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Amanda Pritters named Head of Retail Security for Apple

Before joining Apple as Head of Retail Security, Amanda spent a year with Meta as Head of Global Security Retail. Prior to that, she spent more than five years with Victoria's Secret as an Asset Protection Executive. Earlier in her career, she held LP roles with L Brands and Nordstrom. Congratulations, Amanda!

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After the Storm...
Being Prepared for Fraud & Scams

 After a Natural Disaster Incident

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Official Press Release: The Senate's 'Combatting Organized Retail Crime Act'
Cortez Masto, Grassley Introduce Legislation to Bolster Federal Response to Organized Retail Theft
U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced legislation to protect shops and retailers by targeting flash mob robberies and intricate retail theft schemes. The Combatting Organized Retail Crime Act establishes a coordinated multi-agency response and creates new tools to tackle evolving trends in organized retail theft.

"Law enforcement must have access to the tools they need to crack down on organized crime groups that target shops and retailers in Nevada and across the country" said Senator Cortez Masto. "My bipartisan legislation will do just that by going after large-scale criminal schemes and working with the retail industry to deter, detect, and prosecute these crimes."

The bipartisan Combatting Organized Retail Crime Act creates a unified government and industry collaboration to address this trend. The bill establishes a Center to Combat Organized Retail Crime at Homeland Security Investigations that combines expertise from state and local law enforcement agencies as well as retail industry representatives. It also creates new tools to assist in federal investigation and prosecution of organized retail crime, and help recover lost goods and proceeds.

The Combatting Organized Retail Crime Act is supported by the National Retail Federation, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Innovating Commerce Serving Communities, the Peace Officers Research Association of California, and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.

"We applaud Senators Grassley and Cortez Masto for introducing the Combating Organized Retail Crime Act of 2022. Organized Retail Crime (ORC) is a multibillion-dollar problem impacting the retail industry and jeopardizing the safety of associates and customers," said the NRF cortezmasto.senate.gov

   Legislative text is available HERE.

Tackling Theft at the Source - by Tightening Online Selling Regulations
Ca. Gov. Newsom Signs Bills to Crack Down on the Sale of Stolen Goods Online

SB 301 requires online sellers to provide key information and AB 1700 creates a reporting platform for the public to report suspected stolen items online

SACRAMENTO - With online marketplaces selling stolen merchandise, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed legislation to strengthen transparency rules for high-volume, third-party sellers and provide greater tools for law enforcement to identify stolen items, often taken from doorsteps or shoplifted at retail stores.

"We are tightening the spigot, reducing the sale of online illegal merchandise," said Governor Gavin Newsom. "By empowering consumers with the ability to identify stolen items for sale online and providing greater transparency for high-volume sellers, we are tackling this problem at the source."

Both SB 301 by state Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and AB 1700 by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (D-San Diego) work to address the online sale of stolen merchandise. SB 301 calls for online marketplaces to require high-volume third-party sellers to provide greater information to protect consumers. AB 1700 directs the Attorney General's Office to dedicate a section of its website for individuals to report items found on online marketplaces, identified as possible stolen goods.

The Governor also signed AB 2294 by Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr. (D-Los Angeles), which gives law enforcement the ability to keep in custody individuals suspected of organized retail theft. Under the current process, an individual arrested for a misdemeanor is typically released with a written notice or citation. This bill will allow for law enforcement to keep in custody a person arrested for a misdemeanor if they have been convicted of theft from a store in the last six-months, or if there is probable cause that the individual is guilty of participating in organized retail theft. gov.ca.gov

Move Over COVID - Theft Surge is the Real Game-Changer
Retail Theft Is Changing The Customer Experience

As retail theft continues to be an issue across the country, many stores are developing new strategies to help avoid losses.

When shopping lately, consumers might see empty shelves, but that's not necessarily from supply chain issues. It's because the stores are locking up their merchandise to avoid being robbed. This comes from a Wall Street Journal report which found that this is happening in stores like Best Buy and Home Depot.

Home Depot executives have said that the store looks at which items are more likely to be stolen and lock them away in areas that are being targeted the most. Best Buy said it's not hiding more product overall than it did previously, but it's doing so where it's necessary.

Sometimes, however, the practice has positive results. For example, Scott Glenn, vice president of asset protection at Home Depot, said that sales will go up steadily after a high risk product is locked away because the stores can actually maintain their stock.

Retail theft spiked during COVID-19, and it's still higher than it was before the pandemic.

Policies like Proposition 47 in California decriminalized theft under $950 in 2014, and several progressive DA's around the country have shied away from prosecuting petty theft, especially since the death of George Floyd.

Workers and businesses around the country have fought back against theft on their own and taken the matter into their own hands. Some employees at Best Buy are even getting trained on how to stand nearby commonly stolen merchandise, likely as a deterrent.

A workers union in Colorado and Wyoming even brokered a contract that made sure employees have the right to self defense if a consumer comes after them. dailywire.com

Another San Francisco Progressive Dem Endorsed By Party for DA
Progressives Still in Control in the Bay

Outspoken Progressive Democrat Endorsed By Democrat Party Over Recently Appointed Moderate Dem. DA Jenkins in San Francisco
San Francisco District Attorney candidate John Hamasaki has nabbed an official endorsement from the city's Democratic Party, a potentially valuable boost in a race where one poll showed him more than 20 points behind incumbent Brooke Jenkins.

Jenkins, who was appointed the her post in July by Mayor London Breed, came into power after helping lead a successful recall against her former boss, District Attorney Chesa Boudin. Jenkins is viewed as perhaps the most moderate candidate in the pool, while Hamasaki, an outspoken progressive and former police commissioner, is courting the votes of the city's progressives, including those who supported Boudin.

Anika Steig, a campaign consultant for Jenkins said "They opposed the Boudin recall and just endorsed a candidate who has called for de-funding the District Attorney's Office he's running for." "They don't represent a focus on public safety that the majority of San Franciscans are asking for." sfchronicle.com

Organized retail theft leads to 'Wall of Shame' at local business

New Zealand: Police update on action to address retail crime

NYC's Crime Crisis Continues

Burglary Up 70%, Robbery Up 15% in NYC Financial District
NYC's Financial District now blighted with spiking crime, vagrants

Emboldened crooks and vagrants have been robbing and assaulting locals without restraint while businesses are regularly looted by brazen shoplifters.

"It's gotten more outlandish," Keith Ruiz, 29, a concierge at 71 Broadway, said about criminal activity in the neighborhood. Perps "come down to Wall Street because they know where the money is. ... It's all money-driven crime."

NYPD data for the 1st Precinct, which includes the Financial District, shows major crimes have increased 50% this year, compared to 33% citywide. Burglary is up 70%, robbery 15%, felony assault 16%, and rape 55%.

"I'm hoping that the new mayor can do something more for the police, but it seems that nothing's moved yet," Silvio said. Even some luxe buildings have become hotbeds of drug deals and other unseemly activity.

At the TJ Maxx on Wall Street, where racks can be stocked with $250 Balmain t-shirts and $600 Gucci sweaters, one employee complained about a surge in merchandise theft during the pandemic, often by the same crooks. Police data shows 911 calls to the location are up to 40 through Sept. 22, compared to 20 in 2021 and 14 in 2019.

Lawyer Thomas Kenniff, a Republican who ran and lost against soft-on-crime Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg last November, attributed the spike in crime to lower foot traffic in the neighborhood alongside lax bail laws. nypost.com

Random Attacks Surging in NYC
Violent, unprovoked attacks have New Yorkers on edge
"There's something profoundly wrong with New York," said Mary Hassler, 66, an Astoria resident and cosmetics sales person. "The number of these attacks are growing. There seems to be more and more all the time. ... It's every New Yorker's fear."

The NYPD reports an uptick so far this year in 911 calls involving emotionally disturbed people. Through Sept. 29, police cited an 8% hike with the latest numbers at 131,199 - roughly 500 per day, up from 128,488 over the same stretch of 2021.

And in a year when the NYPD reported a nearly 12% drop in homicides, there was also a citywide 37% jump in robberies and a 43% increase in grand larceny as New Yorkers expressed their fears about the ongoing situation.

"You hear of these attacks daily," said Lucia Constantine, 46, as she passed the spot where 61-year-old FDNY EMS Lt. Alison Russo was inexplicably killed on a September afternoon. "They have been more and more, and there's no consequences. These people are out here with rap sheets as long as their arms." nydailynews.com

Greenwich Village block held hostage by lunchtime rowdies
A band of foul-mouthed, toy gun-waving, pot-puffing high school hooligans are keeping residents of West 13th off 6th Avenue hostage in their own tony homes, terrified denizens told The Post.



COVID Update

619.7M Vaccinations Given

US: 98.2M Cases - 1M Dead - 95.1M Recovered
Worldwide: 623.5M Cases - 6.5M Dead - 603.5M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 362   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 802

Officer Down Memorial Reports: 792 COVID19 LOD Deaths Last Three Years
Police Officers Line of Duty Deaths in 2022 - 181 Down 63% From 2021's 644

COVID19 - The Leading Cause of Death for Police Officers 'Line of Duty Deaths' Three Years Running

ODMP reports that COVID19 has been the leading cause of police officers 'Line of Duty' deaths three years running.

With COVID19 causing 502 deaths in 2021, and driving a 52% increase in total deaths over 2020. And caused 277 in 2020 which drove an increase of 169% over 2019.

COVID19 made a historical and lasting mark on the law enforcement community. Resulting in the largest spike in LOD deaths of police officers in history.

Of interesting note is that Texas ranks in the top five categories in the Daily's Retail Crime reports - ranking either #1 or #2 in the Daily's Violent Fatalities Report six years running.

Law enforcement continues to be one of the most dangerous professions in America. odmp.org

The Return of Masks?
9 New York Counties Back at 'High' Risk, Masking Advised Amid COVID Uptick
For the first time in months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending masks in Central New York because of an uptick in COVID-19 cases and patients hospitalized with the virus.

As of Thursday, the CDC identified nine counties in New York state that met the criteria, which is based on new cases per 100,000 population, new hospital admissions per 100,000 population, and a rolling average percentage of hospital beds being used for COVID patients.

According to the agency's community level maps, those nine counties are Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Jefferson, Montgomery, Onondaga, Orange, Oswego, and Rensselaer. Only 13 counties remain at "low" risk, while the majority of the state is holding at "medium." nbcnewyork.com

Permanent Uptake of COVID-era Flexi-Work Models Could Improve Mental Health
Practices implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as flexible working arrangements and teleworking, could help to reduce work-related mental health challenges, according to a first-ever set of Guidelines on Mental Health at Work released Wednesday by the World Health Organization (WHO).  healthpolicy-watch.news

How the CDC's communication failures during Covid tarnished the agency

Covid-19: How to prepare for a possible winter wave



Business Continuity/Crisis Management
Proactive - Reactive

Hurricane Ian Aftermath

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Retail LP/AP Leaders Lead Natural Disaster Response Efforts

Marvin Ellison, CEO of Lowe's at NRF LP Conf. 2010:
Home Depot's AP Team Led the Entire Org. & Excelled During Katrina

Marvin Ellison, current Lowe's CEO - who started his retail career at Target in AP in 1987, progressing to EVP at The Home Depot in 2002 and then CEO at JCPenney in 2014 - spoke at NRF PROTECT in 2010 and said that Hurricane Katrina in 2005 is where the Home Depot Asset Protection Team truly excelled and led the organization as the HD first responders, so to speak, and did an incredible job, going above and beyond and establishing creditability and corporate-wide recognition. It's where the HD AP team stood up and led the entire organization during a historic natural disaster.

Don't Wait for a Hurricane to Develop Your Plan
Business Continuity Management is Crucial - Hurricane or Not

What is the difference between Business Continuity Management and Emergency Management?

Business Continuity Management is proactive while Crisis/Emergency Management is reactive. Business Continuity prepares the organization to continue during an incident whereas Crisis Management is when all efforts fail and we try to put things in place. Business Continuity is an enabling discipline. Crisis Management is a controlling discipline.

Included in Business Continuity Management

Crisis Management and many other components should be part of the Business Continuity Plan/Program.

Business Continuity Management contains Incident Management, Emergency Management and all associated impact reducing corrective controls. Or perhaps "The shit has happened, this is what we are doing now" as opposed to "oh sh**!...."

Business Continuity is the preparation made to ensure a smooth effective, efficient and well laid out plan for Crisis Management.

It is unfortunate that many businesses do not basically prepare for natural disaster, even with the tools and knowledge available. For a business to have overall protection of continuity, they must prepare for any event, not just for commerce.

There will always be a Crisis but the question is how well you have planned for it, no matter what the crisis is.  bcpbuilder.com

   Crisis Management & Business Continuity Management: Why Is It Often Confused?

   Business Continuity Vs Crisis Management

Retailers Step Up to Support Recovery Efforts
Retailers Respond to Devastating Hurricane

Publix, Walmart and Amazon among the many launching support efforts

Publix, which operates stores in the hard-hit areas of Fort Myers, Naples and other coastal communities in Florida, announced that it is donating $1 million through its Publix Super Markets Charities arm to nonprofit groups assisting in recovery and cleanup efforts. Among other organizations, the funds will support the American Red Cross and United Way.

Experienced in pre- and post-hurricane assistance, the Florida-based food retailer is also launching a company-wide register campaign through which shoppers and associates can donate. All of the funds will go to relief efforts by the American Red Cross.

Meanwhile, Walmart, Inc. announced that Walmart, Sam's Club and the Walmart Foundation are committing up to $6 million to relief efforts, spanning donations of supplies to grants to groups that are on the ground.

E-comm giant Amazon is also delivering support in the wake of the weather event. In addition to protecting employees in the storm's path, the company activated its disaster relief hub in Atlanta - a special warehouse that contains more than a million relief items - and loaded 10 trucks with more than 360,000 water bottles. The company is supporting Red Cross outreach, too. progressivegrocer.com

   5 Walmart & Sam's Club Stores Still Closed From Hurricane Ian

   How restaurants are recovering from Hurricane Ian

Retail & Government Operations Centers

National Business Emergency Operations Center
Florida State Emergency Operations Center
Lee County - SW Florida Operations Center
Walmart Emergency Operations Center
Amazon's Disaster Relief Hub
Target Emergency Operations Center
Home Depot's Natural Disaster Command Center
Lowe's Emergency Command Center
Microsoft Teams Emergency Operations Center

Post-Hurricane Crime & Looting Hits Florida

Security Missions - Curfews - Checkpoints - and More
Florida Response to Historic & Catastrophic Hurricane Ian Continues
Governor Ron DeSantis issued updates on Hurricane Ian at the State Emergency Operations Center with Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell.

There are currently 42,000 linemen responding to the more than 1.9 million reported power outages. They have already restored power to more than 700,000 accounts in Southwest Florida.

Florida National Guard began executing security missions throughout southwest Florida, including curfew enforcement (Sarasota), checkpoint and access control (Pinellas), and site security (Lee).

Florida National Guard members are conducting Liaison missions in 20 counties to support and coordinate emergency response missions and requests in those counties.

The State Surgeon General has signed a letter to allow staff of the Department and Agency for Health Care Administration to travel past curfews across state lines to conduct any necessary health and safety actions, this can be found here.

The Missouri Task Force 1 Disaster Situational Assessment and Reconnaissance (DSAR) Team is deploying to Florida through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact to support urban search and rescue efforts and incident assessment. flgov.com

Florida Governor Puts Hurricane Looters on Notice
'We're a Second Amendment state': DeSantis warns looters after Hurricane Ian
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a pointed warning to anyone looking to take advantage of the chaos caused by Hurricane Ian.

"Don't even think about looting. Don't even think about taking advantage of people in this vulnerable situation. And so local law enforcement is involved in monitoring that," he said during a Friday news conference.

"You can have people you know bringing boats into some of these islands and trying to ransack people's homes. I can tell you, in the state of Florida, you never know what may be lurking behind somebody's home, and I would not wanna chance that if I were you, given that we're a Second Amendment state," he added.

The governor said at one point he saw a sign on a boarded up business in Punta Gorda, Fla. which said only "you loot, we shoot," Florida Politics reported.

There have been sporadic reports of looting in some of the state's hardest hit areas. In Fort Myers cops busted five youthful looters. Another man was collared for burglary and criminal mischief in Levy County, WCJB20 reported. nypost.com

Looters arrested in Fort Myers in wake of Hurricane Ian chaos
Florida cops arrested a group of looters in a devastated section of Fort Myers Thursday, according to a local reporter.

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno issued a stiff warning to would-be thieves this week as the Category 4 storm made landfall in his jurisdiction.

He added that the department had received a report of a local gas station being looted during the storm. nypost.com

Florida county announces 'zero tolerance' for looting amid curfew

Plant City, Fl. business looted during Hurricane Ian

Florida Response to Hurricane Ian Continues 10/02

Hurricane Ian death toll climbs to at least 68; over 4,000 people rescued in Florida


DOJ's Corporate Crackdown in the News
New Crackdown Meant to Encourage Companies to Police Their Own Employees

Justice Department Promises to Crack Down as Corporate Crime Cases Decline

New policies are meant to spur companies to self-report fraud and bribery amid a decline in the number of corporate crime cases.

The Justice Department is seeking to counter data showing a decline in corporate crime cases by doubling down on a familiar strategy: Getting companies to police their own employees and hand over any evidence of wrongdoing to prosecutors.

The bid to get companies to disclose possible criminal violations is part of a sweeping set of policy changes announced by Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco last month.

Data suggests that enforcement of criminal statutes affecting corporations and their executives has lagged. A U.S. Sentencing Commission report in August said that guilty pleas by corporations have trended downward in recent decades, reaching 90 in 2021 from a high of 304 in 2000.

Encouraging corporate confessions

A memo issued by Ms. Monaco directs different sections of the Justice Department that deal with corporate crime to develop policies that outline the benefits on offer to companies that voluntarily disclose misconduct, including discounts on fines.

Companies that disclose misconduct won't be required to plead guilty, and will instead be eligible for probationary deals known as deferred prosecution agreements that typically require companies to pay a fine, admit wrongdoing and improve their compliance programs, according to the memo.

Speedier investigations

Another way the Justice Department plans to jump-start investigations into corporate crime is by putting prosecutors and companies "on the clock" to get investigations done faster. Among other changes, Ms. Monaco's memo urges companies to report misconduct quickly, and threatens penalties for those that don't turn over information about culpable individuals fast enough. What's considered fast enough is left up to prosecutors to determine.

Pushing companies to do that on an expedited basis could force them to hand over evidence before they have had a chance to assess its implications, lawyers said. That could make conducting internal investigations and cooperating with prosecutors "an even more intense and difficult process.

Other policy changes: wsj.com

Beefed Up OSHA Enforcement Against 'Severe Violators'
OSHA Expands Who May Wind Up on Its 'Severe Violator' List
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced it is expanding the criteria for placement in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) list. The result will be more employers on the SVEP list with beefed-up enforcement against them.

OSHA is including "more mundane violations" as qualifying employers for inclusion on the list, said David Smith, an attorney with Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete in Atlanta. Employers' greatest risk is being cited for two repeat violations at one site, which will happen all too easily, he cautioned. Employers consequently may want to fight the "little citations"; otherwise, they may have to face the consequences of being on the SVEP list, he said.

Those consequences include mandatory follow-up inspections, being publicly listed as a severe violator while they are in the program and, for large employers, warning letters to top company officers and OSHA press releases about the severe violations, said Peter Spanos, an attorney with Taylor English in Atlanta.

If on the list, "the company's OSHA log of workplace-related injuries must be submitted to OSHA on a quarterly basis, instead of being available just during inspections," Spanos said. shrm.org

Uber Eats Driver Carjacking & Murder Case
DOJ: Man Receives 25-Year Sentence For Carjacking Murder Of Uber Eats Driver
SAN JUAN, P.R. - On September 30, 2022, U.S. District Judge Daniel R. Domínguez sentenced Carlos Rafael Rosario-Morales to 25 years in prison for committing two carjackings, during one of which he murdered an Uber Eats driver, announced W. Stephen Muldrow, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. When he pled guilty on May 26, 2022, Rosario-Morales acknowledged that on August 6, 2019, he took a 2017 Ford Transit from an Uber Eats driver, whom he stabbed multiple times with a knife, and thereby caused his death. Rosario-Morales also acknowledged that on July 22, 2019, he took a Mitsubishi Outlander from a female victim while brandishing a knife. justice.gov

Five Below rolls out BOPIS nationwide

Consumer confidence rises to five month high

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Director, Loss Prevention Regional (LPRD) job posted for Ross Stores in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
An effective LPRD is responsible for the protection of all company assets and achieving shortage and safety goals set for the division. This is done by supervising and promoting Loss Prevention initiatives and programs. It is further accomplished by developing and maintaining a strong partnership with the Vice President of Store Operations. Through this partnership the LPRD implements shortage and safety related solutions designed to reduce losses through a combination of applications which include data analysis, audits, training programs and investigations. jobs.rossstores.com

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Mandatory 3-Day Jail Term for Shoplifters
Aurora lawmakers impose mandatory 3 days in jail for shoplifting more than $300
Any adult convicted of stealing more than $300 in merchandise from an Aurora retail store will soon face no fewer than three days in the municipal jail, under a new mandatory minimum sentencing law passed by Aurora's City Council on Monday.

The minimum jail sentence of three days, short enough to be served in the city holding facility, was introduced in response to what Mayor Mike Coffman described as the "literally lawless" problem of retail theft in the city, despite a marked drop in arrests.

Police reported in a summary of crime data for the week of Sept. 18 that property crime has risen 10.3% since last year. At the same time, police Division Chief Cassidee Carlson said Monday that the number of arrests and summonses of adults for retail theft exceeding $300 was less than pre-pandemic levels, with 177 reported in 2019, compared to 38 so far in 2022.  sentinelcolorado.com

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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Follow along all month, starting tomorrow, as we choose a weekly cybersecurity topic that is key to 'Cybersecurity Awareness'

This year's campaign theme - "See Yourself in Cyber" - demonstrates that while cybersecurity may seem like a complex subject, ultimately, it's really all about people . This October will focus on the "people" part of cybersecurity, providing information and resources to help educate CISA partners and the public, and ensure all individuals and organizations make smart decisions whether on the job, at home or at school - now and in the future.

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Lawmakers Call on FTC & DOJ to Step Up Cyber Efforts
Schumer urges FTC and DOJ to increase protections against cybersecurity hacks
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday urged federal officials to increase their efforts to protect consumers from cybersecurity breaches and investigate those responsible for such hacks.

"I am calling on the Federal Trade Commission, first, to ensure that companies do everything they can to protect consumer data, and on the Department of Justice to fully investigate and go after the hackers that aim to harm Americans," Schumer, a New York Democrat, said at a news conference.

Schumer cited a handful of recent data breaches at private and public organizations, including a hack at Uber that the company disclosed in September. Shortly after the disclosure, Uber said the hackers accessed invoice-related data and company Slack messages.

American Airlines confirmed a data breach last month, according to Schumer's office. An unauthorized actor gained access to personal information of a small number of customers and employees through a phishing campaign, his office said in a release.

"We want to know who took (private data), what they did with it, and what consumers need to do to protect themselves, and the responsibility is with the Federal Trade Commission, the FTC, and the Department of Justice, and we're asking them to make - to redouble their efforts to answer all of these," he said.

Schumer said he wants a stricter requirement for companies to report data breaches to make as many consumers as possible aware of any possible exposure.

"The law requires a company when it is hacked, or a government agency to notify the federal authorities, but not much more," he said. cnn.com

REvil Insider Helped Law Enforcement
'Disgruntled insider' shared REvil info with researchers, helped law enforcement
The sender turned out to be a "disgruntled internal source" upset with how other hackers boasted about earnings while they hadn't been paid. The insider went on to help researchers understand the inner workings of the group that became known as REvil, whose antics and crimes made headlines after attacking beef producer JBS.

AdvertisementJohn Fokker, head of threat intelligence at Trellix - and formerly of McAfee ATR - revealed the interactions with the insider in new research on Thursday. He notes that the source shared screenshots of REvil's back end pane that helped confirm earlier theories from Fokker's team about how REvil tracked its associates. It also shows in minute detail how the operations worked.

The source also shared "TTPs, internal relationships, information on the group's operations," Fokker wrote. "The tools, tactics and techniques they used ranged from infostealer logs, RDPBrute, ADFind, Mimikatz, WinPEAS, Cobalt Strike and PowerShell scripts."

The interactions also revealed where affiliates would access the actual panel via Tor, which led Fokker's team to be able to find the actual IP address of the panel.

The revelation comes amid signs that REvil, or someone with access to REvil infrastructure, is back at extorting victims for money after being forced offline in October 2021 after reportedly being targeted by U.S. Cyber Command and a foreign government, according to The Washington Post cyberscoop.com

Selling U.S. Cyber Secrets
Ex-NSA employee charged with violating Espionage Act, selling U.S. cyber secrets
A former National Security Agency employee appeared in federal court Thursday on charges that he attempted to transmit classified "national defense information" to an FBI agent he believed was a Russian operative in exchange for $85,000, according to the Justice Department.

The former employee, Jareh Sebastian Dalke, allegedly told the undercover agent that he had access to information "relating to foreign targeting of U.S. systems and information on cyber operations," according to the affidavit.

The affidavit alleges that between August and September 2022, Dalke used an encrypted email account to "transmit excerpts of three classified documents he had obtained during his employment to an individual Dalke believed to be working for a foreign government."

The affidavit is cryptic about which government Dalke believed the agent was purporting to work for. But a footnote in the document references the fact that in trying to confirm the person he was speaking with was a Russian agent, Dalke reached out through "multiple published channels to gain a response." This included "submission to the SVR TOR site," the affidavit says. cyberscoop.com

Video: Embedded IoT security threats and challenges
IoT embedded systems combine hardware, firmware, and internet connectivity to carry out particular functions. These devices transfer real-time data via the internet for various purposes, including tracking, monitoring, and analysis.

In this Help Net Security video, Hubertus Grobbel, VP of Security Solutions at Swissbit, discusses the insecurity of IoT devices and offers tips on how to secure them. helpnetsecurity.com

Capital One Phish Showcases Growing Bank-Brand Targeting Trend
A recent phishing campaign exploits Capital One's new partnership with verification service Authentify, sending thousands of scam emails to the bank's customers to try and trick them into uploading images of their identification cards.

Hudson's Bay Company centralizes data protection

Microsoft Releases Guidance on Zero-Day Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Server

Microsoft Confirms Pair of Blindsiding Exchange Zero-Days, No Patch Yet







The Union Impact?
Amazon hikes pay for warehouse and delivery workers

Amazon is hiking wages as it prepares to enter the peak holiday shopping season, and it stares down increased organizing efforts among its front-line workforce.

Amazon is raising its hourly wages for its warehouse and delivery workers, the company announced Wednesday. Beginning in October, Amazon's average starting pay for front-line employees in the U.S. will be bumped up to more than $19 per hour from $18 per hour, the company said.

Warehouse and delivery workers will earn between $16 and $26 per hour depending on their position, Amazon added. Amazon's minimum wage for employees in the U.S. remains $15 an hour.

Amazon is spending roughly $1 billion on the pay hikes over the next year as it looks to attract and retain employees in a historically tight labor market. It's also preparing to enter what's known as "peak" season, the especially busy shopping period tied to the holidays.

Tensions have been growing between Amazon and its front-line workforce, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic. Employees have called for wage increases, more paid time off and adjustments to productivity expectations.

Workers at several Amazon facilities have taken steps to organize, and earlier this year, workers at Amazon's warehouse in Staten Island, New York, successfully voted to form the company's first U.S. union. Amazon faces another union election at a site near Albany, New York, next month. cnbc.com

Amazon on the Hot Seat - Again
Exclusive: Warren, other lawmakers ask FTC to block Amazon deal
A group of lawmakers led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is asking the Federal Trade Commission to reject Amazon's proposed acquisition of iRobot, per a letter shared first with Axios.

Driving the news: The FTC is conducting an extensive review of Amazon's bid for the robot-vacuum maker, per a securities filing, along with the same type of review of Amazon's planned acquisition of OneMedical.

Why it matters: FTC chair Lina Khan, who became famous for her antitrust writings on Amazon, must decide whether to challenge the e-commerce giant's purchases of smaller companies at a moment when the agency is already engaged in other high-profile suits against Amazon and Meta.

What they're saying: "I have serious concerns about the Amazon-iRobot deal - dominant companies like Amazon shouldn't be allowed to just buy their way out of competing," Warren told Axios in a statement. "The FTC should oppose this proposed merger to protect competition, lower consumer prices, and rein in Amazon's well-documented anticompetitive activities."

   Read the whole letter here. axios.com

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New York, NY: 3 postal workers arrested, part of $1.3M credit card theft scheme
Three U.S. postal workers were arrested Thursday in an alleged $1.3 million fraud and identity theft scheme. The Justice Department accuses the postal employees and a civilian accomplice of stealing credit cards in the mail. According to the Justice Department, the credit cards were then used at a variety of high-end retail stores in New York and New Jersey. Federal officials says five other individuals involved in the fraud and identity theft scheme still remain at large. Charges involved carry lengthy prison sentences if the defendants are found guilty. wsaz.com

Saginaw, MI: Collectible sneaker store loses thousands in burglary
A store that sells high-value collectible sneakers is back open days after it was burglarized. "A lot of these items, they're not cheap one, and two, they're very difficult to get," said owner of Kingdom Kicks Don Evans, Jr. $8,000 worth of merchandise was taken in the snatch and grab robbery in Saginaw Township. Police responded to an alarm early Sunday at Kingdom of Kicks on Bay Road. The burglars used a sledgehammer to break in through the front door. Evans says they weren't able to get their hands on much, but the items they did grab were high value. ktvz.com 

Bennington, MA: Officer dragged by getaway car after theft suspects grab load of power tools
A trio from North Adams, Mass., allegedly tried to make off with $2,000 in goods from the Bennington Home Depot, but were interrupted by an off duty police officer, who ended up on an unwanted joyride. On Friday, the off duty officer - unnamed by police - was at the Home Depot at 121 North Bennington Road, when he noticed Jonathan R. Sprowson, 26, of North Adams, being tailed by store staff and a customer after trying to leave without paying. The worker and customer told Sprowson to stop, but he kept moving away from the store, police said in a statement. The off-duty officer followed Sprowson out of the store to an awaiting car in the parking lot. The officer then identified himself, ordering Sprowson to stop. Meanwhile, Rebecca Luczynski, 39, of North Adams, was in the driver's seat of the awaiting car, with Hailey M. Smith, 30, of North Adams, in the back seat. Sprowson pulled away from the officer, jumped into the car and told Luczynski to drive away. To avoid being hit or run over, the off-duty officer jumped into a passenger-side door, which Sprowson had left open. The officer ordered Luczynski to stop the vehicle multiple times, but she did not comply. Instead, she drove the length of the Home Depot lot with the officer clinging to the car, before finally coming to a stop, police said. The off-duty officer suffered minor injuries to his lower legs as a result of this incident. manchesterjournal.com

Kent, WA: Police in cooperation with Lowes, are cracking down on retail theft
KPD Patrol Officers have been brainstorming ways to combat this trend. It is costly to the business and impacts the safety for the store's employees. KPD Patrol Officer Steiner has taken many of these theft reports and decided to try something a bit different. He contacted our Kent Lowe's and partnered with them on an undercover theft emphasis. We don't want to give away all our tactics, but suffice it to say this operation was quite successful. Our KPD/Lowes' team charged 5 suspects for theft, arrested 2 on felony warrants, 3 on misdemeanor warrants, gave 6 trespass warning, (so we can arrest them if they return, before they try to steal anything), and arrested 1 on criminal trespass. They recovered over $1000 of stolen property.  youtube.com

Roxbury Township, NJ: Police conducted anti-retail theft operation,: 3 arrested, $1,000 of merchandise recovered

Tewksbury, MA: Alleged shoplifters busted with $1200 in power tools from The Home Depot

Wrentham, MA: 'Smash-and-grab' thieves hit Gucci store at Wrentham outlets

Hot Springs, AR: Parolee arrested for $1200 refunds on allegedly stolen goods at Lowes

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Shootings & Deaths

Los Angeles, CA: Two 17-Year-Olds Arrested For Stabbing Death of Asian Store Owner in Downtown LA
A 56-year-old Asian store owner was stabbed to death on Saturday afternoon during a robbery in downtown Los Angeles. Two 17-year-olds were arrested on Sunday after stabbing Du Lee to death in a broad daylight robbery at Wall Street and Olympic in the city's fashion district. Thieves in Los Angeles have become emboldened because Marxist District Attorney George Gascon does not prosecute theft. At approximately 1:15 pm on Saturday Du Lee chased the two robbers, a male and a female, when one of them pulled out a knife and repeatedly stabbed him. "The male suspect produced a knife and stabbed the victim multiple times," LAPD Officer Matthew Cruz said, according to NBC Los Angeles. Lee was unconscious by the time paramedics arrived and was pronounced dead at the scene. A 17-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were taken into custody on Sunday. unstore.com.np

Aurora, CO: Colorado police shoot, kill 7-Eleven robbery suspect near airport
Aurora, Colorado police fatally shot a male robbery suspect they said threatened them with a gun following a vehicle chase that ended by Denver International Airport on Saturday, authorities said at a news conference. Denver's chief of police, Ron Thomas, said two male suspects robbed a 7-Eleven store in Aurora around 2 a.m. Saturday morning before fleeing the scene in a small black SUV. Around 5:00 a.m. Aurora police saw and began to pursue the vehicle toward Denver's airport, executing an immobilization technique that caused the SUV to crash, Thomas said. Thomas said the suspect driving the car took out a long gun and threatened officers, prompting three Aurora cops to shoot the suspect. wxhc.com

Mobile, AL: 19-year-old Mobile murder suspect still at large
Mobile police are looking for 19-year-old Anthony Alston. He's accused of killing another man last weekend at a Theodore gas station. Officers arrived to scene late last Saturday at the M&M Food Mart and discovered 27-year-old Jamarcus Lewis had been shot. Lewis was taken to the hospital where he later died. fox10tv.com

Fairborn, OH: Shot fired after man, woman attacked at Summit Mall
Fairlawn police confirmed Sunday afternoon that a gunshot was fired after a fight broke out inside the Summit Mall. Officers were dispatched to the Summit Mall just after 2:30pm on Sunday. A man and woman were attacked during a fight, according to a department press release. The man, a licensed CCW holder, pulled out his firearm, and was tackled by one of the individuals suspected of the assault. As he was tackled the gun went off, the release said. Police said a bullet was fired into the ceiling at the mall and the suspects ran from the scene. Mall employees like Savannah Vance quickly ushered shoppers and other employees to safety in their stores and locked the doors. "It was pretty scary, I slammed that door down as fast I could, locking it and getting everybody back there." cleveland19.com

Anne Arundel, MD: Police investigating discharge of firearm at Arundel Mills Mall
An accidental discharge of a firearm at Arundel Mills Mall set off a panic among shoppers and led to a part of the facility being evacuated Saturday afternoon. The mall was closed after the incident and reopened within an hour or so, according to Lt. A.J. Gardiner, spokesman for the department. Gardiner said Anne Arundel County Police officers on scene at the Hanover shopping center received a call for shots fired around 3:20 p.m. A preliminary investigation and review of a surveillance video showed an unknown male accidentally discharging a firearm in the mall's food court, he said. baltimoresun.com

Orlando, FL: 1 killed, 1 critically injured in shooting at Orlando convenience store


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

San Antonio, TX: Security guard stabbed by shoplifter at Walgreens
One man is in custody after stabbing a security guard when attempting to steal from a West Side store, said San Antonio police. At 10:07 p.m. Saturday, SAPD responded to the 4700 block of West Commerce Street for a cutting in progress. Upon arrival, officers found a security guard with stab wounds. Police say a 31-year-old man was inside the store and attempted to steal some times when he was confronted. As the security guard attempted to stop the man, the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed him. The suspect was arrested shortly after and was found with store merchandise and a knife. kens5.com

Scottsdale, AZ: Man allegedly used employer's Amazon account to buy $137K worth of items
An Arizona man is in trouble with the law after Scottsdale police said he used his employer's Amazon account to buy hundreds of items worth more than $137,000. Court documents said Darius O'Neal Hickson worked for West Pharmaceuticals in Scottsdale and stole from the company between August 2020 to August 2021. The company has a corporate credit account with Amazon for business purchases. Investigators said Hickson bought everything from video games and game consoles to BB guns and clothes using that account. All the items were shipped to the business. When West Pharma confronted him about it, police said Hickson admitted to buying the items, but said he "accidentally" forgot to switch to his personal account. wdbj7.com

Albuquerque, NM: Albuquerque man, 12-year-old nephew accused of robbery spree
Authorities say an Albuquerque man and his 12-year-old nephew are behind a string of recent armed robberies at retail clothing stores. Albuquerque police said Thursday night that Jason Pete Roper and his nephew were both taken into custody on multiple robbery-related charges. Investigators say the boy was arrested at his school. Their questioning of him led them to arrest Roper. According to detectives, Roper drove the boy in a Cadillac to various businesses over the past few months to rob them. They robbed or tried to rob five places, including three branches of Ross Dress for Less. timesunion.com

Sissonville, WV: Man arrested for assaulting employee at Subway restaurant

Houston, TX: 4 juveniles, adult arrested after ramming into CVS to steal ATM

Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Police give update on 'Operation Clean Sweep'



Boost - Des Moines, IA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Arnold, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Los Angeles, CA - Armed Robbery / Owner killed
C-Store - Aurora, CO - Armed Robbery / Susp killed
C-Store - Mesa, AZ - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Washington, DC - Robbery
C-Store - Baltimore, MD - Robbery
CVS - Houston, TX - Burglary
CVS - New York, NY - Armed Robbery
Cellphone - Houston, TX - Burglary
Clothing - West Hartford, CT - Robbery
Clothing - Wrentham, MA - Burglary
Clothing - Albuquerque, NM - Armed Robbery
Collectables - Saginaw, MI - Burglary
Collectables - Oakland, CA - Burglary
Hardware - Tewksbury, MA - Robbery
Hardware - Bennington, MA - Robbery
Jewelry - Montclair, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Houston, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - New Lenox, IL - Robbery
Jewelry - Pearland, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Gainesville, FL - Burglary
Jewelry - Ellenton, FL - Burglary
Jewelry - Locust Grove, GA - Robbery
Jewelry - Greensboro, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Kennesaw, GA - Robbery
Jewelry - Langhorne PA - Robbery
Jewelry - Tacoma, WA - Robbery
Liquor - New Haven, CT - Armed Robbery
Pawn - Tucson, AZ - Armed Robbery
Pet - West Palm Beach, FL - Robbery
Restaurant - Oakland, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Batavia, NY - Robbery
Restaurant - Nassau County, NY - Robbery
Walgreens - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery/ Guard stabbed


Daily Totals:
• 27 robberies
• 8 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 2 killed

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Seattle, WA - posted September 27
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Baltimore, MD - posted September 20
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Regional Asset Protection Director
Blue Bell, PA - posted August 31
The principle purpose of the Regional AP and Safety Director is to provide leadership and oversight of the development, administration and maintenance of Lowe's loss prevention, safety and operations programs. This includes directing the day-to-day functions of the District AP and Safety Manager and working closely with Regional, District and Store leaders to establish and achieve safety, shrink, training, and operational objectives...

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Region AP Manager (Florida - Treasure Coast Market)
Jacksonville, FL - posted June 17
Responsible for managing asset protection programs designed to minimize shrink, associate and customer liability accidents, bad check and cash loss, and safety incidents for stores within assigned region. This position will develop the framework for the groups' response to critical incidents, investigative needs, safety concerns and regulatory agency visits...

Regional Safety Manager - South Florida Region
Jacksonville, FL - posted June 17
This position will manage the safety program for an assigned group of stores that is designed to minimize associate and customer accidents. This includes reviewing and recommending loss control strategies, ensuring program conformance to applicable laws and regulations, preparing required reports, and monitoring and evaluating the program activities in stores...

Corporate Risk Manager
Seattle, WA / Tacoma, WA / Portland, OR - posted June 14
Summary of Role and Responsibilities: A proactive approach to preventing losses/injuries, whether to our employees, third parties, or customer's valuables. They include but are not limited to cash in transit, auto losses, or injuries....

Physical Security Operations Center Leader
Columbia, MD - posted June 8
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Loss Prevention Specialists (Store Detective)
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Medford, MA; Brockton, MA; East Springfield, MA - posted May 6
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Multiple Locations - posted April 20
The Regional Loss Prevention Auditor (RLPA) is responsible for conducting operational audits and facilitating training meetings in our clients' locations. The audit examines operational controls, loss prevention best practices, and customer service-related opportunities.

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