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Voting machine maker vows to step up security, Fortnite bribes players to do 2FA – and more

Roundup Summer rolls on, Reg vultures are making the most of their hols before the September rush hits, and in the past week, we saw Lazarus malware targeting Macs, Adobe scrambling to get an emergency patch out, and Democrats losing their minds over a simple training exercise. Here's what else went down... SOLEO mission Researchers …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Aug 2018
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Scot.gov wins pals with pledge not to keep hold of innocents' mugshots and biometric data

The Open Rights Group has backed the Scottish government's plans to immediately delete mugshots at the end of legal retention periods – something Whitehall said is impossible in its own systems. The Scottish government is consulting on proposals to improve oversight of the use and retention of biometric data, which would see …
Rebecca Hill, 22 Aug 2018
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'Oh sh..' – the moment an infosec bod realized he was tracking a cop car's movements by its leaky cellular gateway

Black Hat If you want to avoid the cops, or watch deliveries and call-outs by trucks and another vehicles in real-time, well, there's potentially not a lot stopping you. Security researchers have found more than 100,000 internet-facing cellular gateways, some of which broadcast their exact whereabouts to the world. These particular …
Iain Thomson, 18 Aug 2018
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Rights groups challenge UK cops over refusal to hand over info on IMSI catchers

British cops' efforts to keep schtum about their use of IMSI grabbers to snoop on people's mobile phones is to be challenged in court. Five UK police forces are known to have purchased the equipment – which mimics mobile phone towers to connect with devices – but groups seeking further details have hit a brick wall, as cops …
Rebecca Hill, 7 Aug 2018
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Probe Brit police phone-peeking plans, privacy peeps plead

The UK's snooping watchdog has been urged to investigate whether the country's coppers have a legal basis to suck up mobile phone data – or if it would constitute state hacking. Privacy International said it had made a formal complaint about the lack of legal clarity around the police's ability to slurp data off people's …
Rebecca Hill, 3 Aug 2018
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UK.gov ploughs cash into creaky police technology

The British government has sunk £100m into efforts to link up cops’ IT systems, boost resource-sharing and develop digital forensics. The UK's police forces have been battling to improve outdated systems for years. Multiple annual reports into the state of policing have concluded that cops lag far behind in their use of tech, …
Rebecca Hill, 2 Aug 2018
Metropolitan Police at Notting Hill Carnival

London's top cop isn't expecting facial recog tech to result in 'lots of arrests'

The commissioner of London's Met Police has insisted the public "expect" cops to trial the facial recognition tech that is subject to two legal challenges in the UK – while admitting she doesn’t expect its use to result in “lots of arrests”. In a hearing at the London Assembly today, Cressida Dick, Metropolitan Police …
Rebecca Hill, 4 Jul 2018
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Foot lose: Idiot perv's shoe-mounted upskirt vid camera explodes

A pervert in Wisconsin, USA, surrendered himself to the cops after a plan to secretly take photos under women's skirts blew up in his face, er, ankle. The unnamed creep hobbled into the Madison West District police station earlier this week complaining of a foot injury, and seeking to turn himself in. It turns out the bloke's …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2018
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Uncle Sam is shocked, SHOCKED to find dark-web bazaars trading drugs, weapons, etc

In news that will surprise no one who has had internet access in the last 25 years, crooks have been using online souks to tout drugs, weapons, and, shockingly, other illicit goods. The Feds announced Tuesday they had busted a $23.6m contraband-peddling operation spread over a handful of dark-web marketplaces. US prosecutors …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jun 2018
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Lack of governance on new police tech leaves 'worrying vacuum' – Brit biometrics commish

Brit cops' use of new technologies isn't always organised or systematic, and a lack of governance on biometrics from government leaves a "worrying vacuum", biometrics commissioner Paul Wiles has said. In his annual report, Wiles said that although the police are generally compliant with laws on the use and retention of DNA and …
Rebecca Hill, 6 Jun 2018
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Just a third of Brit cops are equipped to fight crime that is 'cyber'

Just one in three police forces in the UK are able to tackle cybercrime such as DDoS, malware attacks and online fraud, a Home Affairs Committee heard today. Sara Thornton, chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council, told MPs that research conducted last year revealed a lack of skills across the country's 43 police forces …
Kat Hall, 5 Jun 2018
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Trio indicted after police SWAT prank call leads to cops killing bloke

Three men were this week indicted for their alleged roles in a fatal police "swatting" of a home in Kansas, USA. Tyler Barriss, Casey Viner, and Shane Gaskill will all face charges after a district court grand jury ruled (PDF) to indict them on multiple counts related to the December 28, 2017 death of Andrew Finch – who was …
Shaun Nichols, 24 May 2018
Parade of dancers in costume at  London's Notting Hill carnival.

London's Met Police: We won't use facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival

London cops will not use controversial and inaccurate facial recognition technology at this year's Notting Hill Carnival – in a departure from the trend over the previous two years. The Metropolitan Police have been using the technology since the 2016 carnival, which takes place on the August bank holiday weekend, despite …
Rebecca Hill, 24 May 2018
London, UK - March, 2018. Police officers patrolling Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus in central London.  Pic Paolo Paradiso / Shutterstock.com

Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed

London cops' facial recognition kit has only correctly identified two people to date – neither of whom were criminals – and the UK capital's police force has made no arrests using it, figures published today revealed. According to information released under Freedom of Information laws, the Metropolitan Police's automated …
Rebecca Hill, 15 May 2018
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Hacking charge dropped against Nova Scotia teen who slurped public records from the web

Cops in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, will not pursue charges against a 19-year-old fella who had dared to download a cache of public documents. In a brief statement issued Monday, police said that, following nearly a month of investigation, there were "no grounds to lay charges" in a case that had drawn harsh criticism from …
Shaun Nichols, 7 May 2018
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Cutting custody snaps too costly for cash-strapped cops – UK.gov

The UK government has admitted it can only delete custody images from its massive database through a complex manual process, and that it would cost too much to weed out all the images of innocent people by hand. The custody image database now holds around 21 million shots of faces and identifying features like scars or tattoos …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Apr 2018

'Housemate from hell' catches 24 new charges after alleged nightmare cyberstalking spree

A US bloke accused of cyberstalking and harassing his former housemates has been hit with two dozen more criminal charges. Matthew Lin, a computer programmer from Newton, Massachusetts, faces seven counts of cyberstalking, five counts of distributing child pornography, nine counts of making hoax bomb threats, three counts of …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Apr 2018
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Privacy activists to UK plod: Wanna slurp folks' phone records? Come back with a warrant

Cops should need a search warrant to slurp information from peoples' phones, Privacy International has said as it calls for a government review into police data-extraction tech. The civil rights group has published a report into the use of such kit by forces across the UK, finding that more than half are already using it, and …
Rebecca Hill, 28 Mar 2018

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