Morning Security Brief: Security Business Booming in Mexico, Anonymous Obsession, Law Enforcement, Social Media, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►The security industry is booming in Mexico as the drug war rages on. In the last five years, Mexico has seen 47,000 drug-related murders. In that same time period the number of security firms in Mexico has risen to 10,000, bringing in more then $3 billion annually. Mexico’s largest security firm has grown by 70 percent, boasting 10,000 private security guards and 2,500 clients, the Global Post reports. The Post notes that security services are mainly being used by the rich who pay $3,000 a month per armed guard and up to $50,000 bulletproofing vehicles. Mexico’s minimum wage is five dollars per day.

►A federal security contractor was recently fired for spending too much time trying to pursue the hacker group Anonymous. Cybersecurity analyst Aaron Barr was fired from Sayres and Associates recently for obsessive pursuit of the hacker collective. “Barr was the former CEO of security firm HBGary Federal who claimed to have infiltrated the ranks of Anonymous in early 2011 and planned to reveal the ‘leaders’ of the group,” the Daily Caller reports. Anonymous retaliated by releasing thousands of e-mails linking his company to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. John Sayres, Sayres and Associates founder, says Barr was hired to help the NSA with national security issues but instead became focused on infiltrating Anonymous and Occupy Wall Street.

►In an editorial on, former ICE chief of staff Chris Battle says law enforcement agencies have embraced social media, but have failed to capitalize on an opportunity for powerful community engagement in addition to failing to adapt to changing trends. Battle says agencies use social media sites like Twitter and Facebook as news release aggregators when they should be tools used to engage the public, clarify their message, and make sure correct information is circulating.

►The Justice Department says human trafficking has become the second fastest growing criminal industry, just behind drug trafficking. Cases of human trafficking have risen from 300 in 2008 to 2,515 in 2010. ♦ California’s Central Valley has become home to “super meth labs.” ♦ And a hospital security force in Cleveland acted as police officers, making arrests and detentions, even though it lacked the authority to do so. 




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