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VIDEO: Big Brother 3.0: FBI Launches Facial Recognition Program

Civil rights and privacy watchdogs have criticized the program for its invasive—and inaccurate—tactics. The system, a billion-dollar investment that has been in development with Lockheed Martin for three years, was found to identify the wrong individual 20 percent of the time, a statistic which increases over time and as the database expands, the Electronic Frontier […]

Google ad network exposed millions of computers to malware | The Verge

Zemot is focused on computers running Windows XP, although it can also infect more modern operating systems running on x86 and 64 bit machines. Zemot is designed to bypass a system’s security before infecting computers with additional malware, so it’s difficult to exactly what effect the attack would have on a system once security had […]

Snowden: If you live in New Zealand, you’re being watched — RT News

Edward Snowden has dismissed as “false” the New Zealand PM’s claims of no mass surveillance in the country. The whistleblower says he regularly “came across communications of New Zealanders,” when he worked as an NSA analyst.New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau GCSB has performed mass spying, despite denials by the nation’s prime minister, John Key, […]

Seattle Cop Defends Killer of Michael Brown, Accuses Obama of Racism | Slog

On August 20, at 3:43 p.m., Hall, changed his profile image to a police badge that says, “Officer Darren Wilson I Stand By You.”SPD officials said they are considering a formal investigation into Hall in response to this story.The postings seem to imply that the fatal shooting of Brown—an unarmed black teenager killed by a […]

Oregonian arrested for filming SWAT raid *Video* – Intellihub.com

In the video, two law enforcement officers, decked out in military gear, approach the man filming across the street, telling him to go back inside, as he was supposedly “interfering” in the execution of a search warrant.“You go inside right now….it’s a lawful order….go inside right now,” one officer said while swinging at the iPad.A […]

Urban Shield reignites militarization debate in Oakland | Al Jazeera America

Urban Shield is a four-day event that brings together law enforcement agencies from around the world — including Israel, Bahrain, Qatar, Brazil, Guam, South Korea and Singapore. A two-day trade show featuring the latest in policing and surveillance technology is followed by two days of emergency-preparedness training exercises throughout the Bay Area. The event began […]

Harper calls for police investigations, not inquiry, for aboriginal women

But Harper, who is in Whitehorse as part of his yearly trek to the North, says most such cases are addressed — and solved — by the police.He says it’s important to keep in mind that these are crimes.“We should not view this as sociological phenomenon,” the prime minister told a news conference Thursday.“We should […]

Android security mystery – ‘fake’ cellphone towers found in U.S.

The fake ‘towers’ – computers which wirelessly attack cellphones via the “baseband” chips built to allow them to communicate with their networks, can eavesdrop and even install spyware, ESD claims. They are a known technology – but the surprise is that they are in active use.The towers were found by users of the CryptoPhone 500, […]

Jennifer Lawrence, other celebs’ pictures leaked: FBI addressing the matter – CBS News

“This is a flagrant violation of privacy,” Lawrence’s spokesperson Liz Mahoney said in a statement. “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.” Mahoney declined to provide any further details.Dozens of private, nude photographs were said to be accessed from phones and leaked online. The pictures […]

More police departments considering the use of drones – baltimoresun.com

But uncertainty over federal regulations, concern about privacy issues and other factors have slowed many agencies from acquiring the unmanned aircraft.”There are still many unanswered questions into the future of drone use and how the [Federal Aviation Administration] will regulate those efforts,” said Harford County sheriff’s office spokeswoman Cristie Kahler. The agency recently launched its […]

How the US’s terrorism watchlists work – and how you could end up on one | World news | theguardian.com

Yet the ease with which someone can be placed on US watchlists and terrorism databases contrasts markedly with the impact placement has. A long-withheld document published on Wednesday by the Intercept detailing the guidelines for placement shows that the standards for inclusion are far lower than probable cause, and the ability for someone caught in […]

BBC News – Ex-US Navy officer who spied for Soviets dies in prison

The breach was considered among the largest leaks of military secrets in US history at the time.Walker pleaded guilty in 1985, in a deal to gain a lighter sentence for his son, who was released in 2000 after serving 15 years in prison.The spy ring began when Walker walked into the Soviet embassy in Washington […]

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