Morning Security Brief: Gunman Attacks Victory Rally, Hackers Take Unique Codes, Ammo for Agents, and More

By Ann Longmore-Etheridge

►In Montreal, one person was killed and another critically injured when a gunman attacked an election victory rally for Pauline Marois of the separatist Parti Quebecois. She was uninjured. The gunman, who is yet unidentified, started a fire at the location after the shootings. As he was apprehended by police, witnesses heard him shout, "The English are waking up!" CBS has more on the story.

► reports that the hacker group AntiSec "said it had taken 12.3 million 'unique device identifier' numbers from an FBI agent’s computer, accompanied by lots of e-mail addresses and phone numbers and other identifiable personal information, and posted 1 million of them on the Web to document the risk." The IDs are 40-character codes unique to each iPhone or iPad.

►Conspiracy theorists have been running wild since 174,000 hollow-point bullets were purchased by the U.S. Social Security Administration. It turns out, reports the Detroit Free Press, that "the bullets are for Social Security's office of inspector general, which has about 295 agents who investigate Social Security fraud and other crimes, said Jonathan Lasher, the agency's assistant inspector general for external relations. The agents carry guns and make arrests--589 last year, Lasher said. They execute search warrants and respond to threats against Social Security offices, employees and customers. Agents carry .357-caliber pistols...." The vast majority of the ammunition will be used on the firing range.

►The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will begin selling advertsing to be placed in the bottom of the plastic bins in which travelers place their belongings during screening. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "TSA normally pays for equipment at security checkpoints. But, under an advertising agreement, the ad broker would provide bins, tables, and bin carts to TSA, while coordinating advertising to be placed on plastic mats stuck to the inside bottoms of the bins."


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