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April's Moving Ups

15 New Senior LP's - 8 Promotions - 7 Appointments

Amazon promoted Sarah Puckett, PMP to Sr. Manager, Program Management
Amazon named James P. Carr CPP, CFI, CCIP Regional Loss Prevention Manager
Amazon promoted Erin Gutierrez, CFI to Senior On Road Risk Manager for
Amazon Web Services promoted David Rozhon, LPC to Regional Security Program Manager
American Freight Furniture, Mattress, Appliance named Tom Arigi named Divisional VP, AP and Safety
Auror promoted Kylene Jones to Director of Operations - North America
Chipotle Mexican Grill named Michael Loox, CFI Senior Manager, Field Asset Protection
EssilorLuxottica promoted Osmany Benitez, CFI to Director, Asset Protection
Floor & Decor named Eric Johnson Corporate Investigator
Penske Logistics promoted Aaron Henderson, LPC, CFI to Vice President LP, Food Safety & Safety
Ross Stores promoted Oscar Rodriguez to Senior Area Loss Prevention Manager
Saks Fifth Avenue promoted Bryan Granata to AVP-Investigations, Training, Analytics and Fraud
Sportsman's Warehouse named Joe Davis, CPP, CFI, LPC Director, Asset Protection & Safety
TJX Companies named Sean Huggins National Task Force Investigator
Victra - Verizon Authorized Retailer named David Broom, CFE, CFI, LPC Vice President, AP

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Auror, the Retail Crime Intelligence company today announced on The Intel, it will be launching its crime prevention platform into the UK market following its appearance at Retail Risk London on 19 May 2022. The software company, already established in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand with the world's best and largest retailers, including Walmart, Woolworths, and Coles, will be setting up offices in London, ready to address the £5 billion retail crime problem across the UK.

Auror's Chief Customer Officer, Rhod Thomas, says he is excited to be back in the UK and leading the company's launch here. The Wales native has been based in New Zealand for the last 10 years, guiding Auror's key partnerships with enterprise retailers in the Australian and New Zealand markets. Rhod is leading a discussion on the Power of collaboration: 10 years on disrupting retail crime at the Retail Risk conference, held at the Novotel, London West.

Learn more about Auror and their UK launch here


Senior NRF Job Posting

VP, Asset Protection & Retail Operations job posted for the National Retail Federation in Washington D.C.

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has represented retail for over a century. Every day, we passionately stand up for the people, policies and ideas that help retail thrive. As the nation's largest private-sector employer, retail contributes $2.6 trillion to the annual gross domestic product (GDP); no other industry comes close. Wherever the industry goes, the nation follows - so we're committed to helping retail go further.

NRF has an excellent opportunity for an experienced leader who will develop strategies, operational and educational programs, and products and services for the retail loss prevention (LP) / asset protection (AP), security, and operations communities.

The candidate will oversee the development of innovative strategies, programs and solution which help retailers mitigate loss and reduce total retail risk; Direct oversight of the NRF Loss Prevention Council and Retail Operations Council; engage in member outreach to ensure an active, robust and diverse Council membership; Identify and support the development of partnerships; engage in regular outreach and communication with existing and potential partners to maintain and enhance NRF's reputation and value to asset protection and operations communities. recruiting.paylocity.com

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

States Across the Country Cracking Down on ORC Rings
Organized Retail Crime Spurs Action by Tax-Deprived States
A growing number of states are deputizing e-commerce marketplaces to crack down on criminal rings selling stolen and counterfeit merchandise online, an escalating fraud that eats holes in retailers' pockets and robs the states of billions in tax revenue.

More than a dozen states debated bills this year that layer new data collection duties on marketplaces such as Amazon.com Inc., eBay Inc., and Etsy Inc., and give law enforcement agencies new tools to use the data to police thousands of e-commerce sellers. Colorado and Ohio enacted these marketplace oversight laws in March, and lawmakers in Alabama, Georgia, and Illinois approved nearly identical measures in the last three weeks.

While a criminal justice theme runs through the new state laws, the measures also address a tax gap that has opened as "organized retail crime" has exploded. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), which represents large retailers including Best Buy Co. Inc., HomeDepot Inc., and Target Corp., recently pegged the federal and state business tax losses at $15 billion annually. That number is billions higher when state and local sales tax losses are added because stolen items are often untaxed or undervalued when fenced online.

"Tax concerns aren't motivating these bills," said Richard Cram, director of a Multistate Tax Commission program addressing sales tax compliance. "But of course, a tax gap emerges where you have merchandise that is being purposely underpriced, so you don't get the full tax value for those goods."

Retailers and law enforcement officials describe the new laws as a line of defense against teams of professional burglars, shoplifters, and fencing agents. These criminal syndicates annually loot more than $70 billion worth of products from brick-and-mortar stores and traffic the stolen goods from e-commerce platforms, according to RILA.

Anonymity and Efficiency

E-commerce has facilitated retail theft in recent years, offering crooks anonymity and efficiency as they fence stolen goods. A report by RILA and the Buy Safe America Coalition pointed to a strong relationship between theft and e-commerce, finding that 61% of the recent surge in shoplifting is attributable to growth in online shopping.

INFORM Consumers Act

Retailers called on Congress and state legislatures to pass laws preventing thieves from shielding their identities when selling goods over marketplaces, Brewer said. At the federal level, both the Senate and the House last year introduced versions of the INFORM Consumers Act, requiring marketplaces to verify the identity of high-volume sellers. The House version of the bill, H.R. 5502, passed in February. news.bloombergtax.com

The Great ORC Debate Continues
Curran calls organized retail theft bill a 'large step backward'
"I am going to be a yes vote," Curran said from the Senate floor, "but I do want to express my disappointment on the large step backward from the initial product you put forward in combating what we see and hear about on a routine basis and really is the systemic organized criminal enterprise that we as a state of Illinois need to approach in a much more serious manner in combating," said Sen. Curran.

House Bill 1091 passed the Senate with 42 yes votes and 10 no votes, and passed the House with 96 yes votes and five no votes. It's been sent to the governor to be signed.

Though Republicans voted for the bill, many Republican lawmakers have withdrawn their names as cosponsors as they called the bill 'watered down' and found it to be appeasing civil liberties organizations and crime victim groups, the Lincoln Courier reported.

The main aim House Bill 1091 is to combat retail theft. It amends the state's criminal code and creates the Illinois Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers (INFORM Consumers) Act.

"Organized retail crimes have wreaked havoc on our workers, businesses and local economies," said Sen. Doris Turner (D-Springfield), who supports the bill, The State Journal-Register reported. Rob Karr, the leader of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, supports the bill.

"This proposal seeks to combat organized retail crime comprehensively by addressing the problem from multiple angles," said Karr, The State Journal-Register reported. willcountygazette.com  westcentralreporter.com

6 Gun Shops, 11,000 'Crime Guns'
New York Times: A Rare Peek at the Pipeline

In Philly, a study found a handful of dealers selling a huge number of guns used illegally. A House panel is uncovering similar patterns elsewhere.

They look like delis or hardware stores - a corner shop decorated with stuffed Easter bunnies, a nondescript brick building in the shadow of Interstate 95, a storefront so picturesque it was featured in the new M. Night Shyamalan movie.

But they are in fact a dozen or so federally licensed firearms dealers operating in Philadelphia, where they have done brisk business in recent years meeting the demand from legal buyers in one of the nation's most violent cities. They are also a major source of weapons used illegally, according to a new report that offers a rare glimpse into the link between legal gun sales and criminal activity.

From 2014 to 2020, six small retailers in south and northeast Philadelphia sold more than 11,000 weapons that were later recovered in criminal investigations or confiscated from owners who had obtained them illegally, according to an examination of Pennsylvania firearms tracing data by the gun control group Brady, the most comprehensive analysis of its kind in decades.

The report's conclusions confirm what law enforcement officials have long known. A small percentage of gun stores - 1.2 percent of the state's licensed dealers, according to Brady - accounted for 57 percent of firearms that ended up in the hands of criminals through illegal resale or direct purchases by "straw" buyers who turned them over to people barred from owning guns.

That finding was in line with a new batch of tracing data obtained by the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which also found that a small number of retailers in Georgia, Indiana, Florida and Michigan were responsible for a high proportion of so-called crime guns traced by law enforcement, according to a letter the committee sent to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Thursday.

The House panel's continuing investigation used data from the A.T.F. to show that "a small number of gun dealers are disproportionately responsible for flooding our streets with guns that are used in crimes," Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, the New York Democrat who is the chairwoman of the committee, said in a statement. nytimes.com

RFID vs. Gun Violence
Reducing Gun Violence via RFID

A recent article published at Medium.com explains why RFID-based smart guns could significantly reduce gun deaths in the United States.

According to Trace.com research, the number of U.S. gun deaths in 2021, excluding suicides but including murders, accidents and justifiable homicides, reached nearly 21,000. What's more, the number of mass-shooting incidents in the nation was nearly 700, two-thirds of all U.S. cities experienced more homicides last year than in 2020, and twenty-two people died in school shootings, while eighty more were injured.

The situation has become so bad that the Build Back Better bill has earmarked $5 billion in funding for community violence intervention. Still, it seems doubtful this is going to change any time soon. But perhaps radio frequency identification can alleviate the situation.

Smart Guns Can Save Lives

With gun violence continuing to spike despite national and state legislative and public health campaign efforts, Fascitelli champions smart guns as a means of bringing down these staggering statistics. As he explains, such guns "can only be operated by the authorized user (i.e., gun owner) who authenticates usage, thus rendering it useless in the hands of children; underage teenagers; criminals who steal it; and non-gun owning individuals' intent on suicide with access to somebody else's gun."

Preventing Suicides, Homicides and Accidents

RFID Journal has covered smart gun technology in the past (see Smart Guns Should Be an Option, Are Smart Guns the Answer? and RFID Makes Guns Smarter and Safer). Fascitelli himself contributed an article on the subject in 2017, in fact (see Why RFID Is the Only Viable Path for Life-Saving Smart Gun Technology), in which he described "a technological solution that could save upwards of 10,000 lives annually by reducing the incidence of child firearm accidents, suicides involving third-party firearms and homicides committed with one of the 250,000 guns stolen annually."

Between the COVID-19 pandemic and the genocidal war in Ukraine, we've seen far too much death in our headlines these days. RFID-based smart guns can help to avoid more needless death. If you're interested in learning why such weapons could significantly reduce the U.S. gun violence epidemic, check out the above-linked articles, as well as Ralph's essay for Medium. rfidjournal.com

Another Violent Summer Coming?
City leaders ponder new strategies as warm weather brings spike in crime
City leaders say the warm weather played a factor in the spike in violence across Chicago this weekend but preparations in place, thought to address the rise in crime, weren't enough.

Ald. Bryan Hopkins (2nd Ward) spoke out Monday, following a violent weekend that saw
42 people shot across 32 incidents, eight of which were fatal. The incidents occurred between 6 p.m. Friday through midnight Sunday.

"We knew the first warm weekend, whether it's late April or early May, it's always around the same time every year, and we were expecting this to happen," Hopkins said. "
We thought we had a plan, and it didn't work."

City leaders' plan involved making arrests, police intervening when fights broke out and
using surveillance video to track people carrying weapons. Hopkins says there are not enough resources, however. A contributing factor, Hopkins says, is the Chicago Police Department is down at least 2,000 patrolmen.

"We need to go back to the drawing board and see what adjustments can be made," says Hopkins, "because to start off
the summer this way is really getting off on the wrong foot." wgntv.com

Mall Curfew Seeks to Curb Criminal Behavior
Weekend curfew to be implemented at The Parks Mall in Arlington after fight among teens last weekend
Beginning this Friday, a weekend curfew for people 18 and under will be enforced at The Parks Mall at Arlington, the mall announced Wednesday. After 2 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, people under 18 must be accompanied by someone who is 21 or older, the mall said.

The curfew, referred to as the Parental Guidance Required program, is in response to a fight that broke out inside the building Saturday and ended with seven juveniles taken into custody. During curfew hours, public safety officers will check IDs at mall entrances. Valid forms of ID include a driver's license or state-issued ID card, a military ID, a school ID card or passport.

People who are over 18 will be offered an optional wristband to wear while shopping. People under 18 or who do not have proper identification cannot enter the mall without an adult. dallasnews.com

Nighttime lighting reduces crime but it's not a one-size-fits all solution, study shows

West Hollywood's security program aims to make residents feel safe again



COVID Update

574.7M Vaccinations Given

US: 82.9M Cases - 1M Dead - 80.6M Recovered
Worldwide: 512.3M Cases - 6.2M Dead - 466.1M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 354   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 761
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U.S. Reaches 'Transitional Phase' - But Still Remains In Pandemic
Fauci clarifies that the pandemic isn't over, after saying the U.S. is out of the 'pandemic phase'
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, said on Wednesday that the pandemic was not yet over, after telling the "PBS NewsHour" on Tuesday that the United States was "out of the pandemic phase."

He offered clarification on NPR's "1A" on Wednesday, saying: "I want to clarify one thing. I probably should have said the acute component of the pandemic phase. And I understand how that can lead to some misinterpretation."

In comments to PBS and The Washington Post this week, Dr. Fauci had said that the country had entered a new phase of the pandemic, because daily counts of confirmed new cases, hospitalizations and deaths were far lower than during the Omicron surge over the winter. And he told The Washington Post on Wednesday, "We're really in a transitional phase, from a deceleration of the numbers into hopefully a more controlled phase and endemicity." nytimes.com

COVID's Retail Impact: A 30,000-Foot View
The Impact of Online Shopping on Retail Sales During COVID-19 Pandemic

While retail e-commerce grew, sales in some industries declined from 2019 to 2020 as pandemic-related lockdowns kept people at home, working and shopping online.

In the face of changes partly caused by the pandemic, retailers are finding new ways to capitalize on the convenience economy of online shopping and at-home delivery. Some brick-and-mortar stores have tried to enhance the shopping experience to give consumers a reason to leave their online comfort zone and return to in-store shopping.

For example, some retailers have held in-store parties decked out with DJs, refreshments and door prizes. Others now accept in-store returns of online purchases to lure customers to their stores.

Here's how some U.S. retail sectors fared in this virtual world:

Sales at gasoline stations fell from $513.5 billion in 2019 to $428.1 billion in 2020, as commuting became unnecessary for many and travel slowed down.

Sales at bookstores dropped from $8.9 billion in 2019 to $6.2 billion in 2020.

Sales at clothing and clothing accessories stores slipped from $269.5 billion in 2019 to $201.4 billion in 2020, as the need for new clothes and accessories for the workplace or social outings waned. bctv.org

Shanghai's economy slows as COVID-19 deals blow to industry, retail
The economy of Shanghai, China's most populous city, slowed in the first quarter from the end of 2021, hurt by rare declines in industrial output and retail sales that were hammered by the country's most serious COVID-19 outbreak.

Denmark becomes the first country to halt its Covid vaccination program


Family Dollar Lawsuit Following Massive Rat Infestation
Arkansas sues Family Dollar over rodents found in facility; AG asks judge to bar the company from doing business in the state

The lawsuit seeks to bar Family Dollar from doing business in Arkansas following an inspection that discovered over 1,000 rodents and led to more than 400 closures

Arkansas is suing Family Dollar over the discovery of more than 1,000 rodents in a distribution facility in the state that prompted the discount retail chain to recall items purchased from hundreds of stores in the South.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge in state court, accuses the chain and parent company Dollar Tree of deceiving consumers, negligence and engaging in a conspiracy that allowed the infestation at the West Memphis facility to occur.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced in February that it had inspected the distribution facility following a consumer complaint. Inside the building, inspectors said they found live rodents, dead rodents in "various states of decay," rodent feces, dead birds and bird droppings.

After fumigating the facility, more than 1,100 dead rodents were recovered, officials said. Family Dollar issued a temporary recall and closed 404 stores in six states - Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee - so numerous products that had been at the facility could be removed from shelves. Family Dollar in February said it was not aware of any illnesses related to the recall.

The products included human foods, animal foods, cosmetics, medical devices and over-the-counter medications. The infestation has also prompted private lawsuits in several other states that have been filed on behalf of customers.

According to the lawsuit, state and federal inspections show Family Dollar had known of the rodent infestation at its facility since at least January 2020.

Arkansas' lawsuit seeks up to $10,000 for each product that was distributed over the past two years by the facility to Arkansas consumers that was affected by the infestation, under the state's deceptive trade practices act. Rutledge is also seeking punitive damages and restitution for Arkansas consumers affected by the contamination. In her lawsuit, Rutledge also asks a state judge to suspend or revoke Family Dollar's authorization to do business in the state. sacbee.com

Price-Fixing or Inflation?
Lawmakers question beef executives over soaring food prices

Two bills aim to reduce food prices and help ranchers, but critics say big beef companies are being scapegoated

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill aggressively questioned the chief executives of the country's four major beef producers, accusing them of engaging in anti-competitive practices that have financially harmed cattle ranchers and driven up the price of meat.

The four multinational corporations - National Beef, JBS, Cargill and Tyson - control 85 percent of the beef industry. Allegations that these meatpackers have abused their position in a highly concentrated market to fix prices has led to $400 million in fines and settlements in recent years. Critics of the companies' conduct also say industry consolidation has squeezed both ends of the supply chain, with ranchers being paid unsustainable prices for their cattle and consumers overpaying at the grocery store.

Defenders of the meatpacking firms say they are being scapegoated for inflation. Tyson chief executive Donnie King defended his company's actions Wednesday, telling the House Agriculture Committee that it doesn't set prices for either cattle or beef.

But lawmakers took a sharp tone with the executives in the face of rising food prices and concerns that the companies took advantage of the coronavirus. The four companies' collective net profits rose more than 300 percent during the pandemic. washingtonpost.com

Retail Wages in the Spotlight
5 major companies together saw their profits increase 41% during the pandemic, 8 times faster than their workers' wages

Wages increased by a much smaller 5% at these five companies together, after adjusting for inflation.

The economic picture wasn't dreary for everyone during the pandemic: Big US companies like Amazon and Target saw huge profits as the world shuttered. A new report from Brookings looked back at how those profits compared to worker pay.

Brookings found that even as profits climbed, worker pay mostly didn't rise at the same rate. It's a familiar pandemic tale, and one that may be fueling the ever-present wave of low-wage workers quitting at near-record rates.

In fact, at five companies who "won" the pandemic profit-wise and for which Brookings had wage data, profits rose by 41% together after adjusting by inflation - but real wages rose by just 5% for workers. Those companies are Amazon, Walmart, CVS, Target, and Kroger. This means "profits rose at eight times the pace of worker wages," per the report. businessinsider.com

Introducing the Essentials of Risk Assessment Certificate
When it comes to establishing a security program, the key to a strong foundation is conducting a security risk assessment. The assessment identifies vulnerabilities and aids security managers in protecting their organization.

The new Essentials of Security Risk Assessments Certificate from ASIS International is designed to give you knowledge and skills to conduct a risk assessment, from collecting data to conducting a site survey and evaluating countermeasures. This entirely virtual and self-paced CPE-eligible course equips you to cite sources of risk and relate the concepts taught to your organization.

Did you know that ASIS members receive $50 off certificate registration? Join today and save!  store.asisonline.org
F.D.A. Moves to Ban Sales of Menthol Cigarettes
Public health experts say the proposal could save hundreds of thousands of lives

Shoppers won't give retailers a second chance after this...

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Sr. Manager, Asset Protection job posted for Advance Auto Parts in Detroit, MI
The Sr Asset Protection Manager (Sr APM) works directly with the Director of Asset Protection and the Regional Vice President (RVP) of Operations. They are responsible for directing and coordinating the AP Department efforts and initiatives in partnership with Field Operators and Cross - Functional teams to achieve maximum effectiveness in controlling loss within their assigned Region. advanceautoparts.jobs

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As retail makes its comeback, it is more important than ever to conserve resources. This is especially important for reducing unnecessary and unexpected spending. Finding ways to reduce costs can be challenging, especially if your team has done a good job of doing more with less. We recommend looking to your foundational LP/AP programs to see if there are opportunities for tighter cost controls - like your key control program.

Locks and keys should be doing more to support the profitability of your organization. Swapping out basic brass locks and keys for a managed Key Control Program can make a big difference, even if you are already using interchangeable cores.

InstaKey clients that convert to an InstaKey Key Control Program save around 80% on rekeys. How?

  • Restricted, serialized keys (keys that cannot be duplicated) put tighter controls on key holder compliance. When keys cannot be duplicated, you can always know what keys are in circulation and who has them.

  • When keys go missing, our user-rekeyable key cores can be rekeyed (without locksmith service) up to nine times before a core needs to be replaced.

  • Cloud-based key tracking software enables retailers to streamline key system record keeping and gain better control of when rekeys happen and monitor associated costs.

  • When you partner with InstaKey, you get a dedicated team of Key Control experts as an extension of your in-house team. We support your Key Control Program to provide materials and best practices to keep a tight control on keyed security and costs.

Are you wasting precious dollars on unnecessary or unexpected locksmith callouts? Do you know how much you are spending? Schedule time to discuss your key control needs and find out if you can reduce spending on Key Control.







How to Write an Incident Response Plan for Ransomware Recovery

How to write an incident response plan to aid in ransomware recovery, including preparation, investigation, containment, eradication, recovery, and lessons learned.

According to
Fortinet's Global Threat Landscape Report, the first half of 2021 saw a 10.7 times increase in the number of sensors detecting ransomware variants compared to the previous year. Throughout the latter half of 2021, ransomware remained at that elevated level with approximately 150,000 individual detections per week.

High-profile attacks have further demonstrated the
financial and reputational impact a ransomware attack can have as "Kaseya" and "Colonial Pipeline" become names synonymous with ransomware. As a result, organizations now living with the reality of a potential ransomware attack are prioritizing plans for prevention and incident response plans in the event their defenses fail. However, what goes into an incident response plan? Who should be involved, and how often should you test it?

Read more here

Feds vs. Cybercriminals
FBI Goes After Cyber Criminals With RAT
Did you know that the
FBI has an Internet Crime Complaint Center called IC3? And did you know that IC3 has a Recovery Asset Team called RAT that, in 2021 alone, used its Financial Fraud Kill Chain (FFKC) to successfully place money holds on approximately $329 million out of $443 million in potential losses from business email compromises, a 74% success rate? That's a pretty decent mouse trap.

Here's how it works. A victim of cyber-crime fills out an online form at www.ic3.gov. The complaint is automatically triaged through the FBI's Internet Crime Database. An IC3 analyst then reviews the complaint and, if certain criteria are met,
transaction details are forwarded to the bank to notify of fraudulent activity and request freezing of the account. Once the bank responds, IC3 contacts the appropriate FBI field office(s) for further investigation.

Internet crime goes far beyond email account compromise and includes investment fraud, real estate and rental schemes, confidence fraud and romance schemes, personal data breaches, tech support scams, cryptocurrency fraud, and ransomware. In 2021,
IC3 received 847,376 complaints, a 7% increase over 2020, with reported potential losses of over $6.9 billion. There is every reason to believe these numbers will continue to rise in 2022.

Ransomware is a main focus of the FBI's IC3. In June of 2021, IC3 began tracking ransomware targeting critical infrastructure sectors such as communications, defense, emergency services, energy, food and agriculture, healthcare and public health, nuclear, transportation, and water. Given Vladimir Putin's ongoing war against Ukraine and the resulting increased threat of cyberattacks against the United States by Russia, and given that a crucial tip could come from anyone at any time, IC3 is an important weapon in the U.S. Government's arsenal. jdsupra.com

Sanctions Impact on Ransomware Payments
Russia Sanctions Complicate Paying Ransomware Hackers

An ever-increasing array of U.S. sanctions levied against Russia have made the already difficult problem of how to resolve ransomware attacks more thorny

The nearly nonstop series of new U.S. sanctions being levied in a bid to halt Russia's war machine have
complicated events for companies facing their own external threat: ransomware attacks. The ever-lengthening lists of sanctioned entities pose risks to U.S. companies that want to pay to get their systems back online after an attack, experts said.

AdvertisementEd McNicholas, co-leader of the cybersecurity practice at law firm Ropes & Gray LLP, said ensuring that ransomware payments aren't going to sanctioned Russian entities has gotten "much harder" recently.

"The overlap of the rise of ransomware and then these pervasive sanctions against Russia has
created quite a firestorm in terms of the ability to pay ransoms," he said.

Traditionally, the list of entities under sanction has been mostly relevant to those in financial services, but recent surges in ransomware attacks have meant that
cybersecurity experts have had to do their best to ensure ransom payments aren't going to blacklisted entities.

The work of staying up to date has become more intense as the U.S. has steadily piled on sanctions, said Bill Siegel, the chief executive of Coveware Inc., which helps companies handle negotiations and other work associated with attempts at cyber extortion.

"With the war,
it's become incredibly dynamic where the entire landscape can shift or change when you wake up in the morning," Mr. Siegel said. "There's more sanctions happening every single day." wsj.com
Outdated Data Leaving Companies Vulnerable
Manage & monitor third-party identities to protect your organization
The research found
78% of organizations report it's likely or extremely likely they have multiple identity records for a single third-party individual or organization. As a result, organizations may find themselves relying on inaccurate, outdated, or conflicting data, with third-party workers associated to projects they are no longer working on and to which they no longer have legitimate access needs. The existence of multiple active identities jeopardizes an organization's compliance posture and increases susceptibility to security breaches.

A majority of organizations are concerned about
over-permissioned and under-used identities, with 73% being highly or moderately concerned with third-party individuals, service accounts or administrators that have unnecessarily high, static, or standing permissions and authorization levels. This concern is justified given these permission-and entitlement-related threats are known to be leveraged in actual attacks and breaches. Reevaluation of access is typically triggered by a change in role, per project or on a time-based cadence.

When it comes to processes that mitigate third party individual and vendor risks,
53% of organizations are identity proofing and verifying third-party individuals and organizations before granting them access to company assets, reinforcing the need for organizations to invest in third-party identity risk solutions that provide a single identity authority prior to granting access.

But once you're in, you're in... an alarming
55% of respondents fail to deactivate third-party workers who no longer qualify to perform duties. Access to data and systems for this high-risk population often extends beyond project assignments or contract employment with an organization. The implications of this finding are huge since most breaches are found to be the result of compromised credentials. In many ways this equates to "leaving the doors and windows unlocked." helpnetsecurity.com

How Industry Leaders Should Approach Open Source Security

Here's how to reduce security risk and gain the benefits of open source software.

Setting up open source security parameters
should not be left solely up to the IT and data science teams. To be successful, you need buy-in from the whole organization, including executive leadership. Together, leaders must consider the tradeoffs of security risks and innovation rewards, and create a framework to define an acceptable level of risk for using open source software.

In creating security frameworks across organizations, preventative and containment-based perspectives are necessary. Since open source projects are open to globally dispersed contributors, the code doesn't have the same level of built-in security as private vendor applications. For that reason,
you need to have a proactive approach to security, setting clear risk parameters and pre-emptively implementing safeguards in the event of a breach. A key aspect of the latter component is the idea of a software bill of materials (SBOM), which lists the origin of all the code running in each application or package. With an SBOM in place, when an incident like last year's Log4j incident occurs, you can quickly identify which areas of your infrastructure are impacted. darkreading.com

Keep your digital banking safe: Tips for consumers and banks







E-Commerce Slowdown?
UPS encounters unexpected drop in parcel volumes as e-commerce growth slows
UPS' average U.S. daily volume fell 3% year over year, as commercial delivery growth couldn't make up for a drop in residential packages, CFO Brian Newman said on the company's Q1 earnings call.

The decline, equal to 611,000 packages daily, was greater than the parcel carrier expected. UPS planned for U.S. volumes to decline slightly in the quarter, but the company missed the anticipated drop "by about 500,000 pieces per day," CEO Carol Tomé said.

Despite the volume decline, UPS' per-package revenue increased 9.4% as the company continues to follow its strategy of pursuing more profitable deliveries. The carrier's pricing "is expected to remain firm," according to Newman.

Home delivery demand skyrocketed when the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, but the pace of growth has finally slowed and cooled demand for UPS' services. E-commerce sales grew just 2.6% year over year in March, the weakest gain in more than three years, according to GlobalData research. Consumers shifted more of their spending from goods to services while enduring inflation.

"The fear is that, after a strong 2-year period, the company could see revenue growth waver thanks to high inflation," Patrick Donnelly, senior analyst at Third Bridge, said in emailed remarks about UPS' results. "We can expect parcel volumes to decrease in line with consumer spending."  retaildive.com

The Rise of eGrocers
Online Grocery Adoption Rises 5% in March, PYMNTS Data Reveal
Most consumers may be paring back their spending to stick to the essentials, but an increasing number nevertheless are proving willing to pay the premium for convenience when it comes to buying groceries.

Online grocery adoption is on the rise, according to data from PYMNTS' April study, "ConnectedEconomy™ Monthly Report: 3 Ways Consumers Are Dealing With Inflation." The report, which drew from a March survey of more than 2,800 U.S. adults, found that 31.6% of consumers reported ordering groceries online that month, up 4.9% from February.

In fact, the study found that 55% of consumers who live large receive a grocery or meal kit subscription on a regular basis, 61% bought groceries online for delivery in March, 67% bought online for curbside pickup, and 58% used a same-day delivery aggregator such as Instacart. In contrast, only 18% of consumers who don't need much received a grocery or meal kit subscription, 25% purchased online for delivery, 16% for curbside pickup, and 22% from an aggregator. pymnts.com

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Chicago UPS driver stole $187K in Louis Vuitton packages
A Chicago UPS driver has been charged with stealing $187,000 in high-end merchandise from his route and dropping them off at his South Side home, according to Chicago police. Pedro Caudillo, 26, was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the string of thefts that occurred over a two-week period from a UPS warehouse in the South Loop, according to Chicago police. Video surveillance allegedly shows Caudillo taking packages of Louis Vuitton merchandise from the distribution center before dropping them off at his home in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, according to the police report.

The police department's Organized Retail Crime Task Force began surveilling Caudillo on Wednesday and saw him steal three packages worth $35,000 before his route, police said. Officers then allegedly saw him drop them off at his home. He was arrested in the 1400 block of South Jefferson after completing his route and consented to a search of his home, police said. Officers found the stolen boxes and other bags of Louis Vuitton merchandise, police said. fox32chicago.com

Brooklyn, NY: 9 sought after thousands of dollars in cash, merch stolen from Vape shop
Police are searching for nine people after thousands of dollars in cash and merchandise was stolen from a Brooklyn vape shop in a smash-and-grab style theft last week. The NYPD released video Thursday of the brazen larceny as they search for the group of young suspects. Police said they entered the vape store at Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue in Park Slope around 6:40 p.m. last Wednesday. Once inside, they stole $1,300 in cash from the register and various merchandise, including vape products valued at $2,300. Video shows multiple people grabbing items from the shelves and a display case as a man, apparently a worker, watches helplessly from behind the counter. No injuries were reported. audacy.com

Eau Claire County, WI: Man committed wire thefts at dozens of Menards stores
A Minnesota man has committed numerous wire thefts at dozens of Menards stores, including the two Menards stores in Eau Claire, authorities say. Jason P. Dobler, 48, of St. Anthony, is charged in Eau Claire County Court with a felony count of retail theft by altering price. On Feb. 3, Dobler was observed paying cash for black building wire at the Menards West store in Eau Claire. Dobler paid $61.30. The price had been altered and the UPC had been switched. The actual value of the wire was $323.18. On the same day, Dobler was also observed at Menards East in Eau Claire, where he paid $72.58 for the same type of building wire. The actual price again was $323.18. Dobler has been identified by Menards officials and authorities as committing UPC switches on copper wire at 52 different Menards stores covering 103 separate incidents. The thefts amount to a total known loss of $22,486. yahoo.com

Tilden Township, PA: Man stole more than $6,000 worth of merchandise from Cabela's
Police in Tilden Township, Berks County are looking for a man who's stolen more than $6,600 of merchandise from Cabela's. Police say a man stole items from the store on three separate occasions. The first theft was on March 28 and the most recent one was on Saturday. wfmz.com

Mankato, MN: Man accused of Fleet Farm $1600 theft, gun threat
A Mankato man allegedly stole about $1,600 of merchandise from Fleet Farm on April 19, then threatened to get his gun when staff followed him into the parking lot. Michael Anthony Ritz, 27, was charged with four felonies for violent threats, theft, possession of theft tools and fleeing police Thursday in Blue Earth County District Court. news.yahoo.com

Fresno, CA: Woman uses children to help steal from Victoria's Secret
A woman is wanted after police say she used her children to help steal from Victoria's Secret located at the Fashion Fair Mall. The theft happened on Thursday, Apr. 14, and it is estimated that the store lost about $3,000 worth of merchandise. Fresno Police identified the woman as Latalia Smith, who went into the store pushing around a toddler in a stroller and a 7-year-old girl who was carrying an umbrella used to cover Smith as she was placing items into the stroller. The girl would also alert the woman if any employees were approaching. kmph.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Update: Hidalgo County, TX: Former H-E-B employee given Life Sentence for Store Shooting
A man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a coworker at Palmview's H-E-B in 2016. On Tuesday, Raul Lopez, 31, was given two life sentences for murder and attempted murder charges for a November 2016 shooting. Additionally, Lopez was given a total of 45 year-sentences for numerous other charges. His prison sentences are set to run concurrently. Lopez was convicted in March of murdering his H-E-B coworker, Mario Pulido, 48, on the morning of Nov. 28, 2016 after firing several gunshots at an employee lounge. Lopez was also found guilty of three counts of attempted murder, three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and one count of attempted capital murder. Palmview police said in 2016 that Lopez fired more than a dozen shots at a break room window of the H-E-B store in Palmview. Four H-E-B employees were hit by the gunfire. valleycentral.com

Update: Charlotte, NC: Man Pleads Guilty to Murdering 7-Eleven Employee; sentenced to 25 years
On April 19, 2022, Geoffrey Ford, 48, pled guilty to the second degree murder of Khaled Mohammad Elmerkabaoui in Charlotte, NC. Khaled was a employee at the 7-Eleven convenience store on Westinghouse Boulevard in Charlotte, NC. On December 9, 2017 Geoffrey stormed into the store and gunned Khaled down, shooting and killing him. Khaled did not put up any resistance to Geoffrey. Judge Alan Z. Thornburg sentenced Geoffrey to 300-372 months in prison. newsmaven.io

Kansas City, MO: Police investigate homicide after woman who was run over at gas station dies
The death of a 47-year-old woman injured after she was run over during an argument at a neighborhood store is being called a homicide, a Kansas City police spokesman said. Police identified the victim as Lanita Hart, said Sgt. Jake Becchina, a spokesman for the Kansas City Police Department. Hart sustained the fatal injuries late Friday at the Troost Mart gas station at 4047 Troost Ave. Jackson County prosecutors charged Richard Douglas, Jr., of Kansas City, this week with second-degree assault and leaving the scene of accident. kansascity.com

Update: Waco, TX: Man charged with stabbing woman at QuickTrip indicted on murder charge
A Waco man shot by a bystander after police say he repeatedly stabbed a woman at a convenience store in January was indicted on a murder charge Thursday. A McLennan County grand jury charged Byron Otis Bryant, 50, in a Jan. 28 incident that led to the Feb. 2 death of Minerva Rosas, 61. According to arrest records, Rosas was driving south on New Road about 7:40 p.m., and Bryant, described as her estranged husband, was in the passenger's seat. They were arguing and Rosas pulled into the QuickTrip convenience store, 2350 S. New Road, and ran into the store to seek help, an arrest affidavit states. Bryant chased her into the store and stabbed her with a "kitchen style steak knife" as she approached the counter. kwtx.com

Phoenix, AZ: Graphic video shows Phoenix Police Officer getting shot at Gas Station
Police released body camera footage on Thursday afternoon of a shootout between officers and a suspect, which left a Phoenix police officer hospitalized. The graphic video obtained by Arizona's Family shows suspect Nicholas Cowan shooting Officer Denise Bruce-Jones and another officer before speeding away from the Phoenix gas station, investigators said. More than 15 gunshots could be heard as Cowan and the other officer returned fire at each other, investigators said.  wowt.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Sunrise, FL: Sawgrass Mills jewelry store back open as police search for brazen pepper spray-using watch thieves
Pollack Jewelers inside Sawgrass Mills mall was back open on Thursday, just hours after thieves carried out a violent, nighttime heist. It was just before 9 p.m. closing time on Wednesday when a woman walked into the business and pepper sprayed two employees. Around the same time, two men stormed the counter, smashing the glass display cases and grabbing a number of high-end watches. Pollack Jewelers is near an exit on the southwest side of the mall, which provided a quick and clean getaway for those thieves. The store's website boasts an inventory of pre-owned Rolex and Cartier watches, as well as other luxury designer brands. While no one was seriously injured during the brazen crime, store workers were left rattled. Local 10 News spotted one man dousing himself with water and wiping away his face. local10.com

Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Police searching for 4 men after Armed Robbery at Best Buy
Halton police are searching for four men after an armed robbery at a Best Buy in Burlington. Officers said four suspects carrying knives demanded cell phones and cash at the Best Buy at 1200 Brant St. shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday. There were several customers and employees in the store at the time. Police said no one was injured during the robbery. The suspects fled the scene in a stolen blue Hyundai Sonata, but it was later recovered in Waterloo. chch.com

Oakland, CA: 'Alarming' spike in armed robberies
Oakland residents are being ambushed by gun-wielding robbers in residential neighborhoods at an "alarming" rate, police said. The Oakland Police Department said within the past few weeks there has been a spike in armed robberies happening across the city. "We are issuing this safety advisory to inform you of this alarming shift. The current trend is an uptick in the number of people robbed at gunpoint in residential neighborhoods," police wrote. "In some recent cases, armed individuals approach victims as they enter or exit vehicles or homes. The armed individuals rob the victims of their personal property and leave the area on foot or by vehicle," police wrote. The crimes are happening both at night and in broad daylight, police said. kron4.com

San Antonio, TX: SAPD asking public to identify woman accused of assaulting Walmart employee during theft

CVS Health Completes Rollout of Time Delay Safes in All of Its Arizona Pharmacies

Washington, DC: Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Armed Robbery of Northwest Washington Liquor Store

Chicago, IL: Man charged in burglary spree that cost Chicago businesses over $19K in stolen goods, damages



Luxury accounts for over half of seized counterfeit goods
Over half of seized counterfeit goods in the U.S. are luxury items, with 435 million dollars of seized watches and jewellery and 283 million dollars of seized leather goods in 2020. Data from Statista shows luxury items such as watches, jewellery, handbags and wallets accounted for more than 50 percent of the seized merchandise's retail value, despite accounting for only 30 percent of all seizures. The majority of the pirated goods seized by U.S. customs come from China, where 660 million dollars worth of goods originated in 2020. Hong Kong is the second largest market for fake items with 429 million dollars worth of goods seized in 2020.

According to Statista U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seizes thousands of shipments of goods that violate intellectual property rights each year, with the value of the seized merchandise usually exceeding 1 billion dollars. In 2020, the retail value of the 26,503 seizures made by CBP amounted to 1.3 billion dollars, meaning that the seized goods would retail for that much if they were legitimate. Apparel accounted for 157 million dollars worth of seizures and footwear 63 million dollars. Tragically, the total market for fake goods is worth more than the GDP of Ireland, according to data from the Global Trade in Fakes report by the OECD and EUIPO. fashionunited.uk



Auto - Milton, GA - Burglary
Beauty - Los Angeles, CA - Robbery
C-Store - Southaven, MS - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Benicia, CA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Orangeburg, SC - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Oahu, HI - Robbery
Handbags - New York, NY - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Valley Stream, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Cherry Hill, NJ - Robbery
Jewelry - Tucson, AZ - Robbery
Jewelry - Colorado Springs, CO- Robbery
Jewelry - Sunrise, FL - Armed Robbery
Liquor - Davenport, IA - Robbery
Restaurant - Waco, TX - Armed Robbery / 2 wounded
Restaurant - Omaha, NE - Burglary
Restaurant - Merced, CA - Burglary
Vape - Brooklyn, NY - Robbery
Walmart - San Antonio, TX - Robbery
7-Eleven - New York, NY - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Portsmouth, VA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 18 robberies
• 3 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed


Weekly Totals:
• 87 robberies
• 26 burglaries
• 3 shootings
• 0 killed

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