Morning Security Brief: Gitmo Detainee Arrested, OS X Security Patch Released, and Data Breach Updates
By Ann Longmore-Etheridge
A former Guantanamo detainee who alleged mistreatment has been arrested by the British on suspicion of terrorist activities in Syria. Apple has issued a security patch for the OS X operating system. The University of Maryland is offering five years of free credit monitoring to victims of a recent personal-information theft. A House committee is investigating the Target computer network Breach.
►Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg was arrested in the United Kingdom yesterday on suspicion of terrorist activites in Syria. Begg is the director of CAGE, a human rights group. According to ABC News, "Begg was arrested by British authorities with three other suspects based on unspecified intelligence, police said. None have been charged with a crime.... Back in 2002, Begg was arrested in Pakistan for suspected activities as a foreign fighter in Afghanistan and transferred to Guantanamo Bay in 2004, but was never charged or convicted for any terrorism-related crimes. He was released from Guantanamo in 2005 in a deal between U.S. and British security officials. After his release, Begg wrote a book in which he claimed he was shackled and beaten while in detention." Experts who spoke with ABC said that there must be a convincing case against Begg or the arrest would not have occurred, as it risks public outcry.
►CNN Money reports that Apple has issued a security patch for OS X , the operating system for Apple computers. Earlier last week, patches for iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches were released. "Security experts said there was no evidence hackers discovered the issue before Apple disclosed it, but Mac users were potentially vulnerable...," the site notes. "Left unfixed, hackers could potentially read private communications sent over Apple devices, including e-mails, instant messages, social media posts, and even online bank transactions."
►The University of Maryland is offering four additional years of credit monitoring for victims of a computer security breach that occurred on February 18, resulting in the release of personal information such as names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and university identification numbers for 309,079 people. The credit monitoring will be of no cost to those whose information was stolen. The Baltimore Sun reports that a "task force on cybersecurity will scan each of the campus' thousands of databases and either purge sensitive personal information or protect it more fully. [The university's president, Wallace D. Loh] said the task force would test the university's security defenses by trying to break into them."
►A U.S. House of Representatives committee is investigating the breach of Target's computer network that resulted in 40 million financial card records and customers' personal information being stolen. According to Reuters, "The committee set a deadline of March 10 for Target to turn over the materials. If the company does not comply, the committee’s majority Republicans have the power to issue a subpoena forcing the company’s compliance."