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When an algorithm helps send you to prison

October 26th, 2017 at 9:12 pm » Comments Off

In 2013, police officers in Wisconsin arrested a man driving a car that had been used in a recent shooting. The man, Eric Loomis, pleaded guilty to attempting to flee an officer, and no contest to operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent. Neither of his crimes mandates prison time.



Where Americans are most likely to be killed by gun violence

October 3rd, 2017 at 9:33 am » Comments Off

On Sunday night, a gunman killed at least 59 people and injured 527 others on the Las Vegas Strip. The shooter, identified as Stephen Paddock, open fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino into a crowd of thousands below who were attending a country music festival.



Revenge hacking is hitting the big time

September 23rd, 2017 at 11:26 am » Comments Off

The plan was to hack the hackers. Cybercriminals had targeted a global bank’s customers with phishing emails to break into their accounts. The legal option—waiting for law enforcement to investigate and perhaps apprehend the hackers—would have taken too long. So the bank was willing to try something else, and a team of security consultants offered […]



Someone finally made an app to detect credit card skimmers at the gas pump

September 21st, 2017 at 10:28 am » Comments Off

In less than 30 seconds a hacker can install a $10 piece of pre-built hardware – easily purchased online – into a gas pump. This device is called a skimmer and it’s designed to get your credit card number when you use it at the pump.



How police catch drone-flying criminals

August 8th, 2017 at 9:04 am » Comments Off

From invading privacy to smuggling drugs over jail walls, more criminals are turning to flying drones  forcing detectives to learn new skills to find them.



China is using AI to predict who will commit crime next

July 30th, 2017 at 4:19 pm » Comments Off

This sounds a little like Minority Report to us. China is looking into predictive analytics to help authorities stop suspects before a crime is committed.



7 laws that will have to change because of blockchain

May 16th, 2017 at 7:45 am » Comments Off

“Code is law,” as described in Lawrence Lessig’s book ‘Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace’, refers to the idea that computer code has progressively established itself as a predominant way to regulate behavior to the same degree as legal code. With the advent of blockchain technology, code is assuming an even stronger role in regulating […]



The rise of the online courtroom

May 3rd, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

The digital revolution has not escaped the courts. The courtroom of tomorrow may no longer involve litigants and their lawyers pitching up armed with reams of papers to do battle before robed, bewigged judges. In fact, for many it may not involve a court at all. Judges could be replaced by computers and the courtroom […]



Our fear of artificial intelligence – Is it for all the wrong reasons?

April 27th, 2017 at 6:58 am » Comments Off

People in Britain are more scared of the artificial intelligence embedded in household devices and self-driving cars than in systems used for predictive policing or diagnosing diseases. That’s according to a survey commissioned by the Royal Society, which is billed as the first in-depth look at how the public perceives the risks and benefits associated […]



Welcome to the Internet of Dangerous Things

March 6th, 2017 at 12:15 pm » Comments Off

Bruce Schneier:  Last year, on October 21, your digital video recorder — or at least a DVR like yours — knocked Twitter off the internet. Someone used your DVR, along with millions of insecure webcams, routers, and other connected devices, to launch an attack that started a chain reaction, resulting in Twitter, Reddit, Netflix, and […]



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