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Staffordshire Police hire digital experts to fight cyber crime

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DIGITAL experts have been recruited to help police catch cyber criminals. They have joined a dedicated digital intelligence team (DIT) within Staffordshire Police, set up to carry out covert investigations into crime committed online. The new specialists could be helping to tackle offences such as fraud, drug dealing and child sexual exploitation. It comes after The Sentinel revealed in February that the force had established a crack cyber crime unit to catch perverts, fraudsters and other criminals using the internet to target their victims. The new DIT replaces this unit and signals a different approach in Staffordshire to addressing cyber crime. Chief Constable Jane Sawyers said: “These are all people with significant skills, backgrounds, training and levels of qualifications in digital investigation. “We have changed the way we think about investigating crime because society has changed the way that crime is committed.” More than 250 police staff have been trained in how to gather evidence and intelligence from the internet. It is hoped a further 250 will have the training by the end of next year. Assistant Chief Constable Jon Drake said: “The DIT have got really sophisticated technological techniques to help catch offenders who think the internet is a […]

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‘Come at me Aussie police': Hacker behind posts of hundreds of pictures of naked Queensland women taunts authorities and vows to keep uploading them

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A hacker responsible for sharing nude images of up to 700 Brisbane women on a New Zealand-based file-sharing service online, has taunted police after they ordered for the photos to be removed. The freely available images, which showed ‘girls from Brisbane and surrounding areas’ in various states of undress, first emerged on a forum on Friday before being removed on Monday morning and reappearing again later that night, Fairfax reports. A police request led to their removal for a second time on Tuesday, which was followed by the hacker vowing to upload the photos again, posting: ‘come at me Aussie police’. The uploader allegedly named the women in the photos and even shared some of their locations. However, officers are limited in their ability to investigate the cybercrime due to a lack of complaints. ‘The thing is, we don’t have a complaint and the focus has to be on harm minimisation to try and get these things down so people’s lives aren’t ruined,’ Detective Superintendent Brian Hay told Faifax. ‘When you’ve got a complaint then you’ve got an offence.’ The news comes just days after hackers stole and posted scantily clad photos of up to 500 Adelaide women on a […]

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Local police chiefs focus on accountability, technology

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The national debate over how police interact with the public hasn’t gone unnoticed by several chiefs in Lake County. It’s the paths they’re taking to increase police accountability that differ. Police chiefs in Hammond, East Chicago, Gary, Griffith and Schererville also face the never-ending challenge of finding funding to purchase a growing list of technologies. Hammond Police Chief John Doughty said his department is currently testing body cameras from four companies. All officers working on patrol, traffic and gang and narcotics units could begin wearing the cameras by this summer. The cameras often are held up as a way to reduce unfounded complaints and increase police accountability. Two controversies last year in which Hammond police were accused of racial profiling and excessive force have decreased initial resistance to the cameras among the rank and file, Doughty said. The department is looking to purchase 125 to 150 body cameras at a cost of about $80,000, he said. The Gary Police Department also is in the process of acquiring body cameras for testing, spokesman Thomas Decanter said. East Chicago police have “an open mind” and are researching the feasibility of body cameras, Police Chief Mark Becker said. One of the greatest challenges […]

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A watchful Regina gas station clerk has foiled what police believe to be an attempted credit card scam — one that could have implications that reach beyond this province.

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Johnson City police arrested an Elizabethton woman Tuesday on charges that she used another person’s credit card to make purchases. Heather K. Richardson, 23, 220 Nave Hollow Loop, Elizabethton, was with fraudulent use of a credit or debit card and theft of property over $1,000. Police said Richardson’s arrest resulted from an investigation into fraudulent charges made to a Belk Department Store credit card. The investigation showed Richardson unlawfully used the victim’s credit card to make purchases in Tennessee and North Carolina. Richardson turned herself in Tuesday at the Washington County Detention Center, where she was held on $20,000 bond. She was arraigned Wednesday in Sessions Court. Tuesday’s arrest was not Richardson’s first in Johnson City: — In August 2013, she was charged with shoplifting. — In January 2014, Richardson was charged with aggravated assault. — In February 2014, she was one of two people arrested when police found drugs at a Johnson City hotel. Richardson and Terelle Sanders were each charged with possession of schedule II drugs for resale, possession of schedule VI drugs for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said the arrests resulted from a “knock and talk” at a room at the Double Tree Hotel, 211 Mockingbird Lane. […]

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Police: Bethesda Fraud Suspect Cloned Credit Card

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A man allegedly cloned a victim’s credit card, then used it to make fraudulent purchases at a Bethesda grocery store. Police are looking for help to identify the suspect photographed above. Detectives say he used the cloned card last month. The victim was notified of fraudulent activity on her card on Feb. 12, according to police. She still had her card “and was uncertain how the card number was being used to make purchases,” police said. Police said an investigation revealed the card had been cloned and used at a Safeway in Bethesda. Anyone with information about this crime or the suspect is asked to contact the 2nd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6726. Callers may remain anonymous. source: http://www.bethesdanow.com/2015/03/18/fraud-suspect-cloned-credit-card-used-them-in-bethesda/

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ShotSpotter stations in New York can recognize gunfire, direct police to crimes

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The City of New York has announced plans to adopt an innovative anti-gun violence device, The ShotSpotter, which aims to slow the increase in gun crime in New York City. ShotSpotter is made up of acoustic sensors that detects the sound of gunfire. The sensors are attached to cameras on buildings throughout New York. When a gunshot is fired, cameras will review video footage to see where the gunfire was from in order to solve the crime. The devices cost $1.5 million and will be part of a year-long test program.The ShotSpotters have been implemented in the Bronx and 300 more cameras will be installed across New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the devices will deter crime. “What you get with ShotSpotter is real-time information so the police can respond so much faster,” said de Blasio. “The audio senses detect gunfire, pinpoint the shots to literally, within feet of where they have occurred and that gives the police the ability to get to the scene,” said the mayor. “This new gunshot deterrent system is going to do a whole lot of good in terms of going after the bad guys.” “This technology will help us stay even safer,” added de Blasio. While […]

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Stafford police seek man wanted for credit card fraud

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Stafford Township police are looking for the public’s help to locate a New Brunswick man they say is wanted for credit card fraud. $50,000 arrest warrant was issued for Terence Flaherty, 28, charging him with fraud and theft, according to police Sgt. Christopher M. Fritz. He said Flaherty frequents Barnegat Township, Morris Plains and Rutgers University New Brunswick campus. Anyone with any information of Terence Flaherty’s location should contact the Stafford Township Police Department anonymous TIPS hotline at 609-597-1189, ext. 8477 — Stephanie Loder source: http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/stafford-police-seek-man-wanted-for-credit-card-fraud/article_f51f8518-cb7d-11e4-ab80-0338af9aab80.html

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Police: Woman sought for using stolen credit card

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HANOVER, Pa. (WHTM) – Police are asking for tips from the public to solve a case of credit card fraud. State police on Monday released surveillance photos of a woman who allegedly used a stolen credit card to buy $650 worth of merchandise at Walmart, Giant and Staples stores in Hanover. Their suspect is a 20- to 30-year-old woman between 5’0″ and 5’5″ tall, and 160 to 185 pounds. She was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt when the incidents occurred Oct. 13 and was driving a red Ford Focus. Anyone who can identify her is asked to call state police in York at 717-428-1011 and ask for Trooper De Los Santos. source: http://abc27.com/2015/03/16/police-woman-sought-for-using-stolen-credit-card/

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Falls police hit cutting edge of crime scene investigation with new laser scanner

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The increasing expectations of juries in criminal cases that they will see evidence presented to them like what they view on the popular CSI series of TV shows. Of course, the TV shows present a mix of experimental technologies, not currently available to law enforcement, and glitzy gadgets that carry equally glitzy price tags. “People watch CSI and they think we have those abilities,” Falls Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto said. Well now Cataract City cops do have that gear. For the past week, officers in the Traffic Division and Crime Scene Unit have been training on a new laser scanner capable of producing previously unimaginable three dimensional recreations of accident and crime scenes. “It measures a scene using a laser and it gives us a three dimensional map,” Police Lt. Michael Drake said. “It will give the opportunity for a jury to walk through a crime scene, three dimensionally, and allow us to incorporate actual crime scene photos in to the 3-D image.” A veteran crash management investigator and the Falls Police Department’s chief technology officer, Drake called the new scanner, “pretty cool.” The possibilities the new scanner will give police and prosecutors include being able to virtually place jurors […]

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Faribault Police Department to improve its data extraction technology in 2015

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Technology: It’s everywhere. And it’s being used for crimes, too. However, solving a crime that involves technology with limited resources can be quite difficult. Currently, Faribault investigators have to thumb through a device and take pictures of its content. This method is not only outdated but time-consuming. “As far as forensic software, we are behind (the curve),” said Detective Sgt. Brandon Gliem. Depending on the size of agency, budget and jurisdiction, some police departments already have forensic units, Gliem said. Rochester, for example, created a forensics unit three to four years ago. “We have not had anything,” Gliem said. “We’ll be the first in Rice County, which is exciting.” Included in the city’s capital improvement plan this year, the police department was authorized $13,000 to purchase technology and pay for training to better equip its investigations unit with tools and knowledge to extract data from mobile cellular phones and other mobile devices. “You can almost not have a criminal event that doesn’t involve some type of technology,” said Police Chief Andy Bohlen. “We think this is going to be key in turning around cases quicker.” In the case of an emergency, the department may go to another agency, but Bohlen […]

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