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Tiffany Wagner named Data Center Physical Security Cluster Manager for Amazon Web Services

Before joining Amazon Web Services as Data Center Physical Security Cluster Manager, Tiffany served as Investigator, Investigations & Fraud for a year with Lowe's Canada. Prior to that, she spent more than two years with Amazon as Loss Prevention Site Lead, Manager II and Manager I, as well as Loss Prevention Specialist. Earlier in her career, she held roles with Reitmans, Starbucks, Lids Sports Group, Saks Fifth Avenue and JCPenney. Congratulations, Tiffany!

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ADT Commercial Acquires Denver-Based Key-Rite Security

ADT Commercial, provider of commercial security, fire, life safety, and risk consulting services in the U.S., continues its strategic M&A strategy to expand its nationwide geographic footprint with today's announcement that it has purchased Key-Rite Security, based out of Denver, Colo.

"We're extremely excited to welcome the talented members at Key-Rite Security to the ADT Commercial family and to expand our service coverage and offerings across the state of Colorado. For decades, Key-Rite has shown the same passion for service excellence and integrity that is at the core of ADT Commercial, and we look forward to success and growth they'll bring to our organization," said Dan Bresingham, executive vice president, commercial, ADT.

Since 1975, Key-Rite Security has been a locally owned and operated security provider specializing in access control, surveillance, intrusion, and intercom systems for a wide range of commercial environments in the state of Colorado and for customers across the U.S.

For more information about ADT Commercial's commercial security offerings, please visit https://www.adt.com/commercial.

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Another Mass Shooting Tragedy Rocks the Retail Industry
Mass Shootings Up 127% - Security Guard Killed - DOJ Responds - Stores Become Top Target

Deadly Mass Shooting Erupts Inside Buffalo Supermarket
Buffalo, NY: 10 killed, 3 wounded in mass shooting at Tops Friendly Market store

Store security guard among those killed in a mass shooting motivated by racism

A teenage gunman entranced by a white supremacist ideology known as replacement theory opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo on Saturday, methodically shooting and killing 10 people and injuring three more, almost all of them Black, in one of the deadliest racist massacres in recent American history.

The authorities identified the gunman as 18-year-old Payton S. Gendron of Conklin, a small town in New York's rural Southern Tier. Mr. Gendron drove more than 200 miles to mount his attack, which he also livestreamed, the police said, a chilling video feed that appeared designed to promote his sinister agenda.

The attack, at a Tops Friendly Market in a largely Black neighborhood in east Buffalo, conjured grim comparisons to a series of other massacres motivated by racism, including the killing of nine Black parishioners at a church in Charleston, S.C., in 2015; an antisemitic rampage in a Pittsburgh synagogue in 2018 that left 11 people dead; and an attack at a Walmart in El Paso in 2019, where the man charged had expressed hatred of Latinos. More than 20 people died there.

In the Buffalo grocery store, where four employees were shot, the savagery and planning were evident: Mr. Gendron was armed with an assault weapon and wore body armor, the police said. And his preferred victims seemed clear as well: All told, 11 of the people shot were Black and two were white, the authorities said.

"It was a straight up racially motivated hate crime," John Garcia, the Erie County sheriff, said.

Based on what was written in the manifesto, the attack appeared to have been inspired by earlier massacres that were motivated by racial hatred, including a mosque shooting in New Zealand and the Walmart shooting in Texas, both in 2019.

The United States attorney in Buffalo, Trini E. Ross, said her office was also investigating the killings as federal hate crimes.

He shot four people in the parking lot, the Buffalo police commissioner, Joseph A. Gramaglia, said at the news conference, three of them fatally. When he entered the store and continued shooting, he encountered a security guard, a retired Buffalo police officer who returned fire. But Mr. Gendron was wearing heavy metal plating; he killed the guard and continued into the store, firing on shoppers and employees.

The 10 people killed in Buffalo represent the highest number of fatalities in a mass shooting in the United States this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which tracks them. Gun deaths reached the highest number ever recorded in the United States in 2020, the first year of the pandemic, surging by 35 percent, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday. nytimes.com

Shooter Planned to Target Another Store After Tops Market
Buffalo mass shooting suspect had plans to 'continue his rampage' after killing 10 people at a grocery store, police say
The alleged Buffalo, New York, mass shooting suspect had plans to "continue his rampage" after opening fire at a supermarket, killing 10 people, city Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said Monday.

"There was evidence that was uncovered that he had plans, had he gotten out of here, to continue his rampage, and continue shooting people," he told CNN. "He'd even spoken about possibly going to another store."

There is "some documentation" the suspect had plans possibly to shoot "another large superstore," Gramaglia said. "He was going to get in his car and continue to drive down Jefferson Avenue and continue doing the same thing."

Shock in this community and around the nation has multiplied as more details have emerged of a racist manifesto allegedly written by the 18-year-old White man suspected of traveling nearly 200 miles from his home to unleash an attack at the grocery in a predominantly Black neighborhood. cnn.com

Tops Issues Statement After Shooting
Tops Friendly Markets Issues Statement Following Mass Shooting at Buffalo Store

Tops Friendly Markets has issued a statement following the deadly mass shooting at one of its Buffalo stores Saturday afternoon.

"The Tops family is heartbroken over the senseless violence that impacted our associates and customers at our store on Jefferson Avenue. We are working quickly to make sure that all of our associates have access to counseling and support that they may need. Tops has been committed to this community and to the city of Buffalo for decades and this tragedy will not change that commitment. We are working to find alternatives for our customers in this community while the store is closed and will provide updates in the near future." erienewsnow.com

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Response
Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (DHS CRCL) is activating its Incident Community Coordination Team (ICCT) national conference call mechanism on Monday, May 16 2022, at 4:00pm ET to discuss the mass shooting in Buffalo and ongoing concerns with racially or ethnically-motivated violent extremism.

The ICCT is the only tool of its kind available for rapid two-way communication between the federal government and impacted communities in the aftermath of a homeland security incident or emergency. The ICCT national call provides timely information to communities and allows them to provide feedback to senior government officials. Senior leadership from DHS and other federal agencies will join us for the call. Information for the ICCT call is below:

Date: May 16, 2022
Time: 4:00pm ET
Call in information: Phone number: 800 913 8744


There are limited spaces available on the call. Should you have questions related to this ICCT call, ycontact DHS CRCL's Community Engagement Section at CommunityEngagement@hq.dhs.gov

DOJ Responds to Supermarket Mass Shooting
Justice Department Statement on the Mass Shooting in Buffalo, NY
The Justice Department tonight released the following statement from Attorney General Merrick B. Garland:

"Tonight, the country mourns the victims of a senseless, horrific shooting in Buffalo, New York. The FBI and ATF are working closely with the Buffalo Police Department and federal, state, and local law enforcement partners.

"The Justice Department is investigating this matter as a hate crime and an act of racially-motivated violent extremism. The Justice Department is committed to conducting a thorough and expeditious investigation into this shooting and to seeking justice for these innocent victims." justice.gov

After Buffalo Shooting Video Spreads, Social Platforms Face Questions
Mass shootings - and live broadcasts - raise questions about the role and responsibility of social media sites in allowing violent and hateful content to proliferate.

   The Buffalo Shooting: What Happened and Who Is Suspect Payton Gendron?

   'He's a hero': Ex-cop Aaron Salter Jr. killed while firing at Buffalo shooter

Retail Settings Becoming More Common for Mass Shootings

More Mass Shootings are Happening at Grocery Stores
Mass shootings are becoming more frequent, deadly and hate-driven
Mass public shootings in which four or more people are killed have become more frequent, and deadly, in the last decade. And the tragedy in Buffalo is the latest in a recent trend of mass public shootings taking place in retail establishments.

What do we know about supermarket mass shootings?

Only one shooting in our database prior to 2019 took place at a supermarket. However, there has been a raft of mass shootings at American supermarkets since.

The Buffalo shooting on May 14, 2022, is similar to an August 2019 shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, where a man killed 23 people. Another shooting in 2019 took place at a Kosher grocery store in Jersey City, New Jersey, where four people were murdered.

Then in March 2021, a 21-year-old man of Middle Eastern descent with a history of paranoid and anti-social behavior entered a King Soopers in Boulder, Colorado, and shot dead 10 people. Six months later, in September 2021, a 29-year-old Asian man killed one person and injured 13 others at a Kroger supermarket in Tennessee.

No one profile of a retail shooter

Mass shootings are socially contagious. Perpetrators study other perpetrators and learn from each other, which may explain the rise in supermarket shootings in the past few years. However, the data shows there is no one profile of a supermarket mass shooter.

Racial hatred is a feature of about 10% of all mass public shootings in our database. Our analysis suggests that when it comes to retail shooters, around 13% are driven by racism - so slightly above the average for all mass shooting events.

But racial hatred appears to be just one of many motivations cited by retail shooters. Our data points to a range of factors, including the suspect's own economic issues (16%), confrontation with employees or shoppers (22%), or psychosis (31%). But the most common motivation among retail shooters is unknown (34%). theconversation.com

Buffalo Mass Shooting: A Continuation of America's Gun Violence Epidemic

Nearly 200 Mass Shootings in 2022 Already
It's 19 weeks into the year and America has already seen 198 mass shootings
The 10 people killed, and an additional three injured, make this weekend's racially motivated attack at a Buffalo, N.Y., supermarket the deadliest mass shooting of the year in the United States.

It is also the 198th mass shooting in 2022. With just over 19 weeks into the year, this averages out to about 10 such attacks a week.

The tally comes from the Gun Violence Archive, an independent data collection organization. The group defines a mass shooting as an incident in which four or more people are shot or killed, excluding the shooter. The full list of mass shootings in 2022 can be found here.

Such shootings are an American phenomenon

Mass shootings, as is well known by now, are a common recurrence in the United States. Around this time last year, the U.S. had experienced a similar number of mass shootings: also about 10 a week. We ended 2021 with 693 mass shootings, per the Gun Violence Archive. The year before saw 611. And 2019 had 417. npr.org

Mass Shooting Incidents Up 127% Since 2014

FBI Active Shooter Report
Active Shooter Incidents: Topical One-Pagers, 2000 - 2018

This report encompasses statistical data regarding 277 active shooter incidents in the United States between 2000 and 2018.

More incidents occurred in commerce areas-(121, 44%) than any other location, followed by educational environments (57, 21%). The four incidents involving multiple shooters occurred in businesses open to pedestrian traftic, a residence, and open space (neighborhood streets).

Ten incidents occurred in malls-that is, types of businesses typically consisting of more than one anchor store and many smaller businesses under a single roof, though they may include some open spaces.

In all, 28 (10%) of the 277 incidents involved shootings at two or more locations. (Incidents were categorized at the location where the public was most at risk.) fbi.gov

#1 Target - Businesses Open to the Public

Mass Shootings - Weekend of May 14-15

Harris County, TX: 2 dead, 3 injured after shooting at flea market
Read the full story in today's Retail Crime column below

At Least 17 Wounded in Downtown Milwaukee Shooting, Police Say
No fatalities were reported in the shooting on Friday night, which happened blocks from the arena where an N.B.A. playoff game ended hours earlier.

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Nationwide Protests

380+ Protests Organized Nationwide - Peacefully For Now
Abortion-Rights Supporters March to Protest Possible Overturning of Roe v. Wade

Thousands turn out at events in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas

Crowds of pro-abortion rights protesters chanted, carried banners and marched in cities across the country Saturday, in the first large public response to a draft Supreme Court opinion indicating the high court may overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to abortion.

More than 380 rallies organized under the slogan "Bans Off Our Bodies" were planned Saturday, including in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Austin. The aim is to pressure state and federal lawmakers to safeguard abortion rights regardless of what the Supreme Court decides, organizers said.

In New York City, sign-waving protesters led by a pounding drumline packed onto the Brooklyn Bridge and marched slowly into lower Manhattan. At the National Mall in Washington, what appeared to be several thousand protesters supporting abortion rights marched up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court. In Austin, Texas, a crowd that appeared to number in the thousands filled the Capitol's front lawn in the midday heat.

Saturday's events were organized by abortion-rights and labor groups, including Planned Parenthood, UltraViolet, Women's March, MoveOn and the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU. wsj.com

Editor's Note: These demonstrations have so far been peaceful, but they could quickly turn more aggressive or even violent after the Supreme Court hands down it's final ruling this summer. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, we could again see nationwide protests that result in looting and rioting - something that the business and retail community should prepare for!

With fear and fury, thousands across U.S. rally for abortion rights

Pro-choice demonstrators rally across the US over expected reversal of Roe v Wade

Chicagoans march for abortion rights amid US Supreme Court leak

COVID Update

581.6M Vaccinations Given

US: 84.2M Cases - 1M Dead - 81.2M Recovered
Worldwide: 521.3M Cases - 6.2M Dead - 491.9M Recovered

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US hits 1 million deaths from COVID-19
The United States has reached 1 million reported deaths from COVID-19, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a number that shows the shocking toll the virus has taken on the nation.

The U.S. has had more deaths per capita than Western Europe or Canada, and while new deaths have fallen, they are still rising. It is also expected that the United States, like other countries, has undercounted the true number of deaths from the coronavirus.

Deaths have continued stacking up even into 2021 and 2022, after vaccines became widely available, disproportionately among people who did not get vaccinated or did not get booster shots. thehill.com

Over 200,000 Openly Discussing Defrauding Siloed States
"Unprecedented Levels of Fraud

COVID Fraud: 'A magnet for rip-off artists': Fraud siphoned $163 billion from pandemic unemployment benefits

Identity theft and other sophisticated criminal schemes contributed to potentially $163 billion in waste, while inflicting harm on unwitting victims.

The more than $5 trillion approved since the start of the pandemic has become a wellspring for criminal activity, allowing fraudsters to siphon money away from hard-hit American workers and businesses who needed the help most.

The exact scope of the fraud targeting federal aid initiatives is unknown, even two years later. With unemployment benefits, however, the theft could be significant. Testifying at a little-noticed congressional hearing this spring, a top watchdog for the Labor Department estimated there could have been "at least" $163 billion in unemployment-related "overpayments," a projection that includes wrongly paid sums as well as "significant" benefits obtained by malicious actors. So far, the United States has recaptured just over $4 billion of that,

Criminals employed tools known as botnets to fire off thousands of applications, federal officials say, often with a single computer click. And they openly swapped tips for defrauding the government on popular websites and apps, including the messaging service Telegram. That has continued this year, as research showed at least two dozen groups with nearly 200,000 members openly discussed ways to avert states' defenses and siphon funds just over an eight-week period in March and April.

"The unprecedented explosion of unemployment claims, combined with years of disinvestment in our unemployment system, lack of state-by-state data sharing and weak identity controls, created a perfect storm for the fraud and identity theft in 2020 that we inherited." washingtonpost.com

Some Minority Workers, Tired of Workplace Slights, Say They Prefer Staying Remote

They say it's less painful to deal with 'microaggressions' at home. But they may pay a price for being away from the office.

As companies increasingly encourage workers to return to the office, many minority employees are reluctant. A September 2021 survey from the Society for Human Resource Management, for example, found that approximately half of Black workers said they prefer to do their job outside the workplace, compared with 39% of white workers and 29% of Hispanic workers.

Some minority employees, career coaches and workplace experts say that many of them don't want to face what are often referred to as "microaggressions"-everyday comments or actions that are interpreted as disparaging or communicating negative ideas about a person's identity, such as their race, disability, gender identity or religion. Such comments are often unintentional and can arise remotely or during in-person office encounters, these people say.

Out of sight

But members of minority groups who work from home to avoid enduring slights may be hurting their careers, workplace experts say. Remote workers face the chance of being forgotten by distant bosses. With 42% of supervisors say they sometimes forget about remote workers when assigning tasks. wsj.com

How America Lost One Million People to COVID

Covid cases are surging again. Why hospitalizations might not.


FRT Gaining More Acceptance
Tally of facial recognition bans being overturned keeps growing

The high tide for U.S. restrictions on police use of facial recognition (FRT) might have come and gone.

Seventeen partial or total bans on municipal and county use exist today, and a year ago privacy and civil rights advocates sounded confident that more were on the way. That looks less likely now.

In fact, a compendium of laws created by advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation could be updated with fewer restrictions before Independence Day.

In California and Ohio, local governments have acted in ways that could indicate that transparency in the use of face biometrics is not needed or, at least, repercussions for dodgy practices will be an acceptable cost of doing business. biometricupdate.com

What Impact Does This Have on Black Market?
Or in the stores once shipments start arriving?

What Caused the Baby Formula Shortage?

Tariffs, government labeling rules and state welfare monopolies all play major roles.

By now you've heard that some 40% of the nation's baby formula is out of stock, causing new mothers to hunt from store to store to feed their infants. This should never happen in America. How did it? Here's the government part of the story you won't hear from the political class.

Abbott Laboratories in February recalled several brands and shut down a plant in Michigan after complaints that four infants fell severely ill with a dangerous bacteria after ingesting its powdered formula.

The real culprit is government policies that have limited formula options.

There are only four major manufacturers of formula in the U.S. today: Mead Johnson, Abbott, Nestle, and Perrigo. One reason the market is so concentrated is tariffs up to 17.5% on imports, which protect domestic producers from foreign competition. Non-trade barriers such as FDA labeling and ingredient requirements also limit imports even during shortages. wsj.com

Walmart's College2Career Program
Walmart Anticipates a Store Manager Shortage Despite $200,000-a-Year Pay
It is a key position for the retail giant, one that requires long hours and in big stores overseeing an operation with roughly $100 million in annual sales and a team of 300.

Many managers leading the company's roughly 4,700 U.S. stores have been in their roles for at least a decade, and Walmart executives say they need to find a new generation to replace them. The tight labor market and competition for workers create another challenge-even for a job that often pays more than $200,000 a year.

"My talent pool for store manager three years from now was not going to be what I needed it to be," said Brandy Jordan, a longtime Walmart human-resources executive.

Those worries led Walmart to create a program to recruit and train college graduates to become store managers, promising a starting wage of at least $65,000 a year and an accelerated two-year track into the top store job. The program, known as College2Career, launched with two recent graduates this spring and aims to bring nearly 1,000 applicants through this summer. wsj.com

Best Buy to double outlet store count; four upcoming locations announced

Walmart Launches Mental Health First Aid Training Kit

Quarterly Results

US Foods Q1 net sales up 23.9%

Dillard's Q1 comp's up 23%, total retail sales up 22%

Tapestry, Inc Q3 NA sales up 22%, digital up 20%, revenue up 13%

Krispy Kreme Q1 organic revenue up 15%, net revenue up 15.8%

Fiesta Restaurant Group Q1 comp's up 8%, total revenue up 8.4% - (Pollo Tropical®)

Grocery Outlet Q1 comp's up 5.2%, net sales up 10.5%

Ahold Delhaize Q1 U.S. comp's up 3.3%, online sales up 4.6%, net sales up 5.8%, Global net sales up 8.3%

Party City Q1 brand comp' up 2.1%, 3rd party wholesale down 1.6%, total sales up 1.4%

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Director of Retail Security job posted for Apple in Cupertino, CA
As a business leader, the Retail Security Director will build and implement solutions for a variety of unique security challenges from physical security of our stores, to theft and fraud, and response to critical incidents affecting Apple. You will obsess over the employee and customer experience, and drive a global strategy that sets the bar for Apple and our Retail team. jobs.apple.com

VP Global Enterprise Risk Management & Insurance job posted for Estée Lauder
in Melville, NY
Lead the evolution of ELC's Enterprise Risk Management program though the development and deployment of risk management tools and practices. The VP will initiate and manage the annual enterprise-wide risk assessment process resulting in the establishment and/or revision of ELC's highest risks and opportunities that could impair and/or advance the achievement of the Company's mission, vision, strategic goals and competiveness. jobs.elcompanies.com

Director Loss Prevention ORC job posted for Ulta Beauty in Bolingbrook, IL
The Director, Loss Prevention will be responsible for leading and inspiring a team of Managers who support Organized Retail Crime functional area of Loss Prevention . This role will be responsible for all aspects of Organized Retail Crime and Special Investigations for the company to include boosting, fencing, financial fraud, serial robberies and burglaries, product tampering, and mobile device fraud. careers.ulta.com

Director of LP, Safety & Security job posted for Ross Stores in Perris, CA
Provides overall leadership to the Supply Chain network DC LP/Safety teams in safety, physical security, protection of company assets, Workers' Compensation and fire prevention programs. The Director is also responsible for supporting store merchandise loss investigations through investigation of missing deliveries. Develops and maintains a strong partnership with the DC VP's and their operating teams, and stores LP Directors.  jobs.rossstores.com

Director of AP Operations job posted for Burlington in Burlington, NJ
As the Director of Asset Protection Operations, you will lead a team that applies analytical and critical thinking skills to solve complex business challenges and deliver the most effective analysis, recommendations, and execution to reduce shortage. This position requires at least ten years of relevant retail work experience with exposure to operations, shortage control and project management. burlingtonstores.jobs

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Retail Body Cams to Thwart Crime & Abuse
Target, Woolies Employees To Wear Bodycams To Tackle Customer Abuse
Australian retail employees, including Target and Woolworths, have reportedly started trialling body cameras in selected stores in a bid to protect themselves from abusive customers.

Signage at one Target store in Queensland said the cams worn by staff were "to keep our team and community safe".

"These cameras will be worn by selected team members and turned on only in the event of an escalating situation where they feel there is a threat to their safety," the sign said.

Head of the National Retail Association Dominique Lamb told the ABC that body cameras worn by retailers were becoming increasing more common, particularly noting spikes in retail crime throughout the pandemic.

"Predominantly, it is major retailers that are implementing technologies like this, mainly because obviously there's a certain amount of cost involved," she said, citing CCTV cameras and other deterrents. wsfm.com.au

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76% of Orgs Hit with Ransomware Attacks
Ransomware is Indiscriminatory - Prepare for Everything to Fail
Ransomware attacks continue to grow in frequency. In the past 12 months, 76% of organizations have been affected by ransomware attacks, constituting a 15% YoY rise according to Veeam's Data Protection Trends Report 2022. As well as being more common, ransomware is also getting more potent. When businesses are struck by ransomware, they are unable to recover over a third (36%) of the data they lose on average. The threat landscape is as volatile as it has ever been. There are more attacks taking place. They are more diverse. And they can have grave consequences for the companies they affect.

On the other hand, rather than tremble with fear at the awesome power of the cyberattacks waiting to be deployed against them, organizations must focus on what they can control - their defense. Protecting your business against cyber-attacks requires following some fundamental and consistent principles - no matter what is being thrown at you.

The ransomware 'Wild West'

AdvertisementThere is a lawless and brutal feeling about the current cyber landscape businesses operate in. It is difficult for governments to hold cybercriminals to account and businesses are often keen to minimize public attention towards an incident that has compromised them. This contributes to a situation where almost all of the focus is on the victim (the business) rather than the criminal (the attacker).

Furthermore, ransomware - and most contemporary cybercrime - is almost indiscriminatory in terms of those who suffer. The fact is that every business is a target. This indiscriminate nature is compounded by the fact that cyber-attacks are generally difficult to contain. This means organizations are not only held to ransom by having services suspended and threats of data extortion. Now they are being threatened with losing vast swathes of data completely if they do not pay up.

Consistent principles of defense

First, practice impeccable digital hygiene. All employees must be trained to identify suspicious content and be warned of the impact that malpractice using work devices can lead to. For all the might at the hands of cybercriminals, in many ways their biggest weapons are unsuspecting employees who give them the keys to the back door of an enterprise network.

With that said, all businesses must prepare for their defenses to fail - no matter how robust you might think they are. Concepts such as zero trust and deploying techniques such as two-factor authentication can be useful for restricting the access an attacker has to data by taking over one individual's workstation. Ultimately, the best way to protect data is to ensure that it has been securely backed up and is fully recoverable before an incident takes place.  securityboulevard.com

DOJ's Global Effort to Track Down Cybercriminals
US Agrees to International Electronic Cybercrime Evidence Swap

The Budapest Convention is a multinational coalition that agrees to share electronic evidence across international jurisdictions to track down cybercriminals.

The US Department of Justice has signed on to the Budapest Convention international treaty, which allows its 66 member countries to expedite the sharing of electronic evidence to more effectively track down cybercriminals, wherever they are on the globe.

"The Budapest Convention is a truly remarkable international instrument," Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard Downing said. "Its technology-neutral approach to cybercrime has created an enduring framework for cooperation that ensures law enforcement has the tools they need to respond to new criminal methods."

Signed by Downing, the agreement, according to the DoJ, makes it easier for law enforcement agencies to obtain subscriber and traffic data from service providers for cybercrime investigations. The agreement followed nearly four years of negotiations, the DoJ noted.

"It is our collective vision that every country that is serious about fighting cybercrime and that provides for the protection of human rights should become party to the Budapest Convention," Downing added. "The Convention strikes the right balance between imposing obligations on nations to have robust laws and capabilities and providing the flexibility necessary for nations with different legal systems to join." darkreading.com

Execs Finally Prioritizing Cybersecurity
Just in time? Bosses are finally waking up to the cybersecurity threat

Cybersecurity chiefs say that boardrooms are asking better questions, but is the money there to back this up?

Boardrooms have a reputation for not paying much attention to cybersecurity, but it could be that executives are finally keen to take more interest in securing the systems and networks their businesses rely on.

Senior figures from American, British and Australian cybersecurity agencies have said that business execs are now more aware of cyber threats and are actively engaging with their chief information security officer (CISO) and information security teams.

Abigail Bradshaw, head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), said that, in a "massive leap in trust," many organisations are actively seeking out advice to help inform boardrooms about cybersecurity issues.

"Today boards say, 'Can you come and brief our board, and can you stay while the CISO's briefing the board? And can you please give us a view about the quality of our controls and our estimation of risk?', which is hugely transparent," she said, speaking at the UK National Cyber Security Centre's (NCSC) Cyber UK conference in Newport, Wales

"I see that as well, it feels as if it's really maturing," said Lindy Cameron, CEO of the NCSC. "We've been trying really hard over the last few months to get organisations to step up but not panic, do the things we've asked them to for a long time and take it more seriously". zdnet.com

4 ways to protect your small business from cyberattacks

Ransomware group strikes second U.S. health care system in the last two months







Amazon's Union 'Shock Troops'
Amazon to Managers: Can't Bust a Union? You're Fired.

Several managers at the Staten Island warehouse were canned. It looked a lot like a warning to other Amazon managers.

Amazon fired "more than half a dozen senior managers" last week who were "involved with" Amazon's JFK8 warehouse in Staten Island. Last month, JFK8 became the first Amazon facility in the United States to unionize. The firings (the identities of those let go have not been made public) looked very much like a warning to other managers: Lose a union election, and you will lose your job.

It wouldn't be the first time a business punished lower-level managers for lacking the chops to bust a union, according to Nelson Lichtenstein, a labor historian at the University of California Santa Barbara. "At all of these places," Lichtenstein told me, "lower-level management is unreliable as union-busters because they're often recruited out of the workforce itself." Once the union drive begins, Lichtenstein said, the first thing upper management does is rent a hotel conference room and haul in these supervisors. "They say, you guys are going to be the shock troops," Lichtenstein said. "If you don't want to do it, you're fired."

We fire fainthearted managers is not Amazon's official line, of course. "Part of our culture at Amazon is to continually improve," Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel said in a prepared statement about the firings.

That isn't confirmation that these people were fired because the plant unionized. But it isn't exactly a denial, either. When I emailed the Amazon press representative who sent me Nantel's statement and asked for clarification, I received no reply. It's certainly difficult to ignore that "the last several weeks" coincided with the aftermath of the union vote. And if Amazon were not trying to send a message ("That's someone I love"), why would it fire these managers all at once? "It strikes me," said Moshe Marvit, a labor lawyer and fellow at the Century Foundation, "that they want this to be the news." If they didn't, he said, they'd just wait until each manager came up for his next job evaluation.

The same week Amazon fired the Staten Island Half-Dozen or So, it also fired a couple of Staten Island union organizers. One was Tristan Dutchin, who works at the JFK8 plant. The other was Mat Cusick, who works in the adjoining DYY6 warehouse. That these firings occurred all at once made it seem even likelier that they were part of the same purge. newrepublic.com

Online Shopping Fraud Doubles
Survey: Fraud poses serious risk to businesses

Fraud and illicit business activity is rampant and costly.

According to new Global Fraud and Risk Report from security company Kroll, 82% of over 1,300 surveyed senior decision-makers for risk strategy said their organizations had been significantly impacted by fraud and illicit activity. Seventy-eight percent of respondents' organizations had conducted investigations into fraud, corruption or related misconduct in the past three years.

Looking specifically at retail, wholesale and distribution respondents, the survey found that 81% had been significantly impacted by serious misconduct and 69% had conducted an internal investigation in the last three years.

Online shopping fraud is on the rise

In an issue specifically affecting retailers, reports of online shopping fraud more than doubled in 2020, and for the first half of 2021 fraud numbers continued to be far higher than pre-pandemic levels, according to a recent study by fraud management platform Riskified. Cosmetics ranked highest in fraud levels, with a 47% increase in fraud attempts. The sneakers category saw an 8% increase in fraud attempts, and digital services and children's items rounded out the list, with a 12% and 15% increase in fraud attempts from 2020, respectively.

"The exponential growth of electronic information within organizations means that when an internal investigation kicks in, finding facts across large, disparate data sets can be a monumental task, causing inefficiencies and delays," said Andy Gandhi, managing director and global leader, data insights and forensics, Kroll. This can be solved by developing an understanding of the key data within the organization, designing a robust data governance framework to proactively classify and index data, and applying technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning to enhance processes. The data and insights can then be used to make strategic decisions and respond to regulatory requirements. The downstream investigation process also becomes far more efficient, saving time and cost." chainstoreage.com

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In Case You Missed It: Illinois' New ORC Law
Springfield, IL: Gov. Pritzker signs bill to address ORC; Raoul says task force recovered millions of dollars of stolen merchandise in December
Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation Friday that is aimed at cracking down on high-profile "smash-and-grabs" and other organized retail theft. "This important piece of legislation will help to combat these unlawful activities by addressing the problem from multiple angles," Chauncey Rice, government relations manager for the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, said at a news conference.

The law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2023. A person is guilty of being a ringleader of a retail theft operation if they recruit individuals, supervise finances or direct others to commit the theft with the intent to resell merchandise that exceeds $300 in value. Ringleaders can also be guilty if merchandise is stolen while in transit from the manufacturer to the retail establishment. muddyrivernews.com

West Covina, CA: Smash-and-grab robbery at a West Covina mall under investigation
A mall in West Covina is the latest business hit by smash-and-grab robbers in California. The West Covina Police Department responded to a call from Daniel's Jeweler in the 600 block of Plaza Drive on Friday afternoon. Police were told three men walked into the business and started breaking the glass casings before stealing an unknown amount of jewelry. Officials did not give detailed descriptions of the suspects. The suspects drove off in a black vehicle but officials did not give a detailed description of the car. As of Friday evening, no arrests have been announced in the robbery. foxla.com

Modesto, CA: Hundreds of sunglasses stolen in 3 grab-and-run thefts at Modesto's Vintage Faire mall
For the third time in two weeks, thousands of dollars of sunglasses have been stolen in grab-and-run thefts at the Sunglass Hut in the Vintage Faire Mall, according to Modesto Police. The most recent theft occurred around 5 p.m. Thursday when four suspects, two described as Black men and two as Latino men, entered the store wearing face masks, said Lt. Mike Hammond. In less then a minute, the men grabbed 190 pairs of sunglasses and ran from the mall, fleeing in a black Toyota Camry that had been stolen in Atwater. Sgt. Kalani Souza said the theft was similar to two others at the same location on April 28 and May 4. Those two cases are connected but detectives are still investigating whether they are related to the theft Thursday. The cases on April 28 and May 4 involved two Black men and two Black women who entered the store wearing face masks and grabbed about 200 sunglasses in less than a minute. They fled the mall in a gray Honda with a stolen license plate. modbee.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Harris County, TX: 2 dead, 3 injured after shooting at flea market
Two men were killed and three others were critically injured Sunday after a shooting at a crowded flea market in north Houston, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. The shots rang out just after 1 p.m. at a flea market on Airline Drive. HSCO said two men were pronounced dead at the scene and three others were taken to area hospitals in critical condition. Investigators said they believe all five people were involved in the disturbance that led up to the shooting. Officials said they all appear to be in their early- to mid-20s and likely knew each other. They do not believe the shooting was random. They also said two other people were detained at the scene and could be involved. Gonzalez said no bystanders were injured although the flea market was very busy. He estimated that there were "thousands" there when the shots were fired. khou.com

Mesa, AZ: Gas Station murder suspect arrested after weeks-long search
Police arrested the man they say shot and killed another man at a Mesa gas station late last month. Officers say they found 20-year-old Adam Gomez near Main Street and Extension Road on Friday and arrested him. Police said they were looking for Gomez in connection to the shooting since it happened on April 27 around 3:30 a.m. at the gas station at McKellips and Gilbert roads. According to police, Gomez, his girlfriend and 30-year-old Jose Gutierrez showed up at the gas station in a Ford F-150 after doing drugs together. When the girlfriend went to pump gas, Gutierrez accused Gomez of stealing his drugs. The two argued and police said Gomez got out and shot and killed Gutierrez. Gomez claimed Gutierrez pulled a gun but police said that wasn't true. The girlfriend went into the truck and saw Gomez trying to start the truck, according to court documents. Police said he then carjacked a woman and sped off in her car. Detectives later released a previous mug shot of Gomez in hopes somebody would spot him and tell the police. azfamily.com

Honolulu, HI: Suspect arrested in fatal attack of Fort Street Mall Security Guard
A 30-year-old man who is in police custody on suspicion of criminal property damage and theft has also been arrested in connection with the beating death of a security guard at Fort Street Mall. Razi Ali White was arrested in the Iwilei area around noon on Friday on for second-degree property damage and fourth-degree theft charges. CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department on Saturday confirmed White is also the suspect in a second-degree murder investigation involving the death of a 58-year-old security guard at Fort Street Mall. The security guard, who was hit in the head with a metal water bottle on May 3, was transported to a hospital in critical condition. Police reported that he died Thursday. news.yahoo.com

Owensboro, KY: Man accused of shooting Kentucky Police Officer arrested in Indiana
A man accused of shooting a western Kentucky police officer and stealing his cruiser was arrested Sunday morning in southern Indiana, authorities said. The suspect was jailed on charges that included assault on a police officer, robbery, theft of a vehicle and possession of a gun by a convicted felon, Owensboro Police said in a statement. The officer was investigating a suspicious person at an Owensboro convenience store Saturday night who matched the description of a robbery suspect, police said. The suspect got into a physical altercation with the officer as he was being questioned and used a concealed handgun to fire at the officer before fleeing the scene in the cruiser, police said. dailyherald.com

North Charleston, SC: 1 injured in shooting at strip mall
The North Charleston Police Department is investigating after a man was injured near a strip mall on Dorchester Road Sunday afternoon. Police responded near the Forest Hills Plaza in the Warsaw Road and Dorchester Road area just before 2:00 p.m. At the scene, a male victim was located and given first aid measures, according to police spokesman Harve Jacobs. The victim was then taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, Jacobs says. live5news.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Tallahassee, FL: Leon County Deputies deploy taser on man with hatchet following standoff outside grocery store
A man is in custody following a brief standoff Sunday afternoon outside a Leon County business. According to the Leon County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to reports of a theft in the 5300 Block of Capital Circle SW around 12:30 p.m. Deputies were told the suspect stole from a vendor and showed a weapon. The suspect allegedly raised a hatchet toward the vendor when confronted. The suspect then left the scene. Soon after, LCSO deputies found a man with the same description in a parking lot on the 5000 Block of Capital Circle SW. Witness video obtained by WCTV shows several law enforcement officers pointing weapons toward a man outside a Publix Grocery Store. According to a press release, deputies commanded the suspect, 42-year-old John Rawls, to drop the weapon. Rawls eventually did so, but refused to move away from the weapon, according to deputies. A deputy deployed his taser and after a "brief struggle," the suspect was taken into custody and taken to the hospital for a check-up. wctv.tv

Oklahoma City, OK: Crest Foods Security Guard faces charges after rough takedown
A Crest Foods grocery store security guard is facing charges for allegedly beating up and tasing a customer. Shawn Anderson has been charged for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for the incident which happened at the Crest Foods on South May Ave., on September 6, 2021. Court documents and an Oklahoma City Police Department incident report say Edis Hadzialic was at the store to return some items he had bought. He was denied the return, but then went to buy more food items. The documents say after his purchase, Anderson, who was a security guard at the store, asked Hadzialic to leave, but then, "for unknown reasons," blocked him from exiting. Hadzialic tried to walk around him multiple times, but Anderson kept blocking him.

Anderson then, "for unknown reasons," tried to detain Hadzialic. Hadzialic attempted to break out of this, and that's when Anderson, along with two other employees, forced him to the ground and in the scuffle seriously injured him. At one point, Anderson appears to tase Hadzialic in the neck for 17 seconds, according to the court affidavit. KFOR spoke with his attorneys Dan Markoff of Adler, Markoff, and Associates and Chad Kelliher of Fulmer Sill on Thursday, the day the lawsuit was filed. They're suing for assault, battery, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent hiring/training/supervision/retention and punitive damages. "In this assault, he broke his nose, broke several of his teeth, dislocated his kneecap, among other injuries," Kelliher said of Hadzialic's injuries. "None of that was necessary." kfor.com

Phoenix, AZ: Man wanted for Ulta Beauty robbery in south Phoenix
Silent Witness is looking for a man accused of robbing an Ulta Beauty in south Phoenix after reportedly threatening employees that he would "shoot up the place." Police say the robbery happened at a location near 24th Street and Baseline Road on the afternoon of Jan. 29. The suspect stood in line until a register opened, then demanded employees to put money in a store bag while threatening them. fox10phoenix.com

King County, WA: 2 men arrested in connection to nearly 60 ATM burglaries

Beaumont, TX: Purple Pistol Bandit Sentenced to 20 years for Beaumont-area Armed Robbery Spree

Nashville, TN: Man wanted in Mapco Armed Robbery surrenders to Metro Police

Oakland, CA: Man sentenced to 80 months in prison for conviction in marijuana burglary shootout

Queens, NY: Three Suspects tied up Queens store worker, stole $8,000 in cash and merchandise

Utica, NY: Police Find Check Fraud Operation While Executing Search Warrant At Home Of Armed Robbery Suspect

Odessa, TX: Manager admits stealing prescriptions from Walgreens

Mount Pleasant, IL: Best Buy employee accused of stealing over $4,000 worth of electronics from store



C-Store - Florence County, SC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Huntington, WV - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Queens, NY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Seattle, WA - Burglary
Collectables - South Bend, IN - Robbery
Dollar General - Dover, DE - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Jersey City, NJ - Armed Robbery
Gaming - Decatur, IL - Robbery
Jewelry - West Covina, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Florence, SC - Robbery
Jewelry - Elkhart, IN - Robbery
Jewelry - Lexington, KY - Robbery
Jewelry - Nashville, TN - Robbery
Jewelry - San Jose, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Sherman Oaks, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Valley Stream, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Charlotte, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - St Louis, MO - Robbery
Jewelry - Reno, NV - Robbery
Jewelry - Champaign, IL - Robbery
Medical - Philadelphia, PA - Robbery
Tobacco - Rockford, IL - Robbery
Verizon - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Brentwood, CA - Burglary
Walgreens - Mt Morris, NY - Robbery
7-Eleven - Cape Coral, FL - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 24 robberies
• 2 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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