by on January 10, 2018
An Ohio man faces a 16-count indictment for allegedly creating a piece of malware that spied on victims in order to commit a litany of crimes, including the production of child pornography, according to federal prosecutors. The government claims, Phillip R. Durachinsky, 28, ran a 13-year scheme from 2003 to Jan. 20, 2017 that infected thousands of computers with malware dubbed “Fruitfly.” Victims include unknowing individuals, police departments, schools, companies and the federal gove...
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by on January 14, 2018
Early-morning tweets revealed Trump’s complicated relationship with various spying rules. Former NSA Michael Flynn Thursday brought President Trump two things he sought: new restrictions on how and when the U.S. government can reveal the names of Americans who come to the attention of intelligence agencies, and a House vote to reauthorize the law that permits those agencies to eavesdrop on foreigners and virtually any American they speak to. This means, among other things, that the ...
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by on January 11, 2018
President Trump posted his tweet shortly after a Fox News legal analyst appealed directly to him during a Thursday morning segment about the upcoming House vote. A yearslong effort by a bipartisan group of lawmakers to impose significant new privacy limits on the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program fell short on Thursday, as the House of Representatives voted to extend the legal basis for that program by six years with only minimal changes. The vote, 256 to 164,...
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by on February 5, 2018
Ten unsolved homicide and rape cases are among the first being considered in New York State for use of the innovative familial DNA searching techniques in the hunt for possible suspects, law enforcement officials said. By using family members' DNA, police may be able to track down a potential suspect or evidence, law enforcement officials said. Eight of the 10 cases came from the NYPD and are the first in which police and local prosecutors are attempting to use the DNA process since it...
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by on February 5, 2018
Contact: press@ccrjustice.org February 5, 2018, New York –Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) sent a letter to the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety, as well as the Committee on Oversight and Investigations, requesting public hearings on the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) gang policing practices. In the letter, LDF and CCR outline deep-seated concerns with the growing national problem of ga...
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by on February 9, 2018
UK lawmakers visiting the US didn’t pull any punches at a Washington DC hearing on fake news today. “Isn’t Facebook a massive surveillance operation?” asked conservative MP Rebecca Pow. Members of the UK House of Commons’s digital, culture, media and sport committee called US tech companies to George Washington University today, questioning representatives of Facebook, Alphabet, and Twitter, as well as academics and journalists on the general topic of fake news. Brexit on their mind ...
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by on February 9, 2018
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, former staff secretary to President Clinton, talks with Rachel Maddow about the access of the staff secretary to highly confidential information, and the Trump administration's surprising lack of action despite knowing Porter's issues. source
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by on November 29, 2017
The leak marks at least the fifth exposure of NSA-related data in as many years. The contents of a highly sensitive hard drive belonging to a division of the National Security Agency have been left online. The virtual disk image contains over 100 gigabytes of data from an Army intelligence project, codenamed "Red Disk." The disk image belongs to the US Army's Intelligence and Security Command, known as INSCOM, a division of both the Army and the NSA. The disk image was left on an un...
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by on February 11, 2018
Facial recognition technology is improving by leaps and bounds. Some commercial software can now tell the gender of a person in a photograph. When the person in the photo is a white man, the software is right 99 percent of the time. But the darker the skin, the more errors arise — up to nearly 35 percent for images of darker skinned women, according to a new study that breaks fresh ground by measuring how the technology works on people of different races and gender. These disparate ...
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by on December 22, 2017
The system will help users detect when others might be attempting to use their image as a profile picture Facebook users will be notified every time their face is uploaded to the platform, even if it is not tagged. The new facial recognition feature will not apply to users in the European Union or Canada, where privacy regulators have prevented the use of such technology. The social network said the new option was "empowering" users. But critics voiced concern about how open Fac...
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by on February 24, 2018
In the future imagined by the Department of Homeland Security, an army of small drones will hover over the southwestern border, outfitted with facial recognition technology that can cull criminal histories of people on the ground. Advanced cameras will instantly identify drivers and passengers as they cross international bridges into Mexico. Artificial intelligence software will comb through the social media accounts of immigrants seeking to enter the country. U.S. Border Patrol agents wa...
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by on January 2, 2018
Voice-activated smart devices can be used for alerts, alarms and web searches – but what about reporting crime? It may seem far-fetched, but one police force believes it's possible. Popular products such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home – now a fixture in households around the world – will soon be used to access real-time crime warnings and breaking news alerts, according to Rob Flanagan, an innovation chief at Lancashire Police. In a speech at a College of Policing conference, first...
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