Morning Security Brief: No Inauguration Arrests, Student Expelled After Alerting School of Security Flaw, Guards Plan Protest

By Carlton Purvis

►Police in Washington made no arrests on inauguration day despite scattered protests and reports of vandalism.

►A student at Montreal University was expelled after finding a network flaw that allowed access to personal information for more than 250,000 students. Computer science major Ahmed Al-Khabaz was building a mobile app for the school’s software development club when he discovered a flaw in the university's database that would allow “anyone with a basic knowledge of computers” access to all student information. After he alerted the school, he was asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement and later expelled for running a program to check if the vulnerability had been fixed.

►Private security guards from government buildings in Connecticut are planning a march through the state’s capital for Wednesday. The guards work for SOS Security, a company they accuse of unfair labor practices. “Last month, a union filed an unfair labor practice charge on the workers' behalf with the National Labor Relations Board, claiming the company conducted an illegal surveillance of employees after an officer was allegedly threatened for engaging in union activity,” the AP reports.

►An increase in security is likely, but oil companies in Algeria have no plans to leave the country despite last week’s hostage incident. ♦ Factory workers at an electric company in Shanghai held their mangers hostage after a new policy was implemented limiting bathroom breaks to two minutes and imposing a fine for coming late to work. ♦ And Colombia refuses to extend a two-month cease-fire with the FARC. The government says the FARC failed to hold up it’s end of the deal, noting 52 violations if the agreement.



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