Morning Security Brief: Microsoft’s Greece Headquarters Attacked, CDC Security Lapses, Major FBI Bust, and More
Suspected anarchists launch a brazen attack on Microsoft headquarters in Greece. E-mails tell of security breaches at a CDC infectious disease lab. The FBI busts 24 people in its largest operation against credit card fraud. And more.
►Software giant Microsoft’s Greece headquarters was firebombed early Wednesday morning by three men who drove a van into the front of the building, then poured gasoline in the building. "While a motive was not clear, small armed anarchist or domestic terrorist groups have set off attacks in Greece for decades. They usually target official buildings, banks or symbols of state power with small bombs or incendiary devices and rarely cause injuries,” the Associated Press reports. The men held the building's security guards at gunpoint before backing the van through the front door. Other than the guards, no staff were in the building.
►A CDC bioterrorism lab, already under investigation by Congress, has had several incidents where doors to areas housing infectious materials were left unlocked, according to internal e-mails obtained by USA Today. “The e-mails document doors being left unlocked in the building's high-containment lab block, which includes an animal-holding area and Biosafety Level 3 labs where experiments are done on microbes that can cause serious or potentially fatal diseases and can be spread through the air. Anthrax, monkeypox, dangerous strains of influenza and the SARS virus are examples,” USA Today reports. Bioterror agents were never at risk of falling into the wrong hands, a CDC spokesman said.
►A two-year undercover FBI credit card fraud operation leads to 24 arrests in 13 countries. How they did it: “The FBI set up a carding site called Carder Profit, which sold stolen data, malware used to infect computers, and hacking tools that could be used in an attack. The site was configured in a way to allow the investigators to monitor and record all activities on the site, as well as the IP addresses of the people who came to the site to sell, share, or buy stolen data. Access to the site was restricted to registered users, who had to provide a valid email address,” PCMag.com reports.
►In other news, the AP takes a look at the security preparations for the 2012 London Olympics . ♦ Al Jazeera examines what it would take for Nigeria to combat Boko Haram . ♦ And a paper published recently in the journal Criminology compares how gangs stake out territory to how honeybees stake out territory .