Morning Security Brief: Search for New Homeland Security Chief, Cybercrime Trends, and More
New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is recommended for the top homeland security job, cybercrime as a business, and some protests turn violent after the verdict is announced in the Zimmerman trial.
► NBC News is reporting that lawmakers have called the White House to recommend New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly as the next Secretary of Homeland Security . Sen. Chuck Schumer made a call to the President to advocate for Kelly saying that “he’s run a very large organization, the NYPD, extremely well for over a decade.” Reports surfaced on Friday that Janet Napolitano, who served in the top spot at the Department of Homeland Security under President Obama, is resigning her post to take over as the president of the University of California system. Homeland Security News Wire rounds up other reports of other names being floated , including retired Coast Guard head Thad Allen and Representative Mike Rogers (R-Michigan), a former FBIagent who now chairs the House Intelligence Committee.
► Two interesting stories on cybercrime, one from IT-Sideways, reports "In the paper Cybercrime Exposed by Raj Samani, Vice President and CTO of McAfee EMEA, McAfee exposes the shift that has placed cybercrime in the hands of everyday people." It describes how anyone can buy cybercrime tools sold as a service. And The New York Times has a piece on how hackers now sell vulnerabilities to the highest bidder , often governments that will use it to conduct spying, rather than to the companies whose software has the hole and who want to fix the flaw.
► Also in the news, CNN reports that, while most of the protests were peaceful, part of Los Angeles saw more violent demonstrations in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict. George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Protesters in LA threw “flashlight batteries, rocks, and chunks of concrete toward police.” The police responded by firing bean bags at the protesters. Federal prosecutors, who have held a federal case against Zimmerman open for a year, are now considering filing civil rights charges, according to the Associated Press, noting that “experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation.”