Today’s message will be short and sweet because the data speaks for itself. The online scams, data breaches, and hacks have become catastrophic. People are losing their life savings, their retirements, and their livelihood. A person must verify to whom they are sending money and know that they are a legitimate business. Do not become a statistic. The following is provided by NovoTrax, a company owned and operated by my brother David Gleason.

God speed,
Philip J. Gleason

  1. Yahoo!                               3,500,000,000
  2. River City Media               1,370,000,000
  3. FriendFinder                     412,000,000
  4. MySpace                           360,000,000
  5. Exactis                               340,000,000
  6. Marriot International         327,000,000
  7. Epsilon                               250,000,000
  8. Deep Root Analytics         198,000,000
  9. LinkedIn                             167,000,000
  10. Under Armour                   150,000,00
  1. California      5,750,000,000
  2. Oregon          1,300,000,000
  3. Florida           402,928,731
  4. Georgia         353,951,510
  5. Texas             349,995

Housing some of the largest companies in the world, California saw the most data breaches by US state with a total of over 5,750,000,000 data breaches. This alone made up for 56 percent of the US’s total cases from 2005 to 2019, says the study. 

South Dakota, Wyoming, and Vermont rank as the least breached states in the US since 2005. The Privacy Rights data also revealed the cities where data breaches have been most common between 2005 and 2019, with New York leading the way.

A ransomware attack hit the Texas judiciary, forcing the judicial system to improvise to keep its courts functioning online since social distancing restrictions have eliminated many in-person solutions.

Texas’ Office of Court Administration said its information technology staff discovered the attack Friday morning and immediately disabled websites and servers for the Texas judiciary to stop the spread of the attack. The Texas judiciary is working with law enforcement and the Texas Department of Information Resources to investigate the cyberattack.

The Texas judiciary’s network will remain down until a remedy for the ransomware attack is found, the Office of Court Administration said this week. Ransomware is malicious software that requests payment from affected users in exchange for returning access to the data and systems held hostage by the attackers. 

Phishing emails are used in over 92 percent of all data breaches, and healthcare is the No. 1 target for hackers, according to Colin Bastable, CEO of security awareness training company Lucy Security. “Ransomware attacks are incredibly disruptive and expensive to mitigate, and with so many staff working remotely all organizations are highly vulnerable,” he said via email. “One wonders if tokenization might have been effective in preventing hackers from stealing viable data. Today, everyone who has not been hacked should thank their lucky stars and train their employees to spot and report phishing emails. Up to 30 percent of untrained employees will fall for such a phishing email.”

Recovery and Mitigation Costs: At least $12 million

A coordinated ransomware attack hit 22 Texas towns on Aug. 16, using Sodinokibi (REvil) ransomware to lock the municipalities out of their IT systems after hackers breached the software of a third-party service provider used to remotely manage their infrastructure. The criminals demanded a ransom of $2.5 million to regain access to the IT systems, but none of the affected towns were willing to pay.

All of the affected towns have transitioned from assessment to remediation and recovery by a week after the attack, with more than half resuming normal operations as of Sept. 9, according to the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR). The state declined to release the names of the affected cities, with only Keene and Borger initially indicating they were victims of the attack.

Of the total cost associated with the ransomware, some $3.25 million was expected to be incurred by county governments, $2.34 million was expected to be incurred by cities and towns, and $1.8 million was expected to be incurred by educational institutions, according to Cybersecurity Insiders. The remaining $5 million of anticipated expenses were miscellaneous in nature.

Recovery and Mitigation Costs: $18.2 million 

Baltimore’s computer systems on May 7 were hit by a ransomware strain known as RobbinHood, which encrypted several critical functions for the city. The damage extended to city employees’ email and voice mail systems; online payment services for water bills, property taxes and traffic citations; and real-estate transactions, necessitating the creation of a “manual workaround” using paper forms.

City leaders at the time were presented with a demand for roughly $76,000 in exchange for a decryption key and were threatened with the destruction of affected data within days if the ransom wasn’t paid. But the city refused to pay the ransom and instead endeavored to restore the affected systems and data on its own.

As a result, the city experienced the loss or delay of $8.2 million in revenue from sources such as fines, property taxes, and real-estate fees, and expects to spend $10 million in the recovery effort by some of 2019. Some of the recovery-related costs include $2.8 million for forensic analysis and detection, $1.9 million for new hardware and software, and $600,000 to deploy new systems and replace hard drives.

Recovery and Mitigation Costs: $60 million to $71 million

Oslo, Norway-based aluminum provider Norsk Hydro was struck in March with a large ransomware attack that started in its U.S.-based facilities then spread, and the company couldn’t stabilize the situation until the summer.

The ransomware strain was ultimately determined by incident responders to be LockerGoga, which has wreaked havoc on companies in the industrial and manufacturing space. Norsk Hydro restored its systems from digital backups rather than pay the ransom demand, and switched to “manual mode” inside several its facilities to contain the spread of the ransomware.

Much of the financial impact of the ransomware stemmed from Norsk Hydro being forced to switch off production lines and resort to manual operations for reporting, billing, and invoicing. Norsk Hydro aluminum manufacturer Extruded Solutions suffered the most significant operations challenges and financial losses as a result of the attack, according to a company earnings report.

Recovery and Mitigation Costs: $80 million To $95 million





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Join us this June for our very first tree planting event!
There are several projects happening at the Riverbed Ranch involving planting trees and shrubs to begin regenerating the soil and providing forage for bees in areas around the Welcome Center, the 40 acre Special Projects Center (The Academy Campus, Rescue Home, Therapy Barn, etc.), and eventually the future Green Belt/Waterway. Initial planting projects will begin where water is already available to keep plants alive, and many plants and cuttings are already being gathered to get this started!
In mid-June, 2020, we will be inviting OSR shareholders AND the interested public to come to the Riverbed Ranch for a 1-day mass tree planting event. The primary goal of this 1-day event is to plant 2,020 trees and shrubs in one day, and of course, the secondary goals include socializing and gathering public interest in regenerative agriculture and the mission of the Academy of Self-Reliance and Utah Land Co-Op!
Crowdfunding and Advertising campaigns are launching soon to gather funds and participants. There is additional help needed, of course! Below is one specific role we are looking to fill, but of course this 1-day event will only be accomplished with many helping hands.

Please contact Sarah Vezzani at if you are interested in filling the below role or would like to help in other ways.

Responsibilities include planning and coordinating the people-related logistics of the day: checking participants in, distributing water bottles and T-shirts, directing families to different stations (rest areas with snacks, bathrooms, baby changing/feeding area), ensuring everyone has necessary equipment (and training if needed!) to help out, organizing activities for younger children, and entertainment (can simply be music playing - we have a volunteer for supplying the sound system)


Have you heard? We're building a ropes course!

The Academy OSR Ropes Course will offer a unique series of team-building exercises that will have a variety of activities and programs that will challenge you, your friends, family, coworkers, and teammates to master challenges and conquer fears.

This state-of-the-art facility incorporates a continuous belay system that provides for maximum safety as participants learn and internalize concepts such as:

• problem-solving   • leadership skills   • communication   • self-confidence

. . . and so much more! We truly believe this will bless the lives of the young, and the not-so-young. 


GRANT UPDATE: We have completed the preliminary two steps necessary to qualify for committee consideration for a grant from the State of Utah for the Ropes Course. We finished the application and the final committee will meet May 6-7 to determine who will be awarded for this year.

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To increase our discounts, we are needing to combine our purchases.  We can get improved discounts if we place an order for 10 or more units.  And at 20 or more units, we receive an even larger discount.

If you are thinking of purchasing solar-energy equipment, whether for your new home, existing home, friend’s home, camping, etc…, please fill out our online questionnaire so that we can combine our orders and get big savings.

This is not a commitment to purchase at this time.  We are only getting a list of potential buyers. 

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