Review Category : Security News

Distracted Driving Just as Bad As Drunk Driving According to Study

texting-while-drivingAdvice given is much easier than advice taken – especially when it comes to texting and driving. In a new AAA survey, approximately 90% of people equate the dangers of drunk driving with the dangers of texting and driving. Unfortunately 21% of respondents admitted to having done what they had just declared as dangerous as drunk driving in the past month.

Another disturbing statistic was that 58% of respondents determined that talking on the phone while driving is a “very serious threat to their safety,” and yet 55% of respondents admitted to talking on the phone while driving in the past month. The discrepancies between the percent of people who think doing something that puts them in grave danger and the percent of people doing those things can be attributed to many things. For one, there is no national law against texting or e-mailing while driving. Second, there is a certain stigma surrounding drunk driving that isn’t present around texting/e-mailing and driving or talking on your cell phone and driving.

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Indian Government Looks to GPS to Fight Terrorists

indian-police-320The U.S. army has been using GPS technology for a while now to help track criminals, recover kidnapped soldiers and provide mapping, but according to Tripathy, an IT expert, the Indian state police department is way behind the times. Tripathy has developed  system to track rebel activities in remote areas using GPS. As a member of a team that provided GPS for the Mumbai Police, he can vouch for the effectiveness of GPS when used to combat terror. GPS is even being used by many Delhi and Mumbai cops, but the technology isn’t as common through out Indian police departments as it should be. Tripathy believes that GPS is especially needed now to help combat the recent insurgence of Maoist Terror.

“A small microchip can be attached to the bodies of police personnel, who are engaged in combing operations. When they get kidnapped by rebels or criminals, it becomes easy to find out where these cops are being taken. So even if they are taken deep into the forest or in some remote areas, they can still be traced with the help of the system,” he said. (Via the Times of India)


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Thieves in Florida are Stealing Surveillance Cameras, and Nothing Else

cagesecuritycamerastolenthiefOften it’s hard to make sense out of some theft crimes, but this latest string of thefts in Lakeland has police puzzled for good reason. In all 13 robberies, the thieves only stole surveillance cameras from the businesses they broke in to. No money or other valuables were taken. As a result, authorities have been left scratching their heads for as to what the motive is behind these thefts. Overall, the cameras in Lakeland, Florida averaged for $300 in value, while the cameras stolen from the local Sheriff’s office ranged in cost from $75 to $700.

One theory is that there might be a market for these security cameras outside of Florida. But we can’t help but wonder if there is a master plan behind all of these thefts, the likes of one you would see on the pages of a comic or novel? Are the criminals of the county planning on staging several grand elaborate heists? We can’t help but wonder… after all, the first step would be for them to eliminate the security cameras. (Via The Ledger)

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Surveillance Camera Hack Lets Thieves Pull An Ocean's 11

With this new technology, anyone can rob casinos and become a multi-millionaire like George Clooney and his team in Ocean’s 11, 12, and 13.

At the most recent DefCon conference, a new hack was demonstrated, that involves hijacking IP video streams and seamlessly replacing them with new content. Basically they showed how Danny (George Clooney) and Rusty (Brad Pitt) were able to replace the video steam in the Bellagio’s vault to show them stealing “money” in Ocean’s 11.  This new hack allows anyone to gain access to an IP video surveillance feed and to see exactly what the camera is seeing.  But the key to this hack is that it not only lets you see whats going on, it lets you replace the footage with whatever you want, fooling the actual security guards into thinking that absolutely nothing is happening when you are in their vault.  Or, as in Ocean’s 11, the crew fools Benedict into thinking that people are stealing his money from his vault when they are really outside waiting for a squad truck to come boceans-elevenring them to their airplane.

Experts at the conference warned that most enterprises don’t have the tools necessary to prevent these attacks. The need for better security has increased as the popularity of IP video streams skyrocketed in the past few years.  For example, Dallas Cowboys Stadium just installed over 3000 of these video cameras.  An official at the conference said that “depending on how the network is configured, an attacker might be able to plug into the Ethernet jack in one of the Dallas Cowboys Stadium’s luxury boxes and conduct an attack.”

Hollywood heists may paint a glamorous picture of what these kinds of hacks can result in, but the reality is that instead of ending up sitting in first class eating caviar, you will be sitting in a grimey, smelly, sticky, and rather unpleasant jail cell waiting for your one phone call.

(via Privacy Digest)

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Lonely Heart Takes Lives At Local L.A. Fitness

artsodini-1 After three deaths, all that is left is a stream of videos on YouTube to provide a few scattered footprints that tell authorities what led George Sodini to take those first steps into L.A Fitness before his shooting spree.

George Sodini, 48, fatally shot three women on Tuesday upon entering a L.A Fitness before taking the gun upon himself.  Nobody knows exactly what promoted the shootings, nor what happened in the private gym, but clues left by him and inferences by those “close” to him give some insight into this killer’s mind.

Sodini had been attending weekly self-help meetings taught by Erin Micklow, 20, on how to date women.  When questioned, Micklow, a model and actress,  reported that Sodini was the perfect student and described him as “the most studious in the workshops.”  The workshops were designed to teach men how to “pick women’s brains” and to “know what they were thinking” in order to get a girlfriend. Micklow described the other men as much more “loosened up” by the end of the workshops, but Sodini appeared to be just as anxious and nervous as he was when he started.

After the murder, videos made by Sodini surfaced on the Internet.  Some were made as assignments of the workshops, like tours of his home, and others were of the workshop itself.  Online diaries of Sodini’s revealed that he was hopelessly lonely and desperate for companionship.  He seemed completely void of any glimmer of hope that he would be able to attract a women and was quoted saying, “There is something BLATANTLY wrong with me that NO person will tell me what it is.”  The diaries also detailed his plan to attack women in the gym.

The shooting victims were taken to three local hospitals, where three of the women were pronounced dead. Allegheny County Police Superintendent Charles Moffatt says that police have no knowledge of whether Sodini had mental health issues or not, and are still puzzled by the sudden outbreak of violence stating, “I can’t ever make sense of murders.”

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The Silver Alert: Saving the Elderly with GPS Tracking Systems

1225296568-silveralertprofilelogo8_rgb-600x450Silver is the new amber ever since a 77 year old man disappeared into the woods and died.

William Young, suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, was declared missing after taking the family’s car for a drive and never returning home.  Countless search parties, dozens of worried family members and friends, and 5 days later his car was found in a bay.  The next day his body was found 5 miles from the car, drifting away from the initial point of impact.

William Young’s tragic story broke down the traditional barriers of safety alert systems.  Local police officials responded to the inundation of worry for elders suffering from dementia with a volunteer search and rescue effort, named  “Silver Alert,” honoring Young.   The Silver Alert has already been adopted in several states scattered throughout the U.S, including Florida, North Carolina, Texas.  Imitating the idea of the “Amber Alert,” the “Silver Alert” hopes to get as many elderly people suffering from dementia registered with local authorities, making it much easier for them to distribute information to the public and other authorities in an emergency.

Another vital feature of this program is the use of GPS tracking devices.  With new technology, GPS tracking devices can be placed in family cars or on bracelets or necklaces that can be worn by the elderly.  In cases of missing children, and now, missing elderly people, reaction time is key.  A second can make the difference between finding them at the side of the road and finding them at the bottom of a bay.  GPS tracking devices enables people to find the fastest route available back to their loved ones.

GPS tracking devices can also be used to give elderly more freedom.  Family members can set up a GPS fence around the community or any predetermined area they felt comfortable having their family member roam free in.  If the elderly person left that area, family members would get a text message, and the GPS would help them track down the person.

Had this technology been in place when William Young went missing his family may have been able to save him, and police are doing everything they can to ensure that other families will get the chance that the Young’s didn’t have.

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Hacker's Next Victim: Apple Keyboards

skullsWith technology exploding out of every hole on earth, hackers are finding ways to hack the anything they can get their fingers on and they have found their next victims: keyboards.

In a report written by Digital Society, Apple keyboards are exceptionally easy and vulnerable to infiltrate.  These keyboards may only have a small of amount of actual “technology” in them (8Kb of flash memory and 256 bytes of RAM), but hackers are prepared to delve into the unseen and small crevices of technology to disrupt the lives of users.  It’s like an addiction, at first they were content with hacking computers, then cell phones, and now, they’ll even resort to keyboards to get their fix.

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GPS Based Momo Virtual Girlfriend is Suspicious and Paranoid, Just like The Real Thing

momo_catgirl_3Money can’t buy you love- unless you have an iPhone.

A new application has surfaced that provides you with a virtual catgirl girlfriend, named Momo.  Yes, that is right, this portable girlfriend is there for you any time of the day, waiting to love you right in your pocket.  Using new technology, creators designed Momo to express emotions depending on the time of day.  Another, feature utilizes the iPhone’s built in GPS tracking device to let Momo know when you are out and when you are home.  Just like any girlfriend- you’ll get a moodier, and suspicious Momo when you are out late into the night, and a happier, bubblier side if you spend the night in…with your phone.

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Taconic Car Accident Tragedy Could Have Been Avoided with Technology

26489078781Mumbling into the microphone is the best that she can do to save her five children and herself- little does she know that it’s too late. The dizziness weighs her head down- she is barely able to prop her ear against the phone. Within a matter of seconds it is all over; the damage is incomprehensible, and irreparable.

These are only speculative snapshots of the last moments in the car of Diane Schuler. There is no way of knowing exactly what happened in those last moments. What we do know is this: she was driving on the wrong wide of the Taconic Highway and within seconds crashed into an innocent, unsuspecting driver, taking the lives of the people in both cars. The aftermath of the tragic story is a turbulent ocean of emotions and there is a tall wave, about to come crashing down, asking how it could be been prevented.

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