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A special traffic operation on an Oregon Highway raises many questions about Civil Rights

A special traffic operation on an Oregon Highway raises many questions about Civil Rights

SALEM, OR - It's a different world out there these days when it comes to law enforcement. As the nation heads into the possibly unknown depths of a severe economic recession, or depression, I fail to see the wisdom of increasing secret police tactics on our highways, but that is what is taking place. You see Americans have this thing called the [...]

Hollow Spy Coins for those on a mission

Hollow Spy Coins for those on a mission

We know that coins can be used to play a prank on others by squirting water, but here is something much more serious. It allows you to store precious information within without giving the game away. Do you have a microSD memory card containing risqué images of your weekend that you do not want anyone else to see, ever? Well, store it within the [...]

Bugs and inaccurate readings found in breathalyzer source code

Bugs and inaccurate readings found in breathalyzer source code

After a long legal wrangle, some defendant-side attorneys have audited the source-code of Alcotest, the breathalyzer used in New Jersey DUI stops. Turns out it was programmed by muppets who don't know how to calculate an average and who throw out error messages by the dozen. Like voting-machine vendors, breathlyzer vendors go crazy when [...]

Blind man dragged off plane in Philadelphia and accused of faking

Blind man dragged off plane in Philadelphia and accused of faking

A blind man flying with his wife from Philadelphia to Belgium (where he works as a translator) was arrested and dragged off the plane when he stood up and demanded to know, after two hours, why they were sitting on the tarmac, with no drinks and no news. The arresting officers didn't let him grab his cane, but rather accused him of faking [...]

San Francisco Muni begins to enforce imaginary “no photos” policy

San Francisco Muni begins to enforce imaginary “no photos” policy

The blogger at What I'm Seeing is a prolific photographer of San Francisco's rapid transit system, and thus has fallen afoul of its imaginary no-photos policy, with a threatened arrest: Before I could get the 1st shot off, Fare Inspector #32 started marching towards me, hands in the air, yelling at me to "STOP TAKING PICTURES!!" So I put away [...]

Abusive Power and the Culture of Obedience

Abusive Power and the Culture of Obedience

"But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual." - Thomas Jefferson, 1819 Ask anyone who has lived under a repressive [...]

Researchers Take Over Dangerous Botnet

Researchers Take Over Dangerous Botnet

A group of researchers at the University of California-Santa Barbara boldly hijacked a notorious botnet known for stealing financial information and discovered that the botnet is even more dangerous than had been thought. Researchers at the University of California at Santa Barbara have published a report (.PDF) that exposes details about how [...]

PIN Crackers Nab Holy Grail of Bank Card Security

PIN Crackers Nab Holy Grail of Bank Card Security

Hackers have crossed into new frontiers by devising sophisticated ways to steal large amounts of personal identification numbers, or PINs, protecting credit and debit cards, says an investigator. The attacks involve both unencrypted PINs and encrypted PINs that attackers have found a way to crack, according to an investigator behind a new report [...]

FBI workers accused of spying on dressing room

FBI workers accused of spying on dressing room

"I can't even begin to put words around what I consider an unspeakable act, the misuse of surveillance by a branch of our government in a place we felt so secure," she said. "Never in a million years would we have thought something like this would happen. We're in shock." What do you think we've been bitching about for the past decade? Everyone [...]

Computer science student targeted for criminal investigation for allegedly sending email

Computer science student targeted for criminal investigation for allegedly sending email

"a black screen with white font which he uses prompt commands on" HAHAHA! Oh noes! We haz a haX0r!!!!!11one A Boston College computer science student has asked a Massachusetts court to quash an invalid search warrant for his dorm room that resulted in campus police illegally seizing several computers, an iPod, a cell phone, and other [...]

Cybersecurity Act of 2009

Cybersecurity Act of 2009

A recently proposed but little-noticed Senate bill would allow the federal government to shut down the Internet in times of declared emergency, and enables unprecedented federal oversight of private network administration. The bill's draft states that "the president may order a cybersecurity emergency and order the limitation or shutdown of [...]

Statebook

Statebook

Statebook is a spoof government site, providing examples of the types of information the UK government holds an an individual citizen. The site also shows what what new information the government want to collect, through new schemes, like the 'Intercept Modernisation Programme' which could even include amassing all of our Internet traffic data in [...]

The expanding invasion of the body scanners

The expanding invasion of the body scanners

The naked body scanners are taking over. When we first checked in on them two years ago, the scanners, which see through clothing, were being deployed at a single airport. A few months later, they were upgraded to millimeter-wave technology, which delivered similar images with even less radiation—"10,000 times less than a cell phone [...]

Search Engines: They know your dark secrets… and will tell anyone

Search Engines: They know your dark secrets… and will tell anyone

I know things about my lawyer I absolutely should not know. He's 55 years old, listens to the music of the band Creed, and screams like a little girl when riding roller coasters. He also relaxes with New Age spa treatments and is thinking about getting an electronic nose-hair trimmer. And that's just the start. Now, let me be clear: I've never [...]

TinyURL Decoder Displays the Real Addresses Behind TinyURLs

TinyURL Decoder Displays the Real Addresses Behind TinyURLs

Note: For Firefox with Greasemonkey installed. TinyURLs and kin are great for packing links into small spaces, but not so great at revealing where the link will take you. Remove the mystery with TinyURL Decoder. Tiny Decoder is a Greasemonkey script with seamless integration. When the script is active, compacted URLs from 13 URL shrinking [...]

Public Search Engines Mine Private Facebook Details

Public Search Engines Mine Private Facebook Details

Another reason to be careful what you post on Facebook: All it takes is a simple Google search, and phishers and marketers can glean a treasure trove of private information based on relationships among Facebook "friends," according to new research. Researchers from the U.K.'s University of Cambridge recently published a paper (.PDF) detailing a [...]

Man stopped by TSA… unknown to them, he is recording their conversation

Are the TSA people really supposed to be acting as interstate customs agents? I thought they were just supposed to be security personnel. It seems like questioning on things like cash and drugs is taking time away from screening for the stuff you are supposed to be screening for. This is probably why the government isn't capable of handling [...]

British cops identify 200 schoolchildren as potential terrorists

British cops identify 200 schoolchildren as potential terrorists

200 children in the UK, some as young as 13, have had files opened on them by the British anti-terror cops as potential terrorists... even though they have committed no crimes. The children were reported to the anti-terror squad by their teachers on the basis of school work, journals and conversations that, in the teachers' view, indicated that [...]

Verified by Visa: British banks phish their own customers

Verified by Visa: British banks phish their own customers

Security expert Ben Laurie has a scorching indictment of the "Verified by Visa" program used by British banks. This system is basically the perfect system for phishers and identity thieves, and conditions honest people to behave in foolish ways that leave them vulnerable to having their life's saving taken off of them. "Frame inline displays the [...]

Pittsburgh approves first round of surveillance cameras

Pittsburgh approves first round of surveillance cameras

Ending a 21-month selection process, the city of Pittsburgh today announced it has picked Maryland-based Avrio Group to deploy a network of public safety surveillance cameras, starting along riverfronts and extending into high-crime areas. The initial funding includes $3.45 million in camera funding is federal money that includes $2.59 million [...]

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