Kenya's West Gate Mall Massacre
- Could it happen here?
In September 2013, armed gunmen attacked the Westgate shopping
mall in Nairobi, Kenya, resulting in 61 civilian deaths, six dead security
officers and over 175 injured.
Special Agent In-Charge Richard Frankel of the
deployed to Kenya with a Rapid Deployment Team and assisted the Kenyans in
the forensic and intelligence investigation related to the terrorist attack. In
this LPNN interview, Mr. Frankel talks about this high-profile investigation,
the odds of a similar attack occurring in the U.S., and the importance of
active-shooter programs for retailers. With the ultimate responsibility of
protecting your employees and customers, learn what LP executives can do to
prepare for and prevent such a catastrophic event.
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7 Tips to Protect Your Company from a Cyber-attack
By Amber Bradley, Calibration Marketing
Cyber security is a growing concern. In 2014 Apple, Sony, Neiman Marcus, and
Target were high profile victims of cyber theft. But for every big company that
has fallen prey to a cyber-attack, there are hundreds of small businesses which
have also been targeted. The potential for a cyber-attack is real for all
companies, big and small, from cutting edge, high-tech corporations to
traditional institutions. Phone companies, credit card services, department
stores, hospitals, social media sites, and even government offices are possible
targets. The scale of cybercrime is growing and no company is safe. It seems the
bad guys are forging ahead in this race. It is important for you to understand:
Cyber security is your problem.
Many companies resort to hoping that a cyber-attack doesn't happen to them and
fail to prepare for one. Ernst & Young, in its
"Get Ahead of Cybercrime" report, says that companies "lack awareness,
budget and skills to prevent a cyber-attack."
The challenge is how do you manage risk, reduce the threat of cyber-attack, and
implement sufficient security while budgets for these activities remain static?
How do you allocate resources and staff to address the growing concerns of
cyber-attack while conducting everyday business? Where can you find trained
cyber security specialists to help you begin to build your defenses against
cyber-attacks? If you do experience a cyber-attack, how can you minimize the
damage it could cause?
Here are some tips for protecting your company and preventing or reducing loss:
|Educate your employees
through cybersecurity awareness and training. Educated employees
reduce breach costs by
|Be aware of what data is
vulnerable to a cyber-attack. This allows you to focus on the areas
of your business that need the most protection.
|Work to install
multi-factor authentication systems rather than using a single
password. Making it difficult for cyber hackers to break through the
security wall may deter them from their nefarious tasks.
|Be vigilant. Early
detection is vital. Notifying your company's security team and law
enforcement in the earliest stage of a cybercrime may significantly
limit your losses.
|Act quickly. Fast action
may hamper the efforts of your cyber-attackers to access or use your
|Make an effort to secure
your data with workable solutions such as setting up segmented
networks, deleting unneeded information, or using encryption.
|Keep informed about the
latest equipment and security systems as they become available. This
may require an investment of funds, but managing risk and protecting
your company is worth the cost.
Cybercrime is a real threat.
"Heartbleed" bugs, "Shellshocks," and "Sandworms"
can penetrate your company's computers, databashtbreach
in security can undermine your daily operations, destroy consumer trust, and
leave you wondering what to do next. Though it is impossible to protect your
company from every threat, there are things you can do and steps you can take to
thwart cyber attackers. Is your company protected from cyber-attack?
Check out a cybersecurity stat video we created in
collaboration with our partner, Fortalice Solutions. We partner with Founder
and CEO of Fortalice, Theresa Payton, to create dynamic and inspiring
cybersecurity awareness solutions for all types of businesses. Payton is the
former CIO of the White House in the Bush Administration.
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Alibaba takes first steps over fake brand listings
Alibaba has been quietly piloting a scheme to try to curb fakes at source. In
the coastal city of Putian, in Fujian province, Alibaba is working with 17 shoe
manufacturers to cultivate home-grown brands online, revitalise a flagging
industry and offer would-be counterfeiters an alternative source of
livelihood. Critics say the scheme is misguided and Alibaba should instead
focus on scrubbing its online marketplaces of widespread listings of fakes. But
the 'Made in China' plan speaks to what proponents say is one of the reasons why
there's been only limited progress in the battle against fake goods in China: a
lack of attractive alternatives for those making and hawking goods that infringe
on others' intellectual property rights. "You can crack down forever and never
see an end to it." Ni Liang, Alibaba's senior director of internet security,
says the scheme is a key anti-counterfeit initiative this year.
Web sales top $1 billion for Home Depot in Q1 - 5% of total sales - up 30%
Home Depot, No. 10 in the Internet Retailer 2015 Top 500 Guide is finding better
ways to use stores, social media and mobile commerce to connect with its
shoppers. "We not only offered more spring season product online, but also
leveraged digital media channels to highlight local in-store assortments and
create footsteps to our stores. In the store, our mobile app helped customers
identify product locations with our enhanced product locator.
FTD, Classmates Inc., reach $11M settlement over fraudulent advertising and
billing 21 states leveled accusations against the companies that
"focused on the companies' relationships with third-parties that used negative
option marketing practices to sell membership programs to consumers doing
business online with Classmates and FTD. Those third-party marketers offered
programs, including discount buying clubs and travel rewards, immediately after
a consumer bought something from Classmates or FTD. Without telling customers,
FTD and Classmates would share the consumers' personal information so the
marketer could bill the buyers for the offers if they didn't cancel, Kane said.
Forever 21 turns Instagram into shopping tool
Mobile Payments Without The Merchant Fuss
Ashley Furniture to open e-commerce headquarters
Amazon offers quick deliveries from stores in New York
Foot Locker Q1 domestic online sales up 50% - 12.3% of total sales
Best Buy Q1 domestic online sales up 5.3%
"Fraud is not a person - it is a dynamic grouping of statistics
that deviate from the norm."
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men arrested in $70,000 Sprint cellphone heist in Pittsburgh Mills Mall
Three men have been charged by Frazer police in the theft of $70,000 worth of
cellphones from Pittsburgh Mills mall. Police Chief Terry Kuhns said they are
responsible for two burglaries at a Sprint store in the mall, one in March and
another Monday night. In addition, Kuhns said Penn Hills police are expected to
file charges against the trio for a May 4 burglary at a Radio Shack store in
Penn Hills. Kuhns said those arrested are Alan Walls, 23, and Decarlos Smith,
19, and Dominique Walls, 22. Eleven cellphones worth about $9,000 were taken in
the first Sprint burglary March 18. On Monday, the burglars made off with about
90 cellphones worth about $61,500. "All were high-end cellphones like Galaxies," Kuhns said." They had big duffle bags and just loaded them up.
"The first one,
they entered through the front security gate," he said. "Alan Walls is a former
Sprint employee and he had an access key." Kuhns said the burglary on Monday
involved Alan Walls prying open a rear entry door to the Sprint Store. Alan
Walls had been a suspect in the first burglary because he was a former employee
and had not turned in his access key, Kuhns said.
Thieves roll away with $40,000 worth of tires in Manatee Co, FL; possible ties
to statewide $175,000 investigation The Manatee County Sheriff's
Office is investigating a lucrative truck tire theft operation that could be
connected to several other similar heists statewide. Sunday night around 11
p.m., two men stole two rental box trucks from All U Can Storage then used those
trucks to load up and steal $40,000 worth of truck tires from GCR Tires, Manatee
officials said. That same store was hit in December much in the same way. In
January, Ocala Police investigated a similar heist where $48,000 worth of tires
was stolen from a Goodyear store using a stolen box truck. The Lee County
Sheriff's Office has an open case into $75,000 worth of tires taken from a store
in September, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office opened a case in
Tampa where $12,000 worth of tires was ripped off from a Tampa store in August
Victoria's Secret theft ring targeting Lexington, Louisville, and Southern
Indiana The Lexington police crime of the week highlights a team
targeting Victoria's Secret stores in Lexington, Louisville and southern
Indiana. During each theft, as shown here, between two and four females enter
the stores carrying large bags in which they load thousands of dollars worth of
merchandise in under a minute before fleeing.
break into Victoria's Secret store in San Antonio, TX Thousands of
dollars of merchandise was stolen from a Victoria's Secret store located on the
Northwest Side. Police say two women broke into the Huebner Oaks store at about
12a.m. on Wednesday. A Victoria's Secret loss prevention employee said the
break-in was monitored from another store, apparently through some type of
surveillance system. The two women could be seen making several trips with the
stolen items to their car. About $8,000 worth of merchandise was taken. The same
store was hit by burglars last week. Another $8,000 worth of items were taken in
that burglary as well.
Peoria, AZ Thieves target high-end hair care products at valley salons
Three separate salons have been targeted by thieves over the past year. In all
three robberies the crooks targeted very specific, and very expensive items. And
early Tuesday morning, a fourth salon was broken into. The robbers again took
high priced products, making off with tens of thousands of dollars in
merchandise. The owner believes her shop was the latest target in this salon
crime spree. The crooks and the methods in this latest smash and grab incident
have a lot in common with at least three other robberies in the past year. The
two thieves with covered faces, two garbage bins, left with tens of thousands of
Aveda Hair Products vanished within a matter of minutes. It's the same MO as
three other robberies at salons in the valley that carry Aveda products.
Clarkstown, NY Police Department arrests $3,700 Best Buy ID theft suspect
On May 24, 2015 at approximately 1:20 p.m. the Clarkstown Police Department
responded to a report of possible fraud at the Best Buy Store, located at the
Palisades Mall in West Nyack. Police say Akuudo Petrie, 25, of Brooklyn, NY
attempted to purchase merchandise by opening a credit card account using a South
Carolina driver's license from another person. The amount of her purchase was
$3,700. After a brief investigation it was determined that Petrie had a
fraudulent driver's license as well as a fraudulent credit card.
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One person injured from a shooting at Auburn, Alabama |
Police responded to a report of shots fired at the Auburn Mall on Tuesday
evening, May 26. The Fire Division and EMTs responded to a call of one person
injured. According to police, officers responded to a report of a shooting in
the mall's parking lot around 6 p.m. Upon arriving, they found a 57-year-old man
suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was taken to East Alabama
Medical Center in Opelika with non-life threatening injuries, police said. No
arrests have been made as authorities continue to look for the suspect. A motive
hasn't been determined.
armed robber accused of killing Rio Rancho, NM Police Officer has history
littered with violent crimes, killed man in '05 Andrew Romero, the suspect in the
shooting death of Rio Rancho Police Officer Gregg "Nigel" Benner, has an
extensive criminal past, including a conviction on manslaughter charges and a
string of armed robberies that occurred over the past several months. When he
allegedly shot and killed Officer Benner Monday during a traffic stop, it was
the third time Romero has been involved in the death of a person. In 2005, he
shot a 24-year-old man to death during a fight at a party in Albuquerque's South
Valley. Romero pleaded down to manslaughter charges after originally being
charged with an open count of murder. While in prison, a cousin of his victim
nearly beat and strangled Romero to death and left him in a broom closet. Romero
was sentenced in 2006 to 3.5 years in prison and five years of probation to
follow for the incident, though he violated parole less than a month after his
October 2008 release. In January 2010, he and his girlfriend were caught using
her children to try and shoplift from Walmart. While detained by a security
guard, Romero tried to escape and the security guard had a heart attack and
died. Romero faced child abuse charges in that case. Most recently, Romero
allegedly went on an armed robbery spree at local gas stations, Walgreens and
CVS pharmacies. He is accused of robbing a Walgreens on March 25, another
Walgreens two days later, a different Walgreens on March 29, then a CVS on April
6. He robbed another Walgreens April 8 at gunpoint. Then, in the early morning
hours of May 22, he hit a Phillips 66 at gunpoint, a Giant less than two hours
later and a Family Dollar - all in the span of three hours.
Staples general manager accused of $10,000 store refund scheme
The general manager of the Staples office supply store in Prescott, AZ., was
arrested May 19 after he admitted that he had fraudulently kept $10,000 cash for
returns he made to the store, according to a police report. McDonald, a
three-year employee of Staples, has been at the Sheldon store for nine months,
according to reports, and he gave a written statement to the loss prevention
manager, detailing his activities. dcourier.com
Two men hit Target, Best Buy, Sears and Home Depot in shoplifting spree in
Leominster, MA Scott Brooks, 23, of 149 Prospect St., was the more
cooperative of the two, according to police, while Nickolas Dahl, 22, of 1031
Silverlake St., earned himself an intimidating-a-witness charge when he yelled
to Brooks from the cruiser: "Shut up! Don't talk to them! Ask for a lawyer!"
San Bernardino man arrested for possessing 'thousands' of people's credit card
information A San Bernardino man accused of possessing "thousands" of
people's credit card information on his computers posted bail a day after his
arrest. San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies arrested Serob Frenkyan at his
San Bernardino home on Thursday on suspicion of identity theft, credit card
fraud and being a felon in possession of a gun, booking records show. He did not
have any charges filed against him Tuesday, according to court records. Deputies
confirmed Frenkyan was a suspect in an ongoing credit card fraud investigation
and, pulled up to his home but he ran inside one he saw authorities. Authorities
said Frenkyan refused to come outside of the home and a detective got a search
warrant for the home. Deputies found three firearms, including a stolen handgun
and an assault rifle, several computers and equipment to produce fraudulent
credit cards and California driver licenses, authorities said. Thousands of
credit card account numbers were allegedly found in the computers seized from
Frenkyan. Authorities said Frenkyan has prior convictions for credit card fraud.
Phoenix FBI task force seeks serial armed robber
The Phoenix FBI Bank Robbery Task Force is seeking an armed robber that targeted
seven convenience stores and banks in a 12-hour period. Police say the same man
conducted five armed robberies and made two attempts at businesses across the
Valley on Sunday.
Ponte Vedra, FL robbery suspect scouted out AT&T store
He scouted the scene and then came back and robbed a Ponte Vedra store at
gunpoint. St. Johns County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a man that made
off with a bag of new cell phones from the AT&T Store on A1A North Sunday
afternoon. Authorities stated he locked the clerk in the store room before
fleeing on foot.
Best Buy theft in Muncie, turns to Robbery as Store Detective is cut with a
knife Two suspects were quickly apprehended Tuesday after a bid to shoplift
a video game system turned into a robbery at Muncie's Best Buy store, city
police said. Vincent James Michael, 20, was being held, preliminarily charged
with robbery. Muncie police Sgt. Seth Stanley said a struggle ensued at Best
Buy, when Michael tried to leave the store without paying for a PlayStation unit
about 12:50 p.m. The Muncie man allegedly produced a knife and a store employee
suffered what was described as a minor cut.
Walmart shoplifter's dog leads to discovery of additional stolen merchandise in
Danvers, MA A pair of alleged shoplifters caught trying to steal
electronics from Wal-Mart in Danvers Sunday afternoon were slapped with more
charges after police went to their car to get their dog and found hundreds of
dollars worth of clothing from Giblee's. Robert Parczewski Klos, 31, and Sandra
Kikosicka, 22, both of Chicago, pleaded not guilty to charges of felony larceny
and receiving stolen property during their arraignments Tuesday in Salem
District Court. Police were called to the Wal-Mart off Route 114 on Brooksby
Village Drive at around 3 p.m. for two shoplifters being held by store security.
As the officer arrived, Kikosicka began to reach into the large dress she was
wearing. The officer stopped her, then, after handcuffing her, allowed her to
remove the items, electronics worth a total of $773. The pair then told police
they had left their dog in the car. An animal control officer and police went to
get the dog and also spotted a pile of clothing with tags from Giblee's, just up
the road on Route 114, inside the vehicle.
Second man arrested in Birks jewelry store heist in Saskatoon, CN
A second man wanted in connection with the armed robbery of a downtown Saskatoon
jewelry store has been arrested nearly 16 months after the brazen, daytime
heist. Rida Niam, 25, was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for charges of armed
robbery, wearing a disguise during the commission of an offence, and conspiracy
to commit arson following the Feb. 1, 2014 incident. Police said four men
entered Birks jewelry store on Third Avenue South brandishing crowbars. The four
were wearing construction-style jackets and black balaclavas. They smashed
display cases and stole a large quantity of jewelry, including Rolex watches.
Niam was arrested by Montreal police and transported Tuesday to Saskatoon. He is
also charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit arson, and wearing a
disguise during the robbery.
UK: Poundland Store Manager strangled and beaten
by woman shoplifter attempting to steal $35 of chocolate
North Arlington, NJ Police post images of thief who stole over $100,000 in ATM
Car crashes into Queens, NY supermarket; at least 5 hurt
Cash America in Memphis, TN the victim of a Smash and Grab: $4,000 in jewelry
gone in seconds
Immanuel Jewelry in Lauderhill, FL hit with a Smash and Grab; estimated loss of
Zales Outlet store
in Princeton, NJ. hit by a 2 person Grab and Run: merchandise valued at $3,175
AT&T - Jacksonville, FL - Armed Robbery
Cash America - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
CEFCO - Longview, TX - Armed Robbery
CVS - Greenville, SC - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Maryville, TN - Burglary
Dollar General - Smithland, KY - Theft
Dollar General - Shreveport, LA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Willow Park, TX - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Oklahoma City, OK - Burglary
Family Dollar - Fort Smith, AR - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Shreveport, LA - Armed Robbery
Houston Smoke - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery/ Shots fired
Kwik Stop - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Mattress One - Orlando, FL - Armed Robbery
Sprint - Pittsburgh, PA - Burglary
Turkey Hill - Frackville, PA - Armed Robbery
Your Vaping Store - San Antonio, TX - Burglary
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