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Morning Security Brief: JFK Breach, Olympic Security, iOS Security, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►Authorities are investigating how a man was able to walk right past JFK airport’s security system and across two runways without setting off any alarms. Daniel Casillo became stranded on his jet ski Friday night in waters near the airport. He tried to call for help but got no response so instead he swam toward the only lights he could see – runway lights. Then he hopped the airport fence and walked across the airport grounds and into a terminal to ask for help. Police charged him with criminal trespassing.

►The British commander charged with managing service members deployed at the Olympic Games said it would take at least two years for the military to recover from the strain put on it after sending 18,000 troops to help with security. The Olympics was the largest peacetime operation ever performed by the British military. “Only 5,000 personnel were expected to be deployed, but that increased to 18,000 when the Olympic organisers LOCOG admitted they had significantly underestimated the number of security guards needed at the venues – and G4S conceded it had over-estimated its ability to recruit and train the extra staff,” The Guardian reports.

►MIT researchers say iPhone security has improved to the extent that if used correctly it could make it impossible for law enforcement to perform basic forensic examinations to extract data. The use of an AES key makes encryption only breakable to the device itself. “What this means in practice is that encrypted data can only be unencrypted while the device is running. If the device is turned off, the keys disappear from memory and the data is protected by AES – an encryption algorithm strong enough to be designated by the NSA as suitable for storing top secret data. Once a device is powered down, access to the data can only be obtained by getting passed Apple’s log-on PIN system in order to reload the AES key,” Infosecurity Magazine reports.

►In other news, the Dallas area has turned to aerial spraying to kill mosquitoes to put an end to current a West Nile Virus epidemic. ♦ Comfort Ero explains the ongoing conflict in Mali. ♦ And military sources have confirmed a plan exists at the Pentagon to capture Sinaloa cartel boss El Chapo Guzman, “virtually the same plan that led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan.”

 

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