Justice Department Files Notice to Appeal and Intends to Petition for Immediate Supreme Court Review in DACA Lawsuit
The Department of Justice today filed a notice of appeal in The Regents of the University of California and Janet Napolitano v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Elaine Duke seeking review before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Department also intends later this week to take the rare step of filing a petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment, seeking direct review in the Supreme Court.
“It defies both law and common sense for DACA—an entirely discretionary non-enforcement policy that was implemented unilaterally by the last administration after Congress rejected similar legislative proposals and courts invalidated the similar DAPA policy—to somehow be mandated nationwide by a single district court in San Francisco,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “It is clear that Acting Secretary Duke acted within her discretion to rescind this policy with an orderly wind down. This was done both to give Congress an opportunity to act on this issue and in light of ongoing litigation in which the injunction against DAPA had already been affirmed by the Supreme Court. We are now taking the rare step of requesting direct review on the merits of this injunction by the Supreme Court so that this issue may be resolved quickly and fairly for all the parties involved.”
Bureau of Prisons Tests Micro-Jamming Technology in Federal Prison to Prevent Contraband Cell Phones
On January 17, 2018, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), in collaboration with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission, conducted a test of micro-jamming technology at the Federal Correctional Institution at Cumberland, Maryland. The test was conducted to determine if micro-jamming could prevent wireless communication by an inmate using a contraband device at the individual cell housing unit level.
Prior to this test, the BOP had conducted a limited cellphone jamming demonstration with NTIA in 2010, at the same field site in Cumberland supporting NTIA’s congressionally-mandated study of cellphone interdiction technologies.
As part of the Jan. 17 test, NTIA conducted an independent evaluation of micro-jamming technology to determine its efficacy and interference potential with Radio Frequency communications. The BOP and NTIA will review the data and analysis results from both BOP’s and NTIA’s testing and develop recommendations for strategic planning and possible acquisition.
“Contraband cell phones in prisons pose a major and growing security threat to correctional officers, law enforcement officials, and the general public,” said Assistant Attorney General Beth Williams of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy. “As criminals increase their technological capacity to further criminal activity from within prisons, we must also explore technologies to prevent this from happening. This test is part of our ongoing efforts to find a solution.”
Contraband cellphones have been an ongoing correctional security and public safety concern for the BOP as well as for state and local correctional agencies across the country. Contraband phones are used to further ongoing criminal activity, including threats to public officials, intimidation of witnesses, and continuance of criminal enterprises.
The BOP will continue to evaluate cell phone detection technologies and work with its federal partners and Congress to achieve cost-effective options to combat this threat to corrections and public safety. The agency does not endorse any specific vendor or product.
CBP’s Air and Marine Operations in Miami Partners with U.S. Marshals Service during Coordinated Takedown
MIAMI—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Air and Marine Operations (AMO) Miami Air and Marine Branch (MAMB), working in partnership with the U.S. Marshals Service for the Southern District of Florida Special Operations Group and Miami-Dade Police Department, provided air support during the arrest of a high-risk fugitive with ties dating back to Miami’s “cocaine cowboys” era.
CBP Air and Marine Operations Miami Air and Marine Branch crews with Air Crew Rifle Operators (ACROs) used sophisticated surveillance equipment and streamed live video as part of the multi-agency operations on Jan. 12. Additionally, Marine Interdiction Agents from the Miami and Key Largo Marine Units supported the U.S. Marshals Service tactical commander with communications assistance.
Once law enforcement personnel arrived at the residence, the suspect attempted to evade authorities on an ATV and then on foot. The AMO crew located the individual and directed ground agents to his location for the arrest. The suspect was on the run for four years. Authorities also recovered a cache of weapons and $36,700 in cash.
“Partnership efforts and community involvement are extremely important to U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s mission,” said Martin Wade, Director of the Miami Air and Marine Branch. “This coordinated enforcement effort is a shining example of our ability to support our partner law enforcement agencies in apprehending a very high profile and dangerous fugitive.”
The mission of CBP's Air and Marine Operations is to serve and protect the American people. AMO applies advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities and employs a unique skill set to preserve America’s security interest. Air and Marine Operation’s day-to-day operations along Florida’s coastline involve patrolling the seas and skies, intercepting contraband, catching smugglers, and assisting in rescue and recovery operations.
Partnership efforts and community involvement are extremely important to U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s mission. CBP asks you to report maritime smuggling and other suspicious activities through 1-800-BE-ALERT or after hours toll-free number 1-800- 562-5943.
For breaking news and information updates from U.S. Customs and Border Protection follow @CustomsBorder @CBPFlorida and CBPCaribbean on Twitter. File footage is available through U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs via the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17, 2018 -- NATSO Foundation President Lisa Mullings today told members of the House Committee on Homeland Security that the truckstop and travel plaza industry plays a vital role in combating human trafficking that takes place along the nation's Interstate Highway System. NATSO was invited to participate as an example of the positive role that the private sector can play in the fight against human trafficking.
"As an industry, our primary goal was not only to rally behind an important cause but also to have a real impact," said Mullings. "The multi-faceted approach taken by the truckstop and travel plaza industry illustrates that private enterprise can make a consequential difference in the fight against human trafficking. When companies take the time to learn about it and invest resources into combatting it, it can make a real difference in changing lives for the better. We thought it was important for Congress to know this."
Mullings briefed the House Homeland Security Committee about the multi-pronged anti-human trafficking initiative undertaken by the NATSO Foundation on behalf of the entire truckstop and travel plaza industry.
Specifically, Mullings cited the NATSO Foundation's partnership with the Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign to distribute public awareness materials that truckstops can post in their locations.
As an industry that caters to millions of travelers every year, truckstops and travel plazas and their employees are in a key position to help identify and report suspected incidents of human trafficking. Although there is no official estimate for the total number of U.S. human trafficking victims, it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of adults and minors are victims of human trafficking each year in the United States — many of whom are moved from state to state along our Interstate Highway System.
"Our partnership with DHS and the law enforcement community helps ensure that the millions of Americans who stop at truckstops and travel plazas nationwide are educated about human trafficking and able to assist in the transportation sector's fight against this crime," Mullings said.
The NATSO Foundation has been helping members of the truckstop and travel plaza community engage in the fight against human trafficking since 2012. The NATSO Foundation's goal is to provide the truckstop and travel plaza industry with the necessary tools to train owners, operators and employees so that those individuals are equipped to help if they encounter a victim of this horrible crime.
The NATSO Foundation provides the industry with an online education course, titled "The Role of Truckstops in Combating Human Trafficking," to help truckstops and travel plazas train their staff in recognizing and responding to suspected incidents of human trafficking. The course is available on the NATSO Foundation's website free of charge so that any member of the truckstop and travel plaza industry can leverage this educational resource. The course can be accessed at www.natso.com/onlinelearning.
The NATSO Foundation is the research, education and public outreach subsidiary of NATSO. NATSO is the trade association of America's travel plaza and truckstop industry. Founded in 1960, NATSO represents the industry on legislative and regulatory matters; serves as the official source of information on the diverse travel plaza and truckstop industry; provides education to its members; conducts an annual convention and trade show; and supports efforts to generally improve the business climate in which its members operate.
Last week, cyber security researchers revealed two major security flaws that allegedly affect processing chips in a large number of devices. The world was taken by surprise, and virtually every tech company has had to look at the potential impact of these flaws on their products. Taking the security of HID products extremely seriously, we are in the process of doing a thorough investigation of these flaws, which are known as “Meltdown” and “Spectre.”
Given this complex situation that has shaken the world of computer security, we have analyzed all HID products for these two vulnerabilities in processors, and we present our initial findings here. While we design defense-to-attack into our product development practices and the vast majority of our products are not vulnerable to Meltdown or Spectre, the third-party operating systems that are beyond our control may be. Consequently, we urge customers to be sure to install the latest patches for the operating systems of their devices.
We would encourage all customers to review the following information carefully. HID’s Technical Support team is available if you have any questions or require further clarifications. For detailed technical conversations, you can also email [email protected]. If you want to communicate something in a confidential manner, we urge you to visit the security pages at www.hidglobal.com/security-center where you will find HID’s guidelines and responsible disclosure policy.
We have arranged the following information in generic “product groupings” and have addressed specific areas. If you cannot locate your product of interest, please do not hesitate to contact us.
All HID products, drivers, etc installed on Windows, Linux or MacOS
All products, drivers, interfaces, applications etc. that HID has authored rely on the underlying operating system principles of third-parties, and the associated processor hardware, and, therefore, MAY be vulnerable to Spectre and Meltdown, depending on the platform that you have installed these on. We urge you to contact the developer of the operating system to obtain and install the latest patches provided.
All HID products, drivers, etc installed on iOS or Android
All “apps” that HID has authored rely on the underlying operating system principles of a third-party, and processor hardware, and therefore MAY be vulnerable to Spectre and Meltdown, depending on the platform that you have installed these on. We urge you to visit your device manufacturer website for their input on next steps you should take.
All HID products delivered through Web Presence
All of our hosted infrastructure has industry-standard best practices applied, preventing malware of any kind from being applied and/or installed. For the Spectre or Meltdown vulnerabilities to be exploited, malware would have to be installed into our systems. Despite our defense in depth, we are actively working with our vendors to understand patching approaches to the underlying third-party computing platforms to providing protection from Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities
We utilize industry-standard security modules (HSM) and we are working with our vendors to understand their position. We will update customers in the event we have relevant information, but at this stage we are a “closed system” and the attack surface is small and heavily protected.
All HID products delivered as a Virtual Machine
HID products delivered as a virtual machine may be susceptible to Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, because the virtual machine is running on a third-party virtualization platform. Therefore, it is the third-party platform that will require patching and updating. We urge you to contact the provider of your virtualization platform for further information and patches.
All HID Products delivered as an Appliance
All of our products delivered as appliances have industry-standard best practices applied in order to prevent malware of any kind being installed. Malware would have to be installed for the Spectre or Meltdown vulnerabilities to be exploited. Nevertheless, HID is actively working with our vendors to understand patching approaches to the underlying computing platforms and we will update this post in the event that have more information
Specific Point Product Discussions
HID Lumidigm Fingerprint Sensors
Our devices are not vulnerable to the Spectre or Meltdown attacks; however, the third-party operating system support in the connected host may be vulnerable depending upon your patch level. We urge customers to ensure that the latest operating system patches available are installed in these upstream computing platforms.
HID Fargo Card Printers
Our current shipping printers are not vulnerable to Spectre or Meltdown attacks.
Cards and Credentials (including ActivID tokens)
None of our physical card or credential technologies are susceptible to either of Spectre of Meltdown
The Spectre and Meltdown issues do not affect our “VertX Evo”, “EDGE EVO”, and “EDGE EVO Solo” controllers.
Similarly, our Mercury controller product lines are not vulnerable to Spectre or Meltdown attacks
HID credential encoders themselves are not vulnerable to either Meltdown or Spectre attacks; however, the host systems may be and we urge customers to upgrade to the latest patch level available.
None of our embedded range of products are susceptible to Spectre or Meltdown; however, because these are connected devices, any upstream devices may be vulnerable. We urge customers who are using connected devices to check the patch level of the host device system and to make appropriate decisions on patching based on upstream third-party system processor platforms.
Readers – Physical Access
None of our physical access reader products are affected by the Spectre or Meltdown vulnerabilities. However, our reader products are connected upstream and we urge customers to check these upstream devices for vulnerability and to upgrade all third-party operating system patch levels to guard against any potential threats.
Readers – Logical Access
None of our logical access reader range of products are susceptible to Spectre or Meltdown. However, these are (typically) USB-connected devices and the host may be susceptible. We urge customers to check the patch level of the host device system and to make appropriate decisions on patching based on upstream, third-party system processor platforms.
DHS, DOJ Report: Three Out of Four Individuals Convicted Of International Terrorism and Terrorism-Related Offenses Were Foreign-Born
On January 3, 2018, select DHS employees received notification letters that they may have been impacted by a privacy incident related to the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) Case Management System. The privacy incident did not stem from a cyber-attack by external actors, and the evidence indicates that affected individual’s personal information was not the primary target of the unauthorized unauthorized transfer of data.
Message Received by Affected DHS Employees
This message is to inform you of a privacy incident involving a database used by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG). You may have been impacted by this privacy incident if you were employed by DHS in 2014, or if you were associated with a DHS OIG investigation from 2002 through 2014.
On May 10, 2017, as part of an ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by DHS OIG and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, DHS OIG discovered an unauthorized copy of its investigative case management system in the possession of a former DHS OIG employee.
This privacy incident involved the release of personally identifiable information (PII) contained in the DHS OIG case management system and affects two groups of individuals. The first group consists of approximately 247,167 current and former federal employees that were employed by DHS in 2014 (the “DHS Employee Data”). The second group is comprised of individuals (i.e., subjects, witnesses, and complainants) associated with DHS OIG investigations from 2002 through 2014 (the “Investigative Data”).
The privacy incident did not stem from a cyber-attack by external actors, and the evidence indicates that affected individual’s personal information was not the primary target of the unauthorized exfiltration.
All individuals potentially affected by this privacy incident are being offered 18 months of free credit monitoring and identity protection services. Notification letters were sent to all current and former employees who were potentially affected by the DHS Employee Data on December 18, 2017. Due to technological limitations, DHS is unable to provide direct notice to the individuals affected by the Investigative Data. Therefore, if you were associated with a DHS OIG investigation from 2002 through 2014, you may contact AllClear ID at (855) 260-2767 for information on credit monitoring and identity protections services.
The Department of Homeland Security takes very seriously the obligation to serve the Department’s employees and is committed to protecting the information in which they are entrusted. Please be assured that we will make every effort to ensure this does not happen again. DHS is implementing additional security precautions to limit which individuals have access to this information and will better identify unusual access patterns. We will continue to review our systems and practices in order to better secure data. DHS OIG has also implemented a number of security precautions to further secure the DHS OIG network.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. See below for additional information you may find useful.
Phillip S. Kaplan Chief Privacy Officer U.S. Department of Homeland Security
DRESDEN, Germany- Cognitec Systems, the face recognition company, has significantly extended the feature set of its FaceVACS-DBScan product. The latest release combines the company’s renowned image database search technology with powerful video inspection tools for a multitude of investigation use cases.
“This tool will bring a new level of search automation and efficiency to the investigative workflow.”
FaceVACS-DBScan LE enables fast import of video footage and detailed investigations of the extracted facial images. Agents can find known or unknown persons in multiple videos to quickly narrow down suspect investigations. The investigation can reveal, for example, if a suspect was seen in various locations within a set time window, always with the same group of persons, or in one location too many times during the day.
With one click, the investigator can add the facial image seen in a video frame to a local database. If a person is already known, the technology can quickly compare the facial image to all connected databases and instantly display a candidate list of possible matches.
“Searching through hours of video material continues to be one of the most tedious investigation tasks for law enforcement professionals,” says Alfredo Herrera, Cognitec CEO. “This tool will bring a new level of search automation and efficiency to the investigative workflow.”
This product release maintains established features that have been in successful use for years by law enforcement professionals worldwide. Investigators can compare facial images from any source to multi-million image databases and instantly view a match list of the most similar faces. The use of image enhancement tools can improve match results, and side-by-side image inspections allow for precise match evaluation of probe and candidate image.
Cognitec develops market-leading face recognition technologies and applications for enterprise and government customers around the world. Various independent evaluation tests have proven the premier performance of the FaceVACS® software. Cognitec’s portfolio includes products for facial database search, video screening and analytics, border control, ICAO compliant photo capturing and facial image quality assessment. Corporate headquarters are located in Dresden, Germany; other offices in Rockland, MA and Sydney, Australia.
DALLAS, Dec. 21, 2017 -- Orion Communications, a provider of Public Safety workforce management software, announced today that the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) in conjunction with the MA Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) has selected Orion's AgencyWeb® solution to centralize workforce management processes for the 3,000 MSP employees located throughout the Commonwealth. The AgencyWeb® solution will be used to consolidate data systems and streamline business practices related to scheduling, deployment of resources, training, supply management and asset tracking.
"We are very excited about working with MSP and helping them realize the efficiencies of online automation using their own business rules," states Orion's President, Leslie DeLatte. "Using their new AgencyWeb® system, MSP leaders will be able to monitor and analyze workforce data in real-time for data-driven insight regarding resource planning, compliance management and policy decision making."
The new AgencyWeb® solution will centralize data accessibility for all MSP personnel throughout the Commonwealth. Each employee will have mobile access for remote viewing of assignments and self-services. Previous paper-based processes will be replaced using automated workflows based on the agency's collective bargaining agreements and business process rules.
Decision makers and command staff will have real-time information regarding available human and material resources ready for deployment. Supervisors will access real-time information regarding time-off requests, approvals, and backfills so that assignments can be issued fairly and equitably. Time and attendance and extra-duty detail assignments will be enforced based on union rules, policies and procedures.
Employees will be able to initiate self-service functionalities, such as time-off and overtime requests, vacation and shift bidding to name a few. Sworn personnel will receive and be able to acknowledge court notifications in real-time. Asset issuance and employee training will be managed using one platform. Disparate data sources will be consolidated for a comprehensive picture of sworn personnel and their training, certifications, special skills, vehicle, weaponry, and equipment.
The MSP AgencyWeb® project kicked off in December 2017 with project completion by June 30th, 2018.
About Orion Communications, Inc. As workforce management and data interface experts, Orion Communications is a leading provider of public safety workforce management software. Orion's AgencyWeb® solution helps agencies simplify complex workforce management processes and reduce labor cost. Orion has been serving the public safety industry since 1998 and is a certified women-owned business headquartered in Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visit www.orioncom.com; or contact Jackie Belasky at 337-504-2369 or [email protected]
SuperCom (SPCB), a global provider of secure solutions for the e-government, public safety, healthcare, and finance sectors, has secured a contract to provide its PureSecurity Electronic Monitoring (EM) suite of GPS and home detention offender tracking and monitoring solutions in Western Kentucky.
The program will provide much needed private full-service EM services to courts and jails in the Western Kentucky region. In the initial deployment stage, SuperCom will work with the customer to develop rules and procedures, provide training, and assist in the environment build-out. SuperCom expects to complete initial deployment and start generating steady-state recurring revenue in Q1 2018.
"This new win demonstrates the continued strong demand for SuperCom's secure, flexible hardware and software offender tracking products," said Ordan Trabelsi, President of SuperCom Americas. "Western Kentucky marks not just our eighth EM project currently underway, but also our third new U.S. deployment this quarter alone. By carefully listening to the needs of our customers, we have been able to deliver both the features and functionality required to adapt and successfully serve the growing EM market. Our customers are quickly realizing the added value of our technology upon evaluation and deployment, which has been leading to greater overall satisfaction and performance in their businesses."
SuperCom's PureSecurity Suite is a best-of-breed electronic monitoring and tracking platform, which contains a comprehensive set of innovative features, including smart phone integration, secure communication, advanced security, anti-tamper mechanisms, fingerprint biometrics, voice communication, unique touch screens and extended battery life.
Since 1988, SuperCom has been a global provider of traditional and digital identity solutions, providing advanced safety, identification and security solutions to governments and organizations, both private and public, throughout the world. Through its proprietary e-government platforms and innovative solutions for traditional and biometrics enrollment, personalization, issuance and border control services, SuperCom has inspired governments and national agencies to design and issue secure Multi-ID documents and robust digital identity solutions to its citizens and visitors. SuperCom offers a unique all-in-one field-proven RFID & mobile technology and product suite, accompanied by advanced complementary services for various industries including healthcare and homecare, security and safety, community public safety, law enforcement, electronic monitoring, livestock monitoring, and building and access automation. For more information, visit www.supercom.com.
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