Morning Security Brief: Hacker Group Rises from the Ashes, Indiana Passes Controversial Gun Law, and More

By Carlton Purvis


►A new hacker group formed out of the remnants of Teamp0ison says it has information on 110,000 residents of Clarksville, Tennessee and has released more than 14,000 records online. “A group calling itself Spex Security on Monday published the information – including email passwords and Social Security numbers – on thousands of students and Clarksville-Montgomery County School System employees,” the Leaf Chronicle reported. The Joint Cybercrime Task Force, made up of the FBI and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, is investigating the breach. The hackers say they warned the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System about network vulnerabilities, but the warnings were ignored. School officials say they had never heard from the group until the breach.

►Indiana has become the first state to allow residents to use deadly force against police. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels in March signed a law in March that would allow residents to use deadly force against public servants who enter their homes unlawfully. The NRA supports the bill, while the Fraternal Order of Police has called it “a recipe for disaster.”

► In a report discussing whether or not unauthorized disclosures of classified information damage national security, National Public Radio reports that James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, may authorize lie detector tests within the intelligence community to ferret out leakers. "The polygraph exam would include a question about whether the test subject has discussed classified information with a member of the press," NPR reports. "The official says Clapper is also prepared to establish a task force with the responsibility of tracking down leaks anywhere within the intelligence community. The task force would include inspectors general from each intelligence agency."

►In other news, Operation Cyber Child, the largest sexual predator bust in Polk County, Florida history, nabs a NASA engineer, a Disney security guard, and a fifth grade teacher. ♦ A husband and wife team are sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to help finance Hezbollah. And officials say it was heavy rains that took Colorado’s Statewide Digital Trunked Radio System, “the frequency that allows law enforcement and emergency responders to communicate on a single radio wave in the event of a large emergency,” offline last Wednesday night.







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