Oct 17, 2021
Brazen Thieves Caught On Video Ripping Off Deer Valley High Camera Equipment
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ANTIOCH (CBS SF) — Brazen thieves broke into Antioch’s Deer Valley High School while the halls were empty in the pre-dawn hours, calmly ripping off prized camera equipment during a crime that was capture on surveillance video.
The theft and break-in has forced the school’s unique student-run television station to temporarily suspended video productionREAD MORE: Worker Shortage Lingers As San Francisco Restaurants Attempt To Recover From COVID Fiscal Woes
Principal Olubukola “Bukky” Oyebade said two burglars forced their way into the equipment room at 3:35 a.m. on Saturday October 9th. They wiped the storage shelves clean and stole about $15,000 worth of cameras and lenses.
A surveillance camera in the equipment room recorded the burglary. The footage showed two masked men, one wearing a Sierra College hoodie, and another was on phone Facetiming a woman. One burglar eventually saw the surveillance camera and removed it.
“That’s horrible, man,” said Coach Emonte Tay with the Deer Valley High School football team. “That’s taking away from our kids, taking away something that they enjoy doing. That’s really unfortunate that (the burglars) would do that to a school.”READ MORE: Colorful, Dramatic Atmospheric Performance At de Young Museum Wows Crowd
The television production teacher, Kiel Olff, shared pictures of the burglary aftermath on Facebook, showing empty equipment shelves and camera cases. He said the students had previously spent a lot of time raising money to buy the gear.
The students cover campus news and sports for Deer Valley Television, or better known as DVTV.
“A lot of the stuff from DVTV is very, very good, probably the best in the nation in my point of view,” said Coach Tay.
Coach Tay said the student journalists do a great job of covering the football team. “They support us big time, they definitely support us.”
The school said insurance will cover the stolen cameras. They have ordered some equipment so the student journalists can soon get back to doing what they love.
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Senior Biden administration officials meet with Google and other Silicon Valley companies to push for more help from the private sector to fend off hackers
Senior Biden administration officials met Silicon Valley executives on Monday to ask for more help in tackling hackers and ransomware attacks.
It comes amid fresh warnings that Russian state hackers, who caused chaos with the SolarWinds attack, have not eased up in their campaign of cyberespionage.
And it emerged that global ransomware attacks increased by 151 percent in the first half of 2021 compared with last year, according to Canada's signals intelligence agency.
Against that backdrop, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and other officials met executives from 13 companies, including Google, at the Four Seasons hotel in Palo Alto, California according to Politico.
'This is about taking a spirit of partnership and moving into actual operational collaboration,' Mayorkas told the news outlet.
He said the aim was to 'increase the cyber hygiene not only of the government' but also companies with a wide range of expertise and resources.
Participants included networking vendor Juniper Networks and security firm Mandiant.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and other officials reportedly met executives from 13 companies, including Google, at the Four Seasons hotel in Palo Alto, to discuss how to better tackle the threat from hackers
Google was among the Silicon Valley companies represented at the meeting
At the same time it emerged that global ransomware attacks increased by 151 percent in the first half of 2021 compared with last year, according to Canada's signals intelligence agency
At the same time, Mandiant issued a report warning that hackers linked to Moscow's SVR foreign intelligence agency continued to steal data 'relevant to Russian interests.'
'The threat actors continue to innovate and identify new techniques and tradecraft to maintain persistent access to victim environments, hinder detection, and confuse attribution efforts,' it said.
Federal agencies already work with some companies, such as Microsoft, that warn when they spot cyberattacks and help to take them offline.
But the Palo Alto meeting was billed as a chance to further build relations at a time when such attacks are surging and to offer an alternative line of defense that does not rely on the goodwill of Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom Biden is expected to raise cybersecurity in a video conference on Tuesday.
A DHS official added that the meeting was designed to 'get to the point where government and the private sector are working day in and day out on understanding, analyzing, and then mitigating the most urgent threats that we're seeing.'
It comes as Canada warned of the growing threat this year.
The Communications Security Establishment (CSE), citing attacks on North American health facilities and a U.S. pipeline, said the scale and scope of ransomware operators represented security and economic risks to Canada and its allies.