Armed Security Guard Robbed In Hazleton

HAZLETON An armed security guard is now the victim of an armed robbery in Hazleton.

Police are looking for the bandits who stole his gun.

Officers are looking for the pair of men who pulled off that robbery Monday night.

We learned on Tuesday that the victim s job is to protect attorneys and visitors in a Luzerne County office that often has hostile situations.

Heated custody disputes and paternity issues are often heard inside the Luzerne County Domestic Relations branch office in Hazleton.

There s always an armed security guard stationed inside.

County officials say one of those guards contracted to work inside was robbed Monday night.

Intrepid Detective Agency says their worker is shaken up but he is doing OK after being robbed after work at gunpoint.

Officials with the agency say the guard was off the clock and driving his own car when he was robbed along North James Street. Hazleton police say the crooks stole his gun and his security badge.

People are getting robbed, getting shot. It scares me a little bit being here in the town.

Alexander Kepp used to be a security guard for Intrepid and says it s a tough job.

He and others are concerned about the crooks who not only stole a handgun, but also a badge.

It s heartbreaking and they stole a gun that was obviously loaded and you ve got kids around this town.

Its messed up, Kepp said.

Armed security guards must pass training in Pennsylvania which includes psychological and vision tests.

Rumor has it Lenovo wants BlackBerry, but security …

A new, anonymously sourced rumor1 indicates Lenovo may still be interested in making a bid for BlackBerry, and that it could make an offer above the company s current share price. The source claims that Lenovo may make an offer in the very near future, even as early as next week. There are no other firm details on the possible deal.

This isn t the first time we ve seen Lenovo linked with a BlackBerry buyout. In January 20132, reports quoting Lenovo s chief financial officer showed the company was certainly interested in pursuing BlackBerry.

The company even admitted there had been some preliminary discussions between the two firms. Fast-forward to October 20133, and yet more rumors of Lenovo s interest in BlackBerry appeared.

Related: We review the BlackBerry Passport4

Subsequently, Lenovo purchased Motorola from Google, giving it a well-known international brand with which it can increase sales from its already strong smartphone division. However, it s hard to imagine that Lenovo would want to splash out on a new mobile 5company before the Motorola deal has even been finalized.

Acting like a spend-thrift isn t the only reason a new BlackBerry/Lenovo deal sounds a little unlikely. BlackBerry is in the midst of a comeback (of sorts)6, following the launch of the Passport, and the upcoming release of the BlackBerry Classic7.

If things are about to turn around for the company, a sale may not be at the top of its list.

CEO John Chen recently said he s concentrating on building value, at BlackBerry, which some analysts predict will precede an eventual sale.

However, Chen has also specifically said8 any offer from a Chinese firm would probably be rejected, due to regulatory concerns.

Related: John Chen is BlackBerry s secret weapon9

Given the anonymity of the source, and the well-publicized problems of a BlackBerry sale to a Chinese company, we d treat this rumor with suspicion until a more official statement is made.

References

  1. ^ anonymously sourced rumor (www.benzinga.com)
  2. ^ In January 2013 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ Fast-forward to October 2013 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  4. ^ We review the BlackBerry Passport (www.digitaltrends.com)
  5. ^ mobile (www.digitaltrends.com)
  6. ^ a comeback (of sorts) (www.digitaltrends.com)
  7. ^ the BlackBerry Classic (www.digitaltrends.com)
  8. ^ specifically said (www.digitaltrends.com)
  9. ^ John Chen is BlackBerry s secret weapon (www.digitaltrends.com)

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BlackBerry 10 Vulnerable to MiTM Attack

BlackBerry is struggling enough in the smartphone wars1 as it is, but the venerable pocket assistant company has been dealt a blow: a vulnerability around the BlackBerry World app store has been discovered, which would allow spoofing in order to serve up malicious files.

The flaw affects BlackBerry 10 smartphone customers running the BlackBerry World widget, which device-owners use to search for and download apps. According to the BlackBerry advisory2, the problem exists in the BlackBerry World service s download mechanism, and opens the door to a man-in-the-middle attack.

An attacker could essentially masquerade as the app store, so that a user would think that they are downloading an official app from an official source, when in fact it s a malicious file from a fake source.

After using a MiTM approach to intercept a user s BlackBerry World application download, and the rogue app is installed on the phone, nefarious sorts can use the malware to gain access to any data or settings allowed by the app permissions that the user granted.

BlackBerry customer risk is limited both by the requirement that customers must first connect to an attacker-controlled network, and by the inability of a potential attacker to force exploitation of the vulnerability without customer interaction, the company stressed.

It added, Successful exploitation requires an attacker to intercept a user s application download/update request from BlackBerry World over a compromised network and replace the response from the server with a malicious file. It also requires that a user accept the permissions and install the malicious app.

The company also noted that BlackBerry World employs application integrity checking and secure download methods to ensure that the correct app is downloaded and installed.

The vulnerability3 is not currently being exploited, the company said, and BlackBerry has issued a fix.

BlackBerry is struggling enough in the smartphone wars4 as it is, but the venerable pocket assistant company has been dealt a blow: a vulnerability around the BlackBerry World app store has been discovered, which would allow spoofing in order to serve up malicious files.

The flaw affects BlackBerry 10 smartphone customers running the BlackBerry World widget, which device-owners use to search for and download apps.

According to the BlackBerry advisory5, the problem exists in the BlackBerry World service s download mechanism, and opens the door to a man-in-the-middle attack.

An attacker could essentially masquerade as the app store, so that a user would think that they are downloading an official app from an official source, when in fact it s a malicious file from a fake source.

After using a MiTM approach to intercept a user s BlackBerry World application download, and the rogue app is installed on the phone, nefarious sorts can use the malware to gain access to any data or settings allowed by the app permissions that the user granted.

BlackBerry customer risk is limited both by the requirement that customers must first connect to an attacker-controlled network, and by the inability of a potential attacker to force exploitation of the vulnerability without customer interaction, the company stressed.

It added, Successful exploitation requires an attacker to intercept a user s application download/update request from BlackBerry World over a compromised network and replace the response from the server with a malicious file.

It also requires that a user accept the permissions and install the malicious app.

The company also noted that BlackBerry World employs application integrity checking and secure download methods to ensure that the correct app is downloaded and installed.

The vulnerability6 is not currently being exploited, the company said, and BlackBerry has issued a fix.

References

  1. ^ smartphone wars (www.theinquirer.net)
  2. ^ advisory (btsc.webapps.blackberry.com)
  3. ^ vulnerability (cve.mitre.org)
  4. ^ smartphone wars (www.theinquirer.net)
  5. ^ advisory (btsc.webapps.blackberry.com)
  6. ^ vulnerability (cve.mitre.org)

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