Morning Security Brief: Arizona Prisons, Human Error, Base Security, And More

By Carlton Purvis


Faulty alarm systems, large holes under fences, and broken perimeter lights and cameras were just a few of the chronic problems that allowed the escape of three prisoners in Arizona last year. The same problems continue to plague Arizona prisons, the Arizona Republic reports. Documents obtained by the Republic show that after a jailbreak last July, director of corrections Charles Ryan ordered an audit of all of Arizona’s state facilities. The audit found that false alarms went unchecked at all of the prisons; many officers didn’t understand their perimeter security systems; and inmates had access to control panels that opened emergency exits. Ryan told the Republic he attributes a lot of the problems to complacency and has instituted a policy that requires officers to rotate units every three years. The policy has elicited “bitter complaints from staff posting anonymously on Corrections blogs,” they report.

A report from Bloomberg explores cases of how human error led to information breaches after a Department of Homeland security test reaffirmed that humans are the weakest link when it comes to cybersecurity. In an experiment, staff members dropped marked computer discs and thumb drives in the parking lots of government buildings. Sixty percent of people who picked them up plugged them into office computers. If the case had an official logo, 90 percent installed the software. 

Five days after alleged LulzSec hacker Ryan Cleary was arrested in England, the hacker group announced that it would be giving up hacking operations, the BBC reports. The group published a press release online over the weekend saying they would no longer be operational. "Our planned 50 day cruise has expired, and we must now sail into the distance, leaving behind - we hope - inspiration, fear, denial, happiness, approval, disapproval, mockery, embarrassment, thoughtfulness, jealousy, hate, even love,” the release stated. They call for their supporters to continue operations for them. In an interview with the Associated Press on Friday, however, a LulzSec hacker said they still had five gigabytes of data they planned to release in the coming weeks.

Army officials have decided to do away with base-access vehicle stickers at one base because officials say they could potentially make military members targets of violence, the Army Times reports. Ft. Benning, Georgia, will no longer require the stickers on vehicles of military members, their families, retirees, and civilian workers and have told all personnel to begin removing them from their vehicles immediately. 

In other news-- A Syrian general says around 1300 security personnel have been killed since protests erupted three months ago. --Pakistan has given British military trainers the boot. -- And Officials say Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant in eastern Nebraska is still operating safely as floodwaters reach the doors. 


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