Morning Security Brief: Anonymous Takes on the Cartels, Use of Force, Another Militia Plot Foiled, and More
Anonymous crossing into dangerous territory as it squares off against Los Zetas. Another militia member arrested with ricin plans. Security guards in a San Jose neighborhood are accused of abusing their power. And more.
►It seems the hacker collective Anonymous may be moving into more dangerous waters as they try and flex their cyber muscle in the faces of Mexican cartels. After a member of Anonymous was kidnapped by Los Zetas cartel, the hackers threatened to make public 25,000 Mexican government emails containing the names of Zetas members and associates. On Friday, the hacker was released by the cartel. After the release was confirmed, a spokesperson for Anonymous said that it would not be releasing the emails, but would be passing them to the German magazine, Der Spiegel. The story doesn’t end there though; it actually gets more dangerous. The Zetas gave the hacker a message to deliver to Anonymous saying that for every name released, 10 people would be killed – starting with the freed hacker’s family, MSNBC reports.
►Mary Ann Morgan, the secretary of Alaska Peacemakers Militia, the group accused in a plot to kill state troopers and federal judges earlier this year, was stopped trying to enter Canada at a border crossing. After declaring a weapon, despite being a convicted felon barred from carrying firearms in Alaska, Canadian border agents turned her over to U.S. authorities. A search of her vehicle turned up a pistol, instructions on making a pipe bomb, and extensive research on production of ricin -- which seems to be a weapon of choice among right-wing militias in the United States. The vehicle contained “little to no personal effects,” according to court documents. “Where Ms. Morgan was headed, and why, is unknown, but the items she carried with her speak volumes about her future course,” wrote assistant U.S. attorney Steven Skrocki in a statement asking a judge to deny her bail.
►A neighborhood in California had such a gang problem that a judge ordered landlords in the area to hire their own private security guards. Now residents are saying the threat comes from aggressive security guards who have assaulted and sexually harassed residents of the San Jose neighborhood of Santee. The guards and their parent companies deny wrongdoing, saying the guards’ actions were in self-defense, but postings on the Facebook page of a supervisor brag about pepper spraying and using submission holds on residents. Security guards are allowed to use force in self-defense, but they should only be reporting crimes to the police, Jeffrey Mason, chief of the state's Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, told the Mercury News.
►Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, home of the 101st Airborne Division, will be adding an automated gate entry system to eliminate the need for interaction with gate guards. Once the new system is implemented, soldiers, contractors, and family members will only need to swipe their ID cards in a scanner to get on base. “The scanners read the card, which double checks the driver's information in databases, as a guard on duty visually checks the vehicle for anything suspicious,” Military.com reports. The scanners will also have the ability to operate on a "trusted traveler" model, which eliminates the need to scan passenger IDs. ⇒ Documents show that in the L.A. County jail, the most inexperienced guards were responsible for guarding the most dangerous inmates , causing the highest number of use-of-force incidents to be among rookies. ⇒ And the GAO says CBP should do more research before throwing millions of dollars at border security technology, recommending that CBP document the justification of new technologies, determine mission benefits, and conduct post-implementation reviews of what they already have.