Morning Security Brief: Mother’s Day Shooting, Airport Security Agreement, and New Hacking Threat
A shooting during a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans has wounded 19 people, a homeland security agreement with Abu Dhabi International Airport is drawing criticism, and Microsoft is warning of new malware that targets Facebook accounts.
► Two children were among the 19 people wounded after unknown parties opened fire at an impromptu Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans on Sunday. Three victims were seriously wounded while the others were grazed by gunfire. Officials do not know who is responsible for the shooting , though the FBI is calling it “a flare-up of street violence,” according to a report by the Associated Press.
► The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has entered into an agreement to extend “pre-clearance” status to Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Pre-clearance status allows U.S.-bound passengers to get advance approval to enter the country. According to NBC News, the agreement has drawn criticism from lawmakers who feel that it will draw scarce resources away from homeland security tasks at domestic airports. The United States has pre-clearance agreements with 15 other locations, in Canada, Aruba, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and Ireland.
► According to an article at CNET, Microsoft has issued a warning about new malware that targets Facebook accounts. The malware poses as a Google Chrome extension or a Firefox add-on. Once downloaded, the malware can hijack a Facebook account and perform standard actions, including posting provocative messages. The malware currently seems to target users in Brazil. However, Microsoft warns that the malware could easily be modified for use in other regions.