Sean Donnelly named Director, AMER Fulfillment
Center Loss Prevention for Amazon
was most recently with Under Armour for nearly 12 years, starting as Senior
Manager of AP Retail then Director Global Retail AP & Investigations, and
finally Senior Director Global Retail AP & Investigations. Prior to his career
in retail, Sean served in the U.S. Army for over 20 years, holding the rank of
Lieutenant Colonel. He holds a masters degree in International Relations from
Troy University and a bachelors degree from University of Maryland in Government
and Politics. Congratulations, Sean!
Jennifer Kajzer named Sr. Assets Protection
Director for Target
Jennifer was named Sr. Assets Protection Director for Target, she spent more
than two years as Vice President of Loss Prevention for Michaels. Prior to that,
she served as Asset Protection Sr. Director of Operations for JCPenney for over
a year. Earlier in her career, she held various positions with PetSmart and
Kohl's. She holds two degrees from Indiana University: a masters in Public
Affairs and a bachelors in Criminal Justice. Congratulations, Jennifer!
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Barr Tells Prosecutors to Consider Charging Violent Protesters With Sedition
To bring a sedition case, prosecutors would have to prove there was a conspiracy
to attack government agents or officials that posed an imminent danger
Attorney General William Barr told the nation's federal prosecutors to be
aggressive when charging violent demonstrators with crimes, including
potentially prosecuting them for plotting to overthrow the U.S. government,
people familiar with the conversation said.
Police, protesters clash at Rochester City Hall over occupation
morning after Black Lives Matter protesters took over City Hall, a group
continues to block the seven entrances to the public building.
Organizers on Tuesday said that they would remain outside the building until
police officers involved in Daniel Prude's detainment and death are arrested and
fired. After a brief march through downtown Rochester Tuesday morning, more than
150 people blocked entrances to the building, preventing anyone from entering
City Hall just as the building opened for the day.
Protesters have said the sit-in will continue for "as long as it takes."
Protesters pitched dozens of tents on Church Street overnight, with many people
sleeping on the street and sidewalks outside City Hall. Some people slept
directly on the pavement, in sleeping bags and on folding camp chairs. Several
fire pits were also set up on the road.
Seattle police disperse Grand Hyatt protests sparked by fake press release
The press release was put out by an "ad hoc collective of diverse organizers"
who admitted to setting the whole thing up as a ruse.
The unrest was sparked by a press release that appeared to be from the hotel
claiming to offer shelter for the homeless as dense smoke from nearby wildfires
has led to hazardous air quality in the area. "At this time, we have not been
contacted by the City of Seattle or King County with the request to temporarily
shelter homeless individuals, and we are not housing homeless individuals at
Grand Hyatt Seattle at this time," the spokesperson said. "We are always open to
collaborative discussions on how Hyatt can further care for our communities."
Hours after shooting of deputies, law enforcement clears LA protest encampment
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies shut down a months-old protest encampment
in downtown L.A.'s Grand Park early Sunday in a move that activists criticized
as retaliation for recent protests of a deputy-involved shooting.
Authorities said the action was taken because of "deteriorating conditions" in
the park. They denied it was connected to the shooting of two deputies in
Compton late Saturday or recent demonstrations against the department in South
L.A. after deputies shot and killed bicyclist Dijon Kizzee. On Friday, deputies
in riot gear surrounded a peaceful news conference held by some of the same
US: Over 6.8M Cases - 200K Dead - 4M Recovered
Over 29.9M Cases - 942K Dead - 21.6M Recovered
Private Industry Security Guard Deaths:
Enforcement Officer Deaths: 109
*Red indicates change in total
More cities and states press forward with opening bars and restaurants
West Coast Fires Are Raising Covid-19 Risks
Crowded shelters, less time outdoors and more coughing imperil progress
against the coronavirus in California, Oregon, and Washington.
US unveils plan to provide free coronavirus vaccine
The Trump administration on Wednesday outlined a strategy to deliver safe and
effective COVID-19 vaccine doses to the American people as quickly as possible
for free. The goal is to ensure that any vaccine will be available to the public
for free, officials said.
Ohio governor signs bill that protects against COVID-19 liability
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed into a law a bill passed earlier this month that
protects businesses, schools and health care providers from lawsuits resulting
Obhof said the legislation protects against frivolous lawsuits that
allege exposure to COVID-19 on an entity's premises. It does not offer
protection if it is discovered a business owner, school or health care
provider acted with reckless or intentional misconduct to spread the
The protections in the bill are temporary and continue through Sept. 30,
Editor's Note: OSHA COVID audits all of a sudden carry a lot more
Retailers Screaming - This Could Drag Out For
Losses "Too great to be insurable by the private sector"
Over 1,000 Lawsuits Filed Over Non-Coverage Business
Business groups back pandemic insurance bill modeled on post-9/11 law
The Pandemic Risk Insurance Act, much like the 2002 Terrorism Risk Insurance
Act (TRIA), would provide compensation for losses resulting from pandemics or
public health emergencies.
But unlike TRIA, which had broad bipartisan support and was reauthorized as
recently as 2019, the pandemic measure introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.)
has garnered little to no support from Republicans, despite widespread
backing from the business community.
The legislation has support from the National Retail Federation, International
Franchise Association, the U.S. Travel Association and several insurance
Maloney's measure, introduced May 26, would create a system of public-private
compensation for pandemic-related losses. Unlike the COVID-19 liability
shield sought by Senate Republicans, her bill would not be retroactive.
Maloney's bill faces an uphill climb. The measure has just 25 co-sponsors
-- all Democrats -- and it's been awaiting action in the House Financial
Services Committee for months.
Joe Wayland, general counsel at Chubb Ltd., the largest publicly traded
insurance company, said at Thursday's briefing that the disruption of social
and economic life caused by the pandemic is "too great to be insurable by the
The New Workplace Battleground - COVID Conflicts
How to Resolve Co-Worker Conflicts over Coping with COVID-19
Employees come to work with diverse views about the world, and their approaches
to coping with the COVID-19 pandemic might clash. So what should employers do
when co-workers have different viewpoints and practices related to the pandemic?
Here's what workplace experts had to say.
Recognize Potential Conflicts
"Now that many workplaces have reopened, we are finding that they are
becoming an unexpected battleground for COVID conflicts and confrontations
between employees," professionals are facing tensions between employees due to
disagreements about properly wearing masks, sanitizing workstations and
maintaining a safe physical distance from others.
"Employees are voicing anger when others lower their face coverings -
either below the nose or to 'chin strap' level - especially when the boss or
customers walk away," Weiss said.
may also be upset when others are not willing to respect the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) recommended "6-foot safety zone" in
hallways, breakrooms or elevators. "Employees have also taken matters into their
own hands, in some cases, and hung 'do not enter' signs or paper-clip chains to
keep colleagues out of their cubicles and designated work areas," Weiss noted.
Some "employees are complaining that some co-workers' near-constant sanitizing
and spraying is creating a nuisance and breathing hazard."
Update Policies for the Pandemic
Employers should also have strong policies in place to ensure workers don't
come to the worksite when they are feeling ill, have symptoms of COVID-19 or
have potentially been exposed to the virus.
Manage Workplace Relationships
Employers should let workers know who to contact if they have concerns
about the new measures or co-workers who may not be following policies, Masling
Address Legal Risks
Employers will want to develop robust COVID-19-related policies and
follow them consistently to mitigate co-worker conflicts and reduce the risk of
Wildfires & Hurricanes
Cause Surreal Red Skies in Northern California
The skies around the Bay Area and other parts of Northern California took on a
surreal glow Wednesday as smoke from a variety of fires enveloped the region.
From San Francisco to Yosemite National Park, social media was filled with
images of ominous red and orange skies and smoky air.
Daniel Swain, a UCLA
climate scientist, tweeted that the fire smoke was "almost completely blocking
out the sun across some portions of Northern California."
LA Times California Wildfires Map
Sally weakened from a Category 2 hurricane to a Category 1 after making landfall
at around 5 a.m. Central Time over Gulf Shores, Ala., but its deluge was not
forecast to let up any time soon as it moved slowly into the Florida Panhandle.
Parking lots in both states looked like ponds and hurricane-force winds
continued to pound homes and businesses.
Long Tall Sally - Moving Real Slow
Hurricane Sally Live Updates: Hundreds of Homes Flooded in Florida
Floodwaters rushed through parts of Alabama and Florida on Wednesday, turning
roads to rivers, submerging cars and sending an out-of-control construction
barge straight toward a bridge on the Florida Panhandle as Hurricane Sally made
landfall and dumped a torrent of rain along its path.
The surging water reached higher than five feet in Pensacola, Fla., and slammed
a barge into a section of the Pensacola Bay Bridge that was under construction,
destroying part of it, Sheriff David Morgan of Escambia County, which includes
Pensacola, said in an interview.
The languid pace and lurching path of Sally, which was moving northeast at just
5 miles per hour near the Alabama-Florida border as of noon Central Time, led
officials to warn residents to hunker down for a sustained period of damage and
FBI Shows Larceny Thefts Down 9.9%
Overview of Preliminary Uniform Crime Report, January-June, 2020
FBI's Preliminary Uniform Crime Report, January-June, 2020,
reveals overall declines in the number of violent crimes and property crimes
reported for the first six months of 2020 when compared with figures for the
first six months of 2019. The report is based on
information from 12,206 law enforcement agencies
that submitted three to six months of comparable data for both years to the
FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.
● When data from the first six months of 2020 were compared with data from the
first six months of 2019, the number of rape offenses decreased 17.8%, and
robbery offenses were down 7.1%.
The number of murder and non-negligent manslaughter offenses increased 14.8%,
and aggravated assault offenses were up 4.6%.
In the property crime category,
offenses declined 7.8%. Larceny thefts were down 9.9%, and burglaries decreased
7.8%. Motor vehicle
thefts increased 6.2%.
The overall number of property crimes decreased in all city population groups.
Law enforcement agencies in cities with populations under 10,000 inhabitants
reported the largest decrease, 14.2%. Law enforcement agencies in cities with
populations of 250,000 to 499,999 reported the smallest decrease, 3.7%.
Property crime decreased 9.3% in non-metropolitan counties and 7.3% in
Property crime decreased in all four regions of the nation.
Reports of these offenses reflected declines of 10.3% in the Midwest, 9.3% in
the South, 5.7% in the Northeast, and 5.3% in the West.
View the complete Preliminary Uniform Crime Report,
January-June, 2020 on the FBI's
Crime Data Explorer.
For more details, see
Recent Program Updates.
This is not a mandatory national program and is strictly a voluntary non-funded
data submission program. There is a current effort to refine and improve the
process and reporting, hopefully impacting the reliability and accuracy, as they
are the first ones to point out the Index's current challenges.
Proposition 20 Proponents & Opponents
Grocery stores are pushing California to be tougher on crime. Here's why
While Proposition 20 was launched and financed primarily by law enforcement
groups, grocery outlets served as early partners in the effort. They are taking a controversial stance at a sensitive time for corporate America,
when companies of every stripe have taken pains to demonstrate support for the
Black Lives Matter movement and its goals of tearing down racist systems of
policing and mass incarceration.
Albertsons and Kroger - the grocers with the biggest financial contributions to
Prop. 20 - and the California Grocers Association said in statements they
supported the measure because shoplifting and organized retail crime have been
on the rise, amounting to significant losses, and threatening the safety of
employees and customers. They say that previous reforms went too far in removing
teeth from laws meant to address this type of crime.
In 2018, major grocery chains Safeway and Ralphs contributed $100,000 and
$91,800 respectively to the campaign. Regional chains including upscale Bristol
Farms, Southern California-based Gelson's, and Raley's, a family-owned line in
California and Nevada, donated about $30,000 total, according to campaign
A number of smaller grocers made contributions as well. Mar Val Food Stores,
with nine locations scattered across California, donated $600, and Super A
Foods, which caters to Latino and Asian consumers in the Los Angeles area,
At least one major company has since withdrawn its support.
Costco, which donated $50,000
to the Yes on 20 campaign in early 2018, said
in a statement it no longer supports the measure
and that it previously requested a return of its contributions.
(Costco spokeswoman Muriel Cooper declined to provide further details on when
and why the company changed course.)
In 2018, to deter an attack on Prop. 47, legislators created "organized retail
theft" as a new category of crime that would allow prosecutors to charge
shoplifting as a felony if two or more people act together.
Prop. 20's opponents have made efforts to connect grocers' support of the measure to the
broader national dialogue on racist policing.
California Safety and Justice, a group that opposes the measure,
called out Safeway and Ralphs in an ad in June.
Money Mule Schemes Up 609%
'A Job That Isn't Hard to Get in a Pandemic: Swindlers' Unwitting Helper'
Criminals are increasingly using people like Denise Newton to move their money,
just as many have lost their jobs and are vulnerable.
Since the pandemic's onset in March, the
number of criminal schemes relying on money mules has spiked,
just when many people have lost their jobs and are vulnerable to exploitation.
The volume of schemes has been
turbocharged partly by criminals going after enticing pots of money
from the U.S. government - specifically, the benefit programs that were set up
to help people and businesses hurt by the pandemic-induced economic downturn,
the authorities said.
In total, online human resources schemes where
criminals pose as potential employers have soared 295 percent
from a year ago, while schemes used for money laundering have skyrocketed by 609 percent,
according to the security firm ZeroFox.
Employees Under Apple's Control & Apple Benefited
Apple employees must be paid for time spent in security bag checks, 9th Cir
Apple retail employees must be
paid for time spent in bag searches, according
to a recent decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of
et al v Apple, Inc., No. 15-17382 (9th Cir., Sept. 2, 2020).
Golden State employers have faced a number of bag check cases in recent years.
Dick's Sporting Goods
paid nearly $3 million to a class of about 11,000
current and former employees
in California who said they were
required to undergo unpaid
off-the-clock security checks. Nike and its subsidiary Converse have also dealt
California wage and hour requirements often impose stronger requirements on
employers than federal law.
Fading fiscal stimulus crimping U.S. consumer spending
Overall retail sales increased 0.6% in August,
in part as sales at restaurants and bars continued to recover.
Retail sales excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food
dipped 0.1% last month.
5.7% drop in sales at sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument and book
food and beverage stores fell 1.2%,
while online and mail-order retail sales were flat.
electronics and appliance stores rose just 0.8%
after surging 20.7% in July.
clothing outlets gained 2.9%,
they remained 20% below the February level.
restaurants and bars rose 4.7%.
building material stores rebounded 2.0%
furniture outlets rose 2.1%.
UK: 3,672 employers lays off over 300,000 in June &
In July High Street retailers:
Boots Lays off 4,000
John Lewis lays off 1,300
Marks and Spencer lays off 950 + 7,000 in August
Zizzi lays off 1,200 closes 75 restaurants
DFS lays off 200
Ascena Retail Group Laying Off 350
Tween Brands Laying Off 163
Dave & Buster's lays off over 1,300 employees across 7 states
Kohl's Cutting 15% of HQ Staff
Simon Property to Close All Malls on Thanksgiving
Deloitte Predicts: Holiday Retail Sales Forecast to Rise 1% to 1.5%
Del Taco Restaurants Q3 comp's up 4.1%, sales up 0.4%
H&M Q3 sales down 19% (no comp's provided)
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Remote Workers & Availability of RaaS Drove Attack
Cyberattacks Up 154% in First Half of 2020 Than All of 2019
A study by CrowdStrike of recent threat activity on networks belonging to
its customers showed more intrusion attempts in the first six months of this
year than in all of 2019.
The security vendor's threat-hunting team blocked some 41,000 potential
intrusions just between Jan. 1 and June 30 this year compared with 35,000
for all of last year. Incidents of hands-on-keyboard intrusions in the first six
months of 2020 was some 154% higher than 2019.
Predictably, one of the biggest causes for the increased threat activity was the
rapid adoption of remote workforces in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The switch significantly expanded the attack surface at many
organizations, which threat actors were quick to try and exploit. Another
driving factor was the growing availability of ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS)
offerings and the resulting increase in threat actors and attack activity in
the space. There was a notable increase especially in ransomware attacks that
also involved the theft of sensitive data and subsequent attempts to extort
victims with threats to publicly release the data.
CISOs struggling to prep for security audits
Calendars for security and compliance audits are largely unchanged despite
COVID-19, yet the pandemic is straining teams as they work remotely, according
Moreover, CISOs are tasked with preparing for more than three audits on average
in the next 6-12 months, but struggle with inadequate tools, limited budgets and
personnel, and inefficient manual processes.
Furthermore, the results show that migration to the cloud is dramatically
increasing the scope and complexity of audit preparation, obsoleting old methods
“This survey clearly shows that CISOs at major companies are caught between a
rock and hard place when it comes to security and compliance audits over the
second half of 2020 and want automated tools to help dig them out.
Unfortunately, they’re simply not able to find them,” said Scott Schwan,
CISOs preparing for more than three audits - Most common audits are for
HITRUST, HIPAA and PCI DSS
Convicted Money Launderer Pleads Guilty to Business Email Compromise Scheme
Yannick A. Minang, 27, pleaded guilty five counts of wire fraud, one
count of unlawful monetary transactions and one count of money laundering
In September 2019, Minang was sentenced to 46 months in prison after pleading
guilty to his role in a separate business email compromise (BEC) scheme.
Through the use of fraudulent invoices and spoofed email accounts, Minang
conspired to trick the victims of the scheme into wiring hundreds of
thousands of dollars to bank accounts under his control. Minang and his
co-conspirators then transferred funds from the accounts to others located
'No Facemasks Allowed'
Saskatoon health and beauty store's sign banning masks raises concerns
declined to comment Tuesday. By Wednesday, the sign was taken down
sign at a health and beauty business banning customers from wearing masks inside
the store touched off concerns online and in Saskatoon this week. "I found it
extremely irresponsible," said Jennifer Drennan, one of several people who spoke
out on social media about the sign, which was taken down by Wednesday morning.
A photo of the sign, hanging on the front window of Vita Juwel, was posted on
Reddit on Monday.
"No facemasks allowed!"
the sign read in all caps. "If you want to learn how to protect your immunity
and your sanity during this time kindly ask us how and we would be happy to help
keep you safe!"
"I think it's especially irresponsible for any business which purports to
promote health and wellness to do that in particular," Drennan said.
On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health said businesses have the independence to
implement safety measures as they see fit, including physical distancing markers
on floors and requiring staff to wear masks, etc.
Canada Is Better Prepared for
Panic Buying if 2nd Wave Hits
Does a 2nd wave of COVID mean a 2nd wave of panic-buying & empty shelves?
shelves where toilet paper was once stacked. Shortages of flour, canned foods,
hand sanitizer and even produce. The beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic saw
panic-buying the basics,
stockpiling for fear of running out.
With a second wave of the virus looming as cases begin to rise, the question
begs: are we in for another panic-buying frenzy? And can Canada’s grocery store
supply chain survive a second wave?
Experts say they don’t expect
a second wave of major hoarding
— but there could be some temporary shortages. The madness in March and April
exposed some of the vulnerabilities in Canada’s food supply system, they say,
such as the centralized nature of processing facilities.
Karl Littler, senior vice-president of public affairs for the Retail Council of
Canada, said there were a few real product shortages during the lockdown. Most
hard-to-find items, like toilet paper, were simply due to distribution and
restocking challenges in the race to keep up. Grocers are now better prepared to
face jumps in demand, he said, so
if a similar panic-buying spree happened with the onset of a second wave, it
might not be as bad.
COVID's Easing Up in Canada
Canada reports zero COVID-19 deaths in 24-hour time period
Canada reported no COVID-19 deaths in a 24-hour period on Friday
for the first time since March,
Reuters reported Saturday.
Canada's death toll from the virus was 9,163 as of Sept. 11, the same number of
the deaths reported on Sept. 10, government data showed. Positive cases
increased by 702 to 135,626 on Sept. 11 from the day before, public health data
Most provinces are easing lockdown restrictions and schools reopened for
in-person classes despite a mild uptick in infections in recent days.
Winnipeg Ikea store closed again after another positive COVID-19 test among
Kentucky man accused of violating Canada COVID-19 rules could be fined $750K,
Lululemon faces backlash for promoting workshop to 'resist capitalism'
apparel retailer Lululemon is facing criticism after promoting a “decolonizing
gender” workshop that
included themes of
prompting backlash from social media users who called the workshop ironic.
The Vancouver-based company promoted the workshop, which was to be hosted by an
ambassador of the brand, on Instagram. However, social media users were quick to
point out the irony of a multi-million-dollar company whose leggings retail for
up to $168 promoting an event aimed at "resisting capitalism."
The workshop, hosted by yoga instructor Rebby Kern, intended to focus on themes
of gender stereotypes, colonialism and consumerism, according to Kern’s social
media post about the event. A spokesperson for the company said
the post did not
represent the company’s views and has since been removed.
Amazon to Hire 100,000 in U.S. and Canada
Amazon Plans to Create More Than 2,500 Full-Time Jobs in Toronto & Hamilton Area
MEC Files for Creditor Protection Amid Acquisition by US-Based Kingswood Capital
Tire store rapidly engulfed by fire; worker injured, 2 travellers lose
Toronto, ON, Canada: One dead following daylight shooting outside Walmart
male is dead following a brazen shooting in the parking lot of a Walmart in the
Junction on Thursday afternoon, Toronto Police say. At around 1:42 p.m, police
responded to reports of shots fired. A male was found with
gunshot wounds in a Walmart parking lot
and succumbed to his injuries, police said. A witness from the scene, who wants
to remain anonymous, told CP24 that he was sitting in his car in the parking lot
when he heard two people arguing from behind an area where carts are housed.
"Thirty seconds later I heard two shots being fired. Then I run over there and
see one guy on the ground," the witness said. The witness said the victim
sustained a gunshot wound to his head.
Abbotsford, BC: 2 men charged after attempted theft leads to alleged assault on
officer, suspect being shot
Two suspects have been charged after an alleged theft at an outdoor recreation
store. An officer confronted two suspects leaving the store, and police allege
that one suspect used
pepper spray on them as
both ran away. Police allege that the suspect with the pepper spray then
returned, sprayed the officer again and then assaulted the officer. The officer
then shot the suspect.
$230,000 Meat Heist
Big load of beef bound for the U.S. goes missing, Canadian cops say
On August 30th, 2020 a transport truck that was subcontracted to haul a full
load of beef from the JBS meat packing plant to the United States failed to make
its delivery. It was later determined that the transport truck was operating
under fraudulent documents and under the fraudulent name of “Transport Pascal
Charland” out of Chateauguay, Quebec. The
full load of beef was
valued at over $230,000
and is unaccounted for to date.
Robberies & Burglaries
- Stephenville, NL - Armed Robbery
- Stony Plain, AB - Armed Robbery
- Brantford, ON - Armed Robbery
Store - Montreal, QC - Armed Robbery
Store - Petrolia, ON - Armed Robbery
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Payment Card Skimming Hits 2,000 E-Commerce Sites
skimming code was
injected into nearly 2,000 e-commerce sites
that were running an older version of Adobe's Magento software, possibly
resulting in the theft of payment card data, according to Sanguine Security.
The hackers may have used a zero-day exploit for Magneto that was being sold on
a darknet forum, the security firm reports.
Adobe ceased support June 30 for the 12-year-old Magento 1 e-commerce platform
that all of the targeted sites were still using. Adobe has urged customers to
upgrade to the newer platform, but Sanguie Security's research shows about
95,000 e-commerce sites still rely on the older version.
spotted 10 infected e-commerce sites on Friday, 1,058 on Saturday, 600 on Sunday
and 233 on Monday.
"Tens of thousands" of consumers' payment card data potentially could have been
exposed in this skimmer attack.
Sanguine Security did
not notify the affected e-commerce sites,
but the security firm says it's making the
complete list of
targeted sites available to law enforcement.
campaign is by far the
largest one that
since they started monitoring in 2015. The previous record was 962 hacked stores
in a single day in July last year," according to the report. govinfosecurity.com
More sophisticated ecommerce attacks follow improved bot detection
Basic bot attacks on e-commerce sites are being foiled in greater numbers by
security tools like
passive behavioral biometrics, which is
very good news. But it also means that, in response,
advanced fraud techniques are the rise.
That is a primary finding in a first-half look at cybersecurity by NuData
Security, a passive-biometrics and -analytics firm in Canada. A report published
by the vendor says that behavioral tools (NuData’s market) are “helping” firms
detect and thwart online threats.
tools are designed to find patterns in attacks
that can help companies avoid future attacks. NuData, which is owned by
Mastercard, writes that it is not uncommon for criminals to re-use IP address or
devices involved in previous attacks, for example. This is important in
detecting sophisticated attacks, which emulate human behavior and therefore are
more difficult to detect with passive behavioral biometrics.
The average dollar value off chargebacks rose 124 percent for in-store pickups
during the first weeks of lockdowns in North America, compared to January
through March. Chargebacks for shipped goods grew as well, but by a
comparatively small 36 percent.
Amazon to open 1,000 neighborhood delivery hubs, reports Bloomberg
Missouri Woman Gets 65 Months for Walmart $860K Nationwide Fraud Scheme
Crystal Austin, 40, Belton, Missouri was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge
William M. Conley to 65 months in federal prison, for conspiring with Shelly
Scott, Jason Edge, and others to commit wire fraud throughout the country.
Austin was ordered to pay restitution of over $860,000 to Walmart,
jointly with the other conspirators.
Between November 2016 and February 2018, Austin, Scott, Edge and others
conspired to defraud Walmart, Inc. through use of stolen personal checks,
identity fraud, and methods to bypass electronic check authorization measures,
resulting in a loss of over $860,000 to Walmart. The group used stolen
identification cards of real people to perpetuate this fraud in 18 states, using
more than 14 different stolen checking accounts.
Scott and Edge were arrested by Monona Police on February 25, 2018, and both got
48 months in fedweral prison. Crystal Austin and conspirators Heather Bishop and
Jennifer Austin were charged in this conspiracy and arrested in December 2019.
Lincoln, NE: Shopper steals cart full of items from At Home
Lincoln Police are investigating a recent burglary at a home decor store after a
shopper stole a cart full of items by sneaking out through the back loading
dock. On Sunday, around 7:45 a.m., officers were dispatched to At Home on S 27th
Street and Pine Lake Road on a report of a burglary. A manager with At Home told
responding officers she reviewed surveillance video and found that the day
prior, an adult man pushed a cart of merchandise to the back loading dock. She
told officers that the video showed the man cut the lock and leave the store
with the merchandise.
Cortlandville, NY: New
York State Police Seek Suspect Who Has Repeatedly Stolen
Investigators are working to identify a man who has stolen several
hundred dollars in cash from a Walmart store over the summer. According to New
York State Police, the "customer" has repeatedly entered the store on Bennie
Road in the Town of Cortlandville empty-handed. He has removed merchandise from
the shelves and "returned" the items at the customer service counter.
Dothan, AL: Repeat Offender at Lowe’s busted with $3,000 of merchandise
Dothan man faces multiple theft charges after being caught red-handed
shoplifting from a Dothan Lowes Home Improvement Monday. Pierce Miller, 62, is
charged with four counts of third-degree theft of property. According to police,
Miller has shoplifted multiple times from the retailer during the time frame of
Aug. 28-Sept. 4. “While the investigation was ongoing, Mr. Miller visited the
store Monday and was caught red-handed shoplifting. He was apprehended without
incident.” Police say Miller has allegedly stolen multiple items carrying a
value of $3,000.
New Lenox, IL: Walmart Shoplifter faces additional charges of fleeing-eluding and
driving on suspended license during $450 theft; also had Outstanding warrant for
Shootings & Deaths
Milton, FL: Tom Thumb C-Store clerk shot, killed in overnight robbery
A Milton Tom Thumb clerk was shot and killed during a robbery early Tuesday
morning. The incident happened at the Tom Thumb on Glover Lane around 1:36 a.m.
Milton Police say the suspect is at large. They are described as a black male
wearing a camouflaged hoodie, armed with a pistol. Police say the victim has
been identified as 40-year-old Lee Ann Parker.
Vallejo, CA: 30 year old, father of 4 shot and killed outside Gas Station
The city of Vallejo has suffered its 22nd homicide of 2020 after a shooting on
Sunday night. At approximately 9:43 p.m., Vallejo police patrol officers
responded to the report of a shooting on the 2200 block of Sacramento Street at
Valle Vista Avenue, a news release on Monday stated. Reports indicated that a
customer at a gas station, Khiry Davis, had been shot by an unknown assailant.
Davis was a 30-year-old Vallejo resident and is survived by is survived by four
Minneapolis, MN: Teen Shot and Killed outside Gas Station Was Member Of
Republican Candidate’s Outreach Team
The 17-year-old boy killed and another man hurt Monday in a north Minneapolis
shooting were members of a Republican congressional candidate’s campaign. The
Lacy Johnson campaign says the two victims were members of the outreach team and
were not performing campaign duties when the shooting occurred Monday afternoon
at the intersection of North Fremont and Dowling avenues.
Memphis, TN: Man shot, killed outside Raleigh convenience store
Police have little to go on after a man was killed outside of a convenience
store in Raleigh. Officers said the victim was found at the corner of New Allen
and Ridgemont, and pronounced dead at the scene. There’s no word on what may
have led to that shooting. Police also have no suspect information at this time.
Roseville, MI: Car Wash Robbery suspect shot and killed by employee
The suspect in an attempted robbery in Roseville is dead after the victim of the
robbery shot and killed him during the encounter, police say. The attempted
robbery happened at Wash Pointe car wash, 26015 Gratiot Ave., around 7 p.m. on
Tuesday. Police say a man was at the car wash when he was approached by two
armed suspects who tried robbing him. The victim was also armed, and there was
gunfire exchanged and one of the alleged robbers was hit and pronounced dead on
Dallas, TX: Police investigating fatal shooting of Security Guard servicing ATM
man allegedly robbed the security guard at gunpoint. Police are investigating
the fatal shooting of a security guard during an apparent robbery outside a
credit union Monday morning. Witnesses told police a security officer was
servicing an ATM at a strip mall in the Cockrell Hill area when he was
approached by a man with a rifle who allegedly demanded the money at around nine
in the morning. The armed man then shot the security guard at least one time.
Officers arrived to find a man wearing a security officer’s uniform on the
ground, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. A second security officer at
the scene was not injured. After the shooting, the armed robber was seen loading
duffle bags into a sedan being driven by a woman.
Richmond, VA: FBI offers $15K reward in puzzling 2012 abduction
and murder of Chesterfield store owner
Yuba County, CA: Man Shot Behind Convenience Store In Linda
Robberies, Incidents & Thefts
Berkeley police release video of officer shooting at vehicle after robbery
A Berkeley police officer fired her gun at the car of several people who had
just stolen items from a CVS pharmacy in July, according to police and new
video recordings released by the department Tuesday evening in response to a
Berkeleyside Public Records Act request.
Cellphone video shows the officer getting out of her vehicle July 30 with her
gun drawn and trying to detain a driver and several people with him. The episode
had started as a shoplifting incident but became a robbery after a struggle with
store staff, police said. The driver ultimately fled the scene as the officer
fired her gun at his car, the video shows.
The officer — identified by BPD on Tuesday as Cheri Miller — appeared to fire at
the driver’s front wheel as the motorist drove past her, according to the video.
No injuries were reported in connection with the gunfire, which was BPD’s first
shooting in eight years. Miller, who has worked at BPD for 22 months, is on
administrative leave pending the outcome of the department’s investigation. BPD
ultimately found the alleged driver from the incident and identified him as
19-year-old Brandon Owens of Concord.
Newark, NJ: Famous Boyz: Federal Prison Time Piles Up For Newark Street Gang
That Sold Fentanyl-Laced Smack
A massive joint investigation continues to produce federal prison sentences for
members and associates of a Newark gang that flooded a city neighborhood with
fentanyl-laced heroin, committed street robberies and used social media to
threaten would-be snitches.
Stafford County, VA: Federal Investigators have joined local police in the
search Armed Robbery suspects who hit a half-dozen local C- stores
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, ATF, announced on
Tuesday that it is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the
arrest of the two men who are believed to have also robbed a Stafford County
Auto Repair –
Greensville, TN – Burglary
C-Store – Lancaster
County, PA - Burglary
C-Store – Milton, FL –
Armed Robbery / Clerk shot and killed
C-Store – Millsboro,
DE – Robbery
C-Store – Chuckey, TN
C-Store - Ocala, Fl –
C-Store - South
Burlington, VT – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Reno, NV –
Cleaners – Chicago, IL
– Armed Robbery
Dollar General -
Evangeline Parish, LA – Armed Robbery
Dollar General – Ne
Castle, IN - Armed Robbery
Grocery – Rochester,
NY – Armed Robbery
Hardware – Lincoln, NE
Jewelry – Auburn, WA- Robbery
Jewelry – Durham, NC – Burglary
Laundry – Greenville,
TN – Burglary
Restaurant – Queens,
NY – Armed Robbery
Restaurant – Colonie,
NY - Burglary (McDonald’s)
Restaurant – Colonie,
NY - Burglary (Dunkin)
Restaurant – North
Riverside, IL– Burglary
Restaurant – Lawton,
OK – Burglary (Sonic)
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• 11 burglaries
• 1 shootings
• 1 killed
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