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D.C. Riot & Insurrection

Mob Storms Capitol Hill Following Trump Rally
Police Unprepared for Huge Crowd
Business Groups Respond to Unrest

83 arrested, 4 dead, 50 DC police officers injured
amid pro-Trump riots at the U.S. Capitol

Four people are dead, 83 are arrested and 50 DC Police officers were injured amid pro-Trump riots and demonstrations near and at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, DC police say. Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee called the rioting by pro-Trump demonstrators "shameful" during a news conference alongside Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Demonstrators stormed the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, forcing both chambers to evacuate as they prepared to certify President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College win. The situation escalated quickly, with officers scrambling to prevent swarms of people from entering the Capitol building before eventually being overrun by scores of people entering the complex.

One woman was shot and killed by Capitol Police during the rioting. Police said three other people - a woman and two men - died after apparently suffering "separate medical emergencies" near the Capitol grounds.

Contee said at least 50 officers sustained injuries during the rioting, with one officer "pulled into the crowd and assaulted," resulting in "serious injuries" that required hospitalization. Another officer was also hospitalized.

Police also recovered two pipe bombs near the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee. Members of the D.C. National Guard had been called in earlier Wednesday as authorities attempted to gain control of the situation and secure the Capitol building.

In response to the civil unrest on Capitol Hill, Bowser issued a curfew for the District beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. She also extended an emergency declaration in the city until Jan. 21, allowing the city to access additional resources to quell any further civil disturbances.

Police began "securing the perimeter around the Capitol Building" around 7:15 p.m., Conte said, issuing verbal warnings to many of the hundreds that remained in the area after the curfew had gone into effect.

Of the 83 people arrested by DC Police, 26 of them were arrested at the US Capitol Building. At least 4 individuals were arrested with gun charges, and 47 were arrested for disobeying the city's curfew. wusa9.com thehill.com

D.C. Malls, Retailers Shutter as Protesters Storm Capitol
After pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and one woman was reported shot and later died, area retailers and businesses took precautions in the event of further unrest.

In advance of Wednesday's protests at the U.S. Capitol, many area retailers took it upon themselves to take precautions. Pretty much all of the retailers and businesses in the CityCenterDC remained closed Tuesday afternoon. The upscale shopping center is located in the heart of the district and features 39 stores and restaurants. Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Bulgaria, Brunello Cucinelli, CH Carolina Herrera, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade New York and Salvatore Ferragamo are among the fashion companies that have outposts there.

Two other shopping centers in the District, DC USA and Gallery Place, closed early Wednesday. Located less than 7 miles from D.C., the Chevy Chase Pavilion planned to close and "go under lockdown," as of 6 p.m.. With retailers like J. Crew and CVS, the relatively compact shopping center expected to resume normal business hours Thursday, "barring any special events," the spokesman said.

Executives at Target and CVS Health, two companies that faced significant property damage and theft during last year's protests in various U.S. cities, said their
stores in the D.C. area have temporary closed. A Target spokeswoman and a CVS Health spokesman noted the importance of keeping employees and customers safe. wwd.com

6,200 National Guard mobilized, 7-foot-tall fence built around Capitol after riot
Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy announced a total of 6,200 National Guard members were being mobilized and would remain in place for at least the next 30 days to support D.C. police. The mobilization includes the
entire D.C. National Guard, plus support from National Guard members from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York. In addition, a 7-foot-tall "non-scalable" fence is being built around the Capitol building. wtop.com

Trump Supporters Spread Chaos to State Capitals Too
As news of the takeover in Washington, DC, spread on Wednesday, likeminded pro-Trump demonstrators gathered in multiple cities across the US, including Salem, Austin, Sacramento, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Olympia, Columbus, Topeka, and elsewhere. motherjones.com vox.com

FBI requests help from public to identify U.S. Capitol rioters

Ashli Babbitt, protester killed at Capitol, was Air Force vet from California

NYC: Anti-Trump protest at Trump Tower results in 8 arrests

Trump Banned From Facebook, Instagram Through at Least End of Term

Twitter Locks Trump's Account for 12 Hours, Warns Of 'Permanent Suspension' If Violations Continue

Airlines strengthening security on flights to Washington DC in wake of Capitol chaos

Security Failings - Police Unprepared for Massive Crowd

Capitol Police Weren't Prepared for Rioters, Authorities Say
Federal authorities had planned to deal with protests this week with a relatively small, minimally visible presence, according to law-enforcement officials, hoping to avoid inflaming tensions as a show of force had done during unrest last year in Portland, Ore., and other cities. That approach seemed to have backfired on Wednesday, when thousands of pro-Trump rioters surrounded the U.S. Capitol and some easily breached the barricades and stormed the building.

Some rioters fired "chemical irritants" at officers who were guarding the complex to gain access to the building. The small group of Capitol Police officers guarding the building as lawmakers began a joint session of Congress to count the 2020 electoral votes was quickly outnumbered as rioters approached the building. Once inside, they broke into lawmakers' offices and roamed freely.

Officials said they had expected a repeat of relatively minor scuffles between far-right and far-left factions that broke out after dark at similar protests in November.

"The Capitol Police were unprepared for the sheer size of the protest," said David Gomez, a retired FBI executive. Once the rioters barged into the Capitol, other federal law enforcement agencies were slow to respond, either out of deference to President Trump or because of a lack of experience with dealing with riots, which isn't their primary mission, Mr. Gomez said. "Up until they breached the Capitol, the possibility existed that it was going to be a large protest that didn't cross those barricades. Once they did that [law enforcement personnel] were overwhelmed and couldn't respond quickly enough," he said.

Defense Department officials had previously said they anticipated around 350 members of the D.C. national guard would be enough to support Washington, D.C., police during the protests this week, mainly to assist with traffic control. They wanted to avoid the optics of having any U.S. military personnel on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, and ordered the officers to avoid straying east of 9th Street in downtown Washington, blocks from the Capitol grounds, officials said.

After the building was breached, the Defense Department announced it would activate another 1,100 D.C. National Guard troops, but it was unclear if they would be deployed to the Capitol or elsewhere in the district.

Late Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his state would send 1,000 National Guard troops to D.C. "NY stands ready to help ensure the will of the American people is safely carried out." wsj.com

Capitol breach prompts urgent questions about security failures

Capitol Police face heat following mob breach

Business Groups Denounce D.C. Violence

NRF Issues Statement about Riots in the Nation's Capital
NRF President & CEO Matthew Shay: "This is a sad and distressing day for our country. For more than two centuries we have prided ourselves as Americans on our democratic principles, our nation of laws and the unique experience of peaceful transfers of power from one administration to the next, regardless of party affiliation. Our retailers, the millions of associates they employ and the communities they serve across the country want and need our elected officials to focus on the priorities that ensure faith in our government through stability. Today's riots are repugnant and fly in the face of the most basic tenets of our constitution, and the Administration must move quickly to provide the leadership that will end this affront to our democracy." nrf.com

RILA Statement on Capitol Protests
RILA President Brian Dodge: "The events at the US Capitol today were nothing less than an attack on our democracy. At a time when our elected officials were meant to perform a routine yet powerfully symbolic function of the peaceful transfer of power, they were met with a violent mob, incited by the President of the United States and his agents. It is clear our nation has a long road ahead to repair the division that manifested itself today in our nation's Capital, but it starts with acknowledging that free and fair elections must be respected, regardless of the outcome." rila.org

Business leaders decry 'disgusting' storming of Capitol by rioters,
urge Trump to end chaos

The storming of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday by supporters seeking to overturn his recent election defeat has earned the condemnation of the country's top business leaders. The Business Roundtable, a group of CEOs from 200 major companies including Walmart, Amazon, Delta Air Lines, Pfizer, and PepsiCo, called on Trump and his allies "to put an end to the chaos and to facilitate the peaceful transition of power," adding that "the country deserves better." The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said, "The attacks against our nation's Capitol building and our democracy must end now." fortune.com

Protests & Violence

19 Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Strike Force Facilities in U.S. Now

Cleveland Gets Federal Law Enforcement Fusion Center
Law enforcement leaders celebrate opening of Cleveland OCDETF
Strike Force facility
Cleveland Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Strike Force facility. The new facility will allow police, federal investigators and both state and federal prosecutors to collaborate and share resources on investigations into criminal organizations at one central location.

"As illicit drug production, transportation, and distribution plague our nation and the safety of our citizens, OCDETF remains the premier targeting, coordination, and intelligence platform for combatting high-level drug trafficking and its attendant violent crime," said OCDETF Director Adam W. Cohen. "The Cleveland Strike Force does not just join 18 other OCDETF Strike Forces; it joins the largest anti-crime task force in the country. The Cleveland OCDETF Strike Force will bring to bear the full resources, authorities, and expertise of the OCDETF Program, maximizing its impact against priority threats." justice.gov

Molotov Cocktail That Exploded on Nordstrom's Sidewalk During Protest
Edmonds, Washington, man pleads guilty to throwing two 'Molotov Cocktails' at Seattle May 30, 2020 protest
Evidence obtained by law enforcement includes a video of JACKSON throwing one Molotov cocktail into a police vehicle and another video of a glass bottle with a wick. The second Molotov cocktail was thrown at the windshield of a police vehicle, bounced off, and exploded in flames on the sidewalk outside the Nordstrom store. Faces ten years in federal prison. justice.gov

Portland: Windows smashed, police declare unlawful assembly
Portland police declared an unlawful assembly as a group of people moved through downtown streets, smashing windows and leaving graffiti on Wednesday night. About 60 people were seen outside the Justice Center and Portland City Hall. Around 10:30 p.m., the windows at Washington Federal Bank were broken, along with windows at Starbucks on SW 4th. The group continued on a path of destruction, breaking windows at the Union Bank Tower, the Virginia Cafe and the Target on SW 10th and Morrison. koin.com

COVID Update

US: Over 21.8M Cases - 370K Dead - 13M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 87.9M Cases - 1.8M Dead - 63M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 252   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 186
*Red indicates change in total deaths

Someone in U.S. Dies From COVID Every 24 Seconds

U.S. tops 21 million COVID-19 cases with record hospitalizations as
states ramp up vaccinations
More Americans were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Wednesday than at any time since the pandemic began, as total coronavirus infections crossed the 21 million mark, deaths soared across much of the United States and a historic vaccination effort lagged.

According to a Reuters tally of public health data, while 3,684 reported fatalities was the second-highest single-day death toll of the pandemic.

Some states have summoned extra resources to speed vaccine administrations. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on Tuesday mobilized the state's National Guard to "provide support to local health providers"

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan also announced that emergency support teams from the state's National Guard.

Wednesday NYC was ramping up its "vaccine hubs," to include 15 locations by Jan. 16, five "mega sites" among them. Capacity to vaccinate 100,000 New Yorkers a week.

In Florida, which set a new single-day record of coronavirus cases, Ron DeSantis announced that the Hard Rock stadium in Miami's metropolitan area was converting its testing operations into a vaccination center.

A massive global vaccination campaign will be needed to establish a level of herd immunity that could put an end to the devastating pandemic raging across much of the United States and many other countries, with more highly transmissible variants of the virus cropping up. reuters.com

Q4 2021 Can't Come Soon Enough
Let's Hope the Locals Can Figure Out Distribution

Dr. Fauci Says When We'll Be Close to "100% Normal"
Dr. Fauci explained that it all boils down to herd immunity, and when we will achieve it via vaccination. "If things go the way we plan and hope they do, and we start getting to vaccinate the general public, namely people who are not in a priority group, if we can start that in April and then very aggressively vaccinate people from April, may, June, July, and August, I would hope that by the time we get to the fall of 2021, late September, October, November, that we will be able to approach a strong degree of normality," he revealed.

"Maybe not a hundred percent normal, but enough to get people to eat in restaurants, to be able to go to the theater, to be able to watch a sports event, to feel very comfortable with the schools," he continued. "I believe if we do it right, we can do that this coming fall." yahoo.com

SHRM: Employers Should Consider Testing For Safety & Business Continuity
Employers Consider COVID-19 Testing as Vaccine Rolls Out

Testing employees could be part of a safe-workplace strategy

Thus far, the vast majority of U.S. employers have not required COVID-19 testing for their employees. However, during the first half of 2021-and possibly beyond-employers with reopened worksites should consider providing access to routine virus testing for returning employees, according to health policy experts, despite the rollout of a long-awaited vaccine as 2021 begins.

Even as the first vaccines become available, evaluating whether to provide virus testing will need to be a part of an overall employer strategy for both employee safety and business continuity reasons, said Mara Aspinall, professor of practice in the Arizona State University's (ASU) College of Health Solutions.

'The vaccine will not eliminate the need for testing.'

Aspinall advised, because "we don't know if we will need a new vaccine every year, like the flu, or if you get one shot and it lasts a lifetime, like polio." In any event, employers "want to avoid reopening and closing and reopening again" following the spread of the virus among employees, she noted. shrm.org

Vaccine Reactions Rare But Higher Than Flu Vaccine
Educating Your Teams & Associates

Covid-19 Vaccines Have Triggered Severe Allergic Reactions in 29 People
in U.S. to Date

Rate of reactions to Covid-19 vaccines is higher than it is for flu shot, but the CDC says it is rare and encourages inoculation

At least 29 people in the U.S. have developed severe allergic reactions to Covid-19 vaccines, federal health authorities said Wednesday.
The rate is far higher than for the seasonal flu vaccine, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said. But the severe reactions were rare and didn't result in any deaths, and they encouraged use of the shots. The 29 cases are as of Jan. 5 and are out of more than 5.3 million doses that have been administered given to date, the CDC said.

The rate of 5.5 cases of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction, for every one million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered to date compares with the rate of 1.3 cases for every one million doses of flu vaccine, according to the CDC.

Still, the cases of anaphylaxis are "exceedingly rare," said Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, who is leading the agency's Covid-19 vaccination efforts.

"It's a very safe vaccine, and we're in the setting of 2,000 Covid deaths per day," she said. "I continue to believe that the risk of Covid and the risk of poor outcomes, especially in senior citizens, makes it imperative that people go ahead and get vaccinated as soon as it's available to them." wsj.com

Record Number Class-Actions
COVID-19 sparks more than 1,000 workplace-related lawsuits in 2020 as employees complain about safety, wages
The COVID-19 pandemic spawned more than 1,000 workplace-related lawsuits last year and drove a record number of class-action cases as employees sued over disputes over workplace safety, how they're paid while working from home, and family and medical leave.

The lawsuits represent just the leading edge of an even bigger wave that's expected this year. "COVID is now a driver of filings and is significantly impacting workplace class-actions," Maatman says.

Workplace Safety
Nearly 200 were related to workplace safety. Workers claimed businesses didn't provide adequate personal protective equipment or hygiene products, didn't comply with cleaning and sanitation protocols, or didn't enforce temperature checks or mask-wearing by customers or visitors, among other accusations.

Last year, OSHA issued COVID-19-related citations triggered by 295 inspections, and it proposed penalties totaling $3.8 million. National Employment Law Project, a worker advocacy group, noted the agency has received more than 9,000 complaints.

Meanwhile, 113 of the workplace suits were so-called wage-and-hour claims, in which staffers contended they were forced to work off the clock, for instance.

Fast-food workers may sue because they weren't paid for the time they spent putting on and taking off protective gear. And call-center and clerical employees working from home may claim they weren't compensated for all the hours they logged, or for their purchases of computers or printers.

Leave. Many suits say employees grappling with COVID-19 themselves or caring for a relative have been illegally denied sick leave or family and medical leave.

Retaliation. Employees charged that they were fired for complaining about unsafe working conditions, or the failure to comply with COVID-19 protocols. usatoday.com

Los Angeles County Poised to Mandate $5 an Hour 'Hero Pay' for Front-Line Grocery Workers
According to the Los Angeles Times, the proposal applies to publicly traded grocery store or retail drug companies, or companies that have at least 300 employees nationwide and have more than 10 employees per store site. Both L.A. and Long Beach city councils are considering similar measures. The board will vote on the measure at its next public meeting Jan. 26. retailleader.com

Canada's Epstein
Canada's Retail Tycoon Sitting in Jail - Canada to Oppose Bail

Nygard Faces Opposition on Bail From Canadian Prosecutors
Canada plans to oppose women's clothing designer Peter Nygard request for bail, with a prosecutor saying there's a serious risk he'll flee before an extradition hearing on U.S. sex-trafficking charges.

Canadian prosecutor Scott Farlinger also cited what he called Nygard's history of contempt for the judicial process for his opposition to letting the retail magnate out of jail. Nygard is wanted in the Bahamas in a separate case, after failing to attend a court hearing there.

Farlinger sought a delay for the bail hearing, saying prosecutors need to question two former executives at Nygard's companies who said they'd be willing to put up C$1.2 million ($946,000) in assets to ensure Nygard's appearance in court. The judge granted the request, over objections from Nygard's lawyer, and scheduled the hearing for Jan. 19 and Jan. 20.

Nygard was arrested in Winnipeg, Manitoba, last month on request from the U.S., which is seeking his extradition from Canada on racketeering, sex-trafficking and related charges in a New York indictment that alleges criminal conduct over 25 years. Nygard used company money, resources and employees to traffic dozens of women and minors to force them into sex with him and his friends, according to the U.S. news.bloomberglaw.com

OUTLOOK: Majority of Security Companies Expect Growth This Year
SDM's 2021 Industry Forecast Shows Hope Ahead
While 2020 didn't live up to expectations and 2021 Industry Forecast respondents reported a topsy-turvy year, the majority remain hopeful for a strong 2021, with the COVID-19 vaccine in sight and pent-up demand for security products and services.

To say 2020 was a bit of a roller coaster ride is perhaps an understatement. At this time last year, most security integrators anticipated a strong 2020, only to be thrown into turmoil late in the first quarter by the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year's SDM Industry Forecast Study (a report published every year since 1982) certainly reflects that, with more than 30 percent anticipating finishing 2020 with a decrease in revenue.

Despite a rocky year that saw a series of shutdowns and slowdowns, there was still double-digit growth in both total annual revenue and recurring monthly revenue (RMR) for integrators and dealers who participated in the study. Their total annual revenue increased by an average of 17 percent, while RMR grew by 23 percent, on average - one percentage point up and five percentage points down from 2019, respectively.


The Panel Talks Revenue Expectations for 2021
Security Vendors Talk COVID Challenges in 2020

Continue Enhancing Safety - Tops 2021 Action Plans at Grocers
In-store safety, online expansion and focus on foodservice top retailers'
action plans for 2021
More than 150 grocery retailers (including brick-and-mortar, online and omnichannel) shared their thoughts and plans for 2021 in Supermarket News' first Retailer Expectations Survey.

Top on the list of actions for 2021 are introducing or expanding online grocery/delivery and continuing enhanced safety measures (including masks and PPE, plexiglass partitions, social distancing), cited by 60% and 59% of retailers, respectively.

Other steps retailers plan to take include introducing or expanding curbside pickup (48%). supermarketnews.com

Employers Grapple With Recent Ban-the-Box Legislation
St. Louis, Missouri's Ban-the-Box Regulation Goes into Effect January 1, 2021
Montgomery County, Maryland's Amendment Effective February 19, 2021
Updates to New York City and Colorado Regulations
Remaining jurisdictions - Statewide chart available.

When Do U.S. Companies & Institutions Need to Be Concerned about National Security?

Bed Bath & Beyond to close 43 stores by end of February

Quarterly Results
L Brands Holiday period comp's up 5%, net sales fell 1.8%

Costco: September, October and November, U.S. comps excluding fuel increased 16.7%, 16.4% and 14.2%, respectively. E-commerce up 90.1%, 91% and 70.9%.

Walgreens Boots Alliance Q1 American retail pharmacy operations revenue up 5.7%
WBA's retail pharmacy USA segment Q1 sales up 3.9%, comp pharmacy sales up 5%, retail comp's up 0.4%
WBA's retail pharmacy International Q1 sales decrease of 6.2%, UK pharmacy comp's up 2.5%, UK retail comp's down 9.1%, Boots.com up 106%

Bed Bath & Beyond Q3 comp's up 5% at BBY, up 2% total enterprise, digital up 94% for BBY, digital up 77% total enterprise

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Director, Corporate Security job posted for Veritiv in Atlanta, GA
With general autonomy, the Director of Corporate Security plans and directs global and enterprise-wide security functions through and establishes long and short-term security operations and initiatives for the organization. The Director of Corporate Securty is accountable for ensuring the security programs and strategies of the organization are effectively implemented and maintained, with particular focus on Veritiv's employees, facilities and operations in Mexico. careers.veritivcorp.com

Asset Protection Operation Manager job posted for Follett Corporation in Westchester, IL
The Asset Protection Operations Manager is responsible for designing reports used to analyze financial data and to develop trend reporting from data, problem resolution and action planning as it pertains to inventory shortage, department statistical performance, safety, and audit programs. This position will lead the management of departmental financial reporting, the identification of inventory shortage issues, distinguishing and analyzing multiple components of a problem. recruiting.adp.com

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Leadership's Big Opportunity - Reimagine Your Team's Digital Workplace
With remote work, business productivity falls on IT departments
IT is stepping in to support a digital rebuild of workplace culture. Through it all, employees want simplicity.

Nobody was thinking about the issues that lie at the intersection of remote culture and collaboration a year ago.

While a majority of businesses believe a large portion of their employees can remote work effectively, they also see prolonged remote work as a challenge, according to survey results cited by Chris Marsh, principal research analyst for 451 Research's Workforce Productivity & Collaboration practice, during the event.

Facing changes in consumer and workplace behavior, businesses were spurred to "rethink and reimagine how they support their workforces and how they support their customers," Marsh said.

Businesses are adopting new conferencing and collaboration tools. While fostering business continuity, the new tools "worsened the friction that people had for a long time felt across their work," said Marsh.

With all these tools and changes, what employees really want is simplicity.

"The growing number of tooling silos that employees are having to cope with and manage is right up there in terms of what drains day-to-day productivity," said Marsh.

"The question for the technology leadership is around, how can you provide flexibility without really introducing new complexity?" hrdive.com

Can the Government Regulate Deepfakes?
New technology makes it possible to create videos that show a person doing or saying anything the creator wants-and it's not clear what U.S. law can do about it.

Can deepfakes, as such, be prohibited under American law? Almost certainly not. In U.S. v. Alvarez, decided in 2012, a badly divided Supreme Court held that the First Amendment prohibits the government from regulating speech simply because it is a lie.

AdvertisementThe plurality opinion declared that "permitting the government to decree this speech to be a criminal offense...would endorse government authority to compile a list of subjects about which false statements are punishable. That governmental power has no clear limiting principle.... Were this law to be sustained, there could be an endless list of subjects the National Government or the States could single out."

Under existing law, a key question is whether deepfakes cause sufficient harm. If they are libelous, they could be regulated under current legal standards, which allow plaintiffs to recover damages when, for example, a speaker hurts their reputation by spreading what the speaker knows to be a lie.

But deepfakes need not be libelous. They might be positive, making people look impressive or wonderful.

"The remedy for speech that is false is speech that is true. This is the ordinary course in a free society." By this standard, the best response to many deepfakes is a smile and a laugh-or counter-speech and disclosure-rather than censorship. Social media platforms are not bound by the First Amendment, but in cases in which people could be misled, such platforms might want to label deepfakes as such, but not take them down, certainly as a matter of course. wsj.com

SolarWinds fallout: DOJ says hackers accessed its Microsoft O365 email server
The US Department of Justice is one of the rare SolarWinds victims where hackers escalated the hack to a second phase and moved to access internal email inboxes, the agency said today.

With DOJ employee numbers estimated at around 100,000 to 115,000, the number of impacted DOJ employees is currently believed to be around 3,000 to 3,450.

The DOJ said it has now blocked the attacker's point of entry. zdnet.com

Russian Hacker Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison For Involvement In Massive Network Intrusions
Andrei Tiurin," was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 144 months in prison for computer intrusion, wire fraud, bank fraud, and illegal online gambling offenses in connection with his involvement in a massive computer hacking campaign.

"From his home in Moscow, Andrei Tyurin played a major role in orchestrating and facilitating an international hacking campaign that included one of the largest thefts of U.S. customer data from a single financial institution in history, stealing the personal information of more than 80 million J.P. Morgan Chase customers. The conspiracy targeted major financial institutions, brokerage firms, news agencies, and other companies, and netted Tyurin over $19 million in criminal proceeds. Now Tyurin has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for his crimes." He was responsible for the theft of personal information of over 100 million customers of the victim companies. justice.gov

CISA Updates Emergency Directive 21-01 Supplemental Guidance and Activity Alert on SolarWinds Orion Compromise




Legalization Fueling Corruption?
How state marijuana legalization became a boon for corruption

By making local officials the gatekeepers for million-dollar businesses, states created a breeding ground for bribery and favoritism.

In the past decade, 15 states have legalized a regulated marijuana market for adults over 21, and another 17 have legalized medical marijuana. But in their rush to limit the numbers of licensed vendors and give local municipalities control of where to locate dispensaries, they created something else: A market for local corruption.

Almost all the states that legalized pot either require the approval of local officials - as in Massachusetts - or impose a statewide limit on the number of licenses, chosen by a politically appointed oversight board, or both.

These practices effectively put million-dollar decisions in the hands of relatively small-time political figures - the mayors and councilors of small towns and cities, along with the friends and supporters of politicians who appoint them to boards. And these strictures have given rise to the exact type of corruption that got Correia in trouble with federal prosecutors. They have also created a culture in which would-be cannabis entrepreneurs feel obliged to make large campaign contributions or hire politically connected lobbyists. politico.com

Legal Pot Coming to New York?
Cuomo Calls for Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in NY

The governor's new proposal calls for the creation of a new Office of Cannabis Management that would oversee recreational use as well as existing medical use

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for the legalization and regulation of marijuana for recreational use by adults, his third attempt in as many years to get the drug fully legalized in the state.

Cuomo, a Democrat, planned to announce his proposal Wednesday as part of his upcoming State of the State agenda for the year. The proposal calls for the creation of a new Office of Cannabis Management that would oversee recreational use as well as existing medical use.

It also would offer licensing opportunities for those in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by law enforcement efforts against marijuana to become entrepreneurs in the new recreational market.

Cuomo's latest legalization proposal follows two unsuccessful attempts in 2019 and 2020 to fully legalize marijuana, which both fell short despite Democrats' 2018 win of both chambers of the Legislature. cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

10 Tips on How to Launch a Compliant Cannabis Retail Chain
Compliance is king. This very notion is paramount to the success of any retail chain looking to make headway in its respective markets. This certainly does not exclude the cannabis industry. To empower prospective cannabis retailers with knowledge and resources needed to launch a successful and compliant cannabis retail chain, here are ten crucial tips:

1. Research, Research, Research
2. Understand your regulators
3. Talk to existing retailers
4. Hire experts
5. Find the right insurance provider
6. Choose the right Point-Of-Sale provider
7. Properly leverage your data
8. Security installation
9. Create Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
10. Compliant marketing efforts

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Business Insider Stirring Up Amazon Contractor Drivers
on Fears of Being Robbed or Kidnapped

From being targeted for robbery to confrontational customers, 4 Amazon delivery drivers talk about what scares them during peak season
The delivery drivers we spoke to mentioned heightened safety concerns like fear of being targeted for robberies or even robbed at gunpoint.

One driver Business Insider spoke to said he experienced two incidents where he was being followed, which led him to call the police. Another added, "There's nothing in that van that's worth your life."

In a statement to Business Insider, an Amazon spokesperson said, "The safety of our drivers is our top priority."

As the days get shorter and the nights get longer (and darker), Amazon delivery drivers have to deal with a brand new set of dangers and safety concerns.

In recent months, several delivery drivers across the country have been kidnapped and held at gunpoint for the contents of their vehicles. Many drivers are scared and concerned about these new dangers they're facing when out delivering packages during the winter months.

"For me, there have been times on routes where I see the same car a couple of blocks behind me or parked in front of me. My thought is this could be either porch pirates that are following along my route and stealing packages behind me, or somebody who may have worse intent."

Many Amazon vans have a back-up camera that is active even if the van is not in reverse, and Smith uses that screen to keep an eye on his vehicle's surroundings.

Amazon has a strict policy against delivery drivers carrying weapons while working, even if a driver has a concealed carry license, Rajal explained to Business Insider. Amazon delivery drivers are considered independent contractors, not employees, but if they are found to be in possession of a weapon, they can lose their jobs.

The pandemic is adding to their concerns about economic pressures on people and how that might lead to their being robbed. businessinsider.com

Amazon Taking Flight
Amazon buys planes for the first time to expand its cargo air fleet

Until this week, the company had leased aircraft to build out Amazon Air.

Amazon is buying seven used aircraft from Delta and four from Canada's WestJet. After they're retrofitted to carry cargo, the latter four will start flying for the company later this year. Meanwhile, the Delta jets will join Amazon Air in 2022. As with all of its existing planes, Amazon says these new planes will be operated by contractors.

Over the next few years, it's estimated Amazon's air fleet could grow to include more than 200 aircraft, putting it in the same size as the one operated by UPS. As Bloomberg points out, Amazon has always been quick to call out its continued reliance on companies like UPS and FedEx, even as it has added additional planes and delivery vans to its cargo operation. engadget.com

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New Hampshire Man Sentenced for Financial Fraud Scheme Using Stolen Identities
Jonathan Nguyen, 23, of Windham, N.H., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs to a year and a day in prison, two years of supervised release and ordered to pay $250,000 in forfeiture.

Nguyen and others involved in the scheme used Bitcoin to purchase names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, email addresses and passwords as well as credit card account numbers, expiration dates, card verification values and other forms of PII. Nguyen and others then used this information to purchase tickets to sporting events and gift cards that Nguyen sold for profit. Nguyen also created e-commerce websites for sham companies and obtained payment-card processing capabilities for these sham companies in order to cash out the stolen credit cards. He used various technological means to thwart the fraud-detection mechanisms deployed by the internet merchants where he made purchases with the stolen PII. justice.gov

Fort Worth, TX: Police looking for men who stole clothes from Distribution Center
Police in Fort Worth need your help in finding two men who pulled off a brazen burglary on Christmas Day. At around 3:30 p.m., a man entered a distribution center on Blue Mound Road just south of State Highway 114. "This person went into the building through a small window," says Fort Worth Police Ofc. Daniel Segura. "He did some damage inside the business and left the location a short time after he made entry." Segura says that same man returned at around 5:00 p.m. with another man. This time, they arrived in a U-Haul truck. "They stole multiple pallets with clothes, with boots and different items, and they put all these items in the U-Haul truck," says Ofc. Segura. The burglars are white and appear to be between 30 and 40 years old. radio.com

Brampton, ON, Canada: Teenager arrested after stolen goods from NOTL store appear on KIJIJI
A Brampton teenager has been arrested after more than $20,000 dollars in merchandise was stolen from a Niagara-On-The-Lake store and listed for sale on Kijiji. The break-in at the Moose Knuckles store at the Outlet Mall happened during the overnight hours of December 24th. Along with the stolen merchandise, the store sustained $8,000 in damage. As detectives conducted an investigation some of the stolen goods appeared for sale online, leading investigators to a home in the Sandmere Avenue and Glenmanor Drive area of Brampton. Officers arrested a 15 year old boy on Tuesday and charged him with break, enter, and commit theft, possession of stolen property under $5,000, and trafficking property obtained by crime. Niagara Regional Police detectives believe more suspects are involved and the investigation is ongoing. iheartradio.ca

San Luis Obispo, CA: Burglar allegedly nabs more than half of downtown SLO store's inventory
A burglar or burglars stole more than half of a downtown San Luis Obispo store's inventory, the business posted on social media post. Hemp Shak, located at 781 Higuera Street, sells eco-friendly clothing and cannabidiol (CBD) products, as well as local art, records and handmade items. The store was burglarized Sunday night or Monday morning. Store owner Katy Hemler wrote in a Facebook and Instagram post that the burglary was a "low blow. calcoasttimes.com

South Windsor, CT: Woman robbed liquor store, tried to sell stolen booze on Snapchat

Janesville, WI: Police seek help in identifying suspects in felony retail theft at Walmart

UK: Portsmouth, England: Tesco shoplifters in 'professional gang' spared jail for $4,000 alcohol theft

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Collier County, FL: Jewelry store Rolex thief shot in Alabama now sitting in jail cell

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Sacramento, CA: Armed Robbery Suspects detained outside CVS
Multiple suspects were detained after a robbery at a CVS in Sacramento on Wednesday night, according to police. The Sacramento Police Department said multiple suspects entered and robbed the CVS on Club Center Drive around 8:45 p.m. When officers arrived, they found some of the suspects running out of the store, and multiple suspects were detained at the scene. Initially, police said the incident was an armed robbery, but no gun was found during the investigation. kcra.com

Greenwood, IN: Police search for men accused of shoplifting and displaying gun at Greenwood Park Mall
Greenwood police are looking for three shoplifting suspects, one of whom was seen pulling a gun on loss prevention investigators. Officers said three men were caught shoplifting from the Von Maur store at the Greenwood Park Mall on December 28. When they were taken to the loss prevention office, one of the men pulled out a handgun and pointed the weapon at loss prevention staff. fox59.com

Omaha, NE: 19-year-old Omaha man sentenced for C-Store robbery spree
Darrell L. Manley, 19, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced on Wednesday in federal court in Omaha for his involvement in numerous robberies, some involving firearms, occurring between July and September 2019. Manley was sentenced to 18 years in the Bureau of Prisons and was order to pay $1,690.45 in restitution. After his release, Manley will begin a 5-year term of supervised release. According to United States Attorney General Joe Kelly, on July 22, 2019, Manley entered the KwikShop at 3222 Q Street in Omaha with a long gun and forced everyone to the ground. He took money from the register and a pack of cigarettes. During the robbery, he threatened the clerk. On September 12, 2019, Manley robbed four businesses in Omaha and another on September 16th. nebraska.tv

Mattoon, IL: Man with a history of breaking into arcade and video gaming machines at restaurant ordered to pay $13,900 in restitution



Louis Vuitton, Nike, Michael Kors Among Brands Linked to Large-Scale Counterfeit Busts in Annual U.S. IP Report
The effects of COVID-19 took center stage in the Annual Intellectual Property Report that U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator ("IPEC") Vishal Amin issued on Monday. Detailing "the actions and activities taken over the past year by the U.S. to promote, protect, and prioritize our ... innovative economy," the lengthy report states that in 2020, "We saw opportunistic criminals taking advantage of the coronavirus health crisis, which led to an influx of counterfeit personal protection equipment and medicines, as well as the proliferation of online scams," noting that the U.S. government "remain[s] vigilant in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the crisis."
As for the 2019 fiscal year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection "processed $2.7 trillion in imports, including approximately 1.8 million small packages per day sent via international mail and express carriers," among them were seized counterfeit goods with a total manufacturer's suggested retail price of up to $1.5 billion had the goods been authentic. The report highlights a number of significant large-scale piracy and counterfeiting prosecutions, a handful of which involve the trafficking and sale of counterfeit luxury and/or fashion/apparel goods, with Louis Vuitton, Nike, and Michael Kors wares among some of the most heavily cited.  thefashionlaw.com




AT&T - Gaines Township, MI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Mifflinburg, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Kershaw County, SC - Burglary
CVS - Sacramento, CA - Armed Robbery
CVS - Carmel, IN - Robbery
Clothing - San Luis Obispo, CA - Burglary
Clothing - Athens-Clarke County, GA - Burglary
Dollar General - Arnold, MO - Armed Robbery
Hardware - Comanche County, OK - Robbery
Jewelry - Chula Vista, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - San Diego, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Allentown, PA - Robbery
Restaurant - Hobart, IN - Burglary (KFC)
Walmart - Joliet, IL - Robbery/ Assault on employee
7-Eleven - Newport News, VA - Robbery
7-Eleven - Hawthorne, NJ - Robbery


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• 12 robberies
• 4 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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