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The Criminal Records Manual—Criminal Records in America

- A first-rate manual for security professionals that have to conduct background searches.

Fake ATM Rips Off Hackers at Vegas Convention Center

- A fake ATM machine was discovered in the convention center of Las Vegas' Riviera Hotel Casino, ripping off guests and hackers attending the Black Hat and DefCon hacking conferences inside the convention center.

State Legislation: Massachusetts: Identity Theft

- New regulations implemented in Massachusetts require that companies encrypt documents sent over the Internet or saved on laptops or flash drives. Data transmitted wirelessly must also be protected and firewalls must be up to date. Companies were required to meet most of the regulations last month but the deadline for some items has been extended. For example, all data stored on laptops must be encrypted now but the requirement to encrypt data on other portable devices has been delayed until January 1, 2010.

Railroads Find Common Contractor Screening Solution

- An industry-driven program called e-RAILSAFE vets and credentials contract workers for railroad companies.

Hard Drive with Sensitive Data Missing from National Archives

- The federal government's data security posture has once again been called into question as a hard drive containing sensitive information from the Clinton Administration is missing from the National Archives, reports the Associated Press.

Hackers Compromise 160,000 Student Healthcare Records at Berkeley, Mills College

- Hackers broke into the computer databases of the University of California-Berkeley's health services center, compromising about 160,000 student health records, including 3,400 students from Mills College.

Social Security Recipients Warned to Watch Out for Scams

- Federal and state agencies are warning recipients of Social Security to watch out for scammers ready to trick retired and disabled people into giving up financial information or other sensitive personal information in return for their stimulus checks.

Racial Profiling

- Racial profiling is no more effective than random screening, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Head of Homeland Security Vows to Repeal REAL ID

- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced that she is working with state governors to try and repeal the REAL ID Act of 2005.

GAO Obtains Passport with Social Security Number of Man Who Died in 1965

- An undercover investigator was able to use counterfeit documents and the Social Security number (SSN) of a man who died in 1965 to obtain a U.S. passport, according to a letter from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

United Kingdom Launches Fraud Strategy

- The British government launched its three-year National Fraud Strategy today to help stamp out rampant fraud, but one security researcher says it would protect banks more than consumers.

Biometrics for Dummies

- Despite its title, Biometrics for Dummies gives an erudite and comprehensive overview of the field.

Applicants for TWIC Should Stick to TSA Website or Hotline, Agency Says

- The Transportation Security Administration is telling applicants for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential to only trust information on the TSA's Web site or its information hotline, according to Land Line Magazine.

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