Morning Security Brief: Shooting at Georgia FedEx Center, More Deadly Storms in Southeast, AOL Security Flaw, and More

By Holly Gilbert Stowell

► USA Today reports that six people have been injured in a workplace shooting that occurred this morning at a FedEx facility in Kennesaw, Georgia, outside of Atlanta. The victims were transferred to a nearby hospital, and authorities are conducting a thorough search of all buildings on the campus for a suspect. FedEx released a statement saying they were aware of the situation. "Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our team members, first responders, and others affected. FedEx is cooperating with authorities,” the company said.

► The deadly weather system that killed more than 20 people on Monday continued to tear through the southeast United States overnight, bringing baseball-sized hail and damaging winds, according to Reuters. “Early on Tuesday morning, a large cluster of thunderstorms pelted Alabama, Georgia, and the Florida Panhandle, with tornados likely touching down along the Alabama-Georgia state line,” the article states. “The tornado threat in those areas will briefly weaken before rising again in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama later on Tuesday morning and afternoon.” CNN reports that at least 29 people have been killed across six states in the series of storms and tornadoes, and meteorologists are warning of more severe weather on the way. The tornado threat could last up to several days.

► A recent surge of spam for AOL e-mail users is related to a security breach, and AOL is asking all users to reset their passwords, PC World reports. “Hackers made off with e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, encrypted passwords, and encrypted security questions. AOL says it's still investigating the matter in conjunction with federal employees,” according to the article. The breach affected roughly 2 percent of AOL’s users, but no financial information, encryption of passwords, or security questions appear to have been compromised so far.

► At least 37 people have been killed and dozens more injured in explosions in the Syrian City of Homs, BBC reports. At least one of the expolosions involved a car bomb. The attacks come on the heels of president Bashar al-Assad’s registration to be on the ballot for re-election, despite calls for him to step down. In the country’s three-year civil war, at least 150,000 people are believed to have died, and millions of refugees who fled their homes remain displaced.


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