Morning Security Brief: ‘Dark Knight’ Shooting, Grum Botnet Taken Down, Bulgaria Bombing Suspect, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►Fourteen people are dead and at least 50 injured after a gunman opened fire on a crowd from the front of a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” early Friday morning. Police have a suspect in custody. “Witnesses said that the man appeared at the front of the theater with a rifle, handgun, and gas mask. Witnesses said that he then threw a canister that released some kind of gas, after which a hissing sound ensued,” Good Morning America reports. Police also found an explosive device inside the theater.

►A security company named FireEye worked with local Internet service providers (ISPs) to takedown a botnet responsible for as much as 18 percent of the world’s spam e-mails. “FireEye collaborated with other experts in the worldwide security industry to apply pressure to local ISPs to suspend the illegal operation,” the BBC reports. 

►Fingerprints and DNA are being used to try and identify a man who blew up a bus in Bulgaria killing himself and six others. Authorities believe Israeli tourists were targeted. “The attack occurred shortly after the Israelis boarded a bus outside the airport in the Black Sea resort town of Burgas, a popular destination for Israeli tourists—particularly for high school graduates before they are drafted into military service,” the Associated Press reports. Bulgarian authorities have release CCTV video of the man they believe is responsible for the bombing.

►Human Rights Watch says Iraq’s new cybersecurity law is overly vague and “would criminalize the use of computers in connection with a wide range of broadly defined activities, many of which are presently unregulated, without reference to any specific criteria.” ♦ Sen. John McCain calls out Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, after she accused a State Department aide of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. ♦ And Google mulls “creating a network so citizens can safely report cartel activity without fear of retribution,” and make sharing real-time intelligence easier among police in different regions.




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