Morning Security Brief: Healthcare Law And Private Security, Company Spies on the Media, UAV Hack, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act. The Court has ruled that the U.S. government has the authority to require individuals to participate in the act because that participation can be considered a tax. To find out what this might mean for security professionals, particularly those in the contract security officer industry, read this recent article, "How the Affordable Care Act Could Affect Contract Security," by Ralph Brislin, CPP.

►After realizing they were being followed, Reuters special correspondent Stephen Grey and Tassos Telloglou, a Greek investigative journalist, confronted a man who had been taking photos of them from afar. The man confessed to them that he worked for a private security firm that was hired to watch them. Reuters did not publish the name of the company. “The man who tailed Grey at the hotel also said his firm was involved in taking photographs of Grey, Telloglou, and Nikolas Leontopoulos - a freelance journalist working for Reuters on the investigation into banks - when they had previously met at a private hospital,” Reuters reports. This year, Reuters has published investigations into two Greek banks. Both banks denied any involvement in the surveillance.

►Ontario, Canada’s emergency response strategies are under review after the response to a roof collapse at Elliot Lake Mall that killed two people. “A source in the Premier’s Office confirmed on Wednesday that the review will consider whether the specialized excavator used to dismantle the collapsed mall – four days after the crisis began – should have been brought in sooner. After confusion about who was calling the shots on the ground, the review will examine whether the current emergency-response system delegates authority properly,” The Globe and Mail reported on Thursday.

►Todd Humphreys, a college professor at the University of Texas, Houston, shows how easy it is to take control of a UAV by overtaking its GPS signal with a slightly stronger signal. “Though the ease with which the team seized control of the drone will no doubt turn some heads, it’s worth noting that Humphreys works at the University’s Radionavigation Laboratory and is uniquely suited to pull off such a feat. However, the low cost of Humphrey’s spoofing device … suggests that this kind of device could be quickly and easily manufactured by those who don’t understand how it works,” Geek System reports.

►In other news, in June, Iraq saw its bloodiest month in half a year. Bombings and shootings on Thursday killed 22 people and left more than 50 wounded. ♦ A survey by nCircle, an information risk and security performance management company, finds that 76 percent of information security professionals believe that U.S. cybersecurity has increased in the last year. ♦ And both China and Singapore have been granted exceptions to U.S. sanctions that would have cut them off from the U.S. banking system.



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