Online psychology – Populer Psikoloji http://www.populerpsikoloji.com/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 18:56:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://www.populerpsikoloji.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-01T204530.168-150x150.png Online psychology – Populer Psikoloji http://www.populerpsikoloji.com/ 32 32 REVIEW: Togetherall is the online mental health resource everyone should use http://www.populerpsikoloji.com/review-togetherall-is-the-online-mental-health-resource-everyone-should-use/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 16:51:36 +0000 http://www.populerpsikoloji.com/review-togetherall-is-the-online-mental-health-resource-everyone-should-use/ The online community supporting student mental health is larger than you might think. University of Arizona counselors and clinicians are committed to bringing this community to the student body on campus. Life has moved increasingly online post-pandemic, and this shift has generated virtual means to effectively address mental health, changing the landscape of health support […]]]>

The online community supporting student mental health is larger than you might think. University of Arizona counselors and clinicians are committed to bringing this community to the student body on campus. Life has moved increasingly online post-pandemic, and this shift has generated virtual means to effectively address mental health, changing the landscape of health support to benefit students.

Student Services has expanded to include Togetherall, a newly adopted resource within UA Campus Health Counseling and Psychology Services. Togetherall has recently become an innovator and leader in improving mental health, and they’re doing it remotely. It provides a safe and anonymous space to connect and converse with others who seek similar support, a sense of community, and improved mental health. Monitored by licensed clinicians who provide instant answers with full-time access, the platform has been a point of reference for many health officials at the University of Arizona for its reputation for effectiveness.

Campus Health Associate Director of Counseling and Psychology Services, Debra Cox-Howard, was instrumental in bringing the online community, Togetherall, to campus. Although Togetherall is not directly affiliated with UA, the efforts of Cox-Howard and others have argued for its expansion on campus. Its recent addition as a mental health resource will help educate faculty and diversify its portfolio of treatment options when it comes to properly helping students.

Among the many online services offered by CAPS, Cox-Howard highlighted the importance of Togetherall. When asked about the program, she said: “They do a really good job of linking to our website where you can find self-help information and other resources that are available to you. as a student on this campus.” Togetherall aligns with the student-centric approach that CAPS takes to ensure a healthy academic experience. Their approach to online services creates convenience and time savings for students, as the choice to support a fully online platform was intentional and due to the impact of the pandemic on student life.

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Many students continue to learn remotely, and medical professionals like Cox-Howard are working to meet students where they are. Students reported that Togetherall had helped them feel less isolated amid the pandemic. This is technology that has grown in popularity thanks to the pandemic, and it has certainly validated the idea that there is too much time and cost associated with traveling to a meeting that might as well be held on line. Togetherall appeals to students because it’s easily accessible, always available, and free.

“2.5 million students [are] able to access the platform, and CAPS gets thousands of new students joining every month,” Cox-Howard said.

The sudden influx of students joining the online mental health community is likely due to the comfort of online anonymity and the ability to freely share sensitive information without worrying about personal identification or association. . According to Cox-Howard, “64% of students share thoughts or feelings [on Togetherall] because it’s anonymous.

Anonymity is simply more efficient for students because it only focuses on providing the important information and avoids any in-person introductions or social interactions that might otherwise interfere with student processing processes. Pros and cons exist for both online and in-person treatment, and Cox-Howard believes online treatment has grown strong enough to become as effective as the human presence of a therapist or group. community because “it will depend on the person and their needs” and “we as clinicians have become more savvy about how we can still interact with students”.

As a senior student, I experienced AU before and after the pandemic, which brought significant online mental health opportunities to campus. In my experience, healthcare professionals have learned the skills to sufficiently treat patients and manage their needs virtually. While I personally believe that using Togetherall will effectively meet your critical needs as a person to help you perform at your best as a student, UA Clinical Assistant Professor at UA College of Medicine and Director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship, Dr. Elisa Gumm, shared another perspective on her experience expanding the mental health community online.

The Addiction Medicine Fellowship, made up of medical students, focuses on improving individual addiction treatment in the greater Tucson community; the exchange offers a multitude of online services such as telehealth appointments. The addiction community has come together to support theirs during COVID-19. Although Dr. Gumm is unfamiliar with the Togetherall platform, she pointed to the ease of access to similar organizations that have created supportive online communities. Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, and a unique organization in Tucson, Buddhist Recovery Network, all offer online peer-supported modalities and recovery models for mental health and addiction issues. From our conversation, it’s clear that many mental health professionals believe that using Togetherall and mental health resources should be an essential part of the student experience.

The first step to addressing your mental health is having a conversation with a professional support structure, and the College of Medicine has gone to great lengths to bring this accessibility online for their patients. Gumm said: “We need to stop thinking that everyone fits into this same box and everyone is going to benefit from face-to-face or virtual.” Togetherall is available to anyone with internet access, regardless of your schedule or situation. Space has a place for many struggles, needs and treatments.

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Displaced life online may have heightened the struggle to control student mental health. Since the beginning of the pandemic, social isolation has probably been one of the main factors that has affected mental health. Fortunately, technology has allowed many aspects of life to continue and many people to get the mental health support they need. A Zoom classroom alone can reveal how technology has transformed and improved our society to provide more effective solutions to our most basic needs.

Technology creates convenience and opportunities to meet new challenges, and it can help you focus on your mental health. CAPS illustrates that Togetherall is a great solution for college students looking for comfortable, cost-effective mental health relief. I urge others to explore Togetherall to address concerns and make connections. Self-care is not selfish, and protecting your well-being should be a priority for every student, even before that overdue assignment.


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Luke Hamlin is a senior at the University of Arizona. He enjoys spending time with friends and family, being active outdoors and saving clothes and can be found cheering on the Minnesota Vikings on Football Sundays.

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New Associate Director for Archiving Appointed for Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study – UMaine News http://www.populerpsikoloji.com/new-associate-director-for-archiving-appointed-for-maine-syracuse-longitudinal-study-umaine-news/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 18:08:05 +0000 http://www.populerpsikoloji.com/new-associate-director-for-archiving-appointed-for-maine-syracuse-longitudinal-study-umaine-news/ The directors of the Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study (MSLS) announce the appointment of Susan Elias as Associate Director for Archiving. Elias will serve as a study archivist and historian for MSLS, which has data collected since 1974. Elias earned degrees in wildlife science from the University of Maine and Virginia Tech (bachelor’s and master’s, respectively), and […]]]>

The directors of the Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study (MSLS) announce the appointment of Susan Elias as Associate Director for Archiving. Elias will serve as a study archivist and historian for MSLS, which has data collected since 1974.

Elias earned degrees in wildlife science from the University of Maine and Virginia Tech (bachelor’s and master’s, respectively), and in earth and climate science from UMaine (Ph.D.). She is a scientist at the MaineHealth Institute for Research in Scarborough. In addition to her experience in data archiving and management, Elias is known for her statewide research on ticks that carry Lyme disease. Persons interested in using MSLS data or obtaining published articles should contact Elias (susan.elias@maine.edu); Fayeza Ahmed (fayeza.ahmed@maine.edu), Associate Director of MSLS, Department of Psychology, University of Maine; or Michael Robbins, co-director of MSLS (robbins@maine.edu).

More information about MSLS is on line. The MSLS study was funded by the National Institutes for Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and its directors are affiliated with the Department of Psychology and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering.

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Grenfell Campus launches new online learning platform http://www.populerpsikoloji.com/grenfell-campus-launches-new-online-learning-platform/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 15:15:00 +0000 http://www.populerpsikoloji.com/grenfell-campus-launches-new-online-learning-platform/ Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus is changing the way some courses are delivered in a virtual format. The Corner Brook campus launched the VirtualGC program, which was developed based on the improvements that could be made to online learning after the pandemic. The program allows students and individuals from all over the world to enroll […]]]>

Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus is changing the way some courses are delivered in a virtual format.

The Corner Brook campus launched the VirtualGC program, which was developed based on the improvements that could be made to online learning after the pandemic.

The program allows students and individuals from all over the world to enroll in any virtual course offered by MUN.

Dr Ian Sutherland, vice-president of the Grenfell campus, says one thing they learned when in-person classes were suspended during COVID-19 was the need for flexibility in virtual learning.

He says they’ve learned a lot since 2020. Sutherland says that while in-person classes are the “bread and butter” of post-secondary learning, remote learning has allowed them to experience which classes work. well through an online format.

Sutherland says programs that can be taught via video content and e-learning are successful through distance learning. He says VirtualGC will offer courses such as business, chemistry, environmental science, math, psychology and some arts courses.

Tuition fees for online learning through Grenfell’s new program will be the same as the cost of in-person lessons. A $60 application fee will apply to those who are not currently enrolled in the university.

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Having good friendships can improve health http://www.populerpsikoloji.com/having-good-friendships-can-improve-health/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 05:26:19 +0000 http://www.populerpsikoloji.com/having-good-friendships-can-improve-health/ image: Rhesus macaques in Cayo Santiago grooming themselves see After 1 credit Social bonds are essential to the good health and well-being of social animals, like ourselves and other primates. There is also growing evidence that the gut microbiome – through what is known as the “gut-brain axis” – plays a key role in our […]]]>

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Social bonds are essential to the good health and well-being of social animals, like ourselves and other primates. There is also growing evidence that the gut microbiome – through what is known as the “gut-brain axis” – plays a key role in our physical and mental health and that bacteria can be transmitted socially, for example by touch. So how does social connectivity translate into the composition and diversity of the gut microbiome? This is the subject of a new study in Frontiers in microbiology on rhesus macaques, macaca mulatta.

Lead author Dr Katerina Johnson, a research associate in the Department of Experimental Psychology and Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, said: “We show here that more sociable monkeys have a greater abundance of bacteria beneficial gut and a lower abundance of potentially pathogenic bacteria.

monkey island

The scientists focused on a single social group (with 22 males and 16 females ranging in age from 6 to 20) of rhesus macaques on the island of Cayo Santiago, off the east coast of Puerto Rico. Macaques originally lived only in North Africa and Asia. But in 1938, a founding population of 409 rhesus macaques was moved from India to Cayo Santiago. Today, more than 1,000 macaques live on the 15.2-hectare island, divided into several social groups. They roam and feed freely, although their diet is supplemented daily with monkey food. Researchers make behavioral observations on the monkeys every year.

Between 2012 and 2013, the authors collected a total of 50 uncontaminated stool samples from this social group. As a measure of social connectedness, they used the time each monkey spent grooming or being groomed in 2012 and 2013, and its number of grooming partners.

Social grooming

Co-author Dr Karli Watson, from the University of Colorado Boulder’s Institute for Cognitive Science, explained: “Macaques are very social animals and grooming is their primary means of bonding and maintaining relationships. Grooming therefore provides a good indicator of social interactions. ”

Johnson, Watson et al. analyzed DNA sequence data from stool samples to measure gut microbial community composition and diversity, and examined the relationship with social connectivity. They also took into account gender, age, season and rank in the group hierarchy. They focused on microbes that have repeatedly been shown to be more or less abundant in people or rodents with autism-like symptoms (usually accompanied by social disconnection) or who are socially disadvantaged.

Sociable monkeys have more “good” microbes

“Engagement in social interactions was positively related to the abundance of certain gut microbes with beneficial immunological functions, and negatively related to the abundance of potentially pathogenic members of the microbiota,” said co-author Dr Philip Burnet, professor in the Department of Psychiatry. at Oxford University.

For example, more abundant genera in the most sociable apes included Faecalibacterium and Prevotelle. Conversely, the type Streptococcuswhich in humans can cause diseases such as strep throat and, pneumonia, was more abundant in less sociable monkeys.

“It is particularly striking to find a strong positive relationship between the abundance of the intestinal microbe Faecalibacterium and how sociable the animals are. Faecalibacterium is well known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is associated with good health,” Johnson said.

Cause and effect?

But what drives the relationship between social connections and the composition of the gut microbiome? The distinction between cause and effect is not easy.

“The relationship between social behavior and microbial abundance may be the direct result of the social transmission of microbes, for example through grooming. It could also be an indirect effect, as monkeys with fewer friends may be more stressed, which then affects the abundance of these microbes. In addition to behavior influencing the microbiome, we also know that this is a reciprocal relationship, in which the microbiome can in turn affect the brain and behavior,” Johnson said.

Co-author Dr Robin Dunbar, Professor in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, said: “As our society increasingly substitutes online interactions for real interactions, these important research findings point to the fact that as primates we evolved not only in a social but also a microbial world.


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Psychological first aid training could help improve the well-being of social workers http://www.populerpsikoloji.com/psychological-first-aid-training-could-help-improve-the-well-being-of-social-workers/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 23:16:55 +0000 http://www.populerpsikoloji.com/psychological-first-aid-training-could-help-improve-the-well-being-of-social-workers/ A new study showed that psychological first aid, a training originally created to help others, can help healthcare workers in nursing homes improve their own mental well-being. First developed by the World Health Organization, Psychological First Aid (PFA) is the globally recommended training for people, such as healthcare workers, who support others in emergencies. . […]]]>

A new study showed that psychological first aid, a training originally created to help others, can help healthcare workers in nursing homes improve their own mental well-being.

First developed by the World Health Organization, Psychological First Aid (PFA) is the globally recommended training for people, such as healthcare workers, who support others in emergencies. .

It offers advice on providing psychosocial care immediately following an emergency.

Although PFA training was originally created for people to support others, scientists from Northumbria University and the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) have also identified it as a suitable way to help caregivers take care of their own mental health and well-being.

As part of the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in June 2020 the UK Government introduced free online PFA training in a bid to support frontline staff, such as the 1.8 million people working in nursing homes across the country.

Assessing the effectiveness of this initiative, academics from Northumbria and UHI investigated the uptake of PFA training among healthcare workers in care homes in the UK and assessed its effects on their well-being. -be.

Funded by the Royal College of Nursing Foundation, the study was the first of its kind and makes recommendations for further implementation of psychological first aid.

Researchers found that although adoption of PFA training was low among healthcare workers – less than 10% of study participants had taken the training – those who had taken the PFA training fared better .

The results suggest that the PFA training helped overcome stress and cope via personal growth and improved relationships with others, but there was a concern about accessibility, which the academics say may explain low participation in training.

Some research participants described it helping them cope better when thinking about quitting their job and fostering resilience, with one person commenting: “(PFA) helped me cope better, it was a position that I thought I would give up at some point and now I have the strength to carry on.”

Others described how it helped support them in their grief experiences to overcome the trauma of the pandemic: “I found it (PFA) useful as it helped me deal with grief as well as to the experience of seeing loved ones affected by COVID-19”. Another participant went so far as to say that PFA training “should be made mandatory for all staff, especially in retirement and care homes during the pandemic or not”.

Dr Mariyana Schoultz, Project Leader and Associate Professor of Mental Health in Northumbria’s Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, said: “The findings suggest that PFA training has the potential to: health and social services; stigma messages and normalizing help-seeking behavior; PSPs have the potential to minimize the risk of developing more serious psychological problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But we need more research in this area.

“We therefore recommend that consideration be given to funding an integrated research and development program to develop, implement and further evaluate a co-produced iteration of PFA for use in the UK care home sector and beyond.”

Deepa Korea, Director of the RCN Foundation, said: “Staff working in social services during the pandemic have faced significant pressures which have inevitably impacted their own mental health and emotional well-being. That’s why I’m delighted that the RCN Foundation was able to commission this important study which adds to the body of evidence on the practical ways in which we can support health and social care workers.”

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Football’s adoption of sports betting is making a bad situation worse http://www.populerpsikoloji.com/footballs-adoption-of-sports-betting-is-making-a-bad-situation-worse/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 14:01:09 +0000 http://www.populerpsikoloji.com/footballs-adoption-of-sports-betting-is-making-a-bad-situation-worse/ Shaquille O’Neal wants you to play. Just like Peyton Manning, Terry Bradshaw, the NFL, NBA and MLB. Four years into a nationwide betting boom, addiction researchers are seeing signs that high-income young men face increased risks of gambling problems. And it’s no coincidence that you see a lot of sports betting ads on your TV […]]]>

Shaquille O’Neal wants you to play. Just like Peyton Manning, Terry Bradshaw, the NFL, NBA and MLB. Four years into a nationwide betting boom, addiction researchers are seeing signs that high-income young men face increased risks of gambling problems.

And it’s no coincidence that you see a lot of sports betting ads on your TV screen.

Triggered by a 2018 Supreme Court ruling that struck down the law that had made sports betting illegal outside of Nevada, gambling now covers the sport in the United States, legal in 31 states and the District of Columbia. Five more states will join them soon, and two ballot initiatives await a vote Tuesday in California. Expected to grow to a $6 billion industry by 2023, sportsbook features ads for Caesars, DraftKings and FanDuel. Limited to six per game by the NFL, these now advertise toilet breaks on football Sundays.

“It’s a hot topic, and we want to be careful in assessing what it means to suddenly have a lot more people betting on sports,” said clinical psychologist Shane Kraus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, co-author of the new JAMA. Network Open survey study finding that daily betting on fantasy sports and esports video games increases the risk of sports gambling problems among bettors. “There’s real potential for more problem gambling right now, but there’s also the potential for moral panic, which we don’t want.”

The survey of 2,800 people paints a picture of sports betting as a significant but niche concern nationally, with just 6.2% of the public saying they have bet on sports in the past year. Young, religious and high-income men were more likely to bet on sports. Symptoms of gambling problems – measured by questions suggesting harm to your family or your own life – were seen most strongly among those who bet daily on fantasy sports and esports.

It is estimated that approximately 1 in 50 Americans has a severe to moderate gambling problem. The new study confirms recent surveys by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), which found that problem sports gambling was a particular risk among high-income, college-educated young men, said Keith Whyte, executive director of the band. These men are about twice as likely as high school graduates to bet on sports, Whyte said.

“Sports bettors, right now, are quite different from other gamblers,” Whyte said. “I don’t think we’ve done a good job of trying to reach this new population of high-risk sports betting.”

Other forms of gambling, from casinos to lottery, more often attract less educated and low-income bettors, he added. The average gamer might bet with friends more often in these settings, unlike the new type of sports gamer, placing bets on their phone. Horse racing is an exception to the rule of sports betting, betting that relies on the most traditional player.

One hypothesis as to why better-educated men might gamble more on games is that the data-driven emphasis of modern sports betting, fostered by fantasy football leagues’ fascination with statistics, attracts those who are trained to have a vision. analytics at university. These same young men are more likely to live their lives on their mobile phones, where new gambling apps reside, with a bet always just a click away.

“Now they have the ability to go online and do everything electronically, they don’t have to travel, and they can get all the data they want,” said addiction expert Ken Winters, senior scientist at the Oregon Research Institute, a psychology research institute based in Springfield, Oregon. “They combine their interest in the sport with their perceived knowledge and skills with numbers. This is a wonderful recipe for sports betting to grow and become more popular.

Kraus is more cautious, noting that while more educated men were more likely to bet on sports in his group’s study, problem gambling was found more often among those with less education. Better educated men might have more money to spend on betting, but also cut their losses more easily. “We really need to follow these men for the next two to three years to see what happens to them to understand what’s going on here,” he said.

Cultural change

NCPG surveys show an increase in sports betting since 2018, when states began embracing sports betting legalization and tax revenue. While sports betting was once taboo – but widespread – decades ago, around 4 in 5 people now approve of it, Whyte said: “It’s one of the biggest cultural shifts, but perhaps least studied, or least understood, in America, and we’re on the cutting edge now.

The NFL (which earned $17 billion in revenue last year) announced a $6.2 million initiative with the NCPG last year urging fans to set limits on their bets. Ads for a problem gambling website run by the NCPG appear once per NFL game, in cooperation with the league, and generate about 30,000 hits a week, he added. About 45 million people a year bet on an NFL game, according to the American Gaming Association, which is closer to the 17.2% lifetime rate for sports betting reported in the JAMA Network Open study, rather than the annual rate estimated by the authors of the study.

Professional sports leagues, like the NFL, once banned any mention of betting on their broadcasts, blacklisted players and managers who played, and within living memory denounced betting as a threat to “the ‘integrity’ of their sports. No more.

“I was surprised when I first saw leagues making deals with gambling companies and then I realized we were going to see ads every time we turned on a game,” Winters said. Not just ads, but sports pages like The Washington Post and cable channels like ESPN now offer betting tips. This new gaming industrial complex is “in a frenzy of customer acquisition, and [is] spending huge sums on advertising and sponsorships,” notes a recent business report.

“Leagues do it, arenas do it, teams do it. They just can’t resist the revenue streams when it became legal,” Winters said.

There’s a reason they’re running the ads

Understanding the extent of problem gambling in sports is complicated for researchers, added Jeffrey Derevensky, director of the International Center on Youth Gambling and Risk Behaviors at McGill University in Canada. Unlike alcoholism or opioid use disorders, which leave traces such as cases of cirrhosis or overdoses, gambling problems are seen in divorces, bankruptcies and survey results. That leaves researchers monitoring calls for gambling hotlines and years behind broader trends.

“From a public health perspective, we’re really concerned about all these gambling ads,” Derevensky said. The fact that many advertisements depict sports celebrities living lives of luxury, partying and betting, could also explain the demographics of new sports betting, he said: “There is a reason [companies] direct them.

In response to Grid’s questions about gambling announcements, Cait DeBaun of the American Gaming Association noted that the gaming industry has funded research into problem gambling. “A thriving casino gaming industry depends on building responsible, long-term relationships with customers and ensuring those who need help have it,” DeBaun said. The ads steer players towards legal gambling rather than illegal and unregulated sports betting, she added, and account for just 1% of all ads.

However, Derevensky cited particular concern over online sports betting operations moving towards “micro-betting” on in-game events – so-called parries like betting on a missing basket – that could appeal to players. issues that seek their losses and go deeper. a hole. “Chasing losses is the signing of a problematic player.”

He also criticized the imbalance at NFL games between the six ads promoting sports betting, versus the single “Responsible Gaming” ad per game urging fans to set limits on their bets.

NCPG’s Whyte agrees: “I think that’s a fair criticism,” he said, adding that his group is working to produce its own ad specifically targeting problem gamblers, rather than gamblers. punters in general like the NFL game warning. “We need to work harder to reach people who have real problems.”

If you think you have a problem with gambling, you can get help from the National Problem Gambling Council by calling or texting 1-800-522-4700, or online chat at ncpgambling.org/chat.

Thanks to Lillian Barkley for writing this article.

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Hacker accused of extorting online psychotherapy service – Krebs on Security http://www.populerpsikoloji.com/hacker-accused-of-extorting-online-psychotherapy-service-krebs-on-security/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 14:59:30 +0000 http://www.populerpsikoloji.com/hacker-accused-of-extorting-online-psychotherapy-service-krebs-on-security/ A 25-year-old Finnish man has been accused of extorting a once popular and now bankrupt online psychotherapy company and its patients. Finnish authorities rarely name suspects in an investigation, but they were willing to make an exception to Julius “Zeekill” Kivimakia notorious hacker who, at the age of 17, had been convicted of more than […]]]>

A 25-year-old Finnish man has been accused of extorting a once popular and now bankrupt online psychotherapy company and its patients. Finnish authorities rarely name suspects in an investigation, but they were willing to make an exception to Julius “Zeekill” Kivimakia notorious hacker who, at the age of 17, had been convicted of more than 50,000 cybercrimes, including data breaches, payment fraud, operating botnets and bomb threats.

At the end of October 2022, Kivimaki was accused (and arrested in absentia, according to the Finns) of having tried to extort money from the Vastaamo Psychotherapy Center. On October 21, 2020, Vastaamo became the target of blackmail when an executioner identified as “ransom_mandemanded the payment of 40 bitcoins (~450,000 euros at the time) in exchange for a promise not to publish the highly sensitive therapy session notes that Vastaamo had exposed online.

In a series of posts over the next few days on a Finnish-language dark net discussion forum, ransom_man said that Vastaamo did not seem willing to negotiate payment and would start posting 100 patient profiles every 24 hours. “to further encourage the company to continue to communicate with us.

“We’re not asking much, about 450,000 euros, which is less than 10 euros per patient and only a small fraction of this company’s roughly 20 million annual revenue,” ransom_man wrote.

When Vastaamo refused to pay, ransom_man turned to extorting individual patients. According to Finnish police, some 22,000 victims reported extortion attempts targeting them personally, targeted emails that threatened to post their therapy notes online unless they paid a 500 euro ransom.

The extortion message targeted Vastaamo’s patients.

On October 23, 2020, ransom_man uploaded a large compressed file to the dark web that included all of Vastaamo’s stolen patient records. But investigators discovered that the file also contained an entire copy of ransom_man’s home folder, a likely mistake that revealed a number of clues they believe point to Kivimaki.

Ransom_man quickly deleted the large file (accompanied by a “whoops” notation), but not before it had been downloaded several times. The entire archive has since been turned into a dark web searchable website.

Among those who grabbed a copy of the database were Atti Kurritu, former criminal investigator of the Helsinki Police Department. In 2013, Kurritu worked on an investigation involving Kivimaki’s use of the Zbot botnet, among other activities Kivimaki engaged in as a member of the hacker group Hack the Planet.

“It was a huge opsec [operational security] fail, because they contained a lot of stuff — including the user’s private SSH folder and many known hosts that we could very well examine,” Kurritu told KrebsOnSecurity, declining to discuss details of the evidence seized by investigators. “There were also other projects and databases.”

Kurritu said he and others who had worked on the investigation of Kivimaki’s prior cybercrimes could not dismiss the suspicion that the infamous cybercriminal was also behind Vastaamo’s extortion.

“I couldn’t find anything that linked this data directly to an individual, but there were enough indicators in there that stuck the name in my head and I couldn’t get rid of it,” said Kurritu. “I told the police this in 2020, and when they named him as the prime suspect, I wasn’t surprised.”

A handful of individually extorted victims paid a ransom, but when news broke that Vastaamo’s entire database had been leaked online, the extortion threats no longer had their effect. However, someone would soon create a site on the dark web where anyone could search for this sensitive data.

Kivimaki stopped using his middle name Julius in favor of his first name Aleksanteri when he moved overseas several years ago. A Twitter account with this name was verified by Kivimaki’s attorney as his, and through this account he denied involvement in Vastaamo’s extortion.

“I believe [the Finnish authorities] made this public in order to influence the decision-making of my old case from my teenage years, which has just been dealt with by the Court of Appeal, both cases are being investigated by the same people”, Kivimaki tweeted on October 28.

Kivimaki is appealing a 2020 district court ruling sentencing him to ‘a one-year suspended sentence on two counts of fraud committed as a youth, and one of aggravated fraud, interference in telecommunications as a young person, of aggravated data breach as a young person and incitement to fraud as a young person”, according to the Finnish tabloid Ilta Sanomat.

“Now before the Court of Appeal, the prosecutor is demanding a more severe sentence for the man, that is, an unconditional prison sentence,” the statement read. The history of Ilta-Sanomat. “The prosecutor notes in his complaint that the young man has been committing cybercrimes from Espoo since the age of 15, and that these actions had to be thoroughly investigated through legal aid international.”

As described in this Wired story last year, Vastaamo responded to an urgent request for psychological counseling and was praised by Finnish health authorities and others for her services.

“Vastaamo was a private company, but it seemed to operate in the same spirit of ease and accessibility through technology: you booked a therapist with just a few clicks, waiting times were tolerable and the Finnish insurance institution social reimbursed a large part of the session. costs (provided you have a diagnosed mental disorder)”, William Ralston written for Wired. The company was run by City Tapio, a 39-year-old coder and entrepreneur with sharp eyebrows, slicked-back brown hair, and a heavy jaw. He had co-founded the company with his parents. They introduced Vastaamo as a humble family business committed to improving the mental health of all Finns.

But for all the good it did, the health records management system that Ville Tapio built from the ground up apparently relied only on a MySQL database that had been dangerously exposed to the web for 16 months, guarded by nothing more than an administrator account with a blank password.

Finnish daily Iltalehti said Tapio was removed as CEO of Vastaamo in October 2020 and in September prosecutors filed charges against Tapio for a data protection breach in connection with the information leak. of Vastaamo.

“According to Vastaamo, the data breach in Vastaamo’s customer databases took place in November 2018,” Iltalehti reported last month. “According to Vastaamo, Tapio withheld information about the data breach for over a year and a half.”

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The effect of cilgavimab and neutralization by vaccine-induced antibodies in emerging SARS-CoV-2 sublines BA.4 and BA.5 http://www.populerpsikoloji.com/the-effect-of-cilgavimab-and-neutralization-by-vaccine-induced-antibodies-in-emerging-sars-cov-2-sublines-ba-4-and-ba-5/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 23:33:07 +0000 http://www.populerpsikoloji.com/the-effect-of-cilgavimab-and-neutralization-by-vaccine-induced-antibodies-in-emerging-sars-cov-2-sublines-ba-4-and-ba-5/ Since the first detection of the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 (B.1.1.529 and sublines) in November 2021 in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong, several omicron sublines have evolved. Some of these sublines including BA.2.75, BA.4, and BA.5, showed increased resistance against antibody-mediated neutralization. 1 Arora P Kempf A Nehlmeier I et al. Increased resistance to […]]]>
Since the first detection of the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 (B.1.1.529 and sublines) in November 2021 in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong, several omicron sublines have evolved. Some of these sublines including BA.2.75, BA.4, and BA.5, showed increased resistance against antibody-mediated neutralization.

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  • Kempf A
  • Nehlmeier I
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Increased resistance to neutralization of emerging omicron subvariants BA.2.12.1, BA.4, and BA.5.