Morning Security Brief: Security Contractors, A Warning to Pakistan, Adobe Bug Fixed, and More

By Carlton Purvis


►In the small town of Foley, Minnesota (population 2,600), lawmakers are pulling deputies off the streets and a private security firm will replace them. The city said it will save more than $80,000 by replacing the deputies with personnel from General Security Services Corporation. The contractors will carry firearms and make citizen’s arrests, but will not make traffic stops or investigate crimes. The sheriff’s department would still respond to 911 calls. “City leaders say it's a unique response to the budget crunch caused by cuts in state aid, but one other cities may soon consider emulating,” Minnesota Public Radio reports. If things go well, the council will consider hiring a police chief to oversee the contractors saying it would be cheaper to renew a contract with the county sheriff.

►A U.S. delegation arrived in Pakistan on Thursday to deliver a warning that there would be consequences if the country continues to act as a safe haven for terrorists – especially the Haqqani Network. “…a senior administration official said that the delegation would make it clear that if the Pakistanis did not act against insurgents like the Haqqani network, then the United States would have to,” the New York Times reported. Officials say “soft love hasn’t worked” in Pakistan and that the country has failed to sever ties with extremists operating in the tribal areas. Pakistan has yet to officially respond.

►Adobe says that it has fixed a bug that would allow hackers to spy on people using their own webcams. Adobe said the problem was not something on customer’s computers but the Flash Player settings on its own servers. Stanford University computer science student Feross Aboukhadijeh first found the vulnerability and posted a demo online. He said it could be set up like a “clickjacking” attack. “In this case, someone could click on a series of buttons, ostensibly as part of a game, and instead have turned on the camera or microphone without knowing it,” CNET reported.

►Before this week in Washington, D.C., driving with expired tags meant jail time for the driver. The D.C. council adopted emergency legislation this week that would repeal criminal penalties, replacing them with fines instead.→ Questions still surround who shot former Libyan president Moammar Gaddafi. → And NATO officials met to determine when to end the air strikes in Libya. "We will terminate our mission in coordination with the UN and the National Transitional Council,” NATO secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.


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