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Morning Security Brief: Data Breach Law Suit, World Trade Center Security Woes, Terrorist Watchlist, and More

By Ann Longmore-Etheridge

►Reuters reports that Trustmark National Bank and Green Bank, N.A. are suing Trustware and Target for more than $5 million in damages from the holiday-season data breach, which they claim resulted from vulnerabilities in the retailer's system. The breach allowed approximately 40 million payment card details to be stolen, as well as 70 million other records of customer information. "Target missed multiple opportunities to thwart the hackers responsible for the unprecedented holiday shopping season data breach, U.S. Senate staffers charged in a committee report released on Tuesday. The report also said Target gave access to its network to a third-party vendor that did not follow accepted information security practices. Target faces dozens of potential class-action lawsuits and action from banks that could seek reimbursement for millions of dollars in losses due to fraud and the cost of card replacements," notes Reuters.

►This week, One World Trade Center, which has replaced the iconic Twin Towers destroyed on 9-11, has seen four men arrested after BASE jumping from the top of the new building and a 16-year-old male evading night security to reach the building's 104th floor. In the BASE jumping case, "Three of the men are accused of climbing the nation's tallest building on September 30 and parachuting more than 1,300 feet off the skyscraper," notes CNN. The news network's own producers, Yon Pomrenze and Connor Fieldman Boals, were subsequently arrested for trying to bypass security in an attempt to report on security lapses. According to Reuters, the duo "tried to talk their way in through the main gate to the center in lower Manhattan, much of which is still a construction site, according to the police account. One was holding a video camera, the other had a video camera strapped to his head. Foiled, Boals then twice tried to climb over the perimeter fence. That did not work either. A few minutes later, the men were attempting to force their way through an electronic gate about a block away when police arrested them."

►An audit of the Terrorist Watchlist complied by the FBI has been conducted by the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General. In the results, which were released yesterday, it was noted that "it can take up to 17 business days for the FBI to place the subject of a terrorism investigation on the watchlist.... For individuals not under investigation but suspected of having terrorist ties, the FBI typically takes 44 business days to add them to the federal no-fly list and about 78 days to remove them from the watchlist once it's determined they no longer pose a threat. The March report blames 'redundant and inefficient processes' at FBI headquarters for the delays. It also points out inconsistencies in the bureau's watchlist nomination policy, where FBI case agents weren't submitting certain names to the list based on "inconsistent directions that could cause terrorism information to not be available to the Watchlist Community," reports Courthouse News Service.

►News agencies are reporting that more than a dozen are now confirmed dead in the mud slide that may have trapped up to approximately 175 people in Oso, Washington, United States. Snohomish officals now say they have a list of 176 names of the missing, although some of these may be repetitions.

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