February 14, 2014

Travel Briefing Reminder Posters

If you've worked for the federal government as an employee or contractor for any length of time, you probably heard about the foreign travel briefing requirement. For the hundreds of thousands in the Department of Defense, the requirements are in the personnel security and antiterrorism requirements. It ranges from reporting travel, obtaining country/theater clearances, listening to threat briefings, and checking for travel advisories/warnings.  Below are some classy (cheesy?) security posters to remind people to get their foreign travel briefing and other pre-travel security requirements.

Tyravelsaurus Rex, (I like to call him Rexy) reminds people that travel risks never become extinct, and to report travel to security.

This security poster is more about reminding people to include security in their plans, but this could also apply to travel plans.

travel security poster

 You can travel the globe, but before you go, make sure you include security in your vacation plans.

globe travel security poster

♫♪♫"Leaving on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again..."♫♪♪♫ This nostalgic security poster is a spin of the classic John Denver song reminding people to get their foreign travel brief before stepping onto that jet plane. 

foreign travel security poster

Traveling abroad? This old timey hot air balloon security poster provides a simple message, before traveling the Atlantic consult security first.

foreign travel security poster

Security is your passport for foreign travel.

travel security poster

Before "shuttling" off to far away places make sure you check with security to take care of your pre-travel requirements.

foreign travel security poster

The icon from the 1980s and 1990s, Ernest. In the latest adventure, Ernest travels abroad, and reminds personnel even when on vacation the opposition is still listening.

foreign travel security poster

Don't leave home without your defensive travel briefing. Make sure you put security on your pre-travel checklist.

foreign travel security poster

This simplistic 1960s styling security poster asks "Foreign Travel?" and answers "Check first with office of security."

foreign travel security poster

 Don't forget to security in your pre-travel to-do list. This security poster makes a nice base and could be easily modified to incorporate more information.

security poster

Interested in travel security information? Check out our articles covering various security travel information and tips!

Note: All of these posters on in the public domain. If you're using any of posters found on Security Checks Matter, a link back or mention would be appreciated. Thank you!

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February 1, 2014

Thieves break into cars using unknown device

CNN Video posted June 2013 on new technology thieves are using across the U.S. to break into cars.

In 2013, police saw a rash of car break-ins across North America caused by thieves using an unknown device capable of unlocking and disabling alarms when held against the car.  According to surveillance video, the device looks like a small, hand-held box that appears to work on a wide variety of car makes and models. Effortlessly, thieves took anything of value left in the vehicle to include vehicle registration and insurance cards, which contain sensitive personal information that can be used for identity theft.

Back in April Jalopnik speculated the device was a RF transmitter operating in the 300-400 Mhz range that uses a brute-force method sending remote-entry codes to the vehicle.  Spybusters speculated  it was a 315/433 MHz car remote control jammer 30 meter, such as the one available at Jammer All.  Reports from Winnipeg, Canada in October state that a $5 device capable of hacking a vehicles' computer system with an electromagnetic pulse was the cause of a number of car break-ins there.  Currently the only way to defeat the device is by disabling the car's keyless entry system, but people would have to exchange convenience for security.
With more cars using RF FOBS for remote access/start and becoming more computerized than mechanical, it was only a matter of time before car thieves found ways to take advantage of it. For instance back in mid-2012 there a number of modern BMWs stolen without keys within the United Kingdom by reprogramming the key FOB. See below videos.

Reprogramming key FOB demo

Stolen BMW 1M Coupe in less than three minutes

Security tips:
  • Don't use your car as a storage area. Take all valuables, to include paperwork with sensitive personal information, out of your vehicle when you park.
  • Park in your garage. If not possible, park in well lit areas with visible pedestrian traffic. Thieves don't want to be seen, so keep your car visible.
  • Look into exchanging minor conveniences with big risks for security by having it disabled.
  • If possible, try to go with a trunk monkey.
Trunk Monkey prevents auto thefts.

CBC News. (30 October 2013). New $5 device easily unlocks car doors for thieves in Winnipeg. CBC News Manitoba. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/new-5-device-easily-unlocks-car-doors-for-thieves-in-winnipeg-1.2288826 
Murray, K. (1 August 2013). Mystery car thefts - solved. Spybusters: Kevin's Security Scrapbook. Retrieved from http://spybusters.blogspot.de/2013/08/mystery-car-thefts-solved.html.
Szczys, M. (7 July 2012). Keyless BMW cars prove to be very easy to steal. Hack A Day. Retrieved from http://hackaday.com/2012/07/07/keyless-bmw-cars-prove-to-be-very-easy-to-steal/ 
Torchinsky, J. (9 April 2012). What's the secret device thieves in California are using to break into cars? Jalopnik. Retrieved from http://jalopnik.com/whats-the-secret-device-thieves-in-california-are-usin-471782175

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