Come on down! You just committed workers’ compensation fraud for being on the Price is Right! A news story emerged out of Greenville, North Carolina this month about a postal worker who was convicted of workers’ compensation fraud in a claim she filed in 2011. According to the story, the worker represented that she was unable to “stand, sit, kneel, squat, climb, bend, reach or grasp” as a result of a work accident that took place in 2004. The only problem? She had appeared on an episode of the Price is Right in 2009 in which she is seen “spinning the big wheel” not once, but twice. In addition, she was reportedly seen zip-lining while on vacation with her husband in 2010, as well as carrying groceries with both arms in 2011 (presumably, this evidence was the result of some well-timed surveillance). The complete news story can be found here:…       Read More

ARTICLES OF INTERESTComprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) UpdateSenators on Wednesday approved a plan to double the number of officers along the U.S.-Mexico border, a key concession to Republicans who plan to join with Democrats in supporting a comprehensive immigration measure this week. For CIR, Timing is EverythingThe timing of when to grant legal status to the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants has emerged as the key point of dispute between the House and the Senate, which is poised to approve its immigration bill as soon as Thursday. CIR Faces Obstacles in the HouseBarring a surprise, the bipartisan immigration bill on the floor of the Senate will be approved by the end of the week. DOMA Ruling and ImmigrationJust this morning, the Supreme Court struck down the heart of a federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. E-Verify Effective July 1, 2013Private employers in Georgia…       Read More

Could Terrorists Remotely Crash Your Car?  USA TODAY Could a 14-year-old computer hacker in Indonesia remotely take over control of your car as you drive down the Interstate, cause the car to dangerously accelerate and and kill you by crashing it? That’s the scenario raised and explained by AOL Autos in … Dept. of Education: Personal info breach for 47K teacher prep participants ABC Action News Though officials don’t believe any data has been used “inappropriately,” they are reaching out to any individuals whose data may have been breached. “I have ordered a top-to-bottom review of the security of every database,” Florida Commissioner of … Report: new business startups Are Vulnerable to Cyber Security Attacks  The Huntsville Times – al.com Huntsville is no stranger to cyber attacks after Chinese hackers allegedly stole top-secret defense department information by infiltrating computer networks, including some in Huntsville and possibly on Redstone Arsenal. Google…       Read More

International Cyber-ring Steals $15 Million from U.S. Banks and Military Payroll  Examiner.com While the specific charges do not specifically include hacking and cybercrime, a spokesperson for the New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s office explained, “The larger conspiracy included individuals who were involved in that behavior and the investigation is … Mobile Security Research From AT&T Shows Most Businesses are Proactive  Mobile Commerce Press Businesses are regularly seeing mobile security risks in the headlines in terms of data breaches, cyberattacks, and even natural disasters such as the tornadoes in Oklahoma and Superstorm Sandy. This awareness is causing those in charge of IT to boost … US Medical Devices Vulnerable to Cyber Threats: FDA PressTV A US agency has warned that medical devices and hospital networks in America are potentially vulnerable to cyber attacks, urging device manufacturers and medical services to make sure there are proper safeguards in place to prevent such attacks….       Read More

Relevant News Updates Tapped OutBoston Magazine When a prolonged drought threatened its future, the financially strapped city of Brockton invested millions in a state-of-the-art facility that would turn saltwater fresh—and save the city in the process. That was the plan, anyway. Georgia Water Restrictions Stay in Place Despite Rain Showers WALB News South Georgia water experts say we still need to conserve water, even though the National Drought Monitor declared the drought officially over in March. Almost daily rain showers have pushed most South Georgia streams slightly above average. This year … Major flooding still possible in Chattanooga Nooga.com The year was 1867, long before the TVA dam and reservoir system had been constructed. The flood crested at 58 feet and completely inundated the city from Missionary Ridge to Lookout Mountain. Could it happen again?

     The North Carolina House recently passed the Job and Education Privacy Act (House Bill 846), which would prohibit employers from requesting that an employee or job applicant grant access to their personal electronic account or social networking account.  The law would also prohibit employers from tracking an employee’s personal electronic communication device, such as a smart phone, laptop or tablet, by installing software on the device.     HB 846 provides an exception for employers in the financial services industry conducting internal investigations into employee wrongdoing, or complying with the supervision requirements of state or federal financial regulations.  Employers are also allowed to have work place policies governing employee use of the employer’s electronic equipment including policies for internet use, social networking website use, and e-mail.       Public sentiment certainly seems to support bills like HB 846.  Similar laws have been proposed in other states, as…       Read More

      The North Carolina House recently passed the Job and Education Privacy Act (House Bill 846), which would prohibit employers from requesting that an employee or job applicant grant access to their personal electronic account or social networking account.  The law would also prohibit employers from tracking an employee’s personal electronic communication device, such as a smart phone, laptop or tablet, by installing software on the device.     HB 846 provides an exception for employers in the financial services industry conducting internal investigations into employee wrongdoing, or complying with the supervision requirements of state or federal financial regulations.  Employers are also allowed to have work place policies governing employee use of the employer’s electronic equipment including policies for internet use, social networking website use, and e-mail.       Public sentiment certainly seems to support bills like HB 846.  Similar laws have been proposed in other states,…       Read More

Google Glass Not to Allow Face Recognition for Now  Computerworld By: John Ribeiro Google Glass has already come in for criticism on privacy and other issues. Eight members of the U.S. Congress wrote to Google CEO Larry Page last month, asking for information on the privacy protections Google plans for the wearable computer. Cyber Hacking to Overshadow Summit Between Obama and China’s Xi  Reuters By: Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick In a sign of an easing of tension over hacking, an Obama administration official said on Saturday a previously agreed high-level working group on cyber security would convene for its first talks in July and meet regularly after that. The official said … Google Must Turn Over Customer Data to FBI: US judge NDTV … proper authorization and information obtained in non-emergency circumstances. The FBI has tightened oversight of the system. The FBI made 16,511 national security letter requests for…       Read More