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Greg Jobe, CPP, CFI promoted to Sr. Manager Enterprise Loss Prevention & Safety for Office Depot
Greg has been with Office Depot for more than seven years. Before his latest promotion to Sr. Manager Enterprise Loss Prevention & Safety, he served as Senior Regional Loss Prevention Manager for the company. Prior to that, he spent 17 years with Office Max as Director, Loss Prevention & Safety - West. Earlier in his career, he held loss prevention roles with K-Mart and Best Products. Congratulations, Greg!

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Violence & Protests

America's Bloody Weekend

There were at least 9 mass shootings across the US this weekend
At least 15 people were killed and 30 more injured in mass shootings since Friday night, according to CNN reporting and an analysis of data from Gun Violence Archive (GVA), local media and police reports.

CNN defines a mass shooting as incident with four or more people killed or wounded by gunfire -- excluding the shooter.

A gunman opened fire at a family birthday party in Colorado Springs, leaving six people dead and a community in mourning. The tragedy was one of at least nine mass shootings that occurred across the US over the weekend.

From a townhome community and a neighborhood park, to a hotel and a nightclub, these are the mass shootings that shook communities across seven states:

Colorado Springs: 6 dead in birthday party shooting
Phoenix: 1 dead, 7 injured in hotel shooting
Woodlawn, Maryland: 3 dead, 1 injured in town home shooting
California: 3 killed, 9 injured in three separate shootings
Newark: 4 injured in shooting
Milwaukee: 4 injured in shooting
St. Louis County, Missouri: 2 dead, 3 injured in park shooting cnn.com

Man Beaten by 'Security' at Portland Protest
Portland man recovering from beating after armed standoff amid protest
A Portland handyman remains hospitalized from injuries sustained when he was beaten by a crowd of demonstrators amid an armed standoff with the protest's self-appointed "security."

Hall told the Oregonian he strayed into the "Justice for Patrick Kimmons" march, held weekly to protest the 2018 shooting death of a 27-year-old Black man, as it was making its way down the street in the North Portland neighborhood. He said he was headed home from a repair job at a nearby apartment complex when he swerved onto the street to avoid a moped that cut him off, then saw the moped following him, and a man screaming on a handheld radio to stop his red pickup truck.

Soon another vehicle blocked his truck, "and all of a sudden I have three or four people around me" with what to him looked like AR-15s, he told the paper. He claimed he was unaware of the march.

Hall claimed the gun he had in his hand and several others from his truck were stolen as he was tackled, punched and kicked. He's being treated for a dislocated shoulder, broken clavicle and five broken ribs. nypost.com

Family Demands Better Mall Security after Fatal Shooting
Cabarrus County, NC: 'Get some better security:' Family of teen killed at Concord Mills files wrongful death suit
The family of a 13-year-old girl fatally shot outside of Concord Mills in 2019 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the mall and its owner, among others. Aveanna Propst died on Dec. 28, 2019, after being caught in a shootout in the mall parking lot near Dave & Buster's, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cabarrus County. That evening, 18-year-old Daunte Milton-Black got into a verbal altercation with a 16-year-old boy near Gamestop, a video game store, according to the lawsuit. Milton-Black signaled he had a gun, which prompted the boy to run out of the mall through Dave & Buster's. Milton-Black and a 15-year-old boy left through Sun & Ski Sports and started to shoot at the 16-year-old, according to the lawsuit.

A stray bullet struck Aveanna as she held the hand of her older sister, Masaliss. The two had been shopping for new sneakers. During a news conference in Dilworth on Wednesday, Aveanna's mother, Daniale Mackin, said she can't sleep, eat or do anything without thinking about her daughter laying motionless in the mall parking lot without any assistance. "I'm traumatized," she said. "We lost her to senseless crime, and nobody's done nothing about it." Milton-Black and the 15-year-old boy were charged with murder in connection to Aveanna's death in January 2020, according to the lawsuit. Milton-Black awaits trial, Cabarrus County Jail records show.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Mackin, alleges that before the shooting, mall owner Simon Property Group had "actual or constructive knowledge of criminal activity" at Concord Mills, and "more specifically of delinquent activity arising from a longstanding problem with unsupervised juveniles at the mall." Attorneys argue in the lawsuit that Simon Property had the legal duty to protect lawful visitors, including Aveanna, from "reasonably foreseeable third-party criminal attacks."

Dave & Busters Entertainment Inc., Tango of North Carolina Inc., Allied Universal Security Services and Milton-Black also are named in the lawsuit for negligence and causing the family emotional distress. The lawsuit seeks punitive damages and at least $25,000 in compensatory damages from each defendant.
"In reality," attorneys said in the lawsuit, "Plaintiffs' damages far exceed this amount." greensboro.com

Large Police Response as Disorderly Teens Shoplift & Cause Disturbances
Shoplifters hit Loop Walgreens as cops respond to disturbances involving 'large gathering'
Police were out in force in Chicago's downtown Saturday night following large groups of disorderly teens causing disturbances on the streets, including inside a Loop Walgreens. A police spokesman said the Walgreens incident involved several teen shoplifters.

As of 8 p.m. the situation was ongoing along Michigan Avenue between Washington Street and Ida B. Wells Drive. "CPD is responding to a large gathering near that area at this time," police spokesman Officer Anthony Spicuzza wrote in an email.

While police said there were no incidents of looting as of 9 p.m. Saturday, a staffer who picked up the phone at the Walgreens, 2 N. State St., said there was a group inside the store who were shoplifting about 8 p.m.

"They didn't touch us," she said, adding that none of the employees was hurt. "It's not over," she said about 8:15 p.m., meaning that the group remained inside, but she declined to provide further details including her name due to a corporate policy against speaking to the media. chicagotribune.com

Thursdays are for Rioting in NYC?
Outside 'agitators' mar peaceful NYC protests weekly: police source
Police have found that some "protesters" believe Thursday night's alright for rioting.

Outside agitators are swooping in to mar mostly peaceful protests on a weekly basis, striking on Thursday nights, most recently on April 29 in Brooklyn, a police source told The Post.

A week earlier, protesters clashed with police in Manhattan after a monument was vandalized by cop-haters in Central Park. Five people were arrested on various charges at Columbus Circle near the USS Maine National Monument, which was defaced with anti-police graffiti, cops said.

"These are not protesters. They're a small group of agitators bent on destruction. They have other agendas," the source said. nypost.com

Judges Condemn Police Response to 2020 Protests
Wave of Lawsuits Seeking to Rein in Police Behavior

Protesters took to the streets last summer to protest police violence. Lawsuits making headway in Columbus and other cities are showing that the police crackdown helped prove their point.

For decades, lawyers have tried to ask courts to stop biased policing, but legal technicalities make that difficult. Private plaintiffs sometimes can sue for damages when an officer violates their individual rights, but going after a whole department for institutional racism is usually out of reach. The Department of Justice does have the ability to sue a police department for racist "patterns and practices" under federal law, but it's willingness to do so has been inconsistent.

But the police response to last year's racial justice protests - which was often violent, extensively videoed and often in stark contrast with muted responses to right-wing protests - has given attorneys around the country the kind of evidence that they often lack to put systematic police racism before federal judges. There are now more than 70 lawsuits pending over police violence during last summer's racial justice protests, from Seattle to Detroit to New York.

As the one-year anniversary of Floyd's killing approaches, the impact of the uprising that followed continues to grow. Judges have already issued preliminary rulings in several cities reining in the kinds of force police can use in response to peaceful protests.

The ruling in Alsaada from an Ohio federal court on April 30 was especially eloquent in condemning police abuse as part of a history of biased policing.

"This case is the sad tale of police officers, clothed with the awesome power of the state, run amok," wrote Judge Algenon Marbley. Tracing the history of modern police departments from antebellum slave patrols to the murder of George Floyd, Marbley wrote, "New dark chapters have been drafted in this institution's history books." politico.com

Corporations & Police Orgs Funding Nationwide Anti-Protest Laws
Law Enforcement Groups Drive Anti-Protest Laws, New Analysis Shows

A report looked at corporate support for politicians who pushed anti-protest laws.

Organizations affiliated with law enforcement constitute the most significant lobbying force fueling the unprecedented number of anti-protest bills introduced by state lawmakers this year, according to an independent researcher.

In search of which companies were lobbying for the bills, researcher Connor Gibson watched hours of hearings and reviewed lobbying records from more than two dozen states. Yet Gibson identified hardly any companies. Instead, he found example after example of law enforcement officers, including representatives of police unions, showing up to advocate for legislation.

Law enforcement organizations - mostly police unions - also collectively contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the campaigns of state lawmakers who went on to sponsor dozens of anti-protest bills this year, data included in a separate, forthcoming report by Greenpeace shows.

Gibson's police lobbying analysis, which he completed for the Proteus Fund, and the Greenpeace report provide the most complete picture yet of the moneyed interests that have fueled the proliferation this year of anti-protest and voter suppression bills. State lawmakers introduced 361 voter suppression bills in all but three states as of late March, while more than 80 anti-protest bills have been introduced in 34 states.

The bills also bear the fingerprints of corporations, but understanding the corporate money requires examining campaign contributions. The Greenpeace report reveals that the same set of companies represent the biggest contributors to sponsors of both types of legislation. Two telecommunication giants, two tobacco corporations, and an insurance company are among the top 10 corporate contributors to sponsors of both voter suppression bills and anti-protest bills. They include AT&T Inc., Comcast, Philip Morris's parent company Altria Group, Reynolds American Inc., and United Health Group. theintercept.com

Video of Man Confronting BLM Protesters in Texas Viewed Over 1 Million Times

COVID Update

260M Vaccinations Given

US: 33.4M Cases - 595.8K Dead - 26.4M Recovered
Worldwide: 159M Cases - 3.3M Dead - 136.6M Recovered

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Turning a Corner as Cases & Deaths Plummet
Covid cases down 30% over past 2 weeks as U.S. averages 2M shots per day
The rate of average daily new Covid cases in the U.S. fell to below 41,000 over the weekend, down 30% from two weeks ago and the lowest level since September, Johns Hopkins University data showed.

The country has reported an average of 2 million vaccinations per day over the past week, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, down 40% from peak levels.

U.S. Covid cases
The U.S. is reporting 40,800 daily new infections, based on a seven-day average of data compiled by Hopkins. That figure is down 30% over the past 14 days and 43% from the most recent high point, when the country was seeing about 71,000 daily cases in mid-April. It is also the lowest average since Sept. 19.

U.S. Covid deaths
The latest seven-day average of daily U.S. Covid deaths is 667, Hopkins data shows, far below the winter highs.

U.S. vaccine shots administered
Following 2.3 million vaccinations reported administered Sunday, the nationwide average over the past week is 2 million shots per day, according to the CDC. Though the daily rate has shown some signs of steadying in recent days, it is down significantly from the peak level of 3.4 million shots per day on April 13. cnbc.com

Relaxing Indoor Mask Measures?
Fauci says indoor mask guidance should 'start being more liberal'
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci said on Sunday that he was open to relaxing indoor masking rules as more Americans are vaccinated against the virus, just two days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention belatedly emphasized the danger of airborne transmission.

Dr. Fauci, President Biden's chief medical adviser for the pandemic, said that as vaccinations climb, "we do need to start being more liberal" in terms of rules for wearing masks indoors, though he noted that the nation was still averaging about 43,000 cases of the virus daily. "We've got to get it much, much lower than that," he said.

Dr. Fauci's comments on Sunday came in response to a question about comments that Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration, made last week on CNBC. Dr. Gottlieb said that relaxing indoor mask mandates now - "especially if you're in environments where you know you have a high level of vaccination" - would give public health officials "the credibility to implement them" again in the fall or winter if cases surge.

Dr. Fauci, asked by George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Sunday program "This Week" whether he agreed, said: "I think so, and I think you're going to probably be seeing that as we go along, and as more people get vaccinated." nytimes.com

Counterfeit Vaccine Card Operation Busted
California Man Arrested In Suspected Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Card Operation
A California bar owner has been arrested for allegedly selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards in what's believed to be the first thwarted scheme of its kind.

Undercover agents with the state's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control bought the bogus cards for $20 each during multiple visits to the Old Corner Saloon in Clements, a small town in San Joaquin County.

The agents were told to write their names and birth dates on sticky notes and watched as employees cut the cards, added phony vaccination dates and laminated them, the Associated Press reported.

"On the back where they put the two dates when you were vaccinated, they used two different color pens to make it look like it was two different times," supervising agent Luke Blehm told the AP. "So they went to some effort to make it look authentic."

The owner, Todd Anderson, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with identity theft, forging government documents, falsifying medical records and having a loaded unregistered handgun, San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar said in a statement this week.

"It is disheartening to have members in our community show flagrant disregard for public health in the midst of a pandemic. Distributing, falsifying or purchasing fake COVID-19 vaccine cards is against the law and endangers yourself and those around you," Salazar said. npr.org

Up to 5 Years in Prison - $5,000 Fine
FBI warns of harsh penalty that comes with faking COVID vaccination cards
More people are getting vaccinated, but there is also a new problem. Some people are faking the proof of vaccine documentation. As governments, businesses, and sports teams offer incentives to get vaccinated, counterfeit COVID-19 vaccine cards are popping up. The FBI warns that it is a federal crime.

"That is misuse of a government seal, so that is actually a crime to do that. It comes with it for each offense, up to a $5,000 fine or five years in prison," said Amy Alexander, a spokesperson with the FBI Seattle field office. The seal in question is the CDC logo on the cards.

The FBI says fake cards have already been showing up for sale online, "advertised on social media websites, as well as e-commerce platforms and blogs." Alexander says the problem is likely to get worse with more incentives. kiro7.com

Retailers Continue to Expand Vaccine Access
Stop & Shop, Publix, Hy-Vee go chainwide with COVID-19 vaccines

Hy-Vee CEO Randy Edeker works with federal officials to expand access

Stop & Shop and Publix Super Markets have made COVID-19 vaccinations available across their market areas, and the head of Hy-Vee has given input to the Biden administration on ways to reach more communities with vaccines.

Ahold Delhaize USA's Stop & Shop yesterday announced that its more than 250 pharmacies in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey are now providing same-day coronavirus immunizations. The Quincy, Mass.-based retailer said customers can still schedule an appointment for a COVID shot on its website, but appointments are no longer required.

Stop & Shop pharmacies are offering either the two-dose Moderna or one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Walk-in vaccination availability will depend on supply levels in each store, the company said.

The chainwide expansion came after Stop & Shop announced the launch of walk-in COVID vaccines at 14 of its pharmacies in New York City (including in the boroughs of Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island) and at 14 pharmacies in Rhode Island. supermarketnews.com

Pharmacy Vaccine Milestone & Locator Tool
Good Neighbor Pharmacy Surpasses 1M Vaccine Doses Allocated through Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, Launches COVID-19 Vaccines Locator Tool
Today, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, AmerisourceBergen's network of independent community pharmacies, launched a COVID-19 Vaccines Pharmacy Locator Tool on MyGNP.com, a web-based platform designed to conveniently connect individuals with their local community pharmacy to receive COVID-19 vaccines. The tool becomes available as Good Neighbor Pharmacy surpasses 1 million doses allocated through its Federal Retail Pharmacy Program partnership to independent pharmacies nationwide.

With all adults and a portion of adolescents now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, independent pharmacies are in a unique position to take pressure off of health systems and physicians by administering to their region.

The COVID-19 Vaccines Pharmacy Locator Tool is aimed at promoting equitable vaccine access for all patients, particularly those in under-resourced communities, as the national inoculation movement continues across the country. Upon accessing the tool via the MyGNP.com COVID-19 landing page, users can enter their zip code and receive details on the community pharmacies in their area that are offering appointments for COVID-19 vaccines. businesswire.com

'Non-Existent' Flu Season
COVID measures bring flu cases to all-time low during 2020-2021 season
A year full of social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing and staying at home to prevent coronavirus spread rendered the 2020-2021 influenza season practically non-existent.

Public health and clinical laboratories reported 2,038 flu cases during the season from Sept. 27, 2020 to April 24, 2021, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meanwhile, the agency estimates about 38 million people were sick with the flu during the 2019-2020 season. usatoday.com

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New LP Device to Deter Theft & Robberies?
AirTag could become essential retail & business tool if Apple wants it to be one
AirTag is, first and foremost, marketed as a consumer product. It's an affordable little tracker you can attach to keys, bags, clothing, cars, pets, you name it. But technically, AirTag has a ton of other potential applications.

A single AirTag includes a standard NFC chip currently used with lost mode. If you find a tag, just tap it to your phone to find out who owns it. But this little chip inside AirTag could be used in tons of other ways. In fact, we've already seen hackers reconfigure an AirTag with custom actions. Aside from opening up NFC, Apple could also enable more features for the Find My network.

The first really obvious application that I see is in retail. Retail stores have tried all different kinds of theft prevention products and techniques, from expensive security guards to messy ink-based tags that can damage inventory. AirTag could be a solution for this industry.

Inventory tracking & security

AirTag in retail could deter theft, help stop large scale robberies, and save businesses money. Heck, many retail stores already use Apple devices as point of sale tools. I'm sure you've seen at least one iPad at a checkout before. Some stores even use iPod Touches or iPhones on the floor for pulling inventory from the back.

AirTag could also be a really useful thing for corporate offices to track important items from video production rigs to movable furniture. It could be attached to really anything that gets moved around frequently. Sharing would be an important addition to Find My in this case; otherwise, employees would all need to be signed into the same account. 9to5mac.com

Dollar General Employees Walk Out, Citing Unsafe Environment & Low Pay
Dollar General at center of labor unrest controversy after frustrated workers walk off job in Maine citing low wages and understaffed stores
Dollar General employees quit in protest over understaffing and low pay at a store in Eliot, Maine. "They figured that they had me trapped in a job that I couldn't get out of. To some degree they were right," one worker told Insider. The walkout at the Dollar General follows much labor unrest in the state in recent months.

Erikson and his fellow employees walked out of the store that day, leaving signs on the windows highlighting what they say were unacceptable working conditions at the retailer.

He said that understaffing, low wages, and frustration over a lack of communication from the company's district management ultimately led to his decision to move on. In total, two employees and a manager quit the store, leaving one sole staffer remaining.

Keeping lean store staffs is a part of Dollar General's business model, and one of the reasons the chain has been able to expand its footprint at such a rapid rate. In 1992, the company operated 1,522 stores in the US. As of February 26, 2021, Dollar General has a fleet of 17,266 stores across 46 states.

However, critics say that having so few employees to man the stores creates an unsafe environment, leaving workers as targets for robberies and violence. In Erikson's case, he said that anti-maskers and anti-vax customers often screamed at employees, adding further tension to an already-difficult work environment. Meanwhile, requests by store managers that he receive a raise for his work were often ignored.

The walkout at the Dollar General in Eliot isn't the only flicker of labor unrest to occur in the state in recent months. According to O'Brien, "the pandemic and the sacrifices frontline workers have had to make" have sparked a recent victory for striking shipyard workers, an ongoing strike by delivery drivers and mechanics, and successful union drives among nurses and museum workers in the state. businessinsider.com

Food Retailers vs. Suppliers
Grocers, Restaurants to Suppliers: Hurry Up, Make More

Walmart, Sysco and others implement penalties for late or incomplete orders, adding pressure to food makers dealing with labor and ingredient shortages

Friction between food retailers and their suppliers is adding costs across the food chain.

Big buyers including Walmart Inc. and Sysco Corp. are fining suppliers over infractions like late or incomplete orders. Retailers excused such penalties for months during the pandemic when surging demand led to widespread shortages.

Meanwhile, many food makers and distributors say labor shortages, supply constraints and high freight costs are making it difficult to deliver complete, timely orders for goods from cake mix to ramen noodles. Similar tensions are mounting throughout the U.S. economy, as industries contend with shortages of supplies and complications of reopening businesses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Prices for many foods, consumer products and other goods are rising as a result.

Walmart told suppliers last fall that it would require orders to be 98% full and on time. Suppliers that didn't comply would be charged 3% of the cost of missing items, according to a September letter from the retail giant viewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The shift in tone comes as companies are trying to get back to business as usual amid a reopening economy. Restaurants are adding back more seats in dining rooms, grocers are resuming service at salad and hot-food bars, and companies are bringing back more people to the office.

Retailers including Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons Cos. said they are struggling to secure some goods such as spices and cleaning products like detergent. Albertsons, which operates supermarket chains including Safeway and Jewel-Osco, has brought back fees in some categories, CEO Vivek Sankaran said. wsj.com

Chipotle Seeking 20K Workers
Chipotle Mexican Grill is raising wages to an average of $15 an hour by June
The hiring crunch is forcing restaurant companies to raise wages to get applicants in the door even though many of these chains lobbied against raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour during Congressional stimulus plan talks earlier this year.

On Monday, the Newport Beach, California, based chain announced plans to increase hourly wages for hundreds of employees, bringing the average pay to about $15 an hour. That's $2 more an hour than the chain's current average of $13 an hour, Chipotle told Insider.

Chipotle seeks to hire 20,000 employees across the US to fill stores experiencing peak traffic, as well as to fill jobs for 200 new restaurants expected to open this year. Chipotle said hourly pay now ranges from $11 to $18 an hour for US crew members, as well as hourly and salaried managers. businessinsider.com

Have home retailers peaked?
The category was on the rise, but the pandemic drove exponential growth. Retailers must now navigate how to sustain momentum in the years ahead.

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Shocking video shows random stabbing of two Asian women in San Francisco
Video published on Thursday shows the random stabbing of two elderly Asian women in San Francisco - including one who was attacked so brutally that the blade broke off in her body, according to a local report.

The chilling footage, obtained by KGO-TV, shows the attacker creeping up behind one of the women at a bus stop in the California city, around 7 p.m. Tuesday. He stabs her in the back - before calmly approaching the second victim and knifing her, too.

A bystander rushes over to help and cradles the woman, who had fallen backward onto the ground, according to the shocking clip. nypost.com

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LPRC Anti-Sweep Offender Feedback Survey: Tally Smart Shelf

Tally's smart-sensing pad perceived by offenders as 'difficult to defeat'
and a 'highly effective crime prevention technology'

The Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) conducted a series of in-person survey interviews in the Gainesville, Florida Innovation Lab in order to better understand the impact of an anti-sweep technology on retail offenders: The Tally Smart Shelf. This research was conducted with several high-loss and ORC (organized retail crime) vulnerable items: Tide detergent, Similac infant formula, and Red Bull energy drinks. The LPRC collected data from 10 active shoplifting offenders. This report details the results of these surveys.

Summary of Key Findings - 'See It, Get It, Fear It'

While only 20% of offenders (2 people) were aware of the Smart Shelf before being prompted, 100% were deterred by it to some degree, with 50% reporting that they'd steal fewer items, and 50% reporting that they'd avoid theft from the device altogether (see Table 1).

The Tally Smart Shelf

The Tally Smart Shelf is a smart-sensing pad that communicates with the Tally platform to give instant alerts as product is removed from the shelves. There are three main benefits as advertised by Tally Retail Solutions:

  • The Smart Shelf is designed to act as a deterrent to offenders without restricting access to honest customers. If too much product is taken at one time, a series of customizable alerts can triggered, such as audible store pages, emails, and text messages. The Smart Shelf also takes live video of the incident for review.

  • The Smart Shelf can also help track inventory and give alerts when products are running low, out-of-stock, or when items need to be shifted forward on the shelves.

  • Since there are no additional tags or fixtures on the products themselves, the Smart Shelf does not add additional work to store employees. Once installed, the Tally software detects the presence of an item and gives automatic, real-time alerts.

For a full copy of the LPRC report, email Sean Ryan at sean.ryan@tally.solutions






The White House's New Cybersecurity Roadmap
Biden Plans an Order to Strengthen Cyberdefenses. Will It Be Enough?

A hacking of a major pipeline, the latest evidence of the nation's vulnerabilities to cyberattacks, prompted questions about whether the administration should go further.

A pipeline that provides the East Coast with nearly half its gasoline and jet fuel remained shuttered on Sunday after yet another ransomware attack, prompting emergency White House meetings and new questions about whether an executive order strengthening cybersecurity for federal agencies and contractors goes far enough even as President Biden prepares to issue it.

The order, drafts of which have been circulating to government officials and corporate executives for weeks and summaries of which were obtained by The New York Times, is a new road map for the nation's cyberdefense.

It would create a series of digital safety standards for federal agencies and contractors that develop software for the federal government, such as multifactor authentication, a version of what happens when consumers get a second code from a bank or credit-card company to allow them to log in. It would require federal agencies to take a "zero trust" approach to software vendors, granting them access to federal systems only when necessary, and require contractors to certify that they comply with steps to ensure that the software they deliver has not been infected with malware or does not contain exploitable vulnerabilities. And it would require that vulnerabilities in software be reported to the U.S. government.

Violators would risk having their products banned from sale to the federal government, which would, in essence, kill their viability in the commercial market.

The order, which is expected to be issued in the coming days or weeks, would also establish a small "cybersecurity incident review board." The board would be loosely based on the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates major accidents at air or sea.

The measures are intended to address the fact that the software company SolarWinds made for such an easy target for Russia's premier intelligence agency, which used its software update to burrow into nine federal agencies as well as technology firms and even some utility companies. (Despite SolarWinds' incredible access to federal networks, an intern had set the firm's password to its software update mechanism to "SolarWinds123.") nytimes.com

Hackers Hiding Corporate Secrets Inside Images?
A picture is worth a thousand words, but to hackers, it's worth much more

Hackers are able to use image steganography techniques to conduct malicious activity and ultimately compromise enterprise networks.

What is image steganography? Image steganography is the practice of using hidden writing techniques to secretly pass information embedded within images. This technique has been around for hundreds of years - most notably, it was used by Leonardo da Vinci, who embedded secret messages into his paintings.

AdvertisementImage steganography has been adapted for the Digital Age. Steganography was originally used by nefarious individuals who wanted to exfiltrate data from organizations. For example, malicious actors could take a family photo and hide corporate secrets in the image and email it to their personal email-hiding corporate espionage in plain sight. Today, hackers use steganography to obfuscate payloads embedded inside of the image that can be undetectable by traditional security solutions and successfully spread malware.

How do image steganography attacks work?

While there are many forms of steganography, the most common uses a tool called steghide. When leveraging steghide, hackers tend to hide payloads inside of the pixels of an image. The hacker converts a payload to Base-64 and hides it within the metadata. It's commonly added under the certificate metadata field because the certificate field has an infinite length, and Base-64 encoding is frequently used in this field for certificates.

The malicious image can be delivered as an attachment, or the hacker can post the image on a public website with a link to provide the payload. The image can be slightly altered on the bits and bytes when leveraging the steghide method, but when the hacker embeds the payload in the metadata, the image is not altered at all. This makes it virtually impossible to detect with the naked eye.

Once a payload is delivered, most hackers seek to dump hashed admin passwords and connect via Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to other nodes on the network. They will compromise as many computers as they can by deploying ransomware and ask the compromised company for a big payday-a highly lucrative scheme for hackers. helpnetsecurity.com

Use of 'Malicious Macros' Surges Over Past Year

Attackers Seek New Strategies to Improve Macros' Effectiveness

The ubiquity of Microsoft Office document formats means attackers will continue to use them to spread malware and infect systems.

The use of malicious macros to infect Windows systems grew significantly in the past year, as attackers found ways to bypass - or convince users to click through - the warnings meant to defend systems.

The latest scheme to infect computer systems uses an old-school lure: a receipt. Reminiscent of technical-support scams, the recent BazarCall campaign spams out a variety of invoices or receipts that essentially claim the target will be charged tens or hundreds of dollars for a subscription or product and to call a given number if the recipients wants to opt out, says Chester Wisniewski, principal research scientist for anti-malware firm Sophos.

Microsoft Office documents with malicious macros - often called "maldocs" - have resurged as a vector to infect systems, growing in the last half of 2020 to account for more than a third of malicious attachments and, at one point in September 2020, accounting for almost 80% of malicious attachments, according to data from Sophos.

Macros have had a long history of use by attackers, with many early viruses and worms - including the Melissa virus - using Office documents with malicious macros to spread. Both Microsoft Word documents and Excel spreadsheets are equally popular among attackers, and modern cybercrime services allow attackers to easily create maldocs. Some macros even allow attacks on the MacOS. darkreading.com

Most Organizations Feel More Vulnerable to Breaches Amid Pandemic
Dark Reading's recent Strategic Security Survey asked 190 IT and security pros about their current challenges as employees work remotely due to the pandemic. The data reveals 66% of organizations believe they are more vulnerable to a breach than before the pandemic began. The resulting report, Assessing Cybersecurity Risk in Today's Enterprises, finds 38% of respondents describe their data as being at "significantly higher" or "imminent" risk because of COVID-19-related threats.

The research also found 51% expect their organizations to make significant long-term changes to IT and business operations as a result of the pandemic.

Cloud security is top of mind for IT and security teams as 41% express concern about exploits targeting cloud service providers. When asked about which aspects of cloud services were most concerning from a security perspective, 45% cited a lack of visibility into their organization's data as it is transmitted or stored via cloud services. darkreading.com

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10 Billion Fakes Blocked by Amazon
Amazon blocked 10 billion listings in counterfeit crackdown
Amazon, which has been under pressure from shoppers, brands and lawmakers to crack down on counterfeits on its site, said Monday that it blocked more than 10 billion suspected phony listings last year before any of their offerings could be sold.

The numbers were released in Amazon's first report on its anti-counterfeiting efforts since it announced new tools and technologies in 2019. The number of blocked phony listings last year was up about 67 percent from the year before.

The Seattle-based e-commerce behemoth said the number of counterfeiters attempting to sell on the site rose as scammers tried to take advantage of shoppers who were buying more online during the pandemic.

Amazon has been wrestling with counterfeits for years. But since 2019, it has warned investors in government filings that the sale of phony goods poses a risk to the company and its image. Brands may not want to sell their items on the site if they know there are fake versions being offered. And knock-offs could cause shoppers to lose their trust in Amazon.

Counterfeiters try to get their products on Amazon through its third-party marketplace, where sellers can list their items directly on the site. The company destroyed 2 million counterfeit products sent to its warehouses last year before they could be sold. And it said fewer than 0.01 percent of all items bought on the site received counterfeit complaints from shoppers. nbcnews.com

Communities Speak Out Against Proposed Amazon Warehouse

Churchill residents voice concerns regarding proposed e-commerce warehouse
Many Churchill residents voiced their opposition to a proposed e-commerce warehouse Wednesday night, arguing that such a facility would have a negative impact on the area.

The e-commerce warehouse that Dallas-based Hillwood Development Co. is proposing at the former George Westinghouse Technology and Research Park would be 4½ stories tall with a 634,000-square-foot footprint and a building floor area totaling 2.85 million square feet - twice the size of Monroeville Mall.

Although not yet officially named by Hillwood, the tenant of the warehouse is widely believed to be Amazon, which has recently taken a strong interest in the region.

During a virtual planning commission meeting Wednesday night, some residents voiced concerns with the project, pointing to the potential for flooding and the noise and traffic disruptions that cars and tractor-trailers at the site would generate.

Traffic and speeding is already a problem in the largely residential area, several residents said, arguing that a constant flow of new vehicles in and out of borough streets would make things worse. There were also concerns that the facility would lower property values and destroy trees in the area. post-gazette.com

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Phoenix, AZ: Ariz. Legislature looking to deal with spike in Organized Retail Theft
Retailers are reporting a spike in organized theft rings targeting businesses, and now there is a new push to crack down on the crimes. The Home Depot shared videos and photos with 3 On Your Side. They were captured during the execution of a search warrant in California and show a warehouse filled with stolen products, including power tools still in the original packaging.

"The trend is actually getting worse," said Mike Combs, the director of investigations for The Home Depot. "We call it organized retail crime, but it's basically people stealing from retailers then aggregating that and selling it really quickly on online marketplaces." "What we focus on is the people that come in and take shopping carts full, thousands of dollars worth of product, and many times they're aggressive," Combs added. "We definitely go after the people that are recruiting those individuals and then selling that product online."

The risk of retail crimes running rampant could ultimately cost consumers. "I think retailers, in general, are concerned that at some point they'll have to increase prices to offset their losses," Combs said. The problem isn't limited to power tools. Jason Brewer, a spokesperson for the Retail Industry Leaders Association, says organized retail theft rings target all types of businesses and products. "It's a multi-billion dollar problem," Brewer told 3 On Your Side. "With the anonymity of the internet, it's hard to track who these people are. They hide behind bogus business information and fake screen names, and so it's just a growing threat that's impacting retailers of all sizes."

This session, the Arizona Legislature is considering a bill that would create a task force through the Attorney General's Office to tackle organized retail theft. The bill has passed out of the House, and a spokesperson for Attorney General Mark Brnovich says he supports the legislation. azfamily.com

Cleveland, OH: 8 indicted in Northeast Ohio $750K credit card fraud scheme
The scheme used stolen and fraudulent credit card accounts to purchase at least $750,000 Eight individuals, including a Campbell man, have been indicted for their roles in a widespread credit card fraud scheme. The scheme used stolen and fraudulent credit card accounts to purchase at least $750,000 worth of various items, including retail goods, large construction and building materials, appliances and equipment.

Charged in a 22-count indictment with conspiracy to commit access device fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft are Joseph Brown, 62; Diontae Wallace, 35, Adrienne Campbell, 53; Jovanna Brown, 33; Marcellus Smith, 27; James Luke, 43; Glenn King, and Shirley Ladson, 37. According to the allegations, from December of 2016 and continuing through approximately April of 2020, Wallace recruited a number of co-conspirators, including Campbell, Jovana Brown, Smith, Luke, King, Ladson, and Joseph Brown to participate in the credit card fraud scheme. It is alleged that Wallace would purchase personal identifying information from the dark web and use it to open fraudulent credit card accounts. Officials say Wallace would then create fictitious identification cards bearing the stolen personal identifying information and a photograph of a co-conspirator. The indictment states that Wallace provided the fraudulent identification cards and credit cards to his co-conspirators to use at his direction. wfmj.com

Venice, CA: Two people charged with scheme to defraud Target
Two Venice residents allegedly schemed to defraud Target by using self-checkout and scanning expensive items as $.59 drinkware, according to authorities. Blake Pavey, 27, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with two counts of larceny - retail theft of more than $750 and organized fraud under $20,000. Kaitlyn Van Dorn, 33, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with organized fraud under $20,000. Authorities began an investigation regarding multiple thefts at a Target in South Venice from December to April, according to a probable cause affidavit. Pavey allegedly selected scooters, toys, vacuum cleaners and household items and would scan them as $.59 drinkware at self-checkout, according to a probable cause affidavit. Van Dorn was allegedly seen with Pavey twice in the store, and Pavey would pay for some of the items using her debit card, according to a probable cause affidavit. yoursun.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Update: Wichita, KS: Quik Trip Store Security Guard dies, days after being shot
A man who worked security at a QuikTrip store in Wichita has died, two days after being shot. Will Robinson was shot Wednesday night at the downtown store. Wichita Police say he died Friday. He was 39. A suspect is in custody in the shooting. Police say he has a long criminal record. Robinson had worked as a security guard at QuikTrip for about a year. Before that he was a Wichita police officer. He was a married father of two children. QuikTrip, in a statement, said it is "absolutely devastated and heartbroken by the tragic loss of Will." wibw.com

St Louis, MO: Man killed in early morning shooting outside Sauget C-store
Investigators are asking the public for help to identify two "persons of interest" and their vehicles in the shooting death of a 46-year-old St. Louis man Sunday morning. "The victim was shot as he was getting out of his car," said Sauget Police Chief James Jones. Terrell Vance of Vorhof Drive, St. Louis,was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:26 a.m., according to St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye Sr. bnd.com

Wilson, NC: 18-year-old woman charged with murder after stabbing outside convenience store
Wilson Police on Friday arrested 18-year-old Tajahya Danyale Applewhite and charged her with murder in connection with the stabbing Monday night of another young woman outside a convenience store. Police said they were called to the Sammy Super Mart, where they found a crowd of people in the parking lot and Trinity Williams on the ground. She had been stabbed to death. wral.com

Aventura, FL: Mall shooting: 5 people injured, search for gunman continues
In total, five people were injured from an incident inside the Aventura Mall when gunfire erupted Saturday. Three people were struck by gunfire in the shooting, all said to have non-life-threatening injuries, and two other people were hurt while running to get out of the chaos. Police said that the shooting was a result of two groups who got into a fight outside of the Hugo Boss store inside the mall. "An individual displayed a weapon. Another individual pulled out a weapon and actually used it," said Aventura Police Maj. Michael Bentolila.

While police said multiple people were taken into custody, the search continues for the gunman who witnesses said opened fire inside the crowded mall. On Sunday, things appeared to be back to normal when the mall reopened at noon. Shopper Christian Bermudez was not at the mall when gunfire erupted Saturday afternoon, but he heard about it and can't help but worry. "I definitely thought there was going to be a lot less people here," Bermudez said. "I thought there was going to be more security or something around, but it seemed to be like business as usual, not really any change. "Now just walking around, I see the situation playing out in my head and it's like, what would we do if it happened again today."

Cellphone video circulated on social media after the shooting and showed the terrifying moments as shoppers ran and hid inside the shopping venue. local10.com

New York, NY: Three people, including a 4-year-old, shot in Times Square
Three people including a four-year-old girl were shot in New York City's Times Square after gunfire broke out in a dispute that they were apparently not involved in, the city's top police official said Saturday.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said a family from Brooklyn had brought the child to Times Square to buy toys. Shea told reporters gathered at Times Square that she and the two other victims - a 23-year-old female tourist from Rhode Island and a 43-year-old woman from New Jersey - did not appear related to one another or to the shooting itself.

"It appears that all three are innocent bystanders," Shea said.

Shea said police had "one person of interest" that they were seeking information from but no indication yet as to the context of the dispute, which he said broke out between "two to four people" just before 5 p.m. reuters.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Brookfield, WI: Kohl's retail theft suspect flees police
Officers responded to Kohl's in Brookfield April 25 for a retail theft. As officers were arriving on scene, the suspect, a Black female approximately 5'10" and 275 pounds, was exiting the store with multiple pieces of stolen merchandise. The suspect accelerated at a high rate of speed, almost striking a civilian and their vehicle.  fox6now.com

Wauwatosa, WI: Police pursue minivan, 5 arrested, gun recovered following altercation at Best Buy
Police said five people were arrested after a police pursuit ended near 52nd and Hampton on Friday, May 7. Police said some people were involved in an altercation at a Best Buy before driving off. Officers spotted the suspect minivan and a chase ensued. The five people inside the vehicle were taken into custody and a gun was recovered, according to police. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the incident, which unfolded just before 6 p.m. fox6now.com

Brookfield, WI: Customers and Employees flee store: Fight over trading cards outside Brookfield Target
Brookfield police responded to a reported fight outside of the Target near 127th and Bluemound on Friday morning, May 7. Witnesses said several people were fighting outside of the store entrance - and one person was armed with a gun. It all unfolded over trading cards. Police said a 35-year-old man was physically assaulted by four other men in the parking lot after an argument over sports trading cards. The victim pulled out the gun he was legally carrying and the four attackers then ran away. No shots were fired. The victim sustained minor injuries. All four attackers - ranging in age from 23-25 - were later arrested, found near the store. Formal charges are pending. A fifth man was identified at the scene, but not arrested. fox6now.com

Man Films Himself Stealing Vial of COVID Vaccine from CVS to 'Test,' Says it's 'Poisoning People'
Minnesota man posted a video of himself that appeared to show him stealing a vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in order to "test it at a lab." The man, who has been identified by his social media accounts as Thomas Humphrey, filmed himself at what appeared to be the beginning of a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at a CVS pharmacy on Thursday. He can be heard saying, "I just want to read it. I just-you know, I'm taking the vaccine, I just want to read it," he then reached across a counter and grabbed a white box."

A woman who appeared to be a CVS employee tried to take the box back, saying, "Sir! Sir!" While he opened the box and pulled out a vial and presented it to the camera. "This is the vaccine in there? Thank you. I will be taking my vaccine here guys. We're gonna go test this, we're gonna bring it to the lab," he continued walking while CVS employees. Humphrey explained to the staff and to the camera that he was not going to be getting "his vaccine" in his arm, he was going to be taking an entire vial, which likely contains closer to enough doses for five people, with him to be "tested."

"I'm gonna investigate. Here, we'll trade. You can take the mask and I'll be taking the vaccine here. Don't touch me. This is my vaccine guys...this is poisoning people, so uh just taking my vaccine...We outta here." newsweek.com  ca.news.yahoo.com

Milwaukee, WI: "NYPD Pizza" Restaurant Employee stabs another

Columbia, SC: Sumter PD arrests man wanted in connection with multiple break-ins at several Dollar General stores

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AT&T - Laurel, MD - Armed Robbery
AT&T - Wheaton, MD - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Honolulu, HI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Glendale, AZ - Armed Robbery
CVS - Bakersfield, CA - Robbery
Collectables - Trussville, AL - Burglary
Family Dollar - Akron, OH - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Akron, OH - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Moses Lake, WA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Carson, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Jacksonville, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Burlington, VT - Robbery
Pawn - Scottsdale AZ - Burglary
Pet - Arlington, IL - Burglary
Pet - Lincoln Park, MI - Burglary
Restaurant- Suffolk, VA - Armed Robbery (Zaxby's)
Restaurant - Topeka, KS - Armed Robbery (Domino's)
Restaurant - El Paso, TX - Burglary
Thrift - Longmont, CO - Burglary
7-Eleven - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Denton, TX - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 15 robberies
• 6 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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