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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Walmart Uses Zebra Technologies to Catch Thieves in Real Time
Viral TikTok video shows how Walmart workers catch customers pilfering merchandise at self-checkout

The person in the video holds a device that shows items being scanned at registers in real time.

A viral TikTok shows how Walmart employees can catch customers red-handed if they try to steal merchandise. The video is from a TikTok user with the handle @thewalmartguy69 who says they're a Walmart employee. The text in the video reads, "POV: We know when you're stealing."

In the clip, a person can be seen holding a device with a screen that says "register alerts," showing one self-checkout register in use and the others available. The person pans the camera to the self-checkout area, showing a customer at a register.

The camera returns to the device, which shows how many items the customer scanned and what they collectively cost, along with a partial breakdown of items and their prices. It shows an arrow next to the partial breakdown that presumably the person can click to find the full breakdown.

The device appears to be from a company called Zebra Technologies, which sells handheld devices designed for purposes like checking prices, finding items, and managing inventory.

The user created another TikTok in response to a viewer's question about what exactly happens on the screen. That video shows a person performing actions at a self-checkout register and the notifications of the actions on the device.

First, the person presses a button on the register to ask for employee assistance. The device shows a "help needed" banner for that register.

The person then scans a travel-sized hand sanitizer and cancels it. A "void" banner shows up on the device. The device also shows a "tendering in progress" banner to indicate when customers are paying.

Walmart's other means of combatting theft include cameras powered by artificial intelligence. In 2019, theft and fraud cost retailers like Walmart nearly $62 billion, representing roughly 1.6% of sales that year, a report from the National Retail Federation found. businessinsider.com

69% Increase in ORC
Organized retail theft is big business in Massachusetts
In Natick, organized retail theft - groups of people working together to steal a large number of items, usually to resell in other states on the black market - has been waning as criminals have moved online to commit fraud and use stolen credit card information, Rossi said.

However, it is still a big illicit business in the state, according to Jon Hurst president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts.

"It's huge. It's at least a $1 billion problem just in Massachusetts alone," he said. "That's a lot of money. It's not teenagers stealing gum or cosmetics. These are organized criminals. Often, they're involved in other forms of crime such as drug trafficking and have ties to terrorism. They consider it low risk, high reward. They steal popular items. They fence it everywhere from street corners to flea markets and now increasingly online."

Nationally, organized retail theft has been growing every year for several years until the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Jason Straczewski, vice president of government relations and political affairs for the National Retail Federation. However, as many states have eased restrictions, organized retail theft has come back with a vengeance, he said.

"As the economy reopened, things have increased," Straczewski said. "Our members are reporting a 69% increase in organized retail theft. What comes along with that is violence and aggressive behavior."

For years, the National Retail Federation has been pushing to make organized retail theft a federal crime, Straczewski said, because too many states' laws are toothless and do not provide a deterrent.

"It's not victimless," he said. "You have the associations who are in the store and the customers who are in the store - there are several victims here. It's about private property and bringing people to justice. We want to work to stop these violent thefts, these violent crimes. Having a federal law would be a deterrent and a huge win for retailers and retail associates and consumers everywhere." metrowestdailynews.com

316 Shootings & 106 Gun Deaths Each Day in America
Communities Across the United States Plagued by Gun Violence
The nation's capital, like many cities across the U.S., is grappling with rising cases of gun violence since the start of the coronavirus pandemic more than a year and a half ago. The shootings have disproportionately affected African Americans, claiming thousands of lives, destroying families and shaking the sense of security.  

Nationwide, gun-related deaths this year are 14% higher than over the same period in 2020, according to the research group Gun Violence Archive.

"I hear people say all the time they don't feel safe in the community with so many guns on our streets," Contee said in testimony before the Washington city council last month.

Homicides in Washington are at a 16-year high. In response, police have beefed up patrols in neighborhoods with high numbers of shootings. Some community leaders believe the increased enforcement has done little to reverse the trend.   

While violent crime in the U.S. overall is lower than it was five years ago, shooting and homicide rates are up. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said that on average, 316 people are shot every day in America, and 106 die. Criminal justice experts believe the escalation is linked to the economic downturn and the large number of gatherings following months of stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Police in Chicago have taken nearly 8,000 guns off the streets, but the nation's third-largest city still  has  recorded more than 494 homicides and 2,200 shootings this year. More than a dozen people were killed and 125 were shot over the course of several weekends in August.

The Justice Department has launched five firearms strike forces to target the illegal flow of weapons across state lines.  The administration is also working with attorneys general from several states and the District of Columbia to hold gun manufacturers and dealers accountable. Biden wants lawmakers to repeal a law that gives gun manufacturers blanket immunity when their products are used to commit crimes.   voanews.com 

911 Call Study Clashes with Main 'Defund the Police' Argument
Criminal Justice Researchers Studied Over 4 Million 911 Calls. Here's How Their Findings Could Influence Calls for Police Reform
Having tracked millions of 911 across 9 U.S. cities over the span of a year, a new study from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences offers new insight into the ongoing discussions surrounding police reform and police officers' duties.

The study analyzed nine different police agencies in cities both large (with a population over 1 million) and smaller (with under 80,000 residents) and tracked the different kinds of calls made to the police over the year of 2016/2017. In total, around 4.3 million calls were studied.

Advocates for defunding the police have contended that police officers should no longer respond to certain misdemeanor crimes and mental health calls; in the latter case, their argument is that law enforcement officers are often not adequately trained to handle those situations.

But according to this study, mental health incidents only made up 1.3% of all the calls examined, and only 4% of those calls resulted in an officer being dispatched (though the survey did not track the actions of 911 dispatchers specifically). The largest percent of the calls were traffic-related at 16.8%. followed by "disorder" at 16.2% and "suspicion" calls-from individuals worried that a crime might happen or has happened-at 12.8%. Calls for violent incidents specifically were at 6.4%.

"What this means is that, even if mental distress calls are shifted to a co-responder model of response, it will only be a very small amount of resources shifted," Lum says.

A caveat that remains even if officers aren't responding directly to a call about mental health, they can still encounter individuals struggling with mental health on their patrols, explains Nancy La Vigne, executive director of the Task Force on Policing for the Council on Criminal Justice.

"The [documented] frequency of those encounters is low but the risk of harm is high," La Vigne adds. time.com

Is New York's Wave of Gun Violence Receding? Experts See Reason for Hope.
Shootings are still well above prepandemic levels. But this summer has been considerably less violent than last. And experts who study the issue say that recent gun violence data has shown a downward trend.

This June and July saw considerably fewer shootings than those months in 2020, experts note, and the numbers have not reached the stark levels many feared they might.

Experts caution against drawing conclusions from limited data and note that the recent trends could still change. Shootings also remain significantly up from prepandemic levels. But after the toll of the past year, the preliminary numbers have offered reason for optimism.

"In April and May, all indications were that where we were headed was even worse than most of last year," said Marcos Gonzalez Soler, who heads the mayor's office of criminal justice. "I think that is a very different universe from where we are now."

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police commissioner, Dermot F. Shea, have both touted the lower summer monthly totals as a positive sign, and have pointed to the increase in gun arrests between this year and last.

And regardless of the next few months, 2021 will end having taken a steep toll compared with the time before the pandemic. nytimes.com

FYI Retailers - Dallas County Criminal Courts in State of Disarray
Dallas County Lost 22 Terabytes of Police Investigative Files & Evidence - 8 of Which Unrecoverable
If you have any cases there you may want to follow up and check on status

Prosecutors are combing through files and comparing them with police evidence logs while the city audits what was lost. The files included photos, videos, audio and case notes from criminal cases opened before July 28, 2020. But it's unknown how many cases and which types of cases may be impacted. The files were deleted in April but prosecutors weren't told until earlier this month. dallasnews.com

Homicide spike: Las Vegas police report killings up 69% so far in 2021

COVID Update

363.2M Vaccinations Given

US: 38.8M Cases - 646.6K Dead - 30.5M Recovered
Worldwide: 213.5M Cases - 4.4M Dead - 191M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 304   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 349
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Has the Delta Variant Surge Peaked?
Dr. Scott Gottlieb says the delta variant-fueled Covid surge in the American South has peaked

"I think it's pretty clear right now the South has peaked," Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Monday.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Monday he believes the delta variant-driven Covid surge that slammed the American South has reached a top.

"I thought there was an indication the South was peaking, and I think it's pretty clear right now the South has peaked," the former Food and Drug Administration commissioner said. "It doesn't feel that way because we still have a lot of new infections on a day-over-day basis, and the hospitals still have some very hard weeks ahead," he acknowledged. "They're still going to get maxed out as the infections start to decline."

Gottlieb's comments on "Squawk Box" came as the seven-day average of new daily coronavirus infections nationwide in the U.S. stood at roughly 147,300, according to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins University data. That's up 13% from a week ago.

Many Southern states, particularly in areas with lower Covid vaccination rates such as parts of Louisiana and Arkansas, were among the first places in the U.S. to see a sharp rise in coronavirus infections linked to the highly transmissible delta variant. Signs that the current wave of infection is rolling over in the South may offer insight into the experiences of other U.S. regions that got hit by the delta variant a few weeks later.

"You look at states like Arkansas and Louisiana, you see the cases coming down," said Gottlieb, who serves on the board of Covid vaccine maker Pfizer. The company's vaccine received full FDA approval Monday morning. cnbc.com

Some States Going Rogue & Blocking Mandates
The F.D.A.'s vaccine approval could lead to more corporate mandates
Chevron, CVS Health and Disney World have already announced requirements for some employees to be vaccinated.

The F.D.A. approval gives companies more cover to impose vaccine mandates and industry groups more ground to lobby local authorities. Some states have moved to block vaccine mandates. Arizona's governor, for example, issued an order outlawing coronavirus vaccination as a requirement for employment.

Those actions made it difficult for companies with large national footprints to impose blanket mandates.

Companies that do require vaccinations are finding growing support. nytimes.com

46% of Retailers Are Strongly Considering Mandates
This is 24 hours old & Could change quickly given the rapid spread of Delta

Survey: Retail lags among employers considering vaccine mandates
Retail and hospitality employers remain hesitant on vaccine requirements even as other employers are showing a new openness to such mandates.

●  Fewer employers in retail and hospitality (9%) are requiring vaccines or planning to, compared to 21% of all respondents, according to a survey by Littler, the world's largest employment and labor law practice representing management. As to their concerns with mandating vaccines, 80% in retail/hospitality cited resistance from employees who are not in a protected category but refuse to be vaccinated (compared to 75% of all respondents).

While the majority of all employers surveyed (63%) are encouraging, but not requiring, vaccination, the calculus may be shifting given the rapid spread of the highly contagious delta variant and the universal accessibility of vaccines for U.S. adults. Nearly half of respondents (46%) said they are more strongly considering a vaccine mandate in light of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases. Only 22% said they have firmly decided not to institute a mandate. chainstoreage.com

Will More Retailers & Other Businesses Announce New Vax Mandates?
Biden urges vaccine mandates at businesses after Pfizer approval
President Biden on Monday urged businesses to require their employees get vaccinated against COVID-19 now that the Pfizer shot is fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

"If you're a business leader, a nonprofit leader, a state or local leader who has been waiting for full FDA approval to require vaccinations, I call on you now to do that requiring," Biden said during a briefing, adding that vaccinations have increased across the nation in the past month.

"Vaccination requirements have been around for decades. Students, health care professions, our troops are typically required to receive vaccinations to prevent everything from polio to smallpox, measles, mumps, rubella," Biden said.

"In fact, the reason most people in America don't worry about polio, smallpox, measles, mumps and rubella today is because of vaccines. It only makes sense to require a vaccine to stop the spread of COVID-19."

Earlier Monday, United Airlines announced that it was bumping up its deadline for employees to get jabbed or lose their jobs, CNN reported. Meanwhile, overall weekly new vaccinations are up more than 56 percent from where they were a month ago, and last week, the US saw a record number of shots when more than 1 million jabs were distributed for three straight days, Biden said. nypost.com

Vaccines Required for CVS Pharmacists, Corporate & Clinical Workers
CVS Health mandates vaccines for some employees
CVS Health on Monday announced it will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all corporate employees and certain clinical workers who interact with patients. The two groups of employees must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 31, while pharmacists will have until Nov. 30 to get the shot, the company said.

"From the start of the pandemic, our decision-making process has been driven by health, safety and science," CVS Health President and CEO Karen Lynch said in a statement. "While the vast majority of our employees have chosen to be vaccinated, this decision is in direct response to the dramatic rise in cases among the unvaccinated."

The health care giant made the announcement after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The regulator's decision is expected to trigger a wave of new vaccine requirements from businesses and state and local governments.

A few dozen companies, including McDonald's, Walmart and Walgreens, have mandated vaccines for corporate employees. But only a small number of companies have extended vaccine requirements to their front-line workers as CVS did on Monday. thehill.com

Avalanche of Vaccine Mandates Roll In After FDA Approval
Vaccine approval, mandates may help US control COVID by next year, Fauci says
After the Food and Drug Administration issued its full stamp of approval on the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Monday, an avalanche of new mandates is now expected.

CVS, the University of Michigan, Chevron, the city of Chicago and New York and New Jersey's public schools were all among the businesses, schools and governments to announced new vaccine requirements for some or all of their employees in light of the approval.

The White House signaled more mandates are on the way within the federal government to cover more factions within agencies. President Joe Biden also called on companies, nonprofit groups, government agencies and schools to "step up vaccine requirements that will reach millions more people."

The FDA's approval and additional mandates come as the delta variant causes surges of new infections across the country. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, said the combination of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine receiving full approval and the expectation of new vaccine mandates might help the U.S. get a handle on the disease. usatoday.com

More Restaurants & Employers Using Digital Vaccine Cards
Clear partners with OpenTable on vaccination proof as it sees wild acceleration for its biometrics tech from restaurants and employers

Diners making reservations on Opentable will now be directed to create Clear's digital vaccine card.

Clear is best known for its airport kiosks that help passengers speed through checkout using their biometrics as identification. But during the pandemic, the company doubled down on other services including working with stadiums and businesses to verify COVID test results, and later, vaccination status.

Now, it's partnered with the largest restaurant reservation platform in the world - OpenTable.

OpenTable is just the latest company to partner for Clear. The emergence of the COVID-19 delta variant has sent employers, retailers, and restaurants scrambling for a solution to providing proof of vaccine verification. Technology that can offer easy and secure access to vaccination records has proven to be in hot demand. businessinsider.com

Remote Work May Now Last for Two Years, Worrying Some Bosses
The longer that Covid-19 keeps people home, the harder it may be to get them back to offices; 'There is no going back'

With the latest wave of return-to-office delays from Covid-19, some companies are considering a new possibility: Offices may be closed for nearly two years.

Many employees developed new routines during the pandemic, swapping commuting for exercise or blocking hours for uninterrupted work. Surveys have shown that enthusiasm for remote work has only increased as the pandemic has stretched on.

The prospect of two years out of the office still concerns many employers, though, if only because it is harder to get a sense for how employees are feeling now. wsj.com

More Severe Cases in Younger People - Low Vaccination Rates
'Dramatic' rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations is predicted to surpass Dallas-Fort Worth's winter peak
But forecasters at UT Southwestern Medical Center are encouraged by increased mask-wearing and an accelerating vaccination rate.

The already high number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 in North Texas is expected to rise "dramatically" in the coming weeks as the delta variant of the coronavirus spreads nearly unchecked through the region's unvaccinated residents.

The latest model from forecasters at UT Southwestern Medical Center shows that hospitalizations for the virus in Dallas and Tarrant counties could eclipse their winter peaks by early September. dallasnew.com

Breakthrough infections rise in L.A. County; young adults most infected with coronavirus
Breakthrough infections of fully vaccinated people are ticking up in Los Angeles County, but inoculated people remain generally well-protected against hospitalizations and death.

The coronavirus case rate was much worse among unvaccinated people. For every 100,000 unvaccinated younger adults (18 to 49), nearly 450 were getting infected weekly vs 150 of vaccinated. latimes.com

Hawaii Gov. David Ige urges tourists to stay home amid COVID surge

Fully vaccinated people might not be as contagious as you think

China reports no new local Covid-19 cases for first time since July, as Delta wanes

ORC's Scale Now Labeled 'Shadow Business'
Getting more and more media coverage

Home Depot turns off thieves' power to use or sell stolen tools
Home Depot has come up with a creative, tech-savvy way to thwart organized criminals from stealing tools off of their shelves.

The home improvement chain has begun stocking power tools that will not function without first being activated via Bluetooth at checkout, according to Business Insider. The tactic will allow Home Depot to continue selling the products without locking them behind cases and negatively impacting the legitimate shopping experience.

The move is meant to specifically target retail theft rings. Such organized rings often recruit homeless people and others living in precarity to steal products from stores, which are then sold online. These operations work at such a scale that they amount to "shadow businesses" that feed supply chains of stolen goods. Home Depot does not foresee criminals attempting to defeat the activation technology, expecting rather that they will move on to something easier to steal.

Stores in specific regions have experienced pronounced upticks in organized retail theft. This year in San Francisco, Walgreens stores were being targeted by criminal enterprises at a rate four times that of stores elsewhere. Theft has prompted Walgreens to close 17 stores in recent years.

Other retailers have identified San Francisco as a problem area as well and have taken unprecedented measures.

Target, for instance, has begun closing stores in San Francisco early in order to prevent late-night shoplifting, ABC 7 reported. One 7-Eleven in the area installed a metal door through which it conducts business. Customers interested in purchasing something at the location must hit a buzzer to signal that they are there to employees.

Crime rings also put employees at risk, with thieves potentially attacking those who attempt to stop them. retailwire.com

Surprising Restaurant Industry Trends
New Report Reveals Shocking Data About the State of the Fast Food Industry

A new industry report summarized these trends with some shocking statistics.

Few workers have had such a tumultuous year as those in the food-service industry. While full-service restaurants struggled to keep their doors open, fast-food establishments saw extraordinary demand that led to long hours without relief.

A new report by restaurant industry analytics firm Black Box Intelligence, and Snagajob, a listing website for hourly jobs and flexible shifts, surveyed 4,700 food-service workers and summarized these trends with some shocking statistics.

10% pay increase for fast-food workers since last year
144% turnover rate at fast-food restaurants
69% of workers are under the age of 25
70% more job vacancies than pre-pandemic
278% increase in warehouse and logistics jobs
18% of hourly workers quit their jobs to take care of kids
62% report putting up with emotional abuse and disrespect from customers
83% plan to wear a mask regardless of whether it's required
One thing job applicants want more than any other: a livable starting wage businessinsider.com

Walmart 'GoLocal' - Taking Amazon On Head to Head
Walmart Opens Local Delivery Service to Other Retailers

Gig workers driving Walmart grocery orders will also handle last-mile deliveries for other merchants

The service, called Walmart GoLocal, offers another way for the retailer to beef up its delivery platform and add more paying pickup and drop-offs while drivers are out. It joins a crowded field of players looking to handle last-mile deliveries, including a similar service called Shipt, which is owned by rival Target Corp

UPS in June said that it was exploring a same-day delivery service. FedEx offers such an option in limited markets and is also testing a robot to deliver medicine, pizzas and other items. wsj.com

Walmart Launches Walmart GoLocal, a New Delivery as a Service Business

Legislation to Limit DoorDash Delivery Fees
DoorDash is pushing drivers to send form emails to lawmakers about a bill that would limit delivery fees

The emails encouraged legislators to stop supporting a bill capping delivery fees.

A New York county is considering making delivery fee caps permanent, and DoorDash is pushing drivers to email local lawmakers about it. businessinsider.com

More Disney Store locations are closing in September

Aldi to hire 20,000 in September

Alabama Pizza shop offers to 'hire anyone' as labor shortage hits restaurants hard

3 Chick-fil-A restaurants in Alabama close dining rooms over staff shortage

Quarterly Results
Best Buy Q2 Enterprise Comp's up 20%, online sales down 28%, sales up 21%

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By: Grant Cowan, Director of National Accounts at Salient Systems

If you had asked retailers in December 2019 to define an enterprise video system and then asked them the same question in December 2020, I would suspect each respondent would have two highly different answers. As a video management software (VMS) manufacturer in 2020, end users came to us and the main question we received was how do we make all of this work together.

Now a lot of retailers do have fully enterprise video solutions. However, many of the customers we talked to have some stores on an enterprise VMS, but they have hundreds if not thousands of stores on various DVRs from the past 15 years. Our job was to figure out how we could help these manufacturers quickly grow their video system to an enterprise solution without having a major outlay of capital expenditures.

First Step: DVR Integration

One of Salient's biggest undertakings in 2020 was to ramp up its integrations to third-party DVRs to help support this migration while keeping the budget in mind. Salient could now offer an umbrella of integrations for a retailer so all of the employees viewing video could connect through one enterprise software and have access to a store regardless of what type of DVR was in that store. Users can still access the live and recorded video, but now the LP team only has to maintain one viewing software and train its users to use one system.

Second Step: Subscription Pricing

Enterprise softwares in the IT space have embraced the idea of subscription pricing for a long time, and outside of cloud-based VMS companies, this trend has waltzed its way past the traditional VMS companies with little fanfare. Salient has adopted a subscription model to sit alongside its perpetual license business. The idea of a subscription model really fits well with the new DVR integrations Salient is deploying.

Read the full article here





Cybersecurity Meeting at the White House

Joe Biden reportedly hosting cybersecurity meeting with Tim Cook, Satya Nadella, and Andy Jassy attending

Google, IBM and others have also been invited, according to Bloomberg

President Joe Biden plans to host a meeting on Wednesday to discuss how companies are improving cybersecurity after the waves of recent security breaches and ransomware attacks, and
Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and Amazon CEO Andy Jassy will be attending, according to Bloomberg. Google, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, and the energy firm Southern Company have also been invited, and Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning is also set to attend, Bloomberg reports.

While it's not clear exactly what the president and any attendees plan to discuss, there will surely be a lot to talk about given incidents like the massive Solarwinds hack, the Kaseya ransomware attack, or the Colonial Pipeline shutdown resulting from a cyberattack.

Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, IBM, JPMorgan, and Southern Company all declined to comment to Bloomberg, and a Southern Company spokesperson declined to comment to The Verge. The other companies and the White House have not replied to requests for comment from The Verge. theverge.com

38M Records Exposed - Including Vaccination Info
Data leak exposed 38 million records, including COVID-19 vaccination statuses
38 million records from north of a thousand web apps that use Microsoft's Power Apps portals platform were left exposed online, according to researchers. The records are said to have included data from COVID-19 contact tracing efforts, vaccine registrations and employee databases, such as home addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers and vaccination status.

Data from some large companies and institutions was exposed in the incident, according to Wired, including American Airlines, Ford, the Indiana Department of Health and New York City public schools. The vulnerability has mostly been resolved.

Researchers from security company Upguard started looking into the issue in May. They found data from many Power Apps portals that was supposed to be private was available for anyone to access if they knew where to look.

The Power Apps service aims to make it easy for customers to make their own web and mobile apps. It offers application programming interfaces (APIs) for developers to use with the data they collect. However, Upguard found that using those APIs makes the data obtained through Power Apps Portals public by default, and manual reconfiguration was required to keep the information private.

Upguard says it sent a vulnerability report to the Microsoft Security Resource Center on June 24th, including links to Power Apps portals accounts on which sensitive data was exposed and steps to identify APIs that enabled anonymous access to data. Researchers worked with Microsoft to clarify how to reproduce the issue. However, an Microsoft analyst told the firm on June 29th that the case was closed and they "determined that this behavior is considered to be by design."

Upguard then started notifying some of the affected companies and organizations, which moved to lock down their data. It raised an abuse report with Microsoft on July 15th.
By July 19th, the company says that most of the data from the Power Apps portals in question, including the most sensitive information, had been made private.  finance.yahoo.com

Majority of Websites Use Operating System Targeted by Attackers
Attackers Increasingly Target Linux in the Cloud

Linux is widely used in containerized environments, giving rise to significant attention from attackers.

Linux has been the favored operating system of system administrators and hackers, but
now the operating system has become a significant target of cybercriminals as well, with malware - such as Web shells and coin miners - running from Linux containers and about 200 different Linux vulnerabilities targeted in attacks.

That data, from security firm Trend Micro, underscores how containers have taken off and some of the most popular ones have a significant number of vulnerabilities. The official Python image, for example, has 482 vulnerabilities - 32 of them critical - while the official WordPress image has 402 vulnerabilities, 26 of them critical.

Companies need to ask themselves how they intend to secure their container infrastructure, says Aaron Ansari, vice president of cloud security at Trend Micro.

Driven by the widespread adoption of cloud, containerization, and infrastructure as code, Linux adoption has taken off.
More than 77% of all websites run Unix, with the majority - and likely the vast majority - running Linux, according to Web technology survey firm W3Techs. Among Trend Micro customers, companies deploying containers and virtual servers into cloud infrastructure, 61% use Linux and 39% use Windows, the company said. Almost three-quarters of Linux installations use Red Hat Enterprise Linux, AWS Linux, Ubuntu, or CentOS.

Little wonder, then, that
95% of all security events detected by intrusion prevention systems (IPSs) targeted those operating systems, with 43% of attacks and probes aimed at Amazon Linux, 29% at Red Hat Enterprise Linux, 15% at various flavors of Ubuntu, and 8% at CentOS, according to Trend Micro data. The data represents events logged by 100,000 unique Linux hosts. darkreading.com

Security and compliance still a challenge for container architectures
While adoption of container architectures and microservices continues at an impressive pace, maintaining automated and
proactive security and compliance is a particularly acute challenge for respondents, a NeuVector survey of more than 1,200 enterprise DevOps professionals reveals.

More than 89% of these survey respondents have container deployments active, and 88% are planning additional container deployments in the next 6-12 months. Kubernetes is the most used orchestration platform among respondents, followed by Red Hat OpenShift and Rancher.

AWS took the top three positions among cloud platforms used, with respondents naming AWS EC2, AWS EKS, and AWS Fargate as the most popular options.

But most interestingly: while container and Kubernetes security was cited as a top concern, many respondents also reported that
their current security tools and practices are not well-matched for meeting ongoing (and continually escalating) security requirements. helpnetsecurity.com

How to Maintain Accountability in a Hybrid Environment


Register Now for the 2021 RH-ISAC Summit - September 28-29

Hey LP/AP senior: If your retailer is a member you might want to consider attending yourself or sending one of your team members who works with cybersecurity on investigations or e-commerce fraud.

Especially now with the increased ransomware attacks and data beaches and the corresponding increased attention from law enforcement. Cross pollinating and building those relationships could pay off long term. 
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Keeping Your Online Accounts Protected Through an Authenticator App

If the recent major mobile carrier data breech has taught us anything, it's that two-factor authentication (2FA) is one of the most important aspects of keeping your online accounts protected. Even with the strongest of passwords, you're always at risk of falling victim to a data breach.

You should limit the use of SMS as a 2FA method if you can. Using an authenticator app is just as easy to use as getting SMS codes and works by generating a new security code every 30 seconds. You can use app-based one-time codes, from companies such as Google, Microsoft, or LastPass Authenticator (to name a few). In this case the code is generated within the app on your device, rather than being sent to you. If you have an Android device and want an open-source 2FA app, andOTP, is also a great choice.




U.S. and Canadian Retail Fraud Up 15% from Pre-Pandemic Period
According to LexisNexis Risk Solutions True Cost of Fraud Study
Survey of More Than 1,000 Retail and Ecommerce Executives Across the United States and Canada Finds Significant Increase in Cost and Volume of Fraud

The 12th annual LexisNexis Risk Solutions True Cost of Fraud™ Study: Ecommerce and Retail 2021 U.S. and Canada Edition provides a snapshot of current fraud trends and reveals key pain points related to merchants expanding internationally, adding new payment mechanisms and transacting through online and mobile channels. This year's findings were established through a survey conducted in March and April 2021 and show that the cost and volume of fraud has risen significantly since last year's survey and compared to a separate pre-pandemic report.

The LexisNexis Fraud Multiplier™ projects that every $1 of fraud costs U.S. retail and ecommerce merchants $3.60 compared to $3.13 prior to the pandemic. This is a 15% increase from a pre-pandemic survey and a 7.1% increase since the 2020 survey conducted during the pandemic. The cost of fraud in Canada is up 5.2% since 2020, now at $3.02. The mobile channel plays a key role in this increase in both countries, as more consumers turned to their devices to shop during the pandemic.

The pandemic changed consumer behaviors and fraudsters followed, taking advantage of merchants that accelerated mobile channel strategies. Respondents indicate there has been increased use of mobile apps and contactless payment methods at the expense of mobile browsers. This change in behavior comes with a fraud cost shift from browsers to these alternative methods.

Key Findings and Trends from the Report

Fraud Volumes Soar: The overall volume of fraud attacks has grown beyond pre and early pandemic periods, with businesses offering online/mobile transactions experiencing the largest year-over-year increase. U.S. ecommerce merchants have been hit particularly hard with merchants reporting a 140% increase in attacks since 2020 and their counterparts in Canada reporting a 52% increase. Successful attacks rose 52% and 45% in those markets respectively.

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Bezos: "We're going to be Earth's Best Employer & Safest Place to Work."
Amazon Sets Ambitious Safety Plans
Amazon, known for its Prime two-day delivery, is now focused on delivering health and wellness interventions to its employees. The need couldn't be more urgent.

2020 brought to a head multiple workforce issues-everything from COVID-19, mental health and addiction struggles, social injustices and systemic racism. And that's in addition to persistent workplace concerns, such as reducing incidents of slips, trips and falls.

In 2020, Amazon's global workforce grew by more than 50% from the previous year (1.3 million). The company is now the second-largest private employer in the U.S. and is expected to surpass Walmart, the current leader, in a year or two.

That has presented a massive challenge for keeping Amazon workers safe, from new hire training to ongoing support for current employees, all the while trying to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Bezos announced that in 2021 Amazon will invest more than $300 million into safety projects, including an initial $66 million to create technology that will help prevent collisions of forklifts and other types of industrial vehicles.

The motivation is simple, says Heather MacDougall, Amazon's vice president of worldwide workplace health and safety. "Our employees are the heart and soul of our operations, so we're working really hard every day to make sure, not only that they're healthy and safe at work, but they feel deeply cared about, and they're proud to work for Amazon," she tells EHS Today.

Last year, Amazon spent $11.5 billion on COVID-19 safety measures. Some of those safety measures continue, and others are contingent upon COVID-19 cases and latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Other safety initiatives:

COVID-19 Vaccine Drives - offering vaccines at more than 250 locations in 37 states & Canada. All current U.S. hourly, non-exempt employees receive an $80 benefit for getting fully vaccinated and a $100 benefit for new hires who show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination.

WorkingWell program - to help employees focus on their physical and mental well-being.

Resources for Living - That provides employees greater access to mental health care.

Workplace Injury Partnership - In June, Amazon and the National Safety Council (NSC) announced a five-year partnership to invent new ways to prevent MSDs across a variety of industries. ehstoday.com

Target's online operation adding Amazon-like package sorting centers in Dallas and Houston
Dallas and Houston are among the first four cities where Target is opening so-called "sortation centers" following a successful test in Minneapolis, where the retailer is headquartered.

Target is adopting a link in its online delivery structure that Amazon uses - warehouse buildings filled not with rows of merchandise, but with sealed packages that need to be sorted for delivery. dallasnews.com

A former Amazon employee who says she has a bowel condition accused the company of firing her for taking too many bathroom breaks




Lubbock, TX: Police investigate after confrontation at Lowes' on video:
"Did you just walk off?"
Lubbock Police were asked on Sunday to investigate an incident which happened Saturday at Lowe's Home Improvement, 5022 West Loop 289. A police report said a customer recorded video and confronted three people in the parking lot after she suspected the three were participating in theft. She ran toward the three while recording the video and demanded to know, "Did you just walk off with your stuff?"

One man responded, "I got a receipt! What are you talking about?" The customer responded, "She asked for your receipt!" A second man confronted the customer in return and told her, "I didn't give you permission to video me." Moments later, with some merchandise still in a shopping cart, the car moves off and hits a shopping cart. The customer, while still recording the video, yelled, "Why'd you leave your stuff if you have a receipt!?!" She also yelled, "That's cool! I got ya though! I got all y'all."

The police report included a statement from a store employee (an asset protection agent) who claimed two of the three people came into the store with no merchandise but left the store later with several items. The employee stated in the police report that the two made no effort to pay for the merchandise. The third was waiting in a car in the driver seat. everythinglubbock.com

Tamarac, FL: Detectives Arrest Second Man in Stolen Goods Racket
A second man has been arrested by Broward Sheriff's Office detectives probing a stolen goods racket in Tamarac, court records show. Kevin Hawkins, 23, was arrested in Tamarac on Aug. 13 and charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property. The records show that he pleaded not guilty and was released from the Broward Main Jail on a $4,500 bond. Hawkins was an employee of Ferguson Enterprises, working out of the company's warehouse on West Commercial Boulevard in Tamarac, when surveillance video caught him stealing a Sub Zero refrigerator worth $5,200 off the warehouse floor, according to an arrest affidavit filed by BSO. According to detectives, Hawkins took the fridge out through the warehouse's bay door, where trucks pick up merchandise. The footage showed him returning inside without the fridge, records show. After an inventory check, Ferguson managers told detectives the item was missing and identified Hawkins from their warehouse video, according to BSO. When detectives interviewed Hawkins, he admitted stealing three to five items from Ferguson Enterprises and selling them for $300 apiece to a delivery driver subcontracted by the company, records show.

"Hawkins advised he would remove items that he would select from the warehouse, load them onto the truck, and he would receive a cash payment for the item," wrote BSO Detective Gerald Kitchell. The arrest came after detectives announced "Operation Cold Justice," an undercover BSO operation launched in late July to break up a stolen goods racket involving high-end appliances being sold online. Before nailing Hawkins, detectives arrested Luiz Rodrigues, 41, who is suspected of selling merchandise stolen from Ferguson Enterprises, according to court records. Detectives said Rodrigues took them inside several storage units in Pompano Beach, showing them stolen items he had posted for sale online. According to an arrest affidavit, on Aug. 4, Rodrigues agreed to sell several stolen items to an undercover deputy for $18,500 in cash. Among the goods included in the deal were two stolen refrigerators. After the bust, detectives recovered a dozen stolen appliances, all reported stolen from Ferguson Enterprises. Investigators also seized more than $10,000 in cash. tamaractalk.com

Pittsburgh: First of 3 Brothers Sentenced for Attempting to Steal Guns Allegheny Arms and Gun Works
A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment on a charge of conspiracy.

In connection with the guilty plea of brothers Jerwahn Atkins, Jamir Atkins and Jerquay Atkins, the court was advised that on May 31, 2020, the Atkins brothers conspired to steal firearms from federal firearm licensee, Allegheny Arms and Gun Works. The Atkins's used a crowbar in an attempt to gain entry to the gun store which triggered a burglary alarm. This alarmed caused the brothers to run away to which Jerquay and Jerwahn left the scene in the same vehicle while Jamir departed in a separate vehicle, not arriving at the next crime scene. Jamir Atkins and Jerwahn Atkins then drove to the National Armory in Moon Township, also a federal firearm licensee. A crowbar was again used to pry open the door triggering the burglary alarm causing the two brothers to flee once more. justice.gov

Dartmouth, MA: Police looking for suspect who allegedly stole over $6,000 in merchandise
Dartmouth Police have issued a statement concerning an alleged theft at a local department store. "DPD is looking for some help identifying this shady cat (wait for it...wait for it), who recently stole over $6,000 in designer sunglasses from Macy's." "If you would like to help us solve this case (see what I did there) by providing information on his identity, we encourage you to either send us a private message or call Detective Kyle Costa at 508-910-1755." fallriverreporter.com

Holmdel, NJ: Cooper Wire Shoplifting Arrest at Lowes Home Improvement
At 1pm today the Holmdel Police responded to a shoplifting call at Lowes Home Improvement. Lowes loss prevention advised that the suspect had fled the store in a black BMW and had shoplifted several large spools of copper wire. Ptl. Patrick Weimer located and stopped the BMW on Hwy 35 North. Upon further investigation, Ptl. Weimer discovered that the driver, 29 y/o Michael Castinira of Browns Mills, had stolen 22 spools of Copper wire worth approximately $5,098.00. Castinira was also found to be utilizing various ficticious license plates by affixing them with velcro tape. ahherald.com

San Antonio, TX: Man and woman accused of stealing $3,000 worth of cosmetics from North Side Ulta Beauty

Fort Myers, FL: More than $2,300 in merchandise stolen from Target; Fort Myers police asking for public's help

Boca Raton, FL: Women caught stealing $1,200 of items from Ulta Beauty

Bossier City, LA: Police need help identifying 2 men tied to Target theft

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Shootings & Deaths

Shreveport, LA: Arrest made after deadly shooting outside liquor store
A Shreveport man is in custody in Texas after a deadly shooting outside a liquor store in Shreveport. Javoria Sherman, 26, the victim in this shooting, was positively identified through fingerprint comparison, the Caddo Parish Coroner's Office reports. Police say they responded to the homicide at King Liquor in the 4300 block of Hilry Huckaby Drive just after 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22. Preliminary investigation shows Sherman and 26-year-old James Earl Gray, of Shreveport, got into an argument outside the store, during which Gray reportedly drew a gun and shot Sherman. Authorities say Gray then fled in an SUV. ksla.com

William D. Wood Jr. Enters Federal Guilty Plea in Chili's Grill in Dewitt, N.Y., Double Homicide Case & Armed Robbery
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK - William D. Wood, Jr. pled guilty today to federal charges related to the September 2018 robbery and murders he committed at the Chili's Grill and Bar in Dewitt, New York,

Wood admitted that he held all four employees on the ground at gunpoint, and after obtaining the available cash from the restaurant's safe, shot and killed Stephen Gudknecht and Kristopher Hicks. Wood admitted that his
gun malfunctioned as he attempted to shoot another employee, allowing time for that employee and a fourth employee to hide and flee from Wood.

He faces maximum sentences of
20 years on the robbery conviction, and life on each of the two firearms offenses.

Wood was previously sentenced in Onondaga County Court to
life without parole following his plea of guilty to related state crimes, including two counts of Murder in the First Degree. justice.gov

Warren, OH: Shots fired outside West Market store, no injuries

Chicago, IL: Wells Street restaurants struck by gunfire in Old Town shooting, no injuries


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Update: Mag Mile robbery crew stole purses worth $43K;
Security Guard critically injured
Chicago police issued an alert after a 73-year-old security guard was badly injured in one of several store robberies along the city's Magnificent Mile. Chicago police said Monday they are on the lookout for a team of thieves hitting high-end retail shops along the Mag Mile. "We put out a business alert on this for other locations and incidents that fit this same MO," Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said. At least four different stores were targeted within the last week in the 900-block of N. Rush Street, the 1000-block of N. Michigan Avenue, the 600-block of North Michigan Avenue and the 0-100-block of E. Huron Street.

"Offenders got out of the car, went into a high-end store, stole several purses totaling $43,000," Deenihan said. Each time, investigators said a group of men wearing medical masks and hoodies enter the store, grab the purses on the display tables, then run out. The crimes were caught on surveillance cameras, police said. "Running in and stealing purses, but in this case, running in and causing serious harm and putting an elderly security guard in the ICU," Deenihan said.

The 73-year-old security guard was hospitalized in critical condition. "Caused bleeding on the brain for that individual," Deenihan said. "That individual is expected to survive. He has a skull fracture and it is definitely in extremely serious condition and still in the ICU. We do not know what the long-term effects are going to be of this injury." The getaway car was also caught on camera. abc7chicago.com

Atmore, AL: Woman charged in Armed Robbery at Walmart
A woman was arrested shortly after the armed robbery of the Atmore Walmart Monday afternoon. The armed robbery was reported about 3:15 p.m. at the store on North Main Street. "Walmart officials said a female walked up to the service desk and advised the cashier she was armed with a weapon and demanded cash," Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks said. "The female suspect then fled the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash." Atmore Police Department officers located the suspect in a wooded area behind Oak Hill Cemetery, which is adjacent to the store. The suspect was identified as 30-year old Therease Antoinette Fletcher of Huntsville Alabama. She was transported to jail on a charge of robbery first degree. northescambia.com

County, CA: Man shoplifting inside Rite Aid was also holding a Molotov Cocktail
On Friday evening, an employee at Rite Aid reported an unknown man was opening items and consuming them inside the store. Upon arrival Deputies made contact with the suspect. The suspect later identified as Jason Sisk complied with Deputies and put down a plastic container and a beer bottle. Deputies later discovered that the beer bottle was half full of Tiki Torch fuel and a cloth fashioned wick. Shasta County Fire Investigator were looking for Sisk regarding a fire on 8/15 which is still under investigation. twitter.com

Waterloo, IA: Getaway driver pleads in Armored Truck Robbery
The woman accused of being a getaway driver in an armored truck robbery that ended in the death of one of the robbers has pleaded. Justina Lynn Davis, 30, entered an Alford plea -- not admitting guilt but contending that she would likely be convicted at trial -- to a reduced charge of conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery on Monday in Black Hawk County District Court. She was originally charged with first-degree robbery, which carries up to 25 years behind bars with a 17-year mandatory minimum before parole. Instead, Davis was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison with no mandatory minimum under the plea agreement with prosecutors. Fines and surcharges were suspended.

Davis is the second person to plead in the robbery. Kevin Cruz Soliveras, 30, in June 2021 pleaded guilty to robbery in the heist as well as a list of unrelated crimes. The holdup happened as Rochester Armored Car workers stopped at U.S. Bank on Kimball Avenue to load cash on March 11, 2021. The guards opened fire, killing 37-year-old Bryce Altman Miller, who was brandishing two handguns. wcfcourier.com

Chattanooga, TN: Evangelist charged with stalking Walmart employee, trying to bite police officers
A leader of a Christian evangelizing organization was arrested for stalking a Walmart employee earlier this month after the evangelist attempted to bite Chattanooga police officers and was shot with a stun gun, according to an arrest report. timesfreepress.com

Oak Grove, KY: Trial scheduled for woman charged in Burger King robbery

Los Angeles, CA: Armed man robs 4 convenience stores in OC and Whittier in 1 night



Trial begins for man suspected of Arson at City Market grocery store
Opening statements were made Monday in the trial for an associate professor at Fort Lewis College charged with felony arson on suspicion of setting fire to the chip aisle at south City Market nearly two years ago in Durango. It is the second attempt to hold a trial for Bradley Clark. The first ended in a mistrial in June after a juror exhibited COVID-19-like symptoms and another ran into day care problems, leaving only 11 jurors. Fourteen jurors were seated Monday, including two alternates. The fire was reported about 10:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 2019. The fire, smoke and sprinklers resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in damage and lost merchandise. No surveillance footage actually captured the fire being set; it only shows Clark entering the aisle and leaving the aisle. It also shows people entering and leaving the aisle before the fire starting and after it had sprang to life. Durango defense lawyer Brian Schowalter said Clark did not set the fire, and the case is about a "rush to judgment." durangoherald.com




Bike - West Chester, PA - Burglary
C-Store - Buena Park, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - La Palma, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Whittier, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Bear, DE - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Muncie, IN - Robbery
C-Store - Mountain Brook, AL - Burglary
Car Wash - Grand Island, NE - Burglary
Check Cash - Grand Island, NE - Burglary
Gas Station - Newark, DE - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Rocky Mount, NC - Armed Robbery
Guns - Bentonville, AR - Burglary
Jewelry - Riverside, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Wilmington, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Katy, TX - Burglary
Jewelry - Davenport, IA - Robbery
Jewelry - Tukwila, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Charlotte, NC - Robbery
Liquor - Clovis, CA - Armed Robbery
Liquor - Sioux Falls, SD - Armed Robbery
T-Mobile - St Paul, MN - Burglary
Vape - Grand Island, NE - Burglary
Walmart - Atmore, AL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Anaheim, CA - Armed Robbery


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

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