NEWS & ANALYSIS

Morning Security Brief: Chinese Surveillance, Mexico Preps for Volcano Eruption, Police Moonlighting as Guards, and More

China hints at scaling back foreign products for surveillance, citing national security risks. Mexico readies emergency services ahead of possible volcano eruption. Australian authorities have opened an inquiry into police moonlighting as private security. And more.

Morning Security Brief: Secret Service Security Breach, Novelty Grenade at Ground Zero, Recording Interrogations, and More

Rep. Peter King calls a scandal involving Secret Service agents and prostitutes in Colombia a serious breach in security. The person who received a novelty grenade at an office near Ground Zero is put on administrative leave. Law enforcement agencies looking to record video of interrogations. And more.

Morning Security Brief: Eliminating Concealed Carry Permits, Pepper Spray Cop, Predator Uses Facebook to Lure Teen, and More

State considering eliminating concealed carry permits. A court blocks the release of the investigative report of the "pepper spray cop" incident. Police say a man lured a teen to a hotel using Facebook. And more.

Flea Market Operation Nets $800,000 Worth of Counterfeit Goods

Agents seized more than 6,200 items worth $825,570 in a sting targeting vendors who sell fake merchandise at flea markets.

Companies Can Use Social Media to Predict Potential Threats

Data pulled from open sources, like forums and social media profiles can go a long way to protecting a company’s personnel and assets.

Morning Security Brief: Craigslist Robberies, Secure Communities, and a Police Impersonator

Robbers are using Craigslist to target holiday bargain shoppers. U.S. citizens are constantly being swept up by Secure Communities because of flaws in DHS databases. New Hampshire police are searching for a police impersonator. And more.

Book Review: Internet Searches for Vetting, Investigations, and Open-Source Intelligence

Edward J. Appel, CEO of iName­Check, has written a primer for today’s security professionals covering the ins and outs of Internet vetting, data mining, and intelligence gathering.

Morning Security Brief: Drug Sniffing Dogs, Google Slams Mobile Security Vendors, DHS Denies Hackers Hit Water Pump, and More

Does using a drug sniffing dog without probable cause constitute an illegal search? Google says mobile security vendors are overstating the threat to turn a profit. DHS dismisses reports of hackers taking out an Illinois water pump. And more.

Police Embrace Social Media

Police departments are finding that social media can be used to gather tips and feedback from the public.

Morning Security Brief: Suspicious Activity Around Georgia Water Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, Hospital Security, and More

Georgia authorities warn of suspicious activity around water treatment plants. The US and European Union hold their first joint cybersecurity exercise. And a hospital faces loss of funding because of the actions of a security guard that led to a patients death.
 




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