– News 201004 | 28 April 2010 | Wednesday


Dear Friend,

I know that time is precious for everyone these days, so I’ll try to keep this update short. The approximate reading time for this message is about 5 minutes. Feel free to reduce your reading time even more by skipping over topics that don’t interest you. This month, there is a very important message (below) about Internet safety and security that everyone should read.

Personal Update. My Personal Update for April is now available.

Heart Songs. The Heart Song selection for April is now available on iTunes. The title for this month’s collection of songs is Sh’ma Yisrael. This month’s newsletter and Heart Songs selections are in honor of Pesach Sheni (the Second Passover) and emphasize worship of God and redemption. The song Shema as performed by Fortuna is a beautiful rendition of the Jewish Sh’ma prayer set to music. Fortuna is a female vocalist who sings in Hebrew, Spanish, and Ladino (a ancient language that is a fusion of Hebrew and Spanish). There are several songs performed by Fortuna in this month’s collection including songs based on Jewish prayers such as Adon Olam. Other songs this month are interfaith deep passion worship music performed by Christian artists with a solitary focus on God. Praise You In This Storm by Casting Crowns is a song about enduring life’s hardships, catastrophes, and devastating storms.

Motivational Calendars. The 2010 Motivational Calendars are still available. Contact me if you’d like one. The calendars are free, but supplies are running out quickly.

Increase in World-wide Cyber Attacks. In recent months there has been an marked increase in world-wide cyber attacks. Numerous government, defense, security, business, and financial sector websites have been hacked. An “army” of hijacked “zombie” computers around the world are being used to conduct cybercrime campaigns and Internet warfare. Yesterday Leon Panetta, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, stated that the next “Pearl Harbor” is likely to be an attack on United States’ power, financial, military, and other Internet systems. [source] This month, the computers hosting the website were attacked repeatedly over a period of about two weeks. Combatting these attacks necessitated the immediate implementation of 24-hour internal and external surveillance and scanning of our site to maintain the stability of the site and and safety of site visitors. You can read more about our rigorous security policies and practices in our security statement. We’ve also listed security and website scanning tools and resources on that page. For greater site security, we’ve removed the Google AdSense advertising feed. Advertising had been the source of malware and cause of computer infections via the Des Moines Register website this past week.

What’s New. The past month was mostly dedicated to defending the website against cyber attacks. However, new content was posted during the first 11 days of the month as indicated below. Remember you can always find out the latest news by visiting the What’s New Page and the Documents Page. Here are a few highlights of recent documents (most recent at top):

Thanks. I want to thank the global team of volunteers, contributors, and workers “behind the scenes” who help make all this possible. I’m very grateful to the many people who continue to uphold and advance the mission of Resources for Life. Thanks again for your support. Please let me know if there is any way that Resources for Life can serve you better.


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