01/15/2013, OxyContin, a morphine-like opioid that is used to treat moderate to severe pain, is one of the leading causes of prescription drug abuse. In New York City alone, violence driven by pill addiction is growing, with numerous robberies and homicides reported since 2011. In a bid to end the problem, the New York City Police is giving away “bait bottles” equipped with GPS tracking devices to pharmacies. The NYPD hopes […]
01/11/2013, What if we had the technology that will allow us to view locations of the latest crime scenes through a map? Well, the FBI has been thinking about that for a long time. In fact, the FBI has just launched a new website that will show visitors the location of incidents down to the street level. FBI has tapped the powerful mapping service of Google, Google Maps, to make it all […]
01/11/2013, Two hackers from U.K. are sentenced to 100 hours of community service after officials found them guilty of stealing unreleased Michael Jackson tracks from Sony Music Entertainment. 27-year old James Marks and 26-year old James McCormick were arrested in 2011 after Sony contacted U.K. authorities. Marks and McCormick reportedly broke into the servers of Sony in the U.S. and stole the unreleased tracks belonging to the legendary pop icon.
01/09/2013, A unidentified hacker in Japan is driving the state’s National Police Agency (NPA) crazy. Japanese policemen recently uncovered a memory card strapped into a cat’s collar. The cat was found wandering on an island in Toyko. Policemen believe the memory card held clues to the hacker’s notorious creation – a malware dubbed as the “Remote Control Virus,” which basically allowed the hacker to send out threats online while avoiding detection. […]
01/08/2013, [CES 2013] For the less discerning user, finding free public WiFi while in a shopping mall or at a cafe or even on public transportation is a great way to cut down on your mobile internet’s bandwidth usage, but at the same time it should be noted that by using public WiFi, it is possible for hackers to intercept the information being transmitted, meaning that logging into your bank account […]
01/07/2013, [CES 2013] Whenever you think of security footage, the first thing that comes it mind is probably grainy, black and white, low resolution video. However, it looks like Samsung wants to change things. At CES 2013, the company announced two new HDTV CCTV systems – the 8-channel SDH-P4040 and 16-channel SDH-P5080. Both systems offer four outdoor-ready, 720p HD night vision bullet cameras (with night vision up to 85 feet) that […]
01/07/2013, AT&T will not just be offering telecom services in the future as it plans to launch a home monitoring service to eight markets in March. Via press release, AT&T announced its intention to offer an Internet-based nationwide platform that will allow users to monitor and protect their homes using smartphones, tablets, and PCs. The company calls it “AT&T Digital Life, ” and it is basically an all-digital and wireless-based home security and […]
12/26/2012, Decoding ATM PIN codes might be easier than you think. According to data scientist Nick Berry, an estimated 26.83 percent of all PIN codes could be guessed by using 20 combinations of four-digit numbers. Berry, the founder of the Seattle-based technology consultancy firm Data Genetics, analyzed passwords from security breaches and discovered that there are 10,000 possible combinations that the digits 0 to 9 can have in order to form […]
12/26/2012, For the first time in 20 years, the overall crime rate in New York is climbing up the ladder. But, drugs and guns aren’t the culprit here. According to the Wall Street Journal, the surprising increase in crime rate is due to the growing number of thieves stealing Apple products. Larceny, which involves the wrongful acquisition of the personal property, is up by 9 percent while overall crime rate was […]
12/25/2012, Authorities in the U.S. are already using the Internet and Social Media to fight gangs and crimes. Now, Mexico is doing the same, using what technology has to offer to help fight Mexican drug cartels and narco violence. Harvard University researcher Viridiana Rios is one if them. Rios uses Google to track down criminal activity. And when she does, she informs the Mexican authorities about the cartel data she uncovered. “Our criminals […]
12/21/2012, It is better to try to keep a bad thing from happening than to fix the bad thing once it has happened. The New York Police Department is on a quest to figure out ways to identify potential “deranged” gunmen on the Internet, in an effort to avoid hapless events, such as the tragic Connecticut school shooting, where in 26 people were killed, mostly children.
12/19/2012, New times require new rules. That is why the Federal Trade Commission is updating its decade-old rule surrounding children’s online privacy. This time, the FTC wants to include social networks and smartphone apps. The report comes after a complaint was made by the Center for Digital Democracy to ban Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Diner Dash from Apple’s App Store for collecting email addresses from its very young players.
12/06/2012, It’s not just about creating great products. It’s also about hiring the best talented people to catapult your company into the top. Apple, for example, has hired former Microsoft white-hat hacker Kristin Paget. Paget, also known as Chris Paget, previously worked on Microsoft’s then-newest and most promising operating system – Windows Vista. According to Wired, Paget confirmed via email that she now works for Apple, but declined to detail her roles […]
12/05/2012, Blackberry used to be (and probably still is for some) the choice of companies and governments due to its secure nature, and come Blackberry 10 RIM is hoping that security will remain a feature that the company is known for. In any case it seems that according to a document spotted within the Blackberry 10 platform, RIM has listed about 106 passwords in which users are not allowed to use […]