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News Digest: Halloween Brew Crawl, City of Livermore ransomware attack & Mood disorder seminar

Also: Dog show at fairgrounds, 'Angst' screening, Remembering nuclear workers, RAGE Kicks Cancer & more

Halloween Brew Crawl

The Pleasanton Downtown Association is hosting its annual Halloween Brew Crawl next Saturday (Oct. 26) from 5-8 p.m. at participating businesses in the heart of downtown.

Attendees can stroll and sip on craft brews and cider all while sampling tasty bites and live music along the way at over 25 downtown locations. Visit pleasantondowntown.net for ticket information.

Addressing mood disorders

The Alan Hu Foundation is presenting "Treating and Preventing Mood Disorders for Lifelong Impact," a seminar led by Dr. Manpreet K. Singh, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Las Positas College in Livermore.

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Singh will discuss early detection, interventions, treatment, and the importance of mindfulness, medications and family-focused psychotherapy for mood disorders in children and adolescents, organizers said. The seminar is free; RSVP by Sunday at alanhufoundation.org.

The foundation was started by Alan's parents, Xiaofang Chen and Chih-Ching Hu, to promote mental health awareness after the Pleasanton boy died by suicide last year at the age of 15. They also want to remove the stigma surrounding psychiatric disorders and support research for cures.

Ransomware attack

Livermore was recently struck by a ransomware attack and though calculations on the fiscal fallout aren't finished, city leaders are already focused on making sure it doesn't happen again.

Hackers are believed to have stealthily added a virus to the city's computer network using attachments infected with malware, then demanded a ransom payment in exchange for a decryption key to release the information. Paying the ransom was never on the table for the city, which reported the attack to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and then shared technical data to help find the offenders.

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The malicious code was undetected for an indeterminate length of time until late August, when city employees discovered that the cybercriminals had seized city email accounts to send out emails with malware-infected attachments.

The virus encrypted multiple computer files on the city's system, leaving workers without access to their computers, email and documents for several days. The attack also shut down the city's phone system during that time and locked them out from other data such as their Geographical Information System files for around two weeks.

The city's 911 system was unscathed but a computer-aided dispatch system used by the Livermore Police Department was taken out during the attack, temporarily blocking police officers from accessing law enforcement records while on patrol.

Because the city regularly backs up its data to remote servers, and does not keep personal financial data such as credit card numbers for utility customers on its system, some damage was minimized or avoided entirely. The city's insurance policy will cover a forensic investigation conducted by contractors, as well as rehabilitation work. Most of the system's recovery is now completed but finalizing the total restoration cost will take several weeks, according to city manager Marc Roberts.

Cybersecurity consultants are being brought in to help the city beef up its systems security through cloud migration, improved staff training and newly implemented information security policies and protocols.

As part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month during October, the FBI recommends guarding against ransomware and other cyber attacks by examining the email address and URLs in all messages received. Scammers use websites and emails addresses that appear identical to valid ones but with small differences in spelling.

Dog show at fairgrounds

Hundreds of dogs will strut down the runways at the Harvest Moon Cluster dog show at the Alameda County Fairgrounds now through Sunday, according to the American Kennel Club.

The event starts each day at 8 a.m. at the fairgrounds at 4501 Pleasanton Ave. at Bernal Avenue in Pleasanton and is free to the public.

The Skyline Dog Fanciers of San Mateo County and the Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore are bringing the show to the area.

Dogs that are not competing are not allowed on the show grounds.

-- Bay City News Service

'Angst' screening

Special screenings of the documentary film "Angst" to raise awareness around anxiety are being presented in October and November at venues in the Tri-Valley.

The showings will be at 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday (Oct. 23) at The Vine Cinema, 1722 First St., Livermore, at 6:30 p.m. and Nov. 13 at the Center for Performing Arts and Education, 8151 Village Parkway, Dublin.

Registration is requested. RSVP at eventbrite.com by searching for "Angst."

National Day of Remembrance for Nuclear Weapons Worker

All former Department of Energy and atomic workers are invited to attend the National Day of Remembrance Celebration hosted by Nuclear Care Partners.

This event is free to all former atomic workers and their family members from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m on Wednesday (Oct. 23) at Retzlaff Vineyards, 1356 S. Livermore Ave. in Livermore. RSVPs are required for this event -- call Nuclear Care Partners at 453-3803.

Literacy tutors

The Pleasanton Public Library's Literacy Program needs volunteer tutors to help adults improve their English skills. The next training event is from 1-4 p.m. this Saturday at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd.

Volunteers should be at least 18 years old, fluent in American English and familiar with American culture. Contact the adult literacy team literacy@cityofpleasantonca.gov or call 931-3405.

Film master class at LPC

Las Positas College in Livermore presents "Self Creation in the Film Industry Master Class" from 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday (Oct. 24) at the Mertes Center, Building 4000. The session will feature Shawn Ryan's Film Master Class and showing of his Cannes Film Festival entry, "Charlie" with a workshop and Q&A session to follow. This event is free.

RAGE Kicks Cancer

Pleasanton Rage is hosting RAGE Kicks Cancer, our first breast cancer awareness and fundraising event, the youth soccer organization's fall community service project that will take place on Monday from 5-7:15 p.m.

All teams and their coaches will participate. Families are welcome and encouraged to join. Some of the scheduled events for the PINK OUT include a Big Sister-Little Sister picnic, photo booth, water balloon challenge, cake walk, bracelet making, poster making, ribbon making and a coaches field goal kicking challenge. Visit https://pleasantonrage.org for more information.

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News Digest: Halloween Brew Crawl, City of Livermore ransomware attack & Mood disorder seminar

Also: Dog show at fairgrounds, 'Angst' screening, Remembering nuclear workers, RAGE Kicks Cancer & more

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Halloween Brew Crawl

The Pleasanton Downtown Association is hosting its annual Halloween Brew Crawl next Saturday (Oct. 26) from 5-8 p.m. at participating businesses in the heart of downtown.

Attendees can stroll and sip on craft brews and cider all while sampling tasty bites and live music along the way at over 25 downtown locations. Visit pleasantondowntown.net for ticket information.

Addressing mood disorders

The Alan Hu Foundation is presenting "Treating and Preventing Mood Disorders for Lifelong Impact," a seminar led by Dr. Manpreet K. Singh, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Las Positas College in Livermore.

Singh will discuss early detection, interventions, treatment, and the importance of mindfulness, medications and family-focused psychotherapy for mood disorders in children and adolescents, organizers said. The seminar is free; RSVP by Sunday at alanhufoundation.org.

The foundation was started by Alan's parents, Xiaofang Chen and Chih-Ching Hu, to promote mental health awareness after the Pleasanton boy died by suicide last year at the age of 15. They also want to remove the stigma surrounding psychiatric disorders and support research for cures.

Ransomware attack

Livermore was recently struck by a ransomware attack and though calculations on the fiscal fallout aren't finished, city leaders are already focused on making sure it doesn't happen again.

Hackers are believed to have stealthily added a virus to the city's computer network using attachments infected with malware, then demanded a ransom payment in exchange for a decryption key to release the information. Paying the ransom was never on the table for the city, which reported the attack to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and then shared technical data to help find the offenders.

The malicious code was undetected for an indeterminate length of time until late August, when city employees discovered that the cybercriminals had seized city email accounts to send out emails with malware-infected attachments.

The virus encrypted multiple computer files on the city's system, leaving workers without access to their computers, email and documents for several days. The attack also shut down the city's phone system during that time and locked them out from other data such as their Geographical Information System files for around two weeks.

The city's 911 system was unscathed but a computer-aided dispatch system used by the Livermore Police Department was taken out during the attack, temporarily blocking police officers from accessing law enforcement records while on patrol.

Because the city regularly backs up its data to remote servers, and does not keep personal financial data such as credit card numbers for utility customers on its system, some damage was minimized or avoided entirely. The city's insurance policy will cover a forensic investigation conducted by contractors, as well as rehabilitation work. Most of the system's recovery is now completed but finalizing the total restoration cost will take several weeks, according to city manager Marc Roberts.

Cybersecurity consultants are being brought in to help the city beef up its systems security through cloud migration, improved staff training and newly implemented information security policies and protocols.

As part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month during October, the FBI recommends guarding against ransomware and other cyber attacks by examining the email address and URLs in all messages received. Scammers use websites and emails addresses that appear identical to valid ones but with small differences in spelling.

Dog show at fairgrounds

Hundreds of dogs will strut down the runways at the Harvest Moon Cluster dog show at the Alameda County Fairgrounds now through Sunday, according to the American Kennel Club.

The event starts each day at 8 a.m. at the fairgrounds at 4501 Pleasanton Ave. at Bernal Avenue in Pleasanton and is free to the public.

The Skyline Dog Fanciers of San Mateo County and the Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore are bringing the show to the area.

Dogs that are not competing are not allowed on the show grounds.

-- Bay City News Service

'Angst' screening

Special screenings of the documentary film "Angst" to raise awareness around anxiety are being presented in October and November at venues in the Tri-Valley.

The showings will be at 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday (Oct. 23) at The Vine Cinema, 1722 First St., Livermore, at 6:30 p.m. and Nov. 13 at the Center for Performing Arts and Education, 8151 Village Parkway, Dublin.

Registration is requested. RSVP at eventbrite.com by searching for "Angst."

National Day of Remembrance for Nuclear Weapons Worker

All former Department of Energy and atomic workers are invited to attend the National Day of Remembrance Celebration hosted by Nuclear Care Partners.

This event is free to all former atomic workers and their family members from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m on Wednesday (Oct. 23) at Retzlaff Vineyards, 1356 S. Livermore Ave. in Livermore. RSVPs are required for this event -- call Nuclear Care Partners at 453-3803.

Literacy tutors

The Pleasanton Public Library's Literacy Program needs volunteer tutors to help adults improve their English skills. The next training event is from 1-4 p.m. this Saturday at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd.

Volunteers should be at least 18 years old, fluent in American English and familiar with American culture. Contact the adult literacy team literacy@cityofpleasantonca.gov or call 931-3405.

Film master class at LPC

Las Positas College in Livermore presents "Self Creation in the Film Industry Master Class" from 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday (Oct. 24) at the Mertes Center, Building 4000. The session will feature Shawn Ryan's Film Master Class and showing of his Cannes Film Festival entry, "Charlie" with a workshop and Q&A session to follow. This event is free.

RAGE Kicks Cancer

Pleasanton Rage is hosting RAGE Kicks Cancer, our first breast cancer awareness and fundraising event, the youth soccer organization's fall community service project that will take place on Monday from 5-7:15 p.m.

All teams and their coaches will participate. Families are welcome and encouraged to join. Some of the scheduled events for the PINK OUT include a Big Sister-Little Sister picnic, photo booth, water balloon challenge, cake walk, bracelet making, poster making, ribbon making and a coaches field goal kicking challenge. Visit https://pleasantonrage.org for more information.

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