Morning Security Brief: Mumbai Bombings, Gun Control, Nuclear Security, and More

By Carlton Purvis


 ►Indian intelligence agencies had no prior indications before three bomb blasts were set off July 13 in Mumbai, killing 18 people and injuring more than 130. Indian officials say there was no intelligence regarding a potential militant threat and that the attackers must have worked “in a very clandestine manner,” Reuters reports. No groups have taken credit for the attack yet, but Indian officials suspect the Indian Mujahideen because of the group’s know use of city bombing campaigns. The bombs targeted Mumbai’s jewelry markets and were detonated with timers.

►A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) rule, issued in December 2010, according to the BBC, but highlighted by a DOJ press release yesterday, requires Southwest gun dealers to contact the authorities when the same buyer purchases multiple weapons where the guns are those typically sought by drug cartels. Dealers in Texas, California, Arizona, and New Mexico are required to contact the ATF when a person purchases more than two semi-automatic rifles that use detachable magazines in a five-day period, the BBC reports. These types of rifles are weapons of choice for the cartels and are often found at violent crime scenes U.S. deputy attorney general said in a statement.

►A white paper from Employment Screening Resources examines the dangers of using mobile phone apps and instant background check Web sites for employee screening. These apps often report inaccurate information, information for the wrong person, and the information is often misused, it says. Using these sites also give potential employers a false sense of security; There is no nationwide criminal database that contains all criminal convictions, so potential employers would be missing an important part of the backgrounding process. “Safety issues can quickly arise when a “clear” background check result is naively interpreted as a promise that the person being searched has no criminal record,” it states.  

►In other news, Paypal’s chief security officer is calling for companies to take steps to identify members of AntiSec. ♦The NRC releases results of a study that used mock terrorists attacks on 24 nuclear facilities. Two facilities were not able to successfully defend themselves. ♦And al Qaeda is calling for cyber-jihad.


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