Morning Security Brief: Attorney Sued Over Records Request, Venezuelan Diplomat Expelled, Symantec Hacked, and More
The City of Seattle sues a defense attorney for requesting dash cam video. A Venezuelan diplomat is being asked to leave the country for her involvement in plots against the United States. Symantec confirms it was hacked. And more.
►In an unusual move, the City of Seattle is suing a criminal defense attorney for requesting dash cam footage that may prove police misconduct during arrests. Defense attorney James Egan says he believes dash cam videos for two cases he handled will prove police misconduct. He requested those videos along with 36 other videos involving the same officers. The city refused to provide the footage, citing privacy laws. When Egan appealed, the city sued him. The city said it would abide by the court’s decision if a judge rules the videos should be made public, but “the Washington privacy act prevents the footage from being made public until the final disposition of related litigation. That is, until the officers can no longer be sued for what they did in the video,” the ABAJournal.com reports. "The idea that you can't get a video until three years later is self protectionism…They don't want the public to know the skeletons in their closets,” Egan said.
►A Venezuelan diplomat has until Tuesday to leave the country after she was accused of being a part of a cyberattack plot against the United States . “Acosta Noguera is accused of discussing attacking the US government's computer systems with the Iranian and Cuban embassies when she was based in Mexico,” ABC News reports. Her involvement in the plot was first revealed in a Spanish language documentary that aired on Univision, according to media reports. Univision interviewed a Mexican student who said he was recruited by a professor who wanted to wage cyberattacks on the United States and infiltrate the Web sites of the White House, the FBI, the Pentagon and U.S. nuclear plants. “Munoz told Univision he secretly recorded a meeting in 2008 with Acosta , who was then the cultural attache of the Venezuelan Embassy in Mexico,” CNN reports. Acosta Noguera can be heard on the recording saying the hackers should send the information straight to Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
►Symantec has confirmed that India-based members of Anonymous have stolen the source code for Symantec’s anti-virus software. Symantec didn’t discover the hack until Wednesday after the hacker collective posted bits of the code on an Internet forum. A spokesperson for Symantec told Venturebeat that the stolen code is outdated and that no consumer products have been compromised. This attack comes on the heels of a recent breach of Stratfor’s database where Anonymous released 9,000 credit cards numbers, e-mail addresses, and login information for Stratfor subscribers.
►In other news, a joint study between the Science and Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the University of Miami found that one of 55 backboards used to stabilize patients during transport by EMS were still contaminated with at least 11 types of bacteria and dangerous microorganisms, even after being cleaned. ♦ The Kenya Security Industry Association, a group of private security companies that operate in the country, has received credible intelligence that members of Al Shabaab are actively seeking to “steal uniforms of private security companies and pose as private security guards, with the express intention of carrying out terrorist acts.” The association chairman says companies should make sure to perform proper vetting of new employees and be vigilant to avoid situations where others can access their uniforms. ♦ And a U.S. Army infantry unit in Tacoma is on lockdown after laser-targeting gun sights, night-vision goggles, and weapons scopes went missing on Wednesday.