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Morning Security Brief: Security Convoy in Iraq Hit by Bomb, Mexico Makes Arrests in Border Shooting, Phone Scam, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►A private security convoy traveling through Iraq was hit by a car bomb on Thursday killing four and wounding 14. “It was not immediately clear whether the casualties were bystanders, people traveling the convoy, or both,” the Associated Press reports. The name of the security company has not been released.

►On Wednesday, Mexican troops arrested two men for their involvement in the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent on Tuesday. Agent Nicholas Ivie was shot and killed while responding to alerts from ground sensors in a smuggling corridor near the border town of Naco. Mexico has not released any additional information on the men arrested. A second agent who was shot in the buttocks and the ankle was released from the hospital on Wednesday.

►A federal judge froze the assets of 17 people and 14 companies that are accused of running a scam where “tech support” representatives would call people and convince them their computers had a virus and trick them into signing support contracts after performing a “fix” on the computer. The FTC also shut down 80 domain names and 130 phone numbers used in the scam. The scam was being run from India. "Though the FTC said it could not put a figure on how many people had been scammed, or how much they had lost, Microsoft – which has been working with the commission for the past two years to try to catch the criminals – provided data on more than a thousand people who had been scammed, whose losses averaged $875 each,” The Guardian reports.

►DHS continued to privately distribute an intelligence report that it publicly said was false. ♦ An Australian psychiatric hospital that holds many court-ordered patients will go ahead with a reduction in security staff despite a recent escape. Critics say cutting security will directly add to an increase in duties for the police. ♦ And in Serbia, a Gay Pride March is cancelled by request of the head of Serbia’s Orthodox Church who called it a “parade of shame”, but also amid concerns that right-wing groups would attack the event and cause a repeat of violence in 2010 that left more than 100 people injured.

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