Morning Security Brief: CBP Audit, Unauthorized Prison Visits, The Met Cites Human Error in Data Breach, and More
Audit finds CBP employees with smuggling and attempted murder on their criminals records. Former officer uses his credentials to visit lover in jail. The London Metropolitan police accidentally share victims' email addresses. And more.
►U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) leaves private sector port facilities that store cargo at risk because it doesn’t require background checks for CBP employees who work there, according to a new Inspector General report. “The IG office surveyed 41 facilities at five US ports, screening 203 employees. It discovered that 24 of those employees had criminal records for violations such as drug trafficking, attempted murder, alien smuggling, kidnapping, and assault and battery,” Homeland Security Today reports. In its report the IG said CBP is lacking rules about vetting employees who work at bonded facilities and the tools to verify the identities of those employees.
►Jailers in Oklahoma County are being told to “ask more questions” when members of other law enforcement agencies come to visit its inmates after a former police officer from another city used his credentials to visit his fiancée six times last year. Dawud Ali, of Oklahoma City, was charged Tuesday with six felony counts of unauthorized entry into a prison institution. Oklahoma County sheriff John Whetsel says Ali even wore his old uniforms to visits his fiancée who was in jail for shooting a gun at a neighbor’s house.
►The London Metropolitan Police accidentally sent 1,000 crime victims each others' e-mail addresses this week. “The Metropolitan police said e-mails were sent out to 1,136 victims, mostly of car theft or pickpockets, as part of a survey on 30 January. But the addresses were put in the wrong section of the email, which meant they were shared with other victims,” the Guardian reports. A Met spokesperson said no other details were released. A spokesperson for the Information Commissioner's Office said the case was being examined and the office could be fined up to £500,000 for the data breach.
►The Milwaukee County Sheriff finds outs that a 2006 court ruling says a sheriff can decide who can get out of jail on electric monitoring and returns 61 people back to jail . ♦ An interactive feature from the Associated Press shows how people end up on the no-fly list . ♦ And federal authorities seize 307 domains ahead of the Super Bowl for illegally streaming live sports or selling counterfeit memorabilia.