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Cell phone security on Apple and Google -operated devices help criminals duck justice

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Cell phone security on Apple and Google -operated devices help criminals duck justice

The answers to the shooting death of a Louisiana woman could be locked in her iPhone 5, but without a password not even Apple can access the data. It’s an unsolved murder from April that law enforcement officials say is symbolic of a growing number of cases stalled by amped-up security features on Apple and Google-operated devices. Brittney Mills, 29, was 8 months pregnant when she opened the door to someone who wanted to borrow her car in Baton Rouge on April 24. She refused and was shot several times. Her baby, Brenton Mills, died a week later. Mills had the iOS-8 operating software on her phone, but the encryption system — intended to protect users’ privacy — has made owners’ text messages, phone calls and contact lists inaccessible since September 2014. In the Louisiana case, cell phone data, including a personal diary, was not backed up on iCloud. A subpoena seeking the data resulted in a missive from Apple saying that because the phone is “running iOS version 8 or a later version” the “extraction cannot be completed.” About 1,300 miles northeast of Baton Rouge, frustrated prosecutors in New Orleans have an ally in Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance […]

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Advances in technology help police, residents catch criminals together

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Advances in technology help police, residents catch criminals together

Through online databases and the ever-increasing use of social media, metro-area authorities are relying on tips from the public to help them solve crimes more than ever before. This month, six law enforcement agencies announced their participation in a national database program that allows officers to track crimes, traffic accidents and other emergency calls by accessing an online map.   The program, called ATACRAIDS, allows officers to enter information into the system and share it with other agencies, helping investigators link crimes. Last week, the program went public, and officers in the six agencies (Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Edmond, Moore, Norman and Bethany police departments) are hoping residents will begin to monitor the database and pass along tips and information to authorities. Oklahoma City Police Capt. Paco Balderrama said his department is close to finishing another, more detailed database that will allow residents to track criminals convicted of sexual and violent crimes in their neighborhoods. Some law enforcement officials say they are optimistic about the ATACRAIDS program, given that the digital age has created a generation of individuals who understand technology and how to use it to solve problems. Sarah Jensen, spokeswoman for the Norman Police Department, said it uses […]

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Obama administration released illegal immigrant children to criminals’ homes

The Obama administration released thousands of illegal immigrant children to sponsors with criminal records, including arrests on charges of child molestation, human trafficking and homicide, a top senator charged Tuesday.

If true, it would be a stunning black mark on President Obama’s immigration record, according to analysts, who said the first job of the government was toRead More

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Criminals aren’t the only ones breaking in

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Criminals aren’t the only ones breaking in

At least that’s what lockpicker and network engineer Jeff Rosowski says. Rosowski learned to lockpick to prepare for Mystery Challenge, a contest of puzzles, ciphers, tricks and codes at the annual DefCon hacker conference. Since, he has maintained his skills at monthly lockpicking nights at SYN Shop, a Henderson hackerspace he helped found in 2008. The lockpickers at SYN Shop said lockpicking is a relaxing pastime. One practices while watching TV. Basic lockpicking isn’t hard to learn. The simplest locks have only one pin. An average padlock might have four or five pins. Regardless, the principle is the same: Insert a tension wrench into the keyhole, then use a pick to press the pins up inside the lock. Much of lockpicking is based on feel, but some is luck. Rosowski’s favorite locks to pick are padlocks. “Brinks are generally good,” Rosowski said. “This one, I’ve opened exactly once.” Lockpicking has real-life applications, too. Rosowski once used a pick to get into a storage shed for which he had lost the key. He doesn’t regularly pick his front door, however, as it could ruin the lock. Despite the ease of picking locks, Rosowski says he doesn’t worry about someone picking his. […]

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Identity theft is a hot favorite with cyber criminals, accounts for 53% of data breaches

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Gemalto released the findings of the Breach Level Index for the first six months of 2015, revealing that 888 data breaches occurred, compromising 246 million records worldwide. Compared to the first half of 2014, data breaches increased by 10% while the number of compromised data records declined by 41% during the first six months of this year. This decline in compromised records can most likely be attributed to that fact that fewer large scale mega breaches have occurred in the retail industry compared to the same period last year. Despite the decrease in the number of compromised records, large data breaches continued to expose massive amounts of personal information and identities. The largest breach in the first half of 2015 – which scored a 10 in terms of severity on the Breach Level Index – was an identity theft attack on Anthem Insurance that exposed 78.8 million records, representing almost a third (32%) of the total data records stolen in the first six months of 2015. Other notable breaches during this analysis period included a 21-million-record breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (BLI: 9.7); a 50-million-record breach at Turkey’s General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs (BLI: 9.3); […]

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Police want white hat hackers to catch Ashley Madison criminals

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Toronto police have appealed to the ‘white hat’ hacker community for help in tracking down Impact Team, the perpetrators of the Ashley Madison data breach, after revealing two people may have taken their own lives due to the leaks. “Team Impact,” Superintendent Bryce Evans said at a press conference, directly addressing the criminals behind the hack, “I want to make it very clear to you — your actions are illegal and will not be tolerated.” Evans said the suicide reports were unconfirmed as yet, and it is unknown if it was members of the site or other persons who had been killed. But Toronto Police stressed the “enormous social and economic fallout” caused by the hackers, who published the usernames, real names, street addresses and partial credit card numbers of some 36 million dating site users. Evans thanked the open source tech community for its help so far, and told journalists that Avid Life Media — owners of Ashley Madison and sister dating site Established Men — is offering a reward of $500,000 to anyone providing information that leads to the identification, arrest or prosecution of the person or people behind the hack. “You know the Impact Team has crossed […]

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Police force pioneers new technology to catch criminals on the roads

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A NEW generation of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras are being rolled out across North Yorkshire as part of a £1m investment to catch travelling criminals. The first phase of new, moveable cameras, known as re-deployable cameras, has been introduced following an announcement of substantial investment in ANPR technology by the force last year. The cameras use the very latest technology to produce enhanced images and have the ability to capture distinguishing marks on a vehicle. North Yorkshire Police force is the first in the UK to use this model of ANPR camera. It works by reading the registration number of a vehicle and after checking the number against a database of information will issue an alarm if the vehicle is linked to criminality. They are used by the police to prevent and detect crime, as well as helping search for vulnerable missing people, wanted criminals and to target uninsured and untaxed vehicles. The cameras will be used by local police teams to tackle crime issues in their area. If an area is experiencing a spate of crime such as burglaries, the local policing team can request ANPR cameras in that area until the issue has been resolved. The […]

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Money secrets of cyber criminals revealed

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A cyber criminal economic network ensures the continued operations of illicit activities on the web, a new report has found. According to the Criminal Hideouts for Lease: Bulletproof Hosting Services report by security firm Trend Micro, criminals find economic infrastructure for their internet activities through hosting malicious content on Bulletproof Hosting Services (BPHS). These hosting services typically take serious measures to guard against law enforcement activities and will readily host content for a fee. “The reputation of BPHS providers also relies on how long they’ve been serving customers in the cyber criminal underground without having to change their name or domain. Being able to keep their name or domain for a long time shows that they are able to ensure the confidentiality of their customers’ activities from the prying eyes of security researchers and law enforcers,” the report says. Pricing for hosting depends on the kind of content being hosted. For low risk content, BPHS providers will charge around $2 per month, but that price goes up to $300 for “critical infrastructure projects or high-risk content”. Popular content Some of the high risk content includes child pornography and exploitation as well as malware and botnet command and control software hosted […]

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Cyber criminals are most likely to go after your sales staff

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UK sales staff are the most likely to suffer a cyber attack, according to a new report from Intel Security, cited by Computer Business Review. Their frequent online contact with non-staff members makes companies’ sales teams more vulnerable to online attacks than other workers or even the company chief technology officer (CTO). Call centre and customer services teams are next in line for attack, said the report. Even so, companies are failing to provide security training to non-technical staff, claims Intel Security. More than half (51%) of UK companies do not provide their sales staff with IT security training, despite the risks. Meanwhile, one in ten UK companies are failing to provide any of their staff with mandatory online security training. This is the highest rate across Europe. At the same time, the researchers noted a rise in the number of untrained staff clicking on dangerous links and unwittingly exposing their organisation to a browser attack. The number of suspect URLs soared 87% between 2013 and 2014. Advanced stealth attacks (which disguise themselves to sneak into company networks) are also on the rise – Intel Security uncovered 387 new threats every minute. Browser attacks, along with network abuse, stealthy attacks, […]

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Global hunt for cyber criminals behind online black market

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High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. Seventy people across the globe have been charged or face search warrants in connection to the online hacking marketplace Darkode, which has been shut down in an investigation that spanned 20 countries in the largest takedown of a cyber crime forum. Darkode was used by cyber criminals as a black market for credit card data, hacking tools, ransomware, email addresses and other information useful in targeting individuals, companies and governments. High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. h Of the 70 people wanted in relation to Darkode, 28 have been arrested and 12 are facing charges in the US. A notice on darkode.com on Wednesday said the domain and website had been seized by the FBI and the US attorney’s office in Pittsburgh. “Of the roughly 800 criminal internet forums worldwide, […]

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