The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) is set to establish more training centers in the country and expand its existing facilities.

Lapeña vows to build more Tesda training centers

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By Prince Golez

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) is set to establish more training centers in the country and expand its existing facilities.

Tesda chief Isidro Lapeña has inked pacts with the chief executives of various local government units in Visayas and Mindanao for the construction of Provincial Training Centers (PTCs).

Yesterday, Lapeña led the groundbreaking rites of a building which will house the PTC in Libertad, Misamis Oriental.

“Our partnership for PTC-Misamis Oriental will help increase economic activity here in the province. With the PTC providing easier access to skills training, we will be able to produce more skilled individuals who will be ready for a job or livelihood after,” he said in a press statement.

Last week, Lapeña and Labangan Mayor Eduardo Relacion signed the Deed of Donation for the 3,000 square meter-lot donation to Tesda for a new training center in Zamboanga del Sur.

He likewise signed a usufruct agreement with the provincial government of Lanao del Norte for the 1,000 square meter-lot provision where the PTC will be constructed in the municipality of Tubod.

New PTCs will also rise in Siquijor and Dumaguete.

Lapeña assured local governments that the PTCs will provide quality education and training in their respective areas.

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Chinese cyber-espionage unit on US hacking spree: report

At least 30,000 US organizations including local governments have been hacked in recent days by an “unusually aggressive” Chinese cyber-espionage campaign, according to a computer security specialist.

The campaign has exploited recently discovered flaws in Microsoft Exchange software, stealing email and infecting computer servers with tools that let attackers take control remotely, Brian Krebs said in a post at his cyber security news website.

“This is an active threat,” White House spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said when asked about the situation during a press briefing.

“Everyone running these servers needs to act now to patch them. We are concerned that there are a large number of victims,” she added.

After Microsoft released patches for the vulnerabilities on Tuesday, attacks “dramatically stepped up” on servers not yet updated with security fixes, said Krebs, who cited unnamed sources familiar with the situation.

“At least 30,000 organizations across the United States — including a significant number of small businesses, towns, cities and local governments — have over the past few days been hacked by an unusually aggressive Chinese cyber espionage unit that’s focused on stealing email from victim organizations,” Krebs wrote in the post.

He reported that insiders said hackers have “seized control” of thousands of computer systems around the world using password-protected software tools slipped into systems.

Microsoft said early this week that a state-sponsored hacking group operating out of China is exploiting previously unknown security flaws in its Exchange email services to steal data from business users.

The company said the hacking group, which it has named “Hafnium,” is a “highly skilled and sophisticated actor.”

Hafnium has in the past targeted US-based companies including infectious disease researchers, law firms, universities, defense contractors, think tanks, and NGOs.

In a blog post on Tuesday, Microsoft executive Tom Burt said the company had released updates to fix the security flaws, which apply to on-premises versions of the software rather than cloud-based versions, and urged customers to apply them.

“We know that many nation-state actors and criminal groups will move quickly to take advantage of any unpatched systems,” he added at the time.

Microsoft said the group was based in China but operated through leased virtual private servers in the United States, and that it had briefed the US government.

Beijing has previously hit back at US accusations of state-sponsored cyber theft. Last year it accused Washington of smears following allegations that Chinese hackers were attempting to steal coronavirus research.

In January, US intelligence and law enforcement agencies said Russia was probably behind the massive SolarWinds hack that shook the government and corporate security, contradicting then-president Donald Trump, who had suggested China could be to blame.

Microsoft said Tuesday the Hafnium attacks “were in no way connected to the separate SolarWinds-related attacks.” (AFP)



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