Morning Security Brief: Olympics Security Plans Found On Train, Google's Cybersecurity Campaign, White House Lockdown, and More

By Carlton Purvis


The Sun, a British tabloid, is reporting that it has obtained diagrams and notes that detail security plans for the 2012 Olympics after a dossier was provided to them by a commuter who found it on train. The dossier contains “details that would have helped al-Qaeda terrorists mount a devastating attack on the Games in London this summer,” The Sun reports. The files have the dates and times of rehearsals, security and evacuation plans, names and phone numbers of law enforcement officials, and a list of complaints about communication operations, one of them being, "Radios NEVER work properly." The London Metropolitan Police confirmed the story saying an officer did lose his bag, but that the files it held were not “operationally sensitive.”

►Google has launched a massive campaign, including buying billboards and placing ads in newspapers, to teach users about online safety. The company launched “Good to Know” to provide simple tips to teach even non-technical users the basics of cybersecurity. The Good to Know Web page explains how users can make passwords safer and tips for avoiding malware and phishing. Three additional sections explain how user data is stored and used online, how Google uses user data, and how users can manage what data they share with Web sites.

►The White House was put on lockdown Tuesday evening after a smoke bomb was thrown over the fence onto the lawn while Occupy Congress protestors demonstrated out front. On Twitter, protestors reported hearing a loud pop, then seeing smoke. Secret Service temporarily moved protestors back while they investigated. A White House spokesperson said the smoke bomb was thrown after most of the demonstrators left the area.

►In other news, Google has partnered with the World Bank to make Google Map data more accessible to government organizations after disasters. ♦ Experts say the City Crime Rankings published yearly by CQ Press are “not accurate and should not be trusted.” ♦ And “What Makes a Strong Password” by Killer Infographics.


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