Morning Security Brief: Guantánamo Recidivism, Counterfeit Drugs, Hackers Target Anonymous, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►Fifteen percent of detainees released from Guantánamo Bay took part in terrorism or insurgent activity after their release, according to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's annual report on recidivism of former detainees. Ninety-five of the 599 prisoners released since October 2010 have engaged in insurgent activities, according to the report. Ninety-two of the 95 were released during the Bush years. Of the 799 prisoners total that were sent to Guantánamo, 171 remain.

►International groups are pushing to criminalize counterfeit drugs and coordinate global enforcement in the wake of numerous raids that have revealed counterfeit drugs are often made with dangerous chemicals. The counterfeit drug economy is valued at $75 billion for criminals, and it is less dangerous for counterfeiters to traffic fake medicines than it is for them to traffic illegal drugs, Nature reports. In the last year, the Council of Europe, U.S. Congress, and the World Health Organization have made moves toward policies that would criminalize counterfeit drugs and enhance existing penalties.

►Someone is targeting members of Anonymous with a program hidden within a program that steals users' information. Hackers who thought they were downloading the Slowloris tool to carry out DDoS attacks were actually downloading a modified program that contained a Trojan called Zeus that steals a user's web login names and passwords, banking credentials, and cookies.

►In other news, a new report from the American National Standards Institute calls for enhanced security to safeguard protected health information and outlines a five-step method for “assessing security risks and evaluating the ‘at risk’ value of an organization’s PHI.” ♦ The New York State Police and the FBI are investigating how balls of mercury got into food containers throughout the cafeteria in Albany Medical Center. Authorities won’t say how much was found but believe that it was intentionally placed. ♦ In the past weeks, Latin American presidents have been discussing legalization to combat drug problems. In a speech in Mexico on Monday, vice president Joe Biden said the U.S. would never support legalization saying it would cause health problems, increase the number of drug users, and create bureaucracies for drug distribution.


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