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Morning Security Brief: Insecure ID Tokens, Homeland Security Turf Battles, Drug Lord Defenses, and More.

By Sherry Harowitz

 

► Call this the other shoe dropping. Whenever there's a security breach and theft of personal customer information, companies are quick to assure clients that they are not at risk. RSA made such assurances in March. That turns out not to have been true as evidenced by a hack at Lockheed Martin that was apparently successful thanks to data stolen from RSA that allowed its SecureID tokens to be compromised. RSA is now fessing up and replacing tokens for its 40 million customers, reports the Wall Street Journal.

► What's it all about, Alfi? The Hill newspaper has a story about what was really behind a recently passed amendment to the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) budget in the House. The amendment to cut $270 million from the TSA budget for airport security screeners wasn't about screeners, really, but rather about House committee turf battles between Reps. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Pete King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee--or so says The Hill. "If Mica’s provision became law, TSA would be required to hire private companies to perform airport screenings. With the Homeland Security Department out of the picture, Mica could argue that oversight of the TSA is a matter for his committee, not King’s," explains the report.

► Elsewhere in the news, Wired reports on how Mexican drug lords are building their own armored tanks; Tampabay.com, the Web site of the St. Petersburg Times, reports on the efforts of one county Sheriff to bring intelligence-led policing to his area; and Time.com profiles an American helping to train Libyan rebels.

 

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