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3rd July 2013 Issue no. 175
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A U.S. security expert says he has identified ways to remotely attack high-end surveillance cameras used by industrial plants, prisons, banks and the military, something that potentially would allow hackers to spy on facilities or gain access to sensitive computer networks.
Craig Heffner, a former software developer with the National Security Administration who now works for a private security firm, said he discovered the previously unreported bugs in digital video surveillance equipment from firms including Cisco Systems Inc, D-Link Corp and TRENDnet.
European institutions are tracking users of their web sites, in breach of the EU's own data protection rules, EurActiv has learned. The fact has been confirmed by Europe's data protection watchdog, in an interview with EurActiv, while Brussels is reviewing privacy legislation to tackle the abuse.
The European Data Protection Supervisor, Peter Hustinx, said that institutions were aware of the problem, that new guidelines are being drawn up to deal with the issue, and that his own office avoided using EU institutional software last year because he realised they were "inappropriate."Full Story
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As the fast-paced development of telematics systems continues to provide an ever greater number of convenience features for car owners, what does this mean for car security?
In 2009, the 10 News Investigators went undercover to help bust deceptive locksmiths. After the investigation, 10 News sat down with Victor Crist, then a State Senator leading the effort to regulate the locksmith industry. But a statewide bill to crackdown on dirty locksmiths died in the legislature.
But Crist hadn't forgotten the story, or the locksmiths. Last week County Commissioner Victor Crist, with the help of his fellow commissioners, moved to act. And they've got backup- professional locksmiths also want tougher regulation of these shady competitors.Full Story
A security company has been able to make £5m of savings for a police force a year after taking over its back office functions. Lincolnshire Police signed a £200m contract with G4S, the world's largest security company, last April. At the time G4S committed to making £3.6m - 13.6 per cent - of savings a year but in a report published reviewing the first year, the firm said it had been able to make savings of 18 per cent or £5m, the equivalent of an extra 35 officers on the streets.
As part of the partnership, 575 civilian staff were transferred to G4S.Full Story
The Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) has marked its increasing growth and influence by launching a new website: www.dhfonline.org.uk The site has been designed as a "must visit" destination for trade and building professionals seeking information on industrial and commercial doors, shutters, garage doors, powered gates, metal and timber doorsets and manufacturers of locks, building hardware and architectural ironmongery.
A Chesterfield, VA, county locksmith will be appearing in federal court on July 16th to answer to charges of possession and distribution of child pornography. Harry Lee Palmquist Jr. told federal investigators earlier this year that he had been downloading child pornography for about a decade, according to an affidavit. Based on the document, Palmquist didn't come to the attention of investigators until September 2012.Full Story
The company has installed its self-service 'locksmith' kiosks in several 7-Eleven stores around New York City.
With the kiosk, people can store digital copies of their keys. If they lose their keys or get locked out of their apartments, people can simply go back to a KeyMe kiosk and create a spare key by accessing their digital copy.
Digital copies can be accessed via fingerprint scan so people can be assured that nobody else can access their keys. The kiosk is also equipped with high-level encryption and does not store any personal information.
Police in India have given agencies a 45-day ultimatum to get all armed security guards verified. Joint commissioner of police Maheshwar Dayal called a meeting of all the security agencies last week and directed owners to ensure verification of arms licences before hiring the guards.
In August last year, a little girl, Vaanya Chaddha, 5, was shot when a loaded double barrel gun of a security guard accidentally went off. The girl remained hospitalised for more than 10 days. Later, the police found that the guard had a fake arms licence.
Source: Hindustani Times
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The drive to increase levels of safety of powered automatic gates has taken a major step forward with the introduction of a comprehensive training scheme by the Powered Gate Group of the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF).
The nomination process for the 2013 Security Excellence Awards - organised by UBM Live - is now open. Celebrating its 15th year in 2013, this highly prestigious industry awards scheme is specifically designed to commend and honour the very best professionals, projects and processes which both the UK and international security sectors have to offer.
Greater Locksmith, a prominent locksmith & security company operating in the Toronto, recently announced that it would make a substantial donation of 5% of all locksmith revenues generated in the first week of June to Amici, a registered charitable organization. Amici is dedicated to sending children from low income families to overnight summer camps all across Ontario.
VPS are the largest vacant property specialists in Europe, securing more than 90,000 properties and employing over 2000 staff in 100 locations across the UK, the US, and mainland Europe. They specialise in securing, maintaining and managing vacant property across a wide range of customer and industry sectors, working with facility managers, local authorities and the UK's leading construction companies, property developers, estate managers and insolvency practitioners.
British Transport Police (BTP) officers across the country last week carried out a series of linked operations with a number of agencies to enforce recent changes to the laws governing scrap metal dealing across England and Wales.