Morning Security Brief: Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Operation Bitter Pill, bin Laden Movie, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►October is Cybersecurity Awareness month. Here are some basic steps a person can take to increase their online security right now -- compiled by the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research.

►This week, Interpol and federal agents in Baltimore shut down around 700 U.S.-based Web sites for selling counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs. The operation, Bitter Pill, “was part of an international initiative led by Interpol that spanned 100 countries and confiscated 3.7 million doses of counterfeit medications worth an estimated $10.5 million,” the Baltimore Sun reports.

►A National Geographic film “Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden,” will air Nov. 4, two days before the election. It is National Geographic’s first original film. “While some aspects of the characterizations have been dramatized for creative reasons, the core story is an accurate portrayal of an event that ended the longest manhunt in American history,” according to a news release from National Geographic. The director of “Zero Dark Thirty,” also a movie about the bin Laden raid, earlier this year moved the date of that film until after elections. For that film, Rep. Peter King (R-NY), who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, accused the Obama administration of granting a film company access to classified information.

►In other news, police at the University of Texas in Austin are trying to find out who is targeting minority students with water balloons filled with bleach. At least four students have filed reports saying someone dropped the balloons on or near them as they walked past a high-rise apartment building near campus. ♦ The latest Apple technology rumor says the company is seeking a way to use fingerprint recognition technology to allow people to make payments. It may be more than gossip. The iPhone creator earlier this year purchased Authente, a fingerprint sensor developer. ♦ And UPMC in Pittsburgh will add armed guards in response to a shooting in March that killed a therapist and wounded five others.



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