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06/23/2017 08:06 PM
Lower Crime in Your Retail Store by Doing This 1 Thing
According to the National Retail Federation, nearly 90% of retailers reported falling victim to organized crime in 2014. However, with the help of a new, simple to install technology, retailers are seeing a triple-digit drop in shrink. Here’s what you can do to stop crime in your retail store.
Retail theft doesn’t always involve pricey electronics or luxury items. In fact, a growing percentage of loss for retailers involves everyday necessities—such as laundry soap, baby formula or over-the-counter medications. These items are targeted because demand is high—virtually everyone uses them or knows someone who does—and they’re easy to steal.
Retailers are faced with a difficult dilemma. Shoppers want a self-service shopping experience. Placing these items behind locks or using theft-resistant dispensing hooks might deter would-be thieves, but it also deters customers.
Electronic tags are easy to counteract using “booster” bags—bags designed to keep the tags from triggering loss prevention checkpoints. That’s if the tags would deter anyone in the first place. Today’s thieves are more organized and brazen than ever. They know what once they’re out of the store, tracking a large quantity of these simple, everyday items is next to impossible.
Would-be thieves are also working together to form organized retail crime rings, using the power of a group to overwhelm staff and grabbing carts full of items at a time for quick resale.
While traditional CCTV and surveillance technology might capture footage of the perpetrators, it does little to deter the event from happening. Many of these groups switch between different stores, regions and markets. By the time you’ve handed footage over to a law enforcement group, the criminals—and your products and profits—are long gone.

Public View Monitors: An Effective Criminal Deterrent

Public View Monitors (PVMs) are a proven way to make criminals pause and think twice about what they’re about to do. With integrated screens and cameras, they’re simple to deploy in high-theft areas and provide a real-time stream criminals and other customers can see (have a look at our Bristol CT security cameras systems).
Yes, traditional cameras are noticeable and you might think that they would hold the same benefits. However, according to the Loss Prevention Research Council, seeing a real-time stream of their face, clothing or the goods they’re about to steal—the evidence that proves their guilt should they continue with their plan—decreases shrink in high-theft areas by as much as 330-percent! A PVM eliminates any doubt that footage might catch them in the act and shows them “You are being recorded.”
If you’re looking to reduce loss and crime within your retail business, Mammoth Surveillance has extensive experience with PVMs and other surveillance tools. From optimizing coverage and deterring theft to ensuring that you obtain convictable evidence, our professional installers can help you design a custom surveillance system—or upgrade your existing system—to meet the needs of modern retailers. Getting started is as simple as picking up your phone and calling (860) 650-1384 or sending us a message through our contact form!

06/23/2017 12:00 AM
Facebook launches drive in UK to tackle online extremist material

Firm’s Online Civil Courage Initiative, already launched in Germany and France, aims to help charities and NGOs identify and eliminate hate speach

Facebook is to step up its attempts to tackle extremist material on the internet by educating charities and other non-government organisations about how to counter hate speech.

The technology company will launch the Online Civil Courage Initiative in the UK on Friday, which includes training organisations about how to monitor and respond to extremist content and the creation of a dedicated support desk at Facebook where concerns can be flagged up.

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06/20/2017 07:29 AM
Theresa May’s crackdown on the internet will let terror in the backdoor | Alex Lee
The prime minister is on a warpath to increase mass surveillance and decryption – which can only weaken data security and put the public more at risk

Let’s get one thing straight: Theresa May is strong and stable. She is firm and unwavering in her stance to deliver her fantasy of regulating the internet and making it her own political playground.

May introduced the Investigatory Powers Act, aptly nicknamed the snooper’s charter, during her time as home secretary, and her time as prime minister has not changed her attack-dog stance on internet surveillance. After the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London Bridge, May continued on her warpath to decrypt the internet and make our data security weak and wobbly. As May stood outside Downing Street in the aftermath of the Finsbury Park terrorist attack on Monday, the prime minister announced that she would establish a new commission for countering extremism and once again, reiterated giving police and security services the powers that they need.

Related: ‘Blame the internet’ is just not a good enough response, Theresa May | Charles Arthur

Related: Cyber-insecurity is a gift for hackers, but it’s our own governments that create it | Evgeny Morozov

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06/18/2017 02:00 AM
Google, not GCHQ, is the truly chilling spy network | John Naughton

Daily surveillance of the general public conducted by the search engine, along with Facebook, is far more insidious than anything our spooks get up to

When Edward Snowden first revealed the extent of government surveillance of our online lives, the then foreign secretary, William (now Lord) Hague, immediately trotted out the old chestnut: “If you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear.” This prompted replies along the lines of: “Well then, foreign secretary, can we have that photograph of you shaving while naked?”, which made us laugh, perhaps, but rather diverted us from pondering the absurdity of Hague’s remark. Most people have nothing to hide, but that doesn’t give the state the right to see them as fair game for intrusive surveillance.

By now, most internet users are aware that they are being watched, but may not yet appreciate the implications of it

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06/14/2017 07:01 PM
BAE 'secretly sold mass surveillance technology to repressive regimes'

Documents reveal official concerns that deal with countries including Saudi Arabia could put UK security in danger, says BBC

BAE, Britain’s biggest arms company, secretly sold mass surveillance technology to six Middle Eastern governments that have been criticised for repressing their citizens, the BBC has reported.

The sophisticated technology can be used to spy on a huge number of people’s emails and mobile phones, triggering accusations from human rights campaigners that it is being used to silence or jail dissidents.

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06/12/2017 02:00 PM
Malcolm Turnbull calls on Labor to back Coalition's citizenship regime

New arrivals need to ‘join us as Australian patriots’, PM to tell parliament in national security update

Malcolm Turnbull will use a national security update to parliament to urge Labor to support the government’s proposed overhaul of citizenship requirements, arguing new arrivals need to “join us as Australian patriots”.

The government intends to press ahead with its new citizenship regime once parliament resumes on Tuesday for the last sitting fortnight before the winter recess.

Related: Coalition's citizenship laws would give Peter Dutton power to overrule court decisions

Related: George Brandis's salvo in cryptowars could blow a hole in architecture of the internet

Related: Alan Finkel: 'it would be surprising' if ministers encouraged new coal stations

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06/12/2017 12:31 AM
George Brandis's salvo in cryptowars could blow a hole in architecture of the internet

Attorney general isn’t just proposing a backdoor into encrypted communications – it’s a giant sinkhole your backdoor fell into

In 1993 the US president Bill Clinton’s administration introduced the “Clipper chip” into America’s digital and consumer electronics. It was one of the earliest attempts to enforce a backdoor into digital products, and the first in what is known as the cryptowars, when the US government fought to control and regulate strong encryption.

The Clipper chip was a catastrophic failure. It’s a failure the attorney general, George Brandis, may find instructive, as he places Australia on the frontline of a new cryptowar.

Related: Coalition wants law changed to allow decryption of terrorist communications

George Brandis: in the UK, authorities are able to impose obligations on device makers to cooperate on encryption. https://t.co/dlBhjeL3yh pic.twitter.com/EagLjgockT

Related: WhatsApp improves message security with two-step verification

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06/10/2017 07:05 PM
How a crippling shortage of analysts let the London Bridge attackers through
It’s people, not computers, who can identify terrorists before they strike

Last Tuesday, in the wake of the latest terror atrocity to strike Britain, the former head of MI5 Dame Stella Rimington recalled just how primitive intelligence gathering used to be. Addressing a conference of security officials in west London – four miles from London Bridge where the terror attack had taken place three days earlier – Rimington recounted an anecdote about how her spy training in the 1970s involved infiltrating a local pub to eavesdrop on targets.

Over the four decades since then, intelligence gathering within Britain’s security services has evolved beyond comparison. Eking out a lead is no longer an issue – instead extraordinary volumes of information are relentlessly harvested electronically. The worry, according to experts, is whether they are acquiring too much.

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06/07/2017 02:24 AM
What's in Theresa May's new anti-terror package?

The PM’s proposals suggest stringent restrictions including tougher Tpims, more deportations and sweeping new surveillance powers

Theresa May’s unveiling of a fresh package of measures to keep track of terror suspects clearly raises questions over whether it is designed to deflect potential headlines about MI5 and Home Office failures over the London Bridge bombers.

The package does however fill in some details in her “enough is enough” four-point plan to tackle extremism in Britain by hinting at a series of steps to more effectively keep track of and control terror suspects in Britain. Taken together they add up to an attempt to restore some of the more restrictive elements of control orders to the existing regime of terrorist prevention and investigation measures (Tpims).

Related: Theresa May wants to talk about extremism? Let’s start with our ties with the Saudis | Moni Mohsin

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06/06/2017 03:37 PM
On Facebook, even Harvard students can’t be too paranoid | Tim Dowling
Now computers spy on us and typing speeds betray emotions, it’s touching that the smartest students in the land still think they can offend in private

The other day I noticed that the little green light next to the camera built into my computer screen was on. It’s perfectly possible that I had recently used some app that required the camera, and forgotten about it; but I couldn’t find a way to turn it off. It’s unlikely anyone was really watching me pretend to work, but my computer definitely was.

Related: Harvard rescinds admissions offers over offensive memes on Facebook – report

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06/05/2017 06:35 PM
Tim Farron: security services need more resources – not more powers

Lib Dem leader attacks police funding cuts made by Theresa May, but warns that terror attacks should not lead to more censorship or invasions of privacy

Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, said police and security services were suffering from a lack of resources, rather than a lack of powers, during a BBC Question Time programme in which he was challenged over his party’s plans to roll back surveillance.

Farron said he firmly believed that terror attacks, such as those in London and Manchester over the past weeks, should not motivate an increase in censorship or invasions of privacy.

Related: Under-fire Theresa May hits back over police cuts

Related: Why I've changed my mind about carrying a gun | Anonymous police officer

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06/23/2017 05:23 PM
Friday Squid Blogging: Injured Giant Squid Video
A paddleboarder had a run-in with an injured giant squid. Video. Here's the real story. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....
06/23/2017 02:57 PM
The Secret Code of Beatrix Potter
Interesting: As codes go, Potter's wasn't inordinately complicated. As Wiltshire explains, it was a "mono-alphabetic substitution cipher code," in which each letter of the alphabet was replaced by a symbol­ -- the kind of thing they teach you in Cub Scouts. The real trouble was Potter's own fluency with it. She quickly learned to write the code so fast that...
06/23/2017 07:26 AM
Amazon Patents Measures to Prevent In-Store Comparison Shopping
Amazon has been issued a patent on security measures that prevents people from comparison shopping while in the store. It's not a particularly sophisticated patent -- it basically detects when you're using the in-store Wi-Fi to visit a competitor's site and then blocks access -- but it is an indication of how retail has changed in recent years. What's interesting...
06/22/2017 06:52 AM
NSA Insider Security Post-Snowden
According to a recently declassified report obtained under FOIA, the NSA's attempts to protect itself against insider attacks aren't going very well: The N.S.A. failed to consistently lock racks of servers storing highly classified data and to secure data center machine rooms, according to the report, an investigation by the Defense Department's inspector general completed in 2016. [...] The agency...
06/21/2017 02:58 PM
Is Continuing to Patch Windows XP a Mistake?
Last week, Microsoft issued a security patch for Windows XP, a 16-year-old operating system that Microsoft officially no longer supports. Last month, Microsoft issued a Windows XP patch for the vulnerability used in WannaCry. Is this a good idea? This 2014 essay argues that it's not: The zero-day flaw and its exploitation is unfortunate, and Microsoft is likely smarting from...
06/21/2017 07:12 AM
The Dangers of Secret Law
Last week, the Department of Justice released 18 new FISC opinions related to Section 702 as part of an EFF FOIA lawsuit. (Of course, they don't mention EFF or the lawsuit. They make it sound as if it was their idea.) There's probably a lot in these opinions. In one Kafkaesque ruling, a defendant was denied access to the previous...
06/20/2017 07:21 AM
Ceramic Knife Used in Israel Stabbing
I have no comment on the politics of this stabbing attack, and only note that the attacker used a ceramic knife -- that will go through metal detectors. I have used a ceramic knife in the kitchen. It's sharp. EDITED TO ADD (6/22): It looks like the knife had nothing to do with the attack discussed in the article....
06/19/2017 07:44 AM
New Technique to Hijack Social Media Accounts
Access Now has documented it being used against a Twitter user, but it also works against other social media accounts: With the Doubleswitch attack, a hijacker takes control of a victim's account through one of several attack vectors. People who have not enabled an app-based form of multifactor authentication for their accounts are especially vulnerable. For instance, an attacker could...
06/16/2017 05:14 PM
Friday Squid Blogging: Squids from Space Video Game
An early preview. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....
06/16/2017 03:11 PM
NSA Links WannaCry to North Korea
There's evidence: Though the assessment is not conclusive, the preponderance of the evidence points to Pyongyang. It includes the range of computer Internet protocol addresses in China historically used by the RGB, and the assessment is consistent with intelligence gathered recently by other Western spy agencies. It states that the hackers behind WannaCry are also called "the Lazarus Group," a...
06/23/2017 12:05 PM
The best wireless outdoor home security camera - Engadget


The best wireless outdoor home security camera
After spending almost three months looking, listening, adjusting angles, and deleting over 10,000 push notifications and emails, we've decided that the Netgear Arlo Pro is the best DIY outdoor Wi-Fi home security camera you can get. Like the other ...

06/22/2017 06:42 PM
Old Town security camera system goes online - KAKE


Old Town security camera system goes online
With the click of a button, the twelve camera network can be viewed on large screens inside that command center. While only twelve are in place now, the plan is to have 70 operational within a year. Locations for the additional cameras have not been ...

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06/21/2017 06:52 PM
Faith Mission focusing on new security camera system - Times Record News

Times Record News

Faith Mission focusing on new security camera system
Times Record News
“Our current camera system is wearing out and is inadequate for the mission's needs,” Steve Sparks, chief executive officer, said. “There are 32 camera slots with several either missing or broken.” The security cameras are essential to monitor and ...

06/22/2017 09:00 AM
Amazon's Echo Show now displays security camera feeds - CNET


Amazon's Echo Show now displays security camera feeds
... and Abode home security systems work with Amazon's voice platform, but the list of voice commands are largely limited to arming and disarming the system. Vivint, too, has worked with Alexa for years, but the partnership did not extend to security ...
Amazon's upcoming Echo Show will also support front door security camerasAndroid Authority (blog)

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06/22/2017 11:18 PM
Faith Mission Set To Upgrade Security Cameras - KFDX


Faith Mission Set To Upgrade Security Cameras
Steve Sparks, CEO, stated, “Our current camera system is wearing out and is inadequate for the Mission's needs. There are 32 camera slots with several either missing or broken.” The security cameras are essential to monitor and protect the Mission and ...

06/07/2017 01:56 PM
Bethlehem council considers security camera system - Barrow Journal

Bethlehem council considers security camera system
Barrow Journal
Bethlehem City Council, during its monthly meeting Monday, spent the majority of the time talking about security cameras on city property. Local business owner Mason Orr, of Digital Creations, attended the meeting to answer questions about a security ...

06/22/2017 09:37 AM
Parks and Privacy: Security Cameras Report Raises Concerns - Pasadena Now

Pasadena Now

Parks and Privacy: Security Cameras Report Raises Concerns
Pasadena Now
The City currently has no universal security camera system, although a number of City departments—including Public Works, Water & Power, Information Technology, Transportation, Police, and Public Health—currently use security cameras for a variety of ...

06/16/2017 06:01 AM
Hands-on review: Canary Flex, a versatile outdoor security system for modern homeowners - ZDNet


Hands-on review: Canary Flex, a versatile outdoor security system for modern homeowners
Suitable for both inside and outside use, the Flex is the smaller and more versatile sister of the $169 Canary All-in-One indoor security camera system. We've previously taken a look at ManyThing, a DIY internal camera system which uses old iPhones to ...

06/21/2017 02:36 PM
Introducing SimpliCam -- SimpliSafe's $99 Smart Security Camera - PR Newswire (press release)

PR Newswire (press release)

Introducing SimpliCam -- SimpliSafe's $99 Smart Security Camera
PR Newswire (press release)
BOSTON, June 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SimpliSafe, one of the nation's largest security companies, this month launched its new SimpliCam® security camera, ...

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06/16/2017 06:24 PM
Burglary reveals San Jose mayor lacked security cameras - The Mercury News

The Mercury News

Burglary reveals San Jose mayor lacked security cameras
The Mercury News
Despite championing home-security camera registry, recent burglary reveals San Jose mayor did not have any cameras himself.

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