Morning Security Brief: Data Protection, Bird Flu, Drug Tunnels, and More

By Carlton Purvis


►A New York State Public Service Commission investigation found that New York State Electric & Gas Corporation and Rochester Gas & Electric “failed to meet industry standards and best practices to protect personally identifiable information of customers.” The investigation was launched after a breach in January that gave “unauthorized parties” access to customer Social Security Numbers, dates of birth, and financial institution account information.

►Mexican officials say around 2.5 million poultry have been killed in an effort to contain an H7N3 bird flu outbreak. The outbreak was first discovered June 2. By July 2, the Mexican government declared a national emergency. One million vaccines have been imported from Pakistan and officials hope to create 80 million doses. “The virus responsible for the outbreak, H7N3, has occasionally caused human disease in various parts of the world, according to the United Nations, but has not shown itself to be easily transmittable between humans,” the Telegraph reports.

►Three people have been arrested in connection to a drug tunnel in Arizona that led from an ice plant in Mexico to a building in San Luis,Arizona. The tunnel was 55 feet underground and lined with plywood. Prior to this discovery, the Mexican army found an incomplete tunnel under a bathroom sink in a warehouse in Tijuana. More than 150 tunnels have been found since 1990. 

►A former police officer in Puerto Rico was sentenced to 40 years for providing security for who he thought were drug dealers. The officer “provided security for what he thought were illegal drug deals but were actually part of the FBI sting,” the Washington Post reports.

►In other news, a D.C. police officer who worked as a motorcycle escort for the White House was moved to administrative duty after officials say he said that he would shoot Michele Obama and showed pictures of the gun he would do it with. ♦The GAO found that the Director of National Intelligence failed to provide executive branch agencies with accurate policy and procedures for determining if federal civilian positions require a security clearance, leaving Executive branch agencies without clearly defined policies and procedures, according to a new report. ♦ And new reports on the Yahoo passwords breach say the company failed to even take basic precautions to protect data.



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