Morning Security Brief: DNC 2012 Security, Bomb Materials in Hotel Room, Hackers ‘Diversify’ Phishing Attacks, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►More than 50 agencies, including U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force, the White House Military Office, the U.S. Capitol Police, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, will be part of massive command center to oversee security for the Democratic National Convention. The convention is scheduled for September 4-6.

Security has been increased in Manila after a janitor alerted police to bomb-making materials in a hotel room. “Police said a janitor found more than 100 rifle and shotgun shells that had been mostly emptied of their gunpowder, along with two metal pipes, blasting caps and cell phone parts in a room at a Manila inn where a man stayed overnight before checking out at dawn on Tuesday. The man left with a backpack and a bag,” the Associated Press reports. Manila police have increased patrols and are trying to identify and locate the man who checked out of the room.

►Hackers are using new tactics to avoid traditional corporate security, says CSO Antone Gonsalves. According to research by security vendor FireEye, they're are getting more creative, diversifying malicious e-mail attachments and creating “throwaway” domains that can be used for spearphising. Hackers use the domains “to evade technologies that rely on domain reputation analysis and URL blacklists. The number of domains used fewer than ten times rose 45 percent from the second half of 2011,” writes Gonsalves.

►Hundreds of security officers in Boston rallied Monday morning for better wages. ♦ The Japanese organized crime gang Yakuza used the Fukushima disaster to spread their control by rebuilding homes in exchange for indebtedness to the gang. “These people now owe the gang,” said a photographer who was granted inside access to the organization for a project. ♦ And a watchdog group make up of aviation historians finds that the U.S. was launching Global Hawk surveillance missions from Australia in 2006, around the time North Korea was conducting a series of missile tests. 


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