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Prosegur Security Launches World's First Responsible Artificial Intelligence Framework Globally

An industry first, the Responsible AI Policy sets lawful, ethical and robust compliance for employees and partners utilizing Prosegur's AI solutions

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., July 21, 2022 -- Prosegur Security, a global security leader, has launched a new Responsible Artificial Intelligence (AI) Policy in an effort to proactively decrease risks associated with AI use. The policy will serve as a guideline for the ethical, moral, regulatory and security values applied to technological solutions that incorporate AI. Prosegur is the first security company in the world to establish a company-wide policy of this kind. It will be adopted globally in all countries where Prosegur operates and will be a requirement for all partners.

As artificial intelligence continues to gain popularity, especially in the security industry, Prosegur's Responsible AI Policy will protect and preserve the rights and freedoms of users affected by the application of AI technologies. In order to be a Responsible AI partner, an AI system must ensure a number of requirements including human action and oversight, technical soundness and safety, privacy and data management, transparency, diversity, non-discrimination and equity, environmental and social well-being, and accountability.

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

18K Killed in Workplace Violence From 1992 to 2019
Federal Agencies Release Joint Study on Workplace Violence
WASHINGTON - JULY 21, 2022 - Today, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released indicators of Workplace Violence, 2019, which provides findings on fatal and nonfatal crimes that occurred in the workplace or away from work but over work-related issues. Findings are presented for 13 indicators of workplace violence, using data from five federal data collections.

The study found that, over a 27-year period from 1992 to 2019, nearly 18,000 persons were killed at work, on duty, or in violence that was work-related, using data from BLS's Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. Homicides in the workplace peaked at 1,080 homicides in 1994 and dropped to 454 in 2019, a decline of 58%. During a more recent period from 2014 (409 homicides) to 2019, workplace homicides increased 11%.

According to the study, an annual average of 1.3 million nonfatal workplace violent victimizations occurred during the combined 5 years from 2015 to 2019, based on data from BJS's National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). Violent victimizations include rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault and simple assault. This was a rate of 8.0 nonfatal violent crimes per 1,000 workers age 16 or older. Persons in corrections occupations had the highest average annual rate of nonfatal workplace violence at 149.1 per 1,000 workers among all occupations measured.

In other findings based on the NCVS, strangers committed about half (47%) of nonfatal workplace violence during 2015-19, with male victims less likely than female victims to know the offender. The offender was unarmed in 78% of nonfatal workplace violence, and the victim sustained an injury in 12%. Fifteen percent of victims of nonfatal workplace violence reported severe emotional distress due to the crime.

The joint study also stated that about 529,000 nonfatal injuries from workplace violence were
treated in hospital emergency departments (EDs)
for the combined 2015-19 period, based on data from NIOSH's National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-Occupational Supplement. This was a rate of 7.1 ED-treated injuries per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers. Physical assaults (hitting, kicking or beating) accounted for 83% of such injuries, which were most often contusions and abrasions (33%), followed by sprains and strains (12%) and traumatic brain injuries (12%). ED-treated injuries were more common among younger victims than older victims.

Read the full report here. bjs.ojp.gov

Historic First: Biden's Crime Plan Includes "Tackle Organized Retail Theft"
Retailers Back White House Plan to Tackle Organized Theft with More Transparency on Amazon

Biden's crime plan calls for more transparency on Amazon

Washington, DC - Retailers welcomed a provision in President Biden's crime plan that would require Amazon and other online marketplaces to verify the information of third-party sellers on their platform.

"To tackle organized retail theft, the plan calls on Congress to pass legislation to require online marketplaces, like Amazon, to verify third-party sellers' information..."
- Fact Sheet: Biden Safer American Plan

Statement from Retail Industry Leaders Association, Senior Executive Vice President for Public Affairs Michael Hanson:

"We appreciate President Biden including marketplace transparency in his crime plan. The anonymity provided by Amazon and other marketplaces makes it too easy to sell counterfeit and stolen products from behind screen names and bogus business accounts, and it has led to a dramatic increase in theft at local retailers across the country. Law enforcement at the federal, state and local level have all confirmed this troubling trend. Beyond monetary losses, these crimes have led to a significant uptick in attacks on employees in stores. Earlier this year Homeland Security Investigations released a study connecting the financial proceeds of organized retail crime to the funding of more dangerous and violent crimes involving gun smuggling, drugs, and human trafficking.

"The INFORM consumers Act would direct online marketplaces to verify high-volume third-party sellers by acquiring the seller's government ID, tax ID, bank account information, and contact information. If enacted, it would also ensure that consumers can verify basic identification and contact information for when shopping on Amazon and other marketplaces. The rise in organized retail crime has been dramatic and it is time legislation is enacted to help stop these criminals from harming communities and families."

"Basic transparency can make a difference. Making it harder to sell illicit goods from the shadows will help consumers avoid unscrupulous sellers, and aid investigators and prosecutors as they crack down on criminal networks in our communities. Congress had an opportunity to pass INFORM this summer, but failed to include it in a recent legislative package headed to the President's desk. We urge Congress to pass the INFORM Consumers Act this year, and send this common-sense legislation to protect retail workers and consumers to the President's desk." rila.org

Biden's $37B Crime Plan - 100K New Police Officers
White House Unveils $37 Billion Crime Prevention Plan
U.S. President Joe Biden is due to speak Thursday about a $37 billion proposal to combat and prevent crime. The White House released some details of the plan ahead of Biden's scheduled address at an event in the state of Pennsylvania.

It includes nearly $13 billion to help communities hire and train 100,000 police officers during the next five years. Another $3 billion would go toward addressing court backlogs, solving murders and setting up local task forces to reduce the rate of gun violence.

The White House said Biden's proposal would boost penalties for trafficking fentanyl and ask Congress to enact legislation making online marketplaces liable if they sell stolen goods.

The plan also includes $15 billion for cities and states to put into place efforts to prevent violent crime and to identify situations in which public health agencies should respond to non-violent situations instead of police.

Another portion would focus on services for mental health and substance abuse, as well as social work and giving more people access to job training, education and housing. voanews.com

San Francisco's New 'Sprawling Surveillance Program'
Crime-Obsessed San Francisco Flirts With 'Police State' Crackdown
Under the latest policy proposed by a newly emboldened police department-and backed by Mayor London Breed and the new DA's office-cops would be able to watch residents in real time during a "significant event with public safety concerns," and as part of "investigations" relating to both "active misdemeanors" as well as felonies.

The cameras available for access would include those with a variety of both low- and high-level capabilities. Everything from commercial to private doorbell cameras could ultimately be employed to keep tabs on possible crimes.

"The mayor now controls the DA, and I think people should be very alarmed and be very, very wary of where their civil liberties are going, because they're trying to take us back to a police state where constitutional rights are trampled and police misconduct is overlooked," former San Francisco Assistant District Attorney Arcelia Hurtado told The Daily Beast.

In a post on Medium, Breed-who appointed Jenkins-praised the proposed policy as a chance to "prevent mistakes" and also curb the "chaos" of "organized drug dealing" and "robberies".

"The police right now are barred from accessing or monitoring live video unless there are 'exigent circumstances,' which are defined as events that involve an imminent danger of serious physical injury or death. If this high standard is not met, the police can't use live video feed, leaving our neighborhoods and retailers vulnerable," Breed wrote.

In 2019, the city passed a historic measure requiring the police to seek permission from the Board of Supervisors to use any kind of new surveillance technology-and banned the use of facial recognition.

On Monday, Police Chief William Scott told city supervisors, who must approve the camera measure for it to go into effect, that live surveillance could help them watch drug dealing from afar instead of needing to put boots on the ground. yahoo.com

Mayor Expects New DA To Hold People Accountable
SF Mayor Breed on Cracking Down on Crime, Drugs in the Tenderloin
For months, San Francisco Mayor London Breed has vowed a crackdown on crime and drugs in the Tenderloin, so can the new DA Brooke Jenkins make it happen? NBC Bay Area's Raj Mathai spoke to Breed for some insight. nbcbayarea.com

SF's Mayor Looking to Rein in The Tenderloin
San Francisco Mayor's $14B Budget Funds Community Ambassadors & Increased Police Staffing
Breed's proposed budget includes $4.2 million for community investments in the Tenderloin through the Planning Department.

The budget includes $16.9 million to sustain the community ambassadors in the Tenderloin and Mid-Market areas, as well as $2 million for welcome ambassadors and retired police community ambassadors, who would be stationed in "tourist nodes" like downtown BART stations.

The budget would increase the 249 full-time community ambassadors in the Tenderloin and downtown to 302 next year. sfexaminer.com

As Buffalo Supermarket Reopens, Memories of Massacre Haunt Workers
Two months after 10 were killed at Tops Friendly Market, employees and Masten Park residents confront the pain of returning and remembering.

California's capital outpaces San Francisco in homeless population as violent crime skyrockets in Bay Area


COVID Update

599.2M Vaccinations Given

US: 91.7M Cases - 1M Dead - 86.9M Recovered
Worldwide: 571.8M Cases - 6.3M Dead - 541.9M Recovered

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Americans Have Moved on from COVID as Cases Surge
U.S. COVID Cases Surge Amid Lax Public Health Measures
Here in the United States, COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are continuing to rise. Officially, the U.S. is recording about 125,000 new cases each day, but public health officials warn that's only a small fraction of the true number of infections - with most positive at-home tests going unreported.

The latest surge is being driven by the fast-spreading BA.5 Omicron subvariant, which is adept at reinfecting people who've recovered from a previous bout of COVID. The surge also comes as much of the U.S. has abandoned public health measures like physical distancing and masking in public.

Meanwhile, the U.S. government's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said Monday he will retire by the end of President Biden's first term in office. Fauci is 81 and recently recovered from COVID-19. democracynow.org

Retail's Evolving Role in the COVID Crisis
Hy-Vee Brings Test-to-Treat COVID-19 Services to Its Pharmacies
Under new FDA authorization, all Hy-Vee, Inc., pharmacy locations are now offering the COVID-19 antiviral Paxlovid to treat mild to moderate cases of the virus. Eligible patients include those over the age of 12 who are at high risk of a severe case of COVID-19.

Patients must test positive for COVID-19 to be prescribed the medication, then will be screened by a Hy-Vee pharmacist to determine eligibility for the treatment. Hy-Vee offers rapid PCR testing at select locations and all of its pharmacies sell at-home COVID-19 tests. Additionally, each individual covered under private insurance or Medicare Part B can receive up to eight free at-home COVID-19 tests each month under a Biden administration ruling. progressivegrocer.com

Long COVID is affecting front-line workers
ABC News Senior Policy Reporter Anne Flaherty discusses a Capitol Hill hearing on the pandemic, and the new details on long COVID and its impact on America's front-line workers.

Biden, 79, tests positive for the coronavirus with 'mild symptoms'

Will CDC Quarantine COVID Guidelines Change Due to BA.5?

U.S. Surgeon General stresses vaccinations as COVID cases rise


$20M Mall Security Lawsuit
Mall, security company sued for $20M over negligence in April shooting
Two women wounded in the Easter weekend shooting at Columbiana Centre have sued the mall's parent company and its security firm for $20 million.

The eight-page lawsuit filed in federal court in South Carolina accuses Brookfield Properties and security firm Andy Frain Services of negligence and recklessness.

This is the first lawsuit filed in response to the April 16 shooting, when 15 people, who ranged in age from 15 to 73, were injured. No one died in the shooting. Three people have been charged in the shooting, which resulted from a yearslong conflict among the alleged shooters, law enforcement investigators have said.

They came to the mall for an Easter celebration when the shooting occurred in the area of the food court. The two were shot, and the lawsuit claims that only one retail associate from one of the mall's tenants offered immediate care.

"The resulting chaos caused by the shooting created even more fear and trauma for the plaintiffs," Sheheen wrote in the lawsuit. "(The) plaintiffs have suffered severe and life altering injuries both physical and mental." The lawsuit says the Columbia Police Department has more than 100 incident reports on file regarding assaults, robberies and other violent crimes at or around the mall in the last five years.

Because of those previous incidents, local police advised the mall to increase its security presence prior to the shooting, the lawsuit says. The lawsuit alleges the mall and security company failed to provide adequate security, didn't properly train employees and didn't provide proper screening measures at the mall entrances. The mall added enhanced security measures after the shooting, which included a greater police presence and a K-9 trained to sniff out firearms. thestate.com

Retail's Newest Trend: Going Small
Macy's speeds up plans to open smaller stores outside of malls

Macy's is speeding up its plans to open smaller stores that aren't attached to suburban shopping malls

Macy's is accelerating its plans to open smaller stores that aren't attached to suburban shopping malls, in a bid to evolve along with its customers' shopping preferences coming out of the Covid pandemic.

The department store chain said Wednesday that it will open three stores this fall that each represent ways Macy's is thinking about how it aims to reposition its real estate in the future.

In February 2020, the company said it planned to shutter 125 stores in lower-tier malls within three years and would explore formats outside of malls. Since then, Macy's has opened five stores under the Market by Macy's banner, which are about one-fifth of the size of its full-line locations and tout services such as buy online, pick up in store. It will reach eight by the end of this year.

Going small and getting away from the mall has become somewhat of a trend in the retail industry
. It's a blueprint that retailers from Gap to Nordstrom have been following. Kohl's also said it's aiming to open 100 smaller-footprint locations over the next four years. Macy's last year opened its first pint-sized Bloomingdale's shop, called Bloomie's. cnbc.com

Union-Busting Closure?
Chipotle permanently shutters store that filed to unionize
Chipotle permanently closed a restaurant in Augusta, Maine that filed to form a union last month. "We have been unable to adequately staff this remote restaurant with crew and continue to be plagued with excessive call-outs and lack of availability from existing staff," Laurie Schalow, chief corporate affairs officer at Chipotle said in a statement Tuesday, adding that it's been even harder to find managers to lead the restaurant.

"Because of these ongoing staffing challenges, there is no probability of reopening in the foreseeable future, so we've made the decision to permanently close the restaurant," she said. The restaurant had been closed to the public since June 17, Schalow noted, and was open only for staff trainings. Workers at the location will get severance pay, she said.

The closure has raised alarm bells among union organizers, who accused the chain of trying to stifle workers. Young described the closure as "union busting 101," adding "it's meant to discourage not just the workers here, but ... other Chipotle organizing efforts elsewhere." cnn.com

Shaking Up America's Food-Safety Program
FDA announces overhaul as baby formula shortage continues

Longtime problems in structure, function and leadership at the agency have left the American food system vulnerable to outbreaks of food-borne illnesses, legislators say

The commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that the agency is preparing for a shake-up of its food-safety program, four months after a nationwide shortage of baby formula drew attention to shortcomings in the program.

At a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, Commissioner Robert M. Califf said the agency has initiated a review to recommend changes in light of the expanding number of industries producing food, as well as the role of climate change and the war in Ukraine. Califf did not cite the formula shortage as the main reason for the overhaul but spoke of an increasingly complicated food system that requires a new approach.

Critics have long complained that the FDA prioritizes drugs and medicine over food safety, despite a steady stream of high-profile outbreaks of food-borne illnesses in recent years, including romaine lettuce tainted with e-coli and salmonella in peanut butter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 128,000 people in the United States are hospitalized with food-borne illnesses each year. washingtonpost.com

Retail Dive: The running list of major retail deals

Supply chain: 'We are seeing more shifts' to America's East Coast

Consumers cut discretionary spending amid high inflation

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Sr. Mgr. Shortage Control job posted for Burlington in Burlington, New Jersey
As the Senior Manager of Shortage Control you will be involved with the reduction of company inventory shortage in our 850+ store portfolio, which continues to grow each year. This position will have job accountability for reducing the annual shortage measured in basis points, in which each basis point is worth more than a half of a million dollars in gross profit. burlingtonstores.jobs

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FBI Grapples with Increase in Targeted & Sophisticated Cyberattacks
The growth in targeted, sophisticated cyberattacks troubles top FBI cyber official
The FBI is deeply worried that cybercriminals and nation-state adversaries are developing more precision in their attacks and taking advantage of innovations in artificial intelligence that will compound the digital threat in the years to come, FBI Assistant Director for Cyber Bryan Vorndran said Wednesday.

"When we think about software as a service or even supply chain attacks, what happens when the adversary understands that there is perhaps one software factory that services the entire community," said Vorndran, who oversees 1,000 FBI agents focused on cybercrimes nationwide, during a speech Wednesday at a Fordham University cybersecurity conference.

"If they're that precise on targeting, it could shut down the entire commercial real estate industry. That is a huge problem," he said.

China is already displaying more exactness when it comes to targeting its victims, but that level of sophistication isn't commonplace among other nation-state adversaries yet, Vorndran said. For now, his No. 1 recommendation for business leaders is to understand how shared service software is used across their organizations because that's often malicious hackers' easiest target.

The FBI is also concerned that Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese and other foreign cybercriminals will begin carrying out ransomware attacks with the same intensity as Russia's cybercrime syndicates. It's a concern that's further complicated by what Vorndran called the "blended threat."

"It is very difficult to understand where the nation-state threat starts and stops and where the criminal threat starts and stops," he said. "When we don't see command and control from the nation-state over[head], it muddies the water in terms of understanding clearly what an adversary is after and that affects our ability to deploy the right resources."

Finally, Vorndran said the emergence of synthetic content such as deep fakes and artificial intelligence will create massive and vexing problems for democracies. Citing the work of University of California at Berkeley scholar Hany Farid, an expert in digital analysis, Vorndran said he believes that within two to three years the world will be saturated with synthetic audio and video content that is virtually indistinguishable from reality. cyberscoop.com

NRF Calls for Uniform National Data Privacy Law
Retailers Welcome Action But Say House Bill Fails to Create a Uniform National Privacy Law
The National Retail Federation called on the House to move cautiously on federal privacy legislation, saying a measure approved today by the Energy and Commerce Committee fails to establish a single national standard for U.S. data privacy law.

"Unfortunately, this legislation fails to provide the strong and effective uniform national standard for data privacy law that is so badly needed," NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said. "Consumers need to know their privacy is protected no matter who is handling their personal information or where they are located. Failure to effectively preempt the growing number of inconsistent state laws will keep that critical goal from being achieved."

The Energy and Commerce Committee today approved H.R. 8152, the American Data Privacy and Protection Act, sending the measure to the House floor for consideration. The bill is intended to provide a national framework for privacy that would limit the collection, processing and transfer of consumer information.

NRF has worked closely with the committee in recent weeks, urging members and staff to avoid language that would block retailers from being able to offer loyalty programs and to ensure that service providers handling covered entities' covered data have requirements to protect that data and help fulfill consumers' requests when they exercise their privacy rights under the legislation. The committee has revised the bill substantially to address both concerns.

However, NRF told sponsors in a letter today that the bill needs to do more to ensure that it will truly preempt state privacy laws, which are currently on the books in five states with more expected regardless of congressional action. Without effective preemption, the nation could eventually see 50 state privacy laws. The bill also lacks an adequate "notice and cure" provision that would give organizations time to correct alleged violations before enforcement actions may be brought. nrf.com

Massive E-Skimmer Campaign Hits Online Restaurant Ordering
Ongoing Magecart Campaign Targets Online Ordering at Local Restaurants

More than 311 local eateries have been breached through online ordering platforms MenuDrive, Harbortouch, and InTouchPOS, impacting 50K records - and counting.

A massive Magecart e-skimmer campaign has siphoned off the payment records of hundreds of restaurants by attacking their online payment platforms. Targets include MenuDrive, Harbortouch, and InTouchPOS, according to a new advisory.

AdvertisementSo far, researchers at Insikt Group, Recorded Future's threat research division, Magecart attackers have posted more than 50,000 stolen order payment records from at least 311 restaurants - and they're offering them for sale on the underground Web. Researchers warn they expect that number to rise.

The report added that the compromised records include payment card data, as well as billing and contact details.

The three platforms in question are a departure from Magecart's usual target, the Magento e-commerce platform. During the pandemic, many local restaurants rushed to implement online ordering and payment, and they may not be paying attention to patching vulnerabilities or shoring up security in general for their new lines of business.

"Cybercriminals often seek the highest payout for the least amount of work," the Tuesday Magecart campaign report said. "This has led them to target restaurants' online ordering platforms; when even a single platform is attacked, dozens or even hundreds of restaurants can have their transactions compromised, which allows cybercriminals to steal vast amounts of customer payment card data disproportionate to the number of systems they actually hack." darkreading.com

Returning Ransom Payments to Businesses
Feds Recoup $500K From Maui Ransomware Gang

Law enforcement hopes that retuning ransom payments to impacted businesses will demonstrate that working with the feds following is "good business."

The Federal Bureau of Investigation seized the Maui-connected cryptocurrency accounts back in May and is now working through the courts with the Department of Justice to return the money to its victims. Maui is a strain of ransomware with ties to the North Korean state that focuses its crippling cyberattacks on healthcare and public health organizations.

The returned ransom success story is meant to serve as a signal to other targeted organizations that working with law enforcement following a cybersecurity incident is "good business," Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department's National Security Division said in a statement about the court filing.

"The FBI is dedicated to working with our federal and private sector partners to disrupt nation-state actors who pose a critical cyber-threat to the American people," FBI Cyber Division Assistant Director Bryan Vorndran said about the recovered Maui ransomware payments. "We will continue to pursue these malicious cyber-actors, such as these North Korean hackers, who threaten the American public regardless of where they may be and work to successfully retrieve ransom payments where possible." darkreading.com

Chaotic LAPSUS$ Group Goes Quiet, but Threat Likely Persists
The LAPSUS$ group emerged with a big splash at the end of 2021, targeting companies, including Okta, with a "reckless and disruptive" approach to hacking.

U.S. Cyber Command exposes malware targeting Ukrainian entities







Using Lights to Deter Cannabis Crime
Security Lighting Guide for Cannabis Businesses
Lights are the first line of defense for any brick-and-mortar store, but in the cannabis industry, they are an even more crucial component of the security system. A proper security lighting system can both prevent and deter potential intruders, secure parking lots and outside perimeters, and illuminate areas that receive little or no light from adjacent properties.

Outside, exterior lights allow security personnel to observe the activity of people and vehicles. Inside, sufficient interior lighting allows employees to verify access to the property and properly match badges and IDs. Similarly, security personnel will be able to effectively manage threats, and have an easier time monitoring or re-watching camera footage.

Types of Security Lighting

Flood Lights - Areas with the least amount of illumination will utilize flood lights to emit broad beams onto large spaces. Some examples of placement include parking lots, concert halls, and professional sports arenas.

Motion-Detecting Lights - Though lights are an effective tool, leaving them on 24/7 can be costly, but can also show an intruder a clear path to a facility's points of entry. To prevent this, motion-detecting lights can be used so that when activity is sensed, the light turns on and after a set period of time, they turn off. More advanced models can pick up infrared absorption for bigger heat sources and distinguish a person or car from "insignificant triggers" like animals and insects.

Strobe & Siren Lights - The last thing an intruder wants to experience is anything that reminds them of law enforcement. Strobe and siren do just that by heightening the sense of urgency with flashing lights and discomforting sounds. As it is certain to grab the attention of anyone in the building, an intruder would then have to make a split-second decision to either continue the unlawful activity by remaining in the facility or fleeing the scene. This is a perfect example of security lighting functioning as a psychological deterrent.

Decoy Lights - Decoy lights are purely there to deter intruders. Many businesses and home-owners assume that all they need is for devices to appear to be working, but like cameras, a good thief or intruder will be able to tell if the device is a fake by its location and mounting and appearance. sapphirerisk.com

Cybersecurity Should be Key Component of Security Plan
Cannabis businesses can't afford to ignore cybersecurity
Over 200 conditional cannabis cultivation licenses have already been approved, conditional processing applications are open, and experts anticipate retail regulations will be finalized shortly. The New York legal recreational cannabis market is barreling ahead with thousands of entrepreneurs diligently working on their applications.

AdvertisementOne component most potential business owners will need to address is security: local municipalities want to maintain a safe community as they introduce this new industry into their neighborhoods. But while companies debate the proper number of cameras, alarm systems, locks, and other more traditional security measures, many are forgetting one vital element: cybersecurity.

All small businesses need to be concerned about cyber threats. This can include credit card theft, misuse of personally identifiable information, ransomware, or even leaked trade secrets. The cannabis industry is a particularly attractive and vulnerable cybercrime target. What makes cannabis different?

Inherently due to the cannabis industry's history of prohibition and complicated current legal status (federally illegal, but legal in some capacity in a majority of states), the industry already has a target on its back. Hackers may target cannabis businesses in an effort to de-legitimize the industry and reinforce preexisting negative stereotypes or acquire sensitive information about employees and vendors.

The legal cannabis industry is also brand new and quickly evolving. There aren't defined best practices or examples for cannabis businesses to easily follow or copy. This means many companies won't have the threat of hacks on their business plan or strategy - making them a big target for even unsophisticated hackers.

Most cannabis businesses aren't big enough to have an IT person or IT staff and are more likely to not have best practices in place to be able to handle a cybersecurity attack. This could result in an attack going unnoticed or staff members who aren't properly trained to avoid phishing attempts. newyorkupstate.com

Cannabis Retailers Allowed to Deliver
BC to now allow private cannabis retailers to deliver through common carriers such as Canada Post and delivery-service providers
BC announced changes to its rules today that will allow private cannabis retailers anywhere in the province to use delivery service providers. Beginning Friday, July 8, 2022, licensed cannabis retail stores (CRSs) in BC can deliver non-medical cannabis to consumers through common carriers such as Canada Post and delivery-service providers.

Previously, the only delivery option for all BC private retailers was using their own delivery services. However, the province-run BC Cannabis Store has been able to also use a third-party service, Pineapple Express, since March of this year for any sales in BC's Lower Mainland.

Retailers must ensure that delivery service providers and common carriers delivering non-medical cannabis on their behalf comply with all relevant requirements, including those in 'ID Requirements' above. Like current deliveries, they will only be allowed between the hours of 9 am and 11 pm. stratcann.com

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Behind Amazon's Lawsuit Against Facebook
Why Amazon is suing the heads of 10,000 Facebook groups instead of Meta
Amazon has been fighting fake reviews on its e-commerce platform for years, and now it's taking the battle to court. On Tuesday, the tech giant announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the administrators of some 10,000 Facebook groups it claims are dedicated to fake review scams.

The move is meant to tamp down on fake review brokers and the individuals who participate in such schemes. The reason for such a concerted effort? Protecting both consumers who purchase products based on fake reviews, and Amazon's own reputation while it's at it.

After all, if customers end up buying faulty or otherwise terrible products based on Amazon's users reviews, those same customers will gradually lose trust in the company. And that could dent its bottom line.

You may ask yourself, if companies like Facebook-parent Meta are hosting sites where scammers are recruiting people to post fake reviews, why isn't Amazon just going after Meta?

The answer is the often controversial internet law called Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The law allows internet companies like Facebook to host third-party content without being held responsible for the content itself. So if someone runs a group about fake reviews, Amazon can only go after the person running the group, not Meta.

Of course, Section 230 also allows Amazon to host its own user product reviews without being held liable for what those users write. The law also ensures that internet platforms can moderate objectionable content.

In other words, Section 230 is a positive and negative for Amazon in that it lets users post reviews of products, while simultaneously protecting third-party sites where scammers collaborate and scheme about fake reviews.

Amazon says it has reported 10,000 fake review groups to Meta, and that the Facebook parent has taken down about half of those. Meta is continuing to investigate other groups, Amazon says. finance.yahoo.com

Prime Day Death at Amazon Warehouse
Amazon worker dies in N.J. fulfillment center on Prime Day
An Amazon worker died at a fulfillment center in Middlesex County last week during Prime Day, the company's biggest sale event of the year.

"We're deeply saddened by the passing of one of our colleagues and offer our condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time," Sam Stephenson, an Amazon spokesperson, said in a statement .

"We've contacted his family to offer support and will provide counseling resources to employees needing additional care," Stephenson said. The worker was not identified.

The death occurred July 12 at the company's EWR9 fulfillment center in the 8000 block of Industrial Highway in Carteret, according to Dave Jamieson, a labor reporter for the HuffPost who first reported the death.

A spokesperson for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the agency's Avenel area office is investigating the death. The investigation could take up to six months, the spokesperson said. Additional details about how the worker died were not available. nj.com

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Maricopa County, AZ: County Attorney's Office looks to crack down on retail theft with new team
The Maricopa County Attorney's Office is looking to crack down on retail theft after Arizona and surrounding states saw an increase. Interim County Attorney Rachel Mitchell announced in a press conference on Wednesday that she is creating an organized retail theft team, comprised of multiple prosecutors and an investigator to coordinate with local business owners and law enforcement to ensure successful prosecution of these crimes. "The people who are coming here from other states, such as California, specifically Los Angeles or Las Vegas or Albuquerque, you need to understand if you come here and commit these crimes, plan to stay a little bit longer than you thought you would," she said. "We are not going to tolerate that here." Mitchell said the Los Angeles District Attorney will not prosecute retail theft below $1000, but she said that is not the case for Maricopa County. Mitchell added she's making this a priority for her office to try and help curb the crime before it gets any worse. Retail leaders also attended the press conference and spoke firsthand about what they've experienced. ktar.com

(DOJ) Harrisburg, PA: New Jersey Men Sentenced In Mail Fraud And Aggravated Identity Theft Scheme
The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Patrick Barkers-Woode, age 30, of Pine Hill, New Jersey, was sentenced on July 13, 2022, by U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer P. Wilson to 111 months in prison to be followed by two years of supervised release. On November 22, 2019, both Barkers-Woode and co-defendant Nana Mensah were convicted on 15 counts of mail fraud, four counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated identity theft. Mensah is awaiting sentencing.

Judge Wilson also sentenced co-defendant Jason Moskovitz to 39 months' imprisonment to be followed by three years' supervised release. On November 14, 2019, Moskovitz pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Barkers-Woode and Moskovitz were both ordered to pay restitution to Sprint, Inc. in the amount of $357,565.92 and Moskovitz was ordered to forfeit $576,929 and 107 electronic devices justice.gov

Beverly Grove, CA: Caught on camera: Burglars use vehicle to smash into Chanel store in Beverly Grove
The Los Angeles Police Department continues to investigate after a group of suspected burglars used a van to crash into a Chanel store in Beverly Grove during a smash-and-grab burglary. It happened at the high-end store located on Robertson between Beverly and 3rd Street early Wednesday morning. The Los Angeles Police Department continues to investigate after a group of suspected burglars used a van to crash into a Chanel store in Beverly Grove during a smash-and-grab burglary. It happened at the high-end store located on Robertson between Beverly and 3rd Street early Wednesday morning. foxla.com

Newport Beach, CA: 4 detained, more sought in Fashion Island purse theft
Four people have been arrested after they stole designer handbags from a Neiman Marcus store at Fashion Island Shopping Center in Newport Beach on Wednesday, but several thieves remain on the loose, police said. The theft was reported at about 4:15 p.m., when store employees called the Newport Beach Police Department to report seven men stealing purses off of the Chanel display, according to Sgt. Vincelet. As the thieves were trying to leave the store, they came to a locked glass door, which they smashed on their way out, police said. Police took all four people, three males and a female, into custody, and while their identities have not yet been released, police say they recovered several purses that were discarded during the chase. ktla.com

Daly City, CA: 4 juveniles arrested for $2,000 'grab and run' at Dick's Sporting Goods
The Daly City Police Department announced in a press release that it arrested four juveniles for shoplifting at a Dick's Sporting Goods on Wednesday. DCPD said a store employee recognized the suspects and their vehicle as the same group that committed the same crime two days earlier. The suspects committed the shoplifting, which police described as a "grab and run," at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday. They were wearing ski masks and fled the scene in a stolen vehicle, police said. DCPD officers found the suspect vehicle going eastbound on Interstate-80 near 7th Street. After a brief pursuit, police said the vehicle became disabled and the suspects tried to flee on foot. Three suspects were arrested immediately and the fourth was found in a nearby parking garage. Police recovered nearly $2,000 in merchandise. newsbreak.com

Hartford, CT: 3 suspects arrested in theft ring
Three people are facing charges in connection to a retail theft ring in the greater Hartford area, police said. State police said detectives saw a man driving a vehicle suspected in the thefts. The man removed all decals from the overdue U-Haul rental van and tinted all the windows, police said. "The suspect and vehicle are wanted in connection with numerous organized retail thefts throughout Connecticut and at least one armed robbery," said state police. "The following agencies hold active hard copy arrest warrants for both parties: police departments in West Hartford, Enfield, Avon, Glastonbury, Bloomfield, and Vernon," said state police. wfsb.com

San Francisco, CA: Serial Shoplifter Still Ransacking SF Stores - $15,000 in Goods Stolen
A suspect in more than a dozen San Francisco retail store burglaries was arrested over the weekend as he attempted to steal items from a store two days after taking $1,500 in clothing, cosmetics and over-the-counter medications from the same location, police said. Police say Lugo-Romero is also suspected of a similar burglary two days earlier, when officers responded to reports of someone stealing dozens of items using a plastic trash bag and fleeing the scene on a bicycle. Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect. Police said the San Francisco Burglary Unit has over a dozen open investigations related to similar thefts at the same store, which officials did not identify, with the estimated loss totaling more than $15,000. Lugo-Romero is the primary suspect in those crimes as well. breitbart.com

Bristol Township, PA: Two subjects stole $6,700 of over-the-counter medications and health care items from a store along Route 13

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Shootings & Deaths

Columbus, OH: One charged with murder after United Dairy Farmers shooting
A man has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting at a United Dairy Famers store in the Short North Arts District early Wednesday. Jeremy Vest, 47, was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the shooting, according to the Columbus Division of Police . Police said Vest was found on the 1300 block of North High Street and taken into custody by the Franklin County SWAT Unit. Police say officers went to the UDF on North High Street just before 1:50 a.m. where they found the 51-year-old victim with a gunshot wound outside the doors of the back entrance. He was pronounced dead at the scene. CPD stated that no employees were injured during the shooting. newsbreak.com

Hope Mills, NC: Man shot, killed in parking lot of popular Hope Mills restaurant
A Spring Lake man was killed in a shooting in the parking lot of Cumberland County restaurant on Tuesday night. Waverly Aldrich, 38, was shot to death outside of a pick-up truck in the parking lot of Grandsons on Chicken Foot Road in Hope Mills. Hope Mills Police Chief Stephen Dollinger told WRAL News he believes the shooting resulted from an argument that happened at a nearby Circle K. "It looks like there was an argument between Mr. Aldrich and some other people, but that's still very preliminary. We don't know if they knew each other or didn't know each other," he said. Police said that Aldrich's girlfriend was driving the pick-up truck at the time of the shooting and was not hurt. Police are hoping she will give them more information about what happened. wral.com

Camden County, NJ: Man shot multiple times & killed inside local Grocery store
Detectives in Camden are investigating a deadly shooting of a 40-year-old man. Officials with the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and the Camden County Police say officers were called to Fortuna Grocery at Louis Street and Kaighn Avenue Tuesday morning, around 11, after multiple 911 calls of a robbery Responding officers found a 40-year-old man suffering from several gunshot wounds inside the store when they arrived.
The victim, identified as Luis Morales, was transported to Cooper University Hospital, where he died a short time later. An investigation into possible motives is active.  fox29.com

Milwaukee, WI: Update: Security guard acted in self-defense during a fatal shooting outside an El Rey grocery store
No charges will be filed in the shooting that unfolded outside an El Rey grocery store on Milwaukee's south side after the District Attorney's Office determined the store's security guard acted in self-defense when he shot and killed 36-year-old Luis Lorenzo. Lorenzo was shot after he and another security guard, Anthony J. Nolden, 59, got into an altercation that began in the store and continued outside in the parking lot, culminating in Lorenzo blindly firing a gun and killing Nolden, according to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office. In the week and a half since the July 9 shooting, Milwaukee police and two members of the Common Council who represent the area surrounding El Rey grocery store, publicly showed their support for Nolden and his family, while Lorenzo's family accused security of profiling and escalating the situation with a man who has mental health issues, including paranoia. jsonline.com

Philadelphia, PA: Caught on camera: Gunman opens fire on man at West Philadelphia Grocery store
Authorities say a man was shot twice during a street shooting that spilled into a crowded grocery store in West Philadelphia. Officers from the Philadelphia Police Department were called to the area of 41st Street and Lancaster Avenue just before 6:40 p.m. for reports of a shooting. Officers found a 34-year-old man was found with gunshot wounds to each leg, according to police. He was brought to Penn Presbyterian Hospital in stable condition. Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters that the victim ran inside a corner store when the gunshots began. The shooter then followed the victim into the store and fired two more times, Small said. There were numerous people inside the store during the shooting, according to police, but no bystanders were hit by gunfire. fox29.com

Kansas City, MO: 2 injured in Shooting outside Ace Hardware store
According to the Kansas City Police Department, an off-duty officer was working at the Westlake Ace Hardware on Independence Ave. around 4:30 p.m. when he was notified that there was someone in the parking lot with a gun. He then found two people outside, a man and a woman, who had been shot. One victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition. The other victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition. kctv5.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Stonecrest, GA: Store employee attacks accused shoplifter, leaving him hospitalized
A 25-year-old man is in the hospital after Georgia police say he was attacked by a store employee. The DeKalb County Police Department says it responded to a call the evening of July 17 at a QuikTrip gas station where they found the victim who said he was hit in the back of the head by an unknown man in the South DeKalb Mall parking lot. The victim had visible injuries and was taken to a hospital in the area, the department said in a statement. Officers responded to a separate July 18 call to Stonecrest Mall where they met with the victim's mother. During the meeting, the victim's mother told officers her son was actually attacked by a store employee at the mall's Players Closet. A video circulated on social media shows the accused employee hitting the victim over the head with a long metal object. The victim's injuries were so serious they required surgery, his aunt told FOX 5. "He later had to have surgery on his spine," she said. "He had to have metal plates put into his head, his neck and a rod down his spine." A spokesperson for Players Closet told FOX 5 that before the incident, store surveillance caught the victim shoplifting. When confronted by an employee, the victim threatened the accused employee, saying he had a gun, the spokesperson said. macon.com

Oklahoma City, OK: OKCPD search for violent Dollar General shoplifting incident suspect
Oklahoma City police need help identifying a woman who is allegedly responsible for a shoplifting and assault incident involving a screwdriver at a Dollar General. The incident occurred at the Dollar General near SE 44th Street and High Avenue. "An employee confronted the suspect about stealing property and at some point during the interaction, an assault occurred that involved a screwdriver," Oklahoma City police said on social media. kfor.com

Update: East Memphis, TN: Man charged after over $800K in jewelry stolen
A man was arrested after a string of burglaries at several East Memphis jewelry stores. The incident happened May 19 at Tate's Jewelry on Poplar Avenue. The store owner told Memphis Police the glass windows had been smashed out and a large amount of jewelry was stolen, according to an affidavit. She said the stolen items totaled over $400,000. The same day, MPD responded to a burglary at Oak Hall on Poplar Avenue. A store manager said a window was smashed out and $140,000 worth of jewelry and merchandise was stolen, police said. On June 13, MPD responded to a burglary at Mednikow Jewelry on S. Perkins Extended. The manager said $272,000 worth of jewelry was stolen after the door was busted out. On June 30, MPD officers stopped a man in a stolen car at Annesdale Avenue and Withers Street. The man, identified as Scott Blackston, had a large amount of jewelry and other items inside an Oak Hall bag. The jewelry was found to be stolen from Oak Hall, Tate's, and Mednikow, police said. On July 19, Blackston was arrested at his home. fox13memphis.com

Charlotte, NC: Man Is Sentenced To 14 Years For Stealing A Maserati And Robbing Charlotte Pawn Shop

Sioux Falls, SD: Man Facing Multiple Firearm Charges After Sioux Falls Robberies



C-Store - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Dollar - Darlington County, SC- Armed Robbery
Dollar - Laurel, MS - Armed Robbery
Dollar - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Colonie, NY - Robbery
Guns - Louisville, KY - Burglary
Handbags - Beverly Grove, CA - Burglary
Handbags - Newport Beach, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Killeen, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - New York, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Cerritos, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Sumter, SC - Robbery
Jewelry - Southaven, MS - Robbery
Liquor - East Grand Folks, MN - Burglary
Verizon - Metuchen, NJ - Robbery


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• 11 robberies
• 4 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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