Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Cuba flights spark security concerns

From what is being reported, and is on the TSA web site, there are still huge issues with the flights from Mexico. For one there is no reason to have 10 airports with access to the US, one would allow better TSA oversight. It is very worrisome that these flights are being handled the way they are. TSA says they have been working with the Cuban Officials for over 4 years, giving them access to no flight lists, our procedures for handling flight security. All things you really did not want them to know. The fact that the Cubans are considered the broker to the world of US security information, it should be a warning to the USA that we not share this information with them. Our Congress needs to look into the security problems caused by this Cuban flight problem.
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Despite Death Threats Donald Trump will Fly to Mexico City to Meet with President Nieto

There is a real danger to Trump's visit, the Cartels as well as the Government have reason to kill him. Which is bad news, but it also is bad news for the Agents and other Staff that will have to accompany him. The USSS actually has the option of backing out of the visit, it was done in the Mid East when Presidential Candidate Jessie Jackson wanted to go to an area controlled by bad guys. But that time the threat was against the USSS Agents themselves. Doing any international Presidential visit is complex, but for a Candidate even more so. Lack of planning time in this case will be a problem, as well as the numbers of Agents assigned to his normal detail. I do hope Mr. Trump takes into account the danger he is putting everyone involved in. Not going has it's own problems, but this is a very dangerous trip.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

ISIS uses Filipina as honey trap to recruit followers

It had to happen, yet here it is in the flesh, well, cyber flesh at least.
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Experts fear ISIS terrorist knifemen will target Western church for their next attack - Mirror Online

There's no need for panic, but it would be prudent for Churches in America to review their security and security plans, to include the paths clergy use to and from their homes and churches. Remember soft targets are the key factor. So great practice for many newly started Protection Specialists, would be to offer your services to religious establishments in your area. Start off with a briefing on what types of attacks have happen over in Europe and what we could expect here. Remember no panic sell just talk, then go over their days work pattern, remembering the bad guys will be looking for patterns, like 7AM walk to the chapel for prayers every day. These are what the bad guy will be looking for, so the Clergy need to be aware of what is going on around them at those times, help them with things to look for. Next make sure they have 911 on their speed dials, many of us have taken them off over the years. It is the little things that will help get their minds around the possible problem. If they are ready for it do a quick survey of the Church and their home security, once again not a panic sell, just let them know what the actually have for security, most have no real idea. Don't recommend any expensive security upgrades, most can not afford it, and you will put them in a tough spot. Just let them know gently know of security vulnerabilities. If they have time give them a threat phone call briefing and leave the briefing sheet with them, with you contact info. If time permits give them a mail bomb briefing as well, once again leaving the briefing sheet with them with your contact info on it. Now presto chango you now have more experience, and perhaps new clients from it. And you have done something good for the world.
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Monday, August 29, 2016

Acribillan a 3 en Oasis RevoluciĆ³n; mueren dos

In this case there's probably not much that can be done, but constant security awareness may have helped. We do not know how exactly this attack transpired, but it normally would have been proceeded by survallance and testing to see if the attack point was workable. Keeping up our awareness may have detected the attack, one can not tell with such little information. Routine travel is always a problem, and sports events if routine are especially so since we tend to drop our awareness during fun and family events. Bad guys often target events like this because of the drop in awareness. Not the most pleasant to think about, but pulling up your travel events on Google maps is Always a good idea. Look for choke points where you have to slow down or stop, these are what the bad guys are looking for. If you have a chance of multiple routes, try and use them. If not vary the times you arrive and depart. Call in the police if you can, very hard in Mexico.
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Families of Mexico’s 28,000 ‘disappeared’ fight for closure, justice | Toronto Star

The bad part is the Government is a big part of the problem, and many of us on the USA side of the border can not safely provide any in country support, since both the Cartels and the Government of Mexico target security firms offering assistance. The President of Mexico promoted a multi Agency investigation of missing people near the border, which led to a number of mass graves or body dumps, but then disappeared quickly as the finds embarrassed the Mexican Government, and the DNA costs became a real problem. Families on this side tried to learn if loved ones had been found, but ran into all sorts of roadblocks, from being charged for DNA testing to threats from unidentified sources from both the Government and the Cartels. Other countries of the world should stop dealing with the President of Mexico till he actually does something to resolve the missing people issue.
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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Video, Gulf Cartel Hitmen forced to retire during Federal shootout in Reynosa - The Official Blog of Narco - elblogdelnarco.com

This is but one instance of the armed fire fights in Reynosa Mexico, less than 1 mile from Cities on the US Side of the border. Yet we hear very little about the problem, even though you can hear the gun fire, and most importantly are in range of the gunfire. More Gulf Cartel members are coming over the border to the USA, just to stay alive, what no one wants to talk about is that they bring the violence and the threat of violence with them. Ask RGV residence with out a press microphone in their face and they will tell you this is a problem. Ask restaurant owners that fled Mexico, and now are selling their Hidalgo County restaurant's, usually under the table, and moving far North, like above Washington DC, and some are finding the long reach of the Cartels tapping them on the shoulder up there.
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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Pennsylvania corruption runs deep, Kane was the latest victim

Not the list you want to be on for a City or State, but with out the Citizens watching, it can happen to your local Government. We used to trust the Press to keep an eye on this type of corruption, but they seem to be a part of the problem more and more now days. We keep hearing murmurs from the Press it is for the common good. So it is up to us Citizens to keep an eye on the political folks.
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Friday, August 26, 2016

Man in boxer shorts scales airport fence, steals truck, crashes into plane

TrentonScottH : The immediate response to perimeter breaches is just as critical as (if not more than) prevention #aviationsecurity https://t.co/zJ7She0bKU
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Omaha Suspect Crashes Into Southwest Airlines Jet After Scaling Fence: Cops - NBC News

This is not the first time intruders into airports have jumped into a vehicle already on the tarmac and driven around the airport. This maybe the first time they actually crashed into a plane. This crash could cost millions of dollars to recover from, the damage, the plane has to be checked out fully, the investigation, and the flight delays all add up. Airports try very hard to not let this happen. But any fence can be scaled, and if the keys are left in vehicles then an incident like this can happen. Some airports are or have installed detection systems on the fence lines to detect an intruder, other airports have installed devices on vehicles used on airports, that require an access card to operate the vehicle, very costly and the airlines have lots of vehicles even small baggage cart tractors that can cause damage, and are hard to install ignition devices on. One Airport at least has played with a GPS system on vehicles that can turn off vehicles that are not being operated in the correct areas. This is not proving all that helpful, for instance this truck was probably allowed to work in the area. One airport in the DC area had a fired gas truck driver injure another driver and and attempted to drive the gas truck onto the airport and hit a plane. The gas truck had a bumper mounted access control device that opened the gate, luckily another Gas truck driver leaving the airport noticed the fired driver, driving and rammed into the truck, and that stopped what could have been a very tragic incident. The incident will be investigated, and new operational procedures will be developed. CTI has looked into at least three of these incidents in the past year or so. Most turn out fairly uninteresting, but could have been worse that this one.
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Report: Explosion Rocks Sports Center in Belgian Town of Chimay, at Least One Dead

It is being looked at as accident or some type of suicide, but a gas leak explosion in any case. Not to be a conspiracy type but most folks in my world and era have been taught how to cause gas leak explosions. Still it is hard to guarantee a kill with one, since the explosion is really just a real fast fire.
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

After big hack attack, police chase European gang

Once again the specter of insider threat as part of the problem. The hackers are definitely getting better, but the criminal elements involved want bigger faster paydays. To help that they go back to their tried and true methods of turning insiders into accomplices either by force or profit, often a bit of both.
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The state of cyber security: we’re all screwed

I remember saying these same words to a friend less than a month ago. A class I teach at ESI delves into these cyber security problems, but to even really open the door to the problem would take months if not years, and the bad guys are moving forward at the same time, so catch up is a full time game in itself. We do indeed have a problem.
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Singapore to cut off public servants from the internet

This is more scrambling by Government's to try and go old school. Germany and some of the Russian Agencies are said to be going back to typewriters for sensitive data. They may have forgotten we had beat most typewriters by sound and magnoelect pulses, pretty much the same way the new technologies are beating air gaped computers with some success. Beating airgapped computers actually started back before computer networks started to be the norm. A quick study of flash drives can tell you how precarious their use can be. Remember that the Iran nuclear centrifuge computers were protected by being air gapped, and finally compromised by infected flash drives. But I must say cyber security is not getting any easier, so look for more of this type of physical cyber security.
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Mobile Bank Heist: Hackers Target Your Phone

The next evolution of data theft - attack at the user end. Malware that spreads through email links makes it easier, so we need to stay ahead of the curve on this one. If you didn't install that iPhone security update yet, do it now.
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Briton 'dies defusing Islamic State bomb' in Iraq - BBC News

Our prayers are with the EOD Specialist, and his family. Working around explosives is very dangerous and these folks deserve our respect and honor. The bomber is often long gone, and it is just the EOD team that has to deal with the device.
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Reading Situations to help keep you and yours safe

What is going on in this situation, can you read the body language of the pair? What would you expect if a Uniformed Police Officer came on the scene? Would they relax, get more tense, what would those body changes show.? Reading body language or behavior is critical to understanding situations, and staying safer. Contact CTI for more info on how to read behaviors that could mean you are in danger or soon could be.

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Have you ever walked into a bar, and just felt the tension in the air, how about your home, when ever there is tension between family members. Reading the atmospherics of a situation is not as difficult as it may seem, we all do it most of the time. Atmospherics: “the collective attitudes, moods, and behaviors present in a given situation or place” In this case you can see the tension by the body language of the people, but you would probably feel it in some way as well. Some people claim they can smell the tension in the air. Practice by walking through a bar, and feel the tension between different tables as you go by. The couple that just met, the couple that are having a spat, or the business group that just won big, or lost big. Practice here and then take that with you as you move through life, your chance of noticing a bad guy before they act has just gone up considerably.

News from The Associated Press

May you never be the target of this type of sophisticated espionage attack on your smart phone. It apparently cost millions to develop and use no less that 3 zero day hacks to take over the phone totally. The big question is the use of Israel technology to track a dissident of the UAE apparently. Sort of takes you to the the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Now that it is out and Apple is quickly developing patches for the problem, will it be of any use to Israel or will it be a way of tracking down people hacked by them. Sort of the big problem of high tech espionage, did they get enough to make the cost of the espionage worth it. In private industry your client would not be happy if you only received a little info, yet wanted to charge them a million dollars for it. Which is one of the factors we explore at the ESI class on TSCM next month. I hope to see you there.
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'Assassination attempt' on Angela Merkel - Mirror Online

It will be interesting to see who attempted to do this, a lot of bad guys from all sides are not happy with her now. Staying alert for this type of attack is a constant for any protective detail. If this had been a bombing, the attack vehicle only needs to get close to accomplish the task. I am not sure what other attack platform or type of attack it could have been. As I teach the ESI class next month, this is one of the attack vectors we will be addressing as well as parked vehicle bombs attacking motorcades as they pass. The latest attack using this method was in Egypt, and was not completely successful, but some of the protective force did not survive. Dealing with these types of attacks requires a knowledge of explosives and the targeting practices used.
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Four decades since release of landmark "America... | NFPA Xchange

The cost vs life safety has been the problem with mandatory home sprinkler systems. It's still a cost even most high priced homes do not find the value for. Firemen have been pushing it for over 30 years with very few cities let alone States coming on board. If you can afford it, I can not think of a better upgrade for your home. With that said it has not proven the return on investment (ROI) many have claimed it would be. Fire is a cruel attacker and can't always be controlled by a sprinkler system.
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Training Classes Available - Rich Roth

More and more I get asked, how do we contact you for classes and speaking engagements, my Web Page is available here, with my Resume and Expert Witness work, along with some of the classes we provide, not all of them but a representative list. Speaking engagements are becoming a bigger part of our work, and some of the topics are listed as well. You can always reach CTI on our web site as well as our email, I hope to hear from you soon.
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We need to wake up and get ahead of the bad guys, all we can do here is pick up the pieces

As Americans we need to understand when we get to this point as shown in this picture of the Brussels bombers, we have no options but to pick up the pieces. The bomb or bombs are going to go off. We can try an ignore the problem, or we can understand how to detect these terrorists before they act. Personally, I do not want to wait for them to blow up innocent people. Or to use knives or guns to kill innocents, or to wait for someone to run over innocents with a truck or car. If we all raise our alert levels and pay attention we can detect them prior to innocents being killed or hurt. It just takes a little training, and constant practice. Let CTI provide this training to your staff, or security force, or Police Department, it is time to be proactive, not to wait for the event to happen.



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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Media silent on surge in Islam-inspired knife attacks

As protectors we need to understand the threat, it little matters if the attackers are more or less mentally ill. In a recent back and forth with a member of the mental health establishment, when asked if a purse snatcher had mental issues, the reply was of course, purse snatching is an abnormal event. Any abnormal event is cause to believe some mental issue is involved. So I have no argument that mental illness is involved with these attacks with knives, but even so, shouting Islamic slogans during the attack brings a motivation to at least be looked at, and if it will help catch them, it should not be ignored. To do so is to ignore a possible motive that can be traced. It does not mean that we need to hassle each person dealing in radical Islamic rhetoric, but it does give us a place to start. Then we need to apply behavior analysis of the individual to help determine their plan if they are to attack. But we need to be up front with the threat, not ignore it, it puts to many lives in danger.
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American University Of Afghanistan Says It Is Under Attack In Kabul

TrentonScottH : Militant Attack Underway At American University Of Afghanistan https://t.co/VSrvsimkQa
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NBC News

This is a developing story.
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Avionics Magazine :: Report Identifies Key Technologies in Aviation Terrorism Threats

TrentonScottH : Evolving threats include the use of drone surveillance & other tech by potential terrorists | https://t.co/ZjtoJotqZn #aviationsecurity
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The TSA showed us the explosions created by different improvised devices

TrentonScottH : A look inside TSA's improvised explosive device training. These weapons are often disguised | https://t.co/i0mC3Qtd3a #aviationsecurity #TSA
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Hackers Trick Facial-Recognition Logins With Photos From Facebook (What Else?)

Like a lot of the biometric security systems, facial recognition still has some problems. They all have their strengths but all have their weaknesses as well. From the gummy bypass of the finger print systems, to the picture of your eye beating those systems. I have to admit this is the first time in years that an evaluator has stated that a PIN is more secure than the biometric. As I said years ago when CTI ran an evaluation of the facial recognition systems for Boston's Logan Airport, they are just not ready for prime time yet, that was over 13 years ago, it's steadily getting better, but still needs work. Biometrics in conjuction with a card type token and PIN is still quite a step up from just a card or card and PIN.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016


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CTI trains Airport Police on how to detect Terrorist Planning using Behavioral techniques

CTI had the honor of training the Chicago Aviation Police Department Supervisors last week for 5 days. In this time of constant high threat to all of the US, the Airports are still the main targets for Terrorists. CTI provided training on how to detect the Terrorists as well as other criminals, prior to the attack. Using the Left of Bang approach, and the planning stages of a terrorist attack, as well as any other criminal action against an airport, behaviors can be noticed as the bad guys plan. If you are interested in your Police or Security Departments learning these critical behaviors, used by Terrorists and other Bad Guys as they plan attacks and other criminal acts, please give us a call at CTI or drop us an email.
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

10 year-old teaches hackers a valuable lesson in privacy

Now this is truly funny, but also says a lot about how much we let our privacy be taken by our own actions. The bad guys prowl the same areas, with out giving any warnings, and get us all the time. Over 80% of us have at least one device set for automatically logging on to the first available Internet hot spot. It just takes a few clicks to reduce the vulnerability, you may want to do so.
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Texas' Third Largest County Attacked By Ransomware

Great success story about a ransom ware attack. It was handled well, and effectively. Well done, those Texans are a great bunch.
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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Contractors in Afghanistan say US hasn’t shared escape plan in case of major attack | Circa News - Learn. Think. Do.

To all of us that know or have friends in country, we know the mindset of folks over there. They are often protecting other US and Foreign Internationals that are doing work that is needed to keep hospitals working, electrical and water plants running. I do hope the Administration knows this, Security Contractors know what they are facing but the Aid workers often do not. If the Security Contractors head out to protect themselves, this will leave the Aid workers on their own, often unarmed and at the mercy of the attackers. Many of the Security Contractors will not let that happen, and may well suffer the ultimate fate for doing so. I am not sure of the correct solution, but someone should be working on it.
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

AK-47 Robber Stopped By Concealed Handgun

If the distances are right as well as your skill level, and in this case the AK shooter was not aware of the other gunman till called, gave him an even chance on shooting first. Well done, this happens more than one often thinks. An LAX Police Officer shot and killed an active shooter with a long rifle who had already killed at least one person, with his police 9mm from quite a distance. He had a partner laying down cover fire which probably helped but it was a great shot. Officers and other hand gun shooters can deal very effectively with long guns with the proper training and skills. Police Officers have been doing so for years. The Garland Texas Officer killed two long gun shooters as they tried to conduct a terrorist attack. I
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ID Supplier Guilty of ID Fraud & Human Smuggling (How to Recover - Video) - American Security Today

ID fraud is always a problem, but not often seen on this scale or level of sophistication. Sort of a one stop shop for all your ID needs. Be sure to reference the name of the operation, being designed 2 means it has happened before and will happen again. For Airports TSA does have training that they can provide, which is pretty good. I have not taken one for a few years. For those not in the aviation industry there's private vendors that both supply up dated books on the newest fraud schemes, there are also machine scanners that work.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

International Security Jobs: Security Manager , Dubai

There are other jobs available here as well
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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Days at wheel, months of planning for Paris attack fugitive | The Big Story

We need to catch the Terrorists in the planning stages, to do that we need to understand more about them. This is a very good article on the planning of the Paris attacks, lots to learn as well as have a better understanding what we are dealing with. Brussels attackers have also been involved with groups running around Europe. Reading this you will understand that the use of false passports, mainly from Syria are key to the attackers keeping most of their team under the radar. They do use a lot of Syrian Refugees, but for lower level actors requiring little training, but most Syrian's know how to operate weapons and have at least been around battle. Trade craft is somewhat lacking but the use of the recording cameras at the home of the Director of the Nuclear shows they are getting better. As normal weapons are one of the last items acquired, so if they are picked up, it is hard to pin anything on them, even if they are suspected. The use of petty criminals, some, most even of the higher planners, is interesting, but seems to buy them a way to stay under the radar again. In developing a profile on these teams, the petty criminals and their families seem to be a big part of it. But remember this is not the big game of the original Bin Laden game. ISIS and the AQ of the Yemen area have always been a lower sort of set of Terrorists. They both tend to flaunt their goals and presence through Magazines, Web Sites, and Social Media. They both have access to bomb makers, both the explosives themselves as well as the electronics needed to build everything from workable backpacks, to sophisticated devices like the HP Printer cartridges, or the underwear bomb. If tracked back it would seem the explosive maker for the TATP was part of a 5 to 8 man team taught by what looks to be a Pakistani who grew up and was schooled in England. None of this is completely back grounded, to the point of perfect fact, but it appears to be substantiated by various sources. How all this translates to how or if cells in the US are developed we will have to see, we mainly have seen nothing but lone wolves since 911, but so is Europe in the past couple of weeks, or month. Lone wolves can have fairly devastating effect, and the planning is not as sophisticated, so detection is that much harder. But the good part is that they still have to plan and they are not that good at it, or the trade craft to carry it off.
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Belgium police machete attack: Knifeman shouting 'Allahu Akbar' attacks two female officers outside station - Mirror Online

Another Machete attack, a weapon that can often be bought in your local hardware, sports store, or even at Walmart for less than 10 dollars. It is a very lethal weapon and is used in some African Nations as a weapon of war. But no one is advising banning the weapon, although most States have laws on the books that restrict the carry and handling of the weapon as a large knife. But it is another suspicion that if you see someone actively carrying one to report it. I think shop owners as well as Church and other facilities that hold large amounts of people that a group would consider a target, should take active shooter precautions if someone is seen carrying one of these in your area.
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200M Yahoo Accounts on The Dark Web

This needs to get out there, a lot of folks have old Yahoo email accounts that may be involved.
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Friday, August 5, 2016

FBI in ‘secret’ control of your smartphone

Interesting article, and very probably true as far as it goes. The legal hurdles to use such an app are almost insurmountable. But I am sure that the conspiracy folks will have a field day with this.
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Largest Christian charity infiltrated by Hamas

This is one of the biggest scams on a very reputable Christian Charities ever successfully carried out. It just shows everyone has to be very careful.
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Crooks Using Bluetooth To Steal At Gas Pumps « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

This is critical information as you go out and gas up this weekend, please watch and read the warning here. Using skimmers hooked up to blue tooth transmitters in this case, and key fobs that have your credit card information, these bad guys are sitting back and just capturing. the data from nearby.
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This Company Has Built a Profile on Every American Adult - Bloomberg

Forget about the US Government think private industry, this company has done this in less that a year. Using search engines that look at all the open data bases, and then takes Google Facebook all the social media, and adds it to the mix. Now this firm makes a lot of mistakes, or should I say collects data that maybe old outdated and in some cases incorrect. It just reports the info, it does not try and validate it, at all or very much.
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As 'Pokemon GO' craze continues, Israeli army issues warning | Fox News Video

Here is one you should watch, this is only one threat from using the app.
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How safe is an iris scanner from hack attacks? | Fox News Video

There are a number of classified reports showing just how easy it is to beat these systems. In one Army test people just used photographs like in this one to beat the systems easily.
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Victimization, ways not to be one CPTED is one of the them

Plan to survive, even a 15 second plan developed in your mind will help. No plan means you will just react, which usually means you will take critical seconds to decide on what you can do. Seconds can mean the difference between life and death. So conduct that 15 seconds of planning in your head, it may well save your life.
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Brussels explosions: What we know about airport and metro attacks - BBC News

I have the honor of teaching another ESI Bomb course next week, with all that has happen this year it is even more critical that we learn how to recognize these events in the planning stages. In a bombing situation the response is mainly evacuating the survivors and picking up the pieces, drawing weapons or jumping on the attackers is not really a plan. Bombs end very quickly, they may use weapons to kill survivors, but the bomb incident is over. So we need to find ways to catch the bomber in the planning or staging times as our only real chance to win against them. Knowing what a bomb of a size or type can do, helps with understanding what the bomber can plan to do. Knowing the target is also a big plus, which we have the advantage of in most cases.
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Mexican Drug Agent Crossed the Line Once Too Often - NYTimes.com

In this murky world of the Drug Trade down on the Border of Texas and Mexico, a friend could also be a foe. With many Mexican Police and Political folks living in the USA either in the open or under the name of someone else, it brings the danger over to the USA side of the border. This former Mexican Policeman was killed in downtown McAllen Tx, as he sat in his car a number of years ago. But the situation is getting worse, more and more people fleeing the Mexico are residing in the Texas Border towns, sometimes going to work back in Mexico, and then coming home to the USA after their shift is done. In Mission Texas a former Reynosa Police officer, some claim he was an active duty officer, was living in a nice home, next to the Cimarron Golf Course Community. One night a group of Mexican assassins came across the border, and attacked his home. He fought them off for it was reported from 45 min, to an hour, finally a homeowner nearby called the Police, and the the attackers stopped and fled. As we sit at restaurants and bars in the Rio Grande Valley, we are often not knowingly sitting near people fleeing drug violence from Mexico, so be ready to move at anytime if an attack starts. The chances are very low you will be involved in an incident, unless you visit known areas that Mexican Drug Cartel's or their associates on both sides of the law hang out. In a Strip Joint just out of McAllen Texas, a group of men having a good time, left the facility one man got into his truck and entered Express way 83 heading to Mission Texas. Another group of men also at the Strip Club, had been watching the man and followed him out, got into other vehicles, and followed him. This all ended on Expressway 83 between McAllen and Mission Tx, as the second group fired what appeared to be automatic weapons into the victims truck, killing him. It turns out this altercation started in Reynosa that night with one Cartel, killing another Cartel Plaza Boss, the men in the Strip Club where called and notified of the killing and the plan to kill the relative of the folks that killed the other Cartel leader. Now in this case no one else was killed, but shooting at high speeds on a major highway can easily result in innocent folks getting killed, which happen on Highway 83 in another attack. Once again the chances of you getting hurt in one of these attacks are low, but you need to be ready for them if they happen.
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San Antonio Police Department-Civilian Response to Active Shooter - YouTube

As a trainer on active shooter response, I see a lot of videos on subject, this one stands out to me because of the great way it deals and guides folks that have weapons, mainly handguns. Most videos either do not deal with the issue, or in some cases actively dismiss the use of weapons like handguns. The next time you are at the range, remember what you saw in this video, and think in your office or home how you would respond. Look for cover, find in your mind angles of fire, remember the bullet will not be stopped by the drywall that makes up most office walls. If you get the chance to shoot, do so, If you have a chance at multiple shots continue, if the person has on a bullet resistant vest, or is even just hit in an area that stuns him for a while, do not expect the person to stay down. Keep your weapon trained on the individual as long as your are in the area. The other part in the video, is the response to Police showing up. These Police are going to be charged up, so do what they say, have the weapon away from you on the ground where they can see it. Fully expect to be handcuffed, and have weapons pointed at you. Do not be a distraction to them doing their job. They are trying to save lives and kill bad guys, if you distract them in anyway, you can get them or others hurt, if the gunman shows up.
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Thursday, August 4, 2016

List of Islamic Terror Attacks

Lists can be interesting, for instance the Paris Police along with other Law Enforcement had a list with the exact name of the Normandy Church that was attacked as a target. It is not known if the Church was notified. The attackers used mock bombs, and plastic guns to get control of the Church, then used knives to conduct the attack. So all you over 8 thousand plus known to be on ISIS target lists, one do you know you are on the list, two if so are you taking the attack threat seriously. By the way the intolerant Normandy Church attacked by the Islamist's, donated the land next door to let the locals build a mosque. Be safe all.
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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Metro police arrest raises concern of radicalization in the ranks

It is time to take the blinders off, the Orlando shooter was a Security Guard working for a very reputable firm, with all the hiring done after 911, we have to expect there are more out there. The biggest strength we have is our fellow employees noticing when we are acting unusual. As in this case his fellow employees did notice something and reported it. I am sure that a lot of folks will cry big brother, but get over it. We are the best security we have for ourselves, and for those around us. This will not change, yes their are counter intelligence and counter terrorist operators out there but they can not be everywhere. It will be up to us to notice folks, even those close to us in some cases. Hard emotionally but needed if we are going to be safe. By the way this is true if we are to stop the cartels, welfare fraud almost any crime. But terrorism is the key one, If you notice changes in people, more expressions of support for Jihadist activities., not hanging around with his normal friends, spending money on weapons, or ammunition. I could go on, but the key is to notice something unusual is to know what is normal. The best person for that is you, not me. It takes me time to build up a base line as it would anyone that does not know your friend. But to you it would be noticeable. the key is to actually notice the unusual actions, and not feel it is just him going through a problems, which they maybe. This guy was reported a few years ago, and was just arrest this week. As in most of these cases, no action was taken till they did have the info needed for arrest. I remember going through my first divorce, I was taken out of the rotation for working around protectees till my fellow workers felt I had it under control. No deep psychiatrist, the first check is by your fellow workers. So as you see it works both ways, but you have to be ready to notice both the good and the bad.
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Cybersecurity Tips for the Rio Olympics

For everyone going to the Olympics here are some very good security tips. If you are not going to the Olympics here are some great security tips for anyone traveling.
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Philosophy of Security: Surveillance Awareness: What You Can Do

Pause for a second, take notice of those around you. Is there anything unusual going on around you? Nothing, pause again later, now? A critical part of any counter surveillance awareness, it to notice unusual things going on around you. That can be tough if you have never paused a second to look around. Every time you do you help build your base line of what is normal and what is not, IE unusual. Some time even the usual can be unusual, say a person that shows up at a bus stop near your building, every Tuesday at 7 AM, now is there on Monday at 8 AM nothing to arrest him over, but do take note. In a street environment in LA or Iraq or Paris, crowds of kids or people that usually hang in the area, are now looking nerves or have moved down the street could be the unusual event that lets you know an attack maybe next. The key is to always build and refine your baseline of what is normal, it may save your life.
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DFNDR Armor picks Honeywell fabric for lightweight body armor | Government Security News

It is always good to keep up with the newest developments in body Armor. Spectra has been around for a long time, but keeps getting better. Don't just think of body Armor, think of podium up grades, door and wall upgrades. When you need an edge, this can sometime help, at least have the idea in your tool box. Just like using wood, steel, polycarbonate plastic sheets, or ceramics like bricks or tile. All used correctly can give you an edge that may save your life.
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Monday, August 1, 2016

The Problem with Software Defined Radio

These SDR devices are extremely cheap, I have bought 2 of mine for less than 20 dollars each. Now to do what they are attempting here the costs go up a bit. Still these devices can be used for some pretty sophisticated spying on people or businesses.
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Donald Trump blasts ANOTHER fire marshal for 'political' interference | Daily Mail Online

You do not want to mess with Fire Marshall, you never win, he from a builders point of view should know all about them. On the other hand, taking the Fire Marshall out for a long dinner can sometimes be very effective. Not that anyone has ever done that. In most cases the federal folks try and stay away from the situation, unless they need to have a smaller crowd. On the other hand if the local political folks do not like Trump, pushing the Fire Marshall's to shut down sites is a good way to go.
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Breaking the Cross: Latest ISIS Magazine Aimed At Christians | Clarion Project

New ISIS magazine out, I am teaching another bomb class for ESI next week, I as always will incorporate new threats found in the magazine into the course. Hope to see you there.
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Now available from BBC Monitoring

BBC monitoring, is a key resource for all expanding corporations to use, put them on your must have list's
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