Monday, August 16, 2010

Something to consider



Powder Mailer Strikes Again Monday, Aug. 16, 2010

Global Security Newswire

An unidentified individual or group of people this month has sent 30 powder-filled letters to businesses and other sites in three states, part of an apparent campaign that has involved hundreds of mailings and reached eight U.S. embassies, the Associated Press reported (see GSN, Dec. 17, 2008).

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I am certain there are expensive machines to detect power in the mail, but such machines probably are beyond the budget for Mom-n-Pops and individuals.

It may be possible to do a "touch test" of every incoming envelope (but what about packages?), providing the amount of incoming mail is minimal.

At one point I recall the Post Office checking mail for suspicious powder, but I think that was more for the protection of postal workers than the people receiving the mail.

If there is an effective, low-cost way to check for powder-in-the-mail - both envelopes and boxes - how do we share the information; as soon as the defense is known, the office will change tactics, much as the software miscreants who provide us with an abundance of malware.

Catch 22.

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John Glenn, MBCI
JohnGlennMBCI at gmail dot com
Hollywood - Fort Lauderdale Florida

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