Secure Comms: Cracking the Encrypted Messages of Balkan Crime Gangs

Secure Comms: Cracking the Encrypted Messages of Balkan Crime Gangs

Law enforcement authorities in the United States and Europe, however, say it was created with the sole purpose of facilitating drug trafficking and had become the messaging app of choice for transnational crime organisations.

EU police spy on 70,000 encrypted phones

EU police spy on 70,000 encrypted phones

Police agencies were able to monitor the encrypted communications of about 70,000 people in a second major hack by European law enforcement in the last year.Sky ECC has rejected the claim its app has been unlocked by European agencies and said it was cloned devices running a fake application that were hacked.

Home-security cameras have become a fruitful resource for law enforcement - and a fatal risk

Home-security cameras have become a fruitful resource for law enforcement - and a fatal risk

Police forces across the U.S. made more than 20,000 requests last year for footage captured by Ring's "video doorbells" and other home-security cameras, underscoring how the rapid growth of inexpensive home surveillance technologyhas given American law enforcement an unprecedented ability to monitor neighborhood life.

Kidnap capital Mexico eyes biometric phone registry, sparking privacy fears

Kidnap capital Mexico eyes biometric phone registry, sparking privacy fears

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A plan by Mexican lawmakers to put millions of cell phone users’ data in a biometric registry, billed as a tool to fight kidnapping and extortion, has sparked a backlash from telecoms companies and rights groups who warn it could lead to stolen data and higher costs.

The world’s most heavily surveilled cities (fresh report with latest statistics)

The world’s most heavily surveilled cities (fresh report with latest statistics)

CityCountryCCTV camerasPopulationCCTV cameras/1000 peopleCrime indexTaiyuanChina482,2563,891,127123.9451.47WuxiChina312,5313,256,02095.997.84LondonEngland631,6279,304,01667.8952.56ChangshaChina 285,0004,577,72365.2622.68BeijingChina1,310,21320,462,61064.0334.52HangzhouChina510,4147,642,14766.7921.46KunmingChina312,0004,443,18670.2329.17QingdaoChina374,4265,619,97766.627.42XiamenChina221,3453,720,14159.5019.09HarbinChina310,0006,387,19548.5330.17SuzhouChina350,0007,069,99249.5016.63ShanghaiChina1,126,22127,058,48041.6235.54UrumqiChina215,4894,368,86549.3226.72ChengduChina399,0009,135,76843.6724.18ShenzhenChina515,00012,356,82041.6833.43HyderabadIndia356,22110,004,14435.6043.46JinanChina250,0005,360,18546.6415.79ShenyangChina324,1297,220,10444.8943.46HefeiChina182,7254,241,51443.0811.03TianjinChina470,00013,589,07834.5830.28ChennaiIndia313,48310,971,10828.5740.68NanjingChina292,5978,847,37233.0713.31WuhanChina329,9838,364,97739.4424.45Changchun China264,8314,425,76159.8423.82GuangzhouChina684,57913,301,53251.4640.08ZhengzhouChina364,8935,322,69668.5521.84ChongqingChina336,57315,872,17921.2029.58BaghdadIraq189,8137,144,26026.5765.49MoscowRussia745,49112,537,95459.4639.68WenzhouChina148,7353,623,64641.0422.79DongguanChina274,5937,407,852,37.0646.73SingaporeSingapore114,7315,935,05319.3332.01DelhiIndia968,32130,290,39631.9858.69FoshanChina273,5427,326,85237.3336.4ShijiazhuangChina118,4764,114,39328.79N/ASydneyAustralia210,7854,925,98742.7933.45St. PetersburgRussia389,1495,467,80871.1739.222NanchangChina89,6743,598,42124.9226.47NanningChina98,5613,859,60825.5322.3LanzhouChina62,2753,080,52220.21N/AXinbei (New Taipei City)Taiwan84,3384,398,38319.1729.03IstanbulTurkey201,64915,190,33613.2747.37Hong KongHong Kong425,1147,547,65256.3220.91GuiyangChina170,5773,317,11051.42N/ADalianChina132,0005,617,84929.4917.53Los AngelesUnited States212,3844,015,94052.8846.5XianChina435,7468,000,96554.46N/ABangkokThailand132,58110,539,41512.5741.46GuadalajaraMexico76,9435,179,47914.8562.66BerlinGermany32,6703,562,0389.1741.08 20 most populated cities comparing with the number of CCTV available.PrivacySavvy researchers used multiple sources to estimate the number of CCTV cameras installed around the world.

Police are increasingly using digital vehicle forensics to solve cases

Police are increasingly using digital vehicle forensics to solve cases

The same way that a smart phone’s location data and gyroscope data can be used to infer certain things about the phone holder’s location and actions, many people aren’t aware that similar information is stored in a black box within your car.

She didn't know her kidnapper. But he was using Google Maps — and that cracked the case.

She didn't know her kidnapper. But he was using Google Maps — and that cracked the case.

Over the next few days, Google representatives helped Draeger update his warrant to allow the company to search beyond the airport, where hundreds of devices had been using the app at the time of the attack, and look for devices used in additional scenes linked to the crime, including the abduction point and a bar in Chicago where M.D.’s credit card was used the following night.

Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform to tackle the challenge of encrypted material for law enforcement investigations

Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform to tackle the challenge of encrypted material for law enforcement investigations

This week Europol launched an innovative decryption platform, developed in close cooperation with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.The new Europol Decryption Platform, funded by the European Commission, will allow us to further enhance our support for Member State investigations.

ACLU sues Baltimore PD for lying about aerial mass surveillance program

ACLU sues Baltimore PD for lying about aerial mass surveillance program

Additionally, BPD claimed that the AIR program was only for tracking suspects to and from confirmed crime scenes and that the department lacked the ability to gather identifying information like license plate numbers from the surveillance.

Baltimore Police Lied About Almost Every Aspect of Its Spy Plane Program

Baltimore Police Lied About Almost Every Aspect of Its Spy Plane Program

The Baltimore Police Department told the public and a federal appeals court that the surveillance images would only be stored for 45 days, that the planes would only be used for limited tracking of individuals to and from known crime scenes, and that the Aerial Investigation Research (AIR) program couldn’t be used to gather identifying information like license plate numbers.

Amazon disavows Mississippi police program that plans to use Ring cameras for real-time surveillance

Amazon disavows Mississippi police program that plans to use Ring cameras for real-time surveillance

Footage from residents who opt in to the pilot will be accessible through a Real Time Crime Center built by PILEUM and Fusus, two tech companies Jackson tapped for the project.

UK lawyers uneasy about plan to prosecute hate speech at home

UK lawyers uneasy about plan to prosecute hate speech at home

Proposals to prosecute individuals for hate crimes based on what they discuss in their own homes need to be more widely debated, free speech organisations have said.

Why You Should Embrace Automated License Plate Readers

Why You Should Embrace Automated License Plate Readers

If you want to keep your community safe, you can use technology that identifies vehicles, tracks leads, and helps law enforcement capture the evidence to solve crime.In fact, with the use of automated license plate readers, law enforcement officers have a better chance of decreasing the crime rate.

Netherlands: End dangerous mass surveillance policing experiments

Netherlands: End dangerous mass surveillance policing experiments

Police in the Netherlands must immediately stop using algorithmic systems that result in indiscriminate mass surveillance and ethnic profiling, said Amnesty International, in a report which exposes the threat “predictive policing” poses to human rights.

The EU is set to declare war on encryption

The EU is set to declare war on encryption

The EU is set to declare war on encryption with plans to allow law enforcement officials “targeted lawful access” to protected communications, according to a European Commission internal note seen by the Financial Times.

How facial recognition is spreading in Italy: the case of Como

How facial recognition is spreading in Italy: the case of Como

Despite the measure issued by the DPA, the municipality installed this new series of facial recognition cameras in other areas of the city in May 2020.In August 2020 local newspapers from the Como area reported the poor results of the testing of the facial recognition system.

Trump administration seeks sweeping DNA collection of immigrants, U.S. sponsors

Trump administration seeks sweeping DNA collection of immigrants, U.S. sponsors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Friday formally proposed a sweeping expansion of its collection of DNA and other biometric data of immigrants, to go beyond detained migrants in order to include U.S. citizen sponsors and others.

A sheriff launched an algorithm to predict who might commit a crime. Dozens of people said they were harassed by deputies for no reason.

A sheriff launched an algorithm to predict who might commit a crime. Dozens of people said they were harassed by deputies for no reason.

But according to a six-month investigation published this week by the Tampa Bay Times, the high-tech tool deployed by the Pasco Sheriff's Office didn't lead to a reduction in violent crime — instead, 21 families singled out by the algorithm said they were routinely harassed by deputies, even when there was no evidence of a specific crime.

Federal courts rule that reverse location requests by police violate the Fourth Amendment

Federal courts rule that reverse location requests by police violate the Fourth Amendment

Federal courts have started to rule that police can’t ask for information on every device near the scene of a crime, otherwise known as a geofencing warrant or reverse location request.

CBP Now Has a Massive Searchable Database for Devices Seized at the Border

CBP Now Has a Massive Searchable Database for Devices Seized at the Border

It will create “a risk that irrelevant information extracted from devices will now be accessible to a larger number of (US Border Patrol) agents with no nexus to that particular case,” according to CBP’s privacy assessment.

Plenty more phish in the sea - During the pandemic a digital crimewave has flooded the internet

Plenty more phish in the sea - During the pandemic a digital crimewave has flooded the internet

Interpol’s cyber-crime division, however, reports that, as the pandemic has worn on, criminal networks have increasingly shifted their targets away from individuals and small businesses to big companies, governments and critical infrastructure.

Finally! A searchable database on police spy programs

Finally! A searchable database on police spy programs

"Over a year and a half, Reynolds School of Journalism students at the University of Nevada, Reno have reviewed thousands of news articles and public records," he said.

Stalkers are using video doorbells and other 'smart' devices to harass victims, say police chiefs

Stalkers are using video doorbells and other 'smart' devices to harass victims, say police chiefs

Stalkers hacked into smart devices including video doorbells to target their victims in their own homes during the Covid-19 lockdown, police chiefs have said.

Law enforcement arrests hundreds after compromising encrypted chat system

Law enforcement arrests hundreds after compromising encrypted chat system

The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has made 746 arrests and dismantled dozens of organized crime groups after intercepting millions of encrypted text messages, BBC reports.

Hundreds arrested as crime chat network cracked

Hundreds arrested as crime chat network cracked

Media captionThe BBC's Tom Symonds is shown how a customised Android phone with EncroChat installed works A top-secret communications system used by criminals to trade drugs and guns has been "successfully penetrated", says the National Crime Agency.

Edmonton police to watch some high-crime areas with CCTV cameras

Edmonton police to watch some high-crime areas with CCTV cameras

A six-month pilot project will see surveillance cameras installed in areas where crime is high or large groups tend to gather.Rosnau said he was not familiar with the Whyte Avenue surveillance project but does not expect the cameras will act as a crime deterrent.

Has the battle for privacy already been lost?

Has the battle for privacy already been lost?

“With over a third of consumers across 10 countries (roughly 350 million people) experiencing cybercrime in the last year alone, consumers are understandably concerned about their privacy and attempting to take action to protect it,” the report says.

Vancouver woman sues city and police chief over surveillance trailers

Vancouver woman sues city and police chief over surveillance trailers

VANCOUVER -- A Vancouver woman is taking the City of Vancouver and its chief of police to court over what she calls an invasion of privacy because of trailers with surveillance cameras set up in her neighbourhood.

Trump's Secret New Watchlist Lets His Administration Track Americans Without Needing a Warrant

Trump's Secret New Watchlist Lets His Administration Track Americans Without Needing a Warrant

National security officials say that though the government is still debating the full scope of the new watchlist, they are concerned that applying the terrorism standard imperils Americans' civil liberties and privacy rights.

Now there's nothing stopping the PATRIOT Act allowing the FBI to slurp web-browsing histories without a warrant

Now there's nothing stopping the PATRIOT Act allowing the FBI to slurp web-browsing histories without a warrant

The bi-partisan push to install the privacy protection mechanism was led by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT), and came following the news a planned addition to the PATRIOT Act, which is due to be renewed this week, would allow law enforcement to collect people’s browsing histories without a warrant.