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Violence & Protests

Former NYPD Commissioner Blames Progressive DA's for Crime Surge
Bill Bratton: 'I wouldn't take' top cop job in any major city

"Many of their Progressive policies are just not going to work," Bratton said of left-wing district attorneys.

William Bratton, the retired former police commissioner of Boston, Los Angeles and New York-the latter twice-said Tuesday that if offered the job leading a major city's police force at this time, he wouldn't "take the keys."

Bratton, who is renowned for making big cities safe under his watch over the past three decades, told "Fox News Primetime" that the current anti-police climate in America would make any kind of recovery in those places "extraordinarily difficult."

The former top cop pointed especially to New York City, where he served as commissioner during the first terms of both Mayors Rudolph Giuliani and Bill de Blasio.

"I predicted for 30 years that crime would not go back up in New York City and Los Angeles. Boy was I wrong," he said, blaming New York State's Democrat-controlled legislature for continuing to pass criminal justice and bail reform measures that have been approved by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Bratton added that those new laws essentially erased gains made under his and other commissioners since 1990.

"That's being repeated around the country, unfortunately. So, going forward, I'm an optimist. I wouldn't have come to the New York in the first place in 1990, L.A. In 2002. But, at this particular point in time, it's very difficult to be an optimist," he said.

"The last [crime] epidemic took 20 years to build up in the 1970s and 1980s. This epidemic took about one year. We are just beginning to see the impact of this epidemic. It's going to get a lot worse over the summer months." foxnews.com

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Chicago Mayor Feuds with State's Attorney Over Crime Surge

Lightfoot condemns illegal guns, calls on federal aid to combat Chicago crime
While many look to Lori Lightfoot amid a rise in Chicago gun violence, the mayor is instead pointing the finger at a problem she says only the feds can fix.

As violent crime continues to rise in cities across America, several mayors say illegal guns are the big problem. CPD Superintendent David Brown on Tuesday said officers had recovered 5,200 illegal guns this year alone. Now there's push for a federal strategy.

A surge in Chicago shootings is raising fears of another long and violent summer. According to Chicago Police, murders are up 5%; shootings up 17 % so far this year. The situation is not unique to Chicago. According to the Washington Post, gunfire killed more than 81,000 people in America - 54 people per day during the first five months of the year.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors addressed the issue on Tuesday, with Lightfoot calling for a nationwide anti-gun violence push.

"We've got to redouble our efforts to call upon the federal government to help us stop the flow of illegal guns into our city," Lightfoot said. "A lot of this played out on social media that then becomes a shooting - a beef from one person to another, one group to another. It's a completely different dynamic if there's no guns."

Tension remains among the people tasked with keeping Chicago safe. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx recently held a webinar pointing to data suggesting Chicago police are arresting the wrong people to curb gun violence.

"I fundamentally disagree with that," Lightfoot said in response. "We are a city that is awash in illegal guns. Those illegal guns cause deep pain and injury and death." wgntv.com

Crime Spike Could Be Temporary - Not a New Trend
Will Crime Keep Rising? Not Necessarily

There are reasons to think the spike will be temporary, but policies like bail reform combined with anti-police sentiment could create a 'perfect storm'

Since 2020 there have been significant increases in violent crime, and in homicides specifically, everywhere from Minneapolis and Los Angeles to Philadelphia and Portland, Ore. "Homicide rates in large cities were up more than 30 percent on average last year, and up another 24 percent for the beginning of this year," the New York Times reported earlier this month. In Chicago, 2020 was the worst year for killings in three decades.

The spike in violent crime last year coincided with the lifting of lockdowns in many places and the antipolice protests following the killing of George Floyd, which may have led to less-aggressive policing in the short run. In other words, this may be an aberration rather than a new trend.

"I'm not troubled by aberrant years. We've had that before," Mr. Latzer said. "You can't treat upticks, or spikes, the same way as booms, which are multiyear, essentially continuous rises in crime. ... What I think we're seeing today is what economists essentially call noise. Some years it goes up, some years it goes down. But when you put all the dots together and string them out over time, it's a pretty flat line over, say, a decadelong period."

But Mr. Latzer did express concern that policy makers seem to be going out of their way to turn back the clock on crime rates. "We're turning loose people who commit repeat offenses," he said, in reference to the popularity of so-called bail-reform measures that make it harder to keep defendants locked up until trial. We're "demoralizing" law-enforcement by treating criminals like victims and police officers like criminals. "We're creating a perfect storm," he said. wsj.com

Mass Exodus of Police Officers is an 'Evolving Crisis'
Departures of Police Officers Accelerated During a Year of Protests

Retirements nationwide were up by 45 percent and resignations by 18 percent in the 12-month period ending in April.

Police departments face severe challenges in retaining and recruiting officers, according to new data outlining the steady exodus from an occupation that was the target of protests last year after several high-profile police killings.

A survey of about 200 police departments indicates that retirements were up by 45 percent and resignations by 18 percent in the period between April 2020 and April 2021, when compared with the preceding 12 months. The percentage of officers who left tended to be larger for departments in big or medium-size cities, according to the Police Executive Research Forum, a Washington policy institute that will release full data next week.

"It is an evolving crisis," said Chuck Wexler, the organization's executive director.

Last year's departures came against the backdrop of protests that erupted nationwide when George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer, along with the police killings of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky., and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta. The aggressive tactics some officers used against protesters often compounded the vitriol against the police.

The future of policing was called into question, with demands to defund departments or to assign some of their tasks to civilian agencies. The coronavirus pandemic also took a toll, with cities slashing budgets and some officers deciding that risking their health through potential exposure to the virus was endangering their families. The pandemic also brought a surge in the most violent crimes.

"It is an extremely difficult time to be a police officer," said Maria Haberfeld, a professor of police science who trains police officers at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. nytimes.com

The Impact of Protests on Police Budgets
Did last year's BLM protests push cities to defund police? Yes and no.
We analyzed the link between local racial-justice protests' intensity and changes in municipal law enforcement expenditures and found that, yes, overall, cities with more-intense protests did significantly decrease their police expenditures. But that wasn't true in every city. Many cities increased their law enforcement budgets, perhaps suggesting a racially conservative backlash.

Cities with more-intense protests were more likely to reduce police funds

We found that cities that hosted more-intense protests reduced their police expenditures more than cities where protests had been less intense. Cities where large numbers of protesters turned out, relative to their populations, decreased police expenditures by an average of $12 per city resident. Los Angeles's relatively high protest rate translated into a $2.50 per-capita cut in police spending. Minneapolis had an even higher protest rate of 77 participants per 1,000 residents, which coincided with a $32.50 per-capita chop to police spending. (For reference, cities spent an average of $422 per resident on law enforcement in 2021.)

The flip side was also true. Cities that had below-average protest activity increased their per-capita police spending by $2 per resident. Atlanta, which had 16 protesters per 1,000 city residents, increased police expenditures by $20 a person. Birmingham, Ala. - which, at less than 8 per 1,000 residents, had one of the lowest protest rates in our sample - increased per-capita police spending by $55. In fact, 45 percent of the cities in our sample increased their per-capita law enforcement expenditures, despite the severe financial strains caused by the pandemic.

In contrast, more-conservative cities that saw less intense racial-justice protests went on to increase police budgets, which may suggest a backlash. washingtonpost.com

More Protester-Police Clashes in Minneapolis
Protesters Face Off With Police For Control Of Minneapolis Intersection
Midday on Tuesday, the city appeared to make a statement, as heavily-armed police officers in tactical gear moved in to began clearing and reopening the intersection of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue in the busy Uptown neighborhood. A number of WCCO crews were there, and described a tense scene between authorities and protesters.

But soon after police left Tuesday afternoon, protesters moved back in again and blocked traffic from flowing. Some were seen lifting a Metro Transit bus shelter to rebuild a barricade early Tuesday evening. Police and Hennepin County Sheriff's deputies returned to the area at about 8:30 p.m. to push back protesters, while city crews removed the new barricades.

The intersection has been shut down on and off since June 3, when Winston Boogie Smith Jr., 32, was shot and killed by law enforcement. But tensions escalated significantly since the death of 31-year-old protester Deona Knajdek Sunday night. She was killed when a speeding car crashed into her car, which she was using to protect protesters. Three other people were injured. The driver is in custody and will likely be charged Wednesday. Police say drugs or alcohol may have been a factor.

Protesters told WCCO they want the intersection shut down the way the George Floyd memorial continues to shut down the intersection of East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, dubbed "George Floyd Square." minnesota.cbslocal.com

Op-Ed: Rising crime will put criminal justice reform movement to the test

Police identify St. Paul man who drove into Minneapolis protesters, killing woman

Philadelphia mayor details racial, police reforms a year after George Floyd protests

COVID Update

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US: 34.3M Cases - 615.7K Dead - 28.5M Recovered
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Mask-Wearing Remains Flash Point for Violence
Killing Of Georgia Cashier Is Latest In A String Of Fatal Shootings Over Mask-Wearing - Here Are The Rest
A dispute over a mask at a Georgia grocery store on Monday devolved into a shootout that left an employee dead and two others injured, authorities say, marking the latest in a number of killings or violent attacks in the U.S. tied to the highly politicized Covid-19 safety precaution.

A review of news articles and law enforcement reports shows at least seven others have been killed following disputes over masks, predominantly inside different stores.

In one of the earliest incidents, four people were charged for fatally shooting a security guard at a Family Dollar store in Flint, Michigan, in May 2020 after police say the 43-year-old denied entry to a woman whose daughter was not wearing a mask.

An 80-year-old man in Buffalo, New York, died in October of last year after he was pushed to the ground by a fellow customer at a bar who he confronted about not wearing a mask.

Meanwhile, in at least one instance, it was the person defying face-covering rules who ended up killed: A Michigan sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man suspected of stabbing another man after a mask dispute in a Quality Dairy store in July of last year (the man who was stabbed later died from the injuries).

Outside of these fatal encounters, there have been numerous reports of other shootings, attacks and threats stemming from arguments over face masks. These confrontations have left multiple people critically injured, such as the April shooting of a security guard at a North Carolina bar.

Armed attacks at a Pennsylvania Wawa, a Sacramento strip club, an Ohio supermarket and a Colorado Waffle House are among other incidents that have left employees and patrons injured. In addition to the violence, there have been multiple threatened mass shootings following mask disputes, including at a church in St. Louis, Missouri and at a Publix grocery store in Florida. forbes.com

'Life As We Know It' Returns to New York
New York lifts 'virtually all' COVID-19 restrictions effective immediately, Gov. Cuomo announces
Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York announced on Tuesday that "we can now return to life as we know it" because the state had hit his vaccination-rate threshold.

Earlier this month, Cuomo said he would lift "virtually all" COVID-19 restrictions once 70% of New Yorkers had received at least one dose of a vaccine. Cuomo said on Tuesday that restrictions would be "relaxed as of today, effective immediately."

"Remember June 15th. Remember today, because it is the day that New York rose again," Cuomo said at Manhattan's One World Trade Center, adding that June 15 was also his late father and former Gov. Mario Cuomo's birthday.

Masks will still be required on public transit, but otherwise New York's landscape of state mandates will be drastically diminished. Counties and localities can still implement their own restrictions, and Cuomo said New York would still observe guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Businesses can also keep their own mask policies. businessinsider.com

Hundreds of Blank Vaccine Cards Stolen by Employee
L.A. security guard catches employee stealing stack of blank vaccine cards
An employee of a Los Angeles County mass vaccination site is facing a grand theft charge for allegedly stealing more than 500 blank COVID-19 vaccine cards.

A security guard at the Pomona Fairplex vaccination site in La Verne on April 27 had noticed Ahmed exiting the facility with a stack of cards in his hands. Officials say they found blank vaccination cards in Ahmed's car and uncovered about 400 more in his hotel room. In total, they recovered 528 cards.

His arrest and charges come amid a larger conversation around vaccine credentials, sometimes referred to as vaccine passports, which may be required for business, school, travel and other activities in the future.

In recent months, the FBI has issued warnings that the sale of fake cards with a government logo on them is a crime. Marketplace websites such as EBay, OfferUp and Shopify have also been warned that the sale of fake cards is prohibited. privateofficerbreakingnews.blogspot.com

The Hot Debate Over Vaccine Passports
What Are the Roadblocks to a 'Vaccine Passport'?

Creating a digital certificate of vaccination against the coronavirus is one of the hottest debates right now.

Currently, Americans are issued a white paper card as evidence of their Covid-19 shots, but these can easily be forged, and online scammers are already selling false and stolen vaccine cards.

While the federal government has said it will not introduce digital vaccine passports by federal mandate, a growing number of businesses - from cruise lines to sports venues - say they will require proof of vaccinations for entry or services. Hundreds of digital health pass initiatives are scrambling to launch apps that provide a verified electronic record of immunizations and negative coronavirus test results to streamline the process.

The drive has raised privacy and equity concerns and some states like Florida and Texas have banned businesses from requiring vaccination certificates. But developers argue that the digital infrastructure is secure and will help speed up the process of reopening society and reviving travel.

Governments, technology companies, airlines and other businesses are testing different versions of the digital health passes and are trying to come up with common standards so that there is compatibility between each system and health records can be pulled in a safe and controlled format. nytimes.com

California to Roll Out Vaccine Verification Program
Newsom says vaccine verification is coming in California, but 'it's not a passport'
As California reopened this week, freeing people fully vaccinated for COVID-19 from most pandemic restrictions, Gov. Gavin Newsom signaled again that the state would soon introduce an electronic vaccination verification program.

Such digital health certificates, also referred to as "vaccine passports," have become a hotly debated issue. Opponents raise privacy and equity concerns, while supporters say the digital certificates will enhance public safety and speed economic recovery.

The Biden administration has said it will not develop a federal vaccine passport system, but allow the private sector or local jurisdictions to develop verification systems or require proof of vaccination at their own discretion. sfchronicle.com

COVID Was Here Earlier Than We Thought
NIH study suggests coronavirus may have been in U.S. as early as December 2019
The new report, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, bolsters earlier studies indicating that the virus entered the country under the radar and may have been spreading in the first two months of 2020, well in advance of warnings to that effect from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A volunteer in Illinois who gave blood on Jan. 7, 2020 - in a study unrelated to the emergent virus - tested positive for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, according to the NIH report. It noted that the antibodies typically take 14 days, on average, to develop, and this "suggests the virus may have been present in Illinois as early as December 24, 2019." washingtonpost.com

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Retailers Still Have Goods Worth Hundreds of Millions Stuck in Suez Canal
IKEA, Lenovo & many more businesses still have products stuck in limbo
The Ever Given is no longer blocking the Suez Canal, but the crisis is far from over for companies forced to endure a protracted legal battle in hopes of recovering goods worth hundreds of millions of dollars that have been stuck on the impounded container ship for months.

IKEA and Lenovo are among the companies with products stuck on the Japanese-owned vessel that blocked the Suez Canal for six days in March. Smaller firms such as UK bicycle maker Pearson 1860 and Snuggy UK, which makes wearable blankets, also have vital orders stuck in limbo.

"We don't hold out much hope of seeing our stock this year and although it is insured in transit, we have guessed there will be little chance of seeing a settlement for months if not years," Will Pearson, director of Pearson 1860, told CNN Business. His company has products worth more than $100,000 on the ship.

The Ever Given - and its cargo - are being held in the canal's Great Bitter Lake during the legal battle.

IKEA told CNN Business that it has a variety of products on board the ship, but declined to provide further specifics about the shipment. Lenovo confirmed it also has cargo aboard the ship, and a spokesperson said the company is "exploring ways to recover the goods."

The stakes are even higher for companies like EasyEquipment, a small UK business that does not have marine insurance on $100,000 worth of commercial refrigerators that were supposed to be delivered to restaurants before coronavirus restrictions eased in May. cnn.com

'Just Walk Out' Technology Hits Supermarket for the First Time
Newest Amazon Fresh store will feature 'Just Walk Out'
To date, Amazon's revolutionary "Just Walk Out" technology has been available only in the company's convenience and small-format grocery stores. But that will change on June 17, when the ommnichannel giant opens its 14th Amazon Fresh store, a 25,000-sq.-ft. location in Bellevue, Wash. It will be the first time that the technology has been available in a full-size U.S. supermarket.

The Just Walk Out technology leverages a combination of computer vision, sensor fusion and deep learning that enables shoppers to shop the store, pick out they want and skip the checkout when they're done. Anyone shopping at the new Amazon Fresh store can take advantage of the technology, which connects to their Amazon account or credit card. Customers are prompted at the store's entry gates to choose if they want to use Just Walk Out shopping or the traditional checkout lanes.

"Bringing Just Walk Out technology to a full-size grocery space with the Amazon Fresh store in Bellevue showcases the technology's continued ability to scale and adapt to new environments and selection," said Dilip Kumar, Amazon's VP of physical retail and technology. I'm thrilled it will help even more customers enjoy an easier and faster way to shop and can't wait to get their feedback on this latest Just Walk Out offering."

Kumar added that that the feedback regarding Just Walk Out has been "fantastic, with customers noting that skipping the checkout allows them to save time and reduce contact in stores." chainstoreage.com

'Dark Stores' Exploding Across Europe
Apps that promise grocery deliveries in 10 minutes invade Europe
as shopping shifts online

Turkey's Getir, Germany's Gorillas and Britain's Dija are just a few of the apps promising users 10-minute grocery deliveries.

A new crop of start-ups in Europe are offering to deliver people's groceries in just 10 minutes, fueled by venture capitalists and an acceleration of online commerce during the coronavirus pandemic.

The acceleration in the grocery space has been huge and went together with what has been happening in the pandemic," Alberto Menolascina, co-founder and CEO of Dija, told CNBC in an interview.

These firms operate what's known as "dark stores," fulfilment centers designed to carry out online orders rather than serve customers in person. Dija and Gorillas hire their couriers rather than relying on contractors like Deliveroo and other players in the gig economy. businessinsider.com

LP Squirrel Guards Jewelry Store Cash
Feisty Squirrel in Turkey Protects the Gold and Money in a Jewelry Store Cash Register
Although this squirrel is tiny, it's still ferocious. And the little creature handles a big job: being a security guard.

This injured and orphaned squirrel, named Memocan, was rescued by a jewelry store owner in Turkey. While his injuries heal, Memocan has been given free rein of the store. He's even picked up a new career skill of protecting the cash register.

Memocan's rescuer, Mehmet Yuksel, says, "Memocan immediately steps in when a stranger attempts to take the money and gold in our cash register and attacks." The squirrel has gotten so protective of the money, Memocan won't even let store employees besides Mehmet near the cash register. insideedition.com

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Biden Confronts Putin on Cybersecurity at Geneva Summit
The Only Way Biden Can Get Anywhere With Russia on Cybersecurity
A Russian cybercrime group was behind the hack of JBS, the world's largest meat supplier, the FBI said in early June-less than two weeks ahead of President Joe Biden's Wednesday summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. It was just the most recent Russia-linked cybersecurity story.

The Biden White House's sanctions over Russia's influence operations in the 2020 election included six technology companies supporting Russian intelligence operations-plus multiple front organizations for Russian propaganda. Now, there is much speculation on the Kremlin's involvement in a ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, the largest refined oil pipeline in the U.S., and the more recent attack on JBS. Biden said the administration does not believe the Russian government was involved in the first incident, but that the criminals are likely based in Russia-and the government should clamp down on such ransomware groups.

Biden will undoubtedly confront Putin about some of these activities to try and hold the Russian government to greater account for cyber activity emanating from within Russia. But for any progress on cybersecurity to come out of the summit, the White House must situate its policy toward Russian cyber operations in the context of the Putin regime's growing pursuit of "cyber sovereignty," which to Russia has historically represented the state's desire to control the internet within its borders. A comprehensive treatment of Russian state cyber behavior means directly facing the entanglement between the Kremlin's internet policy domestically and its cyber activity at home and abroad.

You can't separate the Putin regime's view of domestic internet control from its view of cyber behavior abroad. Increased control over the online space within Russia has only enabled the regime to further use technology companies to achieve strategic objectives-including through spying, disinformation, and cyberattacks-and to censor, harass, and otherwise coerce firms that are uncooperative. Moreover, the Kremlin's view of the open internet as a security vulnerability feeds into both chaos-sowing in countries abroad and control-cementation at home.

Any U.S. attempts to have the Putin regime place greater limits on cyber actors operating within Russia must take this broader pursuit of "cyber sovereignty" and "information security" into account. slate.com

BEC Attackers Fly Under the Radar
Microsoft Disrupts Large-Scale BEC Campaign Across Web Services

Attackers had used the cloud-based infrastructure to target mailboxes and add forwarding rules to learn about financial transactions.

Microsoft has disclosed the details of how it disrupted a large-scale business email compromise (BEC) infrastructure hosted across multiple Web services, a strategy that allowed attackers to fly under the radar.

The wave of recent high-profile ransomware attacks may be top of mind for business leaders, but BEC remains a prolific - and expensive - enterprise problem. The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) reported BEC scams numbered 19,369 and cost approximately $1.8 billion in 2020, during a year when total losses from cybercrime exceeded $4.1 billion overall.

Part of the reason why BEC campaigns are successful is their stealthy nature, wrote researchers with the Microsoft 365 Defender Research Team in a blog post on the BEC campaign disruption. These attacks have a small footprint, create low signals that don't top defenders' alert lists, and usually blend in with the typical noise of corporate network traffic.

"The attackers performed discrete activities for different IPs and timeframes, making it harder for researchers to correlate seemingly disparate activities as a single operation," they said of the challenges in analyzing this particular operation.

Researchers traced this campaign to a phishing attack in which criminals stole user credentials to log in to target mailboxes and create forwarding rules that would give them access to emails regarding financial transactions. Before forwarding rules were created, the target mailboxes received a phishing email with a voice message lure and an HTML attachment. These emails came from an external cloud provider's address space, researchers noted. darkreading.com

Unsecured servers and cloud services
How remote work has increased the attack surface that hackers can target

Cybersecurity researchers discover hundreds of thousands of insecure severs, ports and cloud services being used by remote workers that could be easily exploited

The increase in the use of cloud services as a result of organisations and their employees shifting to remote work because of the COVID-19 pandemic is leaving corporate networks exposed to cyberattacks.

Many businesses had to swiftly introduce working from home at the start of the pandemic, with employees becoming reliant on cloud services including Remote Desktop Protocols (RDP), Virtual Private Networks (VPN) and application suites like Microsoft Office 365 or Google Workspace.

While this allowed employees to continue doing their jobs outside the traditional corporate network, it has also increased the potential attack surface for cyber criminals. Malicious hackers are able to exploit the reduced level of monitoring activity, while successfully compromising credentials - that are used to remotely login to cloud services - provides a stealthy route into corporate environments.

Cybersecurity researchers at security company Zscaler analysed the networks of 1,500 companies and found hundreds of thousands of vulnerabilities in the form of 392,298 exposed servers, 214,230 exposed ports and 60,572 exposed cloud instances - all of which can be discovered on the internet. It claimed the biggest companies have an average of 468 servers exposed, while large companies have 209 at risk. zdnet.com

Tech Devices Could Give Hackers More Openings
Security Experts Scrutinize Apple, Amazon IoT Networks

Both companies have done their due diligence in creating connected-device networks, but the pervasiveness of the devices worries some security researchers.

Apple and Amazon, two of the largest makers of connected devices, now have operational low-power communications networks that piggyback on their devices to power a variety of services. But security experts are scrutinizing whether the transfer of simple messages expands their devices' attack surface.

Last week, Amazon announced that its Sidewalk connected-device network became active. Originally announced in 2019, the network uses the bandwidth of Amazon gateway devices, such as Ring cameras, or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices. For its part, Apple announced its AirTag tracking devices in May, which use its Find My network that sends messages by utilizing bandwidth of nearby Apple devices.

The networks - and the parasitic bandwidth-sharing - raise questions about how easily such technology could be abused, says Johannes Ullrich, dean of research for SANS Technology Institute. Hackers will find ways to send data over the network, even though Amazon is limiting the total bandwidth for a particular gateway to 80 Kbps.

"It's about sharing data and bandwidth - random people are able to use your device, but you are also able to use their device," he says. "As far as risks go, you don't know who actually uses your device or what they are using it for. You have no control over who is using your device or how they are using it." beta.darkreading.com

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Behind the Scenes at Amazon

The Amazon that customers don't see: Inside a warehouse during the pandemic
While working mandatory overtime in the spring, her 42-year-old husband, Alberto, had been among the first wave of employees at the site to test positive for the coronavirus. Ravaged by fevers and infections, he suffered extensive brain damage. On tests of responsiveness, Ann Castillo said, "His score was almost nothing."

For months, Ann Castillo, a polite, get-it-done physical therapist, had been alerting the company that her husband, who had been proud to work for the retail giant, was severely ill. The responses were disjointed and confusing. Emails and calls to Amazon's automated systems often dead-ended. The company's benefits were generous, but she had been left panicking as disability payments mysteriously halted. She managed to speak to several human resources workers, one of whom reinstated the payments, but after that, the dialogue mostly reverted to phone trees, auto-replies and voicemail messages on her husband's phone asking if he was coming back.

The return-to-work summons deepened her suspicion that Amazon didn't fully register his situation. "Haven't they kept track of what happened to him?" she said. She wanted to ask the company: "Are your workers disposable? Can you just replace them?"

Alberto Castillo's workplace, the only Amazon fulfillment center in America's largest city, was achieving the impossible during the pandemic. With New York's classic industries suffering mass collapse, the warehouse, called JFK8, absorbed hotel workers, actors, bartenders and dancers, paying nearly $18 an hour. Driven by a new sense of mission to serve customers afraid to shop in person, JFK8 helped Amazon smash shipping records, reach stratospheric sales and book the equivalent of the previous three years' profits rolled into one.

That success, speed and agility were possible because Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos, had pioneered new ways of mass-managing people through technology, relying on a maze of systems that minimized human contact to grow unconstrained.

But the company was faltering in ways outsiders could not see, according to a New York Times examination of JFK8 over the last year.

In contrast to its precise, sophisticated processing of packages, Amazon's model for managing people - heavily reliant on metrics, apps and chatbots - was uneven and strained even before the coronavirus arrived, with employees often having to act as their own caseworkers, interviews and records show. Amid the pandemic, Amazon's system burned through workers, resulted in inadvertent firings and stalled benefits, and impeded communication, casting a shadow over a business success story for the ages. seattletimes.com

The Case for Inventory Splitting, by Brands Large and Small
A split inventory strategy offers many advantages, including three primary benefits that are key for both emerging and enterprise retail brands:

Improved delivery speed. Consumer expectations continue to evolve, and demand for fast delivery only grows. By locating inventory closer to the end consumer - store or home - companies not only enable faster delivery via ground-carrier networks, but also unlock the opportunity to partner with local and regional carriers. These partnerships protect brands from the inevitable disruptions and delays that occur when national carriers run into capacity challenges on the regional level. As companies diversify their carrier platform in this manner, they ensure faster, cheaper, and more reliable service.

Reduced shipping costs. From a fiscal perspective, both emerging and enterprise retail brands should focus on the product's location. Strategically locating inventory, and partnering with local and regional carriers, enables more ground deliveries. They reduce base delivery rates and all but eliminate the accessorial charges that national carriers continue to impose. From peak surcharges to dimensional pricing factors, these fees can be avoided. The consequent savings allow funds previously designated for shipping costs to be reallocated to customer acquisition and product development, further improving the overall consumer experience.

Inventory protection. With transit time to the store reduced, inventory allocation to a given location can be made closer to actual demand. Brick-and-mortar stores are thus under less pressure to fulfill and can refocus their energy on selling, since the distribution center is local and easily accessible. In this scenario, the cost of fulfilling a direct-to-consumer order is lower at the distribution center than at the retail location. With inventory located strategically for all sales channels, demand is managed more dynamically. supplychainbrain.com

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Amazon ORC
North Haven, CT: 3 Amazon Workers Stole $50K Worth Of Items
Three employees have been arrested in connection with the theft of more than $50,000 worth of items from the Amazon facility in North Haven, according to police. North Haven detectives began investigating the thefts in early March after security / loss prevention at the Amazon fulfillment center on Washington Avenue found "inventory inconsistencies and potential thefts," according to police. "After working with Amazon staff and conducting interviews and reviews of surveillance footage, detectives were able to obtain arrest warrants for employees Teyska Miranda, Carlennys Matos-Romero, and Nelson Feliciano," police wrote in a news release. Collectively, they are accused of thefts totaling more than $50,000, according to police. patch.com

Tyngsborough, MA: Smash-And-Grab Motorcycle Thefts Caught on Camera
High-end motorcycles were stolen from the Indian Motorcycles of North Boston dealership in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, and police are looking for the six people seen in surveillance footage. The Burglary began around 4am as six suspects smashed the glass windows and quickly began removing nearly $20,000 of motorcycles. Within 3 minutes, Police arrived, but the 6 suspects and 2 motorcycles were gone. necn.com

Taylorsville, NC: Four Suspects Charged In Connection To Theft At Walmart
28-year old Ashley Paige Keller, 38-year-old Alvin William Ingram of Icard, 24-year-old Jahshalyn Syndee Sanders and 47-year-old James Wayne McRary, both of Granite Falls were all arrested Tuesday (June 15) by Taylorsville Police Officers. Keller, Ingram, and Sanders are all charged with felony larceny and conspiracy to commit felony larceny. Ingram and Sanders are also charged with second-degree trespassing. McRary is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, felony altering or stealing criminal evidence, along with a count of failure to appear on a Caldwell County charge. The four suspects were arrested following an investigation into the theft of items from Walmart in Taylorsville. whky.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Shootout Between Shoplifter & Security Guard
Nashville, TN: Shoplifter shot by Security Guard outside Antioch Kroger
A shoplifting suspect is in the hospital after they were shot by a security guard outside a Kroger on Mt. View Road. Metro Police tell News4 the incident started just after 10 p.m. Tuesday when a security guard noticed a person shoplifting in the store. The security guard followed the suspect out into the parking lot of the store before they jumped into a car. The driver reportedly fired a flare gun at the security guard, who returned fire with a handgun. Police say the security guard sustained minor burns from the flare. The two suspects drove off in their car but called 911 for help a short time later and admitted to being at the Kroger. When police arrived at the suspect's location on Brewer Street they found them with a gunshot wound in the back. The driver of the vehicle was reportedly not found at the scene. The shoplifting suspect is reportedly at the hospital and will be arrested after receiving treatment. wsmv.com

Albertville, AL: Deadly Workplace Violence: Employee at Alabama fire hydrant factory fatally shoots 2 before killing himself
A worker wielding a handgun fatally shot two people and wounded two others at an Alabama fire hydrant factory early Tuesday before killing himself, police said. The shooting - which happened about 2:30 a.m. at a Mueller Co. plant in Albertville. In the Alabama case, a manhunt ended when the shooter's body was found inside a Jeep in Guntersville, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) away from the factory, shortly after daybreak. Multiple weapons were found inside the vehicle, Albertville Police Chief Jamie Smith said at a news conference. Smith said the suspect appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. What prompted him to kill and maim his coworkers wasn't immediately clear, the chief said. He called the shooting "completely unprovoked." pilotonline.com

Update: Wichita, KS: Mental exam ordered for man charged with murdering Wichita QuikTrip Security Guard
The man charged with murdering a Wichita QuikTrip security guard last month will receive a competency exam after his defense lawyer called his mental health into question in a June 8 motion filed with the court. Attorney Jeremy Koop wrote in the motion that Laroy Monzell West "has had a history of mental health issues and is currently exhibiting behaviors consistent with significant mental illness." He added that West "may be incompetent to stand trial" in connection with events tied to the May 5 fatal shooting of 39-year-old Will Robinson and said that West's competency "should be examined by the appropriate mental health agency." Robinson, a former cop, husband and father of two known for helping homeless people who frequent the Murdock and Broadway convenience store, died on May 7 after languishing in the hospital for two days.

West reportedly shot Robinson in the face with a handgun after he was escorted off of convenience store property for "being disruptive and loud inside the store" including playing music on a small speaker, according to a probable cause affidavit released by the court last month. West was arrested and booked into jail on May 7.

Sedgwick County District Court Judge Bruce Brown on Tuesday granted the defense attorney's request and ordered Sedgwick County's community mental health center, Comcare, to perform the competency evaluation, court records show. West's criminal case will be on hold until he can "understand the nature and purpose of the proceedings" against him and help with his own defense, the judge's order says. Comcare is supposed to report back to the court and provide an opinion about West's mental status within 60 days, according to the document. kansas.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Englewood, NJ: Man Accused Of Stealing Over $19K In Burglaries
An Englewood man was arrested last week and accused of stealing thousands of dollars from multiple Downton businesses in late night and early morning burglaries, according to the Englewood Police Department. The man is 36-year-old Adnan Hyder, whom police identified through video footage from city cameras and local shop security cameras. patch.com

Las Vegas, NV: Suspect accused of arson in series of fires at east valley Walmart stores
A 60-year-old man is facing three counts of arson for a series of fires set inside east Las Vegas valley Walmart stores, according to a fire official. The Clark County Fire Department's investigation division arrested Brian Miller on Monday on suspicion of setting three fires dating back to April, Deputy Fire Chief Warren Whitney said in a statement. news3lv.com

Cincinnati Police Have Suspect in Custody After Fire Attempt at Woods Hardware
Cincinnati Police may have caught the man who allegedly tried to start a fire at a downtown business over the weekend. Woods Hardware CEO Matt Woods posted early Tuesday morning on social media that a suspect is now in custody for attempting to set fire to the store's downtown location. He credited the Cincinnati Police Department and the Cincinnati Fire Department for their work on the case. Earlier this week, Woods said that someone tried to light a fire among the propane tanks outside of Woods Hardware around 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Camera footage that Woods posted to his personal public Facebook page showed a man in a black jacket and light pants walking with a box and plastic bag toward the store. Another photo showed a large pile of soot and debris at the base of the propane tanks, which are locked in a metal case outside the store. citybeat.com

Minneapolis, MN: Former employee charged with taking $9,000 from New Brighton gas station
A Minneapolis woman has been charged with stealing more than $9,000 from a New Brighton gas station. According to court documents, Dominique Artrice Barksdale, 33, is charged with one count of felony-level theft and faces up to 10 years in prison. Barksdale is seen via security camera footage, printing off 19 separate $500 money orders through the store's MoneyGram machine during her 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. shift. She pocketed the money orders and left the store an hour and a half early. twincities.com

Galesburg, IL: Warrant issued for Galesburg man that continuously stole alcohol from Target; 5 incident on in 30 days




Auto - Scott, LA - Burglary
C-Store - Girard, OH - Robbery
C-Store - Fredericksburg, VA - Burglary
Eyewear - Quay County, NM - Burglary
Gas Station - Lynchburg, VA - Burglary
Hardware - Quay County, NM - Burglary
Jewelry - Seattle, WA - Armed Robbery
Liquor - Kansas City, MO - Armer Robbery
Motorcycles - Tyngsborough MA- Burglary
Pharmacy - Petersburg, VA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - St George, UT - Burglary (McDonald's)
Rite Aid - Queens, NY - Armed Robbery
Sporting Goods - Baker City, OR - Burglary
Restaurant - Laplace, LA - Burglary
Verizon - Defiance, OH - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Riverhead, NY - Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 7 robberies
• 9 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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