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High-Tech Gear Adds Layer of Security for Convention; Gun-toting Citizens Cause Alarm in Virginia; Microsoft Identifies 7 Security Flaws

Jul 15, 20042 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

High-Tech Gear Adds Layer of Security for Convention

More than a half-dozen mobile command vehicles will be deployed around Greater Boston during the Democratic National Convention. The RV-sized vechicles, called “Winnebago Air Force Ones” by one security official, will be put into force for the first time, according to a report in the Boston Globe. In a press briefing yesterday, Department of Homeland Defense Secretary Tom Ridge enumerated many extraordinary measures that would be taken to ensure security during the convention. In addition to the patrolling mobile command vehicles, Ridge said robots would be used to inspect suspicious packages, cameras on building tops would read license plate numbers and some security officers would carry hand-held computers that can receive photos of suspicious people or other images that could help prevent an attack.

Read the full story in the Boston Globe.

Gun-toting Citizens Cause Alarm in Virginia

Citizens in Virginia are allowed to carry firearms openly, but such displays are causing some alarm among citizens and law enforcement officials. Recently Fairfax County police have been involved in three incidents with people openly carrying their firearms. According to a story in the Washington Post, a recent law which took effect July 1 reinforced citizens’ rights to openly carry a gun in public. Carrying a concealed weapon in Virginia requires a permit.

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Microsoft Identifies 7 Security Flaws

Microsoft announced seven security flaws in some versions of Windows, Internet Explorer and Outlook Express, which could leave users open to virus attacks. According to a report by BBC News, fixes for the holes can be downloaded from Microsoft’s website.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for anti-virus firm Sophos said, “When Microsoft says there is a critical problem with its software, companies should sit up, listen and act.”

Read the full story at the BBC News website.