Daily Report – 9/25/17

Top Stories
Homeland Security informed 21 states that hackers targeted their election systems – The Verge
For the first time, the federal government has officially informed states that their election systems might have been targeted by foreign actors. The Department of Homeland Security told Congress this summer that it suspected that 21 states were targeted, but it wasn’t until Friday that they told local election officials, according to the Associated Press. (read more)
 
Mississippi church security teams train for worst-case scenario (Mississippi) – The Clarion-Ledger
Clyde Morgan knows there are some tough choices that go along with volunteering to be on a church security team. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
New Israeli Method Can Hack Security Cameras To Unlock Doors – The Jerusalem Post
Security cameras infected with malicious software can use infrared light to receive covert signals and leak sensitive information from the very surveillance devices that are used to protect facilities, according to a method developed by cyber researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba. (read more)
 
Security breach in Yankees clubhouse on Friday night (Toronto, Canada) – NorthJersey.com
Todd Frazier was still perplexed on Saturday afternoon, wondering how a fan gained access to the Yankees’ postgame clubhouse on Friday night, and the potential for harm caused by the security breach. (read more)
 
In downtown Detroit’s Campus Martius Park, someone will always be watching you (Detroit) – Detroit Free Press
Going to Campus Martius in downtown Detroit? Smile, you’re on camera. (read more)
 
For Greeley’s parks, the fight against vandalism is frustrating and never-ending (Greeley, Colo.) – The Tribune
A few years ago, Tom Welch, the manager of Island Grove Regional Park, had a problem. The flagpoles that lined stretches of the park kept getting ripped down. So Welch replaced them with taller, sturdier metal poles. They seemed impenetrable. (read more)
 
Female Minimum-Security Inmates Walk Away From Camp (Las Vegas) – CBS Las Vegas
Nevada authorities are looking for two female minimum-security inmates who walked away from the Jean Conservation Camp south of Las Vegas. (read more)
Campus Security
‘It shocked this little town’: One year later, Townville faces fatal school shooting that shook the community (Townville, S.C.) – The Post and Courier
At 6 a.m. the morning after the shooting, Billy McAdams walked out the door of his house on the farm his family had owned since 1936 and found a “Today” show reporter waiting for him. She had been camped on his front steps for almost an hour, hoping for an interview about what had happened the day before. (read more)
Safety at the forefront of Auburn students’ minds after Tiger Transit incident (Auburn, Ala.) – OANOW.com
Female students at Auburn University say they are more aware of their safety now than they were prior to reports of an alleged sexual assault of a female student on a Tiger Ten transit bus last weekend. (read more)
Transportation Security
Soft target, hard problem: Keeping surface transportation secure – Homeland Security Newswire
Maintaining security on the U.S. surface transportation systems takes significant resources and manpower, both which tend to be in short supply. For example, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is one of the busiest transit systems in the nation, averaging about 712,000 trips per week day. Metro Transit Police are acutely aware that rail and subway systems are susceptible to attacks or other acts of violence, due to both the high volume of commuters and the open, unstructured nature of the environment. (read more)
Air travelers give airports high marks – The Journal Gazette
Air traveler satisfaction with U.S. airports has reached an all-time high this year and the reason is what you might call counterintuitive: The Transportation Security Administration. (read more)
$450G in federal funds for Hudson port security (Hudson County, N.J.) – NJ.com
Nearly $450,000 in federal funding for port security is being doled out to various public and private entities in Hudson County. (read more)
Biometrics
Should Apple iPhone X Trust Facial Recognition for Security? – Scientific American
Your face is the future of smartphone security. Apple made that clear last week when it unveiled the pricey iPhone X, which trades in the familiar home button and TouchID fingerprint scanner for a new camera system that unlocks the device using facial recognition. (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
Police weighing unexpected costs of body cams – The News-Gazette
About a year after the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., the village of Rossville took the same step as hundreds of small towns and major metros from coast to coast – it invested in body cameras for its police officers. (read more)
Security Industry
8 Can’t-Miss Educational Sessions at ASIS 2017 – Security Sales & Integration
With several hundred exhibit booths to peruse at the 63rd ASIS Seminar and Exhibits in Dallas, it can be easy to overlook the many educational sessions being offered. (read more)

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