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SkyCity casino guards bust alleged card skimming operation

Two eagle-eyed SkyCity security guards have been credited with helping foil an alleged ATM card-skimming operation in Auckland.

The Police Financial Crime Unit told staff at the casino a week ago to be on the lookout for the Canadian man and woman.

Two guards noticed the pair and raised the alarm with police, who arrested them on Wednesday night.

The pair had allegedly obtained close to $200,000 from the skimming operation and had made attempts to obtain around $160,000 more, Auckland City Police said.

The two foreign nationals were now facing a number of forgery-related charges and would be appearing in Auckland District Court.

US Crime-fighting robot gets rolled out of town

Like so many classic Western anti-heroes before him, he rolled (literally) into town with a singular goal in mind: cleaning up the streets, which had become a gritty hotbed of harassment, vandalism, break-ins and grift.

The only difference was that he was a slow-moving, 180kg robot with a penchant for snapping hundreds of photos a minute without people’s permission, and this was San Francisco’s Mission District in 2017.

What could go wrong? Quite a bit, as it turns out.

In the past month, his first on the job, “K-9” — a 1.5m-tall, 1m-wide K5 Autonomous Data Machine that can be rented for US$6 an hour from Silicon Valley startup Knightscope — was battered with barbecue sauce, allegedly smeared with feces, covered by a tarp and nearly toppled by an attacker.

As if those incidents weren’t bad enough, K-9 was also accused of …..

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MLAA’s “Beware of Locksmith Scammers” Campaign

Over the past few months the number of calls received from the general Public and from Members of the Association in relation to so-called “Locksmiths Scammers” have increased dramatically.

Both A Current Affair in Australia and FairGo in New Zealand have covered this issue on National television in an effort to inform the public. International local news programs (US) and security related groups on Facebook (UK) are also publishing information around this issue.

Due to existing regulations in Australia and New Zealand, and the different approaches by the various authorities in both countries, the MLAA is limited to reporting the action by scammers to these relevant authorities (SLED, the ATO, the Office of Fair Trading, etc).

In an effort to better educate the public, and to make more people in Australia and New Zealand aware of such scam activities, the MLAA has developed the “Beware of Locksmiths Scammers” campaign.

This campaign….

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Fortlock Group acquires Comsmart

Adds technology services and consulting to portfolio

Auckland, New Zealand, 28 November 2017 – Fortlock Group today announced the acquisition of Wellington-based technology services company Comsmart, as part of its strategy to broaden its range of business services and solutions.

Patrick Shields, owner and Executive Chairman of Fortlock Group, says that the acquisition adds further momentum to the growth of the group, expanding its market reach and strengthening its professional IT and converged security solutions capabilities.

“We are delighted to bring Comsmart’s skills and capability into the Fortlock Group and to accelerate our plans for continued growth. The acquisition provides effective and immediate access to the skills of the talented team that have been supporting Comsmart’s clients for the past ten years.”

“With a reputation for high-quality service, Comsmart has attracted and retained some of New Zealand’s largest commercial and Government organisations. Bringing the two companies together allows us to combine skills and leverage our abilities to provide a wider range of services to all our customers. Our management team will ensure the transition is smooth and seamless, working with the Comsmart team to ensure that each client’s business carries on without interruption,” says Shields.

Comsmart CEO Andrew Simkin is optimistic about the prospects of the combined companies.

“The Comsmart team is excited about the opportunities that joining with Fortlock represents to our staff and customers. We look forward to offering new and improved services across New Zealand, while continuing to focus on people and outcomes with our trademark can-do attitude,” says Simkin.

Established in 2007, Comsmart delivers business solutions across a wide range of technologies, working with clients from the conceptual development stage right through to the on-going maintenance of business systems. Its offerings include professional services, business analysis, project management and solution architecture through to Helpdesk support, recruitment and contract staff placement. It also provides full hardware, software and cloud solutions including Azure, Amazon Web Services and Apollo (Revera).

The Comsmart acquisition sees the Fortlock Group expand to more than 200 staff in three locations across New Zealand. Shields says the acquisition is a major step forward for Fortlock in executing its long-term growth strategy to move further up the IT services spectrum, by establishing a leading converged physical and digital security business, providing end-to-end security solutions that “will protect its customers valuable assets now and in the future.”

“Comsmart’s solutions and capabilities fit squarely within Fortlock’s strategic plan in respect of the products and services that we want to be able to provide to our customers. This acquisition provides Fortlock with the perfect opportunity to move into IP / network design and integration services, while expanding our cyber security offerings, collaboration technologies and cloud storage offerings,” says Shields.

As a result of the acquisition, Fortlock Group has changed its executive management structure. Fortlock owner and CEO Patrick Shields moves to the role of Executive Chairman, while Jason Cherrington, previously the Managing Director of Fortlock, is now the Group Chief Executive of Fortlock Group.

Cherrington will have overall operational accountability across the Fortlock and Comsmart executive teams, while Shields will focus on Group governance and activities to accelerate growth “both organically and via targeted acquisitions.”

Cherrington has twenty-plus years’ experience in the IT and telco industries. Prior to joining Fortlock, he successfully lead large-scale commercial and digital teams at BT, Skype and CEWE, Europe’s largest digital photo business.

Web:
https://www.fortlock.co.nz/
https://www.comsmart.com/

Eight dead, 15 people injured as shots fired in Manhattan after ute mows down cyclists

At least eight people are dead in Manhattan after a man in a rented Home Depot ute mowed down pedestrians and cyclists and then emerged with fake guns in what is now being treated as a terrorist attack.

The ute veered off the road and drove between 10 and 20 blocks down a popular bike path crowded with people, including runners and children heading home from school.

CBS News reports the suspect is …..

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Gallagher’s high security solution wins top Australian award

Hamilton, New Zealand – Leading New Zealand technology developer, Gallagher, has won Product of the Year at the annual Australian Security Industry Association (ASIAL) awards in Melbourne. The winning product, Gallagher’s innovative Class 5 Intruder Alarms System, is designed for the high security market. Since its release in May this year, the Class 5 Alarms technology has received significant global attention and has been deployed around the world to protect the high-value assets and IP in data-centres, government and military facilities.

“As technology develops at a rapid pace, there is…

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Professionalising the security industry workforce

Zed, from Auckland’s Ten 7 Security, says “I used to think security was easy money, but I’ve learnt about the responsibility security has. We make it look easy, but there’s a lot on our mind.”

Security workers from Auckland’s Ten 7 Security and Waiheke Documents & Security had an animated discussion with the Skills Highway team. Having undertaken workplace literacy and numeracy training in conjunction with the Level 2 National Certificate in Security, provided by Left Field Consulting, they had a lot to report. Together with being trained and qualified, learning new skills and knowledge was already having an impact for individuals and their workplaces – improving health and safety, resulting in better conditions and job security, and better performance at work.

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Las Vegas shooting: What we know so far

A suspected “lone wolf” gunman sparked the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history when he opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel, killing at least 58 people and injuring hundreds more, police said.

More than 22,000 people were attending the performance by country music star Jason Aldean Sunday night at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when the gunman hammered out a window at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino and began firing with a cache of weapons.

Authorities who stormed the suspect’s room found that he had killed himself.

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