Morning Security Brief: Arrests in Tulsa Shooting Spree, Spies in College, Medicaid Breach, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►Two men, Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, were arrested Sunday in connection with a series of shootings that left three Tulsa residents dead and two injured. The shootings started on Friday. It was reported that a man would drive up to people walking in Tulsa’s north side, a predominately black area, ask for directions, then shoot them. All of the victims were black, causing some to question whether the shootings were racially motivated. Within hours of the shootings, a multi-agency task force,Operation Random Shooter, was created and by Sunday both were arrested after an anonymous tipster said England had wanted to burn a truck fitting the description of the vehicle used in the shootings. Police recovered both the weapon used and England’s charred pick-up truck. England and Watts are expected to be charged with three first-degree murder counts and two counts of shooting with intent to kill.

►Universities are being targeted by foreign intelligence services looking to gain access to research or proprietary information, according to FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi. Figliuzzi says the efforts to penetrate universities have increased in the past five years. Countries in East Asia, for example, place academics at U.S. research institutions under the guise of legitimate research to get access to cutting-edge technology in aeronautics, lasers, and underwater robots, according to a 2011 Department of Defense report. “As schools become more global in their locations and student populations, their culture of openness and international collaboration makes them increasingly vulnerable to theft of research conducted for the government and industry,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

►The Medicaid breach last week that came after hackers targeted unsecured computers at the Utah Department of Health, is said to be larger than originally thought. “The breach was initially reported Wednesday as involving 24,000 claims. As the investigation progressed, officials said 24,000 files had been stolen, which meant the number of people affected would be far higher,” the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

►In other news, 10 things you might not know about security measures from the Chicago Tribune. ♦The UK is exporting surveillance technology to “repressive regimes” to allow them to spy on dissidents. ♦ And Gigaom says the Bring Your Own Device movement is unstoppable so companies must built apps and invest in mobile security.


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