Morning Security Brief: FCC Blocks Local Authorities From Using Emergency Broadband, Australia Breaks Up Drug Ring, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►Mississippi has been blocked from using a multimillion-dollar communications system that would allow police and fire departments to send video data back and forth because of concerns that it would not be compatible with a new system being implemented nationwide. That system, FirstNet, is scheduled to roll out in the next few years. “Mississippi's case is an early example of the skirmishes likely during the years-long implementation of FirstNet, an idea that has been discussed since the 9-11 terror attacks but only now is getting off the ground. At a cost of at least $7 billion, the network is to supply common airwaves for use by local officials in an emergency,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

►After a tip from the U.S. DEA, police in Sydney, Australia busted a $500 million crystal meth ring in raids on Monday. In all, police arrested seven people and recovered 306 kilograms of crystal meth and 252 kilograms of heroin. This was Australia’s largest meth bust and third biggest heroin bust. The bust comes “on the heels of Australia's most successful year in terms of drugs seizures, with more than 14 tonnes of illicit substances found in the financial year ending June 30,” AFP reports.

►The U.S. embassy in Norway and the surrounding areas were evacuated after a suspicious device was found under a car trying to enter the compound on Tuesday. Police say the device has been removed and it was "nothing dangerous" but have declined to say what it was. A journalist reported later on Twitter that the device was actually a dummy explosive used by the embassy for training. 

In other news, New Mexico’s governor calls for an expansion of criminal DNA collection. ♦ Brazilian drug traffickers say they plan to stop selling crack in some favelas because social problems that come along with use. ♦ And Sophos discusses recent comments made by a security expert suggesting that most Android devices have malware installed.





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