Morning Security Brief: LAX Screeners Arrested, Kaspersky Labs on Mac, 2012 Olympics, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►Four screeners at LAX “placed greed above the nation’s security needs” said a prosecutor after they were found working as part of a drug smuggling ring, taking cash to allow shipments of cocaine, meth, and marijuana to pass though x-rays. The screeners have been arrested and charged with drug-trafficking and bribery. “The charges allege 22 separate payments of up to $2,400 allowed drug-runners to bypass airport security,” the BBC reports.

►Kaspersky Lab founder Eugene Kaspersky says Apple is “10 years behind Microsoft in terms of security.” In an interview at Info Security 2012, Kaspersky said Windows systems are still a favorite of hackers, but malware targeting Macs is growing at an unprecedented rate. “They will understand very soon that they have the same problems Microsoft had 10 or 12 years ago. They will have to make changes in terms of the cycle of updates and so on and will be forced to invest more into their security audits for the software,” he said.

►Islamist militants are a growing challenge to security, a British official said on Wednesday, but the main concern for the 2012 Olympics being hosted in London is a repeat of London's 2011 riots. Director-General of the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism at the Home Office. Charles Farr spoke at a security conference saying al Qaeda remains active in Britain, and the operating model of the group's leadership was increasingly to encourage "self starter" terrorists. But the “most likely serious threat is crime and public disorder,” he said. Officials say they don’t have any intelligence suggesting an attack on the games.

►In other news, News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch admits to knowing about the News of the World hacking scandal and apologizes during his testimony before officials. ♦ Analysts say missiles showcased during a parade in North Korea are fakes. ♦ And the FBI is seeking the public’s help in finding a suspect in the killing of two men at an Alaska Coast Guard communications station.



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