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Attention Retailers! 'Swing for Certification' 2022 Registration Now Open

The event will take place on June 21, preceding NRF Protect

The 2022 'Swing for Certification' golf tournament is set for Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at StoneWater Golf Club in Highland Heights, OH, preceding NRF Protect. Hosted by The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF), the event is open to all retailers and solution provider sponsors to benefit the Bob MacLea Scholarships for Loss Prevention/Asset Protection professionals who want to advance their careers by obtaining their LPQ or LPC certification. Proceeds will also benefit the Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund. The event will begin at 11:00am with boxed lunches and a shotgun start. Prizes and awards will be handed out at a reception following golf.

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

The DOJ's Tightrope Walk on Crime & Policing
DOJ's #2 says addressing violent crime & police misconduct is not 'either/or'
Amid a violent crime wave, and as congressional efforts on police reform have petered out, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco touted the Biden administration's efforts to both support law enforcement and address police misconduct.

"This is not an either/or," Monaco told CNN in an exclusive interview Tuesday. "We have got to do both."

The department, under President Joe Biden, has doubled down on investigations into allegations of discriminatory policing after the Trump administration scaled back that work. But the Biden administration has also bolstered the resources the department's offered law enforcement, with the department making $1.6 billion in grants available last year for policing programs aimed at reducing violent crime.

Monaco, who is the number 2 leader at the department, said Tuesday that public safety is the "top priority."

"And what we are doing is applying every tool that we can to address the violent crime rise that we've seen in this country," Monaco told CNN. "That means going after and targeting the most violent offenders and working with our state and local law enforcement partners to lock those people up. That means going after gun violence and the illicit trafficking of guns that fuel it."

The surge in gun violence and homicides in some places has been a political vulnerability for the Biden administration. In an address to the US Conference of Mayors last week, Attorney General Merrick Garland promised more help for police departments and mayors bearing the brunt of the violent crime increase.

"At the Justice Department, we stand shoulder to shoulder with you in the fight against violent crime, and we will use every tool at our disposal to protect our communities," Garland said. cnn.com

Multi-State Effort to Police the Web for Stolen Goods
States Want Online Marketplaces to Police for Stolen Goods

To help prevent someone from selling stolen goods on a marketplace, California and several other states want marketplaces to obtain and share the names and contact information of high-volume marketplace sellers.

Growing tax gaps have pushed many countries to implement electronic invoicing and value-added tax (VAT) reporting requirements. The United States has lagged in this area, in part because state sales tax gaps are primarily due to sellers failing to register as required, not fraudulent activity. But although there's comparatively less sales tax fraud in this country, there are plenty of fraudulent sales - and some lawmakers think it's time marketplace facilitators help prevent it.

California Senate Bill 301 seeks to thwart marketplace sales of stolen goods by requiring the online marketplace platform providers to verify the identity of third-party sellers. According to the Senate Judiciary Committee, "organized retail theft is on the rise. One potential factor in this unfortunate phenomenon is the ease of reselling stolen goods on online marketplaces - online platforms that host third-party sellers and connect those sellers with consumers, but do not directly conduct oversight into the sellers' businesses."

Marketplace facilitators often know very little about individual sellers. As a result, the rise of marketplace transactions has led to a rise in stolen or knockoff goods. According to analysis by the Senate Judiciary Committee, there's more than $500 billion in stolen and counterfeit items sold through online marketplaces worldwide each year.

Writing in support of California Senate Bill 301, the California Retailers Association (CRA) said online marketplace platforms have "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."

California certainly isn't the only state interested in cracking down on marketplace sales of stolen and counterfeit goods. Similar bills are currently under consideration in the following states:

Florida (SB 944, HB 1227)
Massachusetts (H.138)
New Hampshire (SB 355)
Ohio (SB 184, HB 272)
Washington (HB 1614, SB 5533)

Even Congress is taking an interest in this issue. H.R. 5502, introduced in October 2021, would require online marketplaces to verify certain information regarding high-volume third-party sellers. cpapracticeadvisor.com

NYC's Shoplifting Explosion - Most Since 1995
NYPD Reports Shoplifting Levels Not Seen In Nearly 30 Years As Organized Retail Crime Ramps Up Nationwide
There's been a spike in shoplifting in New York City. The NYPD says it hasn't seen levels like this since 1995, and elsewhere around the country, organized retail crime is ramping up.

"Seeing a sharp uptick in shoplifts that then turn into robberies," said Michael Lipetri, chief of NYPD crime patrol strategies.

From Jan. 1 through Sept. 12, 2021, the NYPD says there were more than 26,000 complaints for shoplifting compared to the same time period in 2020, which was over 20,000. Lipetri tells CBS2's Alice Gainer the pandemic helped fuel the increase. It's why many products are now locked up at local drug stores.

Then there's organized retail crime, a growing concern around the country. Connecticut just created a task force to deal with it. So have other states like California and Illinois. So what is it?

"Professional thieves working as part of a criminal organization to try to obtain as much product directly from retailers as they can for resale and for profit," said Ben Dugan, president of the National Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail.

He says it's up nearly 30% since the pandemic began, but notes it started increasing in 2017 with the expansion of online retail marketplaces.

Earlier this year, legislation was introduced called the Inform Consumers Act. It would require online marketplaces to collect, verify and disclose certain information regarding high-volume third party sellers.

EBay says it has programs and policies in place to monitor for stolen items. Amazon says it vets the majority of sellers via video and requires purchase orders or proof of sourcing when it has concerns about a seller. newyork.cbslocal.com

Another State Proposes ORC Legislation
Colorado Lawmakers Cracking Down On Professional Shoplifters
Organized retail crime syndicates have found a modern-day pawnshop on platforms like Amazon and some state lawmakers say the giant e-commerce company is making it too easy for them.

A bill by Representatives Dylan Roberts and Terri Carver aims to crack down on professional shoplifters or "boosters." They steal billions of dollars in merchandise every year from stores like Home Depot and peddle the stolen products, immediately and anonymously, on sites like Amazon, eBay and Facebook Marketplace.

Law enforcement recovered $1 million in stolen merchandise stacked floor to ceiling inside a Texas house last year. All of the loot had been stolen from Home Depots in Colorado. "These people basically are stealing for a living," says Mike Combs, head of investigations for Home Depot.

He says organized retail crime is rampant, "Our typical case is around $90,000 but upwards of millions of dollars in some of our cases."

While there are laws that deter thieves from selling stolen goods at brick-and-mortar pawnshops, e-commerce sites are not held to the same standard. Combs says they should be, "We're asking legislators to consider more transparency and accountability."

The so-called Inform Act by Carver and Roberts would require e-commerce sites to collect and verify a seller's name, contact information, tax ID and bank account.

The bill is modeled after federal legislation that Carver says Amazon and eBay support, "We believe Coloradans need to move forward, not wait for Congress to act. These escalating crimes in Colorado are costing consumers huge amounts of money."

"By passing this legislation, we'll create some basic verification and transparency in these online marketplaces to make sure when Coloradans go online, they're not buying stolen products," says Roberts. denver.cbslocal.com

Burglaries Up 32% - Violent Crime Up 6% in Denver
'Significant uptick in crime' alarms Denver citizens who describe thefts, violence
Denver locals told Fox News the city's increasing crime was "alarming" and described their experiences with theft and violence.

From 2020 to 2021, Denver property crime increased nearly 27%, with car thefts climbing nearly 61%, and burglaries almost 32%, according to The Denver Post. Reported violent crime increased nearly 6%.

"We've seen a significant uptick in crime, not only in property crimes, but in violent crime," Denver Police Protection Association Vice President Tyson Worrell told Fox News.

One Denver local said he felt "alarmed by the fact that crime is going up. I think people feel unsafe." Similarly, Scout & Molly's Boutique Business Manager Liz Wigod said: "It's becoming less safe."

She said she does "see a lot of petty theft," but the crime "doesn't seem too bad from my perspective." The crime increase has reached beyond the city limits of Denver. Colorado had a record year for violent and property crime in 2021, according to a FOX31. foxnews.com

Deterring ORC - Changing the Definition of Theft
Proposed bill aims to combat retail theft in Washington State
Amendments to the definition of theft could help deter high-value retail crimes if the state legislature passes a bill, which was proposed in the Washington State House Public Safety Committee on Friday. House Bill 1656 would amend the state's definition of theft to include circumstances of concealment by an alleged suspect to deprive the owner of its use and benefits.

Property crime is becoming increasingly common in Washington, especially to resell stolen property, said Rep. Dan Griffey, R-Allyn. By including the language of concealment with intent of depriving the owner, retailers then have a tool to regain their stolen property, he said.

Washington state considers theft as wrongfully obtaining control over another person's property, services or value with the intent of depriving the rightful owner of its purpose. The bill also classifies obtainment through deception as theft.

The definition of theft is used to establish several other offenses, including, but not limited to, theft of a motor vehicle, firearm, possessing stolen property, theft with intent to resell and organized retail theft. A person is guilty of an attempt when carrying out a step to commit a crime with the intent of completing the crime.

"The law itself will act as a deterrent," Logue said.

Last year, Washington state lost $2.7 billion due to retail theft. This drives up consumer prices and presents a massive sales tax revenue loss for the state and local governments, said Mark Johnson, Washington Retail Association policy and government affairs vice president.

This bill heightens the severity of consequences which legislators hope will influence suspects to pay instead of steal, Logue said. The ability to stop a theft in the store before a pursuit takes place ensures higher rates of property retainment and fewer risks to public safety, he added. columbiabasinherald.com

Letting Thieves & Looters Off Easy in San Francisco
Chesa Boudin recall supporters want stiffer punishments for Union Square looters
Two months after San Francisco businesses were targeted by looters, we are now getting a sense of how justice is shaping up for those arrested in connection with the brazen burglaries. Several suspects were arrested, at least one suspect's case is now done, another very close to being over. Both of those suspects are out of jail, their time in jail for this case at least, appears to be done.

The images from November 19 are unforgettable. Suspects running through the streets of San Francisco arms full of loot, while Union Square received most of the attention it was far from the only target.

Brooke Jenkins served as a prosecutor in San Francisco for seven years, but last year left the District Attorney's Office and is now working on the campaign to recall Chesa Boudin. She says while deals are commonplace, this case should have served as an example. She says the DA promised felony charges, which he delivered, but he failed to follow through.

"This was a prime instance where the DA's office needed to set, send a message to the community, that this type of conduct is not acceptable in San Francisco, and this is not an instance where pleading someone down to a misdemeanor was appropriate," said Jenkins. ktvu.com

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COVID Update

537.1M Vaccinations Given

US: 74.1M Cases - 898.6K Dead - 45.4M Recovered
Worldwide: 363.7M Cases - 5.6M Dead - 287.9M Recovered

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COVID Cases Are Falling- But Deaths Surging
U.S. COVID daily death toll at highest level since last winter's peak, and WHO says global case tally set record in latest week

Numbers reflect the speed with which omicron variant spread in December and January

The U.S. daily death toll from COVID-19 rose on Tuesday to its highest level since last winter's peak, according to a New York Times tracker and other sources, after the surge in cases in December and January driven by the highly transmissible omicron variant.

Deaths lag cases and hospitalizations, with the former now finally coming down from their highs, while the latter appear to be reaching a peak.

The U.S. is averaging 2,362 deaths a day, the tracker shows, up 35% from two weeks ago. But cases are down 14% at 652,278 and hospitalizations are up 9% at 155,247.

Cases are falling fastest in northeastern states that were first to see waves of omicron cases and remain at undesirably high levels in states that were hit later, including Alabama, North Dakota and Kansas. marketwatch.com

Retail Vaccine Mandates
From Carhartt to Walmart, here are the companies mandating the Covid vaccines for employees

Changes at the state and federal levels have complicated vaccination policies. These companies have made their plans clear.

The Biden administration's vaccination mandate for federal contractors is on hold, while another for certain health care workers remains in place. The government's mandate for large businesses with 100 or more employees was blocked by the Supreme Court in early January and formally withdrawn by the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Jan. 25.

Here are retail-related companies that have already announced their vaccination plans:

Carhartt - The heavy-duty apparel manufacturer said it is upholding its vaccination mandate for all employees, including retail, manufacturing and distribution workers.

Columbia Sportswear - Corp. employees have until Feb. 1 to get vaccinated or seek accommodations.

CVS Health - At the end of 2021, it expanded its vaccination mandate to all employees, including retail associates.

McDonald's - Required all U.S.-based office workers and visitors to be vaccinated as of Sept. 27.

Saks - The fashion company said it is asking employees to get vaccinated before they return to the office.

TJX - Required its U.S. "Home and Regional Office Associates" to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1.

Tyson Foods - Required its corp. workforce to be vaccinated by Oct. 1 and all other employees by Nov. 1

Walgreens - The pharmacy giant requires workers in its support and corporate offices to be fully vaccinated.

Walmart - Walmart corp. associates and new hires were required to get their shots by last Oct. 4.

Read the full list: nbcnews.com

Pharmacies Refusing to Give 4th Shots?
Despite CDC directive, many pharmacies refusing to give fourth shots to immune-compromised patients
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to send a clear message to pharmacies on a conference call this week: Stop turning away immune-compromised people when they come seeking fourth doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

Although fourth doses are not currently recommended for the vast majority of Americans, the CDC has urged millions of people with compromised immune systems to get them.

But many immune-compromised people tell CNN that pharmacies and hospitals have refused to give them fourth doses, leaving those most vulnerable to the virus without the protection the CDC wants them to have.

"A lot of pharmacies are just not understanding. They hear 'fourth shot,' and it just freaks them out," said Elizabeth Nunn, who is immune-compromised and was turned away for a fourth shot by three pharmacies near her home north of New York City.

It's unclear what the disconnect has been between the CDC and vaccine providers. The agency announced months ago -- in October -- that immune-compromised people should get fourth shots. That news was widely covered in the media, and the federal agency posted its guidance on shots for immune-compromised people on a page for doctors and a page for the public. cnn.com

COVID Price Gouging?
Consumers accuse small retailers of price gouging on Covid tests

While states warn against price gouging, sellers say they're just covering their costs and meeting demand.

State attorneys general across the country have warned retailers against price gouging for at-home tests amid the shortage. But retailers say they aren't the ones to blame.

That's why Connecticut's attorney general, William Tong, for example, has supported legislation that would allow his office to go after suppliers for excessively increasing prices. The AG's office said in May that many state investigations of alleged price gouging ultimately found wholesalers were the ones who initially raised prices, forcing retailers to up their prices as well.

In New York, the AG's office told CNBC that retailers accused of price gouging have the opportunity to provide evidence that their own prices have increased.

Price gouging can also sometimes be ambiguously defined, which California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently attempted to address through an emergency order. Under the order, retailers may not sell at-home test kits for more than 10% charged on Dec. 1 and sellers who haven't previously sold the products can't sell them for more than 50% of what they bought them for. But, the order provides an exception for those who had to pay more for tests they plan to resell. cnbc.com

Liquor Stores Team Up with Government to Sell COVID Tests
Rapid COVID-19 tests to be sold in New Hampshire liquor stores, governor says
Rapid at-home COVID-19 tests will soon be available in New Hampshire liquor stores, Gov. Chris Sununu said Wednesday.

Sununu said the state has secured 1 million rapid tests, and the Executive Council authorized their purchase Wednesday morning. He said that within the next two weeks, he expects the tests to be available at liquor stores.

The tests will purchased with federal pandemic relief dollars and will be sold at cost, which is about $13, Sununu said. The cost of the test can be reimbursed through health insurance, though the amount and process will vary from company to company.

New Hampshire has offered free tests before, and the federal government is offering four free at-home COVID-19 test kits. Sununu said he sees this plan as a way to supplement those efforts. wmur.com

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Top 5 Innovation Takeaways from NRF 2022

By Tony D'Onofrio, Global Retail Influencer & Prosegur's CEO & Managing Director, Global Retail Business Unit

Attending NRF 2022 in New York last week on multiple levels was surreal. Three live offsite events that I attend every year were either cancelled, postponed to virtual or had last minute changes in locations due to COVID restrictions. Flights and hotels were changed three times to accommodate weather challenges in the South and the evolving customer meetings scheduled for the Big Show.

Multiple of the sessions that I attended had more people that I expected. Yet the main show floor was eerily empty of major exhibitors. Much innovation inspiration was possible by spending time in the busy innovation and start-up zones in the lower level.

Turns out fewer major booths and quality time with retailers more than offset initial COVID concerns. NRF did a great job with masks, using Clear to validate vaccinations, and providing COVID test kits to increase safety. The Big Show on some levels was actually getting too big and 2022 was a refreshing opportunity to moderately transition to the next phase of retail as we continue to emerge out of the pandemic.

The Top 5 Takeaways

Trendspotting has become a favorite activity of every NRF Big Show. This year a total of eleven innovation trends were identified, but for this article let me focus on my favorite five.

1. Artificial Intelligence is so Yesterday
2. Those Cameras Have Big Data Eyes
3. Those Robots Just Keep on Coming
4. Retailers at the Center of Startup Innovation
5. The Store as an Integrated Digital Smart Canvas

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Walmart Discrimination Lawsuit
Black corrections officer sues Walmart over racial profiling

David Conners claimed that he was racially profiled as a shoplifting suspect and handcuffed only because he was "big and Black"

Walmart has been sued by a corrections officer in Georgia over racial profiling. David Conners, an officer at the Clayton County Detention Center, has claimed that he was racially profiled as a shoplifting suspect and handcuffed only because he was "big and Black". According to lawsuit that Conners recently filed, he was stopped as he was shopping for items for his new home in September last year in Fayetteville, about 22 miles south of Atlanta.

The Walmart store's chief loss prevention officer allegedly misidentified Conners as someone who was a suspect in a shoplifting case. The suspect reportedly shoplifted at the store on various occasions. Terance Madden, Conners' lawyer, claimed that the officials were already aware of the suspect's name and even had photos of him, along with an active warrant.

Madden said that Conners was on the phone when police approached him and asked him what his name was. Conners subsequently provided his name, produced his driver's license and his work ID, and confirmed that he was a law enforcement officer. The lawsuit claims that the loss prevention officer contacted the Fayetteville Police Department, who soon arrived at the store, "surrounded him, embarrassed him and escorted him, in full view of other shoppers, into the store's Loss Prevention Office." The officials then handcuffed him with his hands behind his back.

Madden stated that Conners was only targeted because of his race and that "this can happen to anyone." "One of the officers said, trying to make excuses of why he was misidentified, 'Well, you're about the same build.' That means the only identifying that they did on him was that he was big and he was Black," Madden said. meaww.com

Solving the Supply Chain's Worker Shortage?
Companies are showering shipping workers with perks to try to get around the labor shortage
Container shipping companies have had a banner year, collecting profits that industry experts call "surreal," at the same time as it's seeing a labor shortage caused by unhappy and underpaid workers. That threatens to further weaken the already precarious global supply chain-and throw those record profits into peril.

Prices on consumer goods have surged to 39-year highs amid the supply chain crisis that has kept many store shelves barren and kept industry in the U.S. from achieving efficient productivity levels. But shipping container companies aren't feeling that burden, at least when it comes to their bank accounts.

Some of these gains are going back to workers. Shipping lines are paying workers huge year-end bonuses, often worth three years' of salary or more.

The world's largest shipping lines are worried about their ability to maintain and recruit labor as jobs in the industry tend to have low pay and bad working conditions. Employees on cargo ships, known as seafarers, are isolated at sea for months, often with 15-hour work days. Labor violations are common and because there's been difficulty getting COVID-19 vaccines to seafarers, they're often denied entries at ports and must remain on boat, even if they are docked. A recent survey by the Standard Club found that seafarers' happiness reached new lows in 2021.

In the meantime, the world's largest shipping companies are attempting to mitigate job loss by passing on some of their pandemic profits to their workers through huge one-time bonuses. fortune.com

Hurricane-Level Winter Storm - Are Your Stores Ready?
Northeast faces heavy snow and blizzard conditions this weekend
Heavy snow and strong winds are expected to slam some metro areas in the Northeast this weekend, with millions already under winter storm watches. Forecasters predict eastern Massachusetts, including Boston, and Rhode Island will see 8 to 16 inches of snow that could begin falling late Friday through the day Saturday, combined with wind gusts up to 60 mph.

More than 35 million people -- including in Philadelphia, New York and Boston -- are under winter storm watches as of Thursday morning for snow that could be heavy, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm is expected to form Friday in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Georgia, then rapidly strengthen -- a process known as bombogenesis -- overnight Friday and track Saturday up the East Coast, though specifics on the impact remain unclear.

"This storm is likely to strengthen at a rate, and to an intensity, equivalent to only the most powerful hurricanes, so the high-end potential of this storm cannot be overstated," CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said. "But with nor'easters, like in real estate, it will all come down to location, location, location." cnn.com

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New White House Cybersecurity Strategy
White House instructs government agencies to beef up cybersecurity, adopt 'zero trust' in new memo

Federal departments will have two months to outline their response

The White House released a new cybersecurity strategy Wednesday aimed at reducing the risk of cyberattacks against government infrastructure.

The strategy outlines the administration's vision for moving government agencies towards a "zero trust" architecture - a cybersecurity model where users and devices are only given permissions to access network resources necessary for the task at hand and are authenticated on a case-by-case basis.

The key document was published as a memorandum from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the administration's policy arm, and addressed to the heads of all executive departments and agencies.

According to the memorandum, shifting towards a zero trust architecture will require the implementation of stronger enterprise identity and access controls, including more widespread use of multi-factor authentication - specifically hardware-based authentication tokens like access cards, rather than push notifications or SMS. Agencies were also instructed to aim for a complete inventory of every device authorized and operated for official business, to be monitored according to specifications set by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

"In the face of increasingly sophisticated cyber threats, the Administration is taking decisive action to bolster the Federal Government's cyber defenses," said acting OMB director Shalanda Young in a statement. "This zero trust strategy is about ensuring the Federal Government leads by example, and it marks another key milestone in our efforts to repel attacks from those who would do the United States harm."

The White House's announcement cited the Log4j security vulnerability as "the latest evidence that adversaries will continue to find new opportunities to get their foot in the door." The vulnerability, one of the most serious and widespread cybersecurity threats for years, first began to be exploited in December 2021. At the time, government agencies were instructed by CISA to immediately patch vulnerable assets or take other mitigation measures. The FTC also subsequently warned companies in the private sector to remediate the vulnerability to avoid potential legal action for putting consumers at risk. theverge.com

Stress Driving Cybersecurity Attacks?
Harvard Research: Why Employees Violate Cybersecurity Policies

Many Policy Violations Are Driven by Stress, Not Desire to Harm

We found that across our sample of 330 remote employees, adherence to security conventions was intermittent. During the 10 workdays we studied, 67% of the participants reported failing to fully adhere to cybersecurity policies at least once, with an average failure-to-comply rate of once out of every 20 job tasks.

But what led to those breaches in protocol? When asked why they failed to follow security policies, our participants' top three responses were, "to better accomplish tasks for my job," "to get something I needed," and "to help others get their work done." These three responses accounted for 85% of the cases in which employees knowingly broke the rules. In contrast, employees reported a malicious desire to cause harm in only 3% of policy breaches - making non-malicious breaches (i.e., those motivated purely by the need to get work done) 28 times more common than retaliatory ones.

We also found that people were substantially more likely to knowingly break security protocols on days when they reported experiencing more stress, suggesting that being more stressed out reduced their tolerance for following rules that got in the way of doing their jobs. Common sources of stress included family demands that conflicted with work, job security fears, and ironically, the demands of the cybersecurity policies themselves: People were more likely to violate procedures when they worried that following them would hinder productivity, require extra time or energy, mean doing their jobs in a different way, or make them feel like they were constantly being monitored.

Hackers Take Advantage of Altruism

Most managers would say it's a good thing if their employees want to help one another. But unfortunately, altruism can come at a cost: In our study, around 18% of policy violations were motivated by a desire to help a coworker. The pandemic has only increased the challenges we all face every day, and thus has created even more opportunities for well-meaning employees to "help" their peers in ways that leave their organizations vulnerable. Hackers know this, and they will often intentionally use social engineering tactics that take advantage of employees' willingness to bend the rules if they think they're helping someone out.

To address this, managers must not only implement security policies specifically designed to protect against these sorts of attacks - they must also work to reduce the impact of these measures on employees' workflows, and clearly explain their rationale, in order to increase employee compliance. hbr.org

Cyber Criminals Targeting Windows
This sneaky ransomware is now targeting Linux servers, too

LockBit is a hugely popular form of ransomware for cyber criminals targeting Windows - and now cybersecurity researchers have identified a Linux-ESXi variant of it in the wild.

AdvertisementOne of the most prolific families of ransomware now has additional Linux and VMware ESXi variants that have been spotted actively targeting organisations in recent months.

Analysis by cybersecurity researchers at Trend Micro identified LockBit Linux-ESXi Locker version 1.0 being advertised on an underground forum. Previously, LockBit ransomware - which was by far the most active ransomware family at one point last year - was focused on Windows.

LockBit has a reputation as one of the most sneaky forms of ransomware. And now the Linux and VMware ESXi variant means that the ransomware could potentially spread itself even further, encrypting a wider variety of servers and files - and driving up the pressure for a victim to give in and pay a ransom for the decryption key.

By targeting Linux, LockBit is following in the footsteps of other ransomware groups, including REvil and DarkSide, but the popularity of LockBit ransomware-as-a-service means that attacks could have a much wider impact and organisations should be aware of the potential threat.

Like many other ransomware attacks, LockBit steals information from compromised networks and threatens to publish it if the ransom isn't received - and that ransom demand can amount to millions of dollars. zdnet.com

More Russia-Based Cyberattacks
Threat Actors Use Microsoft OneDrive for Command-and-Control in Attack Campaign

Signs hint at Russia's APT28, aka Fancy Bear, being behind the attacks, according to new research.

In what's believed to be the first known use of the tactic, an advanced persistent threat actor is leveraging Microsoft OneDrive services for command-and-control (C2) purposes in a sophisticated cyberespionage campaign aimed at high-ranking government and defense industry officials of a West Asian nation.

Researchers from Trellix who have been tracking the campaign have attributed it with a low to moderate degree of confidence to APT28, aka Fancy Bear, a threat actor that the US government previously has linked to Russia's military intelligence service. Trellix's analysis of data related to the campaign shows that the threat actors also have their sights on defense and government entities in Poland and other Eastern European nations.

The infection chain for the multistage, likely APT28 campaign that Trellix observed began like many other APT campaigns - with the execution of a malicious Excel file likely sent to the target via a phishing email. The file contained an exploit for CVE-2021-40444, a critical remote code execution vulnerability in MSHTML or "Trident," Microsoft's proprietary browser engine. The vulnerability was a zero-day flaw - meaning no patch was available for it - when Microsoft disclosed it last September amid reports of active exploit activity. darkreading.com

Recruiting tech workers is getting harder. But there's another way to get the right skills
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Could the SAFE Act Drive Down Cannabis Store Crimes?
How the SAFE Act Will Impact the Banking Issue for Cannabis Businesses
While one of the main focuses of this bill - at least on the surface - is on protecting financial institutions (FI), the real beneficiary may be cannabis-related businesses as they continue to grapple with limited financial services and the risks of running primarily cash-based businesses. (Editor's Note: Robberies are among those risks). Notice that I said limited financial services, but not necessarily lack of access to banks and credit unions.

There are just simply not enough financial institutions serving the market. Therefore, cannabis businesses in any particular state might all be going to just a handful of FIs. Those FIs, in turn, will have a limited bandwidth and capacity to accept cannabis business, further exacerbating the capacity issue.

The second issue - capability - is mainly caused by both the type of FI commonly banking the industry and hesitancy around offering a full-suite of services to these high-risk businesses. The industry is mostly banked by smaller FIs with limits on the services they provide in general, and in many cases, they further impose limitations on what their cannabis-related clients can and cannot do.

The final issue is cost, which is fairly straightforward; it's expensive for cannabis businesses to bank right now. Once the account is opened, they may be faced not only with limited services but also sometimes extensive fees to offset the costs of the advanced due diligence and monitoring required from the FIs that serve them.

Can SAFE address some of these issues? Possibly. If SAFE works as intended, it can help address the problem by bringing in more, and perhaps larger, institutions into the space. Larger FIs will have more capacity to take on a greater number of cannabis accounts. With clearer regulations, more capabilities will naturally come on line as well, and increased competition will start driving down costs.

Additionally, the SAFE Act could also reduce pressure on CRBs to go "cash only," reducing those businesses' risks and making their employees a whole lot safer.

In sum, cannabis banking is happening today. More services are being developed across the FIs in the space, and the SAFE Banking Act will be an accelerant. It shouldn't, however, be viewed as the gating factor for entering the space. Cannabis businesses already have options when it comes to banking partners, and they should be seeking those that are already banking the industry and actively preparing for change. cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

Feds Prepping for Legalization?
Adding Marijuana to a NIST Handbook
The National Institute of Standards and Technology ("NIST") handbooks are adopted every year at the annual National Conference on Weights and Measures ("NCWM"). This year's interim NCWM meeting has the cannabis crowd pretty stoked and looking toward the future where, for the first time, marijuana is actually being considered as an addition to the handbooks. What does this mean and why should you care? It could mean that the Feds are finally preparing for legalization and interstate commerce around marijuana.

The NIST handbooks: committee review

The Laws and Regulations (L&R) Committee of NCWM develops "laws and regulations that range from the basic weights and measures law to specific laws and regulations for weighmasters, commodity regulations, price scanners, unit pricing, engine fuel and automotive lubricants and more." Additionally, the L&R Committee addresses "test procedures for verifying the actual net quantity contained in packages offered for sale." The Specifications and Tolerances (S&T) Committee is dedicated to issues related to the design, testing, tolerances and user requirements for commercial weighing and measuring devices.

The NIST handbooks: cannabis task force

The NCWM has a cannabis task force already that "submits its recommendations to the S&T Committee and L&R Committee for consideration by the NCWM membership." Eventually, "the products of this effort will be included in the NCWM Interpretations and Guidelines for Cannabis." The actual mission of the task force is to "[c]reate uniform guidance for States, the District of Columbia and territories as legalized sales of Cannabis spreads." cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

Marijuana Black Market is As Strong As Ever
Legalizing pot ended up as textbook case of being careful what you ask for
In order to sell the fairytale the marijuana black market was going to whither somewhat in California when voters legalized the recreational use of cannabis five years ago we had to ignore that addiction.

It is what has gotten this state to where it is today. The black market is not only more robust than in 2016 according to those across the spectrum from marijuana entrepreneurs to law enforcement but the violent crime associated it with it has not abated.

And when it comes to environmental damage illegal grows inflict on forests, the land, and water supplies the damage is accelerating.

But take a step or two back in the legal marijuana chain as the Associated Press and others have done and you apparently will find a growing number of licensed growers also serving the black market.

That clearly is providing cover given how law enforcement lacks adequate resources to stay on top of such illegal shenanigans and the criminal justice system has been defanged to the point whatever punishment may be dealt out for getting caught isn't a deterrent.

This is in addition to clear evidence offered by every organization on both sides of the legalization debate that black market grows as well as sales has increased in California. mantecabulletin.com

Amazon Goes Green
Amazon endorses bill to reform federal cannabis laws
The country's second-largest private employer behind Walmart is throwing its support behind proposed legislation to end federal cannabis prohibition.

Amazon, which previously threw its public support behind the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021 (MORE Act) and the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, is now backing the States Reform Act.

Filed by Congresswoman Nancy Mace (R-FL), this Republican-led bill calls for the removal of cannabis from federal Schedule 1 drug classification. This would end prohibition of cannabis at the federal level and allow each state to determine its own level of cannabis reform (currently, 47 of 50 states have some form of legal cannabis available).

Amazon made a major move to support federal cannabis legalization in June 2021, when the company said that it will no longer include marijuana in its comprehensive drug screening program. Instead, it will treat marijuana the same as alcohol. The only exception will be for positions subject to regulation by the Department of Transportation, such as truck drivers. chainstoreage.com

Canada's Cannabis Success Story
Canada's legalization of cannabis is a success story, despite a shaky first act
There have been growing pains, but early evidence shows that initial concerns about legalization haven't materialized and the main aims of the legislation are well on their way to being achieved

Strategies for Merit-Based vs. Pass/Fail Cannabis Business Applications







Amazon Price-Fixing Investigation
Amazon pays $2.25 million to settle a price-fixing investigation

An Amazon program guaranteed sellers a minimum price while offering a potential upside if an algorithm determined that customers were willing to pay more

Amazon settled a price-fixing investigation by the Washington State attorney general's office on Wednesday, agreeing to pay $2.25 million and end a program that gave it control over the prices of products supplied by third-party sellers on its marketplace.

The suit focused on a program that the Seattle-based company started in 2018 to let sellers use its pricing algorithm. Called Sold by Amazon, the program guaranteed sellers a minimum price while offering a potential upside if the algorithm determined that customers were willing to pay more.

The attorney general's complaint said the algorithm had harmed consumers in part because it set the minimum price as a "floor" of what Amazon offered customers, "meaning that participating sellers had limited, if any, ability to lower the price of their products without withdrawing the product" from the program.

Glenn Kuper, an Amazon spokesman, said in a statement that the effort had been "small" and meant to "provide another tool to help sellers offer lower prices." While Amazon is "glad to have this matter resolved," he said, the company believes the program was legal. Amazon stopped offering Sold by Amazon in 2020 and under the agreement pledged to not offer it again.

Bob Ferguson, the state's attorney general, said in a statement announcing the settlement that it "promotes product innovation and consumer choice, and makes the market more competitive for sellers in Washington State and across the country." nytimes.com

Online Sales Boom Driving Return Surge
A more than $761 billion dilemma: Retailers' returns jump as online sales grow

Retail returns jumped to an average of 16.6% in 2021 versus 10.6% a year ago, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation and Appriss Retail.

As shoppers buy more online during the pandemic, they are also returning a larger portion of clothes, shoes and other purchases to retailers.

On average, retailers expect to get back about 16.6% of the total merchandise that customers purchased in 2021, according to survey results released Tuesday by the National Retail Federation and Appriss Retail. That's a jump from an average return rate of 10.6% in 2020.

What's more, it adds up to over $761 billion of merchandise, according to the survey that is based on responses from 57 retailers between mid-October and mid-November.

Returns tend to be higher when consumers buy online - a mode of shopping that makes it easy to toss items into the virtual basket, but hard to visualize in person how they will look or fit. Online sales accounted for roughly 23% of the $4.583 trillion of total U.S. retail sales in 2021, according to NRF. Unwanted purchases come back to retailers' stores and warehouses and become a headache for companies that must decide whether they can resell those items, get them written off by the manufacturer or if they must take the loss.

The average rate of returns for online purchases was 20.8% - an increase from 18.1% last year, NRF found. cnbc.com

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NYC, NY: Actor/ Comedian Michael Rapaport Films Alleged Brazen Shoplifter ...'I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS S***!!!'
Michael Rapaport was almost speechless Tuesday ... he says he watched a "shopper" shoplift a bag full of items and breeze right past a security guard ... and the actor is just incredulous. You don't see it in the video, but apparently, Michael saw the man putting items in a bag. It's unclear why Michael's eyes were trained on this guy before the video started, but it does appear the guy beelines it for the exit as a security guard stands there and does nothing. "I can't believe I'm seeing this s*** ... this f***ing guy just filled his two bags up with everything in Rite Aid, right here on 80th and First Avenue is walking down the street like s***."

A rep for Rite Aid tells TMZ ... "The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority, and we are grateful that no one was harmed in this situation. We are in the process of conducting a full investigation and will work with local law enforcement to identify and pursue this offender." "Like all retailers, we've seen a much higher level of brazen shoplifting and organized retail crime over the last year, and we are taking an active role in helping law enforcement pursue these offenders as well as working with other retailers and local leaders to push for stronger legislation to deter these types of crimes." tmz.com

Phoenix, AZ: Burglars tunneled through wall into pharmacies and stole opioids
Two people were caught on camera when they tunneled into the walls of two Arizona pharmacies, police said. The burglars cut into the walls of neighboring businesses to get into MG Pharmacy and S & G Pharmacy in Phoenix, according to the Silent Witness - a nonprofit organization created to help law enforcement. Phoenix police said the burglars got away with thousands of pills, costing over $30,000. They took oxycodone and other opioids from the November and December break-ins, police and the Silent Witness said. newsobserver.com

Vacaville, CA: Three Arrests made in Baby Formula heist
Three Sacramento residents were arrested Tuesday in Vacaville in connection with a massive theft of baby formula. The theft occurred at Target, and an employee called police with a detailed description of the car and its direction of travel. Officers spotted the suspects' car near the Nike outlet. They detained and subsequently arrested two women and a man. Also in the car was a 1-year-old "sitting in a dirty car seat completely surrounded by containers of baby formula," police advised. Retrieved was a large amount of formula and other items worth more than $5,900. Target Loss Prevention said they'd been investigating the suspects since 2020 due to their rampant theft of baby formula throughout the greater Sacramento area, police said. The suspects are believed to be tied to numerous thefts from varying Target stores with losses near $200,000. thereporter.com

Owatonna, MN: Men charged in alleged felony shoplifting from Cabela's
Two men have been charged with matching felonies after they allegedly walked out of Cabela's with more than $1,000 in property. Paul A. Martinez, 29, and Keyonta Eric Brown, 22, were both charged by summons Tuesday in Steele County District Court with one count of aiding and abetting theft, a felony. The charges stem from an incident that occurred Dec. 3 at Cabela's in Owatonna. According to the criminal complaint, Owatonna police were notified in the early afternoon Dec. 3 of a shoplifting incident at Cabela's.

When the security sensor tripped the alarm at the entrance, both men reportedly ran out into the parking lot and off camera view. A witness informed police they saw the two men enter a vehicle with a female driver and had written down the license plate number, according to court documents. The license plate number came back as registered to Brown. According to court records, Brown was on probation through Anoka County at the time of the incident. On Dec. 20, police made contact via phone with Brown, who allegedly admitted to the theft and identified Martinez as the other suspect. Brown reportedly said Martinez was going to sell the items on Facebook Marketplace and that Brown was given $200 for helping in the theft. According to the complaint, Brown told officers the $200 was used to pay his rent, but his probation officer stated his rent was covered through an assistance program. Police reportedly compared a photo of Martinez provided by Brown to the corresponding Cabela's surveillance video and determined them to be a match. The value of the two sonar fish finders is $800 each, for a total value of $1,600, according to court records. southernminn.com

Plainville, MA: Police apprehend alleged Target Shoplifter and recover over $2,000 in goods
Police arrested an alleged shoplifter Tuesday in the parking lot of Target and recovered over $2,000 in electronic goods. The suspect, Asia Williams, 36, was arraigned in Wrentham District Court on a felony larceny charge. She was released on her own recognizance and must go to other courts to address outstanding theft-related arrest warrants. Police were dispatched to the Target at 91 Taunton St. about 1 p.m. where store security reported a person leaving with a cart without paying for merchandise. The officers recovered four Nest home security cameras and five Fitbit watches allegedly stolen from the store and valued at $2,049. thesunchronicle.com

Vienna Township, MI: Man charged, accused of Retail Theft scheme at Lowe's and Dollar General
A Vienna man is facing criminal charges after police say he attempted to return merchandise he never actually bought. Timothy Lambert is facing theft charges in both Warren and Vienna Township. According to police reports, he is accused of participating in a return scheme at a Lowes in Warren four times between October and earlier this month. Store surveillance video shows Lambert loading up store bags while "shopping." Investigators say he successfully received money by returning those items. "He never paid for them in the first place so it's still theft. Even though he didn't steal the products themselves, he's turning them back in as something he purchased that he didn't," said Vienna Township Police Chief Bob Ludt. Ludt says they know of at least two other instances this month where Lambert was able to successfully receive money for items he never purchased at a Dollar Store in Vienna Township. wytv.com

Somerville, MA: Police Investigating Jewelry Store Smash and Grab; at least 6 suspects fled the store

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Shootings & Deaths

Albuquerque, NM: Massage parlor employee killed in violent shoot-out
"Albuquerque police have named the man they say killed a female employee at a massage parlor during an attempted robbery. Officials say surveillance video showed 18-year-old Jorge Rivera-Ramirez walk into Wonderful Massage just after 8 p.m. Monday. The video shows the man pay a woman later identified as 45-year-old Sihui Fang. Later in the video you see Fang with a gun pointed at her head as she is forced to open the front door to let another man inside. You see Fang attempt to run from the business but is dragged back inside and dragged down a hallway by her hair. Through investigation, detectives learned that Fang and Rivera-Ramirez got into a shoot-out and shot several rounds at each other. Fang was killed in the shooting and died at the scene. Rivera-Ramirez called 911 requesting medical assistance. The second man seen earlier in the video fled the scene, officials say. Albuquerque police say robbery detectives had been investigating a string of armed robberies in Albuquerque involving two men, robbing massage parlors. Rivera-Ramirez was arrested and charged in Fang's death. kyma.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Escondido, CA: Thieves in SUV smash way into Escondido jewelry store
A pair of masked men used a vehicle to ram their way into an Escondido jewelry store early Wednesday and looted the business. The vehicular smash-and-grab heist in the 300 block of West Mission Avenue took place shortly after 1:30 a.m., according to the Escondido Police Department. After breaking into the Jewelry and Repair Center by crashing into it with a white Volkswagen SUV, the thieves, one of them wielding an ax, broke into display cases, Lt. Bode Berreth said. The SUV is believed to have been stolen two days earlier in Oceanside. They then stole an undisclosed amount of jewelry and cash before fleeing. cbs8.com

Frederick County, MD: Sheriff's office investigates attempted Armed Robbery at Ross store
Authorities are on the lookout for a suspect who allegedly threatened to shoot a cashier at a Frederick department store Tuesday night. The Frederick County Sheriff's Office responded to Ross at 7288 Guilford Drive at about 9:40 p.m. for a call of an armed robbery in progress, according to a news release. The suspect reportedly threatened the cashier but did not brandish a weapon, police say. When the cashier started to scream, the suspect fled out the front door. Store personnel told police the suspect was a heavy-set male wearing large glasses, a black stocking cap, black pants and a hooded black and gray sweatshirt. Witness outside of the store reportedly saw the suspect motioning for a vehicle to pick him up, then lost sight of him. Deputies set up a perimeter around the shopping complex upon arrival, but the suspect had already fled. news.yahoo.com

Tucson, AZ: 3 teens accused of robbing 2 stores at knifepoint arrested by SVPD
Three teenagers from the Tucson area were recently arrested in connection to multiple armed robberies that occurred in Cochise County on last February. At around 6:38 a.m. Feb. 18, Tucson teen Logan Martin and Vail resident Kira Hodges allegedly entered the Circle K in Sierra Vista and robbed the store at knife point. About an hour later, the two teens reportedly committed a similar robbery at Benson Donuts. Sierra Police Department later discovered that fellow Vail teen, Taryn Green reportedly acted as the duo's getaway driver. Martin, who was 17 years old at the time of the incident, was arrested on Dec. 29 on charges including robbery, armed robbery and aggravated robbery after two separate anonymous tips identified the now 18-year-old as a suspect in the case. After further investigation, Hodges, 18, was arrested on Jan. 19. Green, 17, followed when she was taken into custody on Jan. 21. Hodges and Green were 17 and 16 at the time of the robberies, respectively. SVPD said the three suspects will all be charged as adults. kvoa.com

Las Vegas, NV: Major robbery series busted
Last night, LVMPD officers were able to take a prolific armed robbery suspect into custody after some excellent teamwork. We believe George Solano Perez robbed a variety of shoe, discount fashion, and video game stores across the valley over the past 7 days. Our robbery detectives were able to track Perez just moments after his final crime to the area of St. Louis and Maryland Parkway. He is facing: Robbery with a deadly weapon (8 counts), Burglary with a deadly weapon (8 counts), Buy, sell, receive stolen property, Possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. facebook.com

Mohave County, AZ: Man took $300 while robbing adult bookstore with shotgun in Lake Havasu City
Officials with the Mohave County Sheriff's Office say they have arrested a man in connection with an armed robbery at an adult bookstore in 2021. According to a statement released on Jan. 26, the incident happened on Sept. 28, 2021, when the suspect, identified as 39-year-old Matthew Brode McWhirter, entered a business, pointed a shotgun at an employee, and demanded money from the cash register. McWhirter later fled the scene, and the employee at the business called police. Deputies searched the area for McWhirter, with no results. The business, officials say, is an adult bookstore, and the suspect allegedly took about $300 from the business. McWhirter, according to investigators, was identified as a suspect during a subsequent investigation, and he was arrested on Jan. 25. fox10phoenix.com

Huntsville, AL: Man charged with string of Armed Robberies
A Huntsville man has been charged by a federal grand jury with committing a string of armed robberies, the announcement came Wednesday. 27-year-old Christopher Maxwell Jacobie Owens faces a 12-count indictment filed in the U.S. District Court, charged with six counts of Hobbs Act Robbery and six counts of brandishing a firearm. Court records allege that over the course of six days in November 2020, Owens committed six armed robberies at several businesses in Huntsville. Owens allegedly robbed two Family Dollar locations, one Dollar General store, two MetroPCS locations, and a Walgreens. wkrg.com

Seattle, WA: Accused repeat Seattle Shoplifter released without bail
A Seattle judge released an accused shoplifter without bail for the second time Wednesday despite his extensive criminal history, including at least 18 felony and misdemeanor convictions since 1985, according to a report. Judge Melinda Young released John Ray Lomack Wednesday weeks after Judge Kuljinder Dhillon did the same thing after he was arrested for allegedly stealing a 70-inch TV on Dec. 22 from a downtown Seattle Target store, the Jason Rantz radio show in Seattle reported. A King County prosecutor had argued before Dhillon he should be held on $5,000 bail. Lomack was banned from the store last year after employees claimed he tried to shoplift nearly two dozen times and racked up $6,000 in stolen property, according to the show.
The suspect's past convictions include fourth-degree assault and second-degree burglary. Dhillon has been lenient on other suspects experiencing homelessness like Lomack, the show reported, having lowered the bail for a suspect accused of gouging a Seattle police officer in the eye last year from $25,000 to $1,000. foxnews.com

Sioux Falls man sentenced for burglary of Riddle's Jewelry on night of George Floyd riots

Orange County, CA: Man who punched 71-year-old Huntington Beach liquor store clerk sentenced to 2 years in state prison

New York, NY: Man Pleads Guilty in Multi-Million Dollar Fraudulent Prize Notice Scheme; Five Defendants Now Have Pleaded Guilty to Fraud Conspiracy




C-Store - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
C-Store - St Johnsbury, VT - Robbery
C-Store Pueblo, CO - Burglary
Cellphone _ Fountain Valley, CA - Burglary
Family Dollar - Tucson, AZ - Robbery
Grocery - Baltimore, MD - Burglary
Jewelry - Spokane Valley, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Woodbridge, VA - Robbery
Jewelry - Wichita, KS - Robbery
Jewelry - Lynnwood, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Bellevue, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Somerville, MA - Burglary
Jewelry - Escondido, CA - Burglary
Ross - Frederick County, MD - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Portsmouth, VA - Robbery
7-Eleven - Reno, NV - Armed Robbery


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• 0 killed

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