Morning Security Brief: Dorner Gets $1 Million Bounty, Horsemeat Scandal, Social Media Software, and More
LAPD offering $1 million for information on rogue officer. Britain’s food fraud scandal. New software mines social media. And more.
►The Los Angeles Police Department is offering a $1 million reward for information that leads to the capture of former police officer Christopher Dorner, who is suspected of killing three people, including another policeman's daughter. After a major manhunt to locate Dorner, the trail has gone cold. Around 50 police officers and their families are under protection over fears that they are on Dorner’s "hit list."
►Britain’s food fraud scandal may reach the courts . Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, in a recent interview, called the contamination a case of fraud against the public. Several supermarkets have pulled beef items and admitted that some contain up to 100 percent horsemeat . “I will be taking it up with certain ministers and also with the commission in Europe, because this is overall a European commission competence … It is absolutely unacceptable that consumers are being passed off with one product when they buy another ," Paterson told the BBC. “It looks as if this conspiracy, criminal conspiracy, criminal action, whatever you want to call it, may be extensive,” he said.
►Raytheon, the world’s fifth largest defense contractor, has created a new software that can track people on social media and predict future behavior based on online activity. The software “can display on a spider diagram the associations and relationships between individuals online by looking at who they have communicated with over Twitter. It can also mine data from Facebook and sift GPS location information from Foursquare, a mobile phone app used by more than 25 million people to alert friends of their whereabouts. The Foursquare data can be used to display, in graph form, the top 10 places visited by tracked individuals and the times at which they visited them,” The Guardian reports. Raytheon says it hasn’t sold the product to any companies yet.
►In other news, 36 people die in a stampede at the Allahabad train station in India. “Tens of thousands of people were waiting to board a train when railway officials announced a last-minute change in the platform, triggering the chaos,” The Guardian reports. ♦ Cybersecurity firm Bit9 admits it was hacked . ♦ And DHS delays deploying ground sensors on the Southwest border.