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Vector Security Networks® Announces 2022 Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) Scholarship Recipients

More than $323,500 awarded to loss prevention professionals and hopefuls to date.

PITTSBURGH, April 26, 2022 - Vector SecurityNetworks®, a division of Vector Security, Inc.®, and the single-source integrator of physical security solutions and managed services for North American retailers and multi-site businesses, announces the recipients of its 2022 Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) scholarships, which provide financial support to loss prevention professionals and hopefuls seeking to obtain Loss Prevention Qualified (LPQ) and Loss Prevention Certified (LPC) certifications.

The company began awarding the scholarships in 2009 in support of career development and continuing education in this rapidly-growing industry. Each year, loss prevention professionals, or those interested in a career in loss prevention, are invited to apply.

Read more here

RILA AP Conference

RILA AP's In-Person Return: 'Homecoming' for the AP Industry

After two-plus years of Teams, Zooms, and emails, RILA AP has felt like a homecoming for this amazing, vital, vibrant, ESSENTIAL community.  It's great to be back together. RILA kicked off the start of a great few days at the welcome reception after a stellar day of committee meetings and workshops. linkedin.com

Follow along here for more updates & see pictures below.

Lisa LaBruno kicks off RILA AP

Workshop hosted by LPF

"Women in Retail AP" Breakfast Session

Prosegur's Booth at RILA (1807)


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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Prop 47 Encourages Serial Thieves & Must Be Fixed
Op-Ed: The Legislature must take action to address rampant retail theft

Organized retail theft rings appear to be on the rise especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite our progress toward reforming the criminal justice system, we cannot ignore the reality of rising crime that is making Californians feel less safe and secure. Ignoring this reality and failing to address the issue of crime in a meaningful way will only put California's criminal justice reforms at risk.

That is why I am working with retailers throughout the state to introduce Assembly Bill 2390, a common sense fix to Proposition 47 that will hold repeat retail theft offenders accountable while providing mental health and addiction treatment and other pretrial diversion programs to address the root causes of crime. For cases involving one or more acts of theft or shoplifting, this bill will allow for the value of the property or merchandise stolen to be aggregated to support a felony charge of grand theft. The court can then determine whether pretrial diversion would be appropriate to require mental health or addiction treatment or other support services.

The problem with the current law is that a vast majority of retail theft is committed by serial offenders. Many of these offenders know that, under Proposition 47, stealing less than $950 in a single theft is petty theft - a misdemeanor. They also know that they can commit multiple petty thefts and still only face misdemeanor charges - meaning they will be cited and released and most cases will go unresolved. Neighborhood stores are left to wonder why they should even bother reporting incidents of retail theft if nothing will be done.

Proposition 47 promised pretrial diversion programs for offenders, but misdemeanor offenders have no incentive to participate in the absence of any serious consequence not to. Offenders prefer to be convicted for a misdemeanor and do little to no time in jail rather than commit to a mental health or drug treatment program. AB 2390 will make diversion programs actually work by providing the incentive necessary to participate in the program, by allowing separate instances of retail theft to be counted in aggregate toward the $950 threshold for grand theft.

In this way, AB 2390 will hold serial offenders accountable, while at the same time providing them the opportunity and incentive to address the root causes of their crimes. AB 2390 is a necessary step toward addressing the rise in retail theft that will help keep our communities safe. Californians are paying attention. It's time for the Legislature to take action. dailybreeze.com

Perfect Storm: Theft, Counterfeits & Inflation
Grocery store owners worry about an increase in theft amid rising prices
As grocery prices rise, some stores worry people could be turning to theft to cover their food bill. One store manager said a recent run with fake bills has him wanting to act before it becomes a bigger problem.

"As grocery prices go up, we are going to have to watch thieving a whole lot," said Critchfield Meats and Family Market manager Jerry Cinnamon. He says most shoppers here are great lifelong customers. But a recent encounter with some convincing counterfeit bills has him and the store on high alert.

Cinnamon says that fake money initially passed the "pin test". But now they'll start taking things a step further and checking for a watermark before accepting suspicious cash.  But with food inflation climbing to five percent this month, Cinnamon says rising food prices means they will have to keep a close eye out for any more fake cash and other illegal activity in the store.

"We're watching the store a whole lot better. We are thinking about not letting backpacks in because that's just an easy way for someone to throw stuff in and just walk out the door." For now, he's asking cash payers to take a closer look at their money before handing over to the cashier.

We reached out to Lexington P.D. about anymore counterfeit bill sightings and we are still waiting to hear back. Officers say if stores want to report theft of any amount, they will come out to make a report. But it is the owner's choice if they want to prosecute. lex18.com

Law & Order vs. Police Reform
Showdown between reform and tough-on-crime policies in California attorney general's race
The most contentious and closely watched California election in 2022 is likely to be the race for attorney general, where voters will choose in June from the liberal incumbent who was appointed to the job last year, three unheralded challengers and an openly gay career prosecutor whose campaign could hinge on the public's new fears about crime.

For state Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta, the timing of his first statewide campaign could be challenging. The race coincides with increased scrutiny of recent criminal justice reform efforts, a juxtaposition that his opponents see as an opportunity to pin the blame for rising crime on Democrats. They believe that new leadership at the California Department of Justice will strengthen law and order and bring political balance back to Sacramento.

Already, Bonta's opponents have tried to characterize him as a far-left politician of the same ilk as two of the state's most embattled local prosecutors, Los Angeles Dist. Atty. George Gascón and San Francisco Dist. Atty. Chesa Boudin. Both men face recall efforts.

Bonta points to a program he launched last year to apprehend human traffickers and the recent felony charges his office filed against alleged members of a statewide organized retail theft ring. He said he's focused on defending California's strict gun laws and has ramped up efforts to remove firearms from prohibited persons. latimes.com

How to Stop Mass Shootings Before They Occur
DC shooting and NYC subway attack show signs of how to prevent mass shootings
Many mass shootings, like the one in the New York City subway in mid-April, are carried out by lone offenders who plan their attacks and engage in warning behaviors. Contrary to popular belief, perpetrators of these crimes don't just suddenly "snap" or come out of nowhere.

The accused subway shooter, for instance, posted disturbing videos online, drove to New York from far away, outfitted himself with gear and deployed smoke grenades as he opened fire. On Friday, evidence police found in an apartment in Washington, D.C., where a suicidal gunman had opened fire at a school across the street, wounding four people, indicated an attack planned well in advance.

Case research shows it's often possible for people around these offenders to notice escalating warning signs - especially with the school-shooting threats that spike this time of year - and reach out for help before it's too late. nbcnews.com

Monterey police, state theft task force investigating organized retail burglaries



COVID Update

572.8M Vaccinations Given

US: 82.7M Cases - 1M Dead - 80.5M Recovered
Worldwide: 510.1M Cases - 6.2M Dead - 463.4M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 354   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 760
*Red indicates change in total deaths

COVID's Impact on Shopping Malls
Some struggling shopping malls in the U.S. are being converted into health clinics
Nationwide, 32 enclosed malls house health care services in at least part of their footprint, according to a database kept by Ellen Dunham-Jones, a Georgia Tech urban design professor. One of the first was Jackson Medical Mall in Mississippi, founded by Dr. Aaron Shirley in 1996. Nearly a third of those medical transformations have been announced since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The more recent additions include the Capital Hill Mall in Helena, Montana, where Benefis Health System is building a 60,000-square-foot primary care and specialty clinic on part of the 13-acre site that was razed in 2019. In Alexandria, Virginia, Inova Health System is part of a billion-dollar mixed-use development on the Landmark Mall site, which includes plans for a full-service hospital and trauma center.

The lockdowns brought by COVID-both required and voluntary-pushed many bricks-and-mortar retailers already on the brink out of business. But medicine's reuse of retail space is more than pandemic opportunism, according to a November article in the Harvard Business Review. The three authors suggest the rise of telemedicine and continued push toward outpatient procedures will make malls increasingly attractive locations for health care.

The proposition makes sense for commercial real estate investors, too, especially as mall owners struggle. A few went bankrupt during the pandemic. Every mall owner is now looking for mixed-use opportunities, said Ginger Davis of Trademark Properties in Charleston, South Carolina. fortune.com

China Lockdown Fears Trigger Panic Buying
Panic buying in Beijing stores amid COVID lockdown fears
Panicked residents in Beijing stockpiled food and supplies, cleaning out grocery store shelves, as fears of a hard lockdown on the Chinese capital spread after authorities on Sunday announced mass testing to contain a small cluster of new coronavirus cases.

Local news reports and videos showed road closures and apartment buildings sealed off with metal fencing as authorities imposed "targeted lockdowns" in neighborhoods found to have positive cases. Long lines of residents waiting to be tested could be seen throughout Chaoyang.

Worried the restrictions and mass testing presage a sudden citywide lockdown similar to that of Shanghai, residents quickly began panic buying goods for an extended quarantine.

Internet users posted photos of empty grocery stores in Beijing as supplies of eggs, vegetables and meat ran low. Wumart supermarkets extended business hours, and food and grocery delivery platforms added delivery hours. Online shopping platforms such as Meituan reported a spike in orders of as much as 50 percent since Sunday, while Beijing's commerce bureau on Sunday called on platforms selling fresh produce to increase their inventory and delivery staffing. washingtonpost.com

China's Lockdown Impact on Retail
Shanghai's economy slows as COVID deals blow to industry, retail
Shanghai's first-quarter retail sales, a key gauge of consumption, fell 3.8% year-on-year, swinging from 3.7% growth in the first two months. In March alone, retail sales nosedived by 18.9%.

'Everything is halted': Shanghai shutdowns are worsening shortages
Thousands of air fryers are stuck in factories, warehouses and ports in central China, where shutdowns have stalled millions of dollars worth of inventory.

COVID pill to be widely available soon, White House says


6 of eBay's Former Global Security Team - Sr. Dir & Corp. Global Team - Plead Guilty in Fed Court
Former eBay Sr. Director of Safety & Security Pleads Guilty to His Role in Cyberstalking Campaign
James Baugh, 47, of San Jose, Calif., eBay's former Senior Director of Safety & Security, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit stalking through interstate travel and through facilities of interstate commerce, two counts of stalking through interstate travel, two counts of stalking through facilities of interstate commerce, two counts of witness tampering and two counts of destruction, alteration and falsification of records in a federal investigation. U.S. District Court Judge scheduled sentencing for Sept. 29, 2022.

In June 2020,
Baugh was arrested and charged along with David Harville, eBay's former Director of Global Resiliency. Co-conspirators and former eBay employees:

Philip Cooke -former supervisor of security operations for eBay's European and Asian offices, sentenced in July 2021 to 18 months in prison. (Philip Cooke DOJ Sentencing)

Brian Gilbert - former Senior Manager of Special Operations for eBay's Global Security Team, pled guilty Oct 8, 2020 - awaiting sentencing

Stephanie Popp - former Senior Manager of Global Intelligence, pled guilty Oct 8, 2020 - awaiting sentencing

Veronica Zea - former eBay contractor who worked as an intelligence analyst in eBay's Global Intelligence Center (GIC), pled guilty and awaiting sentencing.

Stephanie Stockwell - former manager of eBay's GIC. Previously pleaded guilty on Oct, 27, 2020

David Harville has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

According to court documents, between approximately Aug. 5, 2019 and Aug. 23, 2020, Baugh and his co-conspirators at eBay agreed to
engage in a harassment campaign targeting a husband and wife in Natick, Mass. for of their roles in publishing a newsletter that reported on issues of interest to eBay sellers. Senior executives at eBay were frustrated with the newsletter's tone and content, and with the tone and content of comments posted beneath the newsletter's articles. The harassment campaign arose from communications between those executives and Baugh, who was eBay's senior security employee.

Baugh and his co-conspirators allegedly
executed a three-part harassment campaign intended to intimidate the victims and to change the content of the newsletter's reporting. The campaign included sending anonymous and disturbing deliveries to the victims' home; sending private Twitter messages and public tweets criticizing the newsletter's content and threatening to visit the victims in Natick; and traveling to Natick to surveil the victims and install a GPS tracking device on their car.  Continue Reading

Congress Authorizes All Law Enforcement Agencies to Police Criminal Drone Usage
Criminal usage of drones is increasing and evolving.

Justice Department Issues Statement on the Administration's Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS - Drones) National Action Plan and Legislative Proposal
Up to now it was only the DOJ's (FBI) responsibility.

The Department of Justice has responsibly used the authority Congress granted it in the Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018 to protect critical department missions and the public, such as high-profile sporting events like the Super Bowl and the World Series, from the threat posed by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as "drones."

But the threat posed by the criminal use of drones is increasing and evolving, and department components cannot protect everyone, everywhere, all the time.

On April 19 Congress reauthorized this and extended it in the 'Counter - UAS National Action Plan' and comprehensive legislative proposal. Extending relief from federal criminal laws to state, local, territorial and tribal (SLTT) law enforcement entities to use technology to detect, and in limited circumstances, mitigate UAS threats under appropriate controls and Federal oversight. A third critical component of the plan is endorsement of the department's legislative proposal that would fill a gap in federal criminal laws to prosecute the most malicious and dangerous uses of drones.

The Counter-UAS plan is a whole-of-government measured proposal that builds off existing authorities to address the threat that simultaneously protects privacy and civil liberties of the American people, the safety of the national airspace and the communications spectrum.

A fact sheet about the C-UAS National Action Plan and legislative proposal can be found at the White House webpage at the following link: Counter-UAS National Action Plan Fact Sheet justice.gov

Amazon Hired Private Security to 'Infiltrate Unions'?
From Amazon to Apple, tech giants turn to old-school union-busting

Tech companies are facing increasing momentum from workers trying to organize

At a Staten Island warehouse set to start its vote on unionizing Monday, Amazon has hired consultants to union-bust, mandated classes to discourage organizing and threatened to arrest union leaders for trespassing.

"THE ALU IS TRYING TO INSULT YOUR INTELLIGENCE," reads a flier handed out there, referring to the upstart Amazon Labor Union. In an attempt to scare workers, it alleges that the new union's officers "can put you on trial and fine or expel you." A message from Amazon, taped to one of the warehouse's snack machines, blares: "The ALU is Lying to you! The only thing they guarantee is ... you no longer have a voice."

The unionizing workers at Amazon join a larger movement across the country triggered in part by high inflation and the pandemic.

Faced with the threat of unionized workforces, tech companies - some of the most valuable and fastest-growing in the world - are increasingly turning to classic union-busting tactics to preserve their control over their workforces.

Tech companies have surveilled workers suspected of organizing, posted anti-union propaganda and hired anti-union consultants, according to interviews with workers and organizers. They've also forced workers to attend "captive audience" meetings to undermine union talking points, lobbied for laws that will prevent workers from getting the right to unionize and fired employees who drew attention to these tactics.

Amazon has been using anti-union consultants for nearly two decades, defeating efforts to unionize in Britain in 2004 and Virginia in 2016, and releasing an anti-union training video in 2018. It also hired Pinkerton, the private security agency used to infiltrate unions since the late 1800s, to stop Whole Foods workers in 2020, according to internal documents obtained by Vice.

Pinkerton did not respond to a request for comment.

Tech companies are facing some blowback for deploying these tactics, so they may get more secretive, said Bradley Tusk, an early Uber investor and adviser.

"They're going to have to do it unbelievably quietly," he said. "The criticism they will get will not be worth it." washingtonpost.com

Security Company Pay Lawsuit
Allied Universal Security Services faces lawsuit for non-payment of wages
Allied Universal Security Services and a slew of affiliates face a proposed class and collective action that claims they've failed to properly pay employees in the wake of a 2021 data breach that crippled the companies' timekeeping system.

The 23-page case says that after Kronos, the defendants' timekeeping and payroll system, became inoperable in December 2021 due to a cyberattack, Allied Universal failed to take the necessary steps to accurately track workers' hours and pay them due overtime wages.

Instead of paying workers for their actual hours, Allied Universal based their wages on prior pay periods or "reduced payroll estimates" that failed to account for some of the workers' time, the lawsuit claims.

The case alleges Allied Universal's apparent failure to pay employees the entirety of their wages, including overtime, violates the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and several California statutes. The lawsuit relays that Allied Universal, a security services company who employs over 800,000 workers, has used the Kronos timekeeping and payroll system since at least December 11, 2021, when the system was the target of a ransomware attack.

Per the suit, this practice has many times resulted in workers being paid less than they were owed, especially for overtime hours. The case contends that Allied Universal was well aware of its obligation to pay overtime at the proper rates given it had "routinely" done so prior to the Kronos hack. Per the suit, the defendants' failure to pay workers at the correct rates and for every hour worked was "willful." privateofficerbreakingnews.blogspot.com

Amazon Go goes to the suburbs
Amazon Go: Inside the new cashierless store moving in to the suburbs
Amazon.co is opening one of its Amazon Go convenience stores in Mill Creek, WA, today. The store is designed for consumers living in suburban areas and includes a selection of grab-and-go items that can be paid for using the Amazon app.  usatoday.com

Report: Simon, Brookfield offer to buy Kohl's for $8.6 billion
Shopping center giants Simon Property and Brookfield Asset Management have made an offer to acquire Kohl's Corp. for $68 a share, which would value the department store chain at some $8.6 billion, reported The New York Post. The two mall owners teamed up in late 2020 to buy the retail and operating assets of Penney. chainstoreage.com

For furniture retail, supply chain chaos has become 'normalized'
As category players extend lead times and amass inventory to manage delays, they're also building sourcing relationships beyond China and Vietnam.

See inside one of the last 4 Kmart stores in the US days before it closed down forever

U.S. trucking downturn foreshadows possible economic gloom

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Mgr AP Solutions Supply Chain job posted for Walgreens in Williamston, SC
Manages safety and security programs, procedures, techniques, and equipment related to DC and Central Pharmacy facility employees. Proactively identifies, investigates and reports potential and actual exposure to loss of Company assets. Develops means to minimize risk, ensure compliance to Company policy and provide guidance to DC store/personnel on detecting and preventing loss. jobs.walgreens.com

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How LP Can Partner with Other Departments to Boost Video Surveillance Investments

May 12, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET

Security technologies, especially video, have become very powerful data gathering tools that can both reduce shrink and improve the profitability of store operations. In 2021, we reached the major milestone of 1 billion CCTV cameras installed around the world.

Today's video surveillance solutions are far more than just a security system, but how do you get other departments engaged in sharing with the investment?

Join Axis and Prosegur, as we look beyond buzzwords such as AI, machine learning, and IoT to better understand where accelerated digital transformation has brought the video surveillance industry. Walk away with key insights to get IT, HR, Marketing, Operations, and other key stakeholders interested in gaining more value from your systems today and help budget for your interconnected systems of tomorrow.

At the end of the session, Axis Communications will also give away 5 free LPQ/C Course Scholarships to random webinar attendees! Winners will be notified the day following the Webinar via email.

This webinar is presented by the Loss Prevention Foundation in partnership with Axis Communications and qualifies for 1 continuing education unit (CEU) towards your LPC recertification or CFI recertification.






Retail Comes in at 4th of Top 5 Industries Attacked
New threat groups and malware families emerging
Mandiant announced the findings of an annual report that provides timely data and insights based on frontline investigations and remediations of high-impact cyber attacks worldwide. The 2022 report--which tracks investigation metrics between October 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021-reveals that while significant progress has been made in threat detection and response, adversaries are still innovating and adapting to achieve their mission in targeted environments.

Global median dwell time drops to three weeks

According to the report, the global median dwell time--which is calculated as the median number of days an attacker is present in a target's environment before being detected--decreased from 24 days in 2020 to 21 days in 2021. Digging deeper, the report notes that the APAC region saw the biggest decline in median dwell time, dropping to just 21 days in 2021 compared to 76 days in 2020. Median dwell time also fell in EMEA, down to 48 days in 2021 compared to 66 days the year before. In the Americas, median dwell time stayed steady at 17 days.

New threats emerge as China ramps up espionage activity

The report also notes a realignment and retooling of China cyber espionage operations to align with the implementation of China's 14th Five-Year Plan in 2021. The report warns that the national-level priorities included in the plan "signal an upcoming increase in China-nexus actors conducting intrusion attempts against intellectual property or other strategically important economic concerns, as well as defense industry products and other dual-use technologies over the next few years."

Additional takeaways

Infection vector: For the second year in a row, exploits remained the most frequently identified initial infection vector. In fact, of the incidents that Mandiant responded to during the reporting period, 37% started with the exploitation of a security vulnerability, as opposed to phishing, which accounted for only 11%. Supply chain compromises increased dramatically, from less than 1% in 2020 to 17% in 2021.

Target industries impacted: Business and professional services and financial were the top two industries targeted by adversaries (14%, respectively), followed by healthcare (11%), retail and hospitality (10%) and tech and government (both at 9%).

New multifaceted extortion and ransomware TTPs: Mandiant observed multifaceted extortion and ransomware attackers using new tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) to deploy ransomware rapidly and efficiently throughout business environments, noting that the pervasive usage of virtualization infrastructure in corporate environments has made it a prime target for ransomware attackers. helpnetsecurity.com

42% Increase in New Ransomware Programs
How fast do cybercriminals capitalize on new security weaknesses?
Threat intelligence analysts at Skybox Research Lab uncovered a 42% increase in new ransomware programs targeting known vulnerabilities in 2021. The report revealed how quickly cybercriminals capitalize on new security weaknesses - shrinking the window that organizations have to remediate vulnerabilities ahead of an attack.

AdvertisementRecord-breaking growth in new vulnerabilities

With 20,175 new vulnerabilities published in 2021, Skybox Research Lab witnessed the most vulnerabilities ever reported in a single year. And these new vulnerabilities are just the tip of the iceberg. The total number of vulnerabilities published over the last 10 years reached 166,938 in 2021 - a three-fold increase over a decade.

These cumulative vulnerabilities, piling up year after year, represent an enormous aggregate risk, and they've left organizations struggling with a mountain of cybersecurity debt. As the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) highlights in its Top Routinely Exploited Vulnerabilities list, threat actors are routinely exploiting publicly disclosed vulnerabilities from years past.

OT vulnerabilities nearly double year-over-year

Operational technology (OT) vulnerabilities jumped 88%, which are used to attack critical infrastructure and expose vital systems to potentially devastating breaches. OT systems support energy, water, transportation, environmental control systems, and other essential equipment. Attacks on these vital assets can inflict severe economic damage and even endanger public health and safety.

As OT and IT networks converge, threat actors are increasingly exploiting vulnerabilities in one environment to reach assets in the other. Many OT attacks begin with an IT breach, followed by lateral movement to access OT equipment. Conversely, intruders may use OT systems as steppingstones to IT networks, where they can deliver malicious payloads, exfiltrate data, launch ransomware attacks, and conduct other exploits. Increasingly, malware is designed to exploit both IT and OT resources. helpnetsecurity.com

'Unprecedented Numbers of DDoS Attacks'
Ukraine Invasion Driving DDoS Attacks to All-Time Highs

Unprecedented numbers of DDoS attacks since February are the result of hacktivists' cyberwar against Russian state interests, researchers say.

The first quarter of 2022 saw a 46% increase in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks over Q4 2021, which a new report attributes to a community of "hacktivists" intent on disrupting Russian state interests in retaliation for the Ukraine invasion.

The report, by security vendor Kaspersky, notes that the volume of DDoS attacks was already historically high, but the first months of 2022 saw more targeted and innovative activity than previously seen. The DDoS attacks also persisted for much longer than previously recorded, with the average DDoS session lasting 80 times longer than during the last months of 2021.

The report points to one instance from the past quarter where attackers set up a site similar to a popular puzzle game called "2048" to make launching attacks on Russian sites more like a game to recruit others to launch additional attacks.

"In Q1 2022 we witnessed an all-time high number of DDoS attacks," said Alexander Gutnikov, security expert at Kaspersky, in a statement. "The upward trend was largely affected by the geopolitical situation. What is quite unusual is the long duration of the DDoS attacks, which are usually executed for immediate profit. Some of the attacks we observed lasted for days and even weeks, suggesting that they might have been conducted by ideologically motivated cyberactivists."

Gutnikov pointed out that the report found most organizations were unprepared to defend against DDoS attacks. darkreading.com

Dealing with Retail Cyber Threats
Webinar: The latest on the cyber threat landscape and a glimpse into Westfield Malls' strategy

Apr 27, 2022 1:00 PM ET

As retail digitization continues to be top of mind - from omnichannel retailing to the frictionless customer experience, and from empowering store associates to store and supply chain automation, along with cybersecurity threats from Eastern Europe - risk levels are at an all-time high from threat actor groups looking to attack the private sector.

In the webinar, you will hear from Palo Alto Networks Experts and a fellow retailer from a practitioner's point of view on how they are dealing with these threats and implementing tools and technologies to ensure stability and innovate for the future. Register here

Microsoft upgraded 190,000 PCs to Windows 11







Targeting Online Counterfeits
A sticking point in China competition bill: what to do about fake products

Online marketplaces in lobbying battle with manufacturers over provisions targeting counterfeit goods.

Both the House and Senate are getting back to work in Washington next week, and one item on their to-do list is finalizing a bipartisan innovation and competition package.

The Senate passed its version of such legislation last June (the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act), then the House passed its version in February (the America COMPETES Act), and negotiators now need to reconcile them.

Other provisions could take aim at the sale of counterfeit goods on online marketplaces, but there are competing approaches and a lobbying battle over them.

The Senate's U.S. Innovation and Competition Act incorporates a bill known as the INFORM Consumers Act, which would require e-commerce sites to verify and disclose information about their high-volume, third-party sellers. Supporters say it would deter online sales of fake products by anonymous sellers.

The House's America COMPETES Act, on the other hand, incorporates both the INFORM Consumers Act as well as the SHOP SAFE Act - which would make online platforms liable when a third party sells a harmful counterfeit product and that platform hasn't followed certain best practices.

The INFORM Consumers Act has a 75% or 80% chance of getting included in a final competitiveness law, while the sharper-toothed SHOP SAFE Act has just a 25% chance, reckons Owen Tedford, senior research analyst at Beacon Policy Advisors.

"The SHOP SAFE Act would hold e-commerce platforms liable for counterfeit products sold on their platforms - just like their brick-and-mortar retail counterparts - unless they take a specific set of common-sense, preventative measures," said the letter from more than 100 organizations, including the National Association of Manufacturers, Honda's North American business, Bayer, Lilly, Mattel and Philip Morris International. marketwatch.com

The Hard Work Begins for Amazon Union Advocates
Amazon workers voted against high odds to unionize a New York warehouse. Now the tough part begins
In the aftermath of their hard-won labor victory, Amazon workers in the New York City borough of Staten Island popped Champagne, cheered their victory and danced in celebration. But their jovial attitude will be tested by a company that seems likely to drag its feet to the bargaining table.

Among other things, the nascent Amazon Labor Union, or ALU, has said it wants longer breaks for warehouse employees, more time off and a dramatically higher minimum hourly wage of $30, up from just over $18 an hour now at the Staten Island facility.

To achieve anything close to that, the grassroots union would need to negotiate a contract with Amazon that both sides, as well as union members, agree on. Doing so could prove difficult.

Even if Amazon goes to federal court and fails, it could still cause a contract delay and potentially blunt some of the momentum a union victory might create. Chris Smalls, the fired Amazon worker who leads the Amazon Labor Union, has said that since the group won its election earlier this month, workers from more than 100 Amazon facilities in the U.S. have contacted the union about organizing their own workplaces. A neighboring Amazon warehouse on Staten Island, which has roughly 1,500 workers, is set to have its own union election this week.

Experts say delays for a contract can frustrate such union campaigns and undermine employee confidence in organized labor. The result can be a weak contract or diminished interest among workers in organizing. fortune.com

Zappos Names Amazon Executive as Its First CMO







Palo Alto, CA: Four charged with $5,800 Theft at Lululemon
Palo Alto Police arrested four suspects for organized retail theft last Friday afternoon after shoplifting from a downtown clothing store and were involved in a non-injury hit-and-run collision with another vehicle as they fled the scene. Police booked all four suspects into jail. On Friday, April 22, 2022, at about 2:07 p.m., the Palo Alto 24-hour dispatch center received a call from staff at lululemon reporting a theft of clothing that just occurred, where the suspects had fled in a BMW X5 sport utility vehicle. One minute later, before officers arrived in the area, the dispatch center received another call reporting a non-injury hit-and-run collision that had just occurred, where the description of the suspect vehicle was similar.

The investigation revealed that three suspects (two women and one man) had entered the store, grabbed several items of merchandise, and fled without paying to a waiting getaway vehicle with at least one other person inside. As the vehicle was driving southbound, it ran the stop sign at the intersection, striking a westbound pick-up truck, there were no injuries from the collision. Through investigative leads, officers located the suspect vehicle, a silver 2005 BMW X5. Officers stopped the vehicle in Hayward, and took the five occupants into custody without incident at about 2:43 p.m. Officers recovered all the stolen property (totaling 54 items, valued at approximately $5,800) inside the vehicle. svdaily.com

San Antonio, TX: $25,000 worth of merchandise stolen from card shop
Tonight, police are searching for sports memorabilia stolen from a local store. Two men were caught on camera breaking into the Boomtown Sports Cards & Collectibles store near the intersection of Bandera Road and Prue Road. The store's owner says he recently opened his business and now has a big setback. Nava says $25,000 of merchandise was stolen from the store shelves including basketball cards, football cards, autographed jerseys, and some of his son's favorite merchandise. kens5.com

Annapolis, MD: Police Investigating Armed Robbery at Macy's in Annapolis Mall
The Anne Arundel County Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Westfield Annapolis Mall on Friday evening and are seeking the public's help in identifying four suspects. On Friday, April 22, 2022, at approximately 7:30 pm, Officers responded to the Macy's at the Annapolis Mall in reference to an armed robbery. According to several store employees, two black males and two black females entered the store and began to select several boxes of perfume from the women's fragrance counter. They concealed the items in bags. One of the store employees approached the group and asked them what they were doing. At that point, one of the male suspects displayed a pistol in his waistband. The suspects then fled in a black Infiniti SUV. Approximately $2500 worth of merchandise was stolen. eyeonannapolis.net

Westlake Village, CA : Man who stole jewelry worth $8,000 from TJ Maxx in Westlake Village sought
Authorities are asking for the public's help to identify a man who allegedly stole jewelry worth thousands of dollars from a TJ Maxx in Westlake Village. Just after 11 a.m. April 20, a grand theft occurred at the store, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a special bulletin. A man caught on surveillance video entered the store and approached the jewelry department. He asked the associate to see a pair of earrings values at $7,999. When the associate removed the earrings from the glass case, the man grabbed them and ran to the exit without making any attempt to pay, officials said. ktla.com

Flathead County, MT: Alleged shoplifting spree lands three in county jail
A trio of women face multiple felony charges after they allegedly twice went on a shoplifting spree - one successful, the other less so - during a three day period earlier this month. Brie Darlene Baker-Gong, 25, faces one count of theft and another count of attempted theft. Kayla Janae James, 25, is charged with accountability theft. Prosecutors charged Deborah Lynn Renenger, 31, with theft, attempted theft and criminal possession of dangerous drugs. Authorities believe Baker-Gong and Reneger successfully made off with about $1,617 in merchandise from the big box retailer on April 16. According to court documents, two women with loaded shopping carts approached the checkout line together. Authorities returned to the same big box store on April 18 after learning that the women had attempted a similar heist. This time, employees confronted the women, who took off running. Store employees added up the goods in the abandoned shopping cart and put the value of the items at about $1,717. As they arrested the three, they took stock of the items visible in the vehicle. Those included, according to court documents, clothing, merchandise tags, video games and a pipe. dailyinterlake.com

Seattle, WA: Men steal up to $2000 in Pokemon cards from Seattle game store

Galesburg, IA: Man arrested for theft at Menards, police find large amount of stolen meat from Hy-Vee

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Chicago, IL: 1 man fatally shot after fight inside Snipes store in Bronzeville area
Chicago police are searching for the gunman who killed one person after an argument in Bronzeville. The man was shot across the street from the Snipes store in the 4700 block of South Cottage Grove just before 1 p.m on Sunday. A witness, who works security security across the street, told CBS 2's Sabrina Franza that there was an argument inside the Snipes that ended on the street along South Cottage Grove Avenue. She said the victim was trying to get into a car with a woman and a toddler when he was shot and fell into the street. The victim was shot two times in the chest and was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center.  cbsnews.com

(Update) Dedham, MA: Man indicted on first-degree murder charge in South Shore Plaza shooting death
A Norfolk County grand jury indicted a man Monday on a charge of first-degree murder for allegedly shooting another man in the head at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree earlier this year. No arraignment date has been set for Julius Hammond-Desir, 19, of Maynard. Police allege Hammond-Desir shot Dijoun Beasley, 26, of Dorchester, on Jan. 22, in front of Beasley's girlfriend and her 3-year-old child inside the mall. He is also charged with carrying a loaded firearm without a license and carrying a firearm without a license. Beasley was shopping in a store on the main floor of the Braintree mall when police say Hammond-Desir allegedly shot him with a pistol. news.yahoo.com

New York, NY: JSA Offering Reward in Case of Murdered NYC Store Owner
The Jewelers' Security Alliance is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible for the murder of a Queens, New York pawn shop owner. On the afternoon of March 28, the suspect entered the Global Pawn Shop in Jamaica, Queens, and tried to sell watches to store owner Arasb Shoughi, according to a Daily News report. The suspect allegedly forced Shoughi to the back of the store, knocking him to the ground and beating him with a metal rod. The suspect also stole miscellaneous jewelry items from the store, JSA said, before fleeing the scene. The 60-year-old Shoughi was rushed to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition with severe head injuries, said the report. On April 17, three weeks after the robbery, he succumbed to his injuries. nationaljeweler.com

Phenix City, AL: Police continue search for Walmart shooting suspect
We have new details on a shooting inside of the Phenix City Walmart on the 280 Bypass that lead to a high speed chase into Auburn Sunday night. Police said it started with an attempt to steal two 65 inch televisions, totaling about $2,000. One suspect has been arrested, but the second has yet to be located. Just before 9:30 Sunday night, Phenix City police were called to the Walmart on the 280 Bypass in reference to a robbery and shots fired. Lt. Angela Leslie with the Phenix City Police Department told us once the two suspects, Deuante Levon Richardson and Shemekia Brooks, were being questioned about the two televisions in their possession, Richardson fired one gun shot that hit the entrance floor.... then they both ran to a car and sped off. wtvm.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Houston, TX: FBI: Three arrested in attempted Armored Car Robbery in March
The FBI Violent Crime Task Force announced on Monday that it arrested Malinda Cruz, 35, Randy Long, 30, and Carl Johnson, 34, of Houston in relation to the broad daylight armored car robbery at which over 40 shots were fired on March 23 at a northwest Houston Comerica Bank. The charges allege an exchange of gun fire occurred between the three men, during which time the courier shot Johnson in the thigh. Long and Johnson were able to get away, according to the allegations. cw39.com

Missoula, MT: Flathead County man suspected in Armed Robbery of pharmacy appears in court
A Columbia Falls man suspected of robbing a Columbia Falls pharmacy of drugs at gunpoint appeared in court Monday for an initial appearance on a criminal complaint, U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said. The criminal complaint accuses Grant Alan West, 37, with a Hobbs Act robbery. If convicted of the most serious crime, West faces a maximum of 20 years in prison. kpax.com

DOJ's 'Operation Sideswipe' Get's 36 Guilty Pleas Out of 47 Indictments
Three sentenced for roles in staging truck and bus accidents in Louisiana

Nine people have been sentenced in staged accident scheme so far

The sentences bring to nine the total number of individuals sentenced in the scheme. Sentences have ranged from probation to home incarceration to four years in jail.

No defendants in the staged accident scheme have gone to trial. Only one lawyer involved in the scheme, Danny Keating, has been indicted. He pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.

There also is a reference to a "former co-defendant" who was gunned down in his home shortly after he was indicted in September 2020.

More indictments are expected. freightwaves.com

Oakbrook, IL: Family robbed at gunpoint in parking lot outside Oakbrook Center Neiman Marcus

Mobile, AL: Woman attempts to dine and dash, hits restaurant employee with car

Fife, WA: Locksmith shop damaged during smash-and-grab burglary



Manila, Philippines: 73 traders, brokers charged over $7 Million smuggled goods
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has filed charges against 73 traders and brokers who allegedly tried to smuggle P356.1 million worth of goods during the first quarter of the year. In a recent report, the BOC said its Bureau's Action Team Against Smugglers filed 24 cases against 73 importers, exporters and brokers for violating Republic Act 10863, the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act. The bureau also filed six administrative cases against the brokers before the Professional Regulation Commission. philstar.com



C-Store - Factoryville, PA- Burglary
C-Store - Harrisburg, PA - Burglary
C-Store - Harrisburg, PA - Burglary
Collectables - San Antonio, TX - Burglary
Collectables - Seattle, WA - Burglary
Dollar General - Mason City, IA - Burglary
Jewelry - Merrillville, IN - Robbery
Jewelry - Baltimore MD - Robbery
Jewelry - Canton, OH - Robbery
Jewelry - Tigard, OR - Robbery
Jewelry - Glendale, AZ - Robbery
Jewelry - Phoenix, AZ - Robbery
Jewelry - Portland, OR - Robbery
Jewelry - Frisco Tx - Burglary
Liquor - Kalihi, HI - Armed Robbery
Liquor - Providence, RI - Armed Robbery
Locksmith - Fife, WA - Burglary
Macy's - Annapolis, MD - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Corona, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Mobile, AL - Robbery
Vape - Gillette, WY - Burglary
7-Eleven - Abilene, TX - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 12 robberies
• 10 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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