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Florida ECC is 90th U.S. Municipality to go Live with TMA's Automated Secure Alarm Protocol

ASAP-to-PSAP service streamlines communication and saves lives
July 22, 2021, McLean, VA - The Monitoring Association (TMA) is pleased to announce the addition of the 90th municipality to its expanding Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP) service network. Launched in 2011 as a public-private partnership, TMA's ASAP service is designed to increase the accuracy and efficiency of calls for service from alarm companies to PSAPs.

The Pasco County FL Emergency Services 9-1-1 Communications Center is the 90th ECC in the United States and the 10th ECC in the state of Florida to implement TMA's Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP) service. Pasco County went live on Tuesday, June 13th and Wednesday, June 14th with Vector Security, Rapid Response Monitoring, Securitas, Affiliated Monitoring, AT&T Digital Life,
Tyco (Johnson Controls), Security Central, Protection One, National Monitoring Center, Vivint, Stanley Security, Guardian Protection, Alert 360 and ADS Security. Brinks Home Security and ADT will be brought online at a later date.

Learn more about TMA's ASAP service online at www.tma.us/asap/.

Violence, Crime & Protests

Home Depot Rolls Out New Anti-Theft Technology
Home-improvement chain plans to foil shoplifters with power tools that won't work if they're stolen

Home Depot is introducing power tools that are activated at the cash register

The home-improvement chain is unveiling power tools that won't work unless they're
properly scanned and activated at the register via Bluetooth technology. If a thief managed to smuggle a power drill out of the store without paying, the drill simply wouldn't turn on.

Scott Glenn, Home Depot's vice president of asset protection, told Insider about the company's fight against organized retail crime. He made a point to distinguish between "professional shoplifters" and disorganized solo thieves. The pros, he said, frequently are connected to a larger network that can, in some cases, function as a sophisticated "shadow business."

There are very organized groups where the leaders at the top are recruiting people that are drug-dependent, homeless, or down on their luck and offering them incentives and providing shopping lists to go out and bring back certain products," Glenn said. "At the top levels of these hierarchies, there are absolutely good administrators that understand the return on their money."

Plastic cases that must be opened by a store associate have become a common solution to ward off thieves.
But for Home Depot's asset-protection team, locking up all the valuable products seemed like a move that could "damage the brand," Glenn said.

"We certainly don't want to affect the 99.5% of our customers who are just there to pick up their hammers and nails," Glenn said. "
We don't want to look like an armed encampment."

The new point-of-sale activation feature
will allow the company to combat theft without significantly altering the shopping experience, Glenn said. After getting its suppliers, vendor partners, and internal IT team on board, Home Depot tested the feature at a handful of stores. It will now roll out to a broader assortment, with the goal of scaling to all of Home Depot's 1,988 US stores. businessinsider.com

Retail Body Cams Can Reduce In-Store Violence & Abuse
Protecting shop workers requires better in-store evidence gathering

Retailers can better protect shop workers from abuse and crime through correct evidence gathering.

Violence and abuse towards shop workers is becoming endemic in British society. Video-technology company Reveal CEO Alastair Field tells Retail Insight Network how
retailers can better protect shop workers from abuse and crime through correct evidence gathering.

As Andy Marsh, chief constable of Avon and Somerset Police, explains, "
One area where we haven't yet seen widespread use of body worn cameras is the retail sector. It would be incredibly helpful for the police to have access to body worn footage of incidents towards retail staff and security guards in stores, giving us the evidence we need for prosecutions. Without it, the allegation that someone has been threatening, abusive or insulting is a public order offence that can be very difficult to prove."

The value of desistance

Marsh is one of the police officers responsible for introducing body worn cameras to UK policing. As a result, he understands more than most about how
technology can be used to de-escalate heated situations and encourage members of the public to moderate their behaviour.

What it comes down to is 'desistance'. Marsh said: "The reason the majority of people don't speed or drink-drive is because rational human beings weigh up the risk and consequences of breaking the law and getting caught.
Body worn cameras help provide appropriate desistance, especially where there are forward-facing screens so the person interacting with the wearer can see themselves and their behaviour."

This view is supported by the evidence, which shows that
if the camera is switched on before the intervention becomes hostile, it will generally lead to a de-escalation or moderate the person's behaviour.

Body worn cameras won't be enough to de-escalate every situation, but they are
proven to improve the efficiency of the police response and reduce the time taken to reach a resolution. Many police forces are looking at ways to make it easier for businesses and the public to collaborate on digital evidence investigations. retail-insight-network.com

Bay Area Retailers Applaud New ORC Task Forces
Retail task force coming to Bay Area amid spike in shoplifting

San Francisco is ranked number 5 out of the 10 top cities for organized crime

That is why the president of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce welcomes the announcement of the CHP led
organized retail task force coming to the Bay Area.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed the organized retail crime task force legislation, which sends a signal that
help is on the way for Bay Area retailers overwhelmed by shoplifters.

That sense of urgency is coming from the president of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Rodney Fong. He says the chamber has been active on the state level lobbying for safer streets as the city recovers economically from the pandemic

"For San Francisco to fully recover economically, 1/3 of San Francisco's economy is tourism-based, so it is very important that we build that consumer confidence," Fong said. "Also, the confidence of
business owners and shopkeepers going to work and employees to feel safe to stand in front of that counter subjecting themselves potentially to harm. we want to make sure that is removed."

Although the
California Highway Patrol will be the lead agency for the organized retail theft task force, the president and CEO of the California Retailers Association, Rachel Michelin, says that doesn't mean cup officers will patrolling shopping isles inside of retail stores

The task force will be set up regionally in three locations throughout the state,
San Diego, Los Angeles, and the Golden Gate region in the Bay Area. kron4.com

Gunshot-Detecting Technology Facing Big City Backlash
Gunshot-Detecting Tech Is Summoning Armed Police to Black Neighborhoods

A Motherboard investigation found that ShotSpotter frequently generates false alerts-and it's deployed almost exclusively in non-white neighborhoods.

Chicago is not alone. Cities and police departments are loath to disclose the locations of their
ShotSpotter sensors, but through public records requests Motherboard also obtained years of data from Kansas City, Missouri; Cleveland, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia showing where ShotSpotter sensors generated alerts-a proxy for the general location of the sensors.

In all four cities, the data shows that the
sensors are also placed almost exclusively in majority Black and brown neighborhoods, based on population data from the U.S. Census.

In Chicago, the technology's reliability is coming under increasing scrutiny. Community members and civil rights activists say
false ShotSpotter alerts bring a flood of unnecessary police into their neighborhoods, and even accurate alerts can create dangerous situations. In March, one such alert initiated a police response that eventually led to the killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, who was unarmed when Chicago police shot him.

ShotSpotter's Response

"In general,
police department customers determine coverage areas with assistance from ShotSpotter by analyzing historical gunfire and homicide data to assess areas most in need of gunshot detection," Sam Klepper, senior vice president for marketing and product strategy at ShotSpotter, wrote to Motherboard in response to questions.

"We believe all residents that live in communities experiencing persistent gunfire deserve a rapid police response that gunshot detection enables, regardless of race or geographic location," the company added. "While gun violence can unfortunately happen anywhere at any time, cities lack sufficient funds to cover an entire city with gunshot detection technology, so they most commonly
deploy sensors in neighborhoods with the highest levels of gun violence to make the greatest impact." vice.com

Clear Link Between Mass Shootings & Domestic Violence
Study: Domestic abusers committed 2 of 3 mass shootings from 2014-19
Perpetrators of domestic abuse represent a tiny subset of U.S. gun owners but
pose the greatest threat when it comes to mass shootings, according to gun violence researchers who studied cases over a six-year period from 2014 to 2019.

This group is composed of
people who have abused an intimate partner or who have a history of having done so, according to research from the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence published in the Injury Epidemiology journal.

Two out of every three mass shootings analyzed in that paper were linked to domestic violence, said Lisa Geller, the lead author of the paper and the state affairs manager for the nonprofit affiliate of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Her team looked at shootings where four or more people died, not including the shooter.

Not only was their a
frequent intersection between domestic violence and mass shootings, Geller said, but when the two intersected, it typically raised the risk that someone would die. On average, her research team found, two out of six people will survive a mass shooting if it's not related to domestic violence, but if it is, only one in six made it out alive.

This small subset of gun owners are taking a lot of lives, not only those of
their partners and bystanders but also their own, Geller said. newburyportnews.com

Chicago's Gun Violence Crisis
Mayor Says Chicago 'Can't Arrest Our Way' Out of Surge in Gun Violence

The mayor called for expanded investments in a variety of programs to help combat gun violence in the city

While Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says
more federal cooperation will be required to tackle the problem of gun violence in the city, she also emphasized that other investments will be key, saying that the city "can't arrest its way" out of the issue.

Lightfoot, speaking during a press availability on Thursday afternoon, said that city officials are exploring different ways to invest in communities, and said that Chicago will focus on the city's West Side, which has been ravaged by gun violence.

Lightfoot's comments come as
the city saw three mass shootings on Wednesday alone. One teen was killed in North Lawndale, and at least 17 other people were injured in the three attacks, which occurred within a six-hour span of one another.

In all,
nearly 30 people were shot on Wednesday alone, according to Chicago police.

Lightfoot says that
focusing on issues like gun trafficking will be key, but continued investment in anti-violence programs and other initiatives designed to improve economic conditions in communities throughout the city will be equally as important, especially on the west side. nbcchicago.com

Drive-by shootings up 100% in Seattle; shootings at 5-year high in King County

Sacramento Needs to Increase Consequences of Crimes Say Fresno Law Officials

COVID Update

339.7M Vaccinations Given

US: 35.2M Cases - 626.1K Dead - 29.4M Recovered
Worldwide: 193.5M Cases - 4.1M Dead - 175.8M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 285   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 318
*Red indicates change in total deaths

Delta Variant Sweeping the Country

COVID cases are up 55% across the U.S.

Coronavirus infections are rising dramatically all over the U.S. as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads.

The big picture: Some "breakthrough" infections are happening to vaccinated people, but this rising tide of cases and hospitalizations is mainly a threat to those who aren't vaccinated. And in some parts of the country, most people aren't vaccinated - so the virus can still do serious damage.

Where it stands: Nationwide, the average number of new cases per day was up 55% over the past week. New cases increased in 46 states, and many of those increases are substantial. Florida is now averaging just under 6,500 new cases per day - by far the most of any state, and a 91% jump from the week before.

New cases
more than doubled over the past week in Mississippi - from about 320 per day to about 660 per day. The state has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country; just 34% of its residents are fully vaccinated.

Earlier this summer, the U.S. seemed to have COVID-19 on the ropes. But now t
he Delta variant is sweeping through the country. axios.com

New Round of COVID Closures Coming?
Governor Says Illinois Could See More COVID-19 Shutdowns
new round of pandemic shutdowns could happen in Illinois as neighboring states report a rapid resurgence in COVID-19 cases, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said July 19 as he announced his reelection bid.

While Pritzker insisted Illinois was a long way from reinstituting those restrictions, he said new mitigations policies would look different than what he ordered in spring 2020. That includes
reassessing pandemic policies that favored big box grocery stores and retailers as thousands of Illinois' small businesses were forced to close their doors.

"When you walk into a Walmart, in addition to there being a grocery store, there's also other things that you could buy. And so I think, certainly in retrospect now, I think what we would say is, '
If you could have kept the capacity limit appropriate in a smaller venue, it might have kept that open,'" Pritzker said.

Admitting to that mistake comes months too late for the
39% of Illinois businesses that never reopened when the state lifted COVID-19 mitigations in June. The casualty list includes more than half of the state's food, accommodation, and hospitality and leisure small businesses lost since January 2020. illinoispolicy.org

Retailer Fined for Falsely Claiming Its Clothing Prevented COVID Spread
Clothing brand fined $3.7M for claiming its clothes stopped COVID-19
Activewear brand Lorna Jane must pay a $3.7 million ($5 million Australian dollars) fine after
it claimed its clothing could stop the spread of COVID-19, a court ruled.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) took the brand - which in 2014 described itself to Insider as the Lululemon of Australia - to court at the end of 2020.

The ACCC claimed
Lorna Jane made "misleading claims" about its clothes preventing the spread of COVID-19. The brand said it sprayed its clothes with a "Lorna Jane shield."

"LJ SHIELD is a groundbreaking technology that makes transferal of all pathogens to your Activewear (and let's face it, the one we're all thinking about is Covid-19) impossible by eliminating the virus on contact with the fabric," the brand wrote in a post on Instagram, per the ACCC.

Lorna Jane
accepted the court's ruling and said that it was misled by a supplier, the BBC reported. According to the ACCC, the company made these claims in ads on social media, in its stores, and on its website. businessinsider.com

COVID - Mental Health - Gun Violence
Americans' Quality of Life is Weakening, New Report Finds

The pandemic, mass shootings, rising obesity and mental health issues have eroded Americans' quality of life, says a new report from the Legatum Institute.

COVID-19 crisis has weakened prosperity in the United States, but even before the pandemic, mass shootings, elevated obesity levels and mental health issues had taken their toll on Americans' quality of life, a report by the Legatum Institute published Thursday showed.

The US remains one of the most prosperous countries in the world,
ranking 18 out of 167 nations, the conservative-leaning, London-based think-tank said in its 2021 United States Prosperity Index.

The index, which Legatum publishes annually, measures US prosperity using 11 pillars:
safety and security, personal freedom, governance, social capital, business environment, infrastructure, economic quality, living conditions, health, education and natural environment.

But while prosperity in the US has been on the rise for more than a decade, it remains unevenly distributed, Legatum's report found. And "even before the pandemic, other factors were acting as a brake on progress", Legatum's Director of Policy Stephen Brien wrote, citing
"increases in suicides, drug overdose deaths and poor self-reported mental health" that have led the US to slide in the index's health ranking.

In addition, "
the rise in mass killings and injuries over the past decade has devastated many communities" and led to a worsening ranking in the index's safety and security pillar.

"The United States
ranks 122nd globally for mass killings and injuries (including terrorism), just below Eritrea and just above Iran," the report found, pointing out that "more than half of the 50 states have been subject to at least one mass shooting in every year since 2013". aljazeera.com

Daily COVID Testing at Grocery Distribution Centers
UK to launch daily COVID tests in food sector to tackle 'pingdemic'
Daily contact testing will be rolled out to workplaces in Britain's food sector
so staff who have been 'pinged' by the COVID-19 app can keep working if they test negative rather than isolating, the government said on Thursday.

Some supermarkets are facing shortages of specific products - mainly those in demand in hot weather - and some petrol stations have had to close after the health app told workers to isolate following contact with someone with the virus.

British newspapers carried front-page pictures of empty shelves in supermarkets,
declaring a "pingdemic". With cases rising to nearly 50,000 a day in the United Kingdom, hundreds of thousands of people have been advised - or "pinged" - by the National Health Service's contact-tracing app to isolate for 10 days.

The government said
priority testing sites would be set up at the largest supermarket distribution centres this week, and up to 500 sites would start next week. reuters.com

Grocery Stores Poised to Benefit from Rising COVID Cases
Investors bet on grocers like Kroger, Costco as Covid cases spook Wall Street
As U.S. stocks plummeted Monday, investors bet on a familiar category that could grow if Covid-19 cases continue to rise: Grocery stores. Shares of
Kroger, Albertsons, BJ's Wholesale Club were up as of midday Monday. Costco touched an all-time high of $415.32.

Those stocks were
among the rare bright spots on Wall Street, as the Dow Jones Industrial average appears headed for its biggest drop of the year. Several other stay-at-home stocks, including Clorox and Peloton, were also in the green.

Grocers have been some of the biggest pandemic beneficiaries over the past year, as restaurants temporarily shut and shoppers stocked up on pantry staples and cooked at home. cnbc.com

GOP Governor Says It's Time To 'Blame The Unvaccinated' For Pandemic Surge

McDonald's CEO says corporate staff will return to the office 3 days a week

U.K. Economy Shows Signs of Slowing as Covid Hits Supply Chains

Britain, free of COVID curbs, could see revival of local stores

Back-to-School Shopping Shortages a Warning for Holiday Season?
Scramble for back-to-school supplies offers preview of what's to come

Retailers are having difficulty getting all the pens, folders and other supplies they need for the all-important back-to-school season, amid shipping delays and price hikes.

Retailers are navigating a storm of challenges - h
igher production costs, cargo delays from China and other Asian countries, and sky-high shipping rates - as they gear up for the industry's second-biggest selling season.

"I'm hoping that when everything catches up, we get more stock," Rowe said at his store packed wall-to-wall with a colorful array of pens and markers. "Business has been really slow."

Following retailers' moves to prune inventories,
shoppers may find fewer discounts, smaller markdowns and less merchandise in stores. Retailers "just don't know how much to stock," said Stacy DeBroff, founder of marketing data firm Influence Central, which works with retailers such as JCPenney, Dick's Sporting Goods and Skechers. "There continue to be lingering supply-side issues because manufacturing was done abroad," DeBroff said. JCPenney, Dick's Sporting Goods and Skechers declined to comment on inventory.

Experts say back-to-school
may offer a preview of what to expect at Christmastime as retailers pare offerings to limit risk. nbcnews.com

The Great Debate: In-Person vs. Remote Work
Is Idea Generation a Reason to Spend Some Time in the Office? Yes and No

One expert says collaboration in person is key, while another says online collaboration is a better way to expand the pool of ideas.

Most companies are
still deep in discussions about where employees will work. While some want employees showing up at a physical location daily, most seem to be endorsing a hybrid model where employees spend some days at the office and others at home.

One reason given for working face-to-face is that
ideas flow from face-to-face interaction. In an article on Carnegie Mellon University's website, Sunkee Lee, an assistant professor of organizational theory and strategy at the Tepper School of Business, offers a twist on this idea.

He said that his research has shown that
physically bringing together people who don't typically interact with one another can spark new ideas.

But that's not the last word on the subject. Darren Menabney, who leads global employee engagement at Ricoh, said in an article for Fast Company: "We don't have to be less creative when working remotely, or even when
working from home-we can be more creative. By leveraging what's unique about remote work-work from home in particular-we can boost our creativity, both individually and collectively. ehstoday.com

How Retail Executives Recharge
4 retail executives on how to turn off work

Retail Gets Real 229: Execs from BJ's, P&G, The Container Store and Carol's Daughter share the importance of setting boundaries and following passions

It's the time of year for out-of-office notifications. Although taking time off work is important, it can be a challenge for many professionals, and it's something our friends at the NRF Foundation have been asking industry executives about in their "20 Questions" episodes in recent months. Listen to this week's episode to learn how a variety of retail executives manage to turn off work and take a break.

Featured in this episode:

Laura Felice, Executive VP & CFO, BJ's Wholesale Club
Damon Jones, Chief Communications Office, P&G
Satish Malhotra, CEO & President, The Container Store
Lisa Price, President &Founder, Carol's Daughter nrf.com

Security Company Lawsuit
Freeman Security Services accused of not paying employees overtime wages
A Florida private security company has been accused of not paying employees proper wages. freeman Security Services is being
sued by employees and by Florida Department of Labor.

The lawsuit has
also named the company's president, Darren Freeman. The four-page complaint alleges not paying overtime wages to numerous employees and violations of labor laws. privateofficerbreakingnews.blogspot.com

Survey: Retailers prioritize back-to-school over holiday

At Home opening three stores in July

GNC names Nate Frazier as new COO

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Massive Internet Outage Hits Major Retailers & Other Companies

Sweeping internet outage hits Google, Fidelity, Amazon, major websites
A sweeping internet outage briefly took down several major websites on Thursday, including
Google, Amazon, Fidelity, Costco, Delta Air Lines, British Airways, Capital One and Vanguard.

Many of the sites were
loading slowly or showing "DNS failure" messages, but by 1 p.m. ET, most of the affected sites had restored service, according to DownDetector.

Akamai, a cloud computing company that operates a content delivery network service, which helps move data across the internet, said it was
experiencing some problems that appeared to be responsible for the outages.

"We are aware of an emerging issue with the Edge DNS service," the company said in a statement. "We are actively investigating the issue."

DNS stands for Domain Name System, which
connects domain names to the right IP addresses so that people can access popular websites.

The Edge DNS service from Akamai services various apps and websites and
keeps them secure from certain cyberattacks called distributed denial-of-service, or DDoS, attacks.

The company said at 12:47 p.m. ET that it "implemented a fix for this issue, and based on current observations,
the service is resuming normal operations." nypost.com

Unlocking Victims of the Kaseya Ransomware Attack
Kaseya says it has now got the REvil decryption key - and it works

Kaseya now has a decryption key for customers affected by the ransomware attack.

American software firm Kaseya
has access to the universal decryption key for the REvil ransomware that targeted its managed service provider customers. The company announced its access to the decryption tool on Thursday, some 20 days after the ransomware attack took place on July 2.

attack affected 60 of its customers directly and as many as 1,500 of their customers downstream. Swedish supermarket chain Coop's cash registers were down for almost a week due to the attack. The company's cash registers nationwide were infected via a tainted software update of Kaseya's product, VSA, which is used to distribute software and security updates to endpoints. Schools in New Zealand using Kaseya software were also affected.

According to Kaseya, New Zealand-based security firm Emsisoft has confirmed
the decryption tool does unlock files encrypted with REvil.

"We can confirm that Kaseya obtained the tool from a third party and have teams
actively helping customers affected by the ransomware to restore their environments, with no reports of any problem or issues associated with the decryptor," Kaseya said in a statement.

"Kaseya is working with Emsisoft to support our customer engagement efforts, and Emsisoft has confirmed
the key is effective at unlocking victims."

REvil gang's websites went dark last week after US President Joe Biden pressed Russian President Vladmir Putin to clamp down on cybercriminals based in Russia that were targeting US firms. zdnet.com

The Growing China Cybersecurity Threat
China's new software policy weaponizes cybersecurity research
The Microsoft Exchange server
hack that the U.S. just attributed to China could become an even more common and dangerous occurrence with the announcement of China's new rules for software vulnerabilities. The regulations, which go into effect in September, force foreign firms to disclose these faults if they want to do business in China. In so doing, they weaponize the vulnerability discovery process and have significant national security consequences for the U.S. and its allies.

A vulnerability, when correctly exploited, a
llows an attacker to access something they shouldn't have been able to reach. In the U.S., an active community of cybersecurity researchers, incentivized by corporate bounty programs and lucrative cybersecurity competitions, voluntarily disclose information about vulnerabilities to companies or the U.S. government.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology manages this process, issuing an ID number and listing the vulnerability in the National Vulnerability Database. Government hackers discover their own vulnerabilities, either by doing dozens of hours of research or by purchasing them from vendors.

But China's new rules on software vulnerabilities try to upend this system. The new policies co-opt the global cybersecurity community into China's vulnerability discovery pipeline by
requiring companies doing business in China to disclose their vulnerabilities to the government.

China's new policies
would allow its hacking teams to free ride on cybersecurity research conducted outside its borders, turning defensive research into offensive capabilities. thehill.com

Remote Work Driving Phishing Attacks
40% fell victim to a phishing attack in the past month
The global shift to remote work has exacerbated the onslaught, sophistication, and impact of phishing attacks, according to Ivanti. Nearly three-quarters (74%) of respondents said their organizations have fallen victim to a phishing attack in the last year, with 40% confirming they have experienced one in the last month.

Eighty percent of respondents said they have witnessed an increase in volume of phishing attempts and
85% said those attempts are getting more sophisticated. In fact, 73% of respondents said that their IT staff had been targeted by phishing attempts, and 47% of those attempts were successful.

Smishing and vishing scams are the latest variants to gain traction and target mobile users. According to recent research by Aberdeen, attackers have a higher success rate on mobile endpoints than on servers - a pattern that is trending dramatically worse. Meanwhile, the annualized risk of a data breach resulting from mobile phishing attacks has a median value of about $1.7M, and a long tail of value of about $90M.

Hackers are
exploiting enterprise security gaps in the Everywhere Workplace, in which remote workers are using mobile devices more than ever before to access corporate data.

Thirty-seven percent of respondents cited a lack of both technology and employee understanding as the main causes for successful phishing attacks. However, 34% blamed successful attacks on a lack of employee understanding. helpnetsecurity.com

What Does It Take to Secure Containers?

A vast majority of DevOps practitioners say containerization technology provides security, but some companies - especially security firms - disagree.

Cloud-native applications have become an increasingly popular way to deploy software, especially following the increase in remote work caused by work-from-home mandates during the pandemic.
Companies use software containerization - the most popular example of which is Docker - to encapsulate software for development and deployment to cloud infrastructure.

Yet most of the security focus of such DevOps pipelines has been on finding vulnerabilities during development, scanning images for vulnerable components, and creating secure configurations. In June, the Cloud-Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) doubled down on this approach, releasing a whitepaper on supply-chain security,
aiming to extend trustworthiness all along the software supply chain, from tools to components to distribution.

Creating such a trusted pipeline is difficult, but
the consequences of failure are dire, said Justin Cormack, chief technology officer at Docker, in a blog post about the CNCF whitepaper. darkreading.com

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Counterfeit Electronics
WHAT THE TECH? Counterfeit electronics a growing problem for online retailers

Counterfeit electronics have been a problem for years for Amazon, Walmart, and eBay.

U.S. customs agents in Cincinnati, Ohio says they recovered fake Apple AirPods and AirPods Pro earlier this month that, if real, would be worth $1.3 million.
In the 2021 fiscal year, U.S. Customs has confiscated some 360,000 pairs of earbuds that were coming across the borders from China.

If you've purchased any electronics online in the past few years there's a chance they were fakes, especially if the price was much lower than other listings.
Counterfeit electronics have been a problem for years for Amazon, Walmart, and eBay.

To its credit,
last year Amazon created a counterfeit crimes unit to spot and remove fake products in its store. A search for AirPods on Amazon today reveals a small number of results and all from its Apple Store. Cheap knockoffs branded as original, have been removed. The same is true at Walmart.com.

On eBay, it's more difficult to tell what's authentic because items are sold by individuals. Some are advertised as having verified serial numbers but there are many reports that fraudsters are using actual Apple serial numbers on counterfeits. I found a pair of new AirPods Pro for just $142 which is about $100 cheaper than buying from the Apple Store.

Determining if the AirPods you purchased are real or fake is a challenge unless you have an authentic pair to compare the sound and build quality.
One giveaway is that oftentimes counterfeits are priced much lower than genuine Apple products but that isn't always the case.

Counterfeit electronics continue to be a problem online. Not just earbuds. Fake SD cards are common at online retailers.
If you suspect purchasing a counterfeit or fake gadget you should report it to StopFakes.gov. wrcbtv.com

Court Rules Amazon Must Pay Workers for Security Screening Time
Amazon must pay Pennsylvania warehouse workers for time spent waiting for security screening, state Supreme Court rules
must pay its Pennsylvania warehouse workers for the time they spend waiting for and undergoing security screenings, the state Supreme Court has ruled in a lawsuit led by workers at Amazon's fulfillment center in Upper Macungie Township.

The decision Wednesday is
part of a nationwide complex of class-action lawsuits on behalf of the online retail giant's workers, who must undergo checks to prevent theft after clocking out at the end of their shifts. The lawsuit by employees of Amazon and its employment agency, Integrity Staffing Solutions, asserted that Amazon was required to pay workers for that time under state minimum wage laws.

Attorney Peter Winebrake said the decision
could clear the way for a trial to determine how much Amazon workers in Pennsylvania could be owed for time spent waiting in security checkpoint lines.

"I'm delighted with the opinion and looking forward after many years pressing this case to a conclusion," Winebrake said.

"What the state Supreme Court said is, '
No, all time is valuable, all time is compensable. You're not allowed to not pay people for their time because it is insignificant or de minimus,' " he said mcall.com

Stor.ai aims to take on Instacart with 'holistic e-commerce infrastructure'




Governor Newsom Signs Bill to Extend CHP Retail Crime Task Forces Through 2026
A new bill that extends the sunset date of the California Highway Patrol (CHP)
run Organized Retail Crime Task Forces (ORCTF) that help crack down on regional retail crimes in the state was signed into law by Governor Newsom on Wednesday. Assembly Bill 331, authored by Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), would specifically extend the statute first created in the 2018 AB 1065 law that has the CHP, in conjunction with the Department of Justice, convene a regional property crimes task force to assist local law enforcement in counties identified by the CHP as having elevated levels of property crime, including, but not limited to, organized retail theft and vehicle burglary. The CHP will also continue to support local law enforcement with logistical support and other resources such as support and equipment and work with them and district attorneys to identify and prosecute organized theft rings, recover lost merchandise and reduce associated crime.

CHP will also work with the retail industry to reduce incidents of theft and strengthen locational safety for shoppers and create an internet-based tip line for anonymous retail theft tips. The CHP program will now extend until January 1, 2026. In addition, provisions that help increase the penalties for organized theft rings, such as charging them with felonies rather than misdemeanors, were also extended until the end of 2025. californiaglobe.com

Woodbury, NY: Police seeking 4 men in $13,000 Ulta theft
Police are searching for four men who stole $13,000 in perfume from a store in the Hudson Valley. Officials say they ran into an Ulta in Woodbury with empty shopping bags and swiped boxes of perfume off shelves and ran out within seconds. A woman saw the incident unfold from the parking lot and took a picture of a license plate, which police confirm is from one of two vehicles believed to be involved. Authorities say this store has been hit two other times since March and that the same group of people could be to blame, as well as for other larcenies at Ulta stores in New Jersey.

Pembroke Pines, FL: Thieves steal nearly $3K in beauty supplies from Ulta store
Police are searching for three people who, they said, were responsible for stealing thousands of dollars in beauty supplies from a store in Pembroke Pines. Surveillance video showed two of the subjects inside of the Ulta Beauty store on Pines Boulevard and 118th Avenue, July 8. Police said the duo walked out with baskets filled with nearly $3,000 worth of merchandise.

Midland, TX: MPD asking for help to identify $3,000 Target thieves
Midland Police are asking for help from the community to identify a man and woman accused of theft. According to a Facebook post, the pair pictured below have stolen from Target on Midland Drive several times over the last few weeks. In total, they have allegedly stolen more than $3,000 worth of merchandise.

Murrieta, CA: 2 Men Arrested For Stealing $1,300 In Shampoo,
Hair Products From CVS
Two men suspected of stealing more than $1,000 worth of shampoo and other hair products from a Temescal Valley store were out of custody Thursday. Jose Antonio Pajareto, 47, of Corona and Dennis Michael Rogge, 31, of Wisconsin were arrested last week on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy, grand theft and shoplifting.

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Shootings & Deaths

Golden Valley, MN: Menards closes Golden Valley store for night after family protests worker's death
Police say a Menards employee was killed Thursday morning after an accident at the store in Golden Valley. Officers say it appears
the worker was using a forklift when a pallet of lumber fell on top of the forklift, killing the man. When emergency crews arrived shortly after 10 a.m., they found the worker pinned under the forklift and unconscious. In a statement, the store said the accident occurred in the outside yard at the store at 6800 Wayzata Boulevard. Police say OSHA has been notified of the accident. In a statement, a store spokesperson wrote: "We are a small family here at Golden Valley and we are all in shock. Our thoughts and prayers are with our Team Member's family." Hours after the death, the family of the victim, identified by them as James Stanback, visited the store where he died.

The demonstration
prompted a large law enforcement response from several different agencies across the Twin Cities metro, with police officers attempting to push the crowd out of the store at one point. Golden Valley Police were called to the store around 10 Thursday morning after a 911 caller reported a male employee was unconscious and pinned under a forklift. Just four hours later, the outdoor lumber yard of the store was blocked off and closed to customers, but the rest of the store was open for business. Mystaya Stanback believes out of respect for his loved ones, the store should have shut down for the day.

A representative from Menards tells FOX 9 Stanback was certified to operate a forklift.
Minnesota OSHA has been notified of his death and is investigating. The store shut down for the day around 5:30 p.m. A sign put up outside the store Thursday night explained the store would reopen at noon on Friday. It's still unclear how many, if any, arrests were made. fox9.com

Philadelphia, PA: 'Football Argument' Ends in Killing at Iconic Philly Cheesesteak Spot Pat's King of Steaks
A Philadelphia Eagles fan allegedly shot and killed a New York Giants supporter as they were waiting in line at iconic Philadelphia cheesesteak joint Pat's King of Steaks early Thursday morning. The two men got into a heated argument about football around 1 a.m., according to the store's manager. As the quarrel intensified, it got physical and one man, wearing an Eagles jersey, pulled out a gun and shot the other before fleeing in a van, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The Eagles fan ultimately surrendered to police near another City of Brotherly Love landmark: the Liberty Bell. thedailybeast.com

Chicago, IL: Man Shot And Killed Inside Family Dollar Store In Woodlawn
A 31-year-old man was shot and killed Thursday afternoon at a Family Dollar store in Woodlawn. Police said the man was inside the Family Dollar store on the 6300 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue around 12:45 p.m., when a gunman walked up and shot him multiple times in the head, face, and body.

Bradenton, FL: Former employee killed during fight with current employee at Take 5 Oil Change shop
Questions remain as deputies in Manatee County try to put together what happened Thursday morning at a Take 5 Oil Change business. A former employee is dead after a current employee said he had to arm himself with a knife for protection. Detectives are still talking to witnesses, hoping those who were here can give them a better idea of what happened. Just a few hours after opening, around 10 a.m., deputies say a truck pulled into the back bay, which is typically what customers do. People normally pull in and sit in their cars as oil changes are complete. Manatee deputies say the person behind the wheel was a former employee of the shop. He got into an argument with a current employee and flashed a gun. That's when a fight broke out between them. Deputies say the current employee armed himself with a knife and stabbed the man. Deputies say the men knew each other, but beyond that they're trying to figure out what led up to the fight. 

Memphis, TN: One person detained after deadly shooting at South Memphis shopping complex
A man is dead following a shooting at a shopping center in Memphis Thursday evening. According to the Memphis Police Department, the shooting happened at a shopping center on South Third Street. When officers arrived to the scene, they found an unresponsive man. He was pronounced dead at the scene. One person has been detained in connection with the shooting.

Washington DC: 2 Men Shot Near Restaurants on 14th St. NW;
Diners Scramble for Cover
Two men were shot in an area of Northwest D.C. known for its popular restaurants Thursday evening, sending diners scrambling for cover. The men were shot at the intersection of 14th and Riggs streets near Logan Circle about 8:20 p.m., police said. Both are recovering at hospitals. Police believe one of the men was targeted while the other appears to have been an innocent bystander. One victim fell to the sidewalk. The other made it to a nearby restaurant where customers and staff rushed to help. The double shooting happened about a half block from where 53-year-old Jeremy Black was struck and killed by a stray bullet three weeks ago while he was taking an after dinner walk with his wife.


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Smash & Grab Theft Bill
Washington, DC: Capito, Graham, Colleagues reintroduce Legislation to Combat 'Smash and Grab' Firearms Theft
U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and their colleagues today reintroduced the Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) Protection Act of 2021 to
address the rapid increase in the number of "smash-and-grab" thefts targeted at federally licensed gun dealers. "I am a staunch defender of Second Amendment rights, but I will not tolerate criminals who steal firearms," Senator Capito said. "With burglaries and robberies of gun dealerships and manufacturers on the rise, I'm proud to help reintroduce this legislation to deter would-be criminals and keep our communities safe."

"I am proud to reintroduce this important legislation to make
'smash-and-grabs' more costly for criminals," Senator Graham said. "I believe in responsible gun ownership - not criminals stealing firearms." The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has reported a 43% increase in the number of FFL burglaries and a 15% decrease in the number of FFL robberies from 2019 to 2020. While the number of robberies decreased, the number of firearms taken during robberies increased by 53%. In 2020, 6,269 firearms were taken in nationwide FFL burglaries and robberies. capito.senate.gov

Lufkin, TX: Man gets life in prison for robbing Whataburger
An Angelina County jury sentenced Billy Pegues to life for robbing a Lufkin Whataburger using a gun and a note that threatened an employee's life. Billy Ray Pegues received a life sentence with parole. He will have to serve 30 years of that sentence before he is eligible for parole. In August of 2019, around 3 a.m., Pegues entered the restaurant, leaned over the counter, sliding a note to the employee that said "Don't make me kill you. Listen. Open up the cash register. Give me all the cash. I swear I will blow your (expletive) brains out if you try any slick (expletive). Try me."

Topeka, KS: Customers help employees thwart chain-saw theft

Madison, TN: Man demanding cash ransacks, sets fire to cash advance store

Colorado Springs, CO: Fires started in 2 businesses along West Colorado now being investigated as possible arson

Madison County, ID: Walmart Burglar to spend 18 months in prison for stealing $895 in merchandise




Beauty - Murrieta, CA - Burglary
CBD - Wadena, MN - Burglary
Cash Advance - Madison, TN - Robbery/ Arson
Cellphone - Grand Rapids, MI - Robbery
Family Dollar - St Helena Island, SC - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Tolland, CT - Burglary
Gas Station - El Cerrito, CA - Armed Robbery
Hardware - Durango, CO - Burglary
Hardware - Topeka, KS - Armed Robbery
Hardware - Wichita, KS - Burglary
Jewelry - Temecula, CA - Robbery
Jewelry- Greensboro, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Waco, TX - Burglary
Jewelry - Yonkers, NY - Robbery
Liquor - Troup County, GA - Burglary
Restaurant - Colonie, NY - Burglary
Restaurant - Wilmington, DE - Armed Robbery / Little Caesars
Walmart - Paducah, KY - Robbery
7-Eleven - Elmira, NY - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 11 robberies
• 8 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed


Weekly Totals:
• 70 robberies
• 39 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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