facebook3Facebook users have something new to fear, a virus known as Bredolab, is rapidly spreading through the popular social network. The virus masks itself as a “Password Reset Confirmation Email” and appears to come from Facebook. This deceiving email includes an attachment that supposedly contains a new password for the user.

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camera-screensNowadays, surveillance cameras are everywhere. With all the recorded footage, very little of it is actually watched and reviewed. Most of the time no one checks the video footage until there is a significant event such as a break in or home invasion. Usually  the only constant monitoring is by a security guard watching an entire property, looking for anything suspicious.  That being said, most of the time these security guards will miss the details. 

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terminatorImagine a world where the technology that you hold so dear has turned on you. Most minds would immediately imagine a Terminator situation with massive casualties and chaos. Although it sounds impossible, researchers say a technology takeover could be possible, on a much smaller scale.

Researchers at the University of Washington believe that it is high time we take a second look at technology security, in particular robot security. Believe it or not robots are beginning to pop up in more and more homes across the country. Mostly in the f0rm of toys but also in house hold cleaning devices such as the iRobot’s Roomba vacuume cleaner. Tadayoshi Kohno, an assistant professor at the University of Washington stated “We were shocked at how easy it was to actually compromise some of these robots.” Some of the modern day robots are said to run on wireless access points and are quite susceptible to hackers. Once hacked into, the robots can be controlled through the Internet and used to spy on people or to vandalize property. “We think that consumers should at least be aware that there is the possibility that someone would listen in on their robot and take over their robot and have mobile eyes and ears in their home,” said Tamara Denning a PhD student who also worked on the paper. Although these bots won’t become self aware and begin to attack your family like the bots in Terminator, studies have shown that security in the current line of robots is little more than an after thought during development.

While none of the people researching this problem believe that it can lead to a Terminator or Matrix like scenario, it is important to realize that there are still risks that your robot could  be hacker. Whether it be for spying purposes or vandalism, one thing is for certain: there should be more of an effort on the manufacturer’s end to ensure that this cannot happen so easily.

(Via PC World)

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It has finally been revealed that the original Erin Andrews‘ peephole video was not an inside job. The F.B.I. has discovered that a man named Michael David Barrett was responsible for the notorious video. He was arrested for taking the video and selling it online. Barrett also goes by the name “Mark Barrett” and used the email address “handsforyou@yahoo.com.” The person who officially filed the complaint on behalf of Erin Andrews was F.B.I. Special Agent Tanith Rogers.

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metrobusdcIn Washington D.C., the Metro Transit system’s trains, buses, and subway stations are now being equipped with surveillance cameras. The Metro system is receiving $28 million from the Department of Homeland Security to fund this project, most of this amount will be used for installing the cameras on mass transit vehicles.

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global-watchmanSecurity and surveillance leader announces the launch at ASIS of Global Watchman, with all new features: all-weather, invisible infrared, motion-activated monitoring product that automatically transmits images to computers and phones worldwide.

Anaheim, Calif. (Vocus/PRWEB ) September 21, 2009 — BrickHouse Security, a leading provider of security and surveillance products to more than 500 local and national law enforcement agencies and the majority of Fortune 500 companies, today announced its new Global Watchman monitoring device at the ASIS conference for security professionals. In the past, image-capture monitoring products have been constrained by battery strength, severely limiting the distance over which they could transmit images and shortening their battery life. To overcome this limitation the Global Watchman employs cellular networks to transmit images from its motion-activated camera to a user’s computer or cell phone the moment the image is captured.

“The ability to monitor remote locations from virtually anywhere on the globe turns the surveillance industry on its head,” said Todd Morris, BrickHouse CEO. “This new combination of cellular transmission, extended battery life, invisible infrared illuminators for nightvision capabilities, and all-weather protection provides professionals with capabilities they’ve never before had at their disposal. These capabilities can rewrite current approaches to patrolling remote locations, monitoring warehouses, and keeping an eye on places they wouldn’t otherwise visit for months on end.”

The company chose ASIS 2009 as a venue for launching this important product given its role as the most influential industry event for the 22,000 security professionals expected to attend. Said Mr. Morris, “We’re excited to be exhibiting at ASIS and are certain that the Global Watchman will create quite the buzz here.”

BrickHouse Security is launching the Global Watchman at a discounted price of $599, a price it expects will attract customers beyond government agencies and surveillance professionals. With its ease of use and one-of-a-kind features, businesses and consumers can use it to actively watch their properties for trespassers or thieves, protecting not only their possessions but also their families or employees. Adds Mr. Morris, “I’m sure there are plenty of uses we haven’t even thought of yet.” Groundbreaking product features

  • Cellular surveillance that requires no cables or local Internet connection
  • Motion-activated PIR nightvision camera
  • Images sent via cellular and stored on internal SD card
  • View all surveillance footage online
  • All-weather: withstands the harshest elements
  • E-mail notification when motion is detected
  • Image sent through cellular networks
  • Invisible infrared illuminators take pictures in complete darkness up to 60 ft. away
  • Retrieve images & manage cameras from computer or mobile phone
  • Motion-activated cellular surveillance system
  • Makes remote video surveillance possible in the most desolate areas

For more information on the Global Watchman motion-activated Cellular Surveillance system, visit www.brickhousesecurity.com/cellular-surveillance.html. The company is also reviewing reseller inquiries and can be contacted directly at 800-242-3556

About BrickHouse Security
BrickHouse Security provides security and surveillance products to consumers, businesses of all sizes including roughly half of the Fortune 500, and more than 500 local and national government agencies such as the NYPD, LA County Sheriffs, and the FBI. To help its customers protect what they care most about, the company offers a range of leading-edge safety, protection, GPS tracking and counter-surveillance products. BrickHouse Security’s industry-leading experts seek to be the go-to source for all of its audiences’ needs by providing timely information through the company’s informative blogs and content, and by identifying, developing, and selling quality products that represent the best and the latest in safety and security. The company is headquartered in New York City and serves a diverse US and international client base.

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BrickHouse Security
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Sept 11 AnniversaryProbably the biggest tragedy in U.S. history, everyone remembers where they were on September 11th, 2001.

I remember visiting the World Trade Center in 5th grade on a family trip from Boston. It was one of the biggest buildings I’d ever seen, and I practically had to bend backwards to see the entire building. I jumped on the elevator to the top, which took much longer than any other elevator and made everyone’s ears pop.  Once I reached the top, I remember stepping out on the deck to huge gusts of winds and the best view that Manhattan had to offer. 5 years later I would have never imagined sitting in math class and hearing that a plane had hit one of the towers. Panic, loss, and sadness. How could such powerful and grandiose buildings fall so easily?

Today, the scene is much different. In the center of Lower Manhattan’s hustling and established Financial District, lies an empty void marked by construction cranes and dirt. 8 years later, the site looks very much similar to the days after the event. The air is heavy and sad.

Today is a somber day in New York City, both in weather and tone, as the nation and world remember the tragic events that took place on that fateful day. Thousands gathered this morning at the site of the World Trade Center to hear the victims’ names read aloud and to listen to words of remembrance. Never forgotten, both New York City and the world are standing behind the victims, the FDNY, the NYPD, and the countless volunteers who contributed hours, time, and their lives on that fated day.

(Via USA Today)


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chick-at-computerDozens of people experience computers hacks everyday spanning from stolen Facebook login credentials that result in embarrassing status updates, to something more serious like bank or identity theft. Stealing these passwords used to be reserved for computer savvy hackers or psycho ex girlfriends, but apparently now all you need is a $100 cash to hack an e-mail account. A website called YourHackerz.com claims that, with the exception of .gov and .edu, they can get the password and effectively hack into any e-mail account. And if you use the same password for multiple accounts, you could be in serious trouble.

Although hacking into someone’s e-mail is considered a federal offense, it is treated like a misdemeanor as long as no other laws are broken. Orin Kerr, a George Washington University law professor and former computer crimes attorney, stated “The Feds don’t usually have the resources to investigate and prosecute misdemeanors. And part of the reason is that normally it’s hard to know when an account has been compromised, because e-mail snooping doesn’t leave a trace.”

However, there are some simple steps that every person can take to help make sure that they are not so easily defeated. Simple things such as keeping passwords secret and consistently changing passwords can greatly decrease the probability of getting hacked. Also, one should refrain from using the same password for more than one account. Using a combination of numbers and letters can also increase password strength, making it harder to figure out and crack. Simple preventative measures is all it takes to help keep yourself a little safer in today’s technological world.

Via (Wtop.com)


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lincolnFor years low officials in the town of Lincoln, Maine, have been trying to get security cameras up and running so that they may be able to better keep track of crime.

Councilor Stephen Clay said “There was just a lot of vandalism. We wanted a way to be able to see the vandalism take place, know who did it. So that’s how it all started.”

But recently these cameras have been running into a bit of a snag. As many devices in the area also use wireless networks this sometimes interferes with the cameras signal and makes it so that the camera shuts down and has to be reset from the government building. This is a problem for crimes that occur during the night. If the camera were to go out at 2AM and no one was there to reset it then anything could happen in that alley way and no one would be the wiser.

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korean-grave-robberIn Korea, the ashes of famed actress Choi Jin-sil were stolen from their grave by what police believe to be a crazed fan. Police have released video footage taken by the graveyards security cameras which shows a short-haired, medium height man in his 40s wandered around the grave at 5:43-5:55AM on August 2nd. He was wearing camouflage pants, a short sleeved T-shirt and a gray vest.

The suspect was holding a large wooden stick and was seen in the video wandering around the grave occasionally measuring the grave where the ashes of the actress where held. After about 10 minutes of doing so, he left the scene, and that is when cameras were able to catch still images of his face. Police have already managed to match his face to another video of a man breaking into the grave with a hammer four nights later and stealing the ashes of the late Choi Jin-sil.

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