The Always-On Police Camera

Last summer, Baltimore police officer Richard Pinheiro submitted body-camera footage as evidence in a drug bust. In Pinheiro’s video, filmed on an Axon Body 2 Camera, he wanders through a junky backyard for a few moments before spotting, among the detritus, a discarded soup can. He picks it up and pulls out a small baggie of white pills that he and...

Olivia Hoax on WhatsApp is Pushing Teens Towards Porn

Do you keep an eye on what your children are doing on the internet? If not, then start keeping an eye on them and teach them to be careful about online fraudsters. A new Whatsapp scam has now come to light, wherein young WhatsApp users are sent a fake message, which then directs them to a porn website. In...

Instagram Is ‘Open Market’ For Drug Dealers

The company says the research is misleading and "not a real representation of what most people see on Instagram". Facebook has hit out at claims that its platforms and algorithms support drug dealing, with the problem alleged to be rife on Instagram. The post was made in response to a report by the Washington Post which claimed Facebook-owned Instagram was functioning...

When Public Transportation Spy On Riders

For months, the Bay Area’s transit agency sent license plate information to federal immigration authorities, violating its own “sanctuary” policy. In 2015, workers installed a pair of cameras overlooking a parking lot in Oakland’s MacArthur Station. It’s the largest station in the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system, and a major commuter hub. The cameras were fitted with automated license...

#Damn, Equifax Fined For Failing To Protect Customer Data In Cyber Attack

The company had been warned by the US Department of Homeland Security about a "critical vulnerability" in its systems. Atlanta-based credit reference agency Equifax, one of three major U.S. credit bureaus, failed to protect the details of 15 million people in the UK during a cyber attack has been fined $664,000. The personal information lost or compromised during the incident between 13...

Amazon Investigates Claims Staff Sold Customer Data

Amazon confirms it is "conducting a thorough investigation" after allegations of confidential data being given to sellers emerge. Amazon is investigating claims that some of its staff sold confidential customer data to third party companies. According to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report, employees of the e-retailer are offering internal data and other confidential information to independent merchants who sell their...

Actors’ Union Plans To ‘Fight Back’ Against Porn Deepfakes

The Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) recently made a bold statement against deepfakes, a technique that uses artificial intelligence to digitally impose an actors’ likenesses into a film without permission. As reported by Deadline Hollywood, the president of SAG-AFTRA, Gabrielle Carteris, wrote in the union’s monthly magazine that it has “undertaken an exhaustive review of...

More Than Half Of Government and Military Employees Still Have ‘Shitty’ Passwords

Yes, one of them was “password”—and even in 2012 there was no excuse for that. Half of government and military employees were using easily crackable passwords as of 2012, according to a report released Wednesday. That’s only slightly better than the 52 percent of the general public that was using passwords that were far too weak at the time, according to...

Maybe Chris Rock Was Right About Guns & Bullets

Maybe Chris Rock was right. New ammunition regulations in California could make it harder for people who shouldn’t have guns to use the ones they have—whether they’re begged, borrowed, or 3D-printed. From July 2019, Proposition 63, a new law in California, will require retailers to conduct background checks on ammunition buyers at the point of purchase. In Sacramento, the state’s capital, where similar regulations are already in place,...

Smart Criminals Beware: Apple Aims To Help Law Enforcement

The company will also build a digital forensics training program. Around this time of the year, Apple is usually announcing its latest mobile devices. But this week, the company announced a tool geared specifically toward police. On Tuesday, Apple sent a letter to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D- R.I. detailing some of the new tools it is developing for law enforcement to use, CNET reports. This includes...