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Keeping Mark Zuckerberg Safe Doesn't Come Cheap

That better be some darn good security

(Newser) - It takes a whole lot of money to keep the fourth richest person in the US safe, CNET reports. According to Quartz —citing a regulatory filing made Wednesday—Facebook paid $4.26 million last year to keep founder Mark Zuckerberg safe. That was actually down from 2014, when the... More »

Google Hands Out $6,006.13 Reward, an Inside Joke

Sanmay Ved actually bought Google.com for $12 in September—for a minute

(Newser) - Google handed out more than $2 million to more than 300 people in 2015 who spotted bugs and security issues, but one award in particular stands out, reports Beta News . The odd sum of $6,006.13 went to Sanmay Ved, a former Google employee and current MBA candidate at... More »

Major Theme Parks Around US Are Beefing Up Security

You'll have to pass a metal detector to enter the happiest place on Earth

(Newser) - With the Department of Homeland Security publicly worrying about potential attacks on crowded places, the three major theme parks in Orlando—Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Orlando—added metal detectors on Thursday, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The security devices are also being installed at Disneyland and Universal Studios in Los... More »

Pope Francis Arrives: 5 Unusual Details of His Visit

It's a big deal

(Newser) - Pope Francis sets foot on US soil at 4pm today (full schedule here ), and officials in DC, New York, and Philly are scrambling to ensure a smooth, safe stay. Here are five of the more unusual details of his visit:
  1. The visit has spurred one of the largest security
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Tim Cook's Security Costs Apple $700K a Year

It's a 'reasonable and necessary expense'

(Newser) - The website Patently Apple spotted an eye-popping stat in an otherwise humdrum form Apple filed with the SEC: The company spends $699,133 annually on CEO Tim Cook's security. "His personal safety and security are of the utmost importance to the Company and its shareholders," Apple explains... More »

Your Dating App Could Bring Down the Entire Office

Report warns using same phone for work, play could expose company to hackers

(Newser) - As if online dating weren't fraught with enough pitfalls , an IBM study published yesterday found that 26 of 41 popular Android dating apps, or 63%, had "medium to severe" security vulnerabilities that could leave users open to hacks, Reuters reports. And almost half of the companies reviewed for... More »

Super Bowl Security Hits Even Katy Perry's Outfit

Law enforcement officials taking extra precautions at big game

(Newser) - Security is so tight at the University of Phoenix Stadium that even the costume Katy Perry is planning to wear during tonight's half-time show has been checked. "Katy Perry's stage came in last night," a customs and border protection official tells ABC News . "We've... More »

Armed Guards Not Trained Well, Need Better Oversight

There are guards with weapons who probably shouldn't have them: investigation

(Newser) - Joshua Kosatschenko was approved for a security guard license to carry arms in 2009 in Arizona. He was 19 at the time, but he was also a "prohibited possessor"—meaning he wasn't allowed to carry a gun until he turned 30 because of his juvenile record—and... More »

Pierson Wanted Secret Service 'More Like Disney': Staff

Ex-director ignored security advice, cut employees, 'WaPo' article says

(Newser) - Julia Pierson, the Secret Service director who resigned yesterday , was brought in a year and a half ago to solve the agency's problems in the wake of its various sex scandals and other issues. But her tenure—marred by recent accusations of the service's ineptitude in handling a... More »

How Today's Boston Marathon Will Be Different

It's expanded by 9K runners, with twice the police presence

(Newser) - Runners preparing for today's 118th Boston Marathon will see some notable differences a year after the bombing—starting with the number of people running. This year, some 36,000 will take part, or 9,000 more than usual, NBC News reports. That's the second-biggest field the marathon has... More »

2 CNN Producers Nabbed Sneaking Into WTC Area

They were apparently testing site securit y

(Newser) - A pair of CNN producers quietly tried to make their way into the World Trade Center site in New York yesterday afternoon—but they were caught in the act. Yon Pomrenze, 35, and Connor Boals, 26, were trying to test the security of the area, the New York Post reports.... More »

Boston Marathon Bans Bags, 'Bandits'

Military marchers also might be kicked out

(Newser) - The Boston Athletic Association is responding to last year's Marathon tragedy with an almost draconian set of new rules on competitors and spectators, the Boston Globe reports. According to a mass email sent out yesterday, the following are all forbidden this year: More »

Mega-Rich Security Measures Boggle the Mind

Infrared cameras and 30-story underground panic rooms are on the list

(Newser) - The world's mega-rich are beyond guard dogs and fences in their quest for home security these days—and even panic rooms are old hat. So what's new? Try infrared cameras that can detect a human heat signature at 1,000 yards in the bushes. Or face/voice/behavioral recognition systems... More »

New Robo-Cop: 'R2-D2's Evil Twin'

300-pound Silicon Valley robot aims to keep an eye on things

(Newser) - Its makers don't like to compare it to "RoboCop or Terminator"—but it's hard not to. The K5 Autonomous Data Machine is an electronic security guard developed in Silicon Valley by a company called Knightscope, Fox News reports. It's five feet tall, weighs 300 pounds,... More »

Zimmerman Ordered Bulletproof Vest Last Year

And infrared home-security gear, all while on bond

(Newser) - Police records released yesterday are painting a picture of George Zimmerman's period on bond, and they contain some interesting details. The neighborhood watchman ordered a bulletproof vest and an infrared home security system, the AP reports. A police supply sales representative told officials about the order; Zimmerman told them... More »

Security to Be Intense(ly Expensive) on Obama's Africa Trip

Trip could cost between $60 million and $100 million

(Newser) - Barack Obama is set to take his first extended tour of sub-Saharan Africa this month—and it ain't gonna be cheap. Obama's security for the trip could cost as much as $100 million, according to planning documents obtained by the Washington Post . What's all that money going... More »

NFL Bans Bags at Games

Except for tiny clutches, Ziploc bags

(Newser) - And you thought the airport was bad. This football season, fans will be forbidden from bringing most bags and purses into NFL stadiums, the league announced yesterday. Only small clutches "about the size of a hand," clear one-gallon freezer bags, and clear plastic tote bags that are no... More »

Zimmerman Sued for 'Dodging' $66K Bill

Security firm: Trayvon Martin's killer owes us money

(Newser) - An Orlando company is suing George Zimmerman over a partly unpaid security bill following his release from jail on $1 million bail, Fox News reports. Associated Investigative Services Inc. says Zimmerman failed to fully pay $66,000 for 21 days of security, including a "jail escort plan" involving two... More »

US Official on Libya: 'Our Security Plan Worked'

Wall Street Journal picks apart lax strategy at consulate

(Newser) - US officials didn't see the attack on their Benghazi consulate coming—but critics say they should have. There was a slew of terrorist activity in the months before, including a June 6 IED attack on the consulate itself, the Wall Street Journal reports, but Ambassador Chris Stevens kept security... More »

US Citizens Warned of Madonna Concert Threat

Americans warned to stay vigilant

(Newser) - Security precautions have been boosted and US citizens warned to take care following a threat against Madonna's concert in St. Petersburg tomorrow. "The US Consulate General has received information regarding a threat of physical violence against spectators and performers at the St. Petersburg concert," the US embassy... More »

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