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Morning Security Brief: France Struggles With Riots, Hearings on Logan Racial Profiling, Microsoft Update, More

By Ann Longmore-Etheridge

►President Francois Hollande has pledged to quell the rioting plaguing France. "Like his predecessors, Hollande...is facing the challenge of how to deal with such crime and security problems. Amiens was among 15 'security priority zones' announced by Interior Minister Manuel Valls this month, referring to areas in which 'acts of delinquency and incivility were structurally deep-rooted' and which had become havens for the 'black market economy, the trafficking of drugs and arms' as well as violence, theft, gangs and public nuisances," reports The Los Angeles Times. The latest riots occurred in Amiens where a dozen police officers were injured and several buildings damaged or destroyed.

According to a Boston Herald report, "U.S. Rep. William Keating, a member of the Committee on Homeland Security’s Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee, is calling for a subcommittee hearing to probe accusations of racial profiling at Logan International Airport. Officers from the Transportation Security Administration’s 'behavior detection' program at Logan said passengers fitting certain profiles, including Hispanics traveling to Miami or blacks wearing backwards baseball caps, are much more likely to be stopped, searched and questioned for suspicious behavior."

►Microsoft's latest update addresses 26 vulnerabilities, including five that are rated critical, writes ZDNet. "The most important above all is MS12-060, which patches a flaw in Windows Common Control, allowing in hackers from malware-laced Rich Text Format (RTF) documents and Office documents, including through malicious websites," the article notes.

The Examiner's roundup of coverage indicates the secuity performace at the London Olympics should receive the gold. For example, Reuters noted that, "The absence of serious incidents at Britain's Games represents a success for the state and its counter-terrorism allies and a profound failure for al Qaeda, the militant network widely seen as most interested in attempting an attack."

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