Morning Security Brief: UK Identity Plan Questioned, Drug Dog’s ‘First’ False Positive, Shooting Victim Dumped at Hospital

By Carlton Purvis

 ►Gavin Watson, senior security engineer at RandomStorm, says the UK’s plan for using social media to confirm identity “does not hold water.” He’s specifically referring to comments by officials that suggest using social media sites to verify identity would help reduce login fatigue. Watson’s primary concern is "the ease with which passwords have been stolen over the last year coupled with users’ tendency to reuse them on multiple sites,” he told Infosecurity Magazine. Additionally, “A person’s true identity is not verified before they are given a social media profile: it’s not like applying for a passport. There are plenty of examples of people creating profiles for their pet animals, or posing as celebrities on Twitter,” he said. "This is simply lowering the security threshold and encouraging people to be lazy about protecting their online identity. If one site gets compromised, they all do.”

►A Customs and Border Protection drug detecting dog had its “first” false positive after it alerted after sniffing a man’s buttocks as the he tried to reenter the U.S. from Mexico. The dog indicated that the man, Rodney McDade, was hiding drug contraband in his anus. The man, who had a history of drug possession, was detained and strip searched but agents found no drugs or contraband. The dog alerted after sniffing the man so he was taken for a torso x-ray. But the x-ray came up negative as well. Investigators say the dog has never had a false positive since it began its service in 2010.

►Police in Indiana are searching for a car that dropped off an injured man outside of the emergency room of a Kokomo hospital (video above). The car pulled up to the hospital, the man was pushed out onto the pavement, and the car sped off. The man laid on the ground for a few minutes before trying to drag himself toward the emergency room door. A passerby noticed him and alerted hospital staff. Darius Liggin, 23, had been shot in the leg and stabbed. He refused to cooperate with police.

►In other news, two former SEALs created an app to encrypt iPhone messages and phone calls. ♦ Australia unveils its first sex offender registry but unlike registries in the U.S., the database does not make public a sex offender's address and a person must provide a valid drivers license to access offender information. ♦ And video has surfaced of NYPD officers brutally assaulting a man at a Jewish synagogue. Neither the synagogue nor the NYPD have released statements about the incident.


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