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Google's certification platform now includes an updated user interface and several new features for our Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2 exams. Even if you’ve already taken the exams, you can revisit the exam platform to view your certification history, refer a friend, or download a letter from our team to your principal. Log in here.

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Posted by melson  On Jan 29, 2018 at 8:30 AM
Doodle for Google

It’s time to put your students' imaginations to work, because the Doodle 4 Google contest is now open. This year’s contest is open to K-12 students until March 2 with the theme “What inspires you?" We’ll feature the winning doodle on the Google homepage! Prizes include college scholarships, a behind the scenes experience with the Google Doodle team, and a $50,000 Google for Education technology package for the winner’s school.

Submit your doodles here.
Posted by melson  On Jan 29, 2018 at 8:26 AM
Chemistry has been brought into Minecraft with a new update for Minecraft: Education Edition. With input from chemistry teachers, students and Minecraft Global Mentors, the Chemistry Update offers educators and learners a fun, accessible way to explore chemistry within the immersive world of Minecraft. Make pigs fly with helium balloons, create underwater TNT or see what elements make up a grass block. If you can craft a pickaxe in Minecraft, you can learn chemistry.

The free update will launch in early February for all Minecraft: Education Edition customers.

Posted by melson  On Jan 29, 2018 at 8:25 AM
The ICEBRG Security Research team discovered four malicious Google Chrome extensions during a routine investigation of anomalous traffic. More than 500,000 users, including workstations in major businesses around the world, have been affected.

The team was analyzing an unusual spike in outbound traffic from a workstation at a European VPS provider. Upon further investigation of the traffic, researchers found four malicious extensions available in Google's Chrome Web Store: Change HTTP Request Header, Nyoogle - Custom Logo for Google, Lite Bookmarks, and Stickies - Chrome's Post-it Notes.

This finding highlights the threat of browser extensions, which are available in most major web browsers and an oft-overlooked attack vector. Threat actors know employees usually trust, and have control over, downloading these extensions. Using this knowledge, they can execute code via seemingly legitimate applications to gain a foothold into organizations.

Read more details here.
Posted by melson  On Jan 22, 2018 at 10:44 AM
The NJCCIC is aware of a ransomware campaign that has already impacted two hospitals, one municipality, and an ICS company within the US.

According to multiple open-source reports, the perpetrator(s) behind this campaign are targeting victims with a new version of MSIL/Samas.A/Samsam ransomware (hereafter referred to as SamSam). This version of SamSam appends .weapologize to the names of encrypted files and drops a ransom note named 0000-SORRY-FOR-FILES.html on infected systems. When SamSam ransomware first emerged, campaigns would target vulnerable servers running outdated versions of JBoss using JexBoss, an open-source JBoss testing/exploitation tool.

However, one Bleeping Computer article suggests that the perpetrator(s) behind this campaign may now be distributing SamSam via Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) compromise. This article also reports that the online ransomware identification service, ID Ransomware, has received at least 17 submissions of SamSam-related files so far in January 2018, suggesting this campaign is currently and actively targeting victims.

Known victims of this campaign include Hancock Health Hospital in Greenfield, Indiana, Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur, Indiana, and the city of Farmington in New Mexico.
Posted by melson  On Jan 22, 2018 at 10:26 AM
To add a line or page break in Docs:
  • Before: Insert > Page break or Column break
  • After: Insert > Break > Page break or Column break

To add Alt text to a shape in Docs or Slides:

  • Before: Select shape > Format > Alt text. This option will be removed from the menu.
  • After: Right click on shape > Alt text. This is the new way to add alt text to a shape.

To change a shape in Slides:

  • Before: Select shape > Format > Change shape. This option will be removed from the menu.
  • After: Right click on shape > Change shape. This is the new way to change a shape.

The HTML view in Slides is being removed from the menu.

  • Before: View > HTML
  • After: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+P

Posted by melson  On Jan 19, 2018 at 8:58 AM