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InstaKey Promotes Three Client Services Staff Members: Rikki Acosta, Jamie Peffer, and Sondra Michelin, to Senior Account Manager Positions

Lakewood, Colorado - February 15, 2022 - InstaKey® Security Systems is proud to announce the promotions of three Client Services staff members: Rikki Acosta, Jamie Peffer, and Sondra Michelin, to Senior Account Manager positions.


Throughout the pandemic, each of these women have demonstrated the commitment and drive to develop constructive client relationships while maintaining healthy key control programs. As outsourced resources, our national brand clients have relied more heavily on them as single point of contacts to deliver exceptional service to their multi-site operations.

"We are pleased to see the growth and professionalism these ladies have displayed. They each have excelled in their responsibilities and demonstrated a strong commitment to our brand. Their focus and problem solving skills continues helping create more value for our clients. I couldn't be prouder of them," stated Tiana Davis, Director of Client Services.

We hope you will join us in extending a well-deserved "Congratulations" to these women!

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Carlos E. Ortiz named Director of Loss Prevention for SNIPES

Before being named Director of Loss Prevention for SNIPES, Carlos spent more than a year as Regional Partner & Asset Protection for Starbucks. Prior to that, he served as Senior Regional Loss Prevention Manager for nearly a decade at New York & Company. Earlier in his career, he spent more than three years in LP roles with Abercrombie & Fitch. Congratulations, Carlos!

Melissa Lauricello, CFI, CFCI named Senior Manager, Asset Protection Investigations for Gap Inc.
Before being named Senior Manager, Asset Protection Investigations for Gap, Melissa spent more than eight years at Brooks Brothers, where she served as Director of Loss Prevention, Senior Loss Prevention Manager, and Regional Loss Prevention Manager. Earlier in her career, she held roles with The Zellman Group, TJX-AJ Wright, Bed Bath & Beyond, and PETCO Animal Supplies. Congratulations, Melissa!

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Sensormatic Solutions by Johnson Controls collaboration with Unacast extends shopper insights beyond the store

NEUHAUSEN, Switzerland - Sensormatic Solutions, the leading global retail solutions portfolio of Johnson Controls, announced an expanded collaboration with Unacast, combining consumer mobility data with in-store traffic data to help retailers build world-class shopper insights capabilities that span the entire path to purchase. The enhanced collaboration will provide retailers with a better understanding of how far their customers travel to stores and where they go before or after their visits.

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Major Retailers Call for Action Amid Nationwide Theft Wave
Retailers Push AGs for Stricter Punishments for 'Out-of-Control' Shoplifting

Rite Aid shuttered in NYC's Hell's Kitchen had $200,000 in goods stolen in two months and CVS says it has experienced 300% increase in theft since the pandemic started

Retailers are pushing lawmakers for stricter punishments against shoplifters as a crimewave sweeps the nation, including in New York City where a Rite Aid store in midtown Manhattan has closed its doors after having $200,000 worth of product stolen in just two months.

CVS has also been plagued by a 300 percent increase in retail theft since the pandemic began, the company confirmed to DailyMail.com on Friday.

In addition to petty theft, stores in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago are experiencing large numbers of brazen thefts, burglaries and looting by organized crime gangs.

Leaders in the retail industry - which was already hard hit by the impacts of the pandemic, labor shortages and supply chain interruptions - argue theft has gotten out of control and security guards have their hands tied, as they are told to 'observe and report' and not get physical with criminals.

Retailers and citizens alike are urging state attorney generals and Congress to take action by passing new legislation, stricter laws on bail reform and felony thresholds, and creating anti-shoplifting task forces.

Crime has become so rampant that even the Rev. Al Sharpton has called on New York City Mayor Eric Adams to crack down on shoplifting, saying basic items such as toothpaste are now locked up at local pharmacies to try and prevent theft.

'It's out of control - it is just out of control,' Lisa LaBruno, SVP of operations and innovation at the Retail Industry Leaders Association, told Axios.

The CEOs of nearly two dozen retail companies have called on Congress to pass the INFORM Consumers Act, which would require online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay to verify sellers and allow buyers access to seller verification and contact information. dailymail.co.uk

Is Theft Really the Reason Behind Big City Store Closures?
Shoplifters Aren't the Reason New York's Chain Pharmacies Are Closing
The tabloids ran with claims that out-of-control theft was killing our local drugstores. (This particular store did see a lot more thefts reported in 2021 than in previous years: 249 petit larcenies, compared to 48 in 2019.) The Post alone ran at least five related articles in the following days, pushing its crime-and-chaos narrative and dinging new Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg for some of the policy changes he'd promised in his "day one" memo.

Almost immediately, Bragg announced the formation of the Manhattan Small Business Alliance with a mission to reduce shoplifting. And last week, he reversed several of his criminal-justice reform policies in response to related backlash.

Asked about the Manhattan store closures - and whether shoplifting played any role - a Rite Aid spokesperson says only that that the decisions "are based on a variety of factors that retail businesses consider such as overarching business strategy, lease and rent considerations, local business conditions and viability, and store performance." Again, no mention of shoplifting.

This general contraction is also an industry-wide trend: The prior month, CVS said that it would be closing about 10 percent of its stores in the coming three years - some 900 locations - in response to "evolving consumer needs." A spokesperson for CVS tells me that the company has not closed any stores due to shoplifting.

Regardless of the actual reasons for the closures, has there been a recent surge in shoplifting in New York's chain pharmacies at all? We don't really know. "The data that is shared with the public on the NYC Open Data Portal does have info on shoplifting, but it is only shared quarterly," meaning that the most recent data aren't yet available. In general, though, he says that shoplifting information tends to be unreliable because its reporting is variable and arbitrary. There's no national database, and across jurisdictions, shoplifting data is classified in many different ways that don't match. This makes it really hard to figure out what's going on at any time, let alone to compare across times and places.

"Let's put it this way, because you want evidence: Right now it is, by and large, anecdotal," says Read Hayes, a researcher at the University of Florida's engineering college and director of the Loss Prevention Research Council, which analyzes and models data for corporations on product loss from things like flooding, storms, and theft. (Hayes describes the politics of his work as "alt-middle.") "Unfortunately, shoplifting is not reported well, by the victims or the police," Herrmann says. curbed.com

NYC Shootings Up 30% - Robberies Up 35% - Grand Larceny Up 62%
Op-Ed: Weekend horrors show NYC must have new crime policy
Another weekend, another raft of horrors - from stabbings to shootings to hate crimes: How many will it take for the Democrats who run the Legislature to pass the modest reforms Mayor Eric Adams requests?

Driving it all is the progressive soft-on-crime ideology, district attorneys committed to not enforcing the law and legislators determined to keep lawbreakers out of jail.

Lawmakers and pols know the policies now in place enable crime. Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg has spent the past weeks reluctantly ceding only the most outrageous of his directives. The Legislature's leaders, meanwhile, refuse to make fundamental fixes to the no-bail and Raise the Age laws.

And so city crime rises on: Shootings up 30% over 2021; rapes and robberies, 35%; grand larceny, 62%. Accused felons with felony priors who get released under the no-bail law routinely get caught re-offending within months, as every potential Nash is basically encouraged to get worse.

Progressives' only priority is the safety of alleged criminals. Thus , alleged attempted murderer Darius Mungin was cut loose from Rikers this month after Bragg's prosecutors - called "very sympathetic" by Mungin's lawyer - worked to lower his bond, citing concerns over his safety in the prison. What of the safety of law-abiding citizens? nypost.com

NY's Bail Reform 'Disaster'
43% of people let go with no bail on a serious charge in NYC were rearrested
In 2019, the state legislature passed the new bail laws (slightly amended in 2020) that essentially replaced bail with "non-monetary release." Under this program, a judge who found that a defendant was a flight risk, or likely to not appear in court, could release the defendant on NMR, and place conditions on his release - pretrial services, pretrial supervision, passport surrender, maintain employment, for example. These are, essentially, the defendants who would have had bail set but are now released into the new NMR.

When we look at the numbers from that perspective, they are truly alarming. The bail laws passed by the Legislature have been a disaster for New York state and particularly New York City.

Consider: In New York City between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, 26,535 people were arrested for a felony. 69% of them, 18,239, had a prior conviction or a pending case. 4,062 of these defendants were released on non-monetary release. Of the 4,062 released on NMR, 1,737, or 43%, were rearrested while their case was pending.

Think about what that means. A defendant who has a prior conviction or a pending case gets arrested for a felony. A judge reviews his record and finds that he is a risk of fleeing. The judge cannot set bail and releases the defendant on non-monetary conditions. Almost half of them, 43%, get rearrested while their case is pending. nypost.com

Another State, Another ORC Bill
Missouri Bill Targets Organized Retail Theft Crime Rings
Mobs of thieves have hit up retailers around the country recently by quickly raiding stores and taking off with piles of merchandise in a matter of minutes. State Representative Lane Roberts, R-Joplin, is sponsoring a bill meant to address these organized retail theft crime rings, such as so-called smash-and-grab robberies. A Missouri House committee is considering his proposal.

"Currently retail theft has become a major issue for our retail industries in addition to the loss those deaths have become more and more violent," says Roberts. "Currently that lack of transparency online has made it easy to hide behind a screen name and fake business information and peddle stolen products."

The legislation would create the felony offense of organized retail theft and require online marketplaces to obtain and regularly verify certain information from high-volume third-party sellers.

Jeremy Sutherburg, Asset Protection Director with Walgreens in Missouri, says the company supports the plan. He says Walgreens noticed an uptick about three years ago in organized theft of items in bulk, including violent incidents, especially in St. Louis and Kansas City.

"About three years ago, I spent about $1.5 million a year, believe it or not, on security, and off duty law enforcement's just for our Walgreens stores to keep our team members protected. This year, I'm on pace to spend almost $4.5 million. Because when these individuals come in, if anybody gets in their way or even perceives to get in their way, they're immediately going to threat with violence," he says.

Tom Dempsey, who lobbies on behalf of Amazon, says the online retail company opposes the plan. missourinet.com

The Evolution of Shoplifting in San Francisco
Viral Retail Theft Videos Spark Outage - But What Does the Data Say?
Incidents of shoplifting in San Francisco have taken a prominent place in both local and national dialogue. Public perception of the crime has been fueled by viral videos, media coverage and the outraged calls of some residents. Yet according to statistics from the San Francisco Police Department, incidents of reported retail theft are down compared to years prior.

So we wanted to know: How has the city been talking about-and addressing-shoplifting over the past 15 years?

We took a look back at Board of Supervisors meetings, Police Commission meetings, and other legislative forums, scouring for major milestones in San Francisco's long-running effort to stem retail crime.

And what we found might surprise you. Watch the video for a rundown of that evolution. sfstandard.com

Baltimore: City and state leaders back crime fighting initiative for "The Block"



COVID Update

547.4M Vaccinations Given

US: 79.5M Cases - 946.1K Dead - 50.2M Recovered
Worldwide: 414.5M Cases - 5.8M Dead - 336.6M Recovered

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COVID Cases, Hospitalization & Deaths Decreasing

End of 'Public Health Emergency'?
COVID-19 cases drop by 40% in US
The COVID-19 surge caused by the Omicron variant continues to recede in the United States, with the nation reporting a 7-day average of 175,492 new daily cases, with 2,458 daily deaths, according to the Washington Post tracker.

New daily cases fell 42% in the past week, deaths fell 6%, and hospitalizations fell 19%. The United States reported 32,531 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, and 441 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker.

The drop in cases-almost 2 years into the pandemic-has caused lawmakers across both sides of the aisle to dismantle pandemic restrictions in states and cities.

Late last week, Republican members of Congress said it was time for President Biden to end the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), which is set to expire on Apr 15.  cidrap.umn.edu

Amazon Inches Toward a Return to 'Normal Operations'
Amazon rolls back mask mandate for some vaccinated warehouse workers
Amazon will no longer require its fully vaccinated warehouse employees to wear face masks at work in states that have eased up on mask mandates, the company said in an internal memo Thursday.

The announcement comes as a string of states, including California, Delaware and Oregon, have said they plan to end or scale back their mask mandates soon.

Under the new policy, those who are not yet fully vaccinated or whose states have not scaled back mask regulations must still wear face coverings in Amazon facilities.

"There has been a sharp decline in COVID-19 cases across the country over the past weeks," the memo said, a copy of which CNN obtained and whose authenticity was confirmed by Amazon. "Along with increasing vaccination rates across the country, this is a positive sign we can return to the path to normal operations."

In the same memo, the e-commerce giant also announced plans to restrict its offer of Covid-related paid leave. Starting March 18, the memo said, only fully vaccinated employees will be eligible to receive Covid-19 paid leave in the United States. The restriction does not apply to those with medical or religious exemptions. cnn.com

Another Retailer Lifts Mask Mandate
Wegmans updates mask policy after NY lifts mandate
Wegmans shoppers will no longer be required to wear masks while inside the chain's stores. The new policy is effective today, according to Wegmans. The move comes after Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday that New York's statewide indoor mask mandate for businesses would end today.

Businesses and local governments are still allowed to require masks if they choose to. New York's indoor mask mandate had been in place since Dec. 10. Businesses could forgo the mask requirement if they got proof of Covid-19 vaccination from all customers and employees.

The change in state policy also means masks are no longer required for shoppers at other big retail chains, including Target, Walmart, BJ's and Costco. The companies have all said they follow local and state rules on Covid restrictions.

Declining Covid numbers prompted the decision to end the mask rule for businesses now, Hochul said Wednesday. Cases and hospitalizations in the state have been falling rapidly in recent weeks. syracuse.com

Retail Executive Resigns Over COVID Views
Levi's exec says she resigned rather than end her campaign against COVID school closures
A Levi's executive who has repeatedly attacked government efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 announced her resignation from the company Monday, writing that she was "condemned" by colleagues and corporate leaders for expressing her opinions about the pandemic and particularly about reopening schools.

Jennifer Sey, an executive vice president at Levi's overseeing marketing and merchandising, said she was pressured by the company to refrain from making public statements about what she believed to be "draconian policies" related to school closures.

Sey has publicly supported the recall of three San Francisco school board members and has tweeted extensively about the response to the pandemic, including her dismay at the "demonization" of the unvaccinated and her critique of "hypocritical and unproven policies." Sey said her family moved from San Francisco to Denver in order to escape the city's pandemic-related restrictions.

Ancel Martínez, a spokesperson for Levi Strauss & Co., confirmed in a statement that Sey resigned from the company but declined to comment on Sey's characterization of the reasons behind her departure. sfchronicle.com

America's Patchwork of Mask Guidance
Mask mandates are lifting in many states, but not everywhere
Since a parade of blue-state governors began loosening restrictions last week in response to rapidly declining caseloads, more states and cities have since followed suit. But officials in some cities and school districts are keeping mandates in place, with rules varying county by county in some cases.

Mask mandates in Rhode Island, Delaware and Nevada ended last week. Restrictions are loosening despite the United States reporting about 2,400 deaths each day - more than at any point of the pandemic except last winter - and more than 150,000 new cases.

While the movement to ease restrictions began in swing states like Colorado, Pennsylvania and Michigan, its spread to some of the bluest states reflects a country entering a new political phase in the nearly two-year pandemic. Many indoor mask requirements have evolved, but vaccine mandates have largely remained unchanged.

Federal rules still require masks on all forms of public transportation and in transportation hubs, including in subway stations, bus terminals and airports, at least until March 18. nytimes.com

Nearly 1,500 NYC Workers Fired Over Vaccine Mandate
N.Y.C. fires 1,430 workers, less than 1% of city employees, over a vax mandate
New York City fired 1,430 city workers on Friday for failing to comply with its vaccine mandate, a figure that represent less than 1 percent of the city's work force, but likely the nation's largest mass termination of municipal employees in response to a Covid vaccine mandate.

Mayor Eric Adams announced on Monday that 1,428 workers, who had already been on unpaid leave for months, were sent termination notices after they failed to receive a first dose of the vaccine. Two newer hires, who faced more stringent requirements, were also fired for failing to receive two vaccine doses. Nearly 4,000 city workers had faced a deadline of Friday to comply with the vaccine mandate.

Mr. Adams celebrated that many of the city's 370,000 workers got vaccinated by the deadline. About 95 percent of the city's workers have received at least one dose of the vaccine, an increase from 84 percent when the mandate was first announced in October.

About 900 of the fired staff worked at the Department of Education; about 100 worked at the New York City Housing Authority, the public housing agency; 36 were from the New York Police Department. nytimes.com

Only 3% of white collar workers want to return to the office full-time
Just 3% of white collar workers want to return to the office five days a week, according to a poll, which warned employees will quit if bosses force them back full-time.

Washington, D.C., will drop its indoor mask and vaccine mandates

Moderna, Pfizer stocks fall as Covid omicron wave subsides in U.S.


Walmart LP Recognized by PD
Boone, NC: Police Department Citizen's Award presented to Walmart Loss Prevention Associate
The Boone Police Department has announced the recipient of their Citizen's Award to Tish Miller, Loss Prevention Specialist at Walmart in Boone. "For several years, Tish Miller has gone above and beyond to support and encourage our police department." the Department said in presenting the award. "As the Loss Prevention Specialist at Walmart in Boone, she has assisted us on numerous investigations, has come along side us to conduct loss prevention training to local businesses and has volunteered with us on community outreaches." the Department said in presenting the award. "This is only to name a few things that Tish has been a part of in public and behind the scenes. Her heart to serve represents the best in our community! Congratulations!!" the Department said in presenting the award. wataugaonline.com

Homeless & Hungry Retail Workers
Business Booms at Kroger-Owned Grocery Stores, but Workers Are Left Behind

A number of the stores' nearly 500,000 employees have reported being homeless, receiving government food stamps or relying on food banks.

Business has boomed during the pandemic for Kroger. The company, which is based in Cincinnati, said in December that it was expecting sales growth of at least 13.7 percent over two years. The company's stock has risen about 36 percent over the past year.

But that success has not trickled down to its vast work force of nearly 500,000 employees, a number of whom have reported being homeless, receiving government food stamps or relying on food banks to feed their families. A brief strike in Colorado last month by workers at dozens of Kroger-owned King Soopers locations brought renewed scrutiny to the issues of pay and working conditions for grocery workers, who have been on the front lines throughout the pandemic.

The Economic Roundtable surveyed more than 10,000 Kroger workers in Washington, Colorado and Southern California about their working conditions for a report commissioned by four units of the food workers union, and found that about 75 percent of Kroger workers said they were food insecure, meaning they lacked consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. About 14 percent said they were homeless or had been homeless in the previous year, and 63 percent said they did not earn enough money to pay for basic expenses every month.

"There is a race to the bottom that's been going on for a while with Walmart and other large retail stores, and also restaurants, and to reverse that trend is not easy," said Daniel Flaming, president of the Economic Roundtable. nytimes.com

Pro-Union Sentiment Sweeps the Retail Industry
What the Amazon union do-over in Alabama means for the future of retail

U.S. consumers, especially younger ones, harbor new expectations about the workplace that businesses may not be able to ignore.

For the second time in less than a year, Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, are voting on whether to organize. Experts say these workers could prevail this time, reflecting growing dissatisfaction with work conditions - especially at lower-paying jobs like retail, fast food and e-commerce facilities - and higher expectations of businesses on the part of both workers and consumers that may be boosting public opinion of unions.

"There has been a significant increase in pro-union sentiment, and we've also seen a spike in worker resistance and worker protests," said Kent Wong, director of the Labor Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Many people are dismayed by the way some store, warehouse and factory workers have been left unprotected against COVID-19 and given inadequate sick time, he said.

A healthier economy and worker shortages could also provide a more favorable environment for the pro-labor activity occurring at several retailers, including in Bessemer, according to several experts. retaildive.com

Trucker Frustration Spreads to the U.S.
US truckers more frustrated by bad pay and long hours than Covid-19
Canadian truckers recently shut down North America's busiest land border crossing to protest Covid-19 mandates. But in the United States, truck drivers have long been frustrated with other problems, like bad pay for long hours and weeks away from home.

Those issues were thrust into the spotlight when the pandemic disrupted supply chains across the globe, leaving many American store shelves empty.

The tough working conditions for long-haul truck drivers in particular make it incredibly difficult to retain drivers, who often leave for other companies or quit the industry altogether. The average annualized turnover rate of long-haul drivers at larger companies was 96% during the third quarter of last year, according to the American Trucking Associations, a trade group. At smaller carriers, the turnover rate was 73%.

The Biden administration has taken several steps to help recruit new drivers and keep experienced ones on the job. The massive infrastructure legislation passed last year also starts to address some of these workforce challenges, but experts say it's going to take time to rebuild the pipeline of truck drivers. cnn.com

Where does Super Bowl Loser Merch Go?
What happens to the losing team's merchandise after the Super Bowl?
So what happens with all that pre-made apparel from the losing team? They don't just get sent to the landfill or incinerated. The clothing has a second life somewhere far away from the team's hometown, and getting there is quite the journey.

That process is managed by the nonprofit Good360, an organization that matches donations with local nonprofits around the world. This is Good360's eighth year working with the NFL on repurposing merchandise not just from the Super Bowl losers, but also from the teams who lose the AFC and NFC Championship games, said chief development and marketing officer Shari Rudolph.

Good360 works with its network of nonprofits to find a recipient. "It could go anywhere from Africa, the Middle East, some regions in Asia or South America, but they all leave the U.S. and they are put in the hands of a nonprofit that has a verified need for those particular types of items," Rudolph said. mywabashvalley.com

Will retailers find it harder to pass along price increases in the months ahead?

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Retail Cybersecurity Bulletin
Security alert issued for e-commerce platforms

Emergency patch available for users of Commerce, Magento platforms after vulnerability exposed

Customers using Adobe's Commerce and Magento platforms for e-commerce stores could be at risk of a cyberattack, according to a security firm that tracks such instances. The concern is great enough that on Sunday, Adobe released an emergency patch for its Commerce and Magento Open Source platforms.

"These updates resolve a vulnerability rated critical. Successful exploitation could lead to arbitrary code execution," Adobe wrote in his Magento help center.

"Adobe is aware that CVE-2022-24086 has been exploited in the wild in very limited attacks targeting Adobe Commerce merchants," Adobe said in a security bulletin issued on Sunday.

Cybersecurity firm Sansec on Monday said the vulnerability is "the worst possible type" and abuse has already been reported. The firm said Adobe has been aware of the issue since it first detected it on Jan. 27. It encouraged customers to download the security patch immediately.

Sansec said the security issue allows hackers to digitally skim credit or debit card information during the e-commerce checkout process in what is called a Magecart attack. In a Magecart attack, a hacker is able to gain access to an online store's source code and alter coding to collect payment data.

"Once a store is under control of a perpetrator, a wiretap or keylogger is installed that funnels live payment data to a collection server. This wiretap operates transparently for customers and the merchant. Skimmed credit cards are then sold on the dark web for $5 to $30 each," Sansec explained.

Adobe has provided links to the proper patches to eliminate the vulnerability. It is unclear how many e-commerce sites may be impacted. freightwaves.com

Hostile Nation-State Hacking Operations Grow
Cybersecurity: These countries are the new hacking threats to fear as offensive campaigns escalate

Outside of major hacking threats like Russia and China, other countries are increasingly turning to cyberattacks and data theft - and the rise of cloud services is helping them.

The number of hostile nation-state hacking operations is rising as new countries invest in cyber-intrusion campaigns and existing state-backed attack groups take advantage of the rise in organisations adopting cloud applications.
Crowdstrike's 2022 Global Threat Report details how the cyber-threat landscape has evolved during the past year. One of those developments is the rise of new countries engaging in offensive cyber operations, including Turkey and Colombia.

In accordance with Crowdstrike's naming conventions, attacks by Turkish-linked groups are detailed as attacks by 'Wolf' while attacks by Colombian operations have been Dubbed 'Ocelot' - in a similar way to how cybersecurity researchers name Russian government-backed activity 'Bear' or Chinese hacking groups 'Panda'.

Activity by one of these new groups is detailed in the report; a Turkish-based hacking group, dubbed Cosmic Wolf by researchers, targeted data of an unspecified victim stored within an Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud environment in April 2021.

The attackers were able to break into the AWS cloud environment using stolen usernames and passwords, which also provided the attackers with the privileges required to alter command lines. That means they were able to alter security settings to allow direct Secure Shell Protocol (SSH) access to AWS from their own infrastructure, enabling the theft of data.

Ultimately, countries are seeing that cyber campaigns can be easier to conduct than traditional espionage and are investing in these techniques. zdnet.com

Malicious Insiders on the Rise
The rise of the super malicious insider: Yes, we need to worry
DTEX Systems announced the release of a report which identifies a significant increase in industrial espionage incidents and the rise of the super malicious insider persona, and provides evidence that the abrupt shift to remote work has directly contributed to an escalation in psychosocial human behaviors that create organizational risk.

The rise of malicious insider incidents

The super malicious insider accounted for 32% of malicious insider incidents investigated in 2021

72% year-over-year increase in actionable insider threat incidents

42% of actionable incidents were related to IP and data theft, including industrial espionage incidents related to the theft of trade secrets, source code, and active collusion with a foreign nexus

75% of insider threat criminal prosecutions were the result of remote workers

56% of organizations had an insider data theft incident resulting from employees leaving or joining companies

+200% year-over-year increase in data loss associated with users taking screenshots during confidential Zoom and Microsoft Teams meetings, and

+300% year-over-year increase in employees utilizing corporate assets for non-work activities.

For more than a decade, insider threats have been categorized as either malicious, negligent or compromised. Based on the findings, a fourth persona has emerged-the super malicious insider. The super malicious insider is a technically proficient employee who is acutely aware of an organization's cyber security architecture, solutions, and processes and who understands both the technical and human analyst limitations in detecting insider threat indicators. helpnetsecurity.com

Super Bowl Cyberattack
San Francisco 49ers Hit With a Ransomware Attack
Super Bowl Sunday wasn't so super for the San Francisco 49ers as the team yesterday reportedly confirmed a "network security incident" that affected some of its corporate IT network systems. According to the AP, the incident came in the form of a ransomware attack by the infamous BlackByte cybercrime gang, which posted purportedly pilfered invoices from the team on its Dark Web "shaming" site.

The team told the AP in a statement that it had alerted law enforcement and hired cybersecurity firms to help investigate the attack. "To date, we have no indication that this incident involves systems outside of our corporate network, such as those connected to Levi's Stadium operations or ticket holders," the team told the AP. darkreading.com

Security: Google to pay up to $91,337 for exploits of new Linux and Kubernetes bugs
Google raises rewards for its kCTF exploit-focussed vulnerability bounty focussing on Linux kernel zero-day flaws. And changes some rules.

How the metaverse could shape cybersecurity in 2022







Drive Your Car Anywhere with Google Maps 3D Simulator

Did you know, that thanks to @KorinVR, a Unity engineer, Google Maps has a "3D Car Simulator on Google Maps-Frame Synthesis" that allows you to drive a car on Google Maps? The bonus - You can drive on Google Maps' roads just like you would in a game, using your keyboard. You don't have to install anything on your computer because the simulator runs in your browser, and it is free to play. In addition, you can easily overlay 3D models using @threejs. Check it out here: https://framesynthesis.jp/drivingsimulator/maps.




Amazon Bribery Scheme
Ex-Amazon employee sentenced to federal prison for bribery scheme
A former Amazon employee was sentenced to 10 months in prison and fined $50,000 for an international fraud and bribery scheme, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced.

Rohit Kadimisetty of Northridge, California, was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to conspiracy in September 2021. He was one of six people indicted for fraud and the first to be sentenced in an international scheme to manipulate the Amazon marketplace, according to the DOJ.

The group allegedly bribed Amazon employees to gain an advantage in Amazon's marketplace. CNBC reported Friday Kadimisetty worked as seller support employee in Hyderabad, India, until 2015.

Kadimisetty relocated from India to the US in 2015 and hired Amazon employees in India to "misuse their employee privileges and access to internal information, systems, and tools," according to the DOJ, which added a number of his contacts in India have been fired from Amazon.

"Mr. Kadimisetty used his knowledge and contacts from prior employment at Amazon to enrich himself by manipulating listings on Amazon Marketplace," said Nick Brown, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington state, in a statement.

Since 2017, according to the DOJ, the defendants served as "consultants" to third-party sellers on Amazon Marketplace, who sold goods ranging from electronics to dietary supplements. Kadimisetty allegedly bribed Amazon employees, for a total of $100,000 to gain confidential business information about the company's algorithm and to facilitate "attacks" on other sellers using fake email accounts, encrypted messaging services and third-party bribes to hide the scheme.

"We work hard to create a trustworthy shopping experience by protecting customers, selling partners, and Amazon from fraud and abuse, and we have systems in place to detect suspicious behavior," Amazon said in a statement. "There is no place for fraud at Amazon and we will continue to pursue all measures to protect our store and hold bad actors accountable." cnn.com

Survey: Mobile payments prove popular with younger consumers

Millennial and Gen Z consumers are much more likely than their older peers to use mobile payment solutions.

According to a recent survey of over 2,200 U.S. adults from Morning Consult, currently, 42% of respondents have used mobile wallet payments. This includes 9% who have used mobile wallet payments in-store, 17% online, and 13% both in-store and online.

However, the general figures represent a wide variance in mobile wallet usage by consumers of different generations. For example, only 21% of baby boomers (4% in-store, 13% online, 4% both) and 36% of Gen Xers (7% in-store, 18% online, 11% both) have used mobile wallets. These percentages rise much higher among millennials (53% - 13% in-store, 21% online, 20% both) and Gen Zers (62% - 16% in-store, 18% online, 28% both).

Thirty-seven percent of respondents said flexible payment options like BNPL are important in choosing where they shop. That number rises to 41% for those shopping online, where Morning Consult analysis indicates most customers are introduced to BNPL, and to 51% for millennials, the generation most likely to use these services. chainstoreage.com

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Update: San Diego County, CA: 3 arrested, accused of stealing 329 items from two local Victoria Secret stores
Two women and a man from the Bay Area were arrested last week in San Diego, accused of stealing 329 items from two local Victoria Secret stores. Three Bay Area residents are in custody, accused of taking part in an organized retail theft ring with targets up and down the California coast, including a pair of Victoria's Secret locations in San Diego County. The CHP said Shyonie Myshae Davis, 20; of San Francisco; Ahjanae Latania Anetta Woods, 21, of Antioch; and Wessaun Leetay Johnson, 18, of Antioch; rented a car last Thursday and made their way south, eventually being spotted at the Mission Valley Mall, Plaza Bonita Mall, UTC mall, the Carlsbad Premium Outlets and the Carlsbad Forum mall. As of Monday, Davis and Johnson remain in county custody. They are both being held on $25,000 bail and are charged with organized retail theft of more than $950, conspiracy to commit a crime, second\-degree burglary, receiving stolen property worth more than $950 and grand theft of property, all felony counts. They are due in court in Vista on Wednesday afternoon. nbcsandiego.com

New York, NY: Four Duane Reade Pharmacies Robbed in 13 Hours; Here's What Police Say Was Taken
Four UWS Duane Reade pharmacies were robbed on Friday in a span of 13 hours - one twice, an NYPD detective told WSR. Police say all of the thefts were committed by a man who fit the same description: Black, roughly 40 years old, with a height of about 5′ 9″. At 2:42 a.m., a man allegedly stole $155 worth of vitamins from the store at 609 Columbus Avenue (90th Street) At 3:15 a.m., it was ten 12-packs of soda worth approximately $70 from the store at 2522 Broadway (94th-95th). "The Super Bowl," the detective commented. At 10:00 a.m., the heist involved $60 worth of toothpaste from the store at 700 Columbus Avenue (94th-95th). At 10:56 a.m., it was $74 worth of soap from the store at 2683 Broadway (103rd). At 4 p.m., a man allegedly stole from 700 Columbus again, this time taking wipes, ointments, and flowers. "Valentine's Day," said the detective. No arrest was made.  westsiderag.com

Gloucester Township, NJ: Power tool bandit captured after committing thefts on a daily basis
After stealing power tools from home improvement stores on a daily basis, police have captured their suspect. In the beginning of February 2022, the Gloucester Township Police Department Retail Theft Unit began investigating a male shoplifter, later identified as Ramon Ramirez of Gibbsboro NJ, who was stealing various high end power tools from local home improvement stores on a daily basis. On February 9th 2022, Gloucester Township Retail Theft Detectives coordinated with Lowe's Asset Protection and developed a pro-active strategy to end these thefts. During the operation, Ramirez entered the business at 1233 PM and concealed numerous Dewalt power tools and packages of drill bits. Ramirez exited the business and was immediately apprehended by awaiting detectives. During the investigation, Ramirez was charged with nine (9) counts of shoplifting with a combined retail loss over two thousand dollars ($2000.00) and additionally processed on ten (10) outstanding warrants. He was released pending a future court appearance. shorenewsnetwork.com

Port Saint Lucie, FL: $900 worth of GameStop merchandise stolen, thief arrested

Nashville, TN: Dillards cologne shoplifter busted again, charged with Burglary due to 2018 previous charge at same store

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Shootings & Deaths

Shoreline, WA: Man shot 6 times during Shoreline pot shop robbery
An employee at a retail marijuana shop in Shoreline knows he is lucky to be alive after he was shot six times during a robbery last month. Two suspects walked into Dockside Cannabis on Aurora Ave N just before 11 p.m. on Jan. 5. Huckleberry Kid, his real name, says he just reacted when one of the men put a gun in his face and demanded money. The 22-year-old was shot six times as both suspects opened fire on him. He spent weeks in the ICU recovering and may still have more surgery ahead. "I got shot in the leg. I got shot through and through in the arm, broke one of my bones. Got a screw in there. I got shot through the abdomen, chopped up my liver a little bit. I got another shot in the abdomen and another shot on the top of the leg," said Kid. q13fox.com

Baltimore, MD: Shoplifter Shoots C-Store Clerk After being confronted
On February 12, 2022, at approximately 12:34 a.m., Central District patrol officers were dispatched to the 400 block of West Mulberry Street to investigate a reported shooting. When officers arrived at the location they observed a 21-year-old male suffering from gunshot wounds to the torso. The victim was transported to an area hospital by ambulance. Central District Shooting detectives responded to the scene and assumed control over the investigation. Detectives learned the victim is a store clerk that gave chase to a fleeing suspect observed stealing cigarettes. During the foot pursuit, the suspect turned and shot at the store clerk, striking him in the torso. shorenewsnetwork.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Edwardsville, PA: Dollar General Store manager charged with $10,000 Cash Theft
Borough police charged a Plymouth woman with stealing nearly $10,000 from daily deposits while she worked as a store manager at the West Side Mall Dollar General store. Christina Marie Yantorn, 35, admitted to stealing cash claiming she was attempting to move on from an abusive relationship, according to court records. Yantorn was arraigned Friday by District Judge David A. Barilla on 12 counts each of theft by deception and theft by failing to make required disposition of funds. She was released on $5,000 unsecured bail. Chrissy Yates, district manager for Dollar General, reported Yantorn had stolen money from nightly deposits. Yantorn was the manager of the West Side Mall store. Yates claimed the thefts took place from Jan. 1 to Feb. 11 totaling $9,150, the complaint says. Dollar General District Regional Manager Heather Sborz told police deposit slips were altered as it appeared Yantorn used old deposit slips and changed the date and cash amount before depositing the store's daily cash intake, according to the complaint. timesleader.com

Beaumont, TX: Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery of a Dollar General
A Beaumont man has been convicted of federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today. Kenderious DaShawn Coleman, 20, pleaded guilty to Hobbs Act robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Christine Stetson. According to court documents, on September 10, 2021, Coleman committed the armed robbery of a Dollar General store in Beaumont. Coleman was brandishing a firearm inside the store while demanding money from a store clerk. During the robbery, Coleman struck a store employee in the face with the pistol he was carrying, before making off with approximately $1500 from the store safe. Coleman was arrested nearby a short time later with the pistol and stolen money on him. Coleman was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 6, 2019. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison on the armed robbery charge and an additional 7 years imprisonment for brandishing a firearm during the commission of that crime. justice.gov

Colorado Springs, CO: Crooks run over Kum & Go employee's foot during robbery
Two robbers allegedly hit a clerk with their car as she tried to stop them from stealing merchandise. Police say the woman chased the suspects out of the store as they fled with alcohol. "The clerk had her foot run over and she was knocked to the ground by the vehicle as the suspects recklessly drove away," police said. The crime was reported just before 7 Sunday night at the Kum & Go off Interquest and Market Center Point. Though the suspects had left the scene by the time officers arrived, police say they were able to track them down. kktv.com

Spokane Valley, WA: 2 charged in Armed Robbery at Walmart

Kansas City, KS 5 sentenced for violent Kansas Cell Phone store Armed Robbery; 3 to 12 years

Milford, MI: Man To Serve 10 to 20 year Prison Time For Jewelry Store Armed Robbery

Muncie, IN: Teen sentenced to six years for C-Store Armed Robbery




Auto - Mitchell, IN - Burglary
C-Store - Colorado Springs, CO - Robbery
C-Store - Ocean Springs, MS - Armed Robbery
C-Store - North Attleborough, MA - Robbery
C-Store - Barnwell, SC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Baltimore, MD - Armed Robbery / Shooting
CVS - Duluth, MN - Armed Robbery
CVS - Chesterfield County, VA - Burglary
Dillards - Nashville, TN - Burglary
Flea Market - Corbin, KY - Burglary
Guns - Memphis, TN - Robbery
Jewelry - Fallbrook, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Milford, MI - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Miami, Fl - Burglary
Jewelry - Tempe, AZ - Robbery
Jewelry - Glendale, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Kent , WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Redmond , WA - Robbery
Liquor - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Marijuana - Shoreline, WA - Armed Robbery / Shooting
Motorcycles - Nassau, NH - Burglary
Pawn - Nassau, NH - Burglary
Pharmacy - Jasper County, TX - Burglary
Restaurant - Leesburg, VA - Robbery (Domino's)
Sports - Lenoir, NC - Robbery
Verizon - Woodridge, IL - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Spokane Valley, WA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Lockport, NY - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Roosevelt, NY - Robbery


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• 20 robberies
• 9 burglaries
• 2 shootings
• 0 killed

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