Morning Security Brief: Norwegian Tragedy, Heroism, and Security; Drug Cartels; Use of Force; and More

By Carlton Purvis


►In the face of a horrific mass killing by a right-wing fanatic who methodically attacked unarmed minors at an Island camp, the people of Norway will now face the same tough security choices that the U.S. and other nations that have suffered attacks have been grappling with, notes the Wall Street Journal. Though this was not an attack from an international terror organization, the International Business Times notes that Wikileaks cables showed that as far back as 2009 U.S. officials prodded Norway to increase its security. One specific cable said that Norwegian law enforcement felt that international terror organizations were not a direct threat against Norway. “Other diplomatic documents noted that Oslo officials thought their nation was ‘immune’ from terrorist attacks,” the International Business Times reports. The Telegraph reports on a German tourists heroism that saved 30 lives during the incident.

►The Los Angeles times has a feature, “Unraveling Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel,” on how cartels move drugs from Mexico into the United States. The piece, the first in a series, uses interviews from convicted cartel members along with DEA reports, transcripts of testimony, and information gathered from phone surveillance. It details techniques and countermeasures cartels use to traffic their most valuable loads, among other information. 

►Victoria, the second most populous state in Australia, is considering stricter regulation for the security industry after incidents involving use of force by casino bouncers. Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu asked Victoria Police for advice on whether more regulation of the security industry was needed after video emerged of security at the Crown casino roughing up two off-duty police officers, the Herald Sun reports. A man died earlier this month after he was pushed to the ground and restrained by Crown bouncers. The Herald Sun says it obtained a copy of a Crown tactics manual that teaches staff to use “violent body blows.”

►Websense encourages Internet users to use caution when clicking search results to breaking news stories after a Facebook scam based on the Olso, Norway, attacks spread across the Web at the rate of one user per second. “Tragedy is just one type of news that the bad guys use to exploit, compromise, and infect your computer. Videos are an especially popular lure. We saw the same thing when Osama bin Laden died and when Casey Anthony was acquitted,” Websense said in a statement. Websense said that searching for breaking news and recent trends actually presented a higher risk than searching for objectionable content like pornography. “During times of crisis or breaking news, your best bet is to stick with the largest news organizations you trust. Avoid the potentially dangerous halls of search engines and social media sites, which are more susceptible to compromise and manipulation,” it states.

►In other news, Memphis, Tennessee officials are cracking down on human trafficking. ⇒ Pakistan introduces its first UAV squadron.⇒ And CNN says LulzSec and Anonymous are the least of your hacker worries, calling them the equivalent of prank callers and graffiti artists.


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