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Stephen Schmidt promoted to Chief Security Officer for Amazon
In his new role, Schmidt will report directly to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy as a member of the "S-team," a group of 29 senior executives who set business priorities, a spokesperson confirmed. Putting one person in charge of companywide cybersecurity will make it easier to standardize security practices across Amazon, the spokesperson said in an email. She added that Schmidt's promotion had been in the works for months.

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Home Depot Boosting Security - Urging Action From Congress & DAs
Home Depot combats organized retail crime with investments

Organized retail crime costs an average of $719,548 for every $1 billion in sales

Home Depot has
ramped up its security investments over the past several months as retailers across the United States have been targeted by a surge in organized crime.

"We've been
doing more physical security. We've been innovating some new tools and technologies to make it a little bit harder for the bad guys and girls to steal products," Home Depot Vice President of Asset Protection Scott Glenn told FOX Business. "But we've also been investing in our own behind the scenes technology, innovative things like activation of product."

Product-activation technology utilizes Bluetooth to create an on-and-off switch in certain products that must be activated through a transaction at the register.

Glenn believes that the
rise of anonymous online marketplaces, mask requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, police funding being cut in some U.S. cities and the opioid epidemic are all factors that have helped embolden bad actors to commit retail crimes.

"It just kind of boils down to there's an opportunity," he explained. "And I think that there's a certain group of folks out there, bad actors as we like to refer to them, that are seeing the consequences and the
risk of even being caught doing any of these things are much lower than I would argue that they were five years ago."

In addition to stepping up its security investments, Home Depot has
signed onto a letter with 19 other retail executives urging Congress to pass the Integrity, Notification and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces (INFORM) for Consumers Act, which would aim to make it easier for consumers to identify third-party sellers and harder for criminals to sell counterfeit products online.

"We believe that
online accountability is a must. It has to happen at the federal level for it to be very effective. And we've been working with our government relations teams and individual legislators and supporters of the enforcement at the federal level. But we've also been doing it at the state level," Glenn says. "Additionally, we've been working with key district attorneys and key attorneys general across the country making sure that they hear our story and they understand our pain points and the things that we need from them to take this uptick in organized retail activity or crime activity a little bit more seriously across the board." foxbusiness.com

ORC's Impact on Shoppers
Billions lost due to ORC could have consumers paying more for goods
Every year, criminals target retailers around the country and in the Mid-South,
taking off with large quantities of expensive items and making them available for sale online or in pawn shops. It's a problem difficult to stop because most workers are ordered not to stop the thieves, and once they're gone, there is little way to track them.

It adds up to billions of dollars stolen from retailers, leaving consumers paying for it.

Walking the aisles of a
Home Depot, you can see expensive tools and hardware just about everywhere. However, it's those expensive tools, some of them locked away, that make them targets for what is known as organized retail crime, or ORC.

"We don't talk about the financials only that it's been increasing over the last three to five years, every year," said
Mike Combs, director of investigations for Home Depot.

Exact numbers are closely guarded by retailers, many of whom coordinate with trade group Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail, or CLEAR. CLEAR is run by the head of CVS' investigations, Ben Dugan, who details the group's work in a lengthy interview with the Wall Street Journal.

"There's a couple things that we think are the bigger
drivers of this problem getting bigger, and that is the online marketplaces," said Combs, who agreed to interview specifically about issues facing Home Depot. Combs spoke about online marketplaces and the issue they pose for large retailers.

Online marketplaces are where criminals are taking the items they steal and selling them, where they are unable to be tracked. "They've also been kind of a haven for criminals to go out there and sell counterfeit and stolen product without the consumer really knowing who they're buying from," Combs said.

Congress has attempted to legislate against the issue.
The INFORM Consumer Act, a bill introduced in the Senate would mandate online marketplaces track the ID, tax ID, bank account and contact information of "high-volume" and "third-party sellers" that it defines as vendors who have made at least 200 sales in a 12-month period, totaling at least $5,000.

"We've done a really good job at Home Depot to offset some of the losses that we're seeing. But that's always a challenge,
when you get to a growing loss problem, that prices could creep up." fox13memphis.com

Another State Considers ORC Legislation
Online market takes retail theft to a new level
Retail theft happens regularly, and it isn't always a kid stealing a gumball. The retail industry and law enforcement are increasingly aware of what's known as organized retail crime. It doesn't necessarily involve the mafia, but it usually features groups that hit up stores for high-end items and then try to resell them, often utilizing online marketplaces that allow anonymity.

"The retail theft rings, they come through here fairly often," said Sgt. Roy Hoskins with the St. Joseph Police Department. "We are on a major corridor between Omaha and Kansas City. Sometimes they come here because they think a town of our size is going to be an easier target. And that's not necessarily the case."

Retailers try to counter the trend with security,
locking up high-end items and using technology like GPS tracking and alarm tags. But Tony Sheppard, director of loss prevention solutions for ThinkLP, said the trend continues to grow because of the ease of reselling stolen items online.

In Missouri, one state representative filed
legislation that seeks to define organized retail crime and stiffen penalties for those who steal from multiple stores. "It acknowledges the fact that there are groups of people who do this in an organized fashion," said Rep. Lane Roberts, R-Joplin. "It's a big, big deal. Retail theft is a high-dollar crime. It has a big impact on the economy."

House Bill 2108, a person engaged in organized retail theft would face a Class C or Class B felony, depending on the dollar amount of the stolen merchandise. Roberts, a former Joplin police chief, also seeks greater accountability from the online platforms that can be used to resell stolen items.

His proposal would require online marketplaces to verify certain information from high-volume, third-party sellers. This could include bank information, a photo ID or a physical address, phone number or email account.

Roberts anticipates some pushback, but he believes this is the best way to tackle the problem. A comparison could be made with a pawn shop, which has a legal responsibility to work with police and avoid dealing in stolen items. newspressnow.com

Using CA's Budget Surplus to Fight Retail Crime
Newsom wants to use California's $46 billion surplus to combat crime, homelessness, and other crises

California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposes using funds to combat homelessness, crime, climate change, wealth inequality and the COVID-19 pandemic

Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a budget Monday that would
use California's repeat surplus to help combat the thorniest problems facing the Bay Area and the state, from a lack of affordable housing to growing street encampments to organized retail theft.

Newsom's ambitious spending proposal comes as California projects it will have a
$45.7 billion budget surplus heading into the 2022-23 fiscal year, which starts July 1, due to another year of higher-than-expected tax revenue fueled by a rapid economic rebound.

The governor has proposed spending much of the one-time surplus focusing on five key areas, which his office called the state's "
greatest existential threats": combating the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, homelessness, wealth inequality and crime.

The governor said his budget will also include
about $300 million to combat organized retail theft, increasingly brazen smash-and-grab crimes that have drawn national attention. Newsom's plan includes $255 million for a grant program to give police more tools to arrest and investigate thieves.

But some
criminal justice advocates are skeptical that putting more funding into policing efforts is the right approach, saying the budget for law enforcement is already inflated and that concerns about theft are driven by a national media frenzy.  sfchronicle.com

California's Retail Crime Surge is Top Issue in State Budget Debates
Op-Ed: CA's Next Budget Needs To Fix Long-Festering Problems - & New Ones

Skewed priorities in past budgets have allowed problems to fester; many are now reaching the crisis stage.

The Legislature re-convened for the second half of the 2021-22 session Jan. 3. Due to the magnitude of the problems we face, priority number one will be creating a budget that addresses our most pressing concerns.

As Assembly Minority Leader, I recently joined Assemblyman Vince Fong, vice chair of the Budget Committee, in a letter asking the Governor to fully fund public safety, including curtailing "smash and grabs" by expanding the California Highway Patrol's Organized Retail Theft Program. patch.com

Big City Progressive DA's 'Soft on Crime' Approach
Op-Ed: Manhattan's D.A. 'reimagines' crimes but even social justice warriors will tire of being victimized

This "progressive path" has destroyed the proud city I served as a "street agent" in the FBI's New York City Office

Last week, the newly-minted D.A.
Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., who made history as the first African-American elected to the post, issued a 10-page memorandum to his staff that essentially dismantles the penal code in New York.

It hews to the progressive prosecutor movement's goals of
emptying prisons and transforming the justice system into one less punitive. Running counter to recently-elected New York City Mayor Eric Adams's pledge to reduce the rise of violent crime, Bragg vows not to prosecute fare evasion, trespassing, and resisting arrest. Criminals, take note.

An analysis of the murder wave in 2020, conducted by The Marshall Project, determined that minority communities were the hardest hit, with
85 percent of the homicide increase located in communities of color.

The "solution" to this surge? Well, Alvin Bragg's progressive prosecutor colleagues in
Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco feel they have the answers. And yet, "defund the police," bail reform, and de-policing efforts haven't been wildly successful in cities where politicians imposed them. We're about to witness the natural course-correction of dangerous overreach in New York City. It began just days after Bragg's memo was made public.

This "soft on crime" approach has been attempted before. Just ask any New York City resident old enough to recall the criminal heyday during the 1970s and 1980s. It can be argued that New York was simply broke and lacked the necessary resources to police throughout those decades. However, it took a tougher application of policing during the ensuing 1990s and 2000s to engineer the City's complete turnaround. Yes, policies matter. Sound policies contribute mightily to deterrence and act as a societal insurance policy, ensuring public safety for all. foxnews.com

MD Governor Pushes for Major Crime Legislation
Gov. Hogan calling on city leaders for support of crime plan, despite silence
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is calling on Baltimore City and state leaders to do more to stop the violence, as he
reintroduces major crime legislation. But despite that call to action from the governor, we're hearing silence pretty much from City Hall.

The renewed call from Hogan came as the full Baltimore city council met for the first time this year. But not a single item on Monday's agenda had to do with the city's violence.
The city has already recorded 12 non-fatal shootings and 6 homicides since the beginning of the year. One of the first victims murdered was 17-year-old Bernard "Mooshka" Thomas III. foxbaltimore.com

'Crime tourists': An international spree targets D.C. area's wealthy Asian residents
A string of burglaries in the suburbs revealed a crime trend with worldwide reach



COVID Update

521.1M Vaccinations Given

US: 63.3M Cases - 863.8K Dead - 42.6M Recovered
Worldwide: 314.4M Cases - 5.5M Dead - 261.8M Recovered

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Omicron 'Spreading Like Wildfire'
The highly contagious Omicron variant will 'find just about everybody,' Fauci says, but vaccinated people will still fare better
As the Omicron variant
spreads like wildfire across the United States, it's likely just about everybody will be exposed to the strain, but vaccinated people will still fare better, the nation's leading infectious disease expert said Tuesday.

"Omicron, with its extraordinary, unprecedented degree of efficiency of transmissibility,
will ultimately find just about everybody," Dr. Anthony Fauci told J. Stephen Morrison, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "Those who have been vaccinated ... and boosted would get exposed. Some, maybe a lot of them, will get infected but will very likely, with some exceptions, do reasonably well in the sense of not having hospitalization and death."

In contrast, those who are not vaccinated are "going to get the brunt of the severe aspect of this," he added. Across the United States, at least one in five eligible Americans -- roughly 65 million people-- are not vaccinated against Covid-19. More than 62% of the country has been fully vaccinated, but
only 23% are fully vaccinated and boosted, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. cnn.com

More Retail Trade Shows Derailed by Omicron
Omicron surge disrupts retail industry events

FMI puts Midwinter Executive Conference 'on pause,' PLMA to launch new virtual trade show

FMI-The Food Industry Association announced late Monday that it
will "pause" its upcoming Midwinter Executive Conference, scheduled for Jan. 21-24 in Orlando, in the face of growing concerns about COVID-19 and the surging Omicron variant.

The news comes on the same day that the
Private Label Manufacturers Association, which previously canceled its January event, will be launching a new online trade show at the end of March.

Since the emergence of COVID in 2020, retail industry trade groups have struggled with the cancellations of in-person live events and the challenges of pivoting to virtual trade shows. By mid-2021, many groups were optimistic that the introduction of the COVID vaccine would signify a return to a more normal business and travel environment, but the
current surge of Omicron has derailed event plans that were planned and organized over the past year.

"As much as we would like to host our first in-person industry gathering in nearly two years later this month in Orlando,
it does not appear to be in the best interest of the industry to do so," said FMI president and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin in a statement. "I respect the business and personal challenges our industry continues to face, especially when it comes to their collective health, as well as their operations. I also recognize the tremendous pressures our industry continues to experience regarding the supply chain, which are exacerbated by absenteeism associated with the pandemic. Therefore, we will pause our plans to host the 2022 FMI Midwinter event, at least for the time being."

PLMA pivots online

PLMA, which had
already canceled its January trade show in Chicago - previously rescheduled from November - will now launch PLMA Global, a newly imagined, online private label trade show that will combine the exhibitors and buyers from the organization's in-person Chicago and Amsterdam events. PLMA Global will take place March 28 to 31, 2022. supermarketnews.com

Omicron Pushes Retailers to Cut Hours
Nike, Lululemon, and Starbucks join Macy's and Walmart in reducing store hours as Omicron spreads, causing staffing shortages

Nike, Lululemon, and Starbucks are the latest retailers to cut back on store opening hours.

Nike, Lululemon, and Starbucks are among major retailers reducing store opening hours at certain locations because of staffing shortages caused by the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

These retailers join
Macy's, Althelta, Walmart, and Apple who have already cut back on store hours or temporarily closed some locations because of the surge in COVID-19 cases in the US.

Though studies suggest that the Omicron variant may be milder than other strains of COVID-19, its rapid transmission rate means that
large numbers of people are getting infected and are, therefore, unable to show up to work.

This has wreaked havoc on industries that require in-person attendance, from airlines to manufacturing and
retail. The staffing challenges also come amid an ongoing and crippling labor shortage in the US, which is making it harder for some businesses in customer service industries to hire and retain workers. businessinsider.com

Omicron Surge Leading to Empty Store Shelves
Photos show many grocery store shelves are bare, and it's not just winter weather wiping them out

Supply-chain issues were further aggravated this week by the Omicron variant and winter storms.

Shoppers across the country are posting photos of
bare shelves at grocery stores including Walmart, Trader Joe's, Target, and Giant Food.

Giant Food, a supermarket chain in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, told Insider that retailers are
facing "several challenges" impacting inventory and staffing. These include the Omicron variant and last week's winter storms, both of which caused additional strain to the supply chain, a spokesperson said.

As the highly infection variant spreads across the nation, many retailers face staffing challenges. Around 200 out of 2,500 Stew Leonard's employees are out sick across the tri-state area, The Washington Post reported.

The shortage of workers across the supply chain means it might
take longer for stores to restock shelves and replenish fresh inventory. businessinsider.com

Penalizing Unvaccinated Retail Workers
Ikea Reduces Covid Sick Pay for Unvaccinated British Workers
Ikea has imposed a
financial penalty on U.K. employees who don't get Covid-19 shots and miss work because they have to self-isolate.

The furniture retailer is
cutting sick pay for staff who can't work because of close contact with an infected person to 96.35 pounds ($131) a week for the required 10-day isolation period -- less than a fourth of average weekly wage before taxes, The Guardian newspaper reported on Monday. Ikea said it couldn't immediately comment.

The furniture retailer, which has
10,000 workers in the U.K., is following in the footsteps of other major retailers such as Walmart Inc. in the U.S. and British grocer Wm Morrison Supermarkets Ltd. in putting pressure on staff who refuse to get vaccinated without a valid reason.

The punitive policies mark a change in approach. Until recently, most businesses focused on encouraging staff, such as offering paid time-off for employees to get a Covid shot.

The rapid spread of the
omicron variant is prodding retailers to react as a rise in absenteeism adds to the woes of a sector already battling tangled supply chains, rising freight costs and raw material shortages. bnnbloomberg.ca

Governor to Businesses: Don't Comply with Vax Mandate
This governor tells businesses in his state not to comply with the vaccine mandate
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson tells Jake Tapper that businesses should wait until the Supreme Court rules on the federal Covid-19 vaccine mandate, before complying.

How the Pandemic Changed HR Jobs
Your Head of H.R. Is Now Basically the School Nurse
Vaccine mandates. Boosters. Exemptions. Testing protocol. Just a handful of public health questions that human resources departments now have to answer.

China Covid-19 Lockdowns Hit Factories, Ports in Latest Knock to Supply Chains

Hundreds press Maine lawmakers to ban COVID-19 vaccine mandates

United CEO: 4% of U.S. workforce test positive for COVID

Some Agencies Report 100% Vax Mandate Compliance as Others Begin Suspensions



Retail Holiday Recap
Holiday rewind: How the shopping experience changed in 2021
Much like 2020,
the holidays in 2021 were marked by the impacts of the pandemic. Retailers relied on fulfillment services like curbside pickup and same-day delivery to get their products into customer's hands safely and encouraged early holiday shopping to combat supply chain challenges.

shortages made holiday hiring more difficult than years past and the threat of stockouts gave both retailers and consumers more to worry about. Retailers were cautious with their approach to the season, putting limitations on holiday experiences and leaning into virtual events to spread cheer, and e-commerce continued to have a hold on the season as many consumers opted to stay home rather than venture into stores.

Earlier deals - With more ways to shop, and an earlier start date, is Black Friday a fair metric to determine the busiest time of the year for retailers?

Supply chain - What happens when a historic spike in demand hits a global supply chain system still recovering from a pandemic and its many disruptions? Retailers found out in 2021.

Retailers struggled to fill seasonal roles - Like past years, retailers announced plans to beef up their staff for the holidays with seasonal workers. But in 2021, as companies across industries struggled to retain workers, retailers struggled to fill those open positions.

Consumers are ready to spend - for now - Although deals got sweeter and retailers' marketing emails more enticing as Dec. 25 approached, it was difficult to find the kind of blockbuster markdowns that holiday shopping is known for.

The holiday shopping experience takes new shape - Thanks to the pandemic, the holiday shopping season may never be the same. But despite restrictions, retailers have found a way to create new shopping experiences in the virtual world. retaildive.com

Record-Breaking Consumer Price Hikes
December prices rise 7 percent, compared to a year earlier, as 2021 inflation reaches highest in 40 years

Officials within the Fed and Biden administration expect high inflation will persist through much of 2022

Prices rose at the fastest pace in 40 years in December, increasing 7 percent over the same period a year ago, and cementing 2021 as a year marked by soaring inflation wrought by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Indeed, 2021 went down as the worst year for inflation since 1981, as broken supply chains collided with high consumer demand for used cars and construction materials alike.
Higher prices seeped into just about everything households and businesses buy, raising alarms for policymakers at the Federal Reserve and White House that inflation has spread throughout the economy. Prices were also up 0.5 percent in December compared to the month before. washingtonpost.com

Retail's Union Push Gains More Steam
Union wins election at a second Buffalo-area Starbucks
The National Labor Relations Board announced Monday that it had certified a victory for a union at a second Starbucks store in the Buffalo area, where votes were tallied in December but remained inconclusive as the union challenged the ballots of several employees it said did not work at the store.

The labor board
declared the union the winner at another Buffalo-area store when it counted the votes on Dec. 9, and the union lost an election at a third store.

The board agreed with the union that the challenged ballots should not count, giving the union a 15-to-9 win. None of the other roughly 9,000 company-operated Starbucks locations in the United States have a union.

Labor experts have said that
establishing a second unionized store in the same market could provide a significant boost to the union, Starbucks Workers United. The union is part of Workers United, an affiliate of the giant Service Employees International Union. nytimes.com

Big Lots plans to add 500 new stores

Costco is opening up to 28 stores this year

Walgreens exploring sale of Boots business

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Smart Cities - Cloud-Connected Cameras - Facial Recognition
Video surveillance systems market to grow steadily by 2026

The video surveillance systems market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.06% over the forecast period 2021 to 2026, according to ResearchAndMarkets.

Commercial segment is to dominate the video surveillance systems market

The infrastructure segment includes
road, rail, airports, stadiums, etc. Technological advancements in the video surveillance industry have led to the development of night vision cameras designed to work in low-lit areas. Infrastructure segments, specifically roads, need night-vision cameras to monitor traffic and keep track of suspicious activities. These factors are expected to accentuate the demand in the infrastructure segment.

Cameras offer a
wide range of video surveillance applications, including scene monitoring, facial recognition, video smoke detection, remote video monitoring, automatic number plate recognition, etc. Presently, consumer requirements include cameras of HD-compliant 1080p 25/30 fps technology. With the growing need for security, high-definition technologies in video surveillance are expected to penetrate the market during the forecast period.

Cameras with pan, tilt and wide zoom features are preferred to
detect and track intruders. 360-degree panoramic cameras and thermal infrared cameras, which can operate in the dark, are expected to witness increased adoption over the forecast period. The previous models of 4K cameras offer a lower frame rate resolution. However, the advent of 4K in video surveillance is much ahead in the consumer market, as compared to that of 1080p.

China in Asia Pacific is presumed to dominate the market

The introduction of the
smart cities concept in the country is the major driving force for the video surveillance market in China. Advanced video surveillance techniques have been integrated with the city administration to boost efficiency. Yinchuan city in China is an example of an advanced smart town where everything, from buses to dustbins, is integrated into a unified system.

One of the pioneer systems designed using video surveillance was the Hangzhou
"City Brain" project, created by Chinese retail and tech company Alibaba, which uses camera systems and sensors across the city to collect data on road conditions in real-time. The data is fed to an AI hub, which manages traffic signals at 128 intersections and helps city officials make better decisions faster.

China is making progress on a surveillance system that will
connect security cameras nationwide via a cloud to a database of every person's facial ID profile and a file of their personal details, according to an article in the South China Morning Post (SCMP). The article has led to a discussion as to whether the system already exists and what its potential dangers may be. helpnetsecurity.com

'We're In A Cyber Pandemic' - Attacks Up 50%
Cybersecurity: Last year was a record year for attacks, and Log4j made it worse

Check Point Research said that among its customers, there was a 50% increase in overall attacks per week on corporate networks compared to 2020.

Cybersecurity firm Check Point Research has released new data from 2021 showing that among their customers, there was
a significant increase in overall cyberattacks per week on corporate networks compared to 2020.

AdvertisementResearchers attributed some of the increases, which were concentrated toward the end of the year, to the Log4j vulnerability discovered in December. Check Point said in a report that 2021 was a record-breaking year for cyberattacks and the Log4J vulnerability only made things worse.

"Last year, we saw a staggering
50% more cyber attacks per week on corporate networks compared to 2020 -- that's a significant increase. We saw cyberattack numbers peak towards the end of the year, largely due to the Log4j vulnerability exploit attempts," said Omer Dembinsky, data research manager at Check Point Software.

"New penetration techniques and evasion methods have made it
much easier for hackers to execute malicious intentions. What's most alarming is that we're seeing some pivotal societal industries surge into the most attacked list. Education, government and healthcare industries made it into the top 5 most attacked industries list worldwide."

Check Point found that for 2021, overall attacks per week on corporate networks grew 50% compared to 2020, and in Q4, they saw an all-time high in weekly cyberattacks per organization of 925.

We're in a cyber pandemic if you will. I strongly urge the public, especially those in the education, government and healthcare sectors, to learn the basics on how to protect themselves," Dembinsky said. "Simple measures such as patching, segmenting your networks and educating employees can go a long way in making the world safer." zdnet.com

Microsoft Hacker Warning
Hackers are using Log4j flaw as part of their attacks, warns Microsoft

A new China-based "double extortion" ransomware group has started exploiting the Log4Shell bug in VMware server products.

Microsoft has confirmed that suspected China-based cyber criminals are targeting the Log4j 'Log4Shell' flaw in VMware's Horizon product to install NightSky, a new ransomware strain that emerged on December 27.

The financially motivated ransomware attacks target CVE-2021-44228, the original Log4Shell flaw disclosed on December 9, and mark one new threat posed by the critical vulnerability that affects internet-facing software, systems and devices where vulnerable versions of the Java-based Log4j application error-logging component are present.

"As early as January 4, attackers started exploiting the CVE-2021-44228 vulnerability in internet-facing systems running VMware Horizon. Our investigation shows that successful intrusions in these campaigns led to the deployment of the NightSky ransomware," Microsoft notes in an update to its recommendations for mitigating Log4Shell.

Microsoft's findings add more details to a report last week from the digital arm of the UK's National Health Service (NHS) that attackers are targeting VMware's Horizon server software that use vulnerable versions of Log4j. That report noted attackers installed a malicious Java file that injects a web shell into the VM Blast Secure Gateway service, but it didn't indicate whether ransomware was deployed. zdnet.com

Microsoft Kicks Off 2022 With 96 Security Patches

Firms need better breach response, clear regulatory guidelines



COVID Update

One-Third of Workers Calling in Sick?
B.C. employers talk 'worst-case scenario' and 'last resort' as they plan for mass sicknesses

"This will mean a crunch, particularly for the service industry. They've been through this before, so presumably they have contingency plans. But none of this is very good for business."

London Drugs President Clint Mahlman thinks of the company's pharmacy operations as "The Alamo".

In a worst-case scenario where a large number of staff called in sick due to COVID-19, Mahlman said the drugstore chain would prioritize its pharmacies to ensure people could still get important medications. "We have a robust plan in place."

For Surrey RCMP, where staff have already been asked about their willingness and ability to shift roles at short notice should COVID cases rise, public safety is top priority, including emergency response and time-sensitive investigations and court proceedings, said Sgt. Elenore Sturko.

A day after provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry warned employers to be prepared for as much as a third of their workforce to be sick on any given day, B.C. businesses and public-sector employers were ramping up safety measures and firming up plans to keep essential services operating.

Thompson said adapting, or reducing operations while remaining open, is likely a better strategy than closing altogether, as it will allow businesses to retain staff. Paid sick days are also a good idea to increase employee engagement and retention.

London Drug's "business continuity team" has put in about 3,000 hours of planning since the pandemic began, which pales in comparison to the extra time taken to sort out supply-chain challenges and conduct extra cleaning and sanitizing, said Mahlman.

On top of its contingency planning, which might see hours reduced, staffing reorganized or some stores closed in a "worst-case scenario," the B.C.-based company has a vaccine mandate and has asked staff to wear N95 masks. vancouversun.com

Shopping Restrictions a Drag on Canadian Retailers
Canadian Apparel Retailers to Struggle and Continue Losing Market Share Amid New COVID Variant: Trendex Report

The reemergence of COVID will continue to put a strain on the Canadian apparel industry with uncertainty over shopping restrictions in 2022.

A new report by Trendex North America, a marketing research and consulting firm, says apparel specialty chains will lose share in the market for the sixth year in a row.

"I think the expectations from a value metric standpoint, meaning sales, you can't really speculate because you don't know how long the newest phase of COVID is going to affect shopping restrictions," said Randy Harris, president and owner of Trendex North America. "I was very optimistic last July when it looked like we were beginning to come back to pre-COVID sales levels on a monthly basis. Certainly, beginning June and July the industry was selling more apparel than it was, not just the previous year but than in 2019. So it made me very optimistic from a sales standpoint.

"Right now, I have no idea what to expect in terms of sales for this year and anybody that says they do is crazy."

In November, a report by Trendex said Canadian retail apparel sales fell by 23.6 per cent year-over-year in 2020 and the forecast growth was 13.9 per cent in 2021. At that time, Trendex was forecasting 8.2 per cent year-over-year growth in 2022. retail-insider.com

'Do Not Travel' to Canada
Americans should avoid travel to Canada amid COVID surge, U.S. CDC says
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. State Department on Monday advised against travel to neighboring Canada because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases as the Omicron variant spreads.

The CDC elevated its travel recommendation to "Level Four: Very High" for Canada, telling Americans they should avoid travel, while the State Department also on Monday issued its "Level Four: Do Not Travel" advisory for Canada citing COVID-19 cases.

The CDC, which lists about 80 destinations worldwide at Level Four, also raised the island of Curacao to Level Four.

In November, the United States lifted restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated foreign nationals, ending historic curbs on non-essential travelers put in place in March 2020 to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

This month, Canada broke its one-day record for the highest number of people hospitalized with COVID-19. Last Friday, officials said new daily cases had soared by 65% in the previous week, threatening healthcare systems. reuters.com

COVID & Mental Health
Mental Health Resources for Retail Employees
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges for retail employees. To assist retailers, RCC has assembled resources that you can use to help support employees.

The past year has been particularly challenging for all and we know you want to do what is best for your employees while looking after your own wellbeing. RCC has gathered a list of national and regional websites and resources to help you navigate mental health and help you support your staff during these unprecedent times.

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Canadian Mental Health Association
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Crime Reporting in Canada
RCMP Releases Guide to Reporting Suspicious Incidents
The RCMP, in collaboration with various law enforcement partners, has produced a guide to inform and assist Canadians on how and when to report suspicious incidents to police with a view to keeping Canadians safe.

The public is an important ally in the fight against criminal activities. If anyone is concerned that someone is considering, planning, or preparing to commit an act of violence, or is supporting, inciting or counselling others in committing violent acts, they should immediately contact their local police service or the RCMP.

The guide contains information on how to recognize and report behaviours that may be linked to hate crimes, radicalization to violence, extremist propaganda, and/or terrorism mobilization. It provides details about the steps people can and should follow when reporting suspicious incidents to the police.

The goal of the initiative is to enhance the quality of information being shared with police and to encourage the reporting of suspicious incidents and activities. The guide was created by the Federal Policing First Responder Terrorism Awareness Program (FR-TAP).

The RCMP National Security Information Network can be reached by calling 1-800-420-5805 or, by sending an e-mail to RCMP.NSIN-RISN.GRC@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. Emergencies should always be reported by calling 911. newswire.ca

Canada's Epstein - Peter Nygard Update
Bail hearing continues for Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygard
A bail hearing for Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygard, who faces charges of sexual assault and forcible confinement, continued for a second day Friday before being adjourned to late next week.

Nygard, born in Finland, faces charges in both Canada and the United States in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred between 1987 and 2006. He has denied all wrongdoing. The 80-year-old appeared via video feed from a Toronto jail. He wore an orange jumpsuit and light blue surgical mask and at times appeared to be taking notes.

The bail hearings, which started on Thursday, are subject to broad publication bans that preclude reporting on details of the proceedings.

This week's hearing relates to charges filed by Canadian authorities. Nygard also faces extradition to the United States to face charges in that country. Last fall he consented to extradition but a final decision on that must be made by Canada's justice minister.

The bail hearing is set to resume on Friday, Jan 14. reuters.com

RCC's New Retail Health Program
Retail Council of Canada launching health benefits program for retail employees
The Retail Council of Canada is launching a new health benefits program for member retailers. Through the program, called RCC RetailCare, retail employers can offer their employees a range of health and wellness benefits, such as dental, enhanced hospital care, paramedical, prescription drugs and vision coverage.

The program can be extended to permanent, part-time employees who work a minimum of 20 hours per week. It also uses economies of scale to offer preferred rates.

RCC RetailCare is available through a technology platform that both employers and employees can access via a mobile app. benefitscanada.com

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Langley, BC: Bystander struck by bullet in strip mall shooting that killed 18-year-old, police confirm
When officers arrived at the strip mall, they found an adult man suffering from gunshot wounds, police said. The man died of his injuries. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has been called in to investigate and police said this does not appear to have been a random act.

Police said a bystander was also hit and taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police are not releasing the second victim's identity. A witness to the shooting, whom Global News is not identifying to protect their safety, said the bystander was his brother, and was struck in the leg.

IHIT said it believes Cardenas' killing was targeted, and that detectives are looking to speak with anyone who knew him, his activities or his associates. Police remained at the scene of the shooting, collecting evidence on Saturday. globalnews.ca

Brampton, ON: 3 teens arrested in string of retail robberies, vehicle thefts
Three Brampton teenagers have been arrested in connection with a string of retail robberies, vehicle thefts and a violent carjacking, Peel Regional Police say.

In a news release issued Thursday, police said nine robberies occurred throughout Peel Region between August and December, targeting retail locations and pharmacies. Police said the suspects used stolen vehicles during most robberies and demanded various items including prescription pills, cologne, perfume and cigarettes.

Knives were allegedly used to intimidate victims in some incidents, though no physical injuries were reported. Seven stolen vehicles tied to the group have been recovered, along with one imitation firearm, police said. globalnews.ca

Diamond rings recovered, man arrested in sledge hammer-toting Toronto heist
An arrest has been made after a brazen jewelry store robbery at a east Toronto mall while employees were inside the shop. Cops say a man armed with a sledge hammer was breaking glass displays while staff were in the store. Mall security responded but the thief fled. Police were able to track down a suspect and allegedly recovered 14 stolen diamond rings. o.canada.com

Maskless shoplifter pulls meat cleaver on store worker: VPD

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Victoria, BC: Suspect with 'distinct' jacket sought after armed robbery in Victoria

Vancouver grocery store robber re-arrested

Peel police looking for lone suspect after Mississauga retail store robbery

Sudbury police looking for robbery suspect

Sale arranged online leads to armed robbery in Pickering

Teenagers carry out armed robbery at Lanarkshire c-store

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Amazon's New Cybersecurity Head
Amazon adds cybersecurity veteran to the S-team, the top leadership group that reports to CEO Andy Jassy

Longtime AWS security chief Stephen Schmidt promoted to head cybersecurity efforts companywide.

Amazon is centralizing its cybersecurity operations under longtime Amazon Web Services chief information security officer Stephen Schmidt.

In his new role, Schmidt will report directly to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy as a member of the "S-team," a group of 29 senior executives who set business priorities, a spokesperson confirmed.

Putting one person in charge of companywide cybersecurity will make it easier to standardize security practices across Amazon, the spokesperson said in an email. She added that Schmidt's promotion had been in the works for months.

Schmidt joined AWS in 2008 as software director and assumed the division's CISO job two years later, according to his LinkedIn profile.

In his new role, Schmidt will have the title Chief Security Officer. CJ Moses, who is replacing Schmidt as AWS CISO; Four Flynn, CISO of Amazon's consumer division; and Lakshmi Hanspal, CISO for Devices, will report to Schmidt, the spokesperson confirmed. businessinsider.com

Amazon Snatching Up Former Sears Locations
Fresh look for an old Sears: Amazon opening another grocery store in plaza south of Seattle
A shopping plaza south of Seattle in Federal Way, Wash., has a Fresh look, as Amazon is getting set to open another physical grocery store.

GeekWire spotted signage on the Amazon Fresh location at The Commons, a 759,000-square-foot mall at 1928 S. Commons, 22 miles from Seattle. The mall is currently anchored by Target, Dick's Sporting Goods, Century Theaters and Kohl's stores.

The location for the grocery store on the west side of the mall is a former Sears store, which closed in April 2018. A Macy's store at The Commons also closed, in April 2021. Both longtime retail brands have closed multiple stores in recent years in the face of changing customer habits - and the rise of Amazon and other e-commerce retailers.

Amazon did not yet have to details to share on an opening date for the store, when contacted by GeekWire.

Amazon currently has three of its branded grocery stores in Washington state: at the Factoria shopping center in Bellevue, Wash.; on South Jackson Street in Seattle; and an Amazon Go Grocery on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Signage has also gone up for a new store in North Seattle at 13025 Aurora Ave. N.

There are 23 Amazon Fresh stores across the U.S. geekwire.com

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West Hartford, CT: Police searching for suspects in robberies at Macy's, Ulta
West Hartford police are investigating robberies that happened at Macy's in the Westfarms Mall and a nearby Ulta Tuesday. Officers responded to the Westfarms Mall just before 4 p.m. on a report of a robbery at the Macy's within the mall.
Macy's Loss Prevention told police four suspects entered the store with large black garbage bags and began filling them with merchandise. A Macy's Loss Prevention officer attempted to intervene, struggling with one of the suspects, police said. At that time, police said one of the suspects reached for his waistband, which they say imply he was armed. The loss prevention officer disengaged and the suspects fled, police said. The loss prevention officer was not injured. Minutes later, police said the Ulta at 1555 New Britain Ave. in West Hartford reported their store had a similar theft. Police said Ulta employees reported three suspects entered the store with garbage bags and began stealing a large amount of fragrances. Police said the suspects fled in a dark grey Toyota Highlander that has not been located. Police said the West Hartford Ulta was alerted that their Waterbury store had a similar theft happen around 3:30 p.m. wtnh.com

San Jose, CA: Smash-and-grab robbers terrorize California jewelry store employees: 'Weren't sure if they were going to die'
A California jewelry store owner is speaking out after his business was hit by a violent smash-and-grab robbery, leaving his father injured by thieves who reportedly swiped more than $100,000 worth of merchandise. Owner of "Heart of Gold" in San Jose, Eric Orozco, joined "Fox & Friends First" on Wednesday to discuss the incident that left his dad and other employees terrified for their lives. "They terrified my family, they terrified all of our employees," Orozco told Carley Shimkus. "They weren't sure if they were going to die. They weren't sure how escalated those moments were. It was just some of the worst moments of some of their lives." He added, "My dad was injured and... that really broke my heart to see. I mean, had the pressure been a little bit harder on his head, he could have died. So these guys came in and threatened lives."

Asheville, NC : APD arrests man who allegedly stole more than 30 guns from Carolina Guns and Gear
Asheville police arrested a man who they say broke into Carolina Guns and Gear Jan. 7 and stole more than 30 guns. Jesse Lynn Williams, 33, of Asheville, was arrested Jan. 11 on a charge of larceny after breaking and/or entering. He is being held in the Buncombe County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond. The Citizen Times obtained numerous warrants issued by APD on other charges: possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm and larceny of a firearm. These warrants list multiple offense dates for Williams, including Dec. 25, Jan. 10 and Jan. 6. According to a Jan. 7 APD news release, officers responded to a business alarm at Carolina Guns at 4:40 a.m. that morning. Employees said at least 33 handguns were stolen.

Santa Ana, CA: Three suspects were arrested at the Outlets of Orange as they tried to steal thousands of dollars of clothing
CHP arrested three retail thieves at an orange outlet while trying to steal thousands of dollars in retail goods. Two of the thieves saw the Organized Retail Crime Task Force walking towards the mall with a foil-lined bag that helped steal goods without triggering an anti-theft alarm in the store. Discovered by CHP officers. "Booster bag." CHP officials saw one of the suspects coming out of the store full of booster bags. When the male suspect went out, a female accomplice came in. The suspect dumped the stolen goods in a minivan in the parking lot. CHP investigators then arrested him and waited for his accomplice to return to the minivan. The suspect stole 31 pairs of Levi's jeans worth $ 2,202 using a booster bag and a tool designed to disable security sensors.

A CHP investigator was stuck at an outlet, and about an hour later, he saw another suspect behaving suspiciously. The suspect was packing the goods in another booster bag. CHP investigators stopped him and found that he had expensive Gucci clothes worth at least $ 2,499. The suspect also had a robbery tool that was almost the same as the tool that the other suspects were equipped with.
The three suspects were arrested for violating California's organized retail crime law and several other theft charges. californianewstimes.com

Brownsville, TX: Caught on camera: Theft suspect seen stealing merchandise from Old Navy

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Shootings & Deaths

Durham, NC: Suspect shot and Killed by Police; violent attack on Circle K clerk
One person was killed in a police shooting at a Durham convenience store early Wednesday morning. Durham police say the shooting happened at the Circle K on N.C. Highway 54 near Old Fayetteville Road. According to Durham Police Chief Patrice Andrews, officers were called to the store regarding a "suicide in progress." Police say the door was locked when they arrived, and someone was violently attacking the store clerk inside the store with a sharp object. This is the third police shooting in North Carolina in several days, following a shooting in Raleigh Tuesday and in Fayetteville Saturday. Police forced their way inside and fired shots, Andrews said, killing the person. "We do not know how many shots were fired," Andrews said. "We do not know where the assailant was struck." The clerk suffered serious injuries from the attack, police say. Officers involved were treated for minor injuries. The SBI is assisting in the investigation. spectrumlocalnews.com

Update: Milwaukee, WI: Police arrest robbery suspect connected with shooting death of Niesha Harris-Brazell at a Burger King
Milwaukee police have arrested an armed robbery suspect connected to the shooting death of 16-year-old Niesha Harris-Brazell. The suspect is a 41-year-old Milwaukee man and criminal charges will be forwarded to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office, police said. Harris-Brazell was a cashier at the Burger King located at 5120 W. Capitol Drive, in the Capitol Heights neighborhood, where a shooting unfolded during an attempted robbery Jan. 2. Harris-Brazell died in the ensuing shooting. One of Harris-Brazell's coworkers, Derrick D. Ellis, 34, fired a gun at the suspect, but it is not clear if the suspect returned fire, police have said. It is unclear how Harris-Brazell was struck.

A still image from surveillance cameras released by police shows the suspect attempted the robbery by leaning into a drive-thru window with his own gun. Police said Tuesday they are still searching for Ellis, who is a felon and is barred from having a gun. Prosecutors filed a felony gun possession charge against him last week. Ellis was seen on surveillance cameras collecting his spent casings on the floor following the shooting and hiding his handgun in a safe inside the restaurant, according to the criminal complaint. A restaurant manager told police Ellis asked her to hide the gun in the safe because he wasn't supposed to have it. The manager told police Ellis normally carries the gun at work, the complaint said. Since the shooting, Harris-Brazell family has receive an outpouring of support from community members. A GoFundMe page set up by the family sought $5,000 to help fund her funeral. As of Tuesday, it had raised more than $39,000.

Saginaw, MI: Michigan State Police arrest juvenile accused of shooting Family Dollar clerk during robbery
A juvenile male is in custody on charges of shooting a Family Dollar clerk during a robbery on New Year's Eve in Saginaw. Michigan State Police say they arrested the teen, who was not identified, on Monday. Investigators credited tips from the public for leading them to the suspect. "Information provided by community members and our continued partnership with Crime Stoppers were integral in identifying and apprehending this individual," said Michigan State Police First Lt. Todd Parsons, commander of the Tri-City Post. "Working together to solve these violent crimes makes the entire community safer." The juvenile suspect is accused of walking into the Family Dollar in the 3000 block of Genesee Street near Hess Street in Saginaw around 9 p.m. on Dec. 31. He allegedly shot the clerk in the face before stealing an undisclosed amount of money. The clerk, an 18-year-old female, was listed in critical condition at an area hospital last week. She later was released and police say she is recovering at home. Family Dollar was offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the suspect while Crime Stoppers was offering up to $1,000. abc12.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Update: Keansburg, NJ: Officer Stabbed In Pharmacy Robbery Undergoes 2nd Surgery
The officer who was stabbed last Thursday in this standoff and attempted robbery at a Keansburg pharmacy - where the suspect was ultimately shot and killed by police - underwent his second surgery Monday morning, according to Keansburg Mayor George Hoff. The officer will not be identified, citing his privacy, but he was stabbed by the robbery suspect multiple times in his left arm during Thursday's dramatic incident, said the mayor. "It is not a life-threatening injury," said Hoff. "But he was stabbed in his wrist, and his left elbow was shattered. He needed an eight- to nine-hour surgery on Saturday and just went in for his second surgery Monday morning. We are all thinking of him and I am waiting to hear for an update today on how the second surgery went."

The incident began at 3:21 Thursday afternoon, when a man tried to rob the Keansburg Pharmacy on Main Street, said police. Multiple Keansburg police responded, and encountered a hostage situation, said Acting State Attorney General Andrew Bruck. One officer was stabbed by the suspect, said the AG. Multiple officers fired their service weapons, striking the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene. news.yahoo.com

New Caney, TX: 'Walmart bandit' caught as Montgomery County deputies search for knife-wielding robber
An alleged perpetrator of a recent armed robbery was apprehended by the Montgomery County Precinct Constable's Office on Tuesday as the agency continues its search for another knife-brandishing robber. Dubbed "the Walmart Bandit," an alleged perpetrator of a recent armed robbery was apprehended by the Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable's Office on Tuesday as the agency continues its search for another knife-brandishing robber. James William Riley, 40, of Porter, is being charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, and theft between $100 and $700, a Class B misdemeanor, according to jail records. Riley is currently on parole for possession of a controlled substance, and out on bond for a DWI, according to Precinct 4. He is also a suspect in multiple felony theft cases in several jurisdictions, according to the Precinct 4 Constable's Office.
A man suspected of thefts at local stores struck on Dec. 30 the New Caney Walmart Brandishing a knife when confronted by employees at the exit, the suspect fled. After reviewing more security footage and taking witness statements, deputies were able to ID the culprit and a warrant was issued for Riley's arrest, the agency detailed. houstonchronicle.com
Overland Park, KS: Loss Prevention officer beaten by suspects after theft
The Overland Park, Kansas Police Department is asking for help to identify the suspects involved in a theft and battery incident last week. Police said a woman left a business in the 11200 block of West 95th Street Wednesday without paying for merchandise. The store's loss prevention employee confronted the woman outside of the business to try to stop the theft.The employee said that's when two men got out of a silver sedan and started beating her.The employee was injured, however, she is expected to recover. Authorities are asking the public to take a close look at the attached photo to see if they can help identify a male and female suspect involved in the incident. The group is believed to have left the scene in the vehicle, possibly a Nissan, immediately after the employee was beaten.

San Jose, CA: Jewelry store owner targeted in violent robbery
Heart of Gold owner Eric Orozco lost around $100k in merchandise as robbers use sledgehammers inside the mall, injuring his father. He said police told him there was nothing they could do about it. msn.com

Walnut Creek, CA: 2 Women Jailed After Danville Costco Purse Theft Followed By Nordstrom Shopping Spree

Olympia, WA: Police Search Capital Mall Burglary Suspect

Tulare, CA: Police stepping up patrols at the Outlet Mall after a rash of crimes

Charlotte County, FL: Business owners are becoming more vigilant after multiple robbery in Charlotte County

Chicago, IL: Police Investigating String of Overnight Burglaries




Barber - Indianapolis, IN - Burglary
Beauty - Bethesda, MD - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Missoula, MO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Idaho Falls, ID - Robbery
C-Store - Dallas, TX - Armed Robbery
Clothing - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Clothing - Olympia, WA - Burglary
Collectable - Schuylkill, CO - Burglary
Dollar Tree - Santa Fe, NM - Armed Robbery
Guns - Bedford, IN - Burglary
Guns - Asheville, NC - Burglary
Jewelry - San Jose, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Tukwila, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Denver, CO - Robbery
Liquor - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Liquor - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Macys - West Hartford, CT - Robbery
Motel - El Paso, TX - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Indianapolis, IN - Burglary
Restaurant - Milwaukee, WI - Armed Robbery / Cashier Killed (Burger King)
Ulta - West Hartford, CT - Robbery
7-Eleven - Fresno, CA - Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 14 robberies
• 9 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 1 killed

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