SOUTH DAKOTA INFLUENZA SUMMARY FOR THE WEEK ENDING MAY 5, 2018

Influenza activity was at “Sporadic” level in South Dakota again during the past week.  

·      40 new confirmedcases of influenza were reported last week.   5,971 confirmed cases cumulative so far this season:  4,400Influenza A and 1,571 Influenza B.  *Lab confirmed:  PCR, culture or DFA. The number of laboratories using rapid confirmatory tests has increased, which may account for some of the increase in confirmed cases observed this influenza season.

·      10.64% positive rapid antigen tests reported statewide (25 positives out of 235 individuals tested last week).    Total 46,525 tests performed so far this season.

·      2 new influenza-associated hospitalizations reported last week (Brown and Turner counties).  Total of 867 hospitalizations so far this season.

·      Zero influenza-associated deaths were reported last week. Total of 62 deaths so far this season.

·      1.11% of clinic visits were for influenzalike illness (ILI),36.5% of ILI visits were children 4 years of age and younger.

·      1.53% of K12 students were absent due to any illness, range 0% – 9% absent (147 schools reporting).

South Dakota Dept of Health

 

Season

Dominate virus

Deaths

Hospitalizations

Confirmed cases (Culture, PR, DFA)

Peak week

2017-2018

A(H3N2)

62

867

5,971

February 3rdweek

2016-2017

A(H3N2)

44

965

2,078

February 3rd week

2015-2016

A(H1N1)

9

161

786

March 2nd week

2014-2015

A(H3N2)

63

793

1,703

January 1st week

2013-2014

A(H1N1)

14

239

659

January 1st week

2012-2013

A(H3N2)

38

365

993

January 2nd week

2011-2012

A(H3N2)

17

164

505

March 3rd week

2010-2011

A(H3N2)

20

290

860

February 3rd week

2009-2010

A(H1N1) pandemic

24

431

2,303

October 2nd week

2008-2009

A(H1N1)

4

134

525

March 1st week

2007-2008

A(H3N2)

22

361

684

February 4th week

2006-2007

A(H1N1)

6

132

400

February 3rd week

2005-2006

A(H3N2)

11

 Not reportable

636

March 2nd week

2004-2005

A(H3N2)

42

 Not reportable

684

February 3rd week

Median (2004-2017)

 

20

290

860

February 3rd week

Influenza surveillance website:  http://flu.sd.gov.  

National Synopsis:   Influenza activity has decreased in the United States.

Nationally, 32.6% influenza A and 67.4% influenza B of 86 positive specimens tested in public health laboratories.

Influenza activity by state:

–    WIDESPREAD (highest level) influenza activity in three states;

–    REGIONAL activity in four  States and Guam and Puerto Rico;

–    LOCAL activity in 16 states;

–    SPORADIC activity in 25 states  and the District of Columbia; including South Dakota;

–    NO activity in two states & the US Virgin Islands.

Our neighboring states:

–   LOCAL activity: North Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana.

–   Sporadic Activity: Wyoming

SD Dept of Health website:  http://doh.sd.gov/   SD Dept of Health Facebook:  www.facebook.com/SDHealthDepartment

Tourism to Mount Rushmore Adds 177 Million to Local Economy

Keystone, South Dakota In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week Mount Rushmore National Memorial reveals data from a new National Park Service report which shows that over 2.4 million visitors to Mount Rushmore in 2017 spent an estimated $139 million in local communities.  Spending that supported 2,140 jobs in the area and had a cumulative benefit of $177 million to the local economy.

“Doane Robinson to Gutzon Borglum to today Mount Rushmore National Memorial has long served as an active member in the tourism economy of our local communities,” stated Superintendent Cheryl Schreier.  “National Park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service.  We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service.  The report shows $18.2 billion of direct spending by more than 330 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park.  This spending supported 306,000 jobs nationally; 255,900 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities.  The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $35.8 billion.

The lodging sector received the highest direct contributions with $5.5 billion in economic output to local gateway economies and 49,000 jobs.  The restaurants sector received the next greatest direct contributions with $3.7 billion in economic output to local gateway economies and 60,500 jobs.

According to the 2017 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging/camping (32.9 percent) followed by food and beverages (27.5 percent), gas and oil (12.1 percent), souvenirs and other expenses (10.1 percent), admissions and fees (10.0 percent), and local transportation (7.5 percent).

Report authors also produced an interactive tool that enables users to explore visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added, and output effects by sector for national, state, and local economies.  Users can also view year-by-year trend data.  The interactive tool and report are available at the NPS Social Science Program webpage: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/s ocialscience/vse.htm.  To learn more about national parks in South Dakota and how the National Park Service works with South Dakota communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go tohttps://www.nps.gov/state/sd.

For additional park information, please visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial’s official website at www.nps.gov/moru.

STATE WINS CIVIL LAWSUIT IN INMATE MEDICAL CASE

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that a federal jury has cleared two Department of Corrections employees of any wrong doing in a civil rights lawsuit.

James Elmer Shaw, 41, an inmate at the South Dakota State Penitentiary, alleged that Troy Ponto, Associate Warden and Al Madsen, Unit Manager, had failed to provide proper medical care and that Ponto had retaliated against Shaw.

“We are pleased that the jury saw through the inmate’s spurious accusations. We appreciate their service and deliberation,” said Jackley. “I want to thank the prison staff for the difficult work they do and for their assistance during this investigation.”

Ponto, Madsen, and various witnesses presented evidence to the jury to show that Shaw failed to request medical care, that inmates are provided continuous access to medical care, and that Shaw was placed in the Special Housing Unit because he had stolen original medical records, and not for retaliatory purposes.

The employees were represented by the South Dakota Office of Attorney General, with assistance from the SD Department of Corrections and South Dakota Correctional Health Services.

The South Dakota Correctional Healthcare Services was most recently reaccredited in 2015 by the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare for all five state correctional facilities.

SDDA OFFERS WEED-FREE FORAGE CERTIFICATION

 

Hay producers can add value to their product by having it certified noxious weed-free forage through the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).

“This is a win-win situation. A farmer can get a better price for their forage and it helps prevent the spread of noxious weeds,” said Ron Moehring, state weed supervisor and program specialist for the weed-free forage program.

The certification program is the first step to preventing the spread of new noxious weeds into forests and natural areas. Straw used in soil erosion reclamation projects or animal bedding must also be free of noxious weeds.

“I’m selling my hay at a higher price, $3 to $4 a bale more,” said Travis Ismay of Vale, SD. “I didn’t have to treat my fields much differently than I had been doing. I just had to have the inspector come out and certify the field before I cut the hay.”

Cost of certification is $250 for the first acre and $2 an acre for the rest of the field that is inspected. A request for certification needs to be made to the SDDA 10 days prior to expected harvest date. The crop will be certified using the NAISMA Weed Free Forage list and the South Dakota Noxious Weed list. A field can still be certified weed free if listed weeds are present in the field, however those weeds cannot seed before harvest takes place.

“Once the inspector arrives at the field, they must walk the perimeter of the field in question, then crisscross or zigzag through the field by coming in at one point (or side) and leaving at a different point, looking for any of the designated weeds. In addition, a buffer area on the perimeter must also be weed-free, as well as hay storage areas.  A certificate of inspection is completed and sent to the producer. Once a field is certified, the producer has a designated time period to harvest the crop. If the crop isn’t harvested within the time frame, the field must be re-certified to verify no seeds have formed. The producer will identify the inspected forage by a special tag available through SDDA,” Moehring said.

For more information about South Dakota weed-free forage program visit https://sdda.sd.gov/ag-services/weed-and-pest-control/weed-free-forage/ or contact Moehring at ron.moehring@state.sd.us or 605.773.3796.

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow.

Visit us online athttp://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY OFFERS CYBER LEADERSHIP DEGREE – NEW SPECIALIZATIONS

VERMILLION, S.D. – A new degree program that would attract, after it is fully implemented, more than 100 students to Dakota State University to study cyber leadership will be available starting this fall.

The South Dakota Board of Regents authorized the university in Madison to offer a bachelor of science degree in cyber leadership and intelligence, both on campus and online. It is the first program of its kind at the state’s public universities, although Dakota State does grant related degrees in cyber operations and in network and security administration.

DSU officials said this unique interdisciplinary program equips students with the knowledge of cyber systems and world cultures, international politics, human behavior, and leadership. New graduates will be prepared to work with government leaders and corporate executives to develop strategies to defend those organizations from cyber disruption. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates more than 28,000 professionals will be needed in cyber-related fields by 2026.

In other action, the regents approved two new specializations available to students within existing degree programs at Dakota State.

One is a specialization in artificial intelligence and machine learning, which will be an option for study within the B.S. degree in computer science. Graduates with this specialization will learn certain skills related to automation of tasks and analyzing data, which will provide them new opportunities for employment in multiple workforce sectors.

Also approved was a specialization in information assurance within the DSU master of science degree in information systems. This focused study will prepare graduate students to manage risks related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information or data. Graduates with this specialization will be prepared for employment in high-demand occupations such as IT business analyst, information architect, information assurance manager, IT manager, chief security officer, and chief technology officer.

CITY OF CUSTER CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS- REGULAR SESSION MAY 7th, 2018

Mayor Corbin Herman called to order the first meeting of the Common Council for the month of May 2018 at 5:30 p.m.  Present at roll call were Councilpersons Maciejewski, Heinrich, Fischer, Blom and Arseneault. City Attorney Chris Beesley was present. The Pledge of Allegiance was stated.

AGENDA

Councilperson Arseneault moved to approve the agenda. Second by Councilperson Fischer, the motion unanimously carried.

MINUTES

Councilperson Heinrich moved, with a second by Councilperson Blom, to approve the minutes from the April 30th special council meeting. The motion unanimously carried.

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

No conflicts of interest were stated.

2017 AUDIT PRESENTATION

            Traci Hanson with Ketel Thorstenson, LLP presented the 2017 audit. Councilperson Fischer moved to accept the 2017 audit as presented.  Seconded by Councilperson Arseneault, the motion unanimously carried.

CUSTER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESENTATION

            Dave Ressler along with Chamber Staff, presented an overview of the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce activities and contributions to the community.

CUSTER BID BOARD PRESENTATION

            Marcel Wahlstrom, BID Board President and Brad “Murdoc” Jurgensen with HomeSlice Media Group, present the Custer BID Board 2018 marketing campaign.

EXECUTIVE PROCLAMATION – ARBOR DAY

            Councilperson Maciejewski moved to approve the executive proclamation for Arbor Day. Seconded by Councilperson Blom, the motion unanimously carried.

EXECUTIVE PROCLAMATION

            WHEREAS, In 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees, and

WHEREAS, the holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska, and

           WHEREAS, Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and the world, and

WHEREAS, trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, lower our heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce oxygen and provide habitat for wildlife, and

WHEREAS, trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires and countless other wood products

WHEREAS, trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas, and beautify our community, and

WHEREAS, trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Corbin Herman, Mayor of the City of Custer City, South Dakota, do hereby proclaim May 14th, 2018 to be

ARBOR DAY

in the City of Custer City, SD, and I urge all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands.  Further, I urge all citizens to plant and care for trees to gladden the heart and promote the well-being of this and future generations.

City of Custer City

S/Corbin Herman, Mayor

ATTEST: Laurie Woodward, Finance Officer

HOMESLICE MEDIA CONTRACT – CUSTER BID BOARD

            Councilperson Fischer moved to approve the Advertising Agency Retainer Contract with HomeSlice Media for 2018 for a monthly retainer of $1,750 in addition to the cost of any media placed, with two minor changes being made to a year and county. Seconded by Councilperson Blom, the motion carried with Councilperson Maciejewski, Heinrich, Fischer, Blom and Arseneault voting yes.

TOBY BRUSSEAU PRODUCTIONS CONTRACT – CUSTER BID BOARD

            Councilperson Heinrich moved to approve the Marketing Services Agreement with Toby Brusseau Production, LLC for 2018 for a yearly total of $38,400. Seconded by Councilperson Fischer, the motion carried with Councilperson Heinrich, Fischer, Blom, Arseneault and Maciejewski voting yes.

MARKETING MANAGER CONTRACT – DOLSEE DAVENPORT – CUSTER BID BOARD

            Councilperson Heinrich moved to approve the Marketing Manager Contract with Dolsee Davenport for 2018 at a rate of $1,000 a month. Seconded by Councilperson Maciejewski, the motion carried with Councilperson Fischer, Blom, Arseneault, Maciejewski and Heinrich voting yes.

DRAINAGE EVALUATION & DESIGN SERVICES PROPOSAL – ACES

            Councilperson Maciejewski moved to table the drainage evaluation & design services proposal from ACES to allow for more information to be gathered. Seconded by Councilperson Heinrich, the motion unanimously carried.

WEST DAM RECONSTRUCTION CONTRACT AMENDMENT #3 – BANNER

            Councilperson Heinrich moved to approve the West Dam Reconstruction Contract Amendment #3 with Banner for $11,800. Seconded by Councilperson Maciejewski, the motion carried with Councilperson Blom, Arseneault, Maciejewski, Heinrich and Fischer voting yes.

MAILBOX REPLACEMENT POLICY

            Councilperson Fischer moved to approve the Mailbox Replacement Policy as presented by the Public Works Director. Seconded by Councilperson Blom, the motion unanimously carried.

CLAIMS

            Councilperson Maciejewski moved, with a second by Councilperson Heinrich, to approve the following claims.  The motion carried unanimously.

Advanced Drug Testing, Safety, $36.00

AFLAC, Insurance, $588.92

AFCME Council 65, Dues, $86.14

Battle Mountain Humane Society, Animal Control Contract, $1,000.00

Beesley Law Office, Professional Fees, $4,130.00

Black Hills Energy, Utilities, $3,363.03

Toby Brusseau Production, Bid Board Advertising, $5,600.00

Calamity Jane Winery & Mercantile, Supplies, $778.00

Century Business Products, Supplies, $201.59

Core and Main LP, Supplies, $791.88

Culligan, Repairs and Maintenance, $18.50

Chronicle, Publication, $926.70

Custer County Housing and Redevelopment Commission, Subsidy, $2,000.00

Custer Do It Best, Supplies, Repairs and Maintenance, $70.79

Custer Hospitality, Bid Board, $259.59

Custer True Value, Supplies, Repairs and Maintenance, $724.16

California State Disbursement, Deductions, $106.38

Clay County Sheriff, Safety, $15.00

Dacotah Bank, TIF #2 Payment, $8,122.07

Dacotah Bank, TIF #4 Payment, $16.41

Delta Dental, Insurance, $148.20

Discovery Benefits, Supplies, $856.92

Edward Enterprises, Cemetery Caretaker Contract, $4,571.43

EFTPS, Taxes, $12,643.92

Fastenal, Supplies, $35.80

First Interstate Bank, TIF #4 Payment, $16.40

First Interstate Bank, TIF #1 Payment, $8,705.28

First Western Insurance, Supplies, $50.00

French Creek Supply, Supplies, Repairs and Maintenance, $237.98

Golden West Telecommunications, Utilities, $614.00

Golden West Technologies, Repairs and Maintenance, $1,500.00

Golden West Technologies, Professional Fees, $673.50

Green Owl Media, Professional Fees, $140.00

Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP, Professional Fees, $75.00

Hawkins, Supplies, $2,816.48

Image All, Supplies, $45.50

Jenner Equipment, Repair & Maintenance, $820.26

Scott Kellogg, Supplies, $181.00

Ketel Thorstenson, Professional Fees, $12,788.76

KLJ, Professional Fees, $5,700.00

Mclain, Mitch, Bid Board, $442.55

NBS Calibrations, Repairs and Maintenance, $186.00

Petty Cash, Supplies, $396.75

Pitney Bowes, Supplies, $48.69

Quality Auto Body, Repairs and Maintenance, $95.00

Quill, Supplies, $78.73

Rapid Delivery, Professional Fees, $51.76

RYCOM Instruments INC, Supplies, $681.74

S & B Motors, Supplies, Repairs and Maintenance, $39.36

Sander Sanitation, Garbage Collection Contract, $13,422.54

SD State Long Distance, Utilities, $44.38

SD Secretary of State, Supplies, $30.00

Servall, Supplies, $165.02

Simon Materials, Repairs and Maintenance, $3,537.93

SD Department of Criminal Investigation, Safety, 173.00

SD Department of Revenue, Professional Fees, $312.50

SD Retirement System, $6,058.08

Supplemental Retirement, $620.00

Taylor Drilling Co., Repairs and Maintenance, $9,263.21

Unemployment Insurance Division of SD, $664.89

United Way, Contributions, $100.00

Verizon Wireless, Utilities, $446.14

Wellmark, Insurance, $11,519.05

Wesdak Welding and Diesel LLC, Supplies, Repairs and Maintenance, $352.00

Wright Express, Supplies, $732.15

Dicarlo, Christina, Utility Deposit Refund, $49.98

Midtown Partitions, Utility Deposit Refund, $32.87

Briah Player, Utility Deposit Refund, $21.60

Mayor & Council, $4,400.00

Finance Department, $5,822.78

Public Buildings, $2,702.41

Planning Department, $6,886.55

Public Works Department, $3,032.99

Street Department, $7,721.35

Cruisin Department, $79.10

Parks Department, $3,327.06

Water Department, $11,546.14

Wastewater Department, $11,363.87

Total Claims, $187,923.76

DEPARTMENT HEADS & COMMITTEE REPORTS

            Various committee reports were given in addition to department heads giving an update.

ADJOURNMENT

            With no further business, Councilperson Arseneault moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:05 p.m. Seconded by Councilperson, Blom, the motion carried unanimously.

ATTEST:                                                                                       CITY OF CUSTER CITY

Laurie Woodward                                                                          Corbin Herman

Finance Officer                                                                              Mayor

South Dakota Board of Education Standards Holds First Reading To Update Graduation Requirements

VERMILLION, S.D. – The South Dakota Board of Education Standards held a first reading of proposed changes to state graduation requirements at its meeting today.

The proposal came about after discussions among education stakeholders across the state this spring. South Dakota’s current graduation requirements were adopted in 2009. Stakeholders have been examining whether these requirements continue to meet the needs of students, employers and communities.

Proposed changes aim to combine opportunities for rigor, student engagement and flexibility. The proposal was developed to provide students with multiple opportunities to meet their postsecondary and career goals within a framework of general high school graduation requirements.

Learn more about the proposed requirements by visiting http://doe.sd.gov/gradrequirements/.

The public is encouraged to engage in the statewide conversation about this proposal. The official public comment period will open June 6. Written comments will be accepted until July 13, with a public hearing before the Board of Education Standards scheduled on July 16.

CRYPTOJACKING SPREADS ACROSS THE WEB

Pranghu Bajpai
Richard Enbody
Michigan State University

 

Right now, your computer might be using its memory and processor power – and your electricity – to generate money for someone else, without you ever knowing. It’s called “cryptojacking,” and it is an offshoot of the rising popularity of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.

Instead of minting coins or printing paper money, creating new units of cryptocurrencies, which is called “mining,” involves performing complex mathematical calculations. These intentionally difficult calculations securely record transactions among people using the cryptocurrency and provide an objective record of the “order” in which transactions are conducted.

The user who successfully completes each calculation gets a reward in the form of a tiny amount of that cryptocurrency. That helps offset the main costs of mining, which involve buying advanced computer processors and paying for electricity to run them. It is not surprising that enterprising cryptocurrency enthusiasts have found a way to increase their profits, mining currency for themselves by using other people’s processing and electrical power.

Our security research group at Michigan State University is presently focused on researching ransomware and cryptojacking – the two biggest threats to user security in 2018. Our preliminary web crawl identified 212 websites involved in cryptojacking.

Types of cryptojacking
There are two forms of cryptojacking; one is like other malware attacks and involves tricking a user into downloading a mining application to their computer. It’s far easier, however, just to lure visitors to a webpage that includes a script their web browser software runs or to embed a mining script in a common website. Another variant of this latter approach is to inject cryptomining scripts into ad networks that legitimate websites then unknowingly serve to their visitors.

The mining script can be very small – just a few lines of text that download a small program from a web server, activate it on the user’s own browser and tell the program where to credit any mined cryptocurrency. The user’s computer and electricity do all the work, and the person who wrote the code gets all the proceeds. The computer’s owner may never even realize what’s going on.

Is all cryptocurrency mining bad?
There are legitimate purposes for this sort of embedded cryptocurrency mining – if it is disclosed to users rather than happening secretly. Salon, for example, is asking its visitors to help provide financial support for the site in one of two ways: Either allow the site to display advertising, for which Salon gets paid, or let the site conduct cryptocurrency mining while reading its articles. That’s a case when the site is making very clear to users what it’s doing, including the effect on their computers’ performance, so there is not a problem. More recently, a UNICEF charity allows people to donate their computer’s processing power to mine cryptocurrency.

However, many sites do not let users know what is happening, so they are engaging in cryptojacking. Our initial analysis indicates that many sites with cryptojacking software are engaged in other dubious practices: Some of them are classified by internet security firm FortiGuard as “malicious websites,” known to be homes for destructive and malicious software. Other cryptojacking sites were classified as “pornography” sites, many of which appeared to be hosting or indexing potentially illegal pornographic content.

The problem is so severe that Google recently announced it would ban all extensions that involved cryptocurrency mining from its Chrome browser – regardless of whether the mining was done openly or in secret.

The longer a person stays on a cryptojacked website, the more cryptocurrency their computer will mine. The most successful cryptojacking efforts are on streaming media sites, because they have lots of visitors who stay a long time. While legitimate streaming websites such as YouTube and Netflix are safe for users, some sites that host pirated videos are targeting visitors for cryptojacking.

Other sites extend a user’s apparent visit time by opening a tiny additional browser window and placing it in a hard-to-spot part of the screen, say, behind the taskbar. So even after a user closes the original window, the site stays connected and continues to mine cryptocurrency.

What harm does cryptojacking do?
The amount of electricity a computer uses depends on what it’s doing. Mining is very processor-intensive – and that activity requires more power. So a laptop’s battery will drain faster if it’s mining, like when it’s displaying a 4K video or handling a 3D rendering.

Similarly, a desktop computer will draw more power from the wall, both to power the processor and to run fans to prevent the machine from overheating. And even with proper cooling, the increased heat can take its own toll over the long term, damaging hardware and slowing down the computer.

This harms not only individuals whose computers are hijacked for cryptocurrency mining, but also universities, companies and other large organizations. A large number of cryptojacked machines across an institution can consume substantial amounts of electricity and damage large numbers of computers.

Protecting against cryptojacking
Users may be able to recognize cryptojacking on their own. Because it involves increasing processor activity, the computer’s temperature can climb – and the computer’s fan may activate or run more quickly in an attempt to cool things down.

People who are concerned their computers may have been subjected to cryptojacking should run an up-to-date antivirus program. While cryptojacking scripts are not necessarily actual computer viruses, most antivirus software packages also check for other types of malicious software. That usually includes identifying and blocking mining malware and even browser-based mining scripts.

Installing software updates may also help users block attacks that try to download cryptojacking software or other malicious programs to their computers. In addition, browser add-ons that block mining scripts can reduce the likelihood of being cryptojacked by code embedded in websites. Further, users should either turn off or use a strong password to secure remote services such as Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection or secure shell (SSH) access.

Cryptocurrency mining can be a legitimate source of revenue – but not when done secretly or by hijacking others’ computers to do the work and having them pay the resulting financial costs.

MAY IS JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

 

PHILADELPHIA, /PRNewswire/ — Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) is a national commemoration of the contributions that American Jews have made to the fabric of our nation’s history, culture, and society.  The theme for May 2018 is American Jews and Music which focuses on the rich and deep influence of American Jews on American music across decades and genres. The JAHM website, www.jahm.us, offers interactive content and educational resources to facilitate nationwide engagement. First established by presidential proclamation in 2006 and renewed every year since, JAHM encourages people of all backgrounds to learn about and draw inspiration from more than 360-years of Jewish life in this country.

“Through JAHM, we honor the values of inclusion, acceptance, and religious liberty cherished by this country,” says Ivy Barsky, CEO and Gwen Goodman Director of the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) in Philadelphia, the lead sponsor of JAHM.

Inspired by the 2018 global Leonard Bernstein centennial celebrations, this year’s JAHM theme recognizes the many Jewish Americans who helped create the nation’s soundtrack – individuals who have been shaped by American life, society, and culture, and in turn enriched America’s musical repertoire, from classical compositions to rock and roll. West Side Story composer and humanitarian Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) used the power of music to respond to the social crises of his day. Songwriter Irving Berlin (1888-1989) was an Eastern European immigrant who produced timeless hits, including God Bless America, while fighting for the United States in WWI. Singer Fanny Brice (1891-1951), the child of Jewish immigrants, delighted audiences with her vaudeville acts, inspiring a stage and film portrayal by another widely successful artist—global stage and screen sensation Barbra Streisand (b. 1942). Chart-topping hits have been produced by Bob Dylan (b. 1941), Carole King (b. 1942), Paul Simon (b. 1941), Regina Spektor (b. 1980), and countless others. The musical output of these creative individuals continues to entertain and inspire today.

The JAHM website and Fascinating Rhythms resource booklet produced by NMAJH provide myriad ways to connect to JAHM nationally: communities can submit their related events to the calendar, dive into musical resources from the Milken Archive of Jewish Music and the Library of Congress, download and share the pdf of the booklet or contact astuble@nmajh.org to request hard copies, and more.  For an in-depth look at individuals such as Leonard Bernstein, visit exhibitions like Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music on view through September 2, 2018 at NMAJH.

For more information and updates visit www.jahm.us.

About Jewish American Heritage Month
Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) is a national month of recognition of the more than 360-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture, celebrated in May. JAHM acknowledges the achievements of Jewish Americans in fields ranging from sports and arts and entertainment to medicine, business, science, government and military service. For more information, visit jahm.us and connect on Facebook and Twitter.

SOURCE National Museum of American Jewish History