Morning Security Brief: UC Davis Report Released, Hotel Hacked, Tahrir Square Protests Pick Up and More

By Carlton Purvis

►UC Davis police used poor judgment and violated policy when they pepper sprayed protestors last November, according to a report from a university-appointed task force that investigated the incident. “The long-awaited study strongly rebutted campus police claims that the Occupy demonstrators who had pitched tents on a UC Davis quad posed a violent threat, and it said administrators wrongly assumed that many protesters were off-campus troublemakers,” the Los Angeles Times reports. The task force also said leadership at the university was inadequate and that the campus police department had a dysfunctional chain of command. "Our overriding conclusion can be stated briefly and explicitly. The pepper spraying incident that took place on November 18, 2011 should and could have been prevented,” the report states.

►Foreign computer hackers have found a new target: hotels. In a letter, the general manager of the Desmond Hotel in Albany, New York, said sometime between May 2011 and March 2012, hackers accessed the hotel’s computer system and stole hotel guests' credit and debit card numbers, full names, expiration dates, and service codes. The breach was noticed by the Secret Service, who notified the hotel March 19th. The Secret Service is investigating.

►Protestors are back in Tahrir Square calling for the government to bar Mubarak-era officials from running in upcoming elections. Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was ousted last February after almost a month of protests and demonstrations.

►In other news, a recap of a Women’s Security Council panel discusses how women can advance in the security industry.♦ The FDA proposes a plan to limit the use of antibiotics in farm animals to help stop increasing antimicrobial resistance. ♦ About 80 percent of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are given to animals. ♦ And the food sector is not a likely target for terrorists despite relatively easy access, an FBI official said at recent briefing.




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