds like a problem solved – but there’s another approach. Future Facilities is well known for its computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software, which models the flow of air in data centers and is usually used to ensure that hot air is removed efficiently and eddies don’t waste energy.

Future Facilities checked the physics and found its software could also model the flow of much faster air, including the shockwave produced when a fire suppression system floods the room with gas.

The company modeled the operation of the systems and found that the nozzles are usually placed too close to IT systems. The rules by which they are placed were set by authorities outside the data center industry and predate today’s IT systems.

Future Facilities product manager David King reckons the research means that the whole problem can be avoided by simply placing the nozzles according to CFD models of how they work.

The data center industry’s weapon in the war on risk and waste is science. I’ll publish more about this on DatacenterDynamics, while the agenda of the Zettastructure event is online and the presentations will be available.

Peter Judge is editor of DatacenterDynamics


Previously seen on Green Data Center News

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R.I.P. root9B? We Hardly Knew Ya!

root9B Holdings, a company that many in the security industry consider little more than a big-name startup aimed at cashing in on the stock market’s insatiable appetite for cybersecurity firms, surprised no one this week when it announced it was ceasing operations at the end of the year.

Founded in 2011 as root9B Technologies, the company touted itself as an IT security training firm staffed by an impressive list of ex-military leaders with many years of cybersecurity experience at the Department of Defense and National Security Agency (NSA). As it began to attract more attention from investors, root9B’s focus shifted to helping organizations hunt for cyber intruders within their networks.

By 2015, root9B was announcing lucrative cybersecurity contracts with government agencies and the infusion of millions from investors. The company’s stock was ballooning in price, reaching an all-time high in mid-May 2015.

That was just days after root9B issued a headline-grabbing report about how its cyber intelligence had single-handedly derailed a planned Russian cyber attack on several U.S. financial institutions.

The report, released May 12, 2015, claimed root9B had uncovered plans by an infamous Russian hacking group to target several banks. The company said the thwarted operation was orchestrated by Fancy Bear/Sofacy, a so-called “advanced persistent threat” (APT) hacking group known for launching sophisticated phishing attacks aimed at infiltrating some of the world’s biggest corporations.  root9B released its Q1 2015 earnings two days later, reporting record revenues.

On May 20, 2015, KrebsOnSecurity published a rather visceral dissection of that root9B report: Security Firm Redefines APT; African Phishing Threat. The story highlighted the thinness of the report’s claims, pointing to multiple contradictory findings by other security firms which suggested the company had merely detected several new phishing domains being erected by a comparatively low-skilled African phishing gang that was well-known to investigators and U.S. banks.

In mid-June 2015, an anonymous researcher who’d apparently done a rather detailed investigation into root9B’s finances said the company was “a worthless reverse-merger created by insiders with [a] long history of penny-stock wipeouts, fraud allegations, and disaster.”

That report, published by the crowd-sourced financial market research site, sought to debunk claims by root9B that it possessed “proprietary” cybersecurity hardware and software, noting that the company mainly acts as a reseller of a training module produced by a third party.

root9B’s stock price never recovered from those reports, and began a slow but steady decline after mid-2015. In Dec. 2016, root9B Technologies announced a reverse split of its issued and outstanding common stock, saying it would be moving to the NASDAQ market with the trading symbol RTNB and a new name — root9B Holdings. On January 18, 2017, a reshuffled root9B rang the market opening bell at NASDAQ, and got a bounce when it said it’d been awarded a five-year training contract to support the U.S. Defense Department.

The company’s founders remained upbeat even into mid-2017. On June 6, 2017 it announced that Michael Hayden, the four-star general who until recently served as director of the U.S. National Security Agency, had joined the company’s board.

On June 23, 2017, root9B issued a press release reminding everyone that the company had remained #1 on the Cybersecurity 500 for the 6th consecutive quarter. The Cybersecurity 500, by the way, rates cybersecurity firms based on their “branding and marketing.”

Nobody ever accused root9B of bad marketing. But all the press releases in the world couldn’t hide the fact that the company had never turned a profit. It lost more than .3 million in 2016, more than doubling a $8.03 million loss in 2015.

Since August 2017, shares of the company’s stock have fallen more than 90 percent. On Sept. 28, 2017, all of root9B Holdings’ assets were acquired by venture investment firm Tracker Capital Management LLC, and then sold at auction.

On Nov. 13, root9B Holdings issued a press release saying NASDAQ was de-listing the firm on Nov. 15 and that it was ceasing operations at the end of this year.

“With the absence of any operating assets remaining after the Foreclosure, the Company will cease any and all operations effective, December 31, 2017,” the (final?) root9B press release concludes.

Several followers on Twitter say it’s too soon to sound the death knell for root9B as a whole, pointing out that while root9B Holdings may have been gutted and sold, for now it appears the security company root9B LLC is intact and is merely going back to being a private concern.

In any case, the demise of root9B Holdings resonates loudly with that of Norse Corp., another flashy, imploded cybersecurity startup that banked heavily on attracting and touting top talent, while managing to produce very little that was useful to or actionable by anybody.

Companies like these are a reminder that your success or failure in business as in life is directly tied to what you produce — not what you promise or represent. There is no shortcut to knowledge, success or mastery, and this goes for infosec students as well as active practitioners of the craft. Focus on consistently producing quality, unique content and/or services that are of real value to others, and the rest will take care of itself.

Update, 10:30 a.m.: Added perspective from Twitter readers.

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