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Big Data Investigations: Opportunity and Risk 
Experts say large-scale security analytics can cut through the noise to find key intelligence. But connecting the dots can lead to legal trouble. Big Data has revolutionized marketing and business operations, so it makes sense that it is also revolutionizing investigations, which are, after all, about collecting and analyzing information. Big Data analytics should make them faster, easier and more accurate, right? Perhaps, but with some caveats. Big Data offers big opportunities to improve investigations, according to numerous CSOs and CISOs, but they say it also brings new responsibilities and big risks. As is often the case, technology tends to outrace the ability of people and systems to manage and control it, and the ability of government to regulate it effectively. (Source

Walmart, Starbucks execs named to PCI board 
PCI Security Standards Council has appointed representatives from retail merchants such as Walmart, Woolworths Limited and Starbucks, as well as from the Retail Solution Providers Association, to its board of advisors. The board of advisors, selected by the council’s more than 690 participating organizations, will include Walmart’s SVP of finance and assistant treasurer Mike Cook, Starbucks’ VP of global infrastructure and enterprise security Dave Estlick, Woolworths’ group information risk manager Peter Cooper and the Retail Solution Providers Association’s president and CEO Joseph Finizio. The open, global forum for the development of payment card security standards is looking to its board to provide counsel to SSC leadership. This year saw more European involvement than ever in the board of advisors election process. Although Europe contains mature EMV markets, this level of involvement in the PCI SSC confirms that the combination of PCI Standards and EMV chip is a powerful force for protecting payment card data,” said Jeremy King, European director, PCI Security Standards Council. “Our new board is a truly global group, and the council will benefit greatly from its input as we continue to drive awareness and adoption of PCI Standards worldwide.” (Source

Signs Your Employees Might Be Stealing Money  
U.S. employee theft soared in 2012, with 528 cases of embezzlement of at least $100,000, an 11 percent increase from 2011 and the highest number in the five-year history of the study by security consulting firm Marquet International. Among the cases studied, the average loss was about $1.4 million, with two-thirds of the thefts perpetrated by employees who held finance, bookkeeping or accounting positions. In addition, the average scheme, the most common of which involved issuing forged or unauthorized company checks, lasted nearly five years. (Source

Square expands hardware push with new cash register 
Square Inc, a closely watched payment-processing company, made a significant push into the hardware business on Tuesday, unveiling a new credit-card reader that it claimed could be the centerpiece of the next-generation checkout counter. A white, molded-plastic iPad holder that lets businesses accept credit cards with a mounted iPad and an integrated card reader. (Source

Four LulzSec hackers hitting UK's Serious Organized Crime Agency, Arizona State Police, Sony, Nintendo and others get prison sentence  Four LulzSec members wer sentenced yesterday at Southwark Crown Court for taking part in the 2011 attacks against a series of high-profile websites and publishing user information stolen in these attacks. Ackroyd admitted to hacking into the websites of Sony, Nintendo, News International and the Arizona State Police, and stealing data from Sony. Davis, Cleary and Al-Bassam took responsibility for the attacks on the websites of UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency and the National Health Service, as well as those belonging to News International, Nintendo, Sony, the CIA, the US Air Force, and many others. The 20-year-old Jake Davis (aka Topiary) will be spending his 2-year sentence in a young offenders' facility, and Mustafa Al-Bassam (aka Tflow), 18, has been handed a 20-month suspended sentence and has been ordered to perform 300 hours of community service. (Source

Gadsden and Boaz, Ala. being hit with a rash of counterfeit money  
"The bills range from $1 to $100. Gadsden Police Detective Greg Light said the fact authorities have been seeing so many $1, $5 and $10 bills is very unusual. We usually see $20, $50 and $100 bills, with most of them being 20s,” Light said. “Pretty much anywhere except for banks is being hit.” Light said one of the biggest problems is stores that receive counterfeit money aren’t reporting it immediately. “We need to know if there is a rash of counterfeit money flowing in our area,” he said. (Source

Philadelphia’s Center City raid nets thousands of dollars of counterfeit designer merchandise.  A Chinese National was arrested Thursday morning for trademark counterfeiting, theft by deception, deceptive business practices and forgery. Thousands of dollars of designer handbags, wallets and scarves were all seized. (Source

Surveillance Video Shows Violent Encounter in Pine Bluff Walmart  Investigators have charged Herbert Harris with assaulting James Heath at the electronic section at Wal-Mart in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Heath drew his weapon in response to the attack. Mr. Heath had a gun carry permit. Harris is being charged with 3rd degree battery, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. A police officer had just gotten off work and was shopping at the store when the incident happened, he responded and took the initial attacker into custody. (Source

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results

Nordstrom 1Q up 2.7% with revenue up 5%
Stage Stores 1Q up 0.7% with revenue up 4%
J.C. Penney 1Q down 16.6% with total revenue down 16.4% and lost $348M

Mall Security in Tennessee adding K9 patrols at Governor's Square Mall. 
The new K9 unit will begin this weekend at the Governor’s Square Mall in Clarksville. The dogs will be used for evening patrols and are hoping to provide “an added dimension of security for the safety and comfort of mall merchants and patrons.” (Source

Kroger associate in Indianapolis caught stuffing cash up sleeve; totaling $11,000.  Surveillance video captured James Hall stealing cash on several occasions. He is now charged with felony theft. Hall is believed to have stolen over $11,000 in the last two weeks. (Source

Fairfield, Connecticut Police had a rush on shoplifters in one day.   
Four separate reports of shoplifting incidents tied up the Fairfield Police Department for the afternoon. Bob’s store had a female stealing $160 in clothing, Kohl’s for $200 in jewelry, Kohl’s again for $748, then The Home Depot for $56. (Source

Gardendale, Alabama Jewelry store suspect arrested. 
The suspect walked into the Gardendale Jewelers and asked to see several gold necklaces, once the owner had the merchandise out of the showcase; the suspect grabbed the gold and ran. At least the suspect was polite, he said “thank you, bubba” as he fled. The 21 year old suspect is now facing 2nd degree theft charges. (Source

Well dressed couple steals a Rolex watch in Virginia.  Both the man and woman dressed in business suits entered the Bromberg Jewelry store and somehow got away with an expensive Rolex watch. Mountain Brook Police would like to speak to the couple. (Source

Bronx man used stolen credit cards at 12 different Walmarts in Connecticut. 
Connecticut State police say a Bronx man made more than $8,700 in fraudulent credit card purchases at 12 different Wal-Mart stores throughout Connecticut over a two-day period. Andrew J. Valdez, 21, was charged on Tuesday with fourth-degree larceny, illegal use of a credit card and four counts of unlawful completion or reproduction of a credit card. (Source








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Toronto 11 Division to launch “Wanted Ones” on Facebook and Twitter.  
The success of the new social media campaign was started by the 55 Division of the Toronto Police Department with ‘Wanted Wednesday’ a way to keep people informed of suspects in their community. The 11 Division had given a great deal of thought before posting, unlike the 55, the 11 has crimes of a more serious nature. (Source

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Police chase down shoplifter fleeing Walmart in St. Catherines with $800 of merchandise.  The 20 minute foot chase through the back yards of homes on Crestcombe Road ended with the suspect being arrested. The suspect had fled the Walmart with $800 of merchandise. That merchandise was later recovered. The suspect now faces charges of theft and was also wanted on an outstanding warrant. (Source

Shoppers store in Kimberley hit for $1000 in Visa Gift cards purchased with a stolen credit card.   Shoppers was recently notified that a $1000 transaction was actually processed with a stolen credit card. Shoppers gave no explanation for the charge back from a transaction back in February. The young suspect managed to purchase $1000 worth of Visa Gift cards. (Source

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16 Arrested, 2 Others Sought in Retail Theft Ring making $400k yearly, Poke County, FL., Sheriff's Office Says  For 18 years, Malynda Ford of Lakeland managed to walk into department stores, pick up six or seven pieces of clothing and leave undetected, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference Thursday. Judd said Ford was part of a large-scale retail theft ring that she organized and that Judd estimated shoplifted between $350,000 and $400,000 a year in merchandise. Judd said that estimate was based on what sheriff's officials were able to determine was taken in one day. The Sheriff's Office said 16 others were arrested by deputies and charged with dealing in stolen property, a second-degree felony. Detectives worked with retail loss prevention teams from such stores as Beall's, Beall's Outlet, Stein Mart and Kohl's to identify the suspects, Judd said. The operation stretched across Polk, Tampa, Brandon and Plant City. "When you look at this size of an operation for a 30-day period, it's staggering," he said. "Some of these folks (who were arrested) have told us they target stores where there is a notice to appear (in court) policy rather than an arrest policy," Judd said. "When you send people to jail, it makes a difference. When you lock someone in jail, they have to post a bond; they are inconvenienced." (Source (Source

'Professional Shoplifters' cause headaches for retailers  The most basic items are being stolen left and right by gangs of shoplifters from the Kansas City metro area. This year, in two cases alone, thieves in Kansas City stole several hundred thousand dollars worth of product. Four years ago, Carol Keplinger's Overland Park Kansas store had $1600 worth of Yankee Candles pilfered off the shelves in a matter of seconds. Police and private security experts say they are battling an ever-growing problem of organized retail crime. Low-level shoplifters hop from store to store stealing name-brand items, from high-end products to Tide detergent. "It's very lucrative. It's fairly low-risk and high-reward," said Chad Sellers of Midwest Digital Systems. Chad had installed security at Keplinger's business but that doesn't deter thieves from shoplifting in the footsteps of those who have been caught. Due to the increasing number of shoplifting cases, business owners are left with no other choice but to raise their prices. What a headache for customers. (Source

ORC? TJ Maxx in Kansas City hit by two women taking $1,250 in purses  Two women hit the Kansas City store on N. Evanston just before 5:30 p.m. for $1,250 in purses. One woman held the door open while the other rushed out into a dark-colored SUV. (Source

Southern Ohio man pleads guilty to selling stolen items from Walgreens, CVS and Rite-Aid at Flea Market.  Jeffery Jones of Proctorville, Ohio, a small town on the border of the Ohio River and West Virginia plead guilty Wednesday to four counts of fifth degree receiving stolen property. Jones is the co-owner of the Flea Market and was arrested back in 2012 during a raid conducted by the Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force. Jones was believed to have purchased the stolen property from a ring of shoplifters who targeted Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS. (Source

Urban Outfitters in Brooklyn, NY hit by 5 suspects stealing 20 pairs of pants.  Police have release surveillance video photos of four of the five suspects being sought for stealing 20 pairs of pants from the Urban Outfitter store n Brooklyn. Police say at least one of the group members was used to distract the associate while the other took the merchandise and ran. (Source

Maryland woman arrested, three still being sought in a Distraction Team theft at a Radio Shack in Muhlenberg.  A Maryland woman has been arrested on charges she and another woman stole 18 smartphones valued at a total of $11,600 from the RadioShack store in the Fairgrounds Square Mall in February after two male accomplices distracted employees. Police were called to RadioShack for a report that four people were involved in a theft. The men distracted two employees while the women went to the back room and 10 iPhones and 8 other devices. (Source

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Axis Announces High-Performance Video Encoder Solution for Large, Mission Critical Surveillance Installations

New encoder blade and chassis combination are ideal for applications that require flexibility, reliability and the highest performance in demanding locations such as airports, rail stations and city surveillance

CHELMSFORD, Mass. – May 14, 2013 Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, today announces a high-performance analog-to-network video encoding solution comprised of the 6-channel AXIS Q7436 Video Encoder Blade and the complementary AXIS Q7920 Video Encoder Chassis. AXIS Q7436 blade supports PTZ over coax control and up to 60 frames per second video, while AXIS Q7920 is one of the industry’s highest-density encoder chassis with support for up to 84 analog cameras and provides power and network redundancy.

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AXIS Q7436 Video Encoder Blade provides smooth video even in high motion scenes with support for 60 fps as well as features such as reduced noise, enhanced sharpness and optimized contrast to enable even better image quality output. This 6-channel video encoder blade delivers multiple, individually configurable video streams from each channel at full frame rate in all resolutions. Pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) control over coaxial cable is also supported for installation time and cost savings since a separate cable is not needed for camera control.

For larger, centralized surveillance systems, high-density rack solutions with encoder blades offer the most flexible and reliable design. AXIS Q7920 is a rack mountable encoder chassis, providing an expandable solution for migrating large-scale analog CCTV installations to network video. It holds up to 14 hot-swappable video encoder blades in order to digitize up to 84 analog cameras. With hot swapping there is no need to power down the entire system when installing or removing the video encoder blades, which means the critical surveillance system stays up and running during upgrades or maintenance.

“With this new video encoder solution, customers who have invested in large-scale analog systems now have access to future-proof IP video surveillance with a range of digital benefits, like intelligent video, easy remote access and scalability,” said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis Communications, Inc. “For demanding surveillance environments where AXIS Q7436 encoder blades and complementary chassis with be a perfect match [e.g. airports, railways, cities], customers will especially benefit from increased flexibility and high-performance.”

AXIS Q7920 Video Encoder Chassis also improves system reliability with its power and network redundancy features. With four RJ45 ports as well as four SFP (small form-factor pluggable) slots for fiber or additional RJ45 module connections, this video encoder solution offers fully flexible and cost-effective long distance network connectivity.

Additional features included in AXIS Q7436 Video Encoder Blade:
•   Powerful event management capabilities with embedded intelligent video features such as tampering alarm and motion detection.
Support for AXIS Camera Application Platform to enable development of third party intelligent applications that can be downloaded and installed on the encoder itself.
Significant installation savings by allowing PTZ control over coaxial cable in addition to the standard support for PTZ cameras using the serial ports.

AXIS Q7436 Video Encoder Blade will be supported by the industry’s largest base of video management software through the Axis Application Development Partner Program and AXIS Camera Station. The video encoder also supports Hosted Video and ONVIF for easy camera system integration.

AXIS Q7436 Video Encoder Blade and AXIS Q7920 Video Encoder Chassis are expected to be available in Q3 through Axis’ distribution channels. For photos and other resources, please visit: and

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Domenic Locapo
Axis Communications Inc.



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