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Morning Security Brief: Teachers Seek Firearms Training, Los Alamos Replacing Chinese Computer Parts, One Goh Unfit for Trial

By Carlton Purvis

►More than 600 teachers in 15 states applied for a firearms training course offered by Buckeye Firearms Association. The course will be taught at a training facility in Ohio. Six states “are planning to introduce legislation during their upcoming sessions to allow firearms in schools,” Mother Jones reports.

►Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory in New Mexico is replacing Chinese-made components in its computer systems over security fears, according to a letter written by the lab’s chief information officer and obtained by the media. The letter says parts from the a company affiliated with Huawei Technologies had been installed in computer networks and suggested replacing them as quickly as possible. “In October, the U.S. House intelligence committee issued an investigative report that recommended government systems should not include components made by Huawei or ZTE, another Chinese manufacturer. The report said that based on classified and unclassified information, Huawei and ZTE ‘cannot be trusted to be free of foreign state influence’ and pose ‘a security threat to the United States and to our systems,’” The Guardian reports.

►A judge declares One Goh, the former student accused of killing seven people at Oikos University unfit to stand trial after multiple psychiatric evaluations found that he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. “Alameda County Assistant Public Defender David Klaus said after Monday's brief hearing that both doctors who examined Goh found that he suffers from hallucinations and delusions and harbors a deep mistrust of people, including those trying to help him,” the AP reports. Goh will return to court on January 28 for a hearing on what facility he will go to for treatment.

►In other news, prison officials in Brazil catch a cat walking through the gates of a medium security prison with a saw, a mobile phone, a memory card, drills, and batteries taped to its body. Authorities are trying to find out which of the prison’s 263 inmates was the recipient. ♦ Google gets and inside look at North Korea’s Internet activities.♦ And John McAfee says he spied on Belizean officials by giving them laptops infected with malware.

 

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