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James Mullaney, CFI promoted to Senior Regional Asset Protection
Manager for Advance Auto Parts
James has been with Advance Auto Parts for more than four years. Before his promotion to Senior Regional Asset Protection Manager, he served as Regional Asset Protection Manager. Prior to joining Advance Auto Parts, he spent nearly two years with Dollar General as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager. Earlier in his career, he held LP roles with Price Chopper Supermarkets and Family Dollar. Congratulations, James!

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SSI Names 2021 SAMMY Sales and Marketing Award Winners

SSI awarded this year's SAMMYs in a special online presentation. Here's who took home awards for sales, marketing and installation excellence.

Security Sales & Integration was proud to announce the winners of its 2020 Sales and Marketing Awards (SAMMYs) today during a special online presentation.

The SAMMY Awards program, now in its 26th year, is the only one of its kind in the security industry to recognize and honor dealers and integrators for their marketing, business, installation and overall excellence.

Typically hosted as a gala affair on the eve of ISC West in Las Vegas, the uncertainty regarding restrictions and protocols as a result of COVID-19 moved the SAMMYs online for the second consecutive year. However, this gave finalists the opportunity to submit videos with insights and best practices for the categories they were nominated in.

SSI received more than 160 entries from installing and monitoring security systems contractors from throughout North America for this year's program. You can view every finalist's submission in the slideshow.

The 2021 SAMMY Award winners are:

CONTROLTEK Attends Virtual NRF Retail Converge Conference

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (June 8, 2021) - CONTROLTEK, a leader in retail asset protection technology, will attend NRF Retail Converge, a virtual conference presented by the National Retail Federation, to showcase its EAS and RFID solutions in the virtual conference expo.

"2020 has shown us that the digitization of retail isn't slowing down anytime soon, and that includes how we approach asset protection," said Tom Meehan, CFI, CONTROTLEK's chief strategy officer and chief information security officer. "We're looking forward to learning from retailers and other AP experts how they have adapted to the changing retail environment."

NRF Retail Converge will take place from June 21 to 25 and bring together retailers, law enforcement agencies, and solutions providers in all areas of retail security. CONTROLTEK will be featured in the virtual NRF Converge Marketplace, where solution providers demo new products and technology.

For more information about NRF Retail Converge, visit their website controltekusa.com

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Organized Crime's Global Take Down Day
First of its kind - Global Collaborative Effort
Largest Operation in History

Global Organized Crime Gangs Getting Arrested Worldwide in 'Operation Trojan Shield'
Cell Phone App Uncovers 27M Encrypted Messages - Appropriate name 'Trojan Shield' - Hiding inside cell phones

Europol: 800 criminals arrested so far in biggest ever law enforcement operation against encrypted communication

FBI encrypted phone app leads to hundreds of global underworld arrests

Hundreds of criminal gang members around the world were tricked into using a phone encryption app operated by the FBI to plan their heinous crimes, leading to their arrests.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Dutch National Police (Politie), and the Swedish Police Authority (Polisen), in cooperation with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and 16 other countries have carried out with the support of Europol one of the largest and most sophisticated law enforcement operations to date in the fight against encrypted criminal activities.

Since 2019, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, in close coordination with the Australian Federal Police, strategically developed and covertly operated an encrypted device company, called ANOM, which grew to service more than 12 000 encrypted devices to over 300 criminal syndicates operating in more than 100 countries, including Italian organised crime, outlaw motorcycle gangs, and international drug trafficking organizations.

The goal of the new platform was to target global organised crime, drug trafficking, and money laundering organisations, regardless of where they operated, and offer an encrypted device with features sought by the organised crime networks, such as remote wipe and duress passwords, to persuade criminal networks to pivot to the device.

The FBI and the 16 other countries of the international coalition, supported by Europol and in coordination with the US Drug Enforcement Administration, then exploited the intelligence from the 27 million messages obtained and reviewed them over 18 months while ANOM's criminal users discussed their criminal activities.  Continue Reading

Shootings Continue to Skyrocket in NYC - Up 68%
Shootings surge in NYC - with potential for long, bloody summer ahead
Shootings have surged across New York City by more than 68 percent so far in 2021, according to new NYPD crime statistics - with the typically bloody summer months still to come.

Through Sunday, the five boroughs had seen 602 shooting incidents in 2021, wounding or killing 687 victims, the CompStat figures show.

By comparison, the city logged 358 shootings striking 409 people through the same point in 2020 - a year that saw New York surpass its 2019 shooting total by early August.

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday decried the senseless slaying, but warned that the city is "going to be dealing with a major challenge" for the remainder of the year.

The latest stats show signs that the warm-weather spike may be beginning, with 153 shooting incidents encompassing 184 victims in the 28-day period ending Sunday.

By comparison, the same period in 2020 saw 116 shootings striking 134 victims, increases of 31.9 and 37.3 percent, respectively, the data shows.

Among the seven major "index crimes" tracked by the department, four have seen increases so far in 2021, compared to the same point last year: grand larceny auto, murder, felony assault and rape.

The other three - burglary, robbery and grand larceny - are down, with a 24.6 percent plunge in burglaries helping drive an overall 2.7 percent drop in index crime. nypost.com

Same Shooting Spike Plagues Chicago - Up 17%
Chicago police look to slow down crime as shootings spike

Five people were killed & at least 55 were injured over the weekend, a week after three people died and 34 others were wounded over the Memorial Day weekend.

A surge in shootings over back-to-back weekends in Chicago has brought fears of a violent summer to the city. Five people were killed and at least 55 more were injured in shootings over the weekend. The violence followed a Memorial Day weekend in which three people were killed and 34 others were wounded.

Homicides are up by 5 percent and shootings are up by 17 percent this year compared to the same period last year, Police Superintendent David Brown said at the news conference. Homicides tend to peak in the summer in Chicago and elsewhere.

Before the most recent spate of shootings, violent crime had been falling in Chicago this year, according to the police department. May was the second straight month the number of homicides in the city declined compared to the same month last year, police said. There was also less violent crime over Memorial Day weekend compared to last year.

Police said much of the crime stems from gang activity and retaliation. nbcnews.com

Cities All Across America Seeing Violence Uptick
Gun violence leaves fatalities in Chicago, Portland, Miami-Dade and other cities
Mass shootings and gun violence took the lives of at least 16 people with multiple people wounded across the United States last weekend. Five people were killed in a weekend of violence in Chicago while eight people were killed in mass shootings in Oregon, Indiana, Utah, and Michigan. A high school student was killed in New Jersey and two people were killed early Monday morning in Florida. Eight people were wounded at a graduation party in Cleveland. In New Orleans, eight people were injured in a single shooting incident. Five people were wounded in a shooting in Oakland.

In a Monday news conference, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said murders in the city are up 5% and shootings are up 17% compared to this date a year ago. "Much of the violence that we have seen over this weekend and throughout the year is driven by a gang culture. Gang culture of retaliation and revenge. Some call it street justice," Brown said. The weekend of violence comes as the CPD reported the lowest number of murders over Memorial Day weekend in 10 years. cnn.com

Cities Reverse Defunding the Police Amid Rising Crime
An increase in crime, new funds from the economic revival and federal stimulus dollars spur cities to rethink cuts

One year after the movement to "defund" law enforcement began to upend municipal budgets, many American cities are restoring money to their police departments or proposing to spend more.

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would reinstate $92 million for a new precinct after scrapping the project last summer. The mayor of Baltimore, who led efforts as a city councilman to cut the police budget by $22 million last year, recently proposed a $27 million increase.

In the nation's 20 largest local law-enforcement agencies, city and county leaders want funding increases for nine of the 12 departments where next year's budgets already have been proposed. The increases range from 1% to nearly 6%.

After attacks on Asian-Americans and a rise in homicides in Oakland, Calif., city lawmakers in April restored $3.3 million of the $29 million in police cuts, and the mayor is now proposing to increase the department's budget by $24 million. Los Angeles's mayor has proposed an increase of about $50 million after the city cut $150 million from its police department last year.

City officials have found it difficult to keep police budgets down after seeing a rise in crime over the past year, with murder rates up by double digits in many cities. In the last three months of 2020, homicides rose 32.2% in cities with a population of at least one million,

"It's hard to have a serious conversation with folks about cutting a police department's budget when crime is up," said Michael Nutter, the former mayor of Philadelphia and a Democrat. wsj.com

Justice Department Issues Proposed Rule and Model Legislation to Reduce Gun Violence
New Steps Would Enhance Enforcement of the National Firearms Act and Aid States in Drafting "Extreme Risk Protection Order" Laws

Today, the Department of Justice announced two new steps to help address the continuing epidemic of gun violence affecting communities across the country. First, the department issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that makes clear that when individuals use accessories to convert pistols into short-barreled rifles, they must comply with the heightened regulations on those dangerous and easily concealable weapons. Second, the department published model legislation to help states craft their own "extreme risk protection order" laws, sometimes called "red flag" laws. By sending the proposed rule to the Federal Register and publishing the model legislation today, the department has met the deadlines that the Attorney General announced alongside President Biden in April. justice.gov

More than two dozen Antifa rioters charged for Portland mayhem
More than two dozen suspected Antifa rioters have been charged in Portland in the past two weeks, signaling an escalation by both local and federal prosecutors following a full year of riots in the besieged Oregon city.

On Thursday, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office announced charges against 10 suspects following several grand jury indictments.

The charges are a 180-degree turn for left-wing District Attorney Mike Schmidt, who last year dropped over 90 percent of riot and protest-related cases. In an interview with Willamette Week shortly before he entered office at the height of rioting in August 2020, Schmidt said: "I think that when you look historically at this nation, it's during these protests when we've gotten some of the changes that we are proudest of in our nation's history. And sometimes it took some property damage. It took more than just peaceful protests to get the government's attention. I'm very mindful of that."

However, a spokesman for the district attorney tells The Post that Schmidt has "continuously condemned property damage and violence." nypost.com

Police in riot gear enforce new Washington Square Park curfew
Chaos erupted in Washington Square Park on Saturday as NYPD officers tried to enforce a newly-instated 10 p.m. curfew.

Police in riot gear clashed with scores of parkgoers who stayed in the Greenwich Village space past deadline.

At least 22 people were arrested for unlawful assembly and violation of park rules, according to law enforcement sources. Five cops were injured, the sources said.

Police and city parks department officials instituted the temporary weekend curfew amid complaints of rampant drug use, loud music and large gatherings in the center of the historically free-spirited neighborhood. Previously, the park's closing time was midnight. nypost.com

Making a Local Impact - Great Idea for Retailers to Help Fund
Talk about community goodwill and engagement.

D.C. mayor announces public safety grants to help stem gun violence
D.C. officials plan to distribute grants of up to $5,000 to people who create activities that promote public safety. Grants of up to $50,000 will go to organizations or groups to create programs to help reduce gun violence - including restorative justice initiatives, neighborhood restoration and community engagement.

Linda Harllee Harper, the District's director of gun violence prevention, said the grant applications will be simple and are aimed at residents and small groups trying to curb violence. Applications can be submitted starting June 14. washingtonpost.com


COVID Update

302.8M Vaccinations Given

US: 34.2M Cases - 612.7K Dead - 28.1M Recovered
Worldwide: 174.4M Cases - 3.7M Dead - 157.7M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 279   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 305
*Red indicates change in total deaths

COVID Cases Continue to Drop

These States Have Banned Vaccine Passports
Several states have now enacted laws that ban certain requirements - such as so-called 'vaccine passports' - based on COVID-19 inoculation status.

The concept, broadly referred to as "vaccine passports," provides proof of vaccination for activities such as traveling or attending concerts. Americans' level of support for the idea varies by activity, according to a May 7 Gallup survey. A majority of respondents favor mandated vaccination certification for airplane travel (57%) and attendance at crowded events, such as concerts or sports (55%). But a majority of those surveyed also oppose proving inoculation status to go to one's workplace, stay at a hotel or dine indoors at a restaurant.

Officials in the Joe Biden administration have repeatedly insisted that there aren't plans for a federal vaccine passport system. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a May 21 press briefing that requiring proof of vaccination is not in the administration's "intended plan." Despite that, some governors - mostly Republican - are taking action on vaccine passports. See State list

Have COVID vaccine, will travel:
These are the countries open to fully vaccinated Americans
27 EU member countries will be rolling out vaccine passport by July 1st.

No-Mask Mandates Come with Risks
Employers may want vaccinated employees to remove their face masks while working but should think twice before requiring employees to work without masks. From health, employee relations and legal perspectives, it may be safer for employers to give vaccinated employees the option to work without masks, provided state and local laws allow them to do so.

Some companies may want employees to remove masks to indicate to customers that things are returning to normal, noted Corbin Carter, an attorney with Mintz in New York City. Other employers may want to remove masks based on owners' political ideologies. Removing masks may be a potential retention tool where employees don't want to work with face masks, he added.

Some employers are considering putting only vaccinated people without masks in various positions, such as serving customers at a restaurant, said Robert Duston, an attorney with Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr in Washington, D.C.

"But employers should still tread carefully before requiring the removal of face masks-a viable safety measure-from their workplace solely based on optics, political ideology or for retention purposes," Carter said. "Instead, employers should consider allowing fully vaccinated employees the option to remove their face masks, while imploring everyone in the workplace to respect each individual's decision as to whether to wear a face mask in the presence of others." shrm.org

Retail Real Estate Doing Worse in UK Than U.S.

70 of the 700 UK shopping centres at threat of permanent closure due to COVID-19
At least 30 shopping centres in the UK are now at least half empty. More than 80% of shops are vacant following months of lockdowns.

Up to 70 shopping centres across the UK could be forced to close as the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic continue to manifest in the retail sector. A further 34 have between 40 per cent and 50 per cent of their shops vacant, with at least 10 shops in them.

Many shopping centres built in the 1970s and 1980s will be at least partly redeveloped into homes, offices or for other uses. retailgazette.co.uk

Employers Step Up Efforts to Raise Workers' Vaccination Rates
New guidance greenlights incentives, which few employers have offered to date
Before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) gave employers the go-ahead to incentivize workers to get COVID-19 vaccines, few businesses were offering cash or other rewards to vaccinated employees.

Using financial incentives to promote coronavirus shots may now increase following the EEOC's May 28 release of updated and expanded technical assistance on how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) apply when an employer offers incentives to employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Even this modest and vaguely defined restriction, however, does not apply when employers offer incentives to employees who voluntarily provide documentation that they received a COVID-19 vaccination on their own from a third-party provider that is not their employer or an agent of their employer, such as a pharmacy, public health department or other health care provider in the community. shrm.org

Employers Contend with Conflicts over Masks, Vaccinations
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) recent guidance on masks has encouraged some vaccinated employees to go maskless in the workplace. While the guidance may result in more people receiving COVID-19 vaccinations and ease the return to the workplace, workers who oppose vaccinations may be frustrated by rules that still require them to wear masks. This frustration is one of several contributing to mask- and vaccination-related workplace tensions.

The CDC's new guidelines allowing vaccinated workers to remove masks "has created a two-tiered system in many workplaces," said David Barron, an attorney with Cozen O'Connor in Houston. Vaccinated workers are relieved of masking and other COVID-19 precautions, while nonvaccinated workers must continue to follow safety rules.

"Understandably, this may create division in the workplace and anger from those who continue to be held to the extra safety precautions, especially as the news improves and the need for the continued precautions may be hard to understand," he said. shrm.org

62% of Manhattan Workers Back in Offices by September, But Safety a Concern
Right now only 12% are back. 29% by end of July.

But there's another dark cloud hovering over the city, as transit crime has emerged as a major concern for the workforce.

A significant 84 percent of corporate executives report "that employee perceptions of mass transit are still an obstacle to returning to the office due largely to concerns about personal safety (cleanliness of the system is less of a concern than in earlier surveys)," the survey said.

The vast majority of employers - 71 percent - plan to adopt a rotating or "hybrid" office schedule. Most workers will be required to be in the office three days per week.

The survey asked about COVID safety policies. Only 27 of 180 companies said they will require that all employees be vaccinated for COVID-19. Others said they will actively encourage employees to get vaccinated.

But nearly half of employers said they will restrict unvaccinated workers from attending in-person or client meetings and a third will require the unvaccinated to wear masks or practice social distancing.

Many corporations have lifted workforce travel restrictions. More than 60 percent have resumed business travel, the survey found.

The Partnership asked employers to rank factors that they believe are the greatest impediments to employees' return to the office:

About four in 10 said COVID-19 was the largest factor and another 34 percent cited vaccination rates as most pressing.

Public transit safety and employees' desire to continue working from home were both ranked primary concerns by 16% of employers. nypost.com

California Looks to reopen June 15th

Oregon's economy could fully reopen by the end of next week

Apple Prepares Office Staff for Hybrid Workweek Starting in Sept - 3 days/week


Visualizing a More Profitable Computer Vision Future of Retail

By Tony D'Onofrio, Global Retail Influencer & Prosegur's CEO & Managing Director, Global Retail Business Unit

This past week I had the opportunity to spend quality time with a leading computer vision company headquartered in Ireland. As an advisor to this company, I have been lucky enough to see their transformation from a single application to a portfolio of retail visual innovative disruptive solutions that will enter the marketplace in the balance of this year.

Concurrently, I remembered where Gartner placed computer vision in the Hype Cycle of Artificial Intelligence, 2020.

As you can see, Gartner has Computer Vision in the 'Trough of Disillusionment' reaching the 'Plateau of Productivity' in 2 to 5 years. Based on my retail industry observations over the last several months and this past week, powerful computer vision solutions are arriving much sooner to a store near you.

In 2021, the major milestone of over 1 billion CCTV cameras installed around the world will be reached. What started as a security technology to prevent crime, the video camera is now a major visual data gathering device that will transform all industries including retail.  Read more here

CEO of 'HD View 360' a Security Surveillance Systems - Publicly Traded Company
Gets 15 Months Prison & Ordered to Pay $1.2M in Restitution for Securities Fraud
In federal court in Brooklyn, Dennis Mancino, of Miami, FL., the former Chief Executive Officer of HD View 360, Inc., a publicly traded penny stock company that purported to distribute and install security surveillance systems, was sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment for conspiracy to commit securities fraud. Mancino's conviction stemmed from his participation in a scheme to manipulate the price and trading volume of HD View's stock, which traded under the ticker symbol HDVW. Mancino was also ordered to pay more than $1.2 million in restitution and $257,000 in forfeiture. Mancino pleaded guilty in September 2019.

Mancino also agreed to pay kickbacks to stock brokers who would execute manipulative trades designed to increase the price and trading volume of HD View's stock. justice.gov

Workers Are Gaining Leverage Over Employers Right Before Our Eyes
"Employers are becoming much more cognizant that yes, it's about money, but also about quality of life."

The relationship between American businesses and their employees is undergoing a profound shift: For the first time in a generation, workers are gaining the upper hand.

The change is broader than the pandemic-related signing bonuses at fast-food places. Up and down the wage scale, companies are becoming more willing to pay a little more, to train workers, to take chances on people without traditional qualifications, and to show greater flexibility in where and how people work.

The erosion of employer power began during the low-unemployment years leading up to the pandemic and, given demographic trends, could persist for years. nytimes.com

Kroger to hit $16 per hour in '21 - The heat is on
Kroger to hire 10,000 in first-ever hybrid hiring event
The country's largest supermarket chain will hold its first-ever hybrid hiring event, which will include virtual and in-store interviews, on June 10. Kroger is looking to hire 10,000 employees to support its retail, e-commerce, pharmacy, manufacturing and logistics operation.

Kroger said it made an $800 million incremental investment in employee pay and training during the last three years, which has raised its average national wage to more than $15.50 per hour. This year, Kroger plans to invest an additional $350 million more, which it expects will increase the average associate wage to $16 per hour.  chainstoreage.com

LPF Announces LPC & LPQ Professionals for January-May
The Loss Prevention Foundation would like to recognize and congratulate the following individuals who successfully completed all of the requirements set forth by the board of directors to be LPQualified (LPQ) and/or LPCertified (LPC). View Full List Here

Kroger begins free drone deliveries in Centerville Wednesday, launching new era

Walmart to close for Thanksgiving Day

Quarterly Results
G-lll Apparel Group Q1 net sales up 28.3%
Tilly's Q1 net sales from stores up 171.9%, e-commerce sales up 17%, total net sales up 111.1%

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Auror: Growing in North America

Auror has recently partnered with some of the largest retailers in North America to address crime and improve the safety of their associates and customers. 

With Auror, retailers are able to identify the 20% of offenders causing over 70% of their malicious loss and harm, using structured, non-biased intel reported by store teams. The privacy-by-design platform then allows for the secure distribution of intelligence to front line teams and empowers them with information to prevent more crime and keep everyone safe.

To support Auror's retail partners they need people with the passion, determination, and innovation required to overcome one of the world's largest problems. If you're looking to make a difference with and for the people dedicated to stopping crime, for good, then check out their roles today.


Auror's Commitment to the Retail Industry Continues as They Advance
to a Master Level Partnership with The Loss Prevention Foundation

The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) announced that Auror USA, Inc. has advanced its partnership to become the newest Master Level Scholarship Partner. Auror has been a Bachelor level partner and supporter of the LPF and with their commitment to becoming a Master level partner they are continuing to set an example to the industry regarding the importance of higher education.

Terry Sullivan, LPC, President of the LPF stated, "We are delighted to announce that Auror continues to demonstrate their belief in the work of the LPF by increasing to the Master partnership level. Auror was instrumental in setting up and delivering the Global Retail Crime Summit last year in conjunction with the LPF and its other partners. This showed their innovation and commitment to providing education and insights during an incredibly tough and uncertain time for the industry". Read more here





Facing the Ever-evolving Hacker Head-on

The Critical Importance of Trusted Execution Environment in Access Control

An unfortunate consequence of a well-connected world is that the cost of cybercrime has gone up - a lot.

The need has never been greater for trusted identification of connected devices. Enter Trusted Execution Environment.

In this white paper, Johnson Controls access brand Tyco Software House explains what a Trusted Execution Environment is and how it guarantees confidentiality and integrity of code and data for access control, ultimately keeping hackers from stealing sensitive information.

Click here to download the whitepaper


Industry First - Follow the Money + Quick Notification - Finds $2.3M Ransom Payment
DOJ found & recaptured majority of the ransom Colonial paid to Dark Side Network
The sophisticated use of technology to hold businesses and even whole cities hostage for profit is a decidedly 21st century challenge - but the old adage "follow the money" still applies. And that's exactly what we do.

After Colonial Pipeline's quick notification to law enforcement, and pursuant to a seizure warrant issued by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California earlier today, the Department of Justice has found and recaptured the majority of the ransom Colonial paid to the Dark Side Network in the wake of last month's ransomware attack.

DarkSide is a ransomware-as-a-service network - that means developers who sell or lease ransomware to use in attacks, in return for a fee or share in the proceeds. DarkSide and its affiliates have digitally stalked U.S. companies for the better part of the year, and indiscriminately attacked victims that include key players in our nation's critical infrastructure.

Today, we turned the tables on DarkSide.

The seizure announced today was conducted as part of the Department's recently launched Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force, which was established to investigate, disrupt and prosecute ransomware and digital extortion activity. This is the Task Force's first operation of this kind. justice.gov

Ransomware response: What CISOs really want from the federal government
What should the federal government's role and responsibility be regarding ransomware? Security leaders weigh in.

The May ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline exposed the country's significant vulnerability to cyberthreats.

The attack triggered lines at gas stations, higher prices at the pump, and even some hoarding. It prompted new federal cybersecurity regulations for the pipeline industry and a presidential executive order on cyber defenses. And it brought calls for tougher defenses against such attacks.

"Clearly our path to date hasn't been good, because of how many companies are dealing with ransomware or data breaches," says Matt Stamper, CISO and an executive advisor at Evotek and a leader at the IT governance association ISACA.

Many security leaders concur.

They're concerned about the rapidly rising number of ransomware attacks and the growing sophistication of adversaries supported indirectly or directly by nation-states-support that gives them and the burgeoning ransomware-as-a-service business model better odds at doing substantial damage. registration required. csoonline.com

Social media, news sites including CNN, New York Times, hit by outage

Global internet outage knocks out Amazon, Reddit, Google, Instagram,
Twitter, Verizon
A widespread internet outage took down multiple websites Tuesday morning, including Amazon, Google, Reddit, CNN and USA TODAY.

DownDetector, a site that tracks website outages, reported that a long list of sites, which also included Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, Hulu, Spotify, Etsy and Paypal, started experiencing problems just after 5:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday. Comcast, Verizon and Cox were also impacted.

The outage may be linked to Fastly, a cloud platform that powers websites such as The New York Times and Shopify.

A status update posted by Fastly acknowledged the service was investigating "potential impact to performance" with content delivery network services.

"The issue has been identified and a fix has been applied," read the latest update from Fastly posted at 6:57 a.m. usatoday.com

Why the Hybrid Workplace Is a Cybersecurity Nightmare
It's a hacker's dream: a constantly changing mix of office and remote workers, devices that move in and out of the company networks, and security staffs stretched thin

In a typical hybrid workplace, some employees will be in the office, some will be working from home-or spaces like coffee shops and client headquarters-and some will be cycling back and forth. Devices, too, are moving in and out of the company network, with employees bringing their laptops onto company networks and then taking them back home-where they're much more exposed to hackers and can easily get infected with malware.

So, security chiefs are faced with the task of supporting a constantly changing mix of office workers and remote workers, and company and home devices. Whereas security teams were able to focus on protecting the remote workforce during stay-at-home orders, doing so when employees are in the office for certain days of the week and at home for others will be difficult, says Rick McElroy, principal cybersecurity strategist at VMware Inc.'s Security Business Unit.

"It's hard to maintain a security staff that looks one way in the data center or one way in an office, and then one way for remote employees," he says.

Making things even worse: Security teams have been stretched thin by the demands of the pandemic. For the past year, they've had to make sure everyone is equipped to work from everywhere and can use critical tools such as virtual meeting rooms. Things will only get tighter now that businesses are hiring more workers and launching into new projects they had put on hold during the pandemic.

Hackers were quick to realize that insecure home networks and a lack of security controls typically found on corporate networks could work to their benefit. The World Economic Forum estimates that cyberattacks jumped 238% globally between February and April 2020. wsj.com

Identify & Respond to Cyber Supply Chain Risks
Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management Practices for Systems and Organizations
More than ever, organizations are concerned about the risks associated with products and services that may contain potentially malicious functionality, are counterfeit, or are vulnerable due to poor manufacturing and development practices within the cyber supply chain. These risks can decrease an enterprise's visibility into and understanding of how the technology that they acquire is developed, integrated, and deployed. They can also affect and be affected by the processes, procedures, and practices used to ensure the security, resilience, reliability, safety, integrity, and quality of products and services. csrc.nist.gov






Windows 10 WI-FI Hack

Wi-Fi signal strength can be a bit tricky and frustrating at times. To get the max performance from your wireless card and ensure you have the best Wi-Fi signal available, follow these speedy steps:

In windows, go to Device Manager. From there, find "Network Adapters." Click Properties>Advanced>Transmit Power and select the highest setting from the drop down. This will help improve your network speed and range.




Apple's tightly controlled App Store is teeming with scams
Nearly 2 percent of Apple's top-grossing apps on one day were scams - and they have cost people $48 million

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has long argued it needs to control app distribution on iPhones, otherwise the App Store would turn into "a flea market."

But among the 1.8 million apps on the App Store, scams are hiding in plain sight. Customers for several VPN apps, which allegedly protect users' data, complained in Apple App Store reviews that the apps told users their devices have been infected by a virus to dupe them into downloading and paying for software they don't need. A QR code reader app that remains on the store tricks customers into paying $4.99 a week for a service that is now included in the camera app of the iPhone. Some apps fraudulently present themselves as being from major brands such as Amazon and Samsung.

Of the highest 1,000 grossing apps on the App Store, nearly two percent are scams, according to an analysis by The Washington Post.

What's more, Apple profits from these apps because it takes a cut of up to 30 percent of all revenue generated through the App Store. Even more common, according to The Post's analysis, are "fleeceware" apps that use inauthentic customer reviews to move up in the App Store rankings and give apps a sense of legitimacy to convince customers to pay higher prices for a service usually offered elsewhere with higher legitimate customer reviews. washingtonpost.com

DoorDash Will Be 3rd-Largest E-Commerce Banner After Amazon, Walmart: Report
Edge by Ascential analysts also predict Instacart and Uber will surpass Target's digital business in GMV sales by 2025

Delivery service DoorDash Inc. will add $48.57 billion worth of gross merchandise value (GMV) sales in 2025, doubling 2020 sales. progressivegrocer.com

E-commerce brings 'opportunities for greener solutions,' DHL Express US CEO says







Two Dominican Republic Citizens Plead Guilty to Mail Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft Scheme
Wilver Jose Polanco-Alvarez, a 26-year-old Dominican Republic citizen residing in Miami, and Jose Eduardo Gomez Salas, a 25-year-old Dominican Republic citizen residing in New York, admitted in federal court today to using stolen personal identification information to obtain high-end electronic devices such as cell phones, laptop computers, tablets and watches.

Review of Gomez's iPhone revealed personal identification information of multiple individuals as well as photographs of Polanco assuming and utilizing different aliases in the form of fraudulent driver's licenses from six states: Indiana, Texas, California, New Mexico, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The defendants operated a scheme in at least five different states with the help of others to purchase and activate cell phones and other electronic devices at retail stores using fraudulent identification documents and stolen personal identification information to include wireless account information. After collecting the new phones and devices, Gomez mailed the items to 28-year-old alleged ringleader Marcos Andres Briceno-Romero in New Jersey.

Polanco and Gomez have remained in federal custody since their arrest in April 2020. They face up to 20 years in federal prison on the conspiracy charge. Each aggravated identity theft charge calls for a mandatory two years in federal prison. Sentencing has yet to be scheduled. justice.gov

Nationwide CC Fraud Gang of 7 - One Gets Six Yrs Prison
New Orleans Man Gets Six Years in Prison for Charges Related To Credit Card Fraud Conspiracy
JEFFERY JOSEPH, age 26, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced to 74 months in prison. He was the fourth defendant to be sentenced in this seven-defendant conspiracy case.

U.S. Secret Service revealed that JOSEPH and the other six defendants engaged in a scheme to obtain merchandise and cash from stores through fraud. The defendants obtained stolen credit and debit card information, encoded it onto cards, and then used that information to purchase items at stores. The defendants would then return the items at a different store of the same chain, but they would deceive store workers in order to have the chargeback credited to their own bank accounts. Court documents also detail how JOSEPH took flights with several other co-conspirators to perform fraudulent credit card transactions in various cities in the United States, including St. Louis, Missouri; Richmond, Virginia; Nashville, Tennessee; Portland, Oregon; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Cincinnati, Ohio. JOSEPH was also arrested in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and Franklin, Tennessee, while committing credit card fraud.

In his plea documents, JOSEPH admitted that he caused between $250,000.00 and $550,000.00 in losses through his own conduct and that of his co-conspirators. justice.gov

Pasco, WA: Police arrest suspect seen on Lowes security camera multiple times
Pasco Police Officers arrested an organized retail thief that has been stealing lawn and construction equipment from big-box retailers in the Kennewick and Pasco Area. The Kennewick Police Department originally posted on their Facebook page asking the community for help identifying the suspect from security cameras in April 2021. On Friday afternoon, Pasco Police arrested 24-year-old Josue Daniel Sepulveda-Zuniga at about 5 PM on Sandifur near Valdez after officers were forced to physically block the minivan he was driving to make him stop.

Arresting officers reported that he tried to ram the police car in front of him to create space to drive out, but officers adjusted their positioning to keep him there. There was a short standoff with the suspect inside the minivan before he was convinced to exit peacefully. He was arrested without further incident and was booked into Franklin County Jail on investigative holds for Organized Retail Theft and Attempting to Elude. Lowes reported that this time, he dropped two items, ran to a red minivan, and left. The minivan did not want to stop but got successfully boxed in front and back by the patrol cars. nbcrightnow.com

Havana, FL: Ex-Furniture Store Employee charged with defrauding company of over $63k
Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested a woman from Bainbridge, Georgia, for defrauding her employer of over $63,000. According to FDLE, the investigation began in July 2018 when the Havana Police Department requested assistance with a case involving alleged retail theft from a furniture store in Havana. A manager at the store had reported that when he began to review activity he discovered multiple accounts with false address information, no phone numbers, no identification information copied for the file, no paper file created and no client signatures being obtained, FDLE says.

According to the report, all but one of the accounts had been created by one of the store's employees, 39-year-old Shendora Vonta Adams. FDLE says Adams was using her unique employee personal identification number. The one fraudulent account had been created using a separate employee identification number; however, that employee had left the store months before the account was created. FDLE said it also appeared that multiple accounts were created with personal information of prisoners in the Georgia Department of Corrections, a deceased person and associates of Adams. The investigation found Adams used the identities of multiple people without permission to steal $63,449.85 in merchandise from the store between November 2017 and March 2018. wtxl.com

Register Now: SDORCA Meeting | June 15 @ 10 a.m.
Please join us for our next SDORCA Membership Meeting of 2021. The meeting will be on June 15, 2021. The meeting will take place from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. This meeting will be in-person only. We will not be having a ZOOM portion.

We want to highlight all of the hard work our members do every day, while also sharing all of the information we can. As always, this will also be a great opportunity to network with Law Enforcement and Retail Investigators in the area.

As things are starting to open back up, we will be planning some Retail Blitz activity. We will be discussing a tentative Blitz at North County Fair for June 18 from 1400-1800. Summer time will begin to see an increase in activity, so we want to start planning summer time operations.  Click here to learn more & register

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Shootings & Deaths

Orange County, FL: Murder suspect shoots self inside Big Lots store
A murder suspect is in critical condition after deputies say he tried to take his own life inside a Central Florida retail store. The man is accused in a shooting that killed a woman and critically injured a 3 year old girl at an Orange County apartment complex late Sunday night. Deputies say he shot himself after they approached him inside this Big Lots on Monday night just before 8pm. Deputies have not identified the suspect yet, but say he is 37 years old. Investigators say the suspect shot a woman and a 3-year old girl late Sunday night at the Wellesley apartment complex a half mile away. The woman, 37-year-old Capucine Carson, died. Deputies say the child is in the hospital in critical condition. fox35orlando.com

Tempe, AZ: Son accused of stabbing father to death at Fry's parking lot
A man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing his father to death in Tempe, police say. Police were called to the parking lot of a Fry's near Rural and Ray Road on June 4 and found a man with stab wounds. He later died at the hospital. The suspect, 20-year-old Joshua Fox, took off before police arrived and crashed his car nearby, Fox told police he had been in an argument with his father before the stabbing happened but he "blacked out." He was taken into custody on second-degree murder charges. fox10phoenix.com

Louisville, KY: Police investigating after liquor store employee shot to death
Louisville Metro Police is investigating after a liquor store employee was shot to death Monday morning in Louisville's Taylor Berry neighborhood. LMPD said officers were called to the 3200 block of Taylor Boulevard, near Arcade Avenue, at 11:45 a.m. Monday on a report of a shooting. LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell said an argument led to a liquor store employee being shot to death. wdrb.com

Rock Hill, SC: Man charged with attempted murder after shooting at Domino's employees of closed restaurant
Kito Azi Weaver, 22, was arrested Sunday and charged with four counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, said Lt. Michael Chavis of the Rock Hill Police Department. Weaver argued with employees at the Domino's Pizza on White Street around 1:30 a.m. Sunday because the store was closed, Weaver went back to his car and returned with a gun, Chavis said. Weaver is charged with firing at least four shots at four employees from outside the store, Chavis said. No one was injured. charlotteobserver.com

St. Petersburg, FL: Man with gunshot wound found dead in 7-Eleven restroom

Baton Rouge, LA: Alleged road rage incident leads to deadly shooting outside Gas Station

Fort Worth, TX: Four people injured during drive-by shooting at convenience store


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Marietta, GA: CVS bringing time-delay safes to GA pharmacies to curb opioid theft
One of the nation's leading drug store chains is expanding an initiative aimed at the opioid epidemic in Georgia. CVS Health announced Monday it has finished installing time-delay safes at all 355 of its Georgia pharmacy locations, including those in Target stores. The safes, now in use in 18 states and the District of Columbia, have driven significant declines in robberies at CVS pharmacies. The time-delay function, which cannot be overridden, electronically delays the time it takes for pharmacy employees to open a safe, deterring would-be robbers trying to get in and out of stores as quickly as possible. "We've seen smash-and-grab crimes all over the state," Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said Monday during a news conference at a CVS store near Marietta. "We must have innovative solutions in place to stop controlled substances from getting into the wrong hands." "The opioid challenge is complicated," added Tom Moriarty, chief policy officer and general counsel at CVS Health. "But with each resource and partnership, we take another step."  capitol-beat.org

Anne Arundel County, MD: Police Investigating After Customer Assaults Taco Bell Employee
Anne Arundel County Police are investigating after an employee was attacked by a customer at a Taco Bell in Edgewater. Thomas Weitzel Smith, 35, of Edgewater, was charged with assault and destruction of property. Officer responded to 3091 Solomons Island Road shortly after 11:30 a.m. on June 4 for a report of a disorderly person. The caller stated that a customer threw a rock through the drive-thru window and shattered the glass. Once on the scene, officers learned from the victim that Weitzel-Smith entered the store enraged and using profanity. When asked to leave by the manager, the suspect threw a stool injuring their hand. Once asked to leave again, Weitzel-Smith threw a rock shattering the drive-thru window. Officers found the suspect on Mayo Road. He was arrested and charged. baltimore.cbslocal.com

Portland, OR: Man accused of robbing downtown Portland Nordstrom, punching guard and officer
The Portland Police Bureau said its officers arrested a man they say who robbed the city's downtown Nordstrom store and led officers on a chase Saturday evening. PPB said officers responded to reports of a suspect stealing items, assaulting people, and breaking things at the Nordstrom on Southwest Broadway. Updates came in that shots were fired and some callers were reporting an active shooter. Officers arrived and learned the suspect had left. They also confirmed that no shots were fired. The suspect caused such a commotion knocking things over inside the store that customers thought there were gunshots. Police said Lee tipped over at least two large metal and glass displays, which caused loud noises. Customers and employees began fleeing the store. One employee fell and suffered minor injuries. kptv.com

Austin, TX Man Indicted for Robbing Pawn Shop at Gunpoint

Bowie, MD: Family Choice Pharmacy, Inc. Owner /Pharmacist Ran Pill Mill, Filled Fake Prescriptions

Robber hits Houston dollar store multiple times, makes slow getaway on bike, police say




AT&T - Fort Wayne, IN - Robbery
Bicycle - Toledo, OH - Burglary
Boost - Clay County, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Oroville, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Springfield, MO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Ottawa County, MI - Robbery
C-Store - Henderson County, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Tyler, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Marshalltown, IA - Robbery
Dollar - Houston, TX - Robbery
Grocery - Petaluma, CA- Robbery
Grocery - Santa Fe, NM - Robbery
Jewelry - Houston, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Frisco, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - San Diego, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Carlsbad, CA - Robbery
Marijuana - Washita County, OK - Burglary
Restaurant - Pike County, AL - Burglary
Shoes - Phoenix, AZ - Armed Robbery
Thrift - Ash Grove, MO - Burglary
Walgreens - Kettering, OH - Robbery


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• 17 robberies
• 4 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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