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20th September 2017 Issue no. 378
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One of the largest security breaches ever has come to light today as Equifax revealed attackers used an exploit on its website to access records for 143 million US citizens (for reference, the US has a population for 323 million or so, that's about 44 percent).
Hundreds of LockState smart locks around the world stopped working after the company mistakenly issued the wrong over-the-air (OTA) software update for the devices, according to Ars Technica.
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Allegion UK's experts will be at the MLA Expo delivering two training programmes on how to increase sales in electronic access control solutions and demonstrating what the SimonsVoss MobileKey can do at stand H2.45.
Visitors to D&E Architectural Hardware on stand No. 170 will be invited to attempt to open a box locked with the Geminy product. Anyone successful in opening the GEMINY product within the allotted time, using ONLY the tools provided, keeps the £500.00 cash inside.
The Drumm Geminy, is a unique security product available in the UK exclusively from D&E.
His planned "loo break" was part of a movie-style plot to stage one of Britain's biggest cash thefts, a court heard yesterday. Ranjeev Singh deliberately lingered outside the lavatory while his fellow guard Mohammad Siddique drove off with the money.
Siddique then loaded 28 money bags into a waiting getaway vehicle before being trussed up by co-conspirators and dumped by a secluded roadside. Meanwhile Singh smoked a cigarette as he "nonchalantly" waited for 20 minutes before alerting colleagues that Siddique and the cash had vanished, a jury was told.Full Story
Visitor Pass Solutions, a division of Data Management, Inc., has developed a new brand for its industry-leading temporary badge product line. "One Day(tm) Time-Expiring Visitor Badges" bolster security protocols and simplify visitor management at schools, healthcare facilities, corporate campuses, and more.
One Day Time-Expiring Visitor Badges are "valid today and void tomorrow," changing color overnight to display a "VOID" that prevents reuse the next day.
TC Security Services, part of TC Facilities Management (TCFM), have once again been placed in the top 2% of all SIA listed companies within the Approved Contractor Scheme in the UK. This is the third year in succession, TC Security Services has achieved this accolade.
The 4-day visit by the Auditors involved full scrutiny of the TC Security Services operation visiting both the Head Quarters and satellite offices along with a mix of varied customers.
OpenView Security Solutions (OSS), one of the UK's leading providers of CCTV and IT infrastructure solutions to the public sector, has successfully completed the design and installation of a new control room in Blackburn, Lancashire.
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'Chris, one of the best-known, and well-liked locksmiths in the UK, had suffered a 6-month battle with lung cancer, but passed away with his dignity, with his charm, with his sanity, in his own bed with his family around him', writes Suzzie Belcher.
'If you wish to read more about the cancer journey that he took, please read this page www.facebook.com and if you wish, you are welcome to contribute to the MacMillan Tribute Fund which I promised him that I would do.
'Without the help and support of the MacMillan Nurses I don't know how I would have managed.
'Chris was a shining light, and shared his knowledge where he could, he was a skilled artisan with wonderful humility and dignity. May his light shine for years to come.'
MLA Expo 2017 is fast approaching - Europe's Largest Locksmith & Security Exhibition. Taking place at the Telford International Centre, the event will span the course of 3 days, from 6th - 8th October 2017. This year we have exhibitors/visitors from all across the globe.
Here's 13 reasons why Expo brings a huge crowd:
The price of copper has increased by over 50% in little more than year, raising fears that when metal prices rise, so will the incidence of metal and cable theft. In the last four months alone, the value of copper rose 25% to $6800 per tonne on 29th August, according to the London Metal Exchange. Since its low point in 2016, when it was just $4310 per tonne, the overall increase is over 50%.
Home and commercial security company UAP has unveiled plans for a six-figure investment to increase brand awareness.
The Greater Manchester-based firm is spending around £550k on a new campaign that will include a series of nationwide TV and radio adverts during the next 12 months. Sean Wilson, the man behind Coronation Street character Martin Platt, features in the UAP adverts currently airing across 200 TV channels and more than 30 radio stations.Full Story
The man contacted the locksmith from outside Van Cleef & Arpels jeweller's in Bond Street and said that he had forgotten his keys, according to The Sun newspaper. The locksmith arrived within half an hour of being called about 10.30 on Wednesday evening and let the man in through the double glass doors. Police have not confirmed what was stolen but the thief is thought to have spent up to 45 minutes filling his pockets while the shop alarm rang out.