Featured stories Windows 7 versus Windows 10: Here comes the final showdown A Best Buy salesman told me the best Windows laptop is a MacBook Is Apple paving the way for a new budget mini iPhone? Office 365 vs G Suite: Which productivity suite is best for your business? Italy's police have been using a new facial-recognition system for the past few months. It's based on a database of 16 million mugshots, nine million of which belong to people who have been identified by the police only once, while the other seven million are of individuals who have been stopped repeatedly. Officially introduced in July last year following an eight-month testing phase, SARI (Automated System for Image Recognition) has already helped in the arrests of shoplifters and burglars across the country. But it's also raised doubts and questions about its legality. The first question mark surfaced over the number of people included in the database. As former MP and well-known technology expert … [Read more...] about Face recognition: Are Italy’s police using millions more mugshots than is legal?
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Three men who traded drugs illegally in the Dark Web, fentanyl and carfentanyl, have been prosecuted by UK law enforcement and sentenced to a total of 43 years and six months between them.The UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) said that Jake Levene, 22, Lee Childs, 45, and Mandy Christopher Lowther, 21, were recently sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on charges of exporting and supplying class A drugs. More security news Bipartisan Bill introduced to ban sale of US tech to Huawei and ZTE Cyber security: This giant blind spot will cost us dear Fortnite security issue would have granted hackers access to accounts Data breaches, cyberattacks are top global risks alongside natural disasters and climate change Fentanyl and carfentanyl are opioid-based drugs, the first of which is used for anesthesia and as a painkiller while the second is used only in veterinary medicine. Both are restricted but are also manufactured illegally, and may be cut with other drugs such as heroin or … [Read more...] about Trio sent behind bars over illegal drug, painkiller trades in the Dark Web
Gatwick Airport, the UK’s second largest airport, has just become a key example of how thoroughly today’s consumer tech can disrupt our infrastructure. The airport briefly suspended all flights again Friday, the third time in three days, due to suspected drone sightings in the area. That’s right — drones were able to shut down a major UK artery for well over 24 hours, as police and armed forces have seemingly been unable to find those responsible. Gatwick is investigating reports of a drone sighting. As a precaution we have suspended airfield operations. More to follow.— Gatwick Airport LGW (@Gatwick_Airport) December 21, 2018 The airport initially had its flights suspended at 9PM on Wednesday evening after the drones were spotted, and though it briefly reopened at 3AM, it was forced to close once more 45 minutes later after the drone flights resumed. The airport remained closed until about 6:14AM on Friday morning, at which time the runway opened to a … [Read more...] about Idiots with drones shut down the UK’s second largest airport — again
Facial recognition technology continues to be trialled by police forces in the UK despite warnings of high error rates. In the latest test, the technology is being used to scan the faces of Christmas shoppers in London, with police hoping to spot wanted criminals. It’s the the seventh time the Metropolitan Police, the UK capital’s police force, have trialled facial recognition in public. The technology has previously been used at large events, including Notting Hill Carnival in 2016 and 2017 and Remembrance Day services last year. This year, the technology is being used Monday and Tuesday this week in Soho, Piccadilly Circus, and Leicester Square — all major shopping areas in the heart of the city. Cameras are fixed to lampposts or deployed on vans, and use software developed by Japanese firm NEC to measure the structure of passing faces. This scan is then compared to a database of police mugshots. The Met says a match via the software will prompt officers to examine … [Read more...] about UK police are testing facial recognition on Christmas shoppers in London this week
Dutch law enforcement says that over 250,000 messages sent by criminals through an encrypted service have been intercepted, leading to a number of arrests. More security news Google's automated fuzz bot has found over 9,000 bugs in the past two years Russia: Now everyone who uses a messaging app must be identifiable Why are fake Elon Musk bitcoin scams running rife on Twitter right now? States activate National Guard cyber units for US midterm elections According to Netherlands police and the public prosecution service, a money-laundering investigation led to the discovery of so-called BlackBox "cryptophones" which made use of the Ironchat end-to-end encryption messaging service.In what law enforcement calls a "breakthrough in the interception and decryption of encrypted communication between criminals" (translated), police officers were able to intercept this communication and read messages between those believed to be part of the money laundering scheme.See also: The police … [Read more...] about Dutch police snoop on criminal chats by intercepting encryption server