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SCARY SPICE: Pumpkin air freshener sparks school evacuation

A high school in Baltimore, USA, was evacuated this week after a pumpkin spice air freshener made four people ill and triggered a hazardous materials scare. Cristo Rey Jesuit High School was emptied out Thursday and searched by police after they got a call that two students and two adults had gotten sick after inhaling strong …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Oct 2017

Cops shut 28k sites flogging knock-off footie kits and other tat

Cops have closed 28,000 websites selling counterfeit goods over the last three years, the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) revealed today. Out of those, more than 4,000 were registered using stolen identities of the UK public. Some 400 individuals have had their identity stolen and used in …
Kat Hall, 25 Sep 2017

Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

Cops in Manchester, England, have 1,518 PCs running on Microsoft's dusty operating system Windows XP, according to a Freedom of Information response. This equates 20.3 per cent of the total PC fleet that GMP has in use, despite Microsoft ending support for the much loved operating systems back in April 2014. A spokesman for …
Kat Hall, 20 Sep 2017
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Cops' use of biometric images 'gone far beyond custody purposes'

The use of 20 million facial images by British police "has said gone far beyond using them for custody purposes," according to the UK Biometric Commissioners’ annual report. Concerns have been previously raised by the commissioner over the retention of hundreds-of-thousands of innocent individuals' images. The Register was the …
Kat Hall, 13 Sep 2017

Deputy AG Rosenstein calls for law to require encryption backdoors

The deputy US Attorney General said he wants legislators to force technology companies to decrypt people's private conversations. Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday told a crowd of over 600 police officers that software developers should be required by law to unscrambled end-to-end encrypted chatter on demand – and if the engineers …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2017

Northern Ireland cops hired cybersecurity biz to ID critics on Twitter

The Police Service of Northern Ireland reportedly hired a private cybersecurity firm to unmask anonymous Twitter accounts of officers and staff allegedly involved in online racist abuse. The accounts also appeared to publish information about ongoing police operations, according to the Press Association. The force confirmed …
Kat Hall, 30 Aug 2017

Kiwi prankster 'oinks' down cops' radio and sings Old MacDonald

A mystery New Zealander has been hijacking police radio frequencies to sing verses from Old MacDonald Had A Farm and make oinking noises at the Old Bill. Reportedly operating for months, the unknown Kiwi apparently alternates between singing the pig-focused verse of the children's nursery rhyme, swapping the lyrics for …
Gareth Corfield, 29 Aug 2017

London cops urged to scrap use of 'biased' facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival

London's Metropolitan Police have been urged to back down on plans to once again use facial recognition software at next weekend's Notting Hill Carnival. Privacy groups including Big Brother Watch, Liberty and Privacy International have written to police commissioner Cressida Dick (PDF) calling for a U-turn on the use of the …
Rebecca Hill, 17 Aug 2017

Police camera inaction? Civil liberties group questions forces' £23m body-cam spend

Almost three-quarters of police forces have forked out more than £22m on body-worn cameras, but are failing to properly monitor how the videos are used in court, according to a report released today. Proponents of the technology argue it will improve transparency in frontline policing, stop police and the public from behaving …
Rebecca Hill, 15 Aug 2017
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London cops bust fake Cisco hardware chain

City of London cops today confirmed they have confiscated hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit Cisco networking gear. Officers from the Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) raided a premises in Herne Bay, Kent, on 25 July and discovered more than 1,000 counterfeit items of networking kit. Several …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jul 2017

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3, 4G: Tube comms trials for emergency crews

Transport for London has tentatively started testing 4G on the Tube for emergency services. TfL's CTO said he was not "absolutely confident" it would be complete by January, 2019, however. The £2.9bn Airwave contract, which dates from 2000, will be switched off by 2020 and replaced by the 4G Emergency Services Network (ESN) …
Kat Hall, 19 Jul 2017
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Beware, sheep rustlers of the South West of England! Police drone spy unit gets to work

+Comment Devon and Cornwall Police is launching its drone-equipped aerial surveillance team today. The flying spy team was first established two years ago on a trial basis and has now been made a permanent unit within D&C Police. Its remit is to provide the same sort of aerial surveillance that the force helicopter provided but at a …
Gareth Corfield, 14 Jul 2017
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'Help! I'm stuck in this ATM,' writes poor bloke on a scribbled note

Police were called to a bank in Corpus Christi, Texas, after a customer getting money out of an ATM was passed a note pleading for help from inside the machine. The contractor working on the cash machine had accidentally locked himself inside the ATM room and realized he had left his phone in his truck. He scribbled notes …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jul 2017
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Queensland Police want access to locked devices

The Australian State of Queensland wants the power to force citizens to unlock their devices during a declared terrorist emergency. The state government introduced legislation under the title “Counter-Terrorism and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016” earlier this month. The bill's explanatory note (PDF) complains that …

WannaCrypt blamed for speed camera reboot frenzy in Australia

A contractor in the Australian State of Victoria has managed to infect an unknown number of speed cameras with a virus, over sneakernet. Details aren't so much sketchy as they are confused: the virus has been identified as WannaCrypt, but the government's been told it infected both Linux and Windows-based cameras; there was no …
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I fought Ohm's Law and the law won: Drone crash takes out power to Silicon Valley homes

A wayward quadcopter is being blamed for a power outage in Google's back yard this week. The city of Mountain View said that a large portion of the city, including city hall and the central library, were without power from 8:15 to 11:00 Thursday night, as part of an outage that knocked out service to around 1,600 customers. …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Jun 2017
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Police anti-ransomware warning is hotlinked to 'ransomware.pdf'

Official anti-ransomware advice issued by UK police to businesses can only be read by clicking on a link titled "Ransomware" which leads direct to a file helpfully named "Ransomware.pdf". In case you've been living under a rock, large chunks of the digitised world, including most of the NHS, were, ahem, digitally disrupted by …
Gareth Corfield, 17 May 2017
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Leeds cops issue appeal for man-sized todger

West Yorkshire police are seeking a giant penis who may have witnessed a serious assault in Leeds city centre in April. via yorkshire police. yes really. inflatable penis costume An image helpfully supplied by West Yorkshire police - almost certainly of a person modelling the costume rather than the alleged witness In the …
John Oates, 17 May 2017

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