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Fish, sausage, even honey: Food fraud is hidden in plain sight

January 31st, 2020 at 2:31 pm » Comments Off

A 2018 study found 61% of seafood products tested at Montréal grocery stores and restaurants were mislabelled  The globalization of the food chain has resulted in increased complexity and diminished transparency and trust into how and where our foods are grown, harvested, processed and by whom. Furthermore, recurring incidents of food fraud remind us that […]



Cybercrime booms as scammers hack human nature to steal billions

November 24th, 2019 at 12:28 pm » Comments Off

Cyberscams are getting more sophisticated. The secret to comedy, according to the old joke, is timing. The same is true of cybercrime. Mark learned this the hard way in 2017. He runs a real estate company in Seattle and asked us not to include his last name because of the possible repercussions for his business. […]



An artificial-intelligence first: Voice-mimicking software reportedly used in a major theft

September 17th, 2019 at 12:52 am » Comments Off

A fake video featuring former president Barack Obama. A new worry: fake voice recordings that can be used to persuade people that they’re being asked to do something by an authority. (AP/AP) Thieves used voice-mimicking software to imitate a company executive’s speech and dupe his subordinate into sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to a […]



Thieves are now using AI deepfakes to trick companies into sending them money

September 17th, 2019 at 12:42 am » Comments Off

So AI crimes are a thing now It seems like every few days there’s another example of a convincing deepfake going viral or another free, easy-to-use piece of software (some even made for mobile) that can generate convincing video or audio that’s designed to trick someone into believing a piece of virtual artifice is real. […]



Email sextortion scams are on the rise and they’re scary — here’s what to do if you get one

July 1st, 2019 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

Overall, extortion by email is growing significantly, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Compliant Center (IC3). Last year, these complaints rose 242% to 51,146 reported crimes, with total losses of $83 million. “The majority of extortion complaints received in 2018 were part of a sextortion campaign in which victims received an email threatening to send […]



Around the world, more say immigrants are a strength than a burden

April 1st, 2019 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

Immigrants take the Canadian oath of citizenship during a ceremony in Toronto. Publics divided on immigrants’ willingness to adopt host country’s customs.



The new weapon in the fight against crime

March 11th, 2019 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

  Solving a murder or tracking down the perpetrators of sexual abuse often requires dogged police work. What if a machine could help detectives spot the vital clues they need? The images on Eduardo Fidalgo’s computer show mundane scenes – a sofa scattered with pillows, a folded duvet on a bed, some children’s toys strewn […]



Meet the internet researchers unmasking Russian assassins

October 22nd, 2018 at 6:39 am » Comments Off

Aric Toler is part of Bellingcat, an international Internet research organization that has meticulously investigated conflicts around the world. This week, the online group outed one of two Russian agents believed to have been involved in poisonings in the U.K. Aric Toler isn’t exactly sure what to call himself. “Digital researcher, digital investigator, digital something […]



A massive Chinese ride-sharing service removed passenger attractiveness ratings after a woman was killed

May 18th, 2018 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

Didi suspended its ride-sharing service after a 21-year-old woman was murdered. Carlos Jasso/Reuters Didi Chuxing, the Chinese ride-sharing giant, said it would remove creepy passenger ratings from its app after a woman was allegedly murdered by her driver. Didi’s Hitch service lets people share rides, but was suspended last week after the murder. Didi said […]



Japan’s prisons area haven for elderly women

April 8th, 2018 at 2:29 pm » Comments Off

Lonely seniors are shoplifting in search of the community and stability of jail. Every aging society faces distinct challenges. But Japan, with the world’s oldest population (27.3 percent of its citizens are 65 or older, almost twice the share in the U.S.), has been dealing with one it didn’t foresee: senior crime. Complaints and arrests […]



‘Migrants are more profitable than drugs’: how the mafia infiltrated Italy’s asylum system

February 7th, 2018 at 9:20 am » Comments Off

Crime families have cashed in on the ‘refugee industry’.



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.



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