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DUI Checkpoint stops zero DUIs

DUI Checkpoint stops zero DUIs

Read a decent article about a DUI checkpoint in Florida that found lots of other things to arrest people for and give them tickets for - but no DUIs. A DUI checkpoint over the holiday weekend resulted in 10 people being arrested and more than 100 drivers being issued traffic citations.The Florida Highway Patrol arranged for the checkpoint to be [...]

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, keeps a close eye on itself

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, keeps a close eye on itself

Lancaster, PA -- This historic town, where America's founding fathers plotted during the Revolution and Milton Hershey later crafted his first chocolates, now boasts another distinction. It may become the nation's most closely watched small city. Some 165 closed-circuit TV cameras soon will provide live, round-the-clock scrutiny of nearly [...]

DUI Checkpoint Cop Fabricates Probable Cause

We are approaching a time in our country where people are detained and forced to take chemical tests because they refuse to answer police questions. This officer allegedly lied about smelling alcohol. Ugh.

Reverse-engineering SSNs from publicly available data

Reverse-engineering SSNs from publicly available data

Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have figured out how to predict Social Security numbers from publicly accessible birth data with frightening accuracy. The researchers analyzed a public information source known as the "Death Master File," which includes birth data and SSNs for people who have died. The scientists found that in [...]

Haystack, an anti-censorship tool specifically for users in Iran, to launch soon

Haystack, an anti-censorship tool specifically for users in Iran, to launch soon

Dare I say it, “green hat” hacker extraordinaire Austin Heap (From SF Chron a few weeks ago) and a group of domestic and foreign techie folks wanting to help Iran have announced the upcoming release of Haystack. Heap writes on his blog that it’s a “new program to provide unfiltered internet access to the people of Iran. A software package [...]

The NEW Real ID: S.1261 – The PASS Act

HOWTO: Incorporate escrow of your keys and passwords into your estate plan

HOWTO: Incorporate escrow of your keys and passwords into your estate plan

The latest Guardian column, "When I'm dead, how will my loved ones break my password?" describes the process the writer's wife and he went through when they drew up their wills and realized that their encrypted hard-drives and their network passwords would go with them if they died or were incapacitated, and how important it was for them to have a [...]

ACLU sues TSA for illegally detaining and searching man carrying $4,700 in cash

ACLU sues TSA for illegally detaining and searching man carrying $4,700 in cash

The ACLU is suing the Transportation Security Administration for illegally searching and detaining Steve Bierfeldt, a US citizen who was detained, cursed at, and threatened by TSA agents for carrying $4700 in cash (which is legal and doesn't require disclosure in advance) at an airport in April. The TSA agents surely would have gotten away with [...]

Supreme Court: Student Strip Search Was Illegal

Supreme Court: Student Strip Search Was Illegal

SAFFORD, AZ - The Supreme Court says a school's strip search of an Arizona teenage girl accused of having prescription-strength ibuprofen was illegal. The court ruled on Thursday that school officials violated the law with their search of Savana Redding, who lives in Safford in rural eastern Arizona. Redding was a 13-year-old honor student [...]

Exploit code for China’s “Green Dam” censorship app permits remote control of any Chinese PC

Exploit code for China’s “Green Dam” censorship app permits remote control of any Chinese PC

Wikileaks has published what is said to be proof that computers compliant with "Green Dam" can be maliciously controlled, using vulnerabilities in that censorware. Green Dam is a new Chinese state censorship program mandated to be provided with all PC's sold in China after July 1, 2009. The program "complements" the existing internet censorship [...]

City in Montana requires job applicants to hand over all social network logins and passwords for background checks

City in Montana requires job applicants to hand over all social network logins and passwords for background checks

Applying for a job with the City of Bozeman, Montana? You may be asked to provide more personal information than you expected. That was the case for one person who applied for employment with the City. The anonymous viewer emailed the news station recently to express concern with a component of the city's background check policy, which states [...]

False cocaine scares

False cocaine scares

Today in his weekly column on junk science, Ben "Bad Science" Goldacre challenges the War on Drugs and Britain's latest obsession with fighting cocaine: In the case of cocaine, there is an even more striking precedent for evidence being ignored: during the early 1990s the World Health Organization conducted what is probably the largest ever study [...]

Fear is eroding American rights

Fear is eroding American rights

The power of irrational fear in the US is extraordinary. It ranks up there with the Israel Lobby, the military/security complex, and the financial gangsters. Indeed, fear might be the most powerful force in America. Americans are at ease with their country’s aggression against Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, which has resulted in a million [...]

Is your cell phone spying on you?

Is your cell phone spying on you?

Don't talk: your cell phone may be eavesdropping. Thanks to recent developments in "spy phone" software, a do-it-yourself spook can now wirelessly transfer a wiretapping program to any mobile phone. The programs are inexpensive, and the transfer requires no special skill. The would-be spy needs to get his hands on your phone to press keys [...]

TOSBack Monitors Terms of Service Changes to Google, Facebook, and 42 Others

TOSBack Monitors Terms of Service Changes to Google, Facebook, and 42 Others

Facebook's new terms of service brought to light the serious privacy concerns that changes to user agreements can bring about. Web site TOSBack monitors 44 web sites, including YouTube, Facebook, and others, and informs you as changes are made. (more…)

Pick The Perp

Pick The Perp

Pick The Perp is a fun site where the aim is to pick the perpetrator of a crime from a line up. I'm pretty good at this so far. Booking mug shots and related information is gathered from arrest records from open sheriff's web sites in the United States of America. Those appearing here have not been convicted of the arrest charge and are presumed [...]

Kiwis who took the money and ran located through Facebook update

Kiwis who took the money and ran located through Facebook update

The NZ couple who took off after a bank error dropped NZ$10,000,000 in their account have been finked out by a relative's Facebook update, which tipped off authorities that they're in China. But their chances of being caught have increased after they were joined overseas by Ms Young's sister, Aroha Hurring, who posted details about their location [...]

Last.fm User Data Was Sent To RIAA By CBS

Last.fm User Data Was Sent To RIAA By CBS

Just an update from TechCrunch on a story that generated a lot of controversy a few months back, "Did Last.fm Just Hand Over User Listening Data To the RIAA?" Now we've located another source for the story, someone who's very close to Last.fm. And it turns out Last.fm was telling the truth, sorta... Last.fm didn't hand user data over to the RIAA. [...]

Have a router? The FCC claims the right to enter your home without a warrant at any time in order to inspect it

Have a router? The FCC claims the right to enter your home without a warrant at any time in order to inspect it

You may not know it, but if you have a wireless router, a cordless phone, remote car-door opener, baby monitor or cellphone in your house, the FCC claims the right to enter your home without a warrant at any time of the day or night in order to inspect it. That’s the upshot of the rules the agency has followed for years to monitor licensed [...]

Social websites keeping “deleted” photos

Social websites keeping “deleted” photos

User photographs can still be found on many social networking sites even after people have deleted them, Cambridge University researchers have said. They put photos on 16 popular websites - noting the web addresses where the images were stored - and deleted them. The team said it was able to find them on seven sites - including Facebook - [...]

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