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Article Courtesy of:  KCBD How Law Enforcement Tracks Down Social Media Threats Local technology experts are warning the community about the dangers of anonymous apps after police arrested a juvenile who posted an online threat to Frenship ISD. Posting in the "After School" social media app, the suspect claimed to have brought a gun to the campus and threatened to harm students and staff. "In cases like this, where somebody's health or danger is involved, they can go back and track through all the apps, through the internet, through the carriers," said Brent Bloodworth, president of iOrchard. "There's always a trail, just depends on how much trouble they want to go to, to get to it." That is exactly what … [Read more...]

Could the FBI See Your Selfies?

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Court case may enable FBI to request more photos for new facial recognition database. The FBI could have 52 million face images on file by 2015, according to new research. Article Courtesy of:  U.S News - By Tom Risen The FBI is preparing to launch a facial recognition database this summer that includes photos of people without criminal records- and a court case in New York may expand the ability of the government to request data from Facebook to help. The bureau’s database, called the Next Generation Identification system, or NGI, builds upon the government’s fingerprint database and is slated to be operational this summer, according to the FBI. This database will contain photos of anybody who … [Read more...]

Social Media

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Criminals Use Social Media Too Article Courtesy of:  Soshable The Internet has transformed crime. Many criminals today use the Internet to commit crimes such as cyber stalking and identity theft. Many people post a lot of personal information on their Twitter and Facebook accounts. Privacy is often not respected when people surf online. Now, criminals can hack into Facebook and Twitter accounts and retrieve personal information about people. More than 80% of crimes that are committed online involve the usage of social media websites. Privacy concerns have been aired for several years regarding this issue but people still post personal photos, birth dates, email addresses and other information on … [Read more...]

FOR SALE: License Plate Investigative Database that Tracks Your Location

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 "Question More" Private License Plate Scanners Amassing Vast Databases Open to Highest Bidders Automated license plate readers used by car repo companies, for example, collect billions of personal records per year, which contribute to vast databases that can be used by law enforcement, insurance companies, banks, and the like, with few limits. BetaBoston, working with the Boston Globe, detailed one Boston repo company’s data collection abilities, reporting that New England Associates Inc. can collect $200 to $400 for each vehicle found by an automated reader attached to an unmarked car. The company says it can typically add 8,000 license plate scans to its database in Texas each … [Read more...]

Social Media Use Common among Neighborhood Crews & Street Gangs

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Cyberspace Emerges as Law Enforcement's New Battleground By Robert Rogers/MediaNews Group | Article Courtesy of: Times Herald When gunshots ring out in Richmond, familiar scenes unfold. Calls to 911 and alerts from the city's ShotSpotter gunshot-detection system trickle in. Police cruisers scream to the scene. Detectives show up soon after. But other detectives go somewhere else: to their computers to troll Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media for clues, often provided by people involved in the crime who can't resist boasting. "We have seen situations where someone will commit a shooting or a homicide, and they'll immediately write something on social media, " said Matt … [Read more...]

Google Glass Gains Acceptance from Law Enforcement

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The New York Police Department is Testing Google Glass Article Courtesy of:  USA Today (Photo Via: Coptrax) Police departments throughout the U.S. are considering whether to equip their officers with Google Glass. New York City Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton confirmed the department is already using the smart glasses during a press conference last week. "We're in the process of field-testing that technology in a variety of circumstances, seeing where — if useful — where it might be most useful, most beneficial," he said. In December 2013, the NYPD obtained two pairs of the glasses, Deputy Commissioner Stephen Davis said. In an email, Davis said the department … [Read more...]

Cyber Security – “The Virtual Battlefield”

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War Drums Beat Louder For 'World War C' Article Courtesy of: Kenneth Rapoza | Forbes A report by cyber security firm FireEye says cyber warfare expanding. The U.S. leads the charge in this virtual battlefield. If the lingo of cyber security experts, zombie warfare might that be that far fetched after all. Call it “World War C”, and it playing right now at a nation near you. It is quiet, mostly invisible and oddly as safe as it is dangerous. The ‘C’ in this war zone stands for cyberspace, and industry experts have been warning about it for the last five years.  The war drums are beating louder. Once limited to cybercrime stealing credit card numbers, cyber attacks are … [Read more...]

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