law enforcement

  1. cageymaru

    FTC to Host Public Workshop on Loot Boxes in Video Games

    According to Variety, the FCC is planning to host a public workshop on the topic of loot boxes in video games later this year. In the letter obtained by Variety, that was sent from commission chairman Joseph Simons to Senator Maggie Hassan, there is no timeline set for a FTC investigation or an...
  2. AlphaAtlas

    Police are Using Drones in 911 Calls

    VentureBeat reports that police in Chula Vista, California are successfully using drones to witness and record crimes as they happen. The police department launched the partnership with Cape last year, and since October, the two remotely piloted drones have reportedly "assisted in 21 arrests...
  3. cageymaru

    15 Websites Offering DDoS-For-Hire Services Were Seized by the Justice Department

    The Justice Department has announced the seizure of 15 websites that were offering DDoS-for-hire services and the filing of criminal charges against the three individuals that ran them. Distributed denial-of-service, or DDoS attacks cripple computer networks by flooding the targeted computers...
  4. cageymaru

    Amazon Patent Melds Facial Recognition Technology with Ring Doorbell Cameras

    Amazon has been recently granted a patent that brings its facial recognition technology to its Ring doorbell business. According to the ACLU, the patent will allow homeowners to scan the faces of strangers that pass by their homes and cross-reference the image with a database of suspicious...
  5. cageymaru

    Watch Google's CEO Sundar Pichai Testify Before Congress

    Google chief executive Sundar Pichai testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on Alphabet Inc. unit's social media practices. After a year of avoiding the spotlight -- and the political scrutiny that's befallen his peers at Facebook and Twitter -- Pichai is set to deliver his first-ever...
  6. cageymaru

    Dell Foils Hack Attempt with Rapidly Deployed Countermeasures

    Dell has announced that its cybersecurity team foiled an unauthorized intrusion into its network that attempted to extract Dell.com customer information; limited to names, email addresses and hashed passwords. The Dell security team stopped the hackers by immediately implementing...
  7. AlphaAtlas

    The FBI Impersonated FedEx to Catch Cybercriminals

    After uncovering some interesting court records, Motherboard wrote up an article on how law enforcement is using "network investigative techniques" to catch cybercriminals. In one particular case, attackers used a fake email address and a bit of social engineering to get a $82,000 check from...
  8. AlphaAtlas

    Experts Question the Use of AI in Police Body Cameras

    The use of body cameras on police officers is a controversial issue, but the technology behind the actual cameras doesn't get much press coverage. As in turns out, the leading maker of of police body cams, Axon Enterprise, has a lot in common with social media platforms and other businesses that...
  9. cageymaru

    Dutch Police Can Remotely Recover Autonomous Vehicles with the Thief Inside

    Dutch law enforcement discussed their collaborative work with automotive manufacturers such as Tesla, Audi, Mercedes, and Toyota to create a system of remotely recovering autonomous vehicles. A feature of remote recovery is that the doors are locked by law enforcement, so consequentially the...
  10. cageymaru

    Apple iOS 12 Disables 'GrayKey' iPhone Hack Used by Governments Around the World

    Apple has successfully blocked the "GrayKey" hack that allowed law enforcement and governments around the world unfettered access to passcodes on Apple devices running iOS. Devices running iOS 12 and above can only have metadata such as file structure and unencrypted files accessed by Grayshift...
  11. cageymaru

    Some Citizens Are Concerned About New Robotic Patrols in NYC

    New York City has begun experimenting with allowing robots to patrol areas. Rosie the robot has 5 cameras, thermal imaging, artificial intelligence, self-driving car technology, analytics and is directly connected to law enforcement. Her job is to observe people walking on the streets, record...
  12. cageymaru

    Federal Agents Dressed as Mail Couriers Are Busting Illegal Online Drug Deals

    Federal agents are becoming better at busting drugs bought online through the dark web and ultimately preventing them from entering the country via the mail service. Agents can scan only a few of the millions of international packages that enter into the country each year. In 2016 at the JFK...
  13. cageymaru

    Cell-Site Simulators Can Disrupt 911 Calls and Are Untested with Real-Time Text

    Cell-site simulators (CSS and also known as IMSI catchers or Stingrays) can disrupt 911 service and text messaging for the targeted phone and even block internet access. Senator Ron Wyden has raised concerns about the technology in a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice. The manufacturer...
  14. DooKey

    Apple Will Seal Up Law Enforcement’s Favorite iPhone Cracking Method

    An upcoming version of iOS is going to stop law enforcement from using the USB port on iPhones to break into the phone. The feature is called USB Restricted Mode and if the phone is locked will limit access after one hour of inactivity. At this point the USB port will only allow charging. Apple...
  15. DooKey

    Criminals are Using Drones to Obstruct Law Enforcement

    Drones use is becoming more and more common as the technology improves and criminals have definitely figured out how to take advantage of their abilities. For instance, in a recent event in a big city in the U.S. a swarm of drones was used to obstruct an FBI hostage raid. The drones surveilled...
  16. DooKey

    Amazon Receives Patent for Cryptocurrency Tracking

    Amazon just received a patent for a product that tracks cryptocurrency transactions. It's going to be a subscription service that agencies can use to identify those that use cryptocurrency. Some of the primary targets that Amazon is going after are law enforcement and the IRS. Whether or not...
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