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Date: Mar 10, 2021

A group of hackers say they breached a massive trove of security-camera data collected by Silicon Valley start-up Verkada Inc., gaining access to live feeds of 150,000 surveillance cameras inside hospitals, companies, police departments, prisons and schools.

Companies whose footage was exposed include carmaker Tesla Inc. and software provider Cloudflare Inc. In addition, hackers were able to view video from inside women’s health clinics, psychiatric hospitals and the offices of Verkada itself. Some of the cameras, including in hospitals, use facial-recognition technology to identify and categorize people captured on the footage. The hackers say they also have access to the full video archive of all Verkada customers.

Read more: Los Angeles Times

India plans to buy 30 armed drones from the U.S. to boost its sea and land defenses as tensions persist with neighbors China and Pakistan, according to officials with knowledge of the matter.

The South Asian nation will approve next month the $3 billion purchase of 30 MQ-9B Predator drones manufactured by San Diego-based General Atomics, the officials said, asking not to be identified speaking with the media. The deal would add to India’s military capabilities as the drones it has now can only be used for surveillance and reconnaissance.

India is emerging as a strategic defense partner for the U.S., particularly in countering Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean and some areas of Southeast Asia. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is in the midst of a 10-year, $250 billion military modernization.

Read more: Bloomberg

The PSNI said a 39 year old man arrested under the Terrorism Act has been released following questioning.

Yesterday Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray, Head of Serious Crime Branch, said: “Local district officers supported Terrorism Investigation Unit (TIU) detectives during a search and arrest operation in Creggan, in Derry/Londonderry as part of an ongoing investigation into a number of violent gun attacks on members of the Derry/Londonderry community over recent months.

“A 39 year old man was arrested under the Terrorism Act and a number of electronic items have been seized, including mobile phones."

Read more: Derry Journal (Northern Ireland)

The FBI has released new surveillance video of the person suspected of placing pipe bombs at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee in January.

The footage, which the FBI released Tuesday along with a new wanted poster, shows the suspected pipe bomber the evening of January 5, walking along residential Capitol Hill streets and sitting on a bench, fiddling with something at their feet.

“The FBI is asking the public to watch the videos of this person – you may recognize their gait, body language, or mannerisms,” the FBI said in a press release. “We are asking the public to come forward with any information that could assist us, including any odd or out-of-character behavior you noticed in a family member, friend, or coworker, leading up to or after January 5th.”

Read more: WTOP

Michigan State Police continues to investigate after an explosive device was "accidentally" detonated by a student at Newaygo High School this week.

According to an update Tuesday, additional explosive devices were located at a home Monday night during a search warrant tied to the investigation. The explosive devices were safely detonated by the MSP Bomb Squad.

On Monday morning, multiple people were injured after a 16-year-old student detonated a homemade explosive device, originally reported as a firework, in class.

The school administration called 911, and the building was immediately evacuated; students were transferred to the bus garage.

Read more: WLTX