Morning Security Brief: Major Drug Bust, Mobile Suspect Identification, DoD Cybersecurity, and More

By Carlton Purvis


 ►The Mexican Army busted the biggest grow operation to date on Thursday after finding a 300-acre marijuana plantation in a remote part of the Baja California desert. A military official said that around 120 tons of marijuana could be harvested from the plantation, which would bring in $160 million. “The plantation is four times larger than the previous record discovery by authorities at a ranch in northern Chihuahua state in 1984,” the Associated Press reports.

►Police across the country will be trying out a new mobile phone app that allows them to scan a suspect’s iris for identification while in the field. An iris scanner attaches to the back of an iPhone;The phone is connected to a database of iris photos for a match. The database comes from iris scans taken from people when they enter and leave prison. The system is expected to raise privacy concerns, Police One reports. BI2 technologies has agreements to provide 1,000 devices to 40 law enforcement agencies.

►The Department of Defense said hackers stole 24,000 sensitive documents in March, the largest amount to be stolen in a single intrusion. Deputy U.S. Secretary of Defense William Lynn said the Pentagon thinks the attack came from another nation rather than a hacker group, the International Business Times reports. In its wake, officials released the Pentagon's official cybersecurity plan, but critics call the plan more defensive than offensive. The DoD has 15,000 networks and around 250,000 potential attackers test the Pentagon’s defenses each hour, IBT reports. 

►In other news, a study says the risk of being a victim of a crime rises near airports. ⇒ The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court ruling that had absolved a police officer who said that when he shot and killed an unarmed fleeing suspect wanted for misdemeanor failure to pay child support, he thought he was pulling his Taser (Henry v. Purnell). ⇒ A public opinion poll finds, not surprisingly, that when problems with building a wall along the southern border with Mexico are highlighted, support for doing so goes down. 



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