Morning Security Brief: Olympic Threats A Hoax, False Alarm at OU Campus, And Fraudulent Contractors
A widely-circulated terrorist threat against attendees of the Winter Olympics is a hoax, according to officials. The University of Oklahoma responds to reports of a shooting on campus that turn out to be a false alarm. And a federal contractor has fraudulently obtained millions of dollars from the government.
►Terrorist threats against U.S. and European national teams at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, were determined to be a hoax , according to the International Olympic Committee. “I am very pleased to inform everyone that both the IOC and the Sochi organizing committee…declared after the analysis of the letter that this threat is not real,” said Zsigmond Nagy of the Hungarian Olympic Committee. IOC officials learned that the e-mail threats had been sent from a location outside of Russia by a person who has previously made empty threats, according to The New York Times. However, tensions are still high in Sochi, where 40,000 Russian security troops are present at Olympic venues and wanted posters of suspected independence fighters have been circulated among the hospitality industry.
►The University of Oklahoma’s campus briefly shut down yesterday after reports of a shooting in one of the academic buildings, according to CNN. However, the incident turned out to be a false alarm , reported after a machine backfired, according to OU President David Boren. “At this time, there is no evidence that shots were fired,” Boren said. An additional search of the building was conducted before students were allowed back in, he said. The university told students to shelter in place for more than 30 minutes while city and campus first responders cleared the building where the report was made.
►A security firm that conducted background investigations on Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis has defrauded the U.S. government of millions of dollars, according to the Justice Department. The company, U.S. Investigations Services, submitted more than 650,000 investigations that had not been completed. The discovery highlights the government’s dependence on contractors, as well as the need for stronger vetting of such companies, according to The New York Times. From 2008 to 2012, about 40 percent of investigations were fraudulently submitted by the company, according to the Justice Department.