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British officials issued an unusually
stark alert about a cyberscam that
locks users out of their computers
unless they pay a ransom, saying Fri-
day that tens of millions of people
may soon be targeted.
In a warning headlined "URGENT
ALERT," Britain s National Crime
Agency said they were aware of a "mass
e-mail spamming event that is ongo-
ing" and urged computer users to
beware of messages purporting to come
from their bank.
Tony Neate, the chief executive of
British Internet safety group Get-
SafeOnline, said it was noteworthy that
the agency---often described as Britain s
equivalent of the FBI---had sent out
such a strongly-worded alert about a
"They re only going to do it if they
think it is serious," he said in a telephone
The scam targeting Britons works
by tricking people into downloading
CryptoLocker, a new brand of mali-
cious software that encrypts a user s
hard drive, effectively putting their
photos, documents, and other data
under lock and key.
A 72-hour countdown clock appears
on the screen warning that the files
will be lost irrevocably unless a ransom
is paid, either through Bitcoin---a
MoneyPak cash cards. Ransoms tend
to be US$100 or US$300, according
to BleepingComputer, a security Web
site that has closely tracked Cryp-
toLocker s spread.
Users who ve paid the ransom have
reported that their files are decrypted
within a few hours, but Britain s crime
agency warned that it did not endorse
the payment of ransoms to criminals
and warned that "there is no guarantee
that they would honour the payments
in any event." (AP)
director and actress, Marjuan Canady,
released her debut children s book,
Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale on November
8. The book is based on her second orig-
inal play, of the same title, which fea-
tured the music of Trinidadian trum-
peter Etienne Charles.
According to Canady, the idea to write
a children s book based on the play came
from her discussions with audiences in
Washington DC. The play ran in DC in
January and New York in July.
Callaloo tells the story of a young
American boy named Winston, who trav-
els to Tobago to visit his grandmother.
During the trip, Winston learns about
folkloric figures such as Papa Bois and
La Diablesse. Canady teamed up with
illustrator Nabeeh Bilal to complete the
"Originally, I created this story as a
play because theatre is what I know. I
have studied and performed in the theatre
for over ten years. But I always envisioned
this as an animated story and when
Nabeeh approached me about the idea,
I jumped at the opportunity," she said.
Canady said she first learned of these
folkloric stories as a child. "When my
mom would tell me the stories, the char-
acters sparked my imagination. The folk-
loric stories are so magical and full of
danger, hope, fears and dreams, all in
search of reclaiming memories. This folk-
lore is rooted in the mystery of what else
exists in the world."
Canady also pursued the project
because she wanted to write a book
geared specifically towards children of
"I thought it was important to re-cre-
ate these stories through illustration
because there are so few books geared
towards black and brown kids, especially
of Caribbean descent. Children of all
colours should know about these
Caribbean folktales and appreciate how
they connect to the contemporary world.
I hope this book inspires Caribbean-
American children and all children to
take pride in their culture and where they
come from as well as to think twice before
they disobey their elders."
Canady will be taking the book on a
reading series in New York and DC start-
ing in December and may also participate
in a special reading in Tobago in January.
The book can be ordered online.
Readers who pre-order the book by
November 18, will receive a limited edi-
tion, autographed copy.
UK warns of ransom
scam targeting millions
A Jazz folktale for children
Marjaun Canady is a graduate of the
Duke Ellington School of the Arts,
Fordham University Lincoln Center and
New York University Tisch School of the
Arts. Her one-woman play, Girls! Girls?
Girls, has been featured at the United Solo
Festival, The Performing Arts Marathon
Festival and was performed at over fifty
colleges and community centres
throughout the US. She has received
Matteo Ricci and Schomburg Mellon
fellowships. Canady is also a youth arts
educator and image activist.
Cover art of Canady's book Callaloo, A Jazz Folktale, graphic design by Nabeeh Bilal.
Playwright and actress Marjuan Canady
whose book Callaloo, A Jazz Folktale was
inspired by the music of Trinidadian jazz
musician Etienne Charles. PHOTO: CARL GRAY
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