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ADT Commercial enters guarding space with launch of EvoGuard
brand at CES 2023

ADT Commercial officially enters the guarding space with a new brand for its suite of intelligent autonomous guarding solutions

January 5, 2023 -- ADT Commercial, a leading security integrator and premier provider of commercial security, fire and life safety services in the U.S., today unveiled its new EvoGuard intelligent autonomous guarding solutions brand at CES 2023 in Las Vegas.

EvoGuard by ADT Commercial is a new suite of intelligent autonomous guarding solutions and services aimed at helping to cost-effectively enhance corporate security programs, while responding to high turnover rates and ongoing labor shortages in the guarding market.

EvoGuard will use artificial intelligence and augmented reality in combination with a fleet of autonomous humanoid robots and drones for comprehensive security surveillance in a wide variety of commercial areas.

Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight column below

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Retailers Walking Fine Line as They Seek to Curb Rampant Theft
With Retail Theft Rampant, Will New Deterrents at Walmart, CVS and More Drive Consumers Away?
Retail shrink, or company inventory lost to causes other than sales, has risen to an unprecedented level, causing some of the trade's biggest corporations to implement extra in-store anti-theft devices at the risk of losing customers.

Although retail management has identified several types of shrinkage - such as internal/employee theft, operational loss, administrative errors and return fraud - it is organized retail crime (ORC) that accounts for a large part of the problem. This grander, more coordinated type of shoplifting that has industry leaders taking tougher security stances and paying plenty for them.

Explaining these "more sophisticated and highly dangerous" crimes to a Senate hearing in Nov. 2021, CVS Health crime and corporate investigations exec Brendan (Ben) Dugan told the committee judiciary that his company has seen ORC increase 300% since the start of the pandemic. Dugan indicated those thefts had resulted in annual losses of more than $200 million for his company.

And in a company call to investors in Jan. 2022, Walgreens CFO James Kehoe claimed his company's retail shrink rose 40% to 50% "over the last two years" - and was then currently "absorbing a 52% increase in shrink," per Best Life.

Retailers Lock Up Product In Response to Increased Theft

More locked product cases and additional security gear have been implemented by Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and others in an attempt to thwart criminals from stealing large quantities of goods and reselling them for profit.

Having to access items from locked displays is causing an inconvenience for shoppers, who have taken to social media to complain about the increasingly unacceptable customer service at stores that are understaffed and underperforming.

If the issue grows into a widespread departure of bothered and scared shoppers from stores, retailers will have to come up with more consumer-friendly strategies to battle this level of theft. On a broader level, one might expect the industry to confront ORC through proposed legislation and retail-crime associations. finance.yahoo.com

The End of America's 'Great Crime Decline'
Taking violence and government seriously

Left and right must reckon with American violence and rethink government's role in reducing it.

Americans now are fretting that the "Great Crime Decline" they enjoyed over the last two decades is being reversed. Surging violence has already brought back a politics reminiscent of the post-1960s, when Republicans hammered Democrats as insufficiently devoted to law and order. The recent uptick in homicides and shootings has simply widened a consistently large gap in lethal violence between the United States and other affluent nations.

In spite of this persistent bloodshed, powerful groups on both the left and the right in American politics stubbornly refuse to reckon seriously with the problem. On the left, a long-standing narrative persists that fear of violent crime is misplaced, and that policing, prosecutions, and incarceration should be severely curtailed or even abandoned. On the right, talk about violent crime arises when the issue can be exploited for political advantage. But in practice, Republican lawmakers often hamper efforts that could yield meaningful reductions in violence over the long term, particularly around gun control. Both of these positions make policy reform untenable.

American violence: High and pervasive

The United States is an outlier among developed democracies when it comes to lethal violence. As the figure below illustrates, the lowest rate of murder in the United States since World War II is higher than the highest rates of murder in Canada, Germany, Britain, and Spain. In fact, the U.S. far exceeds the murder rates in all of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea over the same time period. The gap between the United States and the rest is immense. Canada comes closest, with a peak in homicides at three per 100,000 residents, but it is dwarfed by the peak U.S. murder rate over the past 50 years, which was over 10 per 100,000.

Solution aversion impedes policy reform

Despite these facts on the ground, too many people in positions of influence and authority on both the left and right do little to confront the problem of violence in their policy programs. The problem on the left, particularly at the national level, is refusing to take violence seriously.

If the problem on the left is refusing to take violence seriously, the problem on the right is a steadfast refusal to take government seriously; that is, the positive role that government can play in reducing violence.

People at risk want "punishment plus" - Getting from here to there - Conclusion: niskanencenter.org

America's Murder Capital: New Orleans
New Orleans to end 2022 with the highest homicide rate in the U.S.
2022 ends with New Orleans as America's Murder Capital with the most killings per capita. Violent crime in the Crescent City has reached levels not seen in more than 25 years.

Morale with the New Orleans Police Department is low and President of the New Orleans Metropolitan Crime Commission says the city has lost over 150 police officers this year.

"The police department stood at nearly 13,000 officers as we speak today were looking at about 900 police officers," said Goyeneche.

Goyeneche says since 2019 the homicide rate has increased by 132%.

"Shootings have increased 87%, car jackings have increased 167%, and armed robberies are up 21%," said Goyeneche.

Goyencche says political officials are now responding to the issue by providing officers the resources they need.

"The pay raises that have been ignored for the past three years will be provided to the police department," said Goyeneche. louisianaradionetwork.com

Other states with bail reform
Efforts have been pushed in New York, Alaska and California. In both Alaska and New York, bail reform was rolled back. In California, residents there voted to keep cash bail as is.

If implemented, Illinois would be the first state to have this type of elimination. But it is important to note that California, New Mexico, Kentucky, Nebraska, Indiana, New York and New Jersey have all successfully made some type of changes to their bail laws - each varying on a state-by-state basis.....

..There has been near elimination of cash bail in both New Jersey and Washington D.C. A study published in the MDRC - a nonprofit nonpartisan organization - shows that in New Jersey fewer people have been arrested for lower-level crimes and jail populations decreased. The study also shows crime continues to decline in that state.....

Is NY bail reform working?

Bail reform has also led to a sharp decrease in cases where a low bail was set. As a result of this critical reform, fewer New Yorkers were detained pretrial on low bail amounts simply because they didn't have the resources to buy their own liberty. Sep 22, 2022.  ourquadcities.com

   5 Ways Cash Bail Systems Undermine Community Safety

65 I Counties Out of 102 Fighting New No-Bail Law
Ill. Supreme Court Puts Cashless Bail in State on Hold
The Illinois Supreme Control issued a stay on the elimination of cash bail in the state's SAFE-T Act until the high court rules on the constitutionality of the sweeping criminal justice law.

On Wednesday, Kankakee County Chief Circuit Court Judge Thomas Cunnington ruled in a lawsuit filed by 65 counties that portions of the so-called SAFE-T Act were unconstitutional, specifically the bail reform and pre-trial release portions of the act.

Cunnington allowed other portions of the Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today Act, such as body cameras and training for police, to stand.

Additionally, Cunnington said that by eliminating monetary bail in all situations in Illinois, the act violates that portion of the state's constitution on crime victim's rights.

The SAFE-T Act, he said, "impairs the court's ability to ensure the safety of the victim and victim's family between the time the defendant fails to appear in court and the rule to show cause hearing, in violation of the Crime Victim's Bill of Rights.  officer.com

Perfect Storm of Crime Surge & Police Exodus
As Applications Fall, Police Departments Lure Recruits With Bonuses and Attention

Many police chiefs say staffing levels have not rebounded from a wave of resignations that started with the pandemic and the 2020 unrest.

As American police departments seek to overcome an exodus of disgruntled officers and a sudden decline in applications, they are wooing recruits with some of the tactics a football coach might use to land a prized quarterback.

A steep drop in the number of people wanting to become police officers since the start of the pandemic and the unrest of 2020 have given extraordinary leverage to job seekers, forcing departments to market themselves in new ways.

At a recent conference in Washington held by the Police Executive Research Forum, a law enforcement policy organization, officials from departments across the country said they were struggling. They said they were not finding enough people willing and able to fight crime, staff unfilled shifts and build residents' trust in the police. nytimes.com

Violent crime fell in Tampa in 2022, police say

Violent crime rises in Albany in 2022


COVID Update

663.8M Vaccinations Given

US: 102.7M Cases - 1.1M Dead - 99.6M Recovered
Worldwide: 666.2M Cases - 6.7M Dead - 638.1M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 362   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 829

'Tripledemic' Sweeping Bay Area
A triple-whammy of illness hits the Bay Area
It's not just COVID now. Flu season has arrived, and the respiratory syncytial virus is also surging in the Bay Area and around the country. Overlapping symptoms like fever, chills and headaches can make figuring out what you have difficult, and my colleague Aidin Vaziri has a guide on how to distinguish between the illnesses.

Holiday travel is expected to increase the risk of COVID spread and potential reinfection. And hospitals have been strained over the past month as cases have risen. Nationwide, infections of kids have shot up 50% in the past eight weeks.

Santa Clara County, the Bay Area's most populous, is now in "high" COVID spread tier based on CDC measures, and residents are recommended but not required to wear masks. But don't expect mask mandates or more dramatic business lockdowns to return, according to California health officials. Now, the best way to stop the spread of the virus is to get vaccinated, they've said. sfchronicle.com

The Shift Away from Remote Work
Is Remote Work Dying A Fast Death?

With the reopening of economies, the question remains: Is working from home a thing of the past?

Although some companies favor remote working, others are reducing the number of remote offerings. According to LinkedIn data, remote work positions fell to 14% in September from a high of 20% in February. But this decline in remote work listings has not reduced employees' demand for workplace flexibility. More than half of job applicants preferred remote roles.

According to a CNN report, many CEOs want their employees back in the office at least a couple of days weekly, indicating a shift to hybrid work. Some CEOs have taken extreme measures, such as Elon Musk of Twitter, who mandated that all employees work from the office five days a week or lose their job. forbes.com

US extends air travel COVID-19 vaccine mandate for international visitors
The U.S. government has quietly issued an extension to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for foreign travelers.

EU says 27 member states 'strongly encouraged' to impose pre-departure COVID-19 testing of passengers from China

Why Xi Jinping Reversed His Zero-Covid Policy in China


FTC Takes Action Against Noncompete Restrictions for Security Guards
FTC Cracks Down on Companies That Impose Harmful Noncompete Restrictions on Thousands of Workers

Agency action eliminates noncompetes covering thousands of workers, promoting greater economic opportunity and competition

The Federal Trade Commission has taken legal action against three companies and two individuals, forcing them to drop noncompete restrictions that they imposed on thousands of workers. Drawing from the FTC's substantial expertise in this space, these actions mark the first time that the agency has sued to halt unlawful noncompete restrictions.

According to the complaints issued by the FTC, each of the companies and individuals illegally imposed noncompete restrictions on workers in positions ranging from low-wage security guards to manufacturing workers to engineers that barred them from seeking or accepting work with another employer or operating a competing business after they left the companies.

Prudential Security, Inc. and Prudential Command Inc. In its complaint, the FTC said the two affiliated Michigan-based companies and their owners, Greg Wier and Matthew Keywell, exploited their superior bargaining power against low-wage security guards, requiring them to sign contracts containing restrictions that prohibited them from working for a competing business within a 100-mile radius of their job site with Prudential for two years after leaving Prudential.

Prudential's security guards typically earned hourly wages at or near minimum wage, yet the company's standard noncompete clause included another restriction that required employees to pay $100,000 as a penalty for any alleged violations of the clause, the FTC noted.

According to the FTC, Prudential tried to enforce its noncompete restrictions by suing individual employees and competing security guard companies, in some cases blocking workers from accepting jobs at significantly higher wages. Even after a Michigan state court determined that Prudential's noncompete restrictions were unreasonable and unenforceable under state law, the companies continued to require all of their security guard employees to sign them.

In August 2022, Prudential sold the bulk of its business to another security guard company. Prudential security guards who now work for the acquiring company are not subject to noncompete restrictions with the company, according to the FTC's complaint. But approximately 1,500 of Prudential's former employees were still subject to the noncompete restrictions.

Under the Prudential order, the companies and their individual owners are banned from enforcing, threatening to enforce, or imposing noncompete restrictions on any current or past workers, and are prohibited from imposing noncompete restrictions in any of their other business ventures, including any future business ventures. They are also required to notify all affected employees that they are no longer bound by noncompete restrictions. ftc.gov

Fed Judge Insists on Incarceration Because "These crimes happen so many times and do so much damage"
DOJ: Seattle CFO embezzled more than $2.1 million from health club chain sentenced to prison

While employer was suffering from illness, 25-year employee transferred money from company accounts to her own bank accounts

Seattle - A 57-year-old Seattle woman who embezzled more than $2.1 million from her long-time employer was sentenced to a year and a day in prison.

Michele D. Sharar pleaded guilty on April 25, 2022, to wire fraud for the fraudulent fund transfers she made between 2014 and 2017, from the victim's business bank accounts to her personal bank accounts. The victim in this case asked that Sharar serve no prison time. However, U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour said a sentence of incarceration was important because of the problem of bookkeepers and accountants stealing from small businesses. "These crimes happen so many times and do so much damage," Judge Coughenour said.

Sharar worked for Emerald City Athletics and Emerald City Health Properties for more than 25 years, rising to the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). During a time period when the owner of the company had medical issues, Sharar began stealing money from the company to feed a shopping addiction. justice.gov

"Dimitre Hadjiev's jewelry store wasn't a legitimate business - it was a front for fraud"
DOJ: South Street Jeweler Convicted of Selling Counterfeit Rolexes and Financial Fraud Crimes
PHILADELPHIA - Dimitre Hadjiev, 41, of Upper Darby, PA, was convicted at trial of charges including trafficking in counterfeit goods and financial fraud offenses related to his sale of counterfeit luxury wristwatches.

Since at least 2014, Hadjiev operated a jewelry store on the 300 block of South Street in Philadelphia, out of which he sold and customized watches and other jewelry. An investigation by the IRS and FBI revealed that Hadjiev was knowingly buying and selling counterfeit Rolex watches and customizing Rolex watches with counterfeit Rolex parts. justice.gov

Is Retail Ditching Curbside Pickup?
Kohl's discontinues curbside pickup, more retailers may follow

Kohl's discontinues curbside pickup and more retailers are considering canceling the omnichannel service.

As the COVID-19 pandemic kicked into full force, retailers were forced to respond - improvise is more like it - by ramping up new services such as curbside pickup. In fact, a majority of retail chains ranked in Digital Commerce 360's Top 1000 offered curbside pickup in 2021.

But now that consumer life has returned to some form of normalcy, with shoppers feeling empowered to cruise store aisles as in pre-COVID-19 days, the question arises: Have retailers and shoppers kicked curbside pickup to the curb? That depends.

In August, Kohl's paused its curbside operations, which it started in 2020, in favor of an automated self-pickup system. Book retail chain Barnes & Noble Booksellers Inc. no longer has designated curbside pickup spots or outdoor signs about the service, "primarily due to declining usage by customers," a spokesperson says.

An REI spokesperson said it's choosing to keep curbside for now at the outdoor apparel chain, declining to elaborate further.

In March 2022, 25% of online shoppers said they used curbside pickup within the previous six months, according to a Digital Commerce 360 and Bizrate Insights survey of 1,132 online shoppers. But in September 2022, only 17% of shoppers said they planned to used curbside pickup as a part of their holiday shopping, according to a later Digital Commerce 360 and Bizrate Insights survey of 1,088 online shoppers.  digitalcommerce360.com

Employee Surveillance - Productivity Killer?
Micromanaging Employees' Online Activity Can Negatively Impact Productivity

Micromanagement Is A Leadership Misstep

A culture of distrust is not conducive to a productive work environment. If your company has a reputation for micromanaging, it's going to be difficult to attract top talent. The best employees want to work in an environment where they feel trusted and empowered to do their jobs well. They don't want to be constantly monitored and/or directed by their managers-and internet use is no exception.

Finding The Right Balance

Look at the bigger picture. Chances are that if your team has productivity issues, it's a deeper problem that won't be solved by micromanaging internet use. If you want to maximize your workforce's productivity, consider the efficiency of the general work structure. Make sure employees spend their time on impactful tasks related to their job roles. Having to cover absent colleagues, fix avoidable errors or do ineffective data entry is often the real threat to productivity.

Don't Be A Dopamine Grinch

We all need to step off the productivity treadmill from time to time, and online browsing can provide much-needed respite. Sure, there might be healthier alternatives, such as meditation or taking a walk. But if someone prefers to spend a few minutes browsing Facebook or Amazon, that's their decision to make. Instead of immediately having a negative reaction to employees using the internet for private purposes, we should ask whether it's such a productivity killer in the first place. forbes.com

9% of Workers Have Substance Abuse Disorder
NIOSH Address Workplace Substance Abuse Recovery Issues

In the U.S. there are 13.6 million workers with a substance abuse disorder, representing 9% of all employed adults.

The U.S. continues to struggle with substance abuse disorders (SUDs). Data shows that 70% (about 13.6 million workers) of all adults with an alcohol or illicit drug use disorder are employed. The 13.6 million workers with a SUD represent nearly 9% of all employed adults. About 1.9 million workers (1%) receive treatment annually for a SUD, and about 13.3 million workers (nearly 9%) report that they are in recovery or have recovered from a past or present substance use problem.

Looking specifically at people with SUD, approximately 53% have a mild disorder, 23% have a moderate disorder, and 24% have a severe disorder. The term addiction often is used to characterize severe SUDs.

To help employers understand and support recovery, in a blog entry on NIOSH, the authors summarized a new article published in Occupational Health. ehstoday.com

Are Your Stores Ready?
Gov. Newsom declares state of emergency as Northern California braces for another storm
Northern California is bracing for yet another powerful storm that's expected to bring strong winds and drench the already-battered region with heavy rain on Wednesday, prompting Gov. Newsom to declare a state of emergency to "support response and recovery efforts."

A moisture-rich atmospheric river - fed by a plume of subtropical water vapor at the lower and middle levels of the atmosphere - is expected to bring wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour and more than 6 inches of rain in some parts of the Bay Area. The Sacramento Valley can expect up to 4 inches of rain and some areas in the foothills could see up to 6 inches. latimes.com

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ADT Commercial enters guarding space with
launch of EvoGuard brand at CES 2023

ADT Commercial officially enters the guarding space with a new brand for its suite of intelligent autonomous guarding solutions targeted to hit the commercial market in 2023, including humanoid robots and indoor drones

January 5, 2023 -- ADT Commercial, a leading security integrator and premier provider of commercial security, fire and life safety services in the U.S., today unveiled its new EvoGuard intelligent autonomous guarding solutions brand at CES 2023 in Las Vegas.

EvoGuard by ADT Commercial is a new suite of intelligent autonomous guarding solutions and services aimed at helping to cost-effectively enhance corporate security programs, while responding to high turnover rates and ongoing labor shortages in the guarding market.

EvoGuard will use artificial intelligence and augmented reality in combination with a fleet of autonomous humanoid robots and drones for comprehensive security surveillance in a wide variety of commercial areas.

"The launch of the EvoGuard brand marks a significant milestone in ADT Commercial's expansion into the guarding market. We've long kept a finger to the pulse of the industry and we're focused on identifying opportunities to innovate in ways that are meaningful and totally customer-driven," said Dan Bresingham, President, Commercial at ADT. "Given the trends we've seen in recent years and the challenges our customers are facing in keeping their guard forces adequately staffed, we recognized an incredible opportunity to usher in a new era in guarding through technology."

With EvoGuard by ADT Commercial, the goal is for organizations to be able to effectively enhance their security programs by deploying intelligent autonomous guarding solutions at their facilities. Capabilities currently in development1 would allow organizations to:

Efficiently automate routine tasks, including 24/7 patrols with constant alertness
Capture evidence of disturbances or unauthorized personnel for faster alarm verification
Quickly respond to high-risk or hazardous scenarios without risking human life
Cost-effectively increase surveillance while reducing labor costs and overcoming staffing shortages

The solutions are targeted for commercialization in 2023 and will be specifically tailored for enterprise-level and high-security environments.

Click here to learn more






The Growing Cost of Cyberattacks
Warning: The Cost of Cyberattacks Can Break the Bank

As the volume and cost of cyberattacks continue to surge, one-in-five U.S. and European organizations report that they have come close to filing bankruptcy as a result of a cyberattack.

Being hit by ransomware can be a major detriment to a business-whether or not they decide to pay the ransom. A recent study found that 37% of all businesses were hit by ransomware in 2021, and an astounding 32% of victims paid the ransom to recover only 65% of their data. This creates a lose-lose situation for victims of an attack, resulting in a hit to financials and operations, no matter which option they choose. And it's not just big corporations that are the victims of such attacks; any business with any digital asset can be the target of cybercrime.

It's no surprise that attacks are costing organizations dearly. Ransomware cost the world $20 billion in 2021, and that number is expected to rise to $265 billion by 2031. Recovering from a ransomware attack cost businesses $1.85 million on average last year. Serious incidents don't just result in obvious expenses-third-party forensics, IT overtime, and regulatory fines. There are also potential legal costs, customer churn, and reputational damage. Don't forget about the soft costs of notifying customers of an incident, greater difficulty attracting new customers, and potential loss of business partners.

It's time to invest in effective cybersecurity

As the volume and cost of cyberattacks continue to surge, one-in-five U.S. and European organizations report that they have come close to filing bankruptcy as a result of a cyberattack. This alarming statistic underscores a simple reality-it is far less costly to invest in effective cybersecurity than it is to recover from a successful cyberattack. But where do you get started?

What should businesses do?

Invest in Comprehensive email security

Comprehensive email security can help businesses stay ahead of increasingly complex attacks. An effective defense should have advanced phishing and impersonation protections to protect against attackers who have developed an ability to evade traditional defenses. Comprehensive email security also requires implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA).

Train employees - Update outdated tools and technology - Prepare for the worst networkcomputing.com

The Cyber Threat Landscape Will Continue to Evolve in 2023
Ominous 2023 cybersecurity threats ensure an active landscape

Cyber criminals have upped their game as C-level security teams look to meet new challenges

The Hot Buttons for 2023

AdvertisementPaye foresees an intensification in supply chain attacks ranging from the more complex enterprise organizations down to the small and medium businesses and managed service providers. "Adversaries will increasingly target these suppliers rather than the larger enterprises knowing that they provide a path into multiple partners and customers. To address this threat, organizations of all sizes while conducting a risk assessment need to consider the vulnerabilities of all third-party software or firmware. "

However, the threat vectors continue to multiply as the mobile workforce expands and networks are stretched to home offices and understaffed corporate facilities. Nadir Izrael, the CTO and Co-founder of Armis, an asset visibility and security company, sees the future of cybersecurity as being an agentless entity as employees continue to work from home and on their personal devices.

Targeting the Threats for 2023

Ransomware and cyber extortion will remain among the top cyber threats in 2023. As cybercriminals' tactics continue to evolve, they will increasingly favor exfiltrating data over encrypting it for cyber extortion. Governments will continue to strongly advise organizations not to pay ransoms and may even introduce legislation relating to this. That is what Cyril Noel-Tagoe, a Principal Security Researcher at Netacea, is forecasting, citing the fact that double extortion ransomware (where a copy of the data is exfiltrated before it is encrypted) has surpassed traditional ransomware as cybercriminals' extortion tactic of choice.

He also fears that the advancement of machine learning and artificial intelligence to fight potential cybercrime is similarly being used by cybercriminals as it becomes more advanced and accessible.

Sorting Out the Remedies

The adoption of Zero Trust Security models is becoming a driving force in a comprehensive cybersecurity framework for most large-scale organizations. But as Torsten Staab, a Ph.D., Principal Engineering Fellow at Raytheon Intelligence & Space reminds us, Zero Trust is a tool, not a product.

The One Constant in Cybersecurity - It Only Gets Harder: securityinfowatch.com

New Global Ransomware Task Force Activated
Global counter-ransomware task force to become active in January
Clare O'Neil, the Australian cybersecurity minister, plans to announce in coming days that a global task force to counter ransomware will become operational this month, the latest step in a global effort that began in Washington to fight back against the growing number of cyberattacks, a senior Biden administration official told CyberScoop.

As first announced during a recent summit in Washington, Australia will lead the International Counter Ransomware Task Force, which includes the U.S. and its allies, in an effort to foster greater international information sharing and exchanging capabilities to battling the global ransomware problem.

Australia is taking the lead "because they've had some very major ransomware attacks," the senior administration official told CyberScoop. "They recognize that the network is global [and] the people are global so to take it on really requires global operational partnerships."

Indeed, Australia has been hit with numerous high-profile ransomware attacks over the past year, including one that targeted one its largest private health insurers. Countries worldwide will be invited to join the ransomware task force, which will focus on resilience, disruption and efforts to counter illicit financial activities globally, according to the senior administration official.

The task force is the latest component of the Biden National Security Council's attempts to deter ransomware actors and falls under the umbrella of the larger Counter Ransomware Initiative, a partnership that includes 36 countries and the European Union.

The administration has issued a series of sanctions against ransomware actors, cryptocurrency exchanges and mixers, moves that attempt to disrupt the financial infrastructure ransomware actors rely on to carry out and profit from attacks. cyberscoop.com

Weaponzing Artificial Intelligence
Defensive vs. offensive AI: Why security teams are losing the AI war

Weaponizing AI to attack understaffed enterprises that lack AI and machine learning (ML) expertise is giving bad actors the edge in the ongoing AI cyberwar.

Innovating at faster speeds than the most efficient enterprise, capable of recruiting talent to create new malware and test attack techniques, and using AI to alter attack strategies in real time, threat actors have a significant advantage over most enterprises.

"AI is already being used by criminals to overcome some of the world's cybersecurity measures," warns Johan Gerber, executive vice president of security and cyber innovation at MasterCard. "But AI has to be part of our future, of how we attack and address cybersecurity."

Enterprises are willing to spend on AI-based solutions, evidenced by an AI and cybersecurity forecast from CEPS that they will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.6% from 2020 to 2027 to reach a market value of $46.3 billion by 2027. venturebeat.com

Cyber concerns to expect in 2023
Cybersecurity is expected to be a top priority in 2023 as lawmakers step up their efforts to address evolving threats, including ransomware attacks and foreign spyware.

Twitter Whistleblower Joins Rapid7, a Cybersecurity Company




Pot Shops Targeted by Armed Robbers
Armed robberies at WA pot shops hit decade high
A decade into Washington's legalization of marijuana, the cash-only industry has skyrocketed, leading licensed businesses to grapple with vast stores of cash on-site that render them soft targets for violent crime.

Cannabis retail stores in Washington reported at least 100 armed robberies in 2022 - the most in the past 10 years, according to a tracker run by Uncle Ike's, a member of Washington's Craft Cannabis Coalition of over 70 small businesses.

Robberies at retail marijuana stores are not formally tracked statewide by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. However, Uncle Ike's has kept an informal tally self-reported by businesses and other reports since 2017.

After the state changed the tax structure on cannabis goods in 2017, setting it at 37% to be collected at retail, incidents of armed robberies at pot stores have steadily grown, the tracker shows. seattletimes.com

The Dark, Violent Side of the Legal Pot Industry
Dying for your high: The untold exploitation and misery in America's weed industry
For millions of consumers, the legalization of cannabis has brought a multibillion dollar industry out of the shadows and into brightly lit neighborhood dispensaries.

But California, birthplace of both the farm labor movement and counterculture pot, has largely ignored the immigrant workers who grow, harvest and trim America's weed. Their exploitation and misery is one of the most defining, yet overlooked narratives of the era of legal cannabis.

From the forests of Oregon to the deserts of California, a Los Angeles Times investigation found, cannabis workers are subjected to abuse, wage theft, threats of violence and squalid and hazardous conditions. They are disregarded even in death.

At least 35 workers died on cannabis farms in a five-year span through 2021. Twenty died in carbon monoxide poisonings, according to coroner records. Their deaths were tied to substandard living conditions and a shift to growing in greenhouses to increase profits. Only one led to a workplace safety investigation.

Workers described living outdoors, without sanitation or sufficient food, and told of employers who directed them to charity food banks or ran them off at gunpoint without pay. While accompanying police on raids, Times journalists saw hazardous pesticides frequently in use.

By searching private forums and official complaints, The Times counted wage theft claims against more than 200 farms, half of them licensed. The workers who turned to the state for help collecting pay faced wait times of more than a year if they did not settle or abandon the claim first.

Even when farms were inspected, regulators focused on water runoff and the noise level of generators, not on laborers who were unpaid and slept in tents and barns. latimes.com

Legal Pot's Boom & Bust?
How the marijuana 'green rush' fell apart

A cannabis glut in several states has depressed prices for legal pot, pushing small businesses into turmoil.

The legal cannabis trade, still in its infancy, is flailing in many parts of the country as the pandemic boom that sent sales soaring has tapered off. Supply is now flooding the market in several states, economists say, depressing prices and decimating already-thin margins. And competition is sure to escalate as decriminalization spreads, large growers adopt more cost-effective technologies and the illegal market not only endures, but thrives.

The turmoil is mostly lost on consumers because weed is the rare commodity untouched by the pervasively high inflation blanketing most other goods and services. In fact, retail prices have fallen 10 percent this year in California, the nation's largest market. It also compounds the challenges unique to this industry: Because marijuana remains illegal federally, businesses must navigate a labyrinth of overlapping regulations - creating confusion and occasionally chaos.

Essentially unable to raise prices, many cultivators and vendors are slashing them in hopes of generating any cash at all. By many accounts, the industry is struggling against unprecedented uncertainty and poised for what Keats is calling the "Great Reset." washingtonpost.com

RFID in the Cannabis Industry
Cannabis Companies Testing Sustainable RFID Tags

Metrc's latest plant tag comes with recycled paper and hemp, using carbon-neutral production processes, and the company says it offers higher performance due to the absence of plastic layers.

Lighter with 17 Percent Higher Performance Testing for Ruggedization Started with Hurricane Piloting Performance and Endurance Sustainable Growth for a Sustainable Future Metrc, a provider of cannabis regulator technology systems, has launched a radio frequency identification (RFID) pilot program of its recently developed sustainable plant tags designed to reduce environmental waste. rfidjournal.com

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Thousands More Amazon Layoffs
Amazon layoffs to hit 18,000 people
The wave of layoffs at Amazon will hit thousands more people than originally expected. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said Wednesday evening the company planned to eliminate "just over" 18,000 roles.

In November, when news of layoffs first broke, Amazon said the number of impacted roles remained fluid as leaders evaluated each part of the business, part of a monthslong cost-cutting review. At the time, it was expected the layoffs would affect about 10,000 people and that the job cuts would extend into the new year.

In a blog post Wednesday, though, Jassy said he "wanted to share the outcome of these further reviews, which is the difficult decision to eliminate additional roles."

Those cuts will impact several teams, Jassy wrote, but most are in Amazon's human resources and stores division. Stores covers most of Amazon's consumer business, including online and physical stores, the marketplace for third-party sellers and Prime.

In November, Amazon made cuts to its books and devices departments. Devices includes its voice assistant Alexa, its health device Halo and its home robot Astro, as well as Kindle, smart home products and the Echo speaker. It had also offered buyouts to some employees in its human resources division.

Amazon has promised to help laid-off employees search for new jobs within the company. But, some former employees said, there aren't many openings.

Those who are impacted by the most recent wave of layoffs will hear from the company starting on Jan. 18, Jassy said. seattletimes.com

Amazon Bracing for Slower Growth
Amazon secures $8 billion term loan
Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it had reached an agreement with certain lenders to provide the e-commerce giant an $8 billion unsecured loan.

The term loan will mature in 364 days, with an option to extend for another 364 days and the proceeds would be used for general corporate purposes.

The online retailer has been bracing for likely slower growth, as soaring inflation forces businesses and consumers to cut back spending. That, coupled with a strong greenback, dragged Amazon's shares about 50% lower in 2022.

It had also flagged workforce reductions in early 2023, without specifying the number. A source told Reuters in November that the company was targeting about 10,000 job cuts.

Amazon had about $35 billion in cash and cash equivalents and long-term debt of about $59 billion at the end of the third quarter ended Sept. 30. reuters.com

From Russia With Love - Now in U.S. Fed Prison
DOJ: Russian Citizen Sentenced To 46 Months For Laundering Proceeds Of Internet Frauds
TARAS ILYICH BEVZ, a citizen of Russia, was sentenced to 46 months in prison for laundering over a million dollars of proceeds of various internet frauds targeting dozens of U.S. citizens and companies.

"Bevz, a Russian citizen, traveled to the United States on a tourist visa to engage in a crime spree that left over 40 people and entities with over a million dollars in losses. From the day he set foot on American soil, he ran companies and bank accounts that laundered proceeds of various sophisticated internet fraud schemes." justice.gov

Online Used Cell-Phone Seller/Fraudster Never Delivered - $1M of Phones
DOJ: San Antonio Fraudster Sentenced to 44 Months Prison
Sergio Soto Jr., 35, operated two businesses, iPhone Buyerz and Phone Dropz, through which he claimed to sell used cell phones in bulk. While heavily advertising on the internet, Soto did not, in fact, have access to the large amount of cell phones he offered for sale. Soto fraudulently sold phones that he had no ability to deliver to victims including businessmen in the U.S. and in Mexico. The amount of fraud totaled $990,696.00 justice.gov

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Fencing Operator Bust Stops New Jersey Boosters Network
DOJ: New York Man Gets 3 Yrs in Prison for Conspiring to Traffic $1M+ in Stolen Goods
Razel Romhein, 49, of Staten Island, New York, from 2011 through May 2013, along with others engaged in a conspiracy to traffic in stolen health and beauty aid products and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. These products were stolen by "boosters" from various places, including retail stores located in New Jersey, and then sold through a series of distributors at a significantly discounted price.

Romhein operated a warehouse facility in Staten Island, New York that functioned as a "cleaning station" for the stolen products. He arranged for the delivery of stolen merchandise and he and others removed security packaging and other labels from the products that identified the retail stores from which the products were stolen. The products, with an aggregate value of at least approximately $1 million, were then sold for a profit. justice.gov

Baldwin County, AL: Two men suspected of being part of South American Theft Ring
The Gulf Shores Police Department arrested two people who allegedly burglarized a Diamond Jewelers early New Year's Day morning, according to a Facebook post from the GSPD. Ricard Fabian Soto-Vargas, 34, and Sebastian Vilches, 36, were arrested and charged with: Third-degree burglary, Possession of burglary tools. Possession of marijuana. Police said they were called to 108 East 20th Ave at around 12:07 a.m. on Jan. 1 for a "burglary in progress." Police said the alarm was set off after Soto-Vargas and Vilches made "forcible entry." Police said no merchandise was taken and the two fled the scene before officers arrived. Officers quickly located them by the vehicle they drove away with. They stopped them and detained them both. Both are being held at the Baldwin County Jail with "an immigration hold due to verification that they have entered the United States illegally," according to GSPD. Police said investigators are working with multiple other law enforcement agencies to determine if Soto-Vargas and Vilches "have connections to a South American theft ring that is responsible for similar crimes in the United States." You are encouraged to contact the GSPD Criminal Investigations Division if you have any information. fox10tv.com

Chicago, IL: Chicago Police release video: Smash-and-grab burglary on Mag Mile
Surveillance video shows crooks smashing their way into a Mag Mile store, and then wheeling out bins full of merchandise. It happened Christmas morning at Bottega Veneta in the 800 block of North Michigan Avenue, in at least the third time the upscale boutique has been hit since the pandemic. Chicago police released surveillance video hoping the public can help identify the suspects and vehicle involved. The theft happened at 4:37 a.m. on a frigid cold Christmas morning steps from the historic Water Tower. Surveillance footage shows three men emerge from a white van, one with what appears to be a sledgehammer, the others with 96-gallon recycling bins. Inside, the suspects are seen clearing out store shelves and clothing racks, filling up the bins with all the merchandise. Police have not released the value of the stolen goods, but Bottega Veneta's handbags can retail for thousands of dollars each. Within moments, the smash-and-grab crew loads up the van and takes off. More than a week later, no one is in custody.  fox32chicago.com

Chester County, PA: Group accused of stealing thousands in fragrances from Ulta Beauty stores
Three Delaware women were arrested in Chester County after police say the trio robbed an Ulta beauty store and other retailers in neighboring counties. West Whiteland Township Police shared surveillance video that allegedly shows the women brazenly filling store baskets with thousands worth of fragrances at the store in Exton last Thursday. Investigators say the group robbed two other Ulta Beauty stores in nearby Newtown Square and Plymouth Township, Montgomery County earlier in the day. Those robberies tipped off police and store employees when the group set its sights on the Exton store, which has previously been the target of similar robberies.  fox29.com

Fenton, MO: Five wanted in Gun store burglary, $5,000 reward offered
Authorities are searching for five people accused in a Fenton gun store burglary earlier this week. On Tuesday morning, a group of five people broke into the Denny Dennis Sporting Goods store at 1 Gravois Road and stole several firearms. Police responded to the scene around 3:40 a.m. Tuesday, but did not make any arrests. Feds released photos of five suspects wanted in the investigation and two vehicles tied to the burglary. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the burglary. fox2now.com

Austintown, OH: Prison inmate from Cortland suspected of $1,000 shoplifting spree at Home Depot
A Cortland man who has already been locked up for more than a year has been transferred to the Mahoning County Jail to face allegations that he shoplifted more than $1,000 worth of tools from the Home Depot in Austintown. Austintown Police picked up 35-year-old Ryan Repko from the Trumbull Correctional Institution where he has been serving a year-and-a-half long sentence for tampering with evidence and illegal conveyance of drugs into a government facility. According to Austintown Police, Repko was identified as one of two men who allegedly loaded power tools into a shopping cart at the Home Depot on November 17, 2021, placed the tools into a car and drove away. A police officer recognized Repko from store security video. Repko was booked into the Trumbull County Jail on December 13, 2021 before being transferred to state custody. Repko is charged with grand theft. wfmj.com

Royal Oak, MI: Women charged in organized thefts at Ulta store; large fight breaks out in downtown

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Shootings & Deaths

Monroe, LA: Dollar General clerk charged after shooting, killing alleged Armed Robbery suspect
Police arrested a clerk at a Louisiana Dollar General and charged him with manslaughter after they said he shot at an armed robber. The Monroe Police Department said officers responded to the Dollar General store Monday for a shooting. An armed robbery reportedly took place, and the store clerk shot at the suspect. KNOE reports the suspect and another customer were shot. Police said the armed robbery suspect was found lying in a pile of money he allegedly took from the store. He was taken by an ambulance and later died from his injuries. The customer who was also shot was treated for their injuries and released from the hospital.  Police said the store clerk, Rafus Alexander, said he locked the store and left after the incident took place. He then went to the Monroe Police Department where police said he gave a statement. After his arrest, police said Alexander told them he was afraid the suspect was going to kill him when he pulled his gun out to rob the store. Police said Alexander also told them he only shot at the suspect and did not know he had hit him as the suspect ran. Alexander said this was the sixth armed robbery at the store since August, according to officials. wibw.com

Baltimore, MD: One dead and four injured in horror shooting outside restaurant
Popeyes as gunfire erupts near Baltimore shopping center One juvenile is dead and four others are injured after gunfire erupted outside a Popeyes restaurant near a shopping center on Wednesday. The shooting broke out at around 11.18 am near the Edmondson Village Shopping Center in southwest Baltimore. The minors were gathered outside the Popeyes when two shooters approached the group and fired multiple rounds, Baltimore Police Chief Michael S. Harrison said. Harrison said the shooters immediately fled the scene after the shooting. Baltimore police said the victims included a 16-year-old, two 17-year-olds, and two 18-year-olds, all males. The unidentified 16-year-old died at the hospital. the-sun.com

Update: Chicago, IL: 2 men sentenced for shooting that killed Chicago mom out shopping with her young son
Two gang members were each sentenced to more than 50 years in prison Tuesday for firing at rivals and instead killing a mother out shopping with her young sons. Candice Dickerson, a mother of three and a pharmacy technician at Norwegian American Hospital, had been at a Metro PCS store on April 26, 2019, looking for a new cell phone to reward one of her sons for his achievements in school. She was talking to a store employee and standing near two of her sons, 10 and 12, when a bullet crashed through the front window of the store at 5900 S. Kedzie Ave. and struck her in the head. She was rushed to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was pronounced dead. A jury convicted Bryant Mitchell, 27, and Marco Zabala, 28, last summer on charges of first-degree murder in Dickerson's death, as well as counts of attempted murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm. fox32chicago.com

Collierville, TN: Three teens arrested after officers shoot at them outside Academy Sports, TBI investigating
Police in Collierville shot at a car attempting to pull away from a stop in a shopping mall parking lot Tuesday evening and two people were arrested, but the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said no one was injured. TBI spokeswoman Keli McAlister said the shooting took place outside an Academy Sports on New Byhalia Road but it was unclear how many shots were fired. Collierville Police posted on Facebook at 7:15 p.m. that "all suspects are in custody." McAlister couldn't say whether the people held by police were armed and did not have their identities. The names and ranks of the officers involved was not released Tuesday night. Collierville Police on Wednesday said three teenagers - one of whom is a 17-year-old - had been arrested. Keshun Lee, 18, and Rebecca Bruce, 19, have both been charged with theft of property $1,000 or less and tampering with evidence. A juvenile summons was issued for the 17-year-old for a theft charge. Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy called in the TBI to investigate the officer-involved shooting. commercialappeal.com

Update: Mobile, AL: Suspect arrested in Walmart, Paparazzi Club shootings, home invasion
According to the Mobile Police Department, a suspect has been arrested in connection to both last Tuesday's Walmart SuperCenter shooting, as well as the shooting at the Paparazzi Club in November. 19-year-old Darrius Rowser was arrested early Wednesday morning in connection to the shooting at the I-65 Walmart Supercenter on December 27th in which an altercation broke out between two groups in the self-checkout line. Two people, a male and a female, were taken from the scene with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. Rowser will also be charged with the shooting that occurred at the Paparazzi Club on November 26th in which four people, two men and two women, were shot. In addition to the shootings, Rowser has been identified as the subject involved in the home invasion on Dukes Avenue on December 16th.  mynbc15.com

Waxahachie, TX: Walmart shooting leaves 18-year-old employee with multiple gunshot wounds after failed carjacking attempt
An 18-year-old Walmart worker was shot several times after being ambushed when he was walking to his car, police said. Officers said that two armed masked suspects fled the scene following the shooting. Police have revealed that the man is expected to make a full recovery after being hospitalized. The victim has not been named and police have not made any arrests as part of their probe. the-sun.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Bellingham, WA: Hardware Store ex-assistant manager arrested on suspicion of $1.4M embezzlement
Bellingham Police arrested the former assistant manager of Bellingham's Hardware Sales on James Street on Monday for allegedly embezzling more than $1.4 million from the business, police said. Amy Siniscarco, 44, turned herself in to police Monday after an investigation that started in August found evidence of embezzlement between 2017 and 2022, police said. In addition to the $1.4 million stolen over those six years, "there is evidence of financial loss to Hardware Sales by Siniscarco as far back as 2014," Bellingham Police Lt. Claudia Murphy said in a news release. "During the past four months, the Bellingham Police detective investigating this embezzlement case worked to identify the multiple ways in which Siniscarco took money from Hardware Sales and manipulated the accounting system and ledger to cover up and hide the thefts," Murphy said. The investigation found that Siniscarco, of Sedro-Woolley, used forged checks, mortgage direct payments, credit card fraud, petty cash theft and a number of other ways to make over 190 transactions totaling at least $1,424,696 from the business, according to the release. After turning herself in, Siniscarco was booked in the Whatcom County Jail on seven counts of theft in the first degree, five counts of identity theft and 13 counts of forgery. cascadiadaily.com

Boulder, CO: $400,000 of art stolen from truck, suspect at-large
Police are looking for a suspect who stole more than $400,000 worth of artwork from the back of a truck in Boulder last month. On the evening of Dec. 14, representatives from a company transporting artwork across the country stayed at a hotel in the 5300 block of South Boulder Road. The following morning, the company official discovered someone had cut the padlock and stolen five pieces of artwork and tools.  denvergazette.com

Lancaster County, PA: Inside Job: Man, woman face charges in Ephrata grocery store burglary
"Singley, who was an acquaintance of Mummaw's, worked at Ebenezer Groceries at the time of the burglary and is alleged to have provided information to Mummaw in furtherance of the burglary and theft. wgal.com

DOJ: Spring Hill Man Gets 30 Months Federal Prison For Manufacturing & Aiding In The Passing Of $3M in Counterfeit Currency Throughout North Florida



C-Store - Portsmouth, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Manassas, VA - Robbery
C-Store - Essexville, MI - Robbery
Cellphone - Bradley, IL - Armed Robbery
Cellphone - Middletown, NJ - Robbery
Collectables - Boulder, CO - Burglary
Dollar - Monroe, LA - Armed Robbery / Suspect killed
Gas Station - Mobile, AL - Robbery
Grocery - Port Chester, NY - Robbery
Guns - Eldridge, IA - Burglary
Guns - Fenton, MO - Burglary
Jewelry - Baldwin County, AL - Burglary
• Jewelry - Albuquerque NM - Robbery
• Jewelry - Columbus, OH - Robbery
• Jewelry - Victor, NY - Robbery
• Jewelry - San Bernardino, CA - Robbery
• Jewelry - Carlsbad, CA - Robbery
• Jewelry - Exton PA - Robbery
Laundry - Evansville, IN - Burglary
Liquor - Storm Lake, IA - Armed Robbery
Marijuana - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Sport - Fenton, MO - Burglary
Target - Denver, CO - Robbery
Tobacco - Greensburg, PA - Burglary
Vape - Manatee County, FL - Burglary
Walgreens - Miami, FL - Robbery
Walgreens - Denver, CO - Robbery
Walmart - Lafayette, IN - Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 20 robberies
• 8 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 1 killed

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