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Christine Sampaio named Country Lead - Security Operations & Resiliency (Canada) for Google
Before joining Google as Country Lead - Security Operations & Resiliency (Canada), Christine spent nearly seven years with Grainger as Sr. Manager, Loss Prevention & Security (North America) and National Security & Loss Prevention Leader & CSO (Canada). Earlier in her career, she held roles with Target Canada, Lowe's Companies Canada, and Best Buy Canada. Congratulations, Christine!

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24/7 Asset Protection Solution

Prosegur Security Introduces First Fully Integrated Global Logistics and Supply Chain Security Service

The first global, end-to-end solution for 24/7 asset protection by providing a unique blend of people, process & technology as one integrated offering

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., Jan. 25, 2022 -- Prosegur Security, a global security leader, has launched a new Global Logistics and Supply Chain Security service, offering a comprehensive, one-stop solution for 24/7 asset protection anywhere in the world. At a time when supply chains are under increased pressure, Prosegur's new service, backed by the company's global reach and 45 years of experience, aims to help companies track, protect and recover assets quicker and easier than ever before.

Prosegur's hardware offering includes GPS devices designed specifically for logistics and supply chain, including specific formats for trucks, trailers, containers and other common uses. Prosegur's Security Operations Center performs round-the-clock live monitoring, verification and incident management, while its law enforcement escalation platform assists with asset recovery and coordination with the police. To help companies improve the efficiency of their logistics operations, Prosegur offers a supply chain visibility and analytics platform designed to simplify dispatch and route optimization, trailer inventory management, maintenance records, and movement and location data. Other specialized services are offered as well, including cargo escorts and theft investigations.

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Interface "Ask Our Expert" video series

What Are Video Verified Alarms?

Sean Foley, SVP Enterprise Security, Interface Systems explains the benefits of video verified alarms when compared to traditional alarm monitoring. With video verification of alarm events, enterprises can secure their locations more effectively and avoid paying false alarm fines.

To learn more, read this case study.



The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

The Factors Driving America's Theft Surge
Op-Ed: Why shoplifting is soaring across the US - and will only get worse
Shoplifting no longer fits its traditional mold as a nonviolent crime perpetrated mostly by teens or substance-abusing adults. Nearly two-thirds of the retailers surveyed by the National Retail Federation said that violence associated with store thefts has risen, led by organized gangs that resell the goods they steal. Like retailers, top law-enforcement officials place some of the blame for the crime surge on a widespread lessening of penalties for shoplifting.

California's recent headline-making "flash mob" shoplifting sprees have brought widespread attention to Proposition 47 - a 2014 state ballot initiative, supported by a range of left-leaning and libertarian groups, which, among other things, boosted the felony threshold for shoplifting from $450 of merchandise to $950. Soon after it passed, retailers in California began reporting a sharp uptick in retail theft, often in plain view of helpless store personnel and distressed customers.

What has received far less attention, however, is the fact that California's Prop. 47 was not an outlier among states. In the past 10 years, nearly half of all states have boosted their thresholds for retail felony theft. Thirty-eight states now don't consider shoplifting a felony unless $1,000 or more of merchandise gets stolen. A 2020 National Retail Federation report on organized retail crime found that two-thirds of retailers in states that had raised their felony shoplifting minimums reported growing retail theft.

The unintended consequences of other government policies have also contributed to the problem, retailers say. Changes to bail laws mean that increasingly, those who engage in misdemeanor property crime - considered a nonviolent offense - are quickly back on the streets, where some go right back to stealing. Mask mandates allow criminals to cover up their faces in stores without attracting attention. Bans on single-use plastic bags have made it acceptable for consumers to walk around stores with their own non-transparent reusable bags, enabling thieves to load up in the aisles and head for the exits.

Retailers and cops are looking for reforms to help stem the thievery. They'd like local governments to amend shoplifting laws so that the aggregate value of a repeat offender's stolen goods can count toward meeting the threshold for felony charges, rather than simply counting the cost of goods stolen from each incident separately.

Similarly, businesses and security experts want tougher bail for repeat offenders, even if the offenses in question are only misdemeanors, and a federal law targeting interstate shoplifting gangs. Finally, brick-and-mortar retailers want the federal government to crack down on online sites that sell stolen goods. Retailers have lobbied for a federal law requiring online sellers to disclose more information about their operations, though Amazon and other big tech companies have resisted. nypost.com

California Looks 'Like a Third-World Country' Amid Crime Surge
Could California get more conservative on crime & homeless issues this year?

Lawmakers see voters inundated with coverage of smash-and-grab robberies, encampments

As Californians look deeper into 2022, what can we expect lawmakers in Sacramento to tackle this year? Is the Golden State, long a beacon of hope for progressives, set to swing more conservative as some residents demand a crackdown on crime and homelessness?

Take crime. While some parts of the state have seen an increase in certain types of crime, statistics show California has not suddenly become a hotbed of criminal activity. And yet, the state's politicians know voters have been inundated with a barrage of footage of retail robberies and, recently, miles of train tracks in Southern California littered with pilfered Amazon boxes.

"That can drive public opinion as much as the statistics do," Pitney said, warning that "anything that goes wrong for California will be a video segment on Fox News."

Gov. Gavin Newsom seemed to acknowledge as much this week when he lamented, "We look like a third-world country," as he helped clean up railroad tracks in Los Angeles. In San Francisco, Mayor London Breed introduced a ballot measure that would expand police access to surveillance cameras as part of a bid to crack down on crime and rampant drug use in the Tenderloin and elsewhere.

Earlier this month, Newsom unveiled a budget proposal that called for more prosecutors and a new Smash and Grab Enforcement team to combat organized retail crime, along with grants for impacted businesses. The governor has also hinted, without providing details, that he plans on "leaning into conservatorships this year," perhaps as a way to force mentally ill homeless people off the streets.

And yet the notion that deep blue California, where Democrats hold supermajorities in both the state Senate and Assembly, would abandon its progressive ethos entirely to return to being a tough law-and-order state is a nonstarter. mercurynews.com

ORC Legislation Passes California Senate
SB 301 Dealing with Retail Theft Rings, Passes Senate on a 34-0 Vote
One of the first legislative efforts to crack down on retail theft rings, SB 301 authored by Senator Nancy Skinner, passed in the Senate by a 34-0 vote. The bill would help fight organized retail theft by limiting the sale of stolen goods on online.

The bill requires online marketplaces starting July 1, 2023, "to require a high-volume third-party seller on the online marketplace's platform... to provide to the online marketplace specified information, including certain contact information and a bank account number or, if the seller does not have a bank account, the name of the payee for payments issued by the online marketplace to the seller, as prescribed."

It would require the marketplace "to suspend future sales activity of a high-volume third-party seller that is not in compliance with the provisions described in this paragraph, as specified."

As the California Retailers Association pointed out in an April 5, 2021, letter issuing "support in concept" for the legislation, "For all its benefits to consumers and businesses, online marketplace platforms have also helped fuel a recent, dramatic rise in organized retail crime (ORC) and counterfeit goods. The anonymity that some platform operators afford their third-party sellers provides an easy "fence" for unscrupulous actors to resell illegitimate goods to unsuspecting consumers."

They add, "Basic transparency and verification requirements will make it more difficult for these bad actors to use marketplace platforms to deceive California consumers. It will provide law enforcement with an important tool to track and prevent illicit sales and will help protect Main Street California businesses - small and large - from the harmful practices of these businesses that do not create jobs for Californians."

The bill is also supported by the Prosecutor's Alliance, an advocacy group that backs progressive reform and progressive prosecutors. davisvanguard.org

New Wisconsin Bill Targets Shoplifters & Rioters
GOP to vote on tougher penalties for coordinated shoplifting
Assembly Republicans were poised to vote on bills that would create tougher penalties for protesters. One proposal up for a vote Tuesday would make attending a riot or blocking a street a misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months in jail and participating in a riot that causes property damage or personal injury a felony punishable by up to three-and-a-half years in prison. Anyone who harms or throws a bodily substance at a National Guard member would be guilty of a felony punishable by up to three-and-a-half years in prison.

Another bill would make it a felony to damage government property of historical significance. The bills come after protesters burned parts of downtown Kenosha and damaged two state Capitol statutes in 2020.

Another bill up for a vote Tuesday would create tougher penalties for coordinated shoplifting. The measure comes in response to reports last year of gangs of shoplifters running rampant through high-end department stores in California. There's been no reports of similar smash-and-grabs in Wisconsin, but the bill's chief Senate sponsor, Duey Stroebel, said in written remarks to the Senate judiciary committee that the state must send a strong message that organized theft rings will be punished. Under the bill, the severity of penalties for committing thefts as a group would be determined by the total value of the all the stolen items.

A package of bills designed to bolster police recruiting is also up for a vote Tuesday. The measures come as officer applications have dwindled in the wake of George Floyd's death and the national debate over police brutality and racism. The bills would create bonuses for applicants and officers who stay on the job; require at least two technical colleges establish part-time police academies; create a marketing campaign to attract recruits; prohibit local governments from banning no-knock search warrants; and require schools teach courses on how to respect and cooperate with police. Approval would send the bills to the Senate. weau.com

Home Depot's ORC Security Investments Back in the News
Multiple Home Depot thieves nabbed amid wave of organized retail crime

Retailers are losing an average of $719,548 per $1 billion dollars in sales from organized retail crime

Officials have nabbed multiple thieves who stole products from Home Depot stores in recent weeks as the retailer boosts its security measures. On Wednesday, a former New York pawn shop owner admitted to selling stolen goods from major U.S. retailers such as Home Depot.

The news comes as the store ramps up its security investments to combat retail theft - a problem being faced industrywide. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), companies are losing an average of $719,548 per $1 billion dollars in sales due to organized retail crime.

Home Depot Vice President of Asset Protection Scott Glenn told FOX Business earlier this month that the company has been "innovating some new tools and technologies" to make it harder for consumers to steal products.

"But we've also been investing in our own behind-the-scenes technology, innovative things like activation of product," he added.

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. foxbusiness.com

NYC Mayor Revives Anti-Gun Police Unit, Calls for Bail Law Changes
Adams Unveils Ambitious Plan to Confront Rising Gun Violence

Mayor Eric Adams's proposal includes the restoration of a controversial anti-gun police unit.

Mayor Eric Adams, facing severe pressure to address a growing crisis of gun violence in New York City, announced an ambitious public safety plan on Monday in what has quickly become a pivotal moment in his first weeks in office.

Mr. Adams's plan included the restoration of an anti-gun police unit, and called on state lawmakers to make a number of changes, including to New York's bail law and to a law that altered how the state handles teenage defendants.

Gun violence rose sharply during the pandemic, as historic lows gave way to the highest number of shootings in a decade, and the number of murders approached 500 in 2021. The spate of recent high-profile shootings, including four incidents in which police officers were wounded this year, has continued to change the tenor of criminal justice discussions and policy.

In a sign of the shifting concerns, the Manhattan district attorney, Alvin Bragg, said earlier in the day that he would aggressively prosecute gun-related crimes, including possession - a seeming response to pushback for his adoption of lenient policies upon taking office. He had said during his campaign last year that he would avoid prosecuting people for gun possession unless they were actually involved in violent crime.

Perhaps the most immediate change offered by Mr. Adams on Monday was the highly anticipated revamping of anti-crime police units that were disbanded in 2020 amid social-justice protests that erupted after the police killing of George Floyd.

Police officials in New York City have identified hundreds of candidates to be assigned to the new units, called Neighborhood Safety Teams, which are expected to be introduced over the next three weeks in 30 precincts across the city where, according to the mayor's plan, 80 percent of violence occurs.

Unlike the disbanded anti-crime units, the plainclothes teams would wear a piece of police insignia like a windbreaker and be equipped with body cameras, Mr. Adams said. But the officers would not wear uniforms and would travel in unmarked vehicles. nytimes.com

LPD Chief discusses crime statistics
According to statistics from the Lafayette Police Department in Indiana, there were 111 robberies in 2020, but that number was cut in half in 2021.


COVID Update

535.3M Vaccinations Given

US: 72.9M Cases - 891.5K Dead - 44.8M Recovered
Worldwide: 356M Cases - 5.6M Dead - 282.5M Recovered

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New Hot Spots Emerge
Covid-19 hospitalizations are dropping in the Northeast. In other parts of the country, they're rising
During what has been another devastating surge of Covid-19 across the country, there is good news: Some states are starting to see infection numbers and hospitalizations drop. But it is not the case everywhere.

As cases seem to begin plateauing, Covid-19 hospitalizations in the Northeast are down by about 11% after reaching a peak about a week ago and have also dropped slightly -- about 6% -- in the Midwest region, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services. And new Covid-19 hospital admissions are beginning to decline nationwide, a sign total hospitalizations may soon begin going down too in every part of the country.

But in other parts of the country, a different picture. Covid-19 hospitalization numbers were up about 15% over the past week in the West and up by about 6% in the South -- with many hospitals stretched thin from the surge in patients and the severe staffing shortages. cnn.com

Pharmacy Chains Begin Massive Mask Rollout
Walgreens Preparing for First Stores to Offer Free N95 Masks Friday

Masks will be distributed at health centers and pharmacies enrolled in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program

Walgreens is preparing to begin distributing free N95 masks this week, but when exactly can customers expect to be able to get one and how will they know which stores have them? According to the Illinois-based pharmacy chain, the first stores to offer up free masks are expected to begin distribution as early as Friday.

A total of 400 million N95 masks will be made available for free starting this week as U.S. health officials assert the importance of wearing highly-protective face coverings during the current omicron surge.

Each resident will be limited to three masks per person to ensure broad access to the program, according to a White House official. CVS said it will begin offering free N95 masks at pharmacy locations in the coming weeks.

A spokeswoman for Kroger, which operates the Chicago-area supermarket chain Mariano's, said stores with pharmacies will serve as distribution points for N95 masks, and more details will be shared this week.

Walmart plans to make masks available starting late this week at the front of select Walmart and Sam's Club stores, according to a statement provided by the retailer. nbcchicago.com

More Stores Cut Hours Due to COVID
Businesses like McDonald's and Starbucks are cutting store hours because of the labor shortage and Omicron surge
Businesses across the country are reducing their working hours in response to a labor shortage and ongoing coronavirus surge that show no signs of letting up. McDonalds, Starbucks, and Chipotle are just a few of the companies that have announced some of their locations will experience reduced working hours.

It's not just the food industry that is reducing its operating hours. Retailers have also suffered from the current staffing troubles. In the beginning of January, Macy's decided to reduce its operating hours by two hours, four days a week, for the rest of the month.

A factor to those labor shortages is America's so-called "Great Resignation"-a record 4.5 million workers voluntarily quit their jobs last November, the most recent data available. Sectors like foodservice have been particularly affected, creating a major shortfall of workers over the past several months.

The surge of the highly-contagious Omicron variant in December has compounded the U.S. labor shortage. Companies and businesses that were already unable to hire new workers have suddenly had to contend with sickouts among remaining staff. fortune.com

COVID's Double Whammy for Businesses
Opinion: Vaccine mandate may be gone, but the risk to businesses isn't
As we navigate through the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many people feel that the U.S. Supreme Court gave them a great gift when they ruled against Joe Biden's vaccine mandate. I agree that the last thing business owners really need is the president telling them how to run their business. However, the courts did nothing to absolve business of the risk that this tricky virus presents to them.

This is something that I am reminded of every time a drive past a favorite, now closed, restaurant in Sandy.

As a business owner, sick employees present a challenge. The challenge is to two-fold. If employees stay home because they are ill, which they should, a business owner may be unable to provide the service to customers that they deserve. There is then a risk that the customers will take their business elsewhere.

If sick employees go to work, they risk spreading the illness to other employees and customers. If enough customers become ill, there is a risk that word of mouth spreads through the community, causing customers to patronize competitors.

While freedom to run a business as the proprietor sees fit in the United States should be celebrated, risk is a difficult thing to manage. Therefore, if my boss implores me to get vaccinated and to stay home if I am ill, it is in my best interest as an employee to listen and take heed. My livelihood depends on it. deseret.com

FBI Raids COVID Testing Company
FBI searches headquarters of national Covid testing company

The company, the Center for COVID Control, has billed the federal government more than $120 million for testing uninsured Americans.

Federal agents executed a search warrant at the Chicago-area headquarters of a national pop-up testing chain called the Center for COVID Control, a spokesperson for the Health and Human Services Inspector General said Monday.

The company has billed the federal government more than $120 million for testing uninsured Americans, according to federal records. In multiple public documents, the two companies have listed the same address at 1685 Winnetka Cir, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008, but the Center for COVID Control's spokesperson previously told NBC News the two companies are separate entities and there is "no cross-ownership."

The Center for COVID Control's CEO 29-year-old Aleya Siyaj and her husband Ali Syed could not be immediately reached for comment. Siyaj and Syed's previous businesses included a donut shop and an axe throwing business.

The investigations were launched after the company drew dozens of consumer complaints ranging from late test results to concerns that no tests were being conducted at all nbcnews.com

Here We Go Again?
New COVID-19 variant detected in at least 40 different countries
As Omicron cases fall across Florida and many other parts of the U.S., international health officials are now warning about a new variant. 'BA.2' is a sub-variant of Omicron and has been labeled "variant under investigation" by UK health officials who are now monitoring the newest strain.

Also dubbed 'stealth Omicron', The World Health Organization is reporting cases of BA.2 in more than 40 countries including the US, India, Germany and Australia. It's not clear where this mutation originated or whether vaccines are effective against this new strain, but infectious disease experts say that people who have experienced breakthrough infections with Omicron could have enhanced immunity, or what some are calling 'super immunity.'

"Omicron is acting like a super booster," Unnasch said. "People who have gotten Omicron are going to be really well protected against infection, not just disease moving forward, which is a really good sign." cbs12.com

New York COVID cases drop 46% as omicron wave recedes quickly



Over 40% of Security Guards Face Abuse
Why do security guards get abused more than others?
Research conducted by the Union of Security Employees (USE) and SUSS's Centre for Applied Research found that over 40 per cent of 1,002 surveyed security officers reported experiencing verbal or physical abuse at work.

Once triggered, abusers are likely to be engaging in heat-of-the-moment snap reactions. There are two broad and interacting factors that may account for why such snap reactions result in acts of abuse: Motivators and enablers. In some cases, abusers may be originally motivated by a perverse sense of problem solving.

The directing of displaced anger and frustration onto security officers is a second motivating factor that may explain why security officers receive abuse.

In enforcing the rules, security officers often must deny abusers their goals (for instance, preventing someone who is not vaccinated from entering a mall), or impose unwanted constraints or requirements (for instance, requiring condominium visitors to register before entry) and all of these are frustrating to people.

While abusers are incapable of venting their anger and frustration towards the authority imposing the rule (like the Government or condominium management committee), security officers are often a less threatening and more available target.

The job of a security officer is an ambiguous occupation, concludes a 2010 study asking the Dutch public of their perceptions of security officers. One reason may be that security officers do a lot. Apart from controlling traffic and enforcing COVID-19 regulations, security officers give directions, fight fires, attend to the injured and help people stuck in lifts, all while making less than the national median income.

How do we prevent future occurrences of abuse against security officers? At an individual level, we can all work towards reducing the psychological distance between us and the security officers whom we interact with regularly. To see them as people who aren't that different from us - they too have a job to do, families to feed and frustrating circumstances to navigate in a given workday. privateofficerbreakingnews.blogspot.com

Supply Chain Robots
Gartner: Artificial intelligence will spread in supply chain

The supply chain is in for more transformation.

According to new analysis from Gartner, evolving data communications networks will help drive 25% of artificial intelligence-based supply chain decisions to "edge ecosystems" (physical locations where things, people, and data connect ‚ such as distribution centers) by 2025. Edge ecosystems transform operations by allowing decision-making close to the original source of information, noted Gartner.

Smart intralogistics robots will become part of most large enterprises

Gartner also predicts that 75% of large enterprises will have adopted some form of intralogistics smart robots in their warehouse operations by 2026. Smart intralogistics robots are specialized forms of hybrid cyber-physical robotic automation, primarily aimed at warehouse and distribution center environments.

According to Gartner, intralogistics robotics address the need to automate certain processes by adding intelligence, guidance, and sensory awareness, allowing them to operate independently from and/or around humans. Gartner identifies flexible robot use cases such as transporting pallets of goods, delivering goods to a person or picking individual items.

"Labor availability constraints, rapidly rising labor rates and the residual impacts of COVID-19 will compel most companies to invest in cyber-physical systems, especially intralogistics smart robots," said Dwight Klappich, VP analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain practice. "The good news is that there are already many flexible robotics use cases, and it is important to evaluate the best fits to an organization's specific needs. Supply chain leaders should take full advantage of growing trends in robotics by creating an organization led by a chief robotics officer, or equivalent role, within their organization."

Enterprises that adopt smart edge ecosystems and intralogistics robotics technology would fall into a supply chain category Gartner previously identified as "fit." According to Gartner, the fittest supply chain organizations see disruptions as inflection points to improve the value that the supply chain provides to the business. For fit supply chains, Gartner says the most impactful disruptions are those that involve fundamental, structural shifts in the context in which the supply chain operates, such as new technologies and changing competitive dynamics. chainstoreage.com

'Just Walk Out' Stores Move to the Suburbs
Amazon opening new Amazon Go store 'closer to home' for shoppers
The tech giant said it plans to open a new type of store aimed at serving customers in suburban-area locations. The first one will open in Mill Creek, Washington, in the coming months. Amazon also plans to open a second Go store in the Los Angeles area.

Like other Go stores, the location will leverage technology allowing customers to make purchases without ever interacting with a cashier. Using the Amazon app, you scan to enter, then pick your items. When customers walk out, they are charged for the items purchased through the app.

"We think local residents and commuters will enjoy the ease of our Just Walk Out Shopping to quickly and conveniently shop from an expanded selection of tasty, ready-to-eat food items and grab-and-go beverages and snacks in their own neighborhood," said Amazon in a statement.

The company has Amazon Go stores in four states, mostly in downtown metropolitan areas including New York City, Chicago and San Francisco. Amazon said the new suburban Go stores will offer snacks, everyday essentials, beverages and grab-and-go food items. usatoday.com

Retail's Union Push Continues
Workers at REI Store in Manhattan Seek to Form Retailer's Only Union

In filing for a union election, employees of the outdoor equipment retailer cited safety during the pandemic, among other concerns.

Employees at an REI store in Manhattan filed for a union election on Friday, making the outdoor equipment and apparel retailer the latest prominent service-industry employer whose workers have sought to unionize.

The filing at the REI store in SoHo asked the labor board for an election involving about 115 employees, who are seeking to be represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, the same union that has overseen the union campaign at the Amazon warehouse in Alabama.

In addition to filing for the election, the REI employees have asked for voluntary recognition of their union, which would make a vote unnecessary. nytimes.com

More Sears & Kmart Closures
Sears gets smaller with Florida store closure
The ever-smaller Sears has closed another department store, this one in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Transformco, owner of the Sears and Kmart banners, also sold the store's underlying property to RK Centers, according to a press release.

Liquidation firm SB360, which has worked with Transformco on Sears and Kmart closures, included a Sears store in a Philadelphia suburb on a list of ongoing closures. The store is the last full-line Sears department store in Pennsylvania.

The list also includes two Kmarts, one in Montana and one in Florida. retaildive.com

BJ's Wholesale on a roll with new store openings

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Cyberattacks at Center of Russia-Ukraine Conflict
What You Need to Know About the Cybersecurity Risks In the Ukraine Conflict

As a political drama with global implications plays out in Ukraine, cyberattacks on the country are proving to have significant impacts for everybody involved.

Amidst all this turmoil, one might be tempted to see cyber operations as something of an afterthought but, actually, digital incursions are turning out to be a critical part of the political conflict. In fact, such activities could prove to be a flashpoint that tips the action in one direction or another-for better or worse. We'll give you a short run-down on what's happening in that space, why the cyber situation has the potential to get ugly, and what that could mean for the stability of the situation overall.

How hackers have targeted Ukraine

The first sign of trouble occurred about a week ago, on Jan. 14, when droves of Ukrainian government agencies had their websites hacked and defaced. The attacks affected nearly 80 different sites and spread a fear-mongering message, written in multiple languages: "Be afraid and expect the worst." It was an ominous sign, though defacement is a fairly amateurish attack-and some commentators have interpreted the hack as a basic intimidation tactic.

Russia has denied responsibility for both of these incidents and no real evidence has been presented that would concretely link the country to the malicious activities. However, Western authorities seem fairly confident that Russia is the culprit.

Information war

Another front in the unfolding crisis involves information operations. As social media-fueled propaganda and media manipulation have become ever more powerful tools, they have also become critical weapons to governments during political flashpoints like the one occurring in Ukraine.

As such, American officials have warned of various Russian disinformation efforts, which they say represent attempts to spin the current conflict's narrative in a pro-Russian direction.

AdvertisementThe potential risks of a Russian cyber war

While the recent cyber incidents have caused an understandable amount of anxiety, some commentators have noted that these attacks are actually fairly mild next to what one might expect in this situation. Indeed, if Russia really wants to stir things up, it has significantly more hacking firepower at its disposal.

John Hultquist, VP of threat intelligence with security firm Mandiant, wrote in a blog Thursday that the cyber situation in Ukraine could become substantially worse-and that he expects Russia to engage in a number of escalating attacks as the political crisis in the region deepens.

The point is this: Russia has the capacity to royally screw with Ukraine and anyone else, if they so choose. Most concerning is the possibility that a sustained cyber engagement in the country could spill out into a broader conflict with other nations. gizmodo.com
Cybercriminals Exploit COVID
COVID test related scam emails still highly popular among cybercriminals
The Omicron variant has contributed to a 521 per cent rise in COVID test related scam emails between October 2021 and January 2022, according to Barracuda Networks.

Researchers concluded that this surge in 'COVID-test' related phishing attacks is just the latest edition of COVID-19 themed phishing attack campaigns that cyber criminals have exploited throughout the course of the pandemic.

In fact, in March 2020, when COVID-19 started to spread rapidly, researchers observed that COVID-related phishing attacks jumped 667 per cent. Similarly, as vaccination programmes began to roll out at the start of 2021, so too did a new wave of vaccine-related email threats.

This time round, scammers are using some different tactics to get the attention of their victims. One of the most common scams include offers to sell counterfeit or unauthorised COVID tests, and other medical supplies such as masks or gloves.

Other scams involve the use of fake notifications of unpaid orders for COVID tests, where scammers provide a PayPal account to receive payments to complete the purchase of rapid COVID tests. Also, some scammers have been impersonating labs, testing providers or individual employees sharing fake COVID test results.

Fleming Shi, CTO for Barracuda Networks, commented: "Capitalising on the chaos of the pandemic is not a new trend in the world of cyber crime. But, with constantly evolving tactics, and new trends to latch on to, it's easy to see why scammers are not giving up on this trick.   helpnetsecurity.com

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UK: Online Fakes Surge 56%
Counterfeit skincare and make-up: how it's damaging the UK beauty industry
If you've spent any time browsing the beauty section on Amazon or Ebay, chances are you will have come across counterfeit beauty products. As a beauty industry professional, it's likely you're a dab hand when it comes to spotting a fake but the same can't always be said for your clients, especially given that the counterfeit beauty industry is booming right now.

Why are counterfeit beauty products on the rise?

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic UK consumers are 45% more likely to buy skincare products online, according to supplement brand Lycored, and with less savvy shoppers who are new to e-commerce adding to their baskets with abandon, counterfeit beauty retailers are having a field day.

Indeed, Daniel Shapiro, vice president of brand protection agency Red Points, says he saw a 56% increase in counterfeit products sold online across the 700 brands they look after (which includes beauty tool brand Foreo) in the first six months of 2020. Counterfeit products continue to grow at an alarming rate, with the US Patent and Trademark Office predicting that fake goods will contribute $4.5 trillion to the global economy by 2024.

Are counterfeit beauty products dangerous?

Toxic ingredients found in beauty products can shockingly include cyanide, arsenic, lead, and mercury, and Lewis even told us that animal urine is a common ingredient. "Animal urine is a particularly popular substitute for expensive stabilisers used to prolong fragrances in legitimate products," he said.

The counterfeit industry is also damaging to the beauty industry as a whole. It harms the credibility of brands, with low quality, potentially harmful products sold under brand names damaging their reputation, as well as cutting into the profits of related businesses.

Three ways to help your clients spot counterfeit beauty products: professionalbeauty.co.uk

Amazon Burnout
Burnt Out Amazon Employees Are Embracing the Great Resignation

Long hours and an unusual pay structure are credited for attrition challenges.

According to employees, there's little doubt that the Great Resignation, at Amazon at least, is on the verge of turning into a Great Exodus. One recently departed senior manager in the search engine group told me that of her intern class of 12 people, half had left in the last year. A senior engineering manager at Amazon Web Services, who also left last year, said that turnover in the cloud division was over 20% in 2021 and over 50% in some major AWS units. (The company says these figures are vastly overstated and that actual turnover is far lower.)

One frequently cited reason for the high rate of departures is Amazon's unusual compensation structure. Unlike other tech companies, Amazon caps salaries at around $160,000 for its white-collar workers, then adds stock grants that gradually vest in steadily increasing chunks over a period of four years. The system made many employees wealthy when Amazon stock was notching double-digit gains every year. Now that the stock price is down 24% since its high last July, many employees-particularly engineers and experienced managers-can earn significantly more elsewhere. Inexplicably, Amazon never planned for the day when a languishing stock price would inevitably led to high rates of attrition.

Beyond compensation issues, Amazon also appears to be struggling with cultural challenges-including the ones that Momazonians founder Sarah Schnierer pointed out in her post, like an unremitting pace and cutthroat environment that doesn't take into account the personal obligations of employees, particularly during the pandemic. "Spending 5.5 years at Amazon is wild-most people don't stay there that long because it's a really demanding place to work," Schnierer said in an interview. "Add on all the stress of raising two kids, Covid and daycare closures, and I was so wiped. I had tried to be a change maker and I saw some progress but since the pandemic it wasn't getting better, it was getting worse. I knew plenty of teams whose version of flexibility was acknowledging that emails wouldn't be answered until midnight." bloomberg.com

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Wichita Falls, TX: Police arrest one of 3 suspects in Walmart phone theft ring
One of three suspects authorities suspect were traveling all around Texas stealing iPhones and electronics from Walmarts is charged after being linked to thefts from three Wichita Falls Walmarts in 2019. Radu Benone of California has been indicted on two counts of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity-Theft. The Walmart on Greenbriar Road first reported the suspects stealing from the cell phone display case.

Security officers told police video shows that three men, possibly Hispanic, had gone to the display case and huddled around it so it was hard to see what they were doing. They said two of the men were serving as lookouts while the third was working to break the lock. The three men then leave the store and loss prevention officers said numerous items were taken valued at almost $1,900. Police learned the other two Walmarts in Wichita Falls had cell phone thefts and a review of surveillance video showed the same three suspects were responsible.

Wichita Falls police learned from corporate Walmart security officials that three suspects had been arrested for theft in a Walmart in Lufkin earlier in 2019 and police say that at least two of them were involved in the Wichita Falls cases. Investigators here spoke to many other police agencies and Walmart security personnel around the state and learned the three suspects had been traveling all over the state stealing items from Walmarts. Police here identified Benone and say he is a Romanian citizen. texomashomepage.com

Manteca, CA: Off-duty officer makes arrest of suspect trying to steal Costco vacuums
An off-duty police officer held a person at gunpoint that was attempting to steal two Dyson vacuum cleaners from Costco last week until Manteca Police could arrive and apprehend the suspect. According to the Manteca Police Department, the incident occurred on Jan. 21 at the Manteca Costco where the off-duty officer from a different agency happened to be shopping when he observed a subject with two Dyson vacuums - which are available for purchase from the Costco website from $599 each, making the theft of two a felony - heading towards an emergency exit. The officer followed the suspect into the parking lot where he reportedly identified himself as a police officer, drew his sidearm, and held the subject until officers on-duty could arrive and that that person into custody. Kevin Bird of Stockton was ultimately arrested for grand theft. mantecabulletin.com

Williston, NY: Drugs, Stolen Items, Fake Plates Found During Traffic Stop
Four people were arrested Thursday after a traffic stop in Williston Park led to the discovery of stolen merchandise, fraudulent license plates, and drugs, according to Nassau County police. It happened around 3:45 p.m. at the intersection of Mineola Boulevard and Hillside Avenue. Police said officers on a routine patrol pulled over a 2021 BMW for sporting a fraudulent New Jersey license plate. During the traffic stop, officers said they recovered "assorted stolen merchandise," a second fraudulent license plate, and substances believed to be OxyContin. All four occupants of the vehicle were arrested without incident. patch.com

Bainbridge, OH: Man steals more items after store refuses his bogus return
A man loaded a 70-inch Samsung TV onto a shopping cart and attempted to return it for money during the same shopping trip at Walmart Jan. 13. According to the store's loss prevention personnel, after the man was refused the return, he continued shopping other departments. He loaded a sewing machine and an air fryer onto his cart before pushing it out the door without paying for the merchandise. Police are investigating the incident. cleveland.com

DuBois, PA: Man facing seven felony counts of retail theft from Walmart

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Shootings & Deaths

Antioch, CA: Man shot and killed outside shopping center
A 50-year-old man died after a shooting outside a liquor store at a shopping center Monday, authorities said. Shortly after 2:15 p.m., officers responded to reports of gunshots fired and a person struck by gunfire in the 2900 block of Delta Fair Boulevard at the Deltafair shopping center. Police did not provide any additional details regarding the nature of the incident or investigation, but video from Chopper 5 showed police tape cordoning off an area of a strip mall parking lot with yellow evidence markers on the ground surrounding two vehicles. sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

Braintree, MA: Dorchester man dead following shooting at South Shore Plaza
A 26-year-old Dorchester man is dead following a shooting at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree over the weekend. The shooting happened at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, inside the mall. The victim, Dijoun C. Beasley, 26, of Dorchester, was shopping inside a retail store on the main floor of the mall before he was shot by an unknown male suspect, according to Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey and Braintree Police Chief Mark Dubois. Authorities told Boston 25 News the shooter fled the scene, and police are continuing to seek the public's help in locating him. boston25news.com

Update: Detroit, MI: Police arrest suspect who killed liquor store clerk during robbery
A suspect is in custody after a murder last week at a Detroit liquor store. Police announced Monday that an arrest had been made in connection with the Jan. 17 robbery and shooting at Andy's Market that left 64-year-old Behnam Rasho dead. The suspect entered the store on James Couzens near Greenfield and the Lodge Freeway and tried to buy a bottle of liquor. When Rasho opened a door to leave the register area police say the suspect shot and killed him. After killing Rasho, the suspect pointed a gun at another man and demanded that he open the cash registers. The suspect grabbed two cash registers doors and fled the store with them. Police said the suspect was also wanted for an armed robbery at Golden Beauty Supply Shop on 7 Mile Road near the Southfield Freeway. fox2detroit.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Milwaukee, WI: Man pulled gun on Mount Pleasant Burger King worker: complaint
A 28-year-old Milwaukee man is accused of pulling a gun on a Burger King worker at the Mount Pleasant restaurant. The accused is Marshall Trudo - and he faces the following criminal counts: First-degree recklessly endangering safety, Possession of a firearm by adjudicated delinquent, Pointing a firearm at another, Disorderly conduct, use of a dangerous weapon, Criminal damage to property, use of a dangerous weapon. According to the criminal complaint, Mount Pleasant police responded to the Burger King on Washington Avenue on Jan. 4 for a report of a patron at the drive-thru who pulled a gun on a worker.

An officer spoke with a woman who stated "she was working the drive-thru when a black male in a black vehicle pulled a gun on her. She stated (the customer) "ordered food and paid for the food, and then observed another worker making food without gloves on. (The worker) explained the person was making her own food and not customer food. The male stated he no longer wanted the food and wanted his money," the complaint says. The worker gave the man $12, which was 67 cents more than he paid -- and said "she needed the 67 cents back." The complaint says the "male refused and proceeded to pull a gun out and point it right at her. (The worker) stated if he pulled the trigger she would have been shot." fox6now.com

Santa Rosa, CA: Female Employee Beaten During Friday-Evening Robbery of Santa Rosa CVS
A female store employee was severely beaten during a robbery Friday night at a pharmacy in Santa Rosa, police said Saturday. According to the police report, two men entered the CVS on Mendocino Ave. shortly before 8 p.m. Friday, jumped over the counter and demanded cash and pills. They then directed a female employee to empty cash registers at the front of the store. Next, the robbers ordered her to open a safe at the rear of the store but she was unable to comply. At that point, according to police, one of the suspects began to beat the woman with his fists so badly that she later required emergency medical treatment. After officers arrived, the woman was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

Westminster, England: 'Smash and grab robbers' break police officer's leg by hitting him with motorbike
A Metropolitan Police officer was hit by a motorbike that a gang used to flee a "smash and grab robbery " in Maida Vale, Westminster, leaving him with a broken leg. The officer, who was responding to a robbery in progress at a shop in Shirland Road, was rushed to hospital. Police were called to the "smash and grab robbery" at 2.50am on Tuesday (January 25) where on arrival they found three people who fled on two motorbikes. Despite the male officer being rushed to hospital his condition is not life threatening. mylondon.news

Milford, NH: 8 burglaries, attempted burglaries at New Hampshire gun shops under investigation
Federal investigators are looking into eight gun shop burglaries and attempted burglaries in southern New Hampshire over the past five months. The latest burglary attempt happened early Sunday in Hooksett. Police said a rear window at Shooters Outpost was smashed, but the would-be thieves couldn't get in the building. Hooksett police said they are now working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which is investigating eight burglaries or attempted burglaries since August at New Hampshire gun shops. wmur.com

San Bruno, CA: Smash-And-Grab Robbery At Tanforan Mall Jewelry Store
Another chapter in the plague of smash-and-grab robberies at a popular Peninsula mall unfolded Monday night, when theives used blunt force to break into glass cases inside a jewelry store. It happened just after 7 p.m. at the Tanforan Mall. The mall has been the target of similar smash-and-grab robberies over the past few months, according to police. More details will follow as they become available. sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

Newport Beach, CA: Thieves Use Hammers in Newport Beach Jewelry Store Robbery
Four robbers used hammers to smash open jewelry cases before fleeing a Newport Beach store with multiple jewelry cases Monday. The robbery occurred just after 3:30 p.m. at the JB Diamonds & Fine Jewelry store in the 300 block of San Miguel Drive, near Fashion Island, ABC7 reported. mynewsla.com

San Jose, CA: ATM Smash and Grab Theives hit 6 location in San Jose

DeWitt, NY: Police ask for help finding suspect in string of 8 burglaries




C-Store - San Jose, CA - Burglary
C-Store - Fresno County, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Cleveland, OH - Armed Robbery
Dollar Tree - Livingston Parish, LA - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Laurel County, KY - Robbery
Guns - Hookset, NH - Burglary
Jewelry - Newport Beach, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - San Bruno, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Chattanooga, TN - Robbery
Jewelry - Bakersfield, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Pleasanton, CA - Burglary
Jewelry - Webster, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Phoenix, AZ - Robbery
Jewelry - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Albuquerque, NM - Robbery
Jewelry - Albuquerque, NM - Robbery
Jewelry - St. Peters, MO - Robbery
Jewelry - Webster, NY - Robbery
Liquor - San Jose, CA - Burglary
Marshall's - Jackson County, GA - Burglary
Pharmacy - Bristol, VT - Burglary
Pharmacy - Santa Rosa, CA - Robbery
Restaurant - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Sacramento, CA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - DeWitt, NY - Burglary
Restaurant - Brenham, TX - Burglary
Restaurant - DeWitt, NY - Burglary
Restaurant - Staten Island, NY - Burglary
Thrift - St Anthony, MN - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Brandon, VT - Burglary
7-Eleven - Philadelphia, PA - Robbery


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• 20 robberies
• 11 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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