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Morning Security Brief: Iraqi Islamic Militants Take Refinery, Venue Security, Web Site Fraud, and More

By Ann Longmore-Etheridge

The New York TImes reports that Islamic militants have taken control of Iraq's largest oil refinery, located approximately 130 miles north of Baghdad. "The facility at Baiji is the first operating refinery to fall to the fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, who have swept through much of northern Iraq and had surrounded the refinery in Baiji for the past week, battling with a battalion of the Iraqi Army that had been backed up by air support. The capture of the refinery would provide a potentially rich source of income for ISIS, which already profits from its control of oil resources in eastern Syria," The Times notes. Later, however, a statement from the Iraqi military denied that the ISIS forces were in control of the refinery and claimed that its security forces were in charge there. Witnesses, however, claim that 17 storage tanks had been set on fire and that the troops guarding the refinery had surrendered and were sent home by the attackers. Other witnesses say that ISIS checkpoints have been put in place and that there are clouds of smoke rising from the facility.

►As the World Cup continues, fans without tickets pushed past security at  Rio de Janeiro’s Estádio do Maracanã, the tournament’s largest site. Cellphone video caught the fans as they breached a security gate in their attempt to enter the venue. However, reports are that these fans were stopped by a second layer of security, detained, and handed over to police. On Sunday, ticketed fans trying to enter the venue stood in long lines caused when some 30 percent of the bag screening personnel failed to come to work. Meanwhile, in Damaturu, Nigeria, 21 people at a public viewing of the World Cup were killed by a suicide bomber who peddled past them on a tricycle taxi.

►Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, has beefed up its security. The venue has installed walk-through metal detectors at all gates. This will bring venue in compliance with Major League Baseball guidelines. Although there are still fears of ruining the fans' experience with ramped-up security measures, the League wants all facilities to be in compliance by 2015. "Upon entering the ballpark, fans will now be asked to remove their cell phone from the their pocket and place any bags on a screening table for inspection. They will then walk through a metal detector carrying their phone. Guests are welcome to take any prohibited items back to their cars," reports The Houston Chronicle.

►KrebsonSecurity is warning of bogus Web sites based out of China claiming to sell designer and other high-end merchandise. These sites take consumers' payment card information and money, but either never deliver the goods or send noticably fake counterfeits. "Bearcrs.co.uk is one of hundreds of bogus storefronts that list products of well-known brands like Nike, Ray Ban, Michael Kors and others, hoping to lure bargain-hunting shoppers. Among the many fraudulent sites is michaelkorshandbags.co.uk, a site that claims to be a merchant in the United Kingdom but whose infrastructure is all Chinese," reports Krebs. "The same network is tied to michaelkorshandbags.co.uk and hundreds of other similarly structured sites, all of which have left a trail of complaints online from customers who were charged for goods that never arrived. Order anything from this shop and you are taken to a checkout page at sslcreditpay.com, which tries to assure shoppers that the page is legitimate by posting a number of logos and trust seals from a variety of security and payment security providers such as Verisign, Symantec, Trustwave and the PCI Security Standards Council. Trouble is, none of these organizations actually authorized this payment gateway to use their seals, which are supposed to be clickable icons that provide information to help support that claim."

 

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