Morning Security Brief: France Aids the Kurds, Crime and Violence in Mexico, Critical Security Fixes Released, and More

Ann Longmore-Etheridge

►The BBC reports that France will supply arms to Iraq's Kurds. President Francois Hollande announced the move and said the process will begin "in the coming hours." The United States will also send 130 additional military advisors to the Kurish region and is also supplying weapons to the Kurds. The Kurds are battling the Islamic State militants. Meanwhile, CNN is following "an exodus of almost biblical proportions, as thousands trudge across a river to escape killers belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. Entire families carry nothing but the clothes on their backs. Some are barefoot."

►Forbes reports on security issues in Mexico that have led to the closing of a Coca-Cola FEMSA bottling plant in Guerrero after four Coke trucks were attacked and burned near the town of Arcelia. Acapulco, the one-time glamourous beach vacation destination, is now the most violent city in all of Mexico. "The current dynamic is characterized not by organized crime groups fighting for control of smuggling routes, but rather local gangs fighting for small revenue streams," notes Forbes. One contributing factor is that more than three quarters of Guerrero residents are poor. Coca-Cola FEMSA released a statement that the bottling plant was closed to protect the safety of workers.

►Adobe and Microsoft have released critical security fixes for Adobe Reader/Acrobat, Flash Player, and AIR, as well as nine security updates for WIndows and other software. KrebsonSecurity reports that "Two of the nine update bundles Microsoft released today earned the company’s most-dire 'critical' label, meaning the vulnerabilities fixed in the updates can be exploited by bad guys or malware without any help from users. A critical update for Internet Explorer accounts for the bulk of flaws addressed this month, including one that was actively being exploited by attackers prior to today, and another that was already publicly disclosed, according to Microsoft." In other cybersecurity news, the mobile security company Lookout, based in San Francisco, has raised $150 million in venture capital as it rides "a wave of concers over cyberthreats with 50 million people using its security app."

►Multiple patrons of Harrah's Resort Hotel in Atlantic City are accusing security officers of using unreasonably brutal force. ABC News has interviewed and reported on two cases where minor incidents escalated to violence by security staff. In one case, a verbal disagreement at the reception desk led to security officers throwing patrons to the floor and dragging them away. In that case, one patron suffered a broken nose. In this and another two cases that have spawned lawsuits, CCTV footage obtained by ABC appears to support the plaintiffs' stories of brutality. Harrah's resonded to ABC News only with a statement, "Our security personnel are trained to use the least amount of force required to manage any particular incident while ensuring they are taking necessary steps to protect guests, employees and themselves."





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