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 May 1, 2014


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RILA Applauds Target Card Security Announcement
The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement today in support of the announcement that Target will begin issuing branded REDcards enabled with MasterCard Chip and PIN security technology in 2015. "We applaud Target and its partner MasterCard for their leadership and commitment to providing customers with the strongest protections available today,” said Sandy Kennedy, President of RILA. “Migrating to Chip and PIN technology is a major component of RILA’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Initiative. The security features associated with Chip and PIN technology will reduce the risk of fraud in the United States as they have done around the world where this enhanced fraud prevention technology has been in place for years.” (Source

200 million records stolen in Q1 breaches - Up 233% from Q1 last year - 10% occurred in the retail industry 
Nearly 200 million records—or 93,000 records per hour—were stolen between January and March of 2014, an increase of 233 percent over the same quarter last year, according to the recently released SafeNet Breach Level Index. If there was any doubt that companies are not doing enough to protect their information assets, the BLI results show that among the 254 breaches that occurred in that time period, a mere one percent were considered "secure breaches," in other words, those in which data was protected by strong encryption key management or authentication. (Source

Survey: Execs clueless, security pros unsure in fighting cyberattacks

A survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute points to a need for more information sharing between organizations and better communications between security pros and upper-executives. The survey of nearly 5,000 IT security pros in 15 countries, including the U.S., found roughly six in 10 convinced the organizations they worked for were not adequately protected against advanced cyberattacks. About the same percentage felt the same when it came to stopping the theft of confidential data. (Source

NRF’s 2014 Loss Prevention Conference To Feature Cybersecurity Experts
The National Retail Federation will kick off its annual Loss Prevention Conference and Expo in Fort Lauderdale this June and will welcome Chairman of the Chertoff Group and former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, for the opening keynote address. Industry leaders, loss prevention professionals, cybersecurity experts and law enforcement officers will convene for the three-day event taking place June 10-13 at the Broward County Convention Center. The conference will feature top-notch educational sessions and provide a forum for professionals to identify solutions to industry security challenges and explore the latest cutting-edge technologies. (Source

Minimum wage hike blocked by Senate GOP. Obama fires back
Minimum wage hike, the first since 2009, was blocked by Senate Republicans Wednesday. The minimum wage hike was one of President Obama's top legislative priorities. U.S. President Barack Obama blasted Senate Republicans on Wednesday just hours after ..."They (Republicans) prevented a raise for 28 million hard-working Americans. They said no to helping millions work their way out of poverty," Obama said at the White House, backed up by low-wage workers. On a nearly party-line vote of 54-42, Obama's Democrats fell short of the needed 60 Senate votes to end a procedural roadblock against a White House-backed bill. The legislation would raise the minimum hourly wage from its current $7.25 to $10.10 per hour during the next three years, and then index for inflation in the future. Just one Republican, Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, joined Democrats in voting to advance the measure. (Source

Consumer spending surges in March; Personal income sees biggest gain since August The first quarter ended on an upbeat note as consumer spending accelerated at its fastest pace since August 2009, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. The report fleshes out monthly details hidden in the quarterly gross domestic product data released Wednesday which showed the economy slowing to a 0.1% annual pace in the first quarter, the slowest in three years, despite strong consumer spending. The March data showed consumer income and their spending picked up. In current dollar terms, incomes rose 0.5%, while spending increased 0.9%. This was the strongest gain in income since last August. Wall Street economists had expected a 0.5% gain in income and a 0.7% increase in spending in March. (Source

Aeropostale to shut 125 P.S. mall stores
Struggling teen retailer Aeropostale Inc. on Wednesday said that it's shutting 125 mall-based P.S. from Aeropostale kids' clothing stores to focus on the five-year-old brand's sales in outlets and other off-mall locations. The teen retailer, suffering from declining sales, said it will cut its corporate headcount by about 100 positions to lower costs. It also kept its first-quarter adjusted loss forecast of 70 to 75 cents a share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet were looking for loss of 72 cents a share, on average. Aeropostale shares fell to their lowest level in at least 10 years in March after the company reported disappointing fourth-quarter results and first-quarter outlook. The retailer said at that time it's gotten $150 million in financing from private equity firm Sycamore Partners. Analysts said at the time the financing took bankruptcy off the table in the near to medium term. (Source

Millennials: Double Trouble for Retail
For those of you out there who think the Millennials are the “next big thing” for your business, think again. They may not be as big as you had hoped. And for the likes of the three “As,” (A&F, American Eagle Outfitters and Aeropostale), and others who primarily target this cohort, you better start strategically repositioning your brands and your messaging to adapt to the “double trouble” of dying malls (which used to be huge teen hangout destinations) and Millennial shopping behavior, which is shop-until-you-drop — but don’t buy. So how does one manage this “double trouble?” First of all, if Millennials view shopping as entertainment, which is more important to them than actually buying, the malls and the brick-and mortar stores must become compelling destinations for entertaining experiences. Hey, The Robin Report has been shouting from the rooftops about the importance of experience for years! If it’s not fun, not meaningful, and not memorable, there really is no reason for consumers to shop there. (Source

ADT to acquire Protectron for $500 million
In what will be its largest acquisition as an independent company, ADT has agreed to acquire Canada-based monitoring giant Protectron in a $500 million deal, giving the company another 400,000 customers north of the border. It adds 31,000 accounts, worth approximately $11 million in RMR. With approximately 80 dealers, Protectron has the largest dealer network in Canada, according to Daniel Demers, Protectron president and CEO. (Source

How Remote Monitoring Adds Value from Afar - Usage in 'intelligent buildings' will continue to grow  Remote monitoring services in intelligent buildings will continue to grow in usage during the next few years, driven by commercial and retail, according to a study by IHS research Inc. Third-party services that audit and report on a building’s operational performance provide benefits like recommendations on saving energy costs and reduction of internal staffing, the IHS study says. Providers typically demonstrate return on investment through pilot projects, which are then rolled out more widely. Education, government, data centers and hospitality are among the market sectors expected to benefit the most from such systems in the coming years, IHS reports. (Source

'Anonymous' activist pleads guilty to sharing stolen data, threatening FBI agent - Started with a YouTube video - Now facing 8 years in prison 
While most members of the hacking collective Anonymous hide their faces and identities, Barrett Lancaster Brown was different. As a spokesman-like figure for the group, he recorded videos of himself talking and gave interviews to reporters. He now faces up to eight and a half years in prison for some of that information he freely spouted. Brown, 32, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal charges of obstructing a search warrant, making Internet threats, and being an accessory to unauthorized access of a protected computer, according to the Associated Press. Brown's conflict with the authorities began in 2012 when he decided to go after FBI agent Robert Smith via YouTube videos and tweets. In one YouTube video titled "Why I'm Going to Destroy FBI Agent Robert Smith Part Three: Revenge of the Lithe," Brown speaks of ruining the agent's life. (Source

eBay pays $3 billion in taxes for privilege of spending $6 billion in the U.S.

Lumber Liquidators profit falls amid costs; to open 35-40 stores

Vendor fired for risking data on 15K Boston Medical Center patients

China Tops Fake Maker List with Italy and the Philippines Removed
One list China probably doesn't want to be number one on was the list released Wednesday by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, its Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights. The report outlines the USTR's annual "priority Watch List" where it cited online Web sites selling fake goods in China being one of the factors that continues to grow and helped propel China to the top of the list. For the 2013 fiscal year, 68 percent or $1.18 billion of the value of counterfeit and pirated goods seized by U.S. authorities came from China, which not only includes apparel and accessories but also computers, pharmaceuticals and the list goes on. (Source

Gap store calls cops on flash mob of ‘live mannequins’  It’s like a scene out of “The Twilight Zone” — mannequins living and breathing as shoppers walk around the store. A “mannequin mob” took over Gap’s flagship store in Midtown, prompting store security to call the cops. Prankster Charlie Todd, founder of Improv Everywhere, organized the freaky flash mob and had 40 participants dress in white morph suits and pose as living mannequins. The performers were instructed to suit up and freeze in place for five minutes just after 3:30 p.m. April 13. Todd, 35, said the funniest reactions were from customers who didn’t even notice the fake mannequins. (Source

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Consumers respond to—and try to suture—the Heartbleed bug
Three weeks after the public became aware of an Internet-spanning software vulnerability known as the Heartbleed bug, 29% of U.S. online adults say they believe the flaw has put their personal information at risk, with another 6% saying their information was actually stolen, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. 45% of Internet users who had heard of the bug report feeling vulnerable. And many are acting to protect themselves: 39% say they’ve taken measures to protect their online information, such as by changing passwords or closing web accounts, the report says. That number rises to 61% for the Internet users who had heard of the Heartbleed bug. (Source

Retailers plodding toward accepting higher-security payment cards
Target is speeding up support for chip-and-PIN payment cards to restore consumer confidence shaken by last year's massive data breach. But many other retailers feel less of an urgency to adopt the more secure technology. Target plans to complete the needed technology upgrade at payment terminals in its 1,797 U.S. stores by next September, which is about six months ahead of schedule, a spokeswoman for the retailer told IDG News. The total cost of the upgrade is $100 million. The biggest benefit of the cards is the chip, which prevents cybercriminals who have stolen credit card numbers from using them to make counterfeit cards. (Source

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Fairfield, Al Police charge man with attempted murder in Western Hills Mall shooting  Fairfield police have charged a man with attempted murder in connection to a shooting at the Western Hills Mall Tuesday. Omar Smith is being held at the Jefferson County Jail on a $50,000 bond. Police say that the victim is in stable condition and is expected to recover from his injuries. Chief Leon Davis, Jr. said in a press release that his investigators believe this was a "targeted incident" and "may be gang-related." (Source

Chesterfield, VA neighborhood reopens after shooting victim found at Food Lion  Police and forensic units are investigating a shooting near the Food Lion on Jeff Davis Highway, near Happy Hill Road. Police responded to the grocery store about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday for a call of shots fired. Investigators found a male victim in a car in the Food Lion parking lot. He was taken to hospital in critical condition. Police have not yet released suspect information. (Source

Identity Theft Ring Targeting Central Texas
Identity thieves have been targeting Central Texas. Round Rock police want you to be on the lookout. The crooks have been staking out parking lots and soccer fields waiting for folks to leave their wallets or purses in their cars, according to police. Surveillance photos showed one of the women police believed to be involved in the crime ring. (Source

NYC Hale & Hearty Soup Worker Used Job To Aid Identity Theft, Fraud Ring  Prosecutors say Iesha Jackson of the Bronx, an employee of Hale and Hearty Soups at Madison Avenue and 34th Street, who used a skimming device to steal credit and debit card information. According to the complaint, she had been given a skimming device by her boyfriend, 39-year-old Gerald Spears of the Bronx. He, along with Samuel Santana of the Bronx, were the two alleged ringleaders who ran a crew of nine others in not only identity theft but in making more than $90,000 worth of fraudulent purchases of jewelry, clothing and electronics, as well as cash advances at the Empire City Casino in Yonkers, Slattery reported. It’s further charged the ring fraudulently ordered credit reports to obtain more information on their credit card victims. Santana alone faces 56 charges. (Source

CBS13 Uncovers Sacramento Theft Ring Where Suspects Tear Out Store ATMs  A gang of thieves on a dash for cash are breaking into stores and carrying out ATM machines in a disturbing crime trend CBS13 uncovered in Sacramento. The thieves have hit at least three times in the last two weeks in incidents caught on surveillance video. When we discovered the trend, we took it to police. In less than 70 seconds, video shows three men breaking into a Curtis Park store, use a jack to pry the ATM off of the floor, then pick it up and haul it off in their van. (Source

Rockdale Co. GA Sheriff’s department seeking suspects in the O’Reilly Auto Parts store Armed Robbery  Authorities in Rockdale County are looking for a number of individuals suspected of armed robbery, theft and burglary. Deputy Camp said investigators are searching for two men who robbed an auto parts store after tying up the employees late Tuesday night. The two men entered O’Reilly Auto Parts just after 9:30 p.m. wearing masks that appeared to have fake beards. “The suspects held the clerk at gunpoint and zip-tied him,” Camp said. “The suspects had the assistant manager empty the cash drawer and then walked the assistant manager into the back office and had him empty the safe.” He said the suspects then zip-tied the assistant manager in the back office. (Source

Macy's Theft Suspect in Bloomfield, CO Admits To Being Man In Surveillance Photos  A man turned himself into police Monday and told authorities he was the suspect involved in a robbery at a Broomfield Macy’s department store earlier in April. Tyler Cane Nelson, 20, went to the Denver Police Department Monday to identify himself as the suspect in the burglary of a Macy’s department store at the Flatiron Crossings Mall on April 22. When Loss Prevention tried to stop Nelson, he assaulted the employee and then fled the store through the south doors leading out to the parking lot. (Source

South Lake Tahoe Police Investigate Jewelry Store Smash and Grab Burglary South Lake Tahoe police say four masked men made off with thousands of dollars in a heist at a jewelry store near the California-Nevada line. Police Chief Brian Uhler says the crooks used a sledgehammer to gain access to the Simpson's Jewelers Store early Tuesday morning. He told the Lake Tahoe News they were caught on surveillance tape but committed the "smash and grab" in less than five minutes. Investigators believe they fled in a stolen Ford F-250 pickup. (Source

Two Essex County, NJ men indicted in ‘BLACK FRIDAY’ Union Target store robbery  A Federal Grand Jury has indicted two Essex County men on charges they robbed $50,000 from a Target store in Union Township after tying up an employee and hiding in a back room during one of the busiest shopping days. The indictment, returned on Tuesday, charges Daquaan Vaughn and Lavell Jones with robbery in the Nov. 23, 2012, armed heist on Black Friday. Vaughn is also charged with brandishing a firearm in the commission of a crime at the store on Springfield Avenue in the town's Vauxhall section. The case against two other men alleged to have participated in the robbery, Darrell Carter and Maryland Liggins is pending. (Source

Maryland man sentenced to 5 days for robbing a CVS Pharmacy
Gambrills man was sentenced to five days in jail Tuesday for robbing a CVS pharmacy in Annapolis last year. Bret Michael Neff, 21, pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel Circuit Court in Annapolis to robbery and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute. Judge Paul A. Hackner sentenced Neff to five years in prison, suspending all but five days, plus three years of probation. He received credit for three days he served after his arrest. Assistant State's Attorney Karen Anderson-Scott said that on Dec. 23 Neff approached the pharmacy counter at the CVS on Riva Road and handed the clerk a note that read: "Give me all the oxycodone and Xanax. I have a gun and will use it." The clerk turned over four bottles of oxycodone and a bottle of oxycontin, Anderson-Scott said. Neff then ordered the clerk to return the note and left the store. One of the bottles had a GPS tracking device on it, Anderson-Scott said. Police tracked the vehicle in which Neff was riding to Davidsonville. (Source

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BP – Jackson, TN – Armed Robbery – suspect in custody
Bestcom Wireless – Chicago, IL – Armed Robbery / Assault
Choice Foods – St. Petersburg, FL – Shooting – 2 people injured outside
Circle K – Hollywood, FL – Armed Robbery
CVS – E. Naples, FL – Armed Robbery
CVS- Worthington, OH – Armed Robbery
Dollar General – Marion, IL – Armed Robbery
Family Dollar – Detroit, MI – Armed Robbery
Goodwill – Cedar Falls, IA – Armed Robbery
Race Trac – St John’s Co. FL – Armed Robbery
Seven Hills – Canonsburg, PA – Armed Robbery – suspect arrested
Speedy Mart – Waco, TX – Armed Robbery – suspect turned himself in
Sunshine Foods – Nacogdoches, TX – Burglary
Turkey Hill – Pequea Twp., PA – Armed Robbery – 3 suspects charged
United Dairy Farmer – Columbus, OH – Armed Robbery
Walgreens – Selah, WA – Armed Robbery – suspect arrested


Man admits to massive counterfeit exercise equipment scam out of Northern New York  Secret Service agents seized six tractor-trailer loads of exercise equipment from a warehouse in Champlain, N.Y., six years ago. The 3,200 items carried brand-name labels, including Fitness Quest's Ab Lounge XL exercise chairs, Perfect Pushup devices and Nautilus's Bowflex Exercise machines. But they were cheap knockoffs masquerading as the real thing -- the latest counterfeits in a Denver man's six-year scheme to profit off unsuspecting Internet shoppers, according to court papers and federal prosecutors. Walid Turk, 40, admitted in federal court today in Albany that he was getting them from manufacturers in China and selling them on the Internet as if they were the authentic items. Turk pleaded guilty to conspiring to traffic in counterfeit goods from 2003 to 2008. He faces up to five years in prison when U.S. District Judge Lawrence Kahn sentences him in August. (Source

Three Suspects charged with using foil to bypass security at a Best Buy in Mt Juliet, TN  Mt. Juliet police charged three shoplifting suspects Tuesday after they were caught apparently wrapping merchandise in foil to bypass the security system at Best Buy. According to Mt. Juliet police spokesperson Tyler Chandler, the suspects were spotted by the store's loss prevention team at around 3 p.m. as they apparently wrapped a cellphone and a set of Bose headphones in aluminum foil to conceal the items enough to bypass the security system when they left. He said store officials called the police, and when the suspects tried to leave the store, loss prevention staff and officers stopped them. Michael Binkley, 48, of Nashville, Amanda Jett, 18, of Hermitage, and Stephen Sandlin, 29, of Madison, were each charged with theft of merchandise and possession of tools to interfere with anti-theft security devices. (Source

Two Men Arrested in Bellefontaine, OH linked to thefts at 4 area Retailers  Bellefontaine Police Department found them with merchandise stolen from four south end merchants. Heath Michael Brisson, 33, at large, was charged with four counts of theft and a count each of resisting arrest and obstructing official business. Rickie J. Anderson, 51, at large, was charged with theft and complicity to theft. Around 1:30 p.m., officers were called to Label Shopper after the men took clothing from the store. They were stopped while walking in the 1200 block of south Detroit Street carrying a shopping bag. Mr. Brisson lied about his identity, and while officers were handcuffing Mr. Anderson, he took off running. Three men saw an officer fall during the foot chase and pursued the suspect, catching him at 1400 S. Detroit. Officers found merchandise from Label Shopper; Lowe’s Home Improvement; Big Lots.; and Low Phil’s Discount Tobacco. (Source

Detroit Lakes, MN woman gets prison for stealing five TV sets from Walmart 
A Detroit Lakes woman was sentenced for felony theft after stealing five television sets from the Detroit Lakes Walmart. 26-year old Corinne Ann DeVall was sentenced in the Becker County District Court to 12 months and one day in prison, stayed for five years. She will serve 71 days and pay a $1,000 fine and $790 in restitution. According to the complaint, DeVall was one of two women who were caught on surveillance video entering Walmart on the evening of June 6, 2013. The video showed them selecting five 24-inch TV’s, which they then placed in cart and pushed out the door, loading them into a van and driving away. (Source

N.Y. woman used 'booster bag' to steal $1000 of cologne from Abercrombie and Fitch in Natick, MA  Abercrombie & Fitch store security busted a New York woman on Monday who tried to steal more than $1,000 worth of cologne. Nays Figueroa, 40, stole nine bottles of Fierce cologne valued at $118 each at 5:20 p.m., according to a Natick Police on Tuesday. According to the report, store security began watching Figueroa and a man who came in with her. They recognized the man, who was not named or arrested, as being an accomplice in a theft at a Peabody Abercrombie & Fitch. The woman, identified as Figueroa, was carrying what appeared to be a "booster bag," or a bag lined with material to block security sensors. After filling the bag, Figueroa left but was stopped by store security and brought back into the store, where Natick Police arrested her. (Source

Two arrested with stealing $2,200 in razors from Sam's Club in Raleigh, NC
Police charged two men with stealing $2,200 worth of "Gillette razor packs" from a Sam's Club on Tuesday night. Michael Bryan Strickland and Robert Hartford Bain III both of Rocky Mount, were arrested about 9 p.m. at the Sam’s Club. Each was charged with felony larceny, shoplifting and organized retail theft by conspiring with the other. Both had been charged with misdemeanor larceny on April 19. Bain was arrested on a Nash County warrant charging he did not show up for a court date on a misdemeanor larceny charge in Nash County. (Source

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News outlets such as ABC News, Bloomberg Businessweek, Yahoo!, Fox, and even the Daily Mail in the U.K., published stories about the new and exciting method Bloomingdale's has initiated to fight the scourge of wardrobing. According to these stories and citing the National Retail Federation, wardrobing is a form of fraud that cost retailers $8.8 billion last year. While Bloomingdale's is to be commended for an outside-the-box way to reduce shrinkage, what you don't know is that this revolutionary wardrobing prevention plan was a collaborative effort between Bloomingdale's and WG Security Products Inc., the California-based company that has developed a reputation over the last 15 years for innovative and original EAS technologies.

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Use the 'Eisenhower Box' to Stop Wasting Time and Be More Productive  President Eisenhower lived one of the most productive lives you can imagine: in his two terms, he launched some of the most influential programs of our day and before that he served in the military and had time to golf. Use his productivity strategy to make the most out of your time. (Urgent vs. important)

How Working Late is Harming Your Brain  You may think you're doing more good than not by staying late and getting caught up on a project, or getting something finished before the deadline. However, research shows that skimping on your sleep can do real damage to your brain! Here are some reasons to skip all-nighters, and go to bed! (Get smarter with sleep)

3 Steps to Recovering Stolen Time: Confront Your 'Time Bandits'  If someone went into your house or came up to you on the street and took your cell phone, wallet, or television you would notice it right? Why are we not aware, then, when one of our most valuable resources is taken right from under our nose: our unrenewable time? Get back your stolen time with these tips to use it the way you want. (Start counting)

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It seems like we're always saying "get back to the basics" and "keep it simple" almost on a daily basis. We say it so much, most of us don't even hear it and certainly don't appreciate its absolute truth that it speaks to. In our self-motivating attempts to be great at what we do, oftentimes we run faster and try to do more and lose sight of one basic rule. Success begins with the basics. And it's only when we feel like we've evolved beyond them that we find we've only outsmarted ourselves and at that point we've all got to start over and just get back to the basics.

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