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Eduardo Catala, LPQ promoted to Director of Loss Prevention for Stew Leonard's Farm Fresh Food

Eduardo has been with Stew Leonard's Farm Fresh Food for nearly seven years, starting with the company in 2015 as Loss Prevention Assistant Manager. Before his promotion to Director of Loss Prevention, he served as Loss Prevention Manager for nearly two years. Earlier in his career, he held LP roles with TJX Companies, Bergdorf Goodman, Sears, Circuit City, and Nordstrom. Congratulations, Eduardo!

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Empowering Your Frontline Achieves 17% Shrink Improvement and Safer Stores

August 10 | 1:00 p.m. ET

Rexall partnered with Auror to evolve its approach to solving the ORC problem. Rexall experienced early success during their 90-day pilot, and from 2019 to 2022, reported an impactful 17% reduction in shrink across their locations.

For Daryl Blackmore, Rexall's Director of Asset Protection, the key to their success was empowering stores with technology and actionable intelligence to proactively prevent crime. "Empowering stores to take safe action is easier with Auror," says Daryl. With the rise in threatening behavior and ORC, actionable intelligence has never been more important. Daryl continues, "With the right information at the right time, our team members can stop incidents before they start."

On this webinar, we'll hear from Daryl Blackmore and Bobby Haskins on how empowering frontline teams drives loss and violence reductions.


The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Using Tech & Data to Stop ORC
How Can I Avoid Thefts in My Stores?

Retailers need to implement tips for shoplifting prevention, especially given that ORC costs retailers more than $700,000 for every $1 billion in sales on average

Merchants must constantly watch their backs and prioritize preventing anyone from stealing from their store. With the help of your employees, a security camera system, a high-tech point of sale system, and a panic alarm button, it can be possible to improve security, safety, and profitability at your establishment.

Many retailers might not know how to stop theft at their stores when faced with shoplifting, said Elie Y. Katz, president and CEO of National Retail Solutions (NRS). Installing security cameras at a store is advisable, especially when checking for suspicious activity.

"Employees, for instance, may give off the impression that they are trustworthy, when they are actually not acting ethically. A security camera can help monitor employees' activity and customer interactions, even when the merchant is not around the store. Some POS companies offer a service wherein transaction data can be overlaid real-time onto the store's DVR footage to deter and catch theft," Katz said.

The security camera could be helpful in generally monitoring activities and keeping track of the store while recording. If an employee is caught, a security camera is an excellent tool for proving what an employee did. Retailers should ensure that the store is well lit and that the cameras face key locations, particularly the register area.

The store's POS system can track a merchant's inventory and sales, and has a cashiers/users login feature to show who was on the POS system at any given time. An employee time clock feature on the POS can also be very helpful for knowing who was on shift and when.

In addition to installing security cameras, integrating the POS data with the footage and implementing a panic alarm button, retailers can also post signs around the store indicating that it is being monitored. Customers and employees who know they are being watched are less likely to steal from the store. Items that are more prone to being stolen should be kept behind the counter, where only employees will be able to access them.  cstoredecisions.com

Crime Surge Driven By COVID's Court Shutdown?
The Cause of the Crime Wave Is Hiding in Plain Sight

When the speed of repercussions drops, society loses a key deterrent against unlawful behavior.

Many states had drastically curtailed the operation of its courts in response to the pandemic. Some civil trials and preliminary hearings for criminal matters moved online, but actual criminal trials needed to be conducted in person in front of juries. Bernalillo County, which includes Albuquerque, suspended such trials for much of 2020 and 2021. Meanwhile, new cases kept pouring in, partly as a result of the surge in violent crime that accompanied the pandemic. The nation's homicide rate rose by nearly 30 percent in 2020 and another 5 percent in 2021, essentially erasing two decades' worth of declines in deadly violence.

Criminologists have offered several explanations for the increase, including the rise in gun sales early in the pandemic, changes in police behavior following the protests over the murder of George Floyd, and the social disruptions caused by closures of schools and interruptions in social services. But many people who work in criminal justice are zeroing in on another possible factor-the extended shutdown of so much of the court system, the institution at the heart of public order.

This could have led to more violence in a number of ways. Prosecutors confronted with a growing volume of cases decided not to take action against certain suspects, who went on to commit other crimes. Victims or witnesses became less willing to testify as time passed and their memories of events grew foggy, weakening cases against perpetrators. Suspects were denied substance-abuse treatment or other services that they would normally have accessed through the criminal-justice system, with dangerous consequences.

Above all, experts say, the shutdowns undermined the promise that crimes would be promptly punished. The theory that "swift, certain, and fair" consequences deter crimes is credited to the late criminologist Mark Kleiman. The idea is that it's the speed of repercussions, rather than their severity, that matters most. By putting the justice system on hold for so long, many jurisdictions weakened that effect. In some cases, people were left to seek street justice in the absence of institutional justice. As Reygan Cunningham, a senior partner at the California Partnership for Safe Communities, put it, closing courts sent "a message that there are no consequences, and there is no help."  theatlantic.com

Predicting Crime with 90% Accuracy
The never-ending quest to predict crime using AI

The practice has a long history of skewing police toward communities of color. But that hasn't stopped researchers from building crime-predicting tools.

As the United States faces rising rates of violent crime, another research project emerged: A group of University of Chicago scientists unveiled an algorithm last month, boasting in a news release of its ability to predict crime with "90% accuracy."

The algorithm identifies locations in major cities that it calculates have a high likelihood of crimes, like homicides and burglaries, occurring in the next week. The software can also evaluate how policing varies across neighborhoods in eight major cities in the United States, including Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

But using artificial intelligence to direct law enforcement rings alarm bells for many social justice scholars and criminologists, who cite a long history of such technology unfairly suggesting increased policing of Black and Latino people. Even one of the study's authors acknowledges that an algorithm's ability to predict crime is limited.

Predictive policing tools are built by feeding data - such as crime reports, arrest records and license plate images - to an algorithm, which is trained to look for patterns to predict where and when a certain type of crime will occur in the future.

But algorithms are only as good as the data they are fed. Historically, police data in the United States is biased, according to Southerland. Cops are more likely to arrest or charge someone with a crime in low-income neighborhoods dominated by people of color, a reality that doesn't necessarily reflect where crime is happening, but where cops are spending their time.

To limit bias, the team omitted crime data such as marijuana arrests, traffic stops or low-level petty crimes, because research shows Black and Latino people are more often targeted for those types of offenses. Instead, they gave the algorithm data on homicides, assaults and batteries, along with property crimes like burglaries and motor vehicle thefts. washingtonpost.com

LAPD Issues Crime & Robbery Alert
Latest smash-and-grab in LA highlights increasing risk of robbery, violent crime
Thieves have targeted yet another high-end retailer on the Westside of Los Angeles, this time using a van to smash through a window at a Chanel store. The smash-and-grab, in addition to a series of other robberies, has police warning residents and shoppers in the area to take precautions.

The LAPD recently issued a crime alert for residents and visitors to the city of Los Angeles. In particular the department is warning about follow-home robberies in which suspects see individuals wearing expensive jewelry, including watches and necklaces, and follow them home from nightclubs and high-end restaurants in Los Angeles.

The department issued a series of tips, including being aware of your surroundings, being cautious about displaying expensive jewelry and reporting suspicious activity to the police.

"We believe there's a component here of helping to prevent these, by being mindful of your surroundings, recognizing that currently there's a troubling trend of suspects targeting individuals with expensive jewelry, expensive items of clothing and purses, and the risk to those individuals' safety is real," LAPD Chief Michel Moore said.

Last week, LAPD officers exchanged gunfire with robbery suspects who tried to steal an expensive watch near Melrose and Fairfax. An officer was shot in the leg. Many residents say they are distressed by what appears to be an increase in violent crime and robberies." abc7.com

Starbucks Crime Closures Continues to Make Headlines
Opinion: How 'abdication' on crime, homelessness is killing businesses

Excerpts from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's warning that governments' "abdication" of dealing with crime and mental illness means the company is closing 16 profitable stores in the Democratic-run cities of Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Portland and DC.

I don't want to spend too much time on what's going on in the country, and how America has become unsafe. But you've all read the press release about how we're beginning to close stores - that are not unprofitable. But we're closing stores as a result of [meetings with store managers and retail partners].

In all of those sessions, it has shocked me that one of the primary concerns that our retail partners have is their own personal safety. And then we heard the stories that go along with it about what happens in our bathrooms. The issue of mental illness. The issues of homelessness. And the issues of crime.

And Starbucks is a window into America. We have stores in every community, and we are facing things in which the stores were not built for. And so we're listening to our people, and closing stores - and this is just the beginning, there are going to be many more.

And I must say, in my view, at the local, state and federal level, these governments - across the country - and leaders, mayors and governors and city councils, have abdicated their responsibility in fighting crime and addressing mental illness. We're going to have to refine and transform and modernize many of the things we do to meet the needs of our customers in a very changing operating environment in which customer behavior is changing. nypost.com

Data Shows How Most Mass Shooting Attacks Are Stopped
Mass Shootings Continue to Take Center Stage in America
Gun violence in the United States took center stage yet again yesterday. In one incident on 17 July, a man began shooting at a mall in Greenwood, Indiana, killing three people and wounding two others before a bystander ended the incident by shooting and killing the assailant. In other news, the Texas House of Representatives released a report on its investigation into the Uvalde, Texas, elementary school shooting in May; an Associated Press headline summed up the report: "Two Decades of Shooter Response Strategy Ignored in Uvalde."

Bystander Intervention

In Indiana, Jonathan Sapirman "entered the mall and walked into a bathroom, where he spent about an hour before he emerged and opened fire," the AP reported. Authorities said he may have been assembling an AR-15-style rifle he had taken into the mall in backpack. He had more than 100 rounds of ammunition with him, but managed to fire only 24 in approximately two minutes before Elisjsha Dicken, who was shopping at the mall with his girlfriend, used his handgun to shoot and kill Sapirman.

Several news outlets covered the rarity of active shooters that are shot and killed by bystanders at the scene. "The Greenwood incident is unique, however, because it became one of the rare instances of an armed civilian successfully intervening to end a mass shooting," The Washington Post reported.

In June, The New York Times used data from the Texas State University's Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center to perform a detailed analysis of how active shooter attacks. The analysis excluded domestic incidents and gang-related shootings, leaving a tally of 433 active shooting attacks from 2000 to 2021. Here is how those attacks ended:

26% of the time the assailant left the scene before police arrived.
23% of the time the assailant was shot by police.
17% of the time the assailant died by suicide before police arrived.
10% of the time the assailant was subdued by bystanders who did not use firearms
9% of the time the assailant died by suicide after police arrived.
8% of the time police subdued the attacker without using firearms.
3% of the time the assailant surrendered to police.
3% of the time citizen bystanders shot the assailant before police arrived.
2% of the time security guards or off-duty officers shot the assailant before police arrived. asisonline.org

The White House
FACT SHEET: President Biden's Safer America Plan
The President believes we can and must do more to reduce crime and save lives. Today, President Biden is building on this progress with his Safer America Plan. President Biden's fiscal year 2023 budget requests a fully paid-for new investment of approximately $35 billion to support law enforcement and crime prevention - in addition to the President's $2 billion discretionary request for these same programs. The plan he is releasing today outlines, for the first time, how this $37 billion will be used to save lives and make communities safer.

Funds the police and promotes effective prosecution of crimes affecting families today. The Safer America Plan will provide communities the resources they need to keep our streets safe, including by helping them hire and train 100,000 additional police officers for accountable community policing (nearly $13 billion over the next five years through the COPS Hiring Program) and setting aside dedicated funds for small law enforcement agencies.

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, and to impose liability on online marketplaces for the sale of stolen goods on their platforms. whitehouse.gov

Crime in Baltimore is rising

A recent poll found that crime was a 'major concern' for voters

The tension has echoes in races up and down the ballot nationally and comes against a backdrop of urgency and consequential bipartisan federal action on firearms last month. Tough-on-crime messaging, a hallmark of 1990s-era politics driven by fallout from the "war on Drugs," is reverberating through midterm races across the country as cities face upticks in gun violence and homicide rates, squeezing Democrats caught between promises of advancing social justice and reducing violence.

Gun violence - a category that includes homicides and nonfatal shootings - jumped 10 percent in Baltimore since last July 2, while overall violent crime ticked up six percent, Baltimore Police Department data show. Meanwhile, the Anne Arundel police chief called for an "all-hands-on-deck approach" this month after a recent string of shootings in the suburbs of Baltimore. Montgomery County saw relatively flat rates of gun-related homicide and nonfatal shootings rose 75 percent.

"We're watching crime that feels like it's more brazen, and we're watching ... answers that feel more elusive," said best-selling author and former nonprofit chief Wes Moore, one of three front-runners in the Democratic primary. washingtonpost.com

Social Workers Won't Replace Police Anytime Soon
Violence, even from the mentally ill, demands a serious response.

Such programs don't take much off the cops' plate. The program in Eugene, Ore., covers only 17% of 911 calls, of which half concern welfare checks and transporting homeless people. New York's program manages 16% of calls. One study of nine cities found that mental-health calls make up less than 2% of 911 calls.

It's nice to have someone do wellness checks. But sending social workers into low-stakes situations is unlikely to reduce police shootings of the mentally ill. wsj.com

Retail theft crisis at an all-time high in Pennsylvania



COVID Update

601.4M Vaccinations Given

US: 91.9M Cases - 1M Dead - 87.1M Recovered
Worldwide: 572.9M Cases - 6.3M Dead - 542.9M Recovered

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The Latest Covid Surge
Latest COVID Variant is the Most Contagious Yet
Today, the most contagious form of Covid yet - the BA.5 subvariant - is spreading around the globe. "It looks as if we are unable to control it," Dr. Charles Chiu of the University of California, San Francisco, told The Times.

In the U.S., cases have surged recently, as has the number of hospitalized patients with Covid (although some of them were admitted for other reasons and happened to test positive for the virus while in the hospital).

At the same time, I know that many readers aren't sure how much attention to pay to Covid anymore. Most Americans are vaccinated, and the vaccines provide excellent protection against serious illness in a vast majority of cases. In a recent Times poll, fewer than 1 percent of Americans described Covid as the country's most important problem. nytimes.com

Is Remote Work Bringing About the End of NYC's Central Business Districts?
Eric Adams says NYC 'may not have central business districts anymore' as remote work persists
Mayor Eric Adams is softening his tone on in-person work, admitting Monday that the Big Apple "may not have central business districts anymore" as white collar workers increasingly embrace working from home.

"What we want to do post-COVID is now define, 'what does the work week look like,' and how do we build local ecosystems in our community," Hizzoner said during a Q&A session at a tech event. "We may not have central business districts anymore. I don't know that, but we can't stumble into this."

Adams, Gov. Kathy Hochul and other New York politicians have repeatedly urged white collar workers to return to offices, warning that restaurants and other service businesses in neighborhoods like Midtown and the Financial District will go out of business without commuters.

While Adams took a softer tone toward remote work during his comments on Monday at a Tech: NYC and Center for an Urban Future event marking the release of a new tech impact report, the mayor reiterated his concerns about remote work's impact on service workers.

Asked for further comment on Tuesday, the mayor's spokesman Fabien Levy said, "It sounded to us like the mayor was clear that the economy currently depends on many New Yorkers returning to in-person work. I think, as these comments reflect, he's being honest about the challenges, but he's also being honest about how crucial it is for our economic recovery that most New Yorkers return to work in the office."

Big Apple workers who want to stay home have cited concerns about rising crime, including the apparently random murder of a Goldman Sachs employee on the Q train in May. New York office occupancy stood at just 41.2% at the end of June and has remained relatively stagnant throughout the summer, according to building swipe data reported by the Wall Street Journal. nypost.com

The Unexpected Benefit of COVID Era Remote Work
Facebook's workforce grew more diverse when it embraced remote work
Facebook was one of an array of companies to dramatically restructure remote work during the coronavirus pandemic, allowing employees to continue working from home while they avoided the spread of covid-19. Now, Facebook Chief Diversity Officer Maxine Williams said there was an unexpected benefit to that workplace overhaul: it helped the company recruit and retain workers from underrepresented groups.

In the United States, remote job offers were more likely to be filled by people of color, people with disabilities and veterans, according to the company's annual diversity report. Around the world, candidates who accepted remote job offers were also more likely to be women, the company found.

Among existing employees, people from underrepresented groups were more likely to opt to work remotely, according to Williams. She said the company is still studying why people from underrepresented groups are choosing remote work, but speculated some workers are seeking to locate where they feel more at home. washingtonpost.com

Indoor mask rules expected next week as L.A. coronavirus wave worsens
Los Angeles County is poised to impose new indoor mask rules next week as data show the hyper-infectious BA.5 Omicron subvariant is pushing coronavirus case counts higher and sending increasing numbers of people to the hospital.

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Overstocked Backrooms Becoming a Safety Issue?
Walmart employees describe chaotic, overcrowded back rooms and outdoor storage units stuffed with unsold goods

Employees describe nearly unwalkable back rooms filled with pallets and outdoor storage trailers.

After finishing last quarter with a 32% increase in inventory due to inflation and supply-chain issues, Doug McMillon, the CEO of Walmart, vowed the company would "work through" excess goods "over the next couple of quarters."

Just as it did for many other big-box retailers, the pandemic created a stocking whirlwind for Walmart. What started as runs on products like toilet paper - leaving Walmart's shelves empty of many items - turned into the world's largest retailer ordering a surplus of goods above their customers' overall demand.

On the ground floor, Walmart store employees are wrestling with the consequences of this overstock, and analysts say it may be another year before Walmart gets the situation under control.

Insider spoke with six current employees who work in the back rooms of Walmart stores across the country. They described myriad pallets rendering floors nearly unwalkable, towering boxes that have blocked access to places like private breastfeeding rooms and bathrooms, and outdoor trailers stuffed with excess inventory. All spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of retaliation. Their identities are known to Insider.

A Walmart spokesperson told Insider that "nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our associates and customers." businessinsider.com

High Consumer Spending Keeping Retail Bankruptcies Down
Retail bankruptcies still low - for now

Despite mounting inflation, robust consumer spending is helping to insulate many companies from the specter of bankruptcy.

Why it matters: As share prices tumble, cracks are beginning to show in the balance sheets of companies that may have been overextended, over-leveraged and off the mark on shifts in consumer behavior during the pandemic.

What's happening: Only eight companies have filed for bankruptcy protection this year. They include Revlon, Enjoy Technology - which was founded by ex-JCPenney CEO Ron Johnson - and electrical device maker Simply, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Yes, and: Lenders will be on alert. David Berliner, head of BDO's business restructuring and turnaround services practice, says, "As interest rates rise and inflation starts hurting profitability, the lenders are going to, historically, start to be more restrictive on the company."

Driving the news: Discount home goods retailer Tuesday Morning yesterday reportedly tapped Piper Sandler to explore restructuring options, in what could be its second bankruptcy filing in less than two years, according to Bloomberg.

What we're watching: The challenging macroeconomic environment and tighter financing landscape may open the doors for more M&A activity - particularly among over-leveraged, sponsor-backed businesses, Berliner says. axios.com

Employers Need Good Listening Skills
DOL: Union election petitions up 58%
The rate of union petition filings has exploded since October 2021, according to a recent release from the U.S. Department of Labor. From the beginning of October 2021 to the end of June 2022 - the first nine months of the agency's fiscal year - the National Labor Relations Board received 1,892 petitions, a 58% rise over the same time period the previous fiscal year.

Starbucks, Amazon and Apple are some of the high-profile companies contending with union petitions. Since the first three stores filed petitions less than one year ago, Starbucks in particular has seen an explosion in organizing; more than 150 stores have voted to unionize across more than half the U.S., with more than 100 petitions pending. Notably, petitions have succeeded far more than they've failed, suggesting attempts to discourage workers from voting for a union are falling flat - at least where Starbucks is concerned.

The spike in unionizing has been fostered by a confluence of events, - COVID-19, a labor shortage and burnout among them. The pressure of inflation is unlikely to be helping matters. hrdive.com

Starbucks faces 'indefinite' strike at a Boston cafe

Sound Vaguely Familiar?
Parents Pile Into Work Conferences to Escape Their Families

Professional gatherings are the new vacations for moms and dads who spent the pandemic catering to children: sightseeing, fancy meals, Tom Cruise movie.

In-person work conferences are returning, and many parents who spent much of the pandemic supervising children are happy for the break. Some confessed to sneaking out of sales presentations or using the hours between conference workshops for fancy meals, sightseeing or precious alone time.

Most conferences still offer virtual attendance options, and organizers are going the extra mile to attract more in-person guests, according to Diane Schwartz, chief executive of Chicago-based Ragan Communications, which produces 20 conferences a year. Recent conferences have had such perks as spa discounts and pool time scheduled during the day. Conference-goers, she said, "don't want to sit in a ballroom and watch PowerPoint slides."  wsj.com

In Case You Missed It: 2022 Top 100 Retailers
A look at the best-performing U.S. retailers based on sales rankings

Costco, Walmart, Kroger, and Lidl Are Closing Some Locations Right Now
Store closures and relocations are once again shaking up the grocery industry.

C-Store Chain 7-Eleven Lays off About 880 U.S. Employees

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Corporate Travel Spend Remains Below 50% of Pre-Pandemic Levels

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Cybersecurity Market Explodes Amid Surging Cyberattacks
Security Chiefs Warn Bloated Cyber Market Must Learn to Work Together

Products must be able to communicate with each other if vendors want business in the future, cybersecurity executives say

An overheated market for cybersecurity products means vendors must ensure their products work better with each other if they want new business, cyber executives say.

AdvertisementResearch from the Information Systems Security Association published Tuesday with TechTarget Inc.'s analyst unit, Enterprise Strategy Group, found that more than three-quarters of 280 security professionals surveyed want to see vendors build open standards into their products to enable interoperability.

The cybersecurity industry has grown sharply in recent years, fueled in part by an increase in cyberattacks, rapid digitization due to stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic and ample funding for new companies. Global cybersecurity market revenue is expected to reach $158.9 billion this year, up from $83.4 billion in 2015, according to research firm Statista Inc.

Despite dozens and sometimes hundreds of vendors offering products covering aspects of cybersecurity including threat detection, virtual private networks and endpoint protection, chief information security officers say transferring information between products can be tricky.

Open application programming interfaces that allow data to be exchanged are necessary, said Jimmy Sanders, head of information security at streaming giant Netflix Inc.'s DVD unit. Such interfaces exist but many cyber companies don't build them into their products, Mr. Sanders said.

CISOs are beginning to shy away from implementing one product to fix one problem, instead looking for technology that can handle multiple areas of cyber defense, ISSA and ESG found.

That spreading sentiment among corporate security chiefs could eat into sales for cyber companies offering single-purpose products as a broader market downturn in technology is beginning to crimp investments, said Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst at ESG and author of the report. wsj.com

American Data Privacy Protection Act in the News
Federal privacy legislation progresses, but concerns about data brokers loom
The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted Wednesday to advance sweeping privacy legislation with strong bipartisan support. The American Data Privacy Protection Act (ADPPA) could see a full floor vote as early as next week, moving forward what would become the nation's first comprehensive privacy law.

But some lawmakers and privacy experts are now alarmed the legislation may not address some of the most pressing issues related to consumer privacy - reining the massive growth in data brokers that buy and sell the public's information and curbing potential abuse of commercial data such as reproductive health information.

"The bill before us has a major loophole that could allow law enforcement to access private data to go after women," said Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., who voted against the bill. "For example, under this bill, a sinister prosecutor in a state that criminalizes abortion could use against women their intimate data from search histories or from reproductive health apps. That loophole must be addressed."

One of those loopholes Eshoo referred to is a carveout for data collection needed to comply with state laws, which could include laws criminalizing abortion. Data needed to comply with state laws criminalizing abortion could potentially include a wide range of information such as location and message history.

Commercial data privacy is increasingly impossible to untangle from broader civil liberties concerns about government surveillance, experts have warned. Numerous federal agencies including the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Homeland Security have purchased commercial data services to use in investigations, avoiding warrants and other oversight mechanisms in the process.

"The overall bill is still weak on controlling all parts of the data brokerage ecosystem," said Justin Sherman, senior fellow in charge of the data brokerage project at Duke's Sanford School. "For example, companies selling data collected on their own customers and companies which sell data on the side for additional revenue would not be covered as 'third-party collecting entities.'" cyberscoop.com

Cheap Attacker Tools Giving Criminals A Headstart
Bargains on Dark Web Give Novice Cybercriminals a Quick Start

The vast majority of malware, exploits, and attacker tools sell for less than $10, giving would-be criminals a fast entry point.

Would-be cybercriminals can easily buy advanced tools, common exploits, and stolen credentials on underground markets for a few dollars - a low barrier to entry for novices, according to a study of 33,000 Dark Web marketplaces.

According to new analysis from HP Wolf Security and researchers at Forensic Pathways, there are plenty of bargains to be had. Out of the 174 exploits found advertised on the Dark Web, 91% cost less than $10, while 76% of the more than 1,650 advertisements for malware have a similar price.

Other common attacker assets also have similarly low prices: The average cost, for example, for stolen credentials for accessing a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) instance is just $5.

While more advanced malware groups use private forums to trade zero-day exploits, the available credentials, exploits, and tools on offer in the wider underground economy allow novices to quickly create a credible toolset, says Alex Holland, senior malware analyst at HP and primary author of the report.

Novice cybercriminals "can use a freely available open source tool, and - as long as you are skilled enough to encrypt, use a packer, use techniques to evade defenses - then that tool will do a perfectly good job," he says. darkreading.com

Failing to Implement Password Security
Popular business web apps fail to implement critical password requirements

Specops Software released new research finding cybersecurity weaknesses in business web apps including Shopify, Zendesk, Trello, and Stack Overflow.

Amid a wave of cybersecurity incidents related to the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work, and nation-state activity, password security is more important than ever. However, this new research reveals that several popular business web applications have failed to implement critical password and authentication requirements to protect customers.

Specops' analysis found inadequate password and authentication requirements that could leave customers vulnerable, including allowing users to set weak and breached passwords, often with little or no strong authentication in place. On the other hand, email marketing service Mailchimp proved to be the most secure service analyzed, blocking 98% of known breached passwords.

Shopify fails to prevent any compromised passwords, with its only requirement that passwords be at least 5 characters. When checking the list of 1 billion known breached passwords, the Specops researchers found that 99.7% of the passwords meet Shopify's requirements. helpnetsecurity.com

$6 Million Crypto Scheme
My Big Coin Founder Convicted of Cryptocurrency Fraud Scheme

Defendant defrauded investors of over $6 million

The founder of My Big Coin Pay Inc., (My Big Coin) a purported cryptocurrency and virtual payment services company headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., was convicted by a federal jury today in connection with a scheme to defraud investors by marketing and selling fraudulent virtual currency. justice.gov

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The Growing Risk of Online Fraud
Competitors Become Collaborators in Fight Against Financial Crime
In financial services, the greater the surface area, the greater the chance the fraudsters will strike - and be successful. Featurespace Founder David Excell told Karen Webster that Payments-as-a-Service (PaaS) providers, banks and security firms must join forces to beat back the bad actors.

Advanced technologies, online platforms - and the wealth of data at everyone's fingertips shared across partnerships and analyzed in real time - can offer the lines of defense against an ever-changing risk landscape.

The approach is relatively new when measured against the way financial services firms historically have gauged risk in the past. Excell noted that fraud models have typically used 12 to 14 months of historical data.

"But the past is not a predictor of the future," he said, certainly not with the rise of card-not-present (CNP) transactions and the rise of new and alternative payment methods where that data may be relatively limited. "The fraud vectors are evolving in new and creative ways," he said.

PaaS programs have emerged to provide the latest technology, services and program management with little overhead and investment. Banks, third-party payment processing companies or any company can take advantage of it to boost the customers' payment experience.

FinTechs have created cloud-based platforms that provide specialized payment services for banks, payments service providers (PSPs) and other organizations so they can create new payment experiences at scale for their end users.

The advantage of working with the third-party providers is that client firms can bring new payments experiences to users at scale. But realizing that potential is not without its challenges, as the risk of fraud is ever present.

For the payments and Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) providers themselves, there's a delicate balancing act that underpins it all, Excell said. The providers must ensure the right level of information is shared among all parties. Security of that data remains critical, but security needs to be folded into the overall customer experience such that the consumer journey across daily financial life remains uninterrupted.

As financial institutions (FIs) enable and deploy new payment methods, they must take into consideration how the customer journey will take shape and how risk fits into the equation. Sharing knowledge with other FIs can help the financial services industry at large solve its problems and innovate safely. pymnts.com

Abortion Ruling Puts Amazon on the Hot Seat
Amazon blocked abortion-related advertising on its platform days after Roe v. Wade was overturned

Hundreds of Amazon employees have asked the company to speak out against the end of nationwide legalized abortion.

Six days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Amazon instructed advertising content moderators to bar some ads related to abortion from appearing in Amazon's store, according to images of an internal document seen by Insider.

"To provide a welcoming experience to all our customers, we restrict content equally on certain highly debated topics," according to that document, an internal reference for implementing Amazon's Worldwide Advertising Policy. "Abortion and reproductive rights are an increasingly polarizing topic. To protect the customer experience, ads with content related to abortion topics are prohibited in all ad placements."

The restrictions, enacted June 30, still allow advertisements for abortion-related media like books and movies, the document notes.

It's not clear what impact, if any, such restrictions could have on sellers in Amazon's global ecommerce marketplace. The move, though, appears positioned to minimize Amazon's involvement in the nationwide tumult over abortion access, despite employee activism urging Amazon to wade into the fray. businessinsider.com
Consumers Are Back in the Stores
E-Commerce Warehouses Are Springing Leaks

Amazon's U.S. Warehouse Growth Screeches to a Halt
Amazon said earlier this year that it overexpanded during the pandemic, almost doubling its U.S. warehouse footprint in two years. Since then, it has closed or canceled the opening of 28 delivery hubs or fulfillment centers in the U.S. and delayed the opening of another 15 to save on labor costs.

Amazon was responsible for around 15% of net absorption of industrial space in the U.S. last year, so warehouse stocks inevitably took a hit. wsj.com

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Nationwide CC Fraud Gang Now All in Federal Prison
Sixth Member Of Credit Card Fraud Conspiracy Sentenced To Federal Prison
Tampa, Florida - U.S. District Judge sentenced Lazaro Adrian Quintana Martinez (27, Tampa) to four years and three months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.

According to court documents, Quintana Martinez and others conspired to obtain breached and stolen credit card and debit card account information and then use the stolen information to manufacture counterfeit credit cards. The conspirators used the counterfeit credit cards at retailers throughout the United States. The total loss from the conspirators' use of the counterfeit credit cards is at least $435,000.

Quintana Martinez is the last of six conspirators to be sentenced. His codefendant, Lazaro Jesus Izquierdo (29, Tampa), was sentenced to six years and nine months' imprisonment. Four other conspirators were sentenced in related cases as follows:

On July 10, 2020, Yosvani Concepcion Izquierdo (33, Tampa) was sentenced to four years' imprisonment.

On November 10, 2020, Greisy Alfonso Lujan (29, Tampa) was sentenced to two years and eight months' imprisonment.

On December 7, 2021, Jany Angelica Hernandez Guerra (28, Tampa) was sentenced to two years and six months' imprisonment.

On January 26, 2022, Michael William Perez Castillo (32, Brandon) was sentenced to two years' imprisonment. justice.gov

Middletown, RI: Middletown Police help bring down Organized Retail Crime ring
Police said Thursday that they worked with law enforcement to help bring down a crime ring that targeted Staples stores in Rhode Island. Middletown Police said the investigation began after a theft at a Staples in March 2022. During investigation, they identified California woman Angela Maribell Montes. She was arraigned in Newport court last month. Montes is the owner of a California-based business called "Ink for Less LLC." Police said the Organized Retail Crime group would steal printer ink from Staples stores. Investigators said the group has been impacting the east coast for over three years. The group is responsible for $213,959,136 in stolen merchandise, $47,990,000 tax loss, and 5,044 jobs lost. The 35-year-old is being held as a fugitive from justice. abc6.com

Albany, NY: Two Miami-Area Men Sentenced in Connection with Nationwide Gas Station Skimming Scheme
Hugo Hernandez, age 35, of Miami Lakes, Florida, was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for his roles in an access device fraud conspiracy and a money laundering conspiracy. Marlon Palacios, age 38, of Cape Coral, Florida, was sentenced today to four months in jail for his role in an access device fraud conspiracy and for committing aggravated identity theft. As part of his guilty plea on October 22, 2021, Hernandez admitted that between December 2015 and July 2019, he conspired with others to commit access device fraud by building skimming devices designed to steal gas station customer information, installing those devices inside gas pumps in Albany, Broome, and Montgomery Counties, and elsewhere, and then using the information collected by those devices to create fraudulent credit and debit cards. The fraudulent cards were used to obtain money orders, gift cards, cash, and other things of value. Hernandez also admitted to being part of a conspiracy to launder funds obtained through the access device fraud conspiracy, and, in facilitating that conspiracy, causing at least 162 money orders, worth $173,257, to be deposited into a bank account he controlled. As part of his plea agreement, Hernandez agreed to be subject to a forfeiture money judgment in the amount of $173,257 justice.gov

Fort Walton Beach, FL: $6K in perfume stolen from Fort Walton Beach Ulta
Police reports sent to WKRG News 5 reveal criminals stole 64 bottles of name-brand perfume and cologne this year from the Ulta Beauty store in Fort Walton Beach. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office confirmed an increase in retail thefts across the region, including multiple theft attempts and arrests at the Destin Ulta store. The Fort Walton Beach Police Department said the Ulta location inside Uptown Station shopping center on Eglin Parkway has been hit three times in 2022. wkrg.com

Mount Pleasant, WI: Gas Station employee accused of using a computer glitch to steal 74 gift cards worth $4,300

Natick, MA: Natick Mall theft suspect may be linked to other crimes at Burberry, Rugby and Gap

Gonzales, LA: Police Dept. investigating $1,300 Ulta Beauty theft

Napa, CA: Two arrested in American Canyon after $1000 theft from Polo Ralph Lauren, Napa outlet mall

Bossier City, LA: Police seeking suspect in Office Depot theft

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Shootings & Deaths

Chicago, IL: Restaurant employee shot dead while working Drive-thru window
An employee working at the service window of a restaurant was shot to death early Friday in Chicago's Lawndale neighborhood, police said. At approximately 3:10 a.m., a male worker was at the service window of the Original Maxwell Street Hot Dog restaurant in the 3800 block of West Harrison Street when he sustained a gunshot wound to the face, authorities said. The worker was taken to a nearby hospital initially in critical condition, but later died, according to officials. Hours earlier, a man was killed and another was wounded in a shooting about a mile away. At about 11:35 p.m. Thursday in the 1300 block of South Independence Boulevard, two men, 30 and 27, were outside when they were struck by gunfire, police said. The older man was sustained a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead, police said.  nbcchicago.com

Wando, SC: OSHA fines SC Gun Store after employee killed during 'prank' gone wrong; owner mistook Glock for BB gun
Jon Whitley told deputies he accidentally shot Stefan Mrgan with his personal firearm, a Glock 17, after mistaking it for a BB gun, according to the incident report. Whitley said he purchased a replica Glock BB gun. The defendant said he brought the BB gun to work and placed it among the store's stock of real Glock 17 handguns. He reportedly said he did so "with the intent of pranking his friend, the victim," per the report. But instead of picking up the replica pistol, Whitley accidentally grabbed a real Glock, pointed it at Mrgan, and pulled the trigger. Mrgan was found in the store's lobby with a gunshot wound to his lower face. He died at the scene from an accidental firearm discharge, Berkeley County Coroner George Oliver said. Whitley has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. fox8live.com

Memphis, TN: Woman shoots at car full of children at Taco Bell
A woman is in jail after police say she shot at a car, filled with children at a fast food restaurant on Wednesday. According to Memphis police, Shuntae Daniels is responsible for the shooting that took place around 2:45 a.m. at the Taco Bell on Poplar near Highland. Officers say they were sitting across the street from the restaurant when they heard gunshots and saw a car take off from the scene. Another car with four children inside quickly drove up to them and said the person in the other car just shot at them following an argument in the parking lot. Thankfully, no one was hurt. wgno.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Lynwood, WA: 'Several' armed suspects rob Lynnwood pot shop, multiple still outstanding
Several armed suspects robbed a marijuana store in Lynnwood, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office (SCSO). One suspect is in custody, but multiple are still on the run, according to SCSO. Police believe they are armed. The robbery took place at Euphorium Lynnwood on the 20900 block of Cypress Way. The owner of the store said some employees and security staff were injured in the robbery, although not seriously. The suspects also made off with products.  king5.com

El Paso, TX: Police arrest teen couple after 4 stores hit in 20-minute robbery spree
A teenage couple was arrested after being accused of robbing four convenience stores in a 20-minute span early Wednesday in Northeast El Paso, police said. Christopher John Howard, 19, and Alicia Monica Herrera, 18, were each arrested on two counts of aggravated robbery and additional charges are pending, police officials said Thursday. The robbery spree started about 3:30 a.m. when the pair began hitting 7-Eleven and Circle K stores, police said. After a citywide lookout was issued for the car, Central patrol officers stopped the couple at Missouri Avenue soon after the final robbery at 3:50 a.m. at the 7-Eleven at 4413 Dyer St. in the Lower Dyer area, police said. elpasotimes.com

Tulsa, OK: 'Failure to communicate' leads to aborted robbery at QuikTrip
Tulsa Police say a failure to communicate lead to an aborted robbery at a north Tulsa QuitkTrip. Police responded to the QT at Admiral and Memorial around 4 p.m. Thursday. QT Security reported that a suspect with his face covered attempted to rob the store. According to police, the suspect became frustrated that the clerk misunderstood his demands and grabbed merchandise. He then allegedly placed a bag on the counter and demanded "small bills." Police say the shaken clerk thought Garcia had said Marlboros, with Garcia eventually settling on Marlboro 100s. Garcia allegedly became frustrated in his inability to pull off the robbery and aborted the attempt. They say he filled his bag with energy pills from a register display, paid for some Black and Mild cigars then ran from the store. Following a short pursuit, the suspect was arrested.  krmg.com

Ontario, Canada: Four suspects sought after armed robbery at Oshawa mall jewelry store
The hunt is on for four suspects after a brazen armed robbery at an Oshawa mall jewelry store. Bandits smashed display cases with hammers during the robbery, around 6:30 p.m. on July 20 at Bellagio Jewellers in the Oshawa Centre, Durham police said. "Four suspects entered the store armed with hammers and one had a handgun. The suspects smashed glass cabinets and stole jewelry," police said in updating the incident Thursday.  durhamregion.com

Seattle, WA: Police looking to identify 4 suspects who robbed pawn shop at gunpoint

Harrisburg, PA: Man sentenced to 13 years in prison for role in Rite Aid pharmacy robbery

Volusia County, FL: Grand Theft Suspects Arrested Hours After Stealing $29,000 Ring From Cocoa Jewelry Store

Sleepy Eye, MN: Casey's General Employee Who Stole $10,000 In Cash, Cigarettes & Lotto Tickets Sentenced to 45 days in jail

Orlando, FL: Disney World descends into chaos as 2 families brawl in huge Magic Kingdom fight



Beauty - Gonzales, LA - Robbery
Beauty - Fort Walton Beach, FL - Robbery
C-Store - El Paso, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - El Paso, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Tulsa, OK - Robbery
C-Store - Charlotte, NC - Robbery
C-Store - Denver, CO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lancaster County, PA - Robbery
Clothing - Cape Coral, FL - Burglary
Collectables - Bellevue, WA - Armed Robbery
Dollar - Floyd County, GA - Robbery
Dollar - Fayetteville, NC - Robbery
Dry Cleaner - Bloomfield, NJ - Burglary
Eyewear - Seattle, WA - Burglary
Grocery - West Hartford, CT - Robbery
Grocery - Seattle, WA - Armed Robbery
Guns - Seattle, WA - Burglary
Jewelry - Cocoa, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Garden City, NY - Robbery
Office - Bossier City, LA - Robbery
Pawn - Seattle, WA - Armed Robbery
Marijuana - Lynwood, WA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Los Angeles, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Los Angeles, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Bloomfield, NJ - Burglary
7-Eleven - El Paso, TX - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - El Paso, TX - Armed Robbery


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• 20 robberies
• 7 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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