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Afternoon News Update, 2/11/21

By Sophia Lyons

From around campus, The Appalachian reports that App State Information Technology Services has dealt with growing numbers of cyberattacks. ITS combats hundreds of attacks daily, but can’t field all of them, still resulting in Zoom bombing and other interruptions. Zoom bombing is when uninvited users turn up to private meetings and cause disruption. However, new dual-authentication verification requirements are an important part of App State cybersecurity.

In state news, Governor Roy Cooper signed a coronavirus relief bill Wednesday that pays out the money the state received as part of the stimulus bill Congress passed in December. WRAL reports the money is going toward reopening schools, distributing the vaccine and helping state residents pay their rent. Parents who missed last year’s deadline also have an opportunity to apply for $335 for childcare costs associated with remote learning. They can apply until May 31.

Nationally, the National Transportation Safety Board issued 13 findings after a yearlong investigation into the helicopter crash that killed nine people in January 2020, including Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. The New York Times reports the Board concluded the helicopter pilot decided to fly into clouds, violating federal rules, losing his surroundings and becoming so disoriented he lost control of the helicopter.

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