Joseph Biffar, CFE, CFI promoted to
Senior Director, Asset Protection, Facilities & HQ Operations for Chico's FAS
joined Chico's in 2008, holding various positions, including LP Analyst, Corp.
LP Manager, and most recently serving as Director LP, Security & Travel, where
he was responsible for Loss Prevention, Digital Fraud Mitigation,
Corporate/Supply Chain Security & Travel. In his new role, Joe leads teams
responsible for Asset Protection, Physical Security, Facilities, HQ operations,
and Enterprise Crisis Management. Joe previously held management positions at
Target and Sears. He is a graduate of Florida State University and is pursuing a
master's in strategic intelligence and analysis at Northeastern University.
Jamie Campbell promoted to Senior Director, Organizational Safety & Security for
Ross Stores, Inc.
has been with Ross Stores for nearly three years. Before his promotion to Senior
Director, Organizational Safety & Security, he served as Director, Ross
Investigations & Safety Center. Prior to his time at Ross, he spent more than 18
years at Kohl's, starting there as District Loss Prevention Manager and then
serving as Regional Director of Loss Prevention in various parts of the country.
He has also held LP roles with Food Town Grocery Stores and Hill's Department
Store. Congratulations, Jamie!
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Lessons from a Four-Star General
Applying Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s
intelligence approach to AP/LP
Phil Thomson, Co-CEO at
Retail Crime Intelligence Platform working with retailers across the
Shortly after taking command of the Joint Special Operations Command
(JSOC) in Iraq, General Stanley McChrystal realised he had a major
problem with intelligence. This problem had given the terrorist
group, Al-Qaeda, the upper hand against the world’s best military
with some of the most advanced technology available. So General
McChrystal went about completely changing how JSOC and its partners
operated with a focus on intelligence that empowered his teams.
ultimately helped change the course of the war on terror in Iraq and
Afghanistan. He recently shared his insights in his book,
Team of Teams, which is primarily aimed at bringing these changes to the
corporate world. Specifically, many of the General’s insights are directly
applicable to the current challenges retail loss prevention (LP) and asset
protection (AP) teams across the world face.
here for the full article which covers:
- How General McChrystal built an intelligence
which turned the tide of the war
- Application to AP/LP
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resulting in improved profitability and an enriched consumer experience.
In this 2017 interview, Stuart Rosenthal, VP of Sales, and Carl
Rysdon, former VP of RFID Solutions, tell us how Checkpoint has stayed
relevant over time - built upon 50 years of radio
frequency technology expertise, innovative high-theft and LP
solutions, market-leading software, RFID hardware and comprehensive labeling
capabilities to brand, secure and track merchandise from source to shelf.
3SI Security Systems Announces Release of New ORC-Focused Security Solution
Solution developed in
collaboration with key retailers interested in taking a stand against ORC
Security Systems is pleased to announce the release of
Tracker, an innovative GPS Tracking Device designed to help retailers defend
against organized retail crime. Developed with 3SI’s patented 4XG platform, the
device is designed to covertly protect high-value goods.
ORC Tracker provides a unique method of protection using various sensing
technologies. The solution extends protection beyond the store in robbery and
burglary situations and can be used in conjunction with existing deterrent tags.
ORC Tracker provides retailers with an additional layer of security that is
especially effective against the growing threat of ORC.
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New Health and Safety Solutions from Indyme Solutions Slash Labor Costs and
Provide Post-Pandemic Re-Use Utility
Retailers face a myriad of challenges to assure staff and shoppers of a safe
experience during this reopening and recovery phase. Initial store operating
safety implementations, many of which are still in practice, require heavy
ongoing labor investments to meet rapidly evolving health and safety regulations
and social distancing protocols. As retailers settle into this "new normal",
labor-saving solutions automating these processes and offering post-pandemic
benefits are increasingly valued.
Indyme Solutions, a leading technology provider to the retail industry,
responded to urgent inquiries from its customers by adding four new offerings
focused on labor savings and re-use. Each solution meets customer requirements
of being rapidly deployable, self-installable, low cost, and reusable for other
needs after pandemic concerns subside.
Riots Wreak Havoc in
Customers Getting Aggressive & Violent & Threatening
Minneapolis, MN: George Floyd protest turns violent, deadly
1 killed in shooting as retailers are looted & vandalized
Pawn Shop Shooting - AutoZone burns - Target, Cub Foods & Dollar
Tree hit by looters
second night of demonstrations in the city near the site of Floyd's death began
peacefully but grew violent as the night went on. Gov. Tim Walz late Wednesday
called it an "extremely dangerous situation" and urged residents to leave
One person was in custody in the shooting death near
the site of the protests,
outside a pawn shop, police said. Officers responded to an
initial report of a stabbing at 9:05 p.m. and found a man who wasn't
breathing lying on the sidewalk, police said in a statement Thursday morning.
Multiple fires were reported, and several businesses were looted.
Minneapolis police were assisted by officers from nearby St. Paul, state police
and metro transit police.
Beyond the shooting, there were no known injuries to protesters or police, and
no additional arrests, Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said at a news
conference early Thursday.
A reporter for NBC affiliate KARE11 of Minneapolis who was livestreaming the
protest reported that an AutoZone and Target had been looted. A Cub
Foods and a Dollar Tree also showed signs of damage and looting.
Video showed the AutoZone with broken windows and spraypaint. One
bystander was warning people against damaging the business, saying it had
nothing to do with Floyd's death.
Police Chief Medaria Arradondo told the local FOX 9 TV station that he
ordered the use of tear gas after violence and looting. He said that he is
committed to protecting the rights of people to demonstrate and most did so
peacefully, but there have been groups committing criminal acts.
Read more about the pawn shop shooting in the Retail
Crime column below
Wheelchair-riding woman is beaten and sprayed with a fire extinguisher by
Protesters claim she was threatening them with a knife
A woman in a wheelchair was punched in the head and sprayed with a fire
extinguisher after trying to block protesters - allegedly with a knife in her
hand - during the George Floyd riots in Minneapolis last night.
The woman claimed she was 'peacefully protesting' to stop people from looting
a Target store, but she was quickly set upon by a crowd who subdued her in
angry scenes on the second night of violence in the city.
Trump asks DOJ, FBI to expedite probe into George Floyd death
President Trump on Wednesday said he asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) and
FBI to expedite an investigation into the death of George Floyd, who died in the
custody of Minneapolis police earlier this week.
Minneapolis mayor requests National Guard support after night of protests,
Minneapolis Police, Long Accused of Racism, Face Wrath of Wounded City
As Timely as Ever
How One Retailer Managed the 2014 Ferguson Riots
"Tensions are Bubbling. Are You Ready?"
Ferguson, Missouri. Baltimore, Maryland. Taylor, Michigan. New York City -- all
were sites of civil unrest and riots in recent years. And restaurants, drug
stores, grocery and convenience stores and related retailers were hit hard.
Civil unrest and civil disobedience may be a new issue for retailers to contend
with, but there are ways to make sure your organization is prepared.
In this 2016 LPNN interview, Jon
Grander, VP of Asset Management for Caleres, shares how his company
managed business continuity and employee safety amid the volatile 2014 Ferguson
Customers Getting Aggressive & Violent &
Modesto retail worker attacked by customer asks shoppers to 'be patient and show
a little kindness'
Customers have grown aggressive,
disrespectful as social distancing is implemented
Clarke said she was "split open pretty good" two weeks ago when she was allegedly
assaulted by a customer while police say she was working at a Big 5
Sporting Goods store.
Clarke said she has been working at the sporting goods store for 17 years now.
Earlier this month, in the middle of the pandemic, she says a woman calling from
Tracy asked her staff to hold a swimming pool for her, but the item was gone
when she arrived to pick it up.
Clarke says the woman started throwing items off the counter, hit her in the
face with something metal in her hand and casually walked out of the store
with her baby's stroller in tote. She said the woman even took the time to cover
up her license plates on the way out.
While it's the first time she's been physically attacked, Clarke says
disrespect has been an ongoing problem after they began implementing rules
in the store like social distancing, requiring masks and limiting the number of
people allowed inside.
UK Retail Effort by the BRC to Address Retail Crime,
Violence & Abuse
New Report: Retail Violence: Attacked and Abused at Work
The Push to Prioritize Retail Crime & Change the Laws
The report –
Retail violence: abused and attacked at work by broadcast journalist
Jamie Long, sets out the cost to business and staff of violence, threats and
abuse against shopworkers.
Every year, 155,000 shop workers are violently attacked or verbally abused in
the UK. Jamie Long reports on who should be protecting shop workers, as a
parliamentary review into the issue is delayed.
British Retail Consortium (BRC), the trade association for all UK retailers,
released their latest
Retail Crime Survey in March.
The report has shown that there were 424 incidents of violence and abuse
against shop workers every day of the year, for the period 2018/19. This
is an increase of 9% from the previous years' figures.
There are various triggers which have been identified by the BRC. These
triggers can often lead to shop workers having to endure threatening or violent
behaviour directly from the customers they serve every day. These triggers
include enforcing age-restricted sales, such as asking for ID for alcohol and
tobacco, dealing with intoxicated persons and encountering theft.
Furthermore, when surveyed, shop owners and retail workers explained that they
are seeing an increase in the number of weapons, particularly knives, being used
during incidents in store.
But, how can shop workers be better protected and who has the responsibility to
ensure that they are safe whilst serving the public?
Why does it happen?
The cost for businesses
Changing the law
Is there confidence in the police?
The current law
What is behind the violence?
The impact of Coronavirus
Working together for a better future
Coronavirus Tracker: May
US: Over 1.7M Cases - 102K Dead - 494K Recovered
Over 5.8M Cases - 359K Dead - 2.5M Recovered
Officers From the COVID-19 Pandemic: 39+|
Private Industry Security Guard Deaths:
Impact on Conferences
Virtual Conferences Bring Innovation & Global Reach
Security Industry Basically Says 'Not For Some
Time' for in-Person Conferences
It's Up to the Next Generation to Define the Future
SSN News Poll: Industry weighs in on future of in-person conferences
With the coronavirus keeping us all grounded for now, and with the future still
not clear as to how long it will take us to get back to some type of normalcy,
this month’s SSN News Poll looked to gauge readers' thoughts and feelings on the
immediate and long-term future of in-person conferences.
When asked the million-dollar question — do you think there will be any
in-person conferences in 2020 — half (50 percent) of those responding said no,
with only 24 percent saying yes and another 26 percent saying they were not
Digging deeper into readers’ thoughts and feelings on the topic, when asked if
they would attend in-person conferences if held in 2020, 50 percent again
said no, with only 30 percent saying yes and 20 percent saying maybe.
When we asked respondents how long it will take before in-person conferences
return to their pre-coronavirus glory, only 19 percent said by next year,
with the majority of respondents (67 percent) saying it will take some time
beyond next year. Only 14 percent feel that we will not return to the
same levels we once enjoyed.
“A lot of the industry experts are in the high-risk category, so it would
not be safe for them to participate in person,” noted Chrissy McCutcheon,
principal and senior security consultant, Security by Design, Inc. (SBD). “Once
more people have developed the antibodies, we will be able to slowly transition
back to in-person conferences.”
Another respondent astutely pointed out that while there may be a willingness to
attend these in-person meetings and conferences, and a safe way to manage
events, “there may be too much perceived liability for those putting on the
events to make them happen this year, especially now that there is talk
about a rebound in the fall.”
While most think we will eventually get back to normal, one respondent said, “It’s
gonna take 5 years before trade shows and conferences return to normal. A
vaccine is needed along with 1-2 years of no infections.”
Even if there is a vaccine developed and the pandemic is controlled, some
respondents do not seeing the industry ever getting back to 100 percent.
“The past as we know it will return to about 75 to 80 percent of what us old
folks are used to,” said one respondent. “Our replacement generation will be
the ones structuring our future.”
Another respondent aptly pointed out that the pandemic will spur innovation
in virtual conferences, providing stronger content than in-person events.
“They’ll be better with more on-site and virtual participation and enablement,”
the respondent said. “They’ll also be more global instantly for presenters
and participants. They’ll never be like they were; they have to be better to
Another respondent agreed, adding, “There is nothing better to assess an
individual’s competence than to be able to talk face-to-face and to be
able to read body language. Virtual conferences are OK during crises but to
eliminate the one-on-one, face-to-face will substantially change how we do
business and reduce if not eliminate interpersonal working relationships.
Will trust eventually erode?”
The New Customer Priorities - Safety - Empathy - Comfort
Retailers focus on making safe spaces for customers and associates
A recent survey of more than 6,000 people finds that the best actions retailers
and brands can take to receive positive marks from Americans is to keep
customers (58 percent) and employees (55 percent) safe.
The study associated with the poll “COVID-19 Brand Sentiment Navigator Report”
from Social Media Link also found that showing empathy (40 percent) and
recognizing new realities (38 percent) were important to consumer
With physical retail getting back to business as states relax stay-at-home
orders, top of mind is how to ensure that both customers and employees are safe.
A group of experts from design, retail, digital and analytics backgrounds,
including myself, recently came together to pen an op-ed on the System
Contractor News site that offers antidotes to address this anxiety. We unite
around the idea that comfort and safety reassurances will become something
people expect — affecting architecture, placemaking, interior design and
operations. Solutions will need to address questions including:
many people are permitted in the store?
face masks be worn?
sanitation requirements in place?
is handling product? Are they handling it safely?
pay stations and other tech touchpoints be made safe?
The Double Whammy! This Could Be 1 Bad Fall Folks!
Fighting a Pandemic During Hurricane Season
As the hurricane season quickly approaches, leaders can't expect to rely on
their previous hurricane planning in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With social distancing in place to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and a
busier-than-normal hurricane season predicted, organizations need to consider
how to "edit our normal preparations,"
And even though hurricane season has not officially begun, May has already
brought two tropical storms, Arthur and Bertha.
Yet many organizations have failed to modify their hurricane plans, said Alex
Vaccaro, senior vice president of marketing for AlertMedia, which provides
If a hurricane is predicted, "it's important to get ahead of the
communication" so employees know what is expected of them, Vaccaro said. "If
they're left in the dark, they're going to start Googling or guessing what to
Before a hurricane nears, HR departments should collect employees' contact
information, including cellphone numbers, personal e-mail addresses and
emergency contacts, and have a printout with all the information on hand, said
Deyrieux, who is the manager of workforce planning for Sarasota County in
Because many offices have shut down and employees are working remotely,
organizations also need to know exactly where their employees are. For
instance, Vaccaro, who usually works at AlertMedia's headquarters in Austin,
Texas, is currently visiting family in Florida. Homes serve as "hundreds of
little satellite offices," Vaccaro said.
Deyrieux explained that because of the pandemic, "shelter in place is
probably going to be the way recommendations will go this year."
25,000 to Close & How Many Co.'s Seeking
Refuge in Ch. 11 in 2020?
Bankruptcies to Double in June - Who's Next?
Bankruptcy cases, store closings pile up as coronavirus wreaks havoc for J.C.
Penney, Hertz, others
Companies are rushing to U.S. Bankruptcy Court during the coronavirus
pandemic, seeking refuge from their creditors as they grapple with the
fallout from temporary store closures and the travel industry shutdown.
So far, most of the bankruptcy filings have been companies that were already in
rough shape, including J.C. Penney, J. Crew, Neiman Marcus and Hertz.
Off-price retailer Tuesday Morning and restaurant chain Le Pain Quotidien joined
them in Chapter 11 on Wednesday, while Advantage Rent A Car filed on Tuesday.
Coresight Research, which tracks retail openings and closings, has upped its
projected store closures for 2020 from 8,000 at the beginning of the year to
15,000 at the beginning of March to about 25,000 now.
“That’s unlike anything the industry has ever seen,”
Coresight CEO and founder Deborah Weinswig said. “It’s the
speed with which it’s all happening which has been a little surprising.”
But there’s no stopping the bankruptcies now, she said. She predicted
that retail the number of June bankruptcies will double May bankruptcies.
Organized Crime Gangs Busted
U.S. Losing $$Billions in Tax Dollars
TX., 400 Million Cigarettes Seize- $88M - Massive
Organized Crime Gang Busted
South Texas man pleads guilty of attempting to export millions of cigarettes
Jose Francisco Guerra, 80, from Mission, Texas, pleaded guilty May 26, before
U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez, for attempting to export contraband
cigarettes. In addition to accepting Guerra’s guilty plea, Judge Alvarez entered
an order of forfeiture against equipment and cigarettes seized from the truck
and Guerra’s warehouses. Guerra owned and operated Victor M. Guerra Inc., a
custom brokering company in Hidalgo, Texas.
On Jan. 15, law enforcement stopped a tractor-trailer which later revealed
approximately 17 million cigarettes headed for Mexico. The shipping manifest
had been falsified as to the vehicle’s contents, and the cigarettes lacked
the applicable tax stamp as Texas law requires.
The investigation revealed the cigarettes originated in a warehouse located
at 2900 North Depot Road in Hidalgo. Guerra controlled and operated that
warehouse and facilitated the storage and sale of the cigarettes. Guerra was
also found to be in control of another warehouse in McAllen. Both warehouses
contained a combined total of 422,917,800 contraband cigarettes destined to be
exported to Mexico.
The total value of the cigarettes and equipment authorities seized is
estimated at approximately $88 million. Guerra faces up to 10 years in federal
prison and a possible $250,000 fine.
Rochester, NY, Northern - 2nd Organized Crime Gang Busted
Two Brothers Plead Guilty For Their Roles In A Contraband Tobacco Scheme Which
Produced Nearly 30 Million Unlicensed Cigarettes
Manufacture & Nationwide Distribution to Indian Reservations - $1.4B Loss
in U.S. Fed Taxes
Joseph Thompson, 39, and his brother, Jonathan Thompson, 41, both of the
Akwesasne Mohawk Indian Reservation, pleaded guilty before U.S. District
Judge Charles J. Siragusa, to wire fraud. The charge carries a maximum penalty
of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Defendants worked with others to acquire “cut rag tobacco” which would be
used to manufacture contraband cigarettes. Monies to purchase the cut rag
tobacco were wired from Rochester, NY to CanStar International Inc., a tobacco
broker, in the state of Florida. Once purchased, the cut rag tobacco was
delivered to buildings and warehouses controlled by the defendants in Awkwasasne,
NY. The defendants then used the cut rag tobacco to manufacture
unlicensed cigarettes and distribute the cigarettes to various Indian
Reservations in the United States.
Between June 2016 and December 2018, the defendants ordered approximately
72,500 pounds of cut rag tobacco from CanStar, which was used to
manufacture approximately 27,923,077 unlicensed cigarettes. This resulted in
a loss to the United States of approximately $1,405,368.46 in federal taxes. justice.gov
Despite Reopenings, 69% of Americans Say They Will Delay Normal Work & Travel
Southeastern Grocers to open 8 new Florida stores
The pandemic could change air travel forever
MedMen Q3 sales up 41%
Dollar General Q1 comp's up 21.7%, net sales up 27.6%
SpartanNash Q1 retail comp's up 15.6%, food distribution up 17.1%, Military
distribution up 4.9%, sales up 12.4%
Hibbet Q1 comp's down 19.5%, E-Commerce sales up 110.5%, net sales down 21.4%
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NRF: Through the retail lens: Cyber vulnerability
Sherri Davidoff explores data breaches,
scams and lures in a time when nothing feels “secure”
While the pandemic has kept most of us at home, what cybersecurity
vulnerabilities has it created, particularly for retail?
scams: Retailers are at high risk of becoming victims of product scams. Early on
in the pandemic, retailers scrambled to find hand sanitizer, masks, gloves and
other protective gear. Cybercriminals falsely advertised these high-demand
products using attractive lures in emails, phone calls and websites. Desperate
retailers fell victim and sent payment — and never received the promised goods.
Similarly, scammers have been advertising air-cleaning services, fake vaccines,
fake test kits and other products that are too good to be true. We see new scams
every day, as cybercriminals continue to refine their tactics.
Another vulnerability relates to remote work: For back-office staff, working
from home enabled retailers to continue some of their operations. However, the
shift to remote work introduced many weaknesses, from physical security issues
to concerns about hacked home wireless networks. Many retailers scrambled to
adopt new cloud software and spin up virtual desktops in the cloud, which also
opened new doors for cybercriminals. Today, we are now in the “cleanup” phase —
slowly assessing the changes that were made when the quarantine began and
working to fix vulnerabilities that were introduced and assess the security
impacts of changes.
What do you anticipate are the long-lasting impacts of the pandemic on retail
Read more here
Stay-at-Home Orders Coincide With Massive DNS Surge
A variety of sites saw as much as seven times the number of domain requests in
late March and early April, suggesting attackers attempted massive
An analysis of domain-name system (DNS) requests for 316 major sites across five
industries shows a massive "step up" in traffic volume starting the last week
of March — the time when many countries and states issued stay-at-home
orders due to the pandemic — and continuing through April, according to
Farsight Security, a provider of DNS intelligence.
"Having run the data, what we're seeing is more traffic in most cases, with some
sites exhibiting spikes consistent with DDoS (distributed denial-of-service)
attacks exploiting those sites,"
Q&A: Eugene Kaspersky on Tourism, the Pandemic, and Cybersecurity
What impact has the pandemic had on the cybersecurity industry?
A: We see a rise in cybercrime - about 10% worldwide. It's not
surprising: people are spending more time online, working from home, and cybercriminals are using this chance to attack, looking for vulnerabilities,
exploiting human weaknesses. The pandemic situation is a fruitful time in this
sense for them.
Q: Cybersecurity spending has increased substantially in recent years but
there's little sign it is having any impact in reducing data breaches and data
compromises. What's going on?
A: One of the key priorities for corporate cybersecurity is not to
completely prevent data breaches - that's hardly achievable, as cybercriminals
are constantly evolving their tools and techniques. It is to reduce the damage
of a breach by detecting an attack as early as possible and responding to it
properly. If we look at it that way, investment in cybersecurity pays off. An
average data breach costs large enterprises $1.4 million, according to our
annual survey. Having a dedicated security operations center (SOC) to
detect, analyze, and respond to cybersecurity incidents reduces this number to
$675,000 on average.
Q: What are the cyber threats that worry you the most currently?
A: Right now I am worried most about attacks on hospitals and medical
organizations worldwide. They are under severe pressure to ensure healthcare
processes are functioning and effective. The current cyberthreat circumstances
they are facing make this an even greater challenge. The healthcare industry
relies on technology connected to the Internet: patient records, lab results,
equipment, and hospital infrastructure. All these technologies are vulnerable to
cyberattacks. I have said this before and will repeat that cyberattacks on
hospitals during the pandemic should be considered cyberterrorism. I hope that
together with law enforcement agencies we will track down the attackers and
Q: What do you wish cybersecurity vendors and the industry in general would
do more of and conversely, what do you wish they would do less of?
A: The trends that we have been witnessing in the last few years in the
industry are protectionism, balkanization, and fragmentation of the Internet.
All this leads to a decline in international cooperation among cybersecurity
experts, officials, and law enforcement agencies. The world is extremely
disunited and polarized. I'd like to see less of this and more cooperation,
because we're all fighting a common enemy: cybercriminals. And they are the only
ones who are benefiting from this balkanization and fragmentation.
Q: You recently talked about the world's top hackers and cyber-villains all
coming from Russia. Why do you think that has happened?
A: I believe you're not quoting me correctly. I always say that not only
the worst cybercriminals come from Russia, but also the best software engineers
and R&D experts, thanks to the legacy of really good Soviet, and now Russian,
technical education. I hope that the next generation of engineers will inherit
this legacy. As far as I know the basics of programming are already implemented
in the current middle school program in Russia. This is a good sign.
As regards the initial motivation of the majority of cybercriminals, I think
it's the same all over the world and Russian cybercriminals are no exception.
They want to earn money and don't care about the morality of their ways of doing
so. Unfortunately, the black hats traditionally earn more than the guys fighting
them. I think the same is applicable to criminals working offline.
Another Ukrainian FIN7 Cybercrime Gang Member Extradited to U.S.
Ukrainian national Denys Iarmak was extradited from Thailand and arrested in
Seattle on Friday, according to documents unsealed by the U.S. District
Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle. He's the fourth
alleged member of the group to be arrested and charged in the last two
FIN7, also known as Carbanak or Navigator, is a financially motivated cybercrime
group known to use spear-phishing mails containing malicious Word and Google
document attachments that load malware on targeted devices to steal payment
card information, according to federal prosecutors.
Over the years, authorities allege, FIN7 has targeted restaurant chains,
casinos and hospitality businesses, including Chipotle Mexican Grill, Arby's,
Chili's, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Taco John's, Sonic Drive-in & Emerald Queen
Hotel and Casino (see:
Credit Card Theft Ringleader Pleads Guilty).
The group allegedly stole more than 15 million payment card records from over
6,500 point-of-sale terminals across more than 3,600 business locations,
according to the Justice Department.
To carry out its activities, FIN7 created a front company called Combi Security
that purported to be a cybersecurity pen-testing firm based in Russia and
Israel, prosecutors allege in court documents.
The world's first contact-tracing app using Google and Apple's API goes live
Ineligible for Federal Relief, California's Cannabis Businesses Hit Hard by
When Gov. Gavin Newsom in March ordered the state to shelter in place, some
dispensaries saw sales spike as customers flocked to them to stock up. Legal
cannabis producers and distributors were ultimately classified as essential
businesses, and Garcia said the industry scrambled to figure out how to stay
open under new health and safety guidelines. But given the confusion and
uncertainty of the moment, dispensaries began ordering much less product from
Garcia's company, and in the last few months, he’s lost a significant amount
of income just trying to keep his business open.
For cannabis entrepreneurs, recovery is not a level playing field, Garcia said.
Cannabis business owners are often shut out of credit and loan opportunities
because what they sell is still considered illegal under federal law.
Cannabis operators also don’t qualify for any federal relief programs, including
small business assistance. Claudia L. Mercado, founder and CEO of cannabis
micro-business Calibueno in Oakland, nearly applied for a federal loan before
realizing that doing so could be a federal offense.
Similarities and Differences: Cannabis in Canada & the United States
Could the U.S. soon follow in Canada's foot steps on cannabis?
state-by-state legalization, Canada remains one of the most common cannabis
tourist destinations for many Americans. Cannabis was legalized in October
2018 with the federal Cannabis Act, and the country currently allows up to 30
grams of cannabis flower per adult and 4 homegrown plants per household.
Implementing this policy took about 3 years and brought tremendous change to the
entire country and its society.
In the United States, recreational and/or medical cannabis has been
legalized in over 33 states, but consumption and possession are still
considered illegal under federal law. Nevertheless, more and more states are
embracing the legalization of cannabis. Despite possible federal consequences,
most Americans support the legalization of cannabis and see it as a benefit to
public health and state finances.
Although there are many differences, there are also many similarities in the
ways that cannabis businesses are operated. While Canada offers more
accessibility and consistency than the state-by-state legalization in the United
States, it is possible that the United States could join Canada in federally
legalizing cannabis. Although the future of cannabis is unclear, the 2020
United States presidential elections could issue in this change. But for
now, Canada is just across the border for those seeking a federally-operated
cannabis program or a cannabis tourist destination.
L.A. Cannabis Update: Little Fires Everywhere
Restructuring Realities and Alternatives for Cannabis Companies in the Age of
Many look to marijuana to cope with coronavirus anxiety. That concerns health
How E-Commerce's Explosive Growth Is Attracting Fraud
Just as e-commerce and online retailers are responding to the rapid growth in
orders by finding new ways to scale shipping, delivery, and service, there needs
to be just as strong of a focus on fraud detection and protection. The following
are a few of the many approaches bad actors take to defraud e-commerce sites,
online retailers, and consumers buying online:
The most common type of e-commerce fraud is Chargebacks, one of the
most expensive types of fraud an online retailer will experience.
Friendly fraud escalates the more online revenue an e-commerce site or online
retailer generates and can account for between 40% to 80% of all fraud losses.
Gaming and wireless fraud are one of the fastest-growing areas today, given
the 126% year-over-year growth of online sales in this area as of April
Account Takeover (ATO) is rampant in gaming and spreading across every area
of e-commerce today.
Thwarting Fraud Using A Real-Time Identity Trust
E-commerce sites and online retailers are facing an overwhelming workload of
transactions, unusual activity, and fraud signals their fraud analysts are
doing their best to keep up with today. Many are relying on systems that
generate false positives, rejecting loyal customers who are legitimate buyers.
That's one of the most common ways an online retailer will lose a customer.
False positives and slow response times often happen when the transaction
is first assumed to be fraudulent. Instead of forever trying to fine-tune a risk
score, quantifying trust with long-standing customers is showing the potential
for improving fraud detection online.
Amazon group that created Kindle & Echo is working on tech for COVID-19 testing
Amazon is enlisting its cutting-edge Lab126 hardware group, best known for
creating its Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets and Echo smart speakers, to help
build out its own COVID-19 testing capabilities.
In a series of job posts, the Seattle tech giant is seeking new Lab126
mechanical design engineers to “investigate and introduce new technology and
methodology to enhance quality and efficiency of COVID-19 testing,” among
other responsibilities. The job posts explain that Lab126 has been tasked with
helping to keep Amazon’s fulfillment centers safe for employees.
Walmart strikes deal with secondhand apparel site to ramp up online fashion
e-Commerce & Online Payment Trends Amid COVID-19: Present Effect & Future
Implications of the Pandemic
Sarasota, FL: Sarasota County Sheriff’s Operation arrests 14 for Retail Theft
A four-day operation by Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office targeting retail theft
ended in the arrests of 14 people, authorities said. The suspects, almost all
from Bradenton and Sarasota, were victimizing the retail corridor between
Sarasota and Venice, according to the sheriff’s office. Almost all of the
offenses in the 14 arrests were at a few supermarkets and stores along Cattleman
Drive These types of operations between retailers and the sheriff’s office began
Orem, UT: Orem Police get behind felony forgery charges for California couple
A California couple is in custody after Orem police were called to a local
Trader Joe’s on reports of suspected fraudulent activity. When authorities
arrived on scene, an employee advised officers that a man with an Arizona
driver’s license, identified as 23-year-old Evan Marcell Ford of Los Angeles,
had come into the store’s Orem location Saturday to buy eight $80 gift cards
using five different credit cards. On Tuesday afternoon, Ford reportedly
returned to the Trader Joe’s location in an attempt to purchase several
additional gift cards, but when a loss prevention officer made eye contact with
the man, he fled from the store. Police also were advised that a sister location
in Cottonwood Heights reported a similar incident. Authorities located the
suspects’ in a Target parking lot located in Orem.
While speaking with police, a Target loss prevention employee contacted police
to report two individuals believed to be Ford and Croff had attempted to buy
four $55 Target gift cards with four different credit cards. Authorities
obtained search warrants for Ford, Croff and the vehicle. During a search of
Ford’s person, police discovered four different credit cards located in various
pockets. The four credit cards were different from the five used at Trader Joe’s
on Saturday. Additional bent credit cards were left in his pockets and later
disappeared. Police found the cards while searching Ford’s underwear. Officers
retrieved the cards and discovered Ford’s driver’s license hidden in the same
Beside the purse was a small Sephora shopping bag containing several gift cards
of various amounts to Sephora and Target. A credit card writing device, blue
zipper pouch with several gift cards of different amounts to Trader Joe’s and
Sephora, and two iPads and another phone were also located inside the vehicle.
Marshfield, WI: Habitual Offender arrested for Theft/Refund Fraud at Walmart
Beachwood, OH: Four arrested for theft of $2,000 of merchandise from Dillards in
Robberies, Incidents & Thefts
Genesee Township, MI: Police believe 2 men responsible in rash of Dollar General
Genesee Township Police stopped Delanyo Kealohapauole and Takera Madison,
Thursday, May 21, as they were driving a vehicle wanted in connection to two
burglaries of Genesee Township Dollar General Stores, according to police.
Several cases of Newport cigarettes and other miscellaneous items were stolen
during the break-ins. The men are also suspected of breaking into several
Dollar General stores in the city of Flint, Burton, Flint Township and Mount
Morris Township over the past month.
Queens, NY: Burglars steal over $30K from Queens businesses closed by pandemic
Perth, Australia: Robbery rampage sees up to 20 shops targeted in 12-hour crime
Columbia, MO: Two juveniles accused of Dollar General fire; over $500,000 in
juveniles have been arrested for allegedly starting a fire earlier this month
that caused more than a half-million dollars in damages at a Dollar General
Store in Columbia. The 16-year-olds were detained on suspicion of first-degree
arson and turned over to juvenile authorities in relation to the May 11 fire,
according to police news release Wednesday. The fire erupted about 11:30 a.m.
and the store was evacuated, but no one was injured. Fire investigators estimate
damages at $350,000 in contents and approximately $250,000 for the structure,
San Juan, Puerto Rico: Customs seizes $238,000 shipment of counterfeit alloy
Minneapolis, MN – Burglary/ Arson
Cellphone – Garland,
TX – Armed Robbery
Clothing - St Louis,
MO – Burglary
Dollar General –
Huntsville, AL – Robbery
Gas Station –
Providence, RI – Armed Robbery
Grocery – Lewis
County, WA – Robbery / Assault on employee
Hotel – Fort Worth, TX
- Robbery/ Arson
Bloomfield Township, MI – Burglary
Pawn – Minneapolis, MN
– Robbery / suspect killed by owner
Restaurant – San
Antonio, TX – Armed Robbery
Restaurant – Houston,
TX – Armed Robbery /employee wounded
Restaurant – Los
Angeles, CA – Burglary
Target – Minneapolis,
MN – Burglary
Walmart – Inverness,
FL – Burglary
7-Eleven – Coram, NY –
7-Eleven - Crofton, MD
– Armed Robbery
7-Eleven – Brooklyn
Park, MD – Armed Robbery
• 11 robberies
• 6 burglaries
• 2 shootings
• 1 killed
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