Daily Report – 5/15/17

Top Stories
Computer security experts fear second wave of ‘biggest ransomware attack ever’ – The Washington Post
The malicious “ransomware” attacks that seized computers worldwide Friday and held those systems hostage are likely to worsen this week as millions of people return to work – forcing them to discover the hard way whether they have been affected, security analysts said. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
CTA Publishes Its First-Ever Drones Standard at Technology & Standards Forum – Consumer Technology Association
On the final day of the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) Technology & Standards Forum, CTA’s Portable Handheld and In-Vehicle Electronics Committee, R6, today published a groundbreaking standard for the drone sector – guidance on serial numbers for small drones. The three-day, semi-annual Forum in San Francisco convened 150 experts from across the tech sector for technical strategy sessions on topics including bringing consumers more reliable and accurate activity, sleep and stress monitoring data from their wearable devices. (read more)
 
Leaders Assess Summer Safety Plans After Downtown Mpls. Shooting (Minneapolis) – CBS Minnesota
On a picturesque Mother’s Day in downtown Minneapolis, a dangerous reminder filled the frame on Sixth street. (read more)
 
Calif. shifts from scanners to K-9s to catch smugglers (California) – CorrectionsOne.com
California is turning from mechanical scanners to canine sniffers in its latest intensive attempt to catch smugglers who import drugs into state prisons. (read more)
 
Campus Security
Editorial: No more kid gloves with criminal cases involving campus booze culture – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Alcohol or physical abuses in college fraternity initiation rituals are finally getting the treatment they deserve from prosecutors around the country – as criminal cases. Prosecutors on May 5 filed criminal charges against 18 Penn State students in the death of a 19-year-old sophomore who drank excessively and suffered severe internal injuries during a fraternity hazing. (read more)
Transportation Security
U.S., EU to Meet on Airline Security on Wednesday: EU Commission – U.S. News
European Union and U.S. officials will meet on Wednesday to discuss airline security, including a possible extension of a ban on passengers carrying laptops in aircraft cabins, a European Commission spokesman said. (read more)
 
United Airlines says cockpit security information may be compromised – WPTV.com
United Airlines told employees information on how to access a plane’s locked cockpit might have been made public. (read more)
 
Delta is Testing Facial Recognition Technology, Plans First Biometric-Based Self-Service Bag Drop in U.S. (Minneapolis) – PR Newswire
Delta Air Lines is introducing four self-service bag drop machines at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this summer, a $600,000 investment that allows customers to quickly, securely and easily check their own bags. One machine will be equipped to test facial recognition technology to match customers with their passport photos through identification verification, a first for U.S. carriers. (read more)
Cyber Security
Intelligence chief: Security must improve on smart devices – SecurityInfoWatch
The director of intelligence is warning that the “Internet of Things” gives cyber criminals new ways to use our connectivity against us. (read more)
 
America’s voting systems need security upgrades: It’s time to beef up cybersecurity – Fox News
There’s no evidence that hacking had any impact whatsoever on the results of the 2016 election. (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
Body worn cameras may reduce complaints and restraints in mental health settings – Nursing Times
The wearing of cameras by mental health nurses is acceptable to both patients and staff, according to researchers who found it also coincided with a fall in complaints, incidents and restraints. (read more)
 
Calls for cop cams after Bridgeport teen shot (Bridgeport, Conn.) – CTPost.com
Red and blue lights dancing on her face, Orisha Ala Ochumare, part of the Black Lives Matter movement in New Haven, filmed herself with a mobile phone at the scene of Tuesday’s police shooting. (read more)
Security Industry
Taser – now known as Axon – claims part ownership of the footage generated by its police body cameras. That’s a huge problem. – The Washington Post
On several occasions here at The Watch, we’ve noted that while police body cameras are an important step toward transparency and accountability in law enforcement, they’re only as good as the policies that govern their use. With the wrong policies, they can even be counterproductive. You may remember that last month, the company formerly known as Taser International – now known as Axon – offered free body cameras and video storage to every police department in the country for one year. But as Tim Cushing writes at TechDirt, the offer wasn’t without a cost… (read more)

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