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i3 international wins SIA NPS Award 2022 for their Ai Cloud

A cost-effective solution that expedites the adoption & advancement of Ai-based video analytics

Toronto, Canada - April 8, 2022 - i3 International, a leading provider of Artificial Intelligence and data analytics solutions, wins the SIA NPS Award for their Ai-Cloud solution at the 2022 ISC West Show in Las Vegas, NV.

SIA NPS Award committee recognized i3's commitment to innovation and excellence by awarding the company with the best in show for its secure Ai Cloud solution. i3's Ai Cloud is a convenient and cost-effective solution for anyone looking to add Ai to their existing CCTV system without altering their current infrastructure. i3's Ai will help users advance their loss prevention & analytics tools.

Read more in the Vendor Spotlight column below


The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

The Great Debate: How to Fight the ORC Wave
Op-Ed: Lawmakers should address retail theft at scene of the crime, not online
Smash and grab robberies are not only plaguing Alabama, but the country as a whole. It's up to Alabama's lawmakers to make sure they respond with policy that is tough on crime. However, the only parties bills like HB 318 will be tough on are our local small business community.

While the intent behind HB 318 is admirable, there's little evidence to suggest that it will actually be effective in halting the wave of organized retail crime in its tracks.

If HB 318 becomes law, it will force small businesses to provide a home address and other personal information for the entire internet to see, undermining the very reason many sellers choose to work from home in the first place. Exposing online sellers' personal information won't curb in-store organized retail crime, but it could lead to home break-ins, stalking, identity theft, and other forms of harassment.

During challenging times like these, we should be supporting the people of Alabama, not tying them up with more regulations and red tape. More rules mean less freedom for our Virtual Main Street to thrive and survive in an economy that is already suffocating under sky-high inflation and a supply chain crisis.

Instead, let's address the problem at its source: the stores organized retail crime bandits are targeting in the first place. What we really need are common-sense legislative solutions that are tough on crime. This is an opportunity for Alabama to be leaders in empowering our law enforcement amid a clarion call to defund the police. Let's make sure our men and women in blue are rich in the resources they need to do their job to crack down on actual crooks, not hardworking business owners.

Retail theft needs to be addressed at the scene of the crime, not online. Lawmakers aren't elected to make life more difficult for Alabama small businesses. If safety truly is the priority here, let's not put Alabama businesses at risk in a misguided attempt to address retail crime. There's a better solution to the in-store retail theft problem-supporting our local law enforcement. altoday.com

Retail Workers Face Violence & Harassment
Another Troubling Crime Trend: Violence Against Retail Workers
The NRF found that 69% of retailers said the "pandemic resulted in an increase in overall risk for their organization." Workplace violence was specifically mentioned.

More than 60% of retailers reported that organized retail crime (ORC) gangs were showing "higher levels of aggression and violence." A few of the top cities included Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. Not all instances involve ORC.

In a survey with 4,300 workers, by Our Fair Wage, 39% of workers were leaving, or already left their job because of concerns with "hostility and harassment from customers." The survey was conducted between October 2020 and May 2021.

Our Fair Wage also found that 80% of employees "experienced or witnessed hostile behavior from customers" when staff tried enforcing COVID-19 safety measures. Overall, 49% experienced it weekly.

Almost 50% "experienced or witnessed a noticeable change in overall levels of unwanted sexualized comments from customers," Our Fair Wage stated.  At the Journeys in the Deptford Mall, one of the managers stated that one of their associates, who is a minor, regularly gets harassed by men. Not all of the harassment comes from customers.

Hunter Hansen, another manager at Journeys, experienced harassment from someone trying to apply in 2019 when he worked at a Journeys location in Virginia.

"With the size and scope of these threats continuing to grow, it is clear retailers need support from additional external resources," the NRF said. thewhitonline.com

NYC's Shoplifting Surge
Big Apple shoplifting skyrockets 81% compared to last year
Shoplifting complaints in the Big Apple have skyrocketed 81% this year compared to last as the city continues to reel from a crime surge that's eclipsing pre-pandemic levels, data released Wednesday show.

So far this year, there's been more than 5,000 petty larceny, grand larceny and robbery complaints stemming from shoplifting incidents citywide, Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael LiPetri said during a Wednesday crime statistics briefing.

"We've seen an increase of 81% of shoplifting complaints that includes petty larceny, grand larcenies and robberies where individuals go in and continue to steal merchandise, and then are confronted by a worker and then they get assaulted," LiPetri said.

That's up from about 2,100 shoplifting complaints recorded during the same period last year when many New Yorkers were at home avoiding the post-holiday, winter COVID-19 surge.

Of those arrested for shoplifting related offenses over the past two years, 2,000 are recidivists who've been cuffed three or more times and 379 have been taken into custody three or more times for shoplifting crimes specifically, LiPetri said.

Drug stores across the Big Apple have been reeling from a recent rash of thefts - some of which have turned violent. nypost.com

NY Strengthens Bail Law & Tightens Rules for Repeat Offenders
New York Toughens Bail Law in $220 Billion Budget Agreement
Faced with rising concerns over crime in an election year, Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York State legislative leaders on Thursday reached agreement on an expansive budget that included measures to strengthen bail restrictions and tighten rules for repeat offenders.

Under the agreement, Ms. Hochul, a moderate Democrat running for her first full term this year, managed to persuade a largely reluctant Democratic-led Legislature to enact changes to a 2019 bail law that barred judges from setting bail for defendants charged with less serious crimes.

The revised law will direct judges to consider new factors - including whether a defendant is accused of seriously harming another person or has a history of gun use - in setting bail.

The changes are a significant win for Ms. Hochul, who faced fierce pushback on her bail proposals from a range of opponents, including fellow Democrats and public defenders. But the governor, in negotiating her first budget, held firm with the more progressive Democratic lawmakers who had strenuously objected to any rollback.

The outcome reflected the latest efforts by Democratic leaders in New York to address voter concerns about public safety ahead of elections in November, when Republicans are expected to perform strongly.

Democratic leaders in Albany have argued that the 2019 changes are not to blame for an increase in violence in New York City. But they have also said that they hoped that alterations would improve public safety. nytimes.com

NYC 'Headed Backward' on Crime?
Shootings Rise in New York, Coloring Perceptions of City's Safety

Homicides were down in the first quarter, but the statistics don't stem anxiety that the city might be regressing to a violent past.

Shootings in New York City rose during 2022's first quarter compared with the same period last year, even as homicides declined, police officials said Wednesday afternoon, the continuation of a drumbeat of violence that emerged early in the pandemic, and has not ebbed with the virus.

Shooting incidents increased from 260 to 296 in the first quarter of this year compared with the same period last year, according to the latest Police Department statistics, which include the first three days of April.

In the two years since the Police Department's last full briefing on crime statistics, pockets of New York have seen upticks in shootings and murders, underscoring concern that America's most populous city could be headed backward.

Mayor Eric Adams has made reversing that trend the central goal of his administration. "The N.Y.P.D. will use every resource and opportunity to secure this city," Commissioner Sewell said, but "reversing years will not take weeks." nytimes.com

Retail Crime Wave a Top Concern Among Americans
Americans more worried about crime amid violence, retail crime wave

After a major spike in violent crime in recent years and a wave of retail theft, Americans are growing more concerned about crime.

Newly released Gallup polling found that 53% of surveyed Americans worry a "great deal" about crime, the highest level since 2016. The poll found an additional 27% of Americans are worried a "fair amount" about crime, with women, Republicans and city residents among the most concerned.

The poll comes after a major violent crime wave in recent years. Now retail theft is going unchecked in parts of California where viral videos have shown thieves walk into stores and fill garbage bags with merchandise only to walk out unhindered.

San Francisco has become a focus for this concern where retail crime has become so pervasive that Walgreens shut down 22 locations in the city.

"Organized retail crime continues to be a challenge facing retailers across San Francisco and we are not immune to that," Walgreens said in a statement. "Retail theft across our San Francisco stores has continued to increase in the past few months to five times our chain average. During this time to help combat this issue, we increased our investments in security measures in stores across the city to 46 times our chain average in an effort to provide as safe environment."

Other stores have reported similar problems, in large part due to a recent law in California that treats any thefts under $950 as a nonviolent misdemeanor. Those crimes are hardly ever prosecuted, and the boldness of thieves has continued to increase in California cities. New York has also seen a rise in retail crime which comes on the heels of a spike in violent crime in recent years. thecentersquare.com

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COVID Update

563.9M Vaccinations Given

US: 81.9M Cases - 1M Dead - 66.2M Recovered
Worldwide: 496.7M Cases - 6.1M Dead - 432.4M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 354   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 753
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Change in COVID cases per 100k people in the last two weeks

Deaths & Cases Decline Nationally
COVID cases rise again in half the states

Half of the states are seeing COVID case numbers rise again while nationwide totals continue to fall.

The Omicron subvariant known as BA.2 is the dominant strain circulating around the U.S., accounting for almost three out of every four cases. As in-person gatherings have begun again, COVID has sickened a number of Washington A-listers, reminding everyone - yet again - we're not out of the woods with this pandemic.

Overall, cases dropped 5% across the U.S. to an average of about 28,700 cases from an average of more than 30,000 cases two weeks ago. Deaths fell to an average of 600 a day, down 34% from just over 900 a day two weeks ago.

While U.S. officials have said they aren't expecting a significant rise in hospitalizations or deaths, there have been signs of hospitalizations rising among older individuals in the U.K., the Guardian reported. axios.com

COVID's Work Impact Continues
Leaked email reveals Nike will expand remote-work options in wake of attrition and employee criticism

Nike on Wednesday expanded its remote-work policy to allow for four weeks of fully remote work

Nike is giving office workers up to four weeks of fully remote work per year. Employees can take the time in one-week increments and combine it with time-off and sabbaticals.  Nike previously said office workers are required to return to offices three days a week by May 3.

Workers, especially in Nike's technology division, have been critical of the rigidity of the plan, with several telling Insider it was a reason for them leaving the company. A Nike technology worker credited the company with responding to worker frustrations, but noted the three-day-a-week in-office policy still rankles some employees.

Like many large companies, Nike has repeatedly changed its back-to-office plans in response to numerous factors, including variants, case loads, and employee feedback. It's also piloting a fully-remote schedule with some employees. businessinsider.com

US likely to see a surge of Covid-19 in the fall, Fauci says
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Wednesday that he thinks there will be an uptick in cases of Covid-19 over the next few weeks and that it is likely that there could be a surge in the fall.

Asked later whether it should be expected that this fall will look like the past two -- and if people should be bracing for something around October -- Fauci said that he thinks "it is likely that we will see a surge in the fall."

"I would think that we should expect that we are going to see some increase in cases as you get to the colder weather in the fall," he said. "That's the reason why the [Food and Drug Administration] and their advisory committee are meeting right now to plan a strategy, and we at the [National Institutes of Health] are doing studies now to determine what the best boost would be." cnn.com

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The good and bad news about the current Covid-19 wave


PetSmart Biometrics Lawsuit
Class action challenges PetSmart's use of voice recognition tech
A former PetSmart employee in Illinois filed a putative class action challenging the company's use of voiceprint and voice recognition technology. The suit claimed PetSmart's practices violate the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act.

PetSmart required warehouses workers to use the technology to create an individual voiceprint, unique to each person, the complaint alleged. Workers then carried out orders sent from a central computer by interacting with voice recognition software, which responded based on their voiceprint. The voiceprints, stored in a file containing the worker's name and employee number, could have been subject to hacking and put the workers at risk for identity theft, according to the lawsuit.

Petsmart violated BIPA, the suit claimed, by: failing to obtain workers' written consent to collect their voiceprints; failing to inform them in writing of the length and purpose for which their voiceprints would be collected, used and stored; and failing to timely destroy the voiceprints. Petsmart did not respond to requests for comment.

Employers are increasingly using biometric data for timekeeping, security and warehouse operations. But legislators and regulators have taken note and are working to put limits on that use.

Passed in 2008, Illinois' BIPA restricts the use of biometric information and biometric "identifiers," which include retina, fingerprint, voiceprint, hand or face geometry scans, but not writing samples or written signatures. It requires that covered entities provide notice to and obtain a written release from a person before they can collect, use or store biometric information. retaildive.com

Is Your Emergency Response Plan Up to Date?
4 Reasons Why You Should Dig Out Your Emergency Response Plan

No matter the weather, keep your employees safe by planning for disaster.

It's important for companies to have the right safety and communication technology so they can protect their employees and property in the event of a weather emergency.

Step 1: Audit your current practices and systems.
Making sure your plan is fresh and up-to-date with your facility's current infrastructure guarantees that when an emergency arises, you are prepared.

Step 2: Integrate your technology.
Companies that can integrate their existing technologies in a more efficient way have a competitive advantage when triaging emergencies. For instance, companies can integrate all their existing safety systems onto a single platform with an emergency alerting platform.

Step 3: Customize your alerts.
The alerts are entirely customizable, including from which end users they are sent to and the information they contain. This allows for the quick and direct dispersal of information during an emergency.

Step 4: Bolster communication.
Automated emergency alerting isn't the only way to keep your company informed during an emergency. A mass notification platform is another great tool that can allow companies to keep their employees informed about any situation. ehstoday.com

No End in Sight to Retail Closures in Russia
Levi's chief sees no end to Russia closures 'any time soon'

Moscow could grab famous jeans trademark after company suspended operations

Levi Strauss does not expect to be able to reopen in Russia this year, its chief executive said on Wednesday, a month after the California jeans maker suspended operations there "temporarily" in response to Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

Conditions for western companies in Russia were "really difficult", Bergh said, noting authorities had assumed powers that could allow them to nationalise the operations of businesses that stop supplying Russian customers.

Levi's is still paying more than 800 employees in Russia, and has kept a couple of outlet stores open "to flush inventory", he said, but "every day when you open the newspaper the situation looks worse".

Few CEOs have made any public projections of how long they might be frozen out of Russia's market, however. ft.com

'Just Walk Out' Expands with 27th Store
Amazon targets Virginia for cashierless grocery store expansion
Amazon has opened a new Amazon Fresh store in Virginia, and it's just the beginning of a planned expansion in the state.

Amazon's newest high-tech Amazon Fresh store in Fairfax, Va. is its second location in Virginia and its 27th overall. Open as of Thursday, April 7, 2022, the store measures approximately 30,000 sq. ft. The company is also now hiring for hundreds of employees across three new Amazon Fresh locations planned to open in Northern Virginia in Lorton, Manassas, and Arlington.

The new Fairfax store is also the first Amazon Fresh store in Virginia to feature Amazon's "Just Walk Out" technology. Customers who opt for Just Walk Out shopping can enter the store by scanning the in-store QR code in their Amazon app, use the Amazon One proprietary palm payment solution, or insert a credit or debit card linked to their Amazon account to open the Just Walk Out gates. chainstoreage.com

The Smaller, Smarter 'Store of the Future' Trend Is Real
The embrace of the smaller, smarter, store-of-the-future trend is underway, and it carries benefits for consumers and retailers alike.
N.L.R.B. counsel calls for a ban on mandatory anti-union meetings
The meetings are a common response by companies like Amazon and Starbucks to union drives among workers. The full labor board will make the decision.

Macy's warns that consumers may choose vacation over shopping

Online brands open stores in suburbs to be closer to customers

Surging inflation compelling small businesses to raise prices

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Leader of the CVS AP Analytics Team
Asset Protection - Lead Director job posted for CVS Health in Cumberland, RI

This position will report to the Executive Director of Asset Protection Strategy & Profitability with consistent exposure to senior leadership.

As the leader of the Asset Protection Analytics team, the Lead Director of Asset Protection will be leading a team of analytical professionals and work streams at all levels to help formulate mitigation plans against loss /shrink. This involves developing, validating and scaling analytics driven strategies through testing, measuring, and learning across a variety of programs and initiatives. Identifying potential risks and subsequent mitigation strategies when developing recommendations. linkedin.com

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i3 international wins SIA NPS Award 2022 for their Ai Cloud

A cost-effective solution that expedites the adoption & advancement
of Ai-based video analytics

Toronto, Canada - April 8, 2022
- i3 International, a leading provider of Artificial Intelligence and data analytics solutions, wins the SIA New Products and Solutions (NPS) Award for their Ai-Cloud solution at the 2022 ISC West Show in Las Vegas, NV.

SIA NPS Award committee recognized i3's commitment to innovation and excellence by awarding the company with the best in show for its secure Ai Cloud solution. i3's Ai Cloud is a convenient and cost-effective solution for anyone looking to add Ai to their existing CCTV system without altering their current infrastructure. i3's Ai will help users advance their loss prevention & analytics tools.

Over the past 15 years, i3 has been rigorously training its Ai algorithm to detect objects and human characteristics accurately. The need to process these images without heavy infrastructural and financial investment to the user has been a long-overlooked gap in the video analytics segment. i3 International saw the need for an affordable, accessible, and efficient method of leveraging millions of existing non-ai IP and HD analog cameras in service of machine learning and video analytics.

Business owners are constantly looking for ways to strengthen their operational efficiency and customer experience. i3's Ai cloud helps them take advantage of this technology by turning their cameras into smart Ai-enabled cameras. This solution allows to collect customer behavior data and help marketers create personalized products or services for customers.

The advancement of these detection algorithms can now be fully supported in the i3's Ai Cloud. By leveraging the power of cost-effective offsite servers' organizations can now implement Ai detection on all existing cameras without replacing their existing CCTV hardware.

This solution is a significant step forward for i3 international and its integrators. "I couldn't be happier for my company and our development team for making this a reality!", says Mr. Vy Hoang, Chief Customer Officer at i3 International Inc.

To learn more about i3's products and services, you can contact them directly through their website.






Fin7 Takedown Finally
3rd Member of Hacking Gang Fin7 Gets 5 Yrs for Attacking Restaurant, Gambling & Hospitality Industries
Hacked 20M cards, 6,500 POS terminals, 3,600 locations for over $1 billion!

Member of Hacking Group Sentenced for Scheme that Compromised Tens of Millions of Debit and Credit Cards

Damage to Banks, Merchants, Card Companies & Consumers Estimated at $1 Billion+

A Ukrainian man was sentenced today in the Western District of Washington to five years in prison for his criminal work in the hacking group FIN7.

According to court documents, Denys Iarmak, 32, served as a high-level hacker, whom the group referred to as a "pen tester," for FIN7. He was arrested in Bangkok, Thailand, in November 2019 at the request of U.S. law enforcement. Iarmak is the third member of the FIN7 group to be sentenced in the United States. On April 16, 2021, FIN7 member Fedir Hladyr was sentenced to 10 years in prison. On June 24, 2021, FIN7 member Andrii Kolpakov was sentenced to seven years in prison.

In the United States alone, FIN7 successfully breached the computer networks of businesses in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, stealing more than 20 million customer card records from over 6,500 individual point-of-sale terminals at more than 3,600 separate business locations. According to court documents, victims incurred enormous costs that, according to some estimates, exceeded $1 billion dollars. Additional intrusions occurred abroad, including in the United Kingdom, Australia, and France. Companies that have publicly disclosed hacks attributable to FIN7 include such chains as Chipotle Mexican Grill, Chili's, Arby's, Red Robin, and Jason's Deli.

Since at least 2015, members of FIN7 (also referred to as Carbanak Group and the Navigator Group, among other names) engaged in a highly sophisticated malware campaign to attack hundreds of U.S. companies, predominantly in the restaurant, gambling, and hospitality industries. FIN7 hacked into thousands of computer systems and stole millions of customer credit and debit card numbers that were then used or sold for profit. FIN7, through its dozens of members, launched waves of malicious cyberattacks on numerous businesses operating in the United States and abroad. To execute its scheme, FIN7 carefully crafted email messages that would appear legitimate to a business' employees and accompanied emails with telephone calls intended to further legitimize the emails. Once a file attached to a fraudulent email was opened and activated, FIN7 would use an adapted version of the Carbanak malware, in addition to an arsenal of other tools, to access and steal payment card data for the business's customers. Since 2015, many of the stolen payment card numbers have been offered for sale through online underground marketplaces.

"To make matters worse, he continued his work with the FIN7 criminal enterprise even after the arrests and prosecution of co-conspirators. He and others in this cybercrime group used hacking techniques to essentially rob thousands of locations of multiple restaurant chains at once, from the comfort and safety of their keyboards in distant countries." justice.gov

Ransomware Payments Surged in 2021

63% of organizations paid the ransom last year
A record 71% of organizations were impacted by successful ransomware attacks last year, according to a CyberEdge Group report, up from 55% in 2017. Of those that were victimized, 63% paid the requested ransom, up from 39% in 2017.

As to why more organizations today, like Colonial Pipeline, CNA Financial, and JBS Holdings, are paying ransoms, there are three explanations:

Threat of exposing exfiltrated data. Most modern ransomware attacks not only encrypt compromised data, but also exfiltrate it. Failure to pay a ransom can, and has, resulted in public exposure of highly sensitive data, to the embarrassment of its victims.

Lower cost of recovery. Many organizations conclude that paying a ransom is significantly less costly than enduring the high cost of system downtime, customer disruptions, and potential lawsuits stemming from publicly exposed confidential data.

Increased confidence for data recovery. 72% of ransom-paying victims recovered their data last year, up from 49% in 2017. This increased confidence for successful data recovery is often factored into the ransom-paying decision.

"These days, being victimized by ransomware is more of a question of 'when' than 'if,'" says Steve Piper, CEO of CyberEdge Group. "Deciding whether to pay a ransom is not easy. But if you plan ahead, and plan carefully, that decision can be made well in advance of a ransomware attack. At the very least, a decision framework should be in place so precious time isn't wasted as the ransom payment deadline approaches."

People problems persist

This year, "lack of skilled personnel" and "low security awareness among employees" were the highest-rated concerns, as they have been for the last three years. In other words, the two biggest persistent problems are not budget or technology-related, but rather people-related. According to this year's report, 84% of responding organizations are experiencing a shortfall of skilled IT security personnel. IT security administrators (41%), IT security analysts (33%), and IT security architects (32%) are in greatest demand. helpnetsecurity.com

Keep Your Organization's Digital Doors Locked
War in Ukraine Presents Cybersecurity Threats for Business
A little over a month after the beginning of the war between Russia and Ukraine, the two countries are living what is being referred to as a "Cyber Cold War" with attacks on government sites and threats to infrastructure.

US President Joe Biden has already warned that US organizations should "lock their digital doors," while UK officials are calling for "increased cybersecurity precautions." This presents an enormous risk for businesses globally.

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"The greatest risk to business is not doing enough to secure their infrastructure to respond to this threat. Businesses must adopt Cyber Security Agility as a core business process. Cyber Security Agility is the state where a business can rapidly adapt to the constantly changing threat environment with minimal business disruption.

How to ensure security and detect vulnerabilities

There are several possible methods that can be used to identify vulnerabilities. The best option for each company depends on its existing IT infrastructure. After an initial assessment, the experts build a strategy based on each company's needs and analyze existing systems to find the most effective penetration testing method.

With a holistic view of IT security, the company's experts perform tests that assess organizational vulnerabilities - procedural and human - in addition to infrastructure, such as in relation to phishing emails, now used during the war between Russia and Ukraine.

"Businesses need to maintain vigilance against the constantly changing threat environment," Pellegrino added. "Cybercriminals continue to target power grids, hospitals and financial institutions using targeted phishing attacks aimed at installing ransomware." prnewswire.com

New cryptomining malware targets AWS Lambda

The malware, dubbed Denonia, is written in Go for easier deployment and uses AWS's own open-source Go libraries.

The malware hides command-and-control traffic in DNS requests performed to an attacker-controlled domain and hides those requests using DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH). DoH encrypts the contents of DNS requests, so a traffic inspection mechanism will only see requests going to HTTPS DNS resolvers such as cloudflare-dns.com or dns.google.com and not the actual contents of the queries. This makes detection more difficult and allows attackers to bypass Lambda environment settings that might disallow traditional DNS traffic over port 53. csoonline.com

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Amazon's Massive Drone Operation

Leaked documents show Amazon aims to deliver 1 million packages by drone in 2025 - at a whopping cost of $63 per package

Amazon plans to roll out Prime Air drone deliveries to 1,300 trial shoppers this year.

Internal projections viewed by Insider predict each drone delivery to cost $63 per package in 2025, the year Amazon aims to deliver one million packages annually by drone. That's nearly 20 times the cost of the average ground delivery that Amazon makes, but a significant reduction compared to current drone delivery costs, according to documents from earlier this year, obtained by Insider.

The drone deliveries, which Amazon expects to be available free of charge to Prime customers, will be offered in 32 different locations by 2025, the documents said. Amazon has been quietly testing Prime Air deliveries in a handful of rural areas in Oregon and California for at least the past 18 months, and is looking to expand the trial test to 1,300 shoppers later this year, as Insider previously reported.

The hefty price tag of each drone shipment illustrates the costly nature of Prime Air. Even after working on the program for nearly ten years, Amazon is still grappling with the cost structure of using autonomous drones to drop packages on customers' doorsteps within an hour.

Prime Air is part of the company's wide-ranging efforts to find a fast, cost-effective solution for the final stage of delivery, known as the last-mile. It's largely considered one of the most difficult logistical challenges facing ecommerce, and drone delivery is one of several programs Amazon has tested. The company has significantly expanded its own in-house delivery arm in recent years, and launched new services like the independent contractor program Flex and an autonomous delivery device called Scout. businessinsider.com

Kroger, Bed Bath & Beyond officially launch e-commerce partnership
The grocery giant and leading home goods retailer are rolling out a multi-category e-commerce collaboration that was initially announced in November 2021. Enabled by the Kroger Ship Marketplace extended-aisle digital marketplace (with ship-to-home capability), the new venture has added several thousand items from Bed Bath & Beyond and buybuy Baby to Kroger's online assortment.

The curated digital experience is divided into shoppable categories that include both Bed Bath & Beyond's owned brands, as well as national brands. A sample of private label and national brand products available via the partnership is available here.

Kroger and Bed Bath & Beyond are also planning to pilot a branded shop-in-shop experience featuring curated products from Bed Bath & Beyond and buybuy Baby. chainstoreage.com

Amazon plans to object to union victory in New York
It is gathering evidence for its claim that Amazon Labor Union 'threatened' employees to vote yes

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Trenton, NJ: Five men convicted for $2 million perfume cargo heist
New Jersey authorities say that five men were convicted on charges related to a scheme to transport over $2 million worth of stolen perfume products out of New Jersey to Florida. On Wednesday, April 6, Carlos Duvergel, 57, of Texas, and Juan Crespo, 45, Felix Castillo, 49, Asnay Fernandez, 31, and Ismael Manzano-Suarez, 24, all of Hialeah, Florida, were convicted in a federal court in Trenton, New Jersey, with conspiring to transport stolen property in interstate commerce and transportations of stolen property in interstate commerce. The charges were issued in connection with a cargo theft incident that occurred in November 2017. Authorities say that the defendants broke into a warehouse in Edison, New Jersey, and drove away with two tractor trailers filled with stolen perfume products worth more than $2 million. The defendants were arrested in May 2018 while attempting to break into another perfume warehouse in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Sentencing for all five defendants is scheduled for September 27, 2022. The count of conspiring to transport stolen property in interstate commerce carries a maximum penalty five years in prison. The count of transportations of stolen property in interstate commerce carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Both charges also carry a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offenses, whichever is greatest. cdllife.com

Orange County, CA: 2 sought in $200,000 smash-and-grab jewelry robbery at Westminster Mall
Authorities are seeking the public's help to identify two men who stole over $200,000 worth of jewelry from the Westminster mall. The suspects entered the Kay Jewelers store at the Westminster Mall at about 3:50 p.m. Monday and used a sledgehammer to smash glass cases before grabbing the jewelry and fleeing in a rented sedan, according to the Westminster Police Department. ocregister.com

Athens, GA: Smash and grab burglary at Athens jewelry store
The Athens Police Department is investigating a Tuesday morning burglary at Kay Jewelers. Police said three suspects broke into the back door of the business about 5:25 a.m. Tuesday. That set off an alarm, and the offenders were gone when police arrived. The store is still conducting inventory to determine what was taken, according to Capt. Brett Constable. The investigation is ongoing. youtube.com

Nashville, TN: Accused serial shoplifter arrested following $21K Gucci theft
A woman in custody is accused of shoplifting tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from Nashville retailers. Angela Simpson, 26, of Nashville, was arrested by Metro Nashville Police on Thursday night for theft of merchandise from Gucci at the Mall at Green Hills twice, and Carters on Sawyer Brown Road. The businesses estimate that Simpson stole an estimated $23,580 worth of items. Police say that Simpson stole 11 Gucci purses on March 18. The retailer tells them that she is the same person that stole purses on February 22. Also on March 18, Carters reported to police that two women came into the store and placed numerous items into bags and left without paying. Police say they were in the same vehicle and wearing the same clothing in the Gucci theft. Simpson has a lengthy criminal history of theft of merchandise. fox17.com

Los Angeles, CA: Burglars steal thousands of dollars in collectible sports cards from Encino shop Mamba Cards
Burglars were caught on camera stealing a valuable stash of sports trading cards, emptying the shelves at Mamba Cards in Encino Tuesday. Surveillance video shows the masked burglars taking box after box of valuable merchandise. They grabbed whatever they could get. "They were looking for our sealed inventory - stuff that was sealed and stuff they can easily just grab," said Leor with Mamba Cards. But at the same time they also grabbed items that were not worth much, says Daniel, also with the store. He thinks the burglars were amateurs hoping to get a score. "We also saw them take items that don't have any value, which tells me that they may not know what they were taking," he said. abc7.com

Youngstown, OH: Sports Collectables valued at over $10,000 the target for burglars
The rash of hobby shop thefts continues with police now connecting at least two southeast Ohio burglaries. About 3:15 AM Wednesday, someone broke through a glass front door at Youngstown Sports Cards and stole around $10,000 worth of cards and other merchandise. Owner George Samonas told WKBN-TV he was still compiling inventory, though. The burglar was inside the shop for less than three minutes. sportscollectorsdaily.com

Odessa, TX: Repeat offender admits to Walmart theft; charged in 2021 with $30,000 ORC theft
An Odessa man is behind bars after police said he was caught stealing from Walmart. Jason Rae Lemoine, 39, has been charged with Theft. According to an affidavit, on April 1, officers with the Odessa Police Department responded to Walmart at 2450 NW Loop 338 after employees said they caught a man with a backpack full of unpaid merchandise. A Loss Prevention employee said he saw the suspect, later identified as Lemoine, driving a motorized cart through a sporting goods aisle. Lemoine grabbed about $225.00 worth of goods from the section and then drove over to the hardware aisle where he filled his backpack. When officers spoke with Lemoine, he admitted to the theft and admitted that wasn't his first time stealing. In fact, jail records indicated that Lemoine was charged with Credit Card Abuse in October of 2000. He was charged with Theft by Check in April of 2004 and again faced the same charge in January of 2005. In 2017, he was charged with Burglary. Then, in January of last year, he was charged with Organized Retail Theft resulting in losses of more than $30,000. yourbasin.com

Boulder, CO: Update: Boulder Police recover stolen Bicycle prototypes valued at $80,000 with help from local retailer

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New Albany, IN: Suspect in Indiana gas station shooting charged with murder
A man who fatally shot two people at a gas station in southern Indiana has been charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, police said Thursday. Floyd County Superior Court issued a warrant charging Cherok Ameer Douglass, 37, of New Albany, with the new charges in addition to earlier charges of kidnapping and robbery, Indiana State Police Sgt. Carey Huls said. Douglass was extradited from Kentucky on Wednesday and is currently in the Floyd County Jail, Huls said. ktar.com

Edmonds, WA: Man, woman arrested in February slaying of Edmonds 7-Eleven store clerk
Police said Thursday that they have arrested two people in connection with the fatal shooting in February of an Edmonds convenience store clerk who was gunned down during an apparent robbery. Officials did not immediately identify the 26-year-old Auburn woman and 25-year-old man from Enumclaw who have been taken into custody. Both are facing charges that include first-degree murder and attempted first-degree robbery, police said in a written statement. The man is expected to also face a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm, according to police. It was not immediately clear if bond has been set in the case for the two suspects. Police said in a written statement that Nagendiram Kandasamyaround, 64, of Edmonds, was fatally shot while working his shift at the store, located at 238th Street SW and Highway 99. komonews.com

Lansing, MI: Man arrested for deadly shooting at shoe store
The Eaton County Sheriff's Office says they have arrested a man in connection to deadly shooting at Snipes shoe store in Delta Township. On Nov. 23, 2021, 22-year-old Antonio Taylor was shopping at Snipes on West Saginaw Hwy. when he was shot and killed. Now, the ECSO says they have arrested Willie James III from Lansing in connection. He was arraigned on open murder charges and was given no bond. wlns.com

East Rutherford, NJ: Shots fired at Meadowlands American Dream mall
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy urged people to stay away from the American Dream mall as police investigated a shooting at the East Rutherford complex Thursday evening. Shots rang out at the mall and entertainment park around 5:50 p.m., state police said in a tweet. It was not clear if anyone had been injured. "I have been briefed on the shooting at the American Dream Mall and @NJSP has set up a command post," Murphy wrote on Twitter. "We are closely monitoring the situation, and are praying for those impacted. The public is advised to stay away from the area at this time," the Democrat said. One person was injured after being struck by a bullet, cops said. Police were looking for the gunman on Thursday night. nypost.com

Shreveport, LA: Suspect arrested in convenience store shooting
Shreveport police have arrested a 17-year-old in the shooting of a convenience store clerk late Wednesday night. It happened at the Circle K at Jefferson Paige and Pines roads in west Shreveport. Police said the victim was shot in the head and once in the shoulder, with a small caliber weapon. He was rushed to Ochsner LSU Health and is expected to survive. Two customers found the clerk on the floor when they came inside. Police said it did not appear to be a robbery as there was nothing apparently stolen from inside the store. The juvenile faces a charge of attempted second-degree murder. ktbs.com

Opa-locka, FL: Trio Of Thieves Stole Cars From Dealership, Shot Security Guard
An Opa-locka security guard was shot trying to stop three car thieves. The owner of the property, at NW 26th Avenue and 141st Street, said the three young males who were were wearing gloves and masks, smashed their way in through the front door with a rock. They then scoured the dealership, grabbing most of the remote key fobs, and then shot a security guard who employees said tried to stop them. One of the three males in the video was seen carrying a gun. Employees told CBS4's Peter D'Oench that the victim is a private security guard who was allowed to live in an apartment on the property. It's not clear if he has been released from the hospital where he was transported. When reporters knocked on the door of his apartment Thursday afternoon, a man inside that apartment said in Spanish that he did not want to comment. "He is doing okay," said Frank, the property owner. He said two cars were stolen. miami.cbslocal.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

San Diego, CA: Man Attempting to Steal Box of Condoms Stabs Ralph's Security Guard, Flees
Police located a stabbing suspect in the Midway District Thursday, blocks from where he is accused of attacking a grocery store security guard. The male suspect, according to OnScene.TV, was concealing a box of condoms inside his pants as he moved through the Ralphs on Sports Arena Boulevard. When he allegedly attempted to leave the store with the item, at about 9 a.m., a male security guard tried to stop him. The suspect then allegedly pulled out a knife, stabbed the victim in the stomach and fled. The suspect fled from the officers, but they caught up to him and arrested him. OnScene reported that he is a parolee. The victim, who sat on a fire truck being interviewed by officers after the attack, was sent to a local hospital for treatment. timesofsandiego.com

Racine, WI: Woman Charged with Stealing Credit Card Numbers from 9 People
Racine police say a woman stole the credit card numbers from nine individuals and linked them to various fraudulent profiles on a popular cash transaction application. Amy Polentini-Jabs was charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court with nine felony counts of identity theft for financial gain and nine misdemeanor counts of fraudulent use of a financial transaction card. If convicted of all charges, she faces up to 60 years in prison and/or up to $180,000 in fines. Police say the defendant also linked or attempted to link an additional 97 debit or credit cards to her CashApp profile between January 2021 and February 2022. Records from Educator's Credit Union clearly identified at least eight additional area residents who had fallen victim to Polentini-Jabs, and each one confirmed they did not know the defendant. racinecountyeye.com

New York, NY: Duane Reade Manhattan shoplifter' claims security guard tried to assault her - 'Security is not allowed to touch me'
Shameless Manhattan shoplifter 'Jackie' accuses Duane Reade security guard of 'manhandling' her when she stole fabric softener. A brazen Manhattan shoplifter has claimed a security guard at a Duane Reade assaulted her when he stopped her from walking out of the store with fabric softener - as she details her stealing exploits across the city. The shoplifter, identifying herself as 'Jackie', gave an interview outside the Duane Reade on 14th Street in Union Square on Wednesday after her clash with security, claiming they dragged her into a back room and issued her with a notice banning her from all the chain's stores across the state. Jackie spoke openly about her attempts to steal the fabric softener to do her laundry and claims when the security guard stopped her at the door, she complied and handed over the merchandise before trying to leave the store.  dailymail.co.uk

Fort Hood, TX: Army veteran pleads guilty for role in theft of $2.1 million in equipment from Fort Hood
Jessica Elaintrell Smith, 29, accepted a plea agreement Tuesday for one of two federal charges pending against her in the U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas for working with others to steal Army equipment out of storage containers at Fort Hood between March and June 2021, according to court records. The theft included three laser range finders, 57 thermal scopes, four night-vision scopes and 10 night-vision goggles. She will be sentenced June 28. Another former Army veteran and contractor, Brandon Dominic Brown, faces the same charges and has a jury trial set for June in Corpus Christi. A third person involved in the case, Nathan Nicols, pleaded guilty to helping steal the equipment and then listing the items for sale on eBay. Authorities found the stolen Army equipment in Nicols' home when they searched it in July. He will be sentenced June 21. On June 17, 2021, soldiers at Fort Hood reported to the Army Criminal Investigation Division that 17 large cargo containers had been found with their locks cut from them and a formal inventory showed about $2.1 million worth of gear missing. Investigators found the stolen gear for sale online about a week later and traced it to Nicols in Corpus Christi, according to court records. Text messages on Nicols' phone linked the crime back to Smith. stripes.com

Bath, NY: Adult Store employee charged with theft of $11,000


Cargo Theft

DHL Cargo jet splits in half after skidding off runaway in Costa Rica
A DHL cargo jet broke in half after sliding off the runway while landing at San Jose's international airport. The crash Thursday shut down the airport, but the two crewmen aboard were reported uninjured. The fire department says the Boeing 757 had taken off from Juan Santamaría Airport just west of the capital but decided to return after detecting a failure in the hydraulic system. Officials say that upon landing the aircraft skidded, turned and broke in two, exposing its cargo. A spokesman for cargo carrier DHL says both pilots were unharmed but one was being undergoing a medical check as a precaution. fox8.com



Beauty - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Shreveport, LA - Armed Robbery / clerk wounded
C-Store - Moses Lake, WA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
Casino -Silver Springs, NV - Armed Robbery
Collectables - Youngstown, OH - Burglary
Collectables - Los Angeles, CA - Burglary
Collectables - Erie, PA - Robbery
Dry Cleaner - Royal Oak, MI - Armed Robbery
Dry Cleaner - Royal Oak, MI - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Detroit, MI - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Pearl River County, MS - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Detroit, MI - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Glendale, WI - Burglary
Grocery - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery / Guard stabbed
Hardware - Glendale, WI - Burglary
Hardware - Red Lake Falls, MN - Burglary
Jewelry - Canutillo, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Cedar Hill, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Orange County, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Athens, GA - Burglary
Pet - Kirkland, WA - Burglary
Restaurant - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Restaurant - Joliet, IL - Burglary
T-Mobile - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
Tobacco - Mount Vernon, TX - Burglary
Tobacco - Orange County, FL - Burglary
7-Eleven - Reno, NV - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 16 robberies
• 12 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed


Weekly Totals:
• 112 robberies
• 43 burglaries
• 8 shootings
• 3 killed

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