►U.S. Border Patrol agents have used an excessive amount of deadly force that has resulted in 19 deaths on the Mexican side of the border since 2010, according to the Police Executive Research Forum, a nonprofit research organization. The independent review criticizes the Border Patrol for “lack of diligence” in investigating agents who have fired their weapons, and reports that agents have deliberately stepped into the path of oncoming cars to justify shooting at the drivers. There have also been a number of incidents of agents shooting at people throwing rocks from the Mexican side of the border. The report was completed in February 2013 but was only recently released to lawmakers in full, according to The Los Angeles Times. The results bring into question the discipline and accountability of officers using deadly force that has resulted in what critics consider to be needless deaths.
►Tensions between North and South Korea are once again heating up after reports surfaced that North Korea fired four short-range missiles on Thursday. South Korean officials fear that the missile tests are in response to annual military drills conducted by the United States and South Korea that rehearse for potential invasions. North Korea has recently made conciliatory gestures towards South Korea by allowing reunions between relatives who were separated by the Korean war 60 years ago.
►In other news, Target’s December data breach plunged the corporation’s fourth-quarter profits down 47 percent, on top of costing $17 million to investigate. Hold Security LLC, a cybersecurity firm, said in a report that it has uncovered stolen credentials from more than 360 million accounts that are available for sale on black markets. The “unprecedented amount” of personal and account information highlights the risks beyond credit card theft: stolen usernames and passwords could provide access to bank accounts, networks, health records and any computer system.
►Women’s Security Council has opened nominations for its 2014 Women of the Year awards, which recognize top female professionals in the physical security industry. To nominate yourself or a colleague, fill out an online nomination form.