Morning Security Brief: Wrongful Convictions, Cyberattacks at NATO summit, Prison Riot Leaves One Dead, and More
The National Registry of Exonerations. Hackers target NATO summit. The National Guard is called in to help quell a Mississippi prison riot. And more.
►More than 2,000 people have been freed from prison since 1989 after being wrongly convicted. The University of Michigan Law School and Northwestern University have compiled the largest database of wrongful convictions in an effort to learn more about how and why wrongful convictions happen. “The registry covers the period since DNA came into common use and revealed, to the surprise of many prosecutors and judges, that a significant number of convicted rapists and murderers were innocent,” the Los Angeles Times reports. Illinois has the most exonerations listed in the database, followed by Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles. The National Registry of Exonerations can be found on the University of Michigan Web site.
►A hacking group loosely affiliated with Anonymous launched a cyberattack on Sunday aimed at disrupting the Web sites of the Chicago Police and NATO. DDoS attacks took down the sites for hours, but they appear to be working again. Police and federal authorities are investigating the extent of the attack. A group called antis3curityops took credit for the attacks. On Saturday, three NATO protestors were arrested on terrorism charges after police say they disrupted a plan to firebomb President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters and the home of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
►A riot at a Mississippi prison that houses illegal immigrants left one guard dead and eight injured on Sunday. The riot began in the late afternoon and lasted until authorities retook control of the prison, Adams County Correctional Center, late last night. At one point the prisoners held as many as 24 staff members hostage and a National Guard unit was activated to assist in taking the prison back, WLBT a local news station reported.
►In other news, the military is testing “battle kites” as a option for aerial surveillance and communications. ♦ The United States is selling Iraq UAVs to help the country secure its oil platforms as OPEC steps up production after the troop withdrawal. ♦ And South Korea is developing a plan to stockpile biological attack countermeasures .