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Great Britain’s three nations are not in agreement over the use of facial recognition technology by police forces.
The technology, which can be legally used by police in Wales, was officially introduced by England’s Metropolitan Police Service in East London yesterday, amid a peaceful protest by Big Brother Watch.
Use of the technology by English police forces has not been debated in parliament or approved by elected officials.
By contrast, Police Scotland announced yesterday that its plans to roll out facial recognition technology by 2026 have been put on hold pending a wider debate about the implications of its use.
Their decision comes in the wake of a report published on Tuesday, February 11, by a Scottish government committee, which concluded that facial recognition technology is “currently not fit for use” by Police Scotland.
The Justice Sub-Committee on Policing informed Police Scotland that the force must demonstrate the legal basis for using the technology and its compliance with human rights and data protection legislation before they can start using it.
In a report that was part of the committee’s inquiry into the advancement of the technology, the committee wrote: “The use of live facial recognition technology would be a radical departure from Police Scotland’s fundamental principle of policing by consent.”
The committee warned that the facial recognition technology was “known to discriminate against females and those from black, Asian and ethnic minority communities.”
Committee convener John Finnie said: “It is clear that this technology is in no fit state to be rolled out or indeed to assist the police with their work.
“Current live facial recognition technology throws up far too many ‘false positives’ and contains inherent biases that are known to be discriminatory.”
Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Duncan Sloan said it would now conduct a public consultation on the live software and keep a “watching brief on the trialling of the technology in England and Wales.”
In September 2019, Cardiff’s high court ruled that police use of automatic facial recognition technology to search for people in crowds is lawful. The technology is currently being used by South Wales police.
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Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans A SPECIALIST police unit in the West Midlands has been credited with helping bring down one of the most shocking online paedophile rings in recent history. Yesterday (23 Jan) Portuguese police held a press conference praising the cooperation of law enforcement agencies across the world in […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com
Search engine for leaked passwords shut down
Police have seized WeLeakInfo.com, an online service that turned selling access to data exposed by breaches into a business.
The site offered subscription-based access to billions of compromised user login credentials, essentially offering a search engine for breached personal data including names, email addresses, phone numbers, IP address, and passwords.
A joint law enforcement action led by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), in collaboration with international law enforcement partners including the FBI and the East Netherland Cyber Crime Unit (Politie), has led to the seizure of the domain and the arrest of two suspects.
A 22-year-old male was arrested in Fintona, Northern Ireland by the country’s police service on suspicion of fraud and serious crime offences before being released on bail, pending further inquiries.
Another man, also 22, was arrested in Vriendin, The Netherlands, by Dutch authorities.
Neither suspect has been named but police allege the duo made £200,000 ($261,000) through the dodgy site they ran together.
The pair became suspects after police traced online payments for hosting and other services linked to the site back to IP addresses used by the two men.
Police also established “links between the purchase of cybercrime tools, such as remote access Trojans (RATs) and cryptors, and weleakinfo.com.”
Robert Ramsden-Board, VP EMEA at Securonix, commented in a press release: “Weleakinfo.com was a useful resource for threat actors.
“Hackers could perform unlimited searches for exposed data for as little as $2 a day.
“Hence, providing them with all the information they would need, such as exposed usernames and passwords, to be able to perform credential stuffing attacks and phishing attacks.”
The FBI took ownership of the WeLeakInfo.com domain name and added a notice stating it was seized.
Prior to the takedown, police allege that the site hosted credentials taken from around 10,000 data breaches. The details were used in subsequent cyber-attacks in an unspecified number of cases.
Although WeLeakInfo.com has been taken out of commission, other similar services exist and may well expand to fill the gap in the market occasioned by a rival’s takedown.
In a blog post, security industry veteran Graham Cluley explains the difference between WeLeakInfo and legitimate services like Troy Hunt’s HaveIBeenPwned. The latter only offers warnings – free of charge – that a person’s email address and associated info has been part of a breach without ever storing or offering access to passwords.
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The Police Digital Security Centre (PDSC) will launch a certification scheme for cyber security companies, giving them the weight to vet new products launched by small companies and startups.
From next month, established cyber security companies can apply to be a part of the new accreditation scheme set up by the security wing of the police force and devised in partnership with the British Standards Institute (BSI).
The ‘Digital Security Innovator’ certification will be for the benefit of smaller companies seeking to make informed decisions when choosing a cyber security vendor to examine their new products or services.
This cyber security assessment includes taking a look at elements such as concepts of design. These would, in turn, allow a startup secure investment, or support any applications to an external incubator or mentorship programmes run by industry bodies.
There are two awards on offer, with each giving cyber security companies police/BSI accreditation for 12 months. Firms that apply to receive either award would have to demonstrate their cyber security tools meet established industry standards.
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“The awards aren’t just about the product or service,” said both techUK’s programme assistant for defence, cyber and justice & emergency services Charlie Wyatt, and programme manager for defence and cyber Dan Patefield.
“From the experience of working with thousands of SMEs over the past few years, trust is essential in building relationships with vendors that keep SMEs safe from the most common types of cyber-crime.
“Therefore, in addition to reference checks, the PDSC require all customer-facing staff to undergo police vetting.”
PDSC was established in 2015 by the Mayor of London’s office, in collaboration with the Met Police and the City of London Police, in order to help small and medium-sized businesses reduce their vulnerability to cyber crime.
This was branded the London Digital Security Centre (LDSC) until 2019 at which point it took up a national remit, and began working with industry partners, the government, academia, and other branches of law enforcement.
This launch can be added to a string of cyber security training and certification programmes targeted at giving cyber security professionals and organisations the tools and expertise to protect themselves against cyber threats.
The PDSC and BSI certification scheme will formally launch on 17 February at an event hosted by trade association techUK, with companies given more further details about how to apply for the awards on offer.
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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Many ups and downs for Karnataka Police this year- The New Indian Express
Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Express News Service The year 2019 saw many ups and downs for the State Police. Early into the year the police faced severe embarrassment when one senior officer complained against another for illegally tapping his phone calls and soon the issue snowballed into a major political […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com
Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans GLENPOOL, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma police chief says an officer bought Starbucks for 911 dispatchers working on Thanksgiving only to find that the word “PIG” was printed on the cups’ labels. An Oklahoma police chief says an officer bought Starbucks for 911 dispatchers working on […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com
Police in Australia arrested a man for running an unregistered crypto exchange and seized a Bitcoin ATM that was being used in the criminal operation.
One of the knocks against Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is that they’re used to launder money for criminals or to buy drugs and other illegal things on the dark web. People with a vested interest in the traditional financial system will paint virtual currencies as being used for such a nefarious manner all the time. The reality is that the vast majority of crypto transactions, just like fiat, is done for legitimate reasons. That being said, criminals can use virtual currencies for illicit means, such as running an unregistered financial business. One such operation was recently busted in Australia where a man was arrested and a Bitcoin ATM was seized by police.
Crypto Crime Down Under
A 38-year-old man in Cairnlea was arrested by detectives from the E-Crime Squad due to an ongoing investigation into unregistered cryptocurrency transactions. The investigation began in July when local police were given information by the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), a government agency tasked with fighting financial crimes, about a scam activity linked to a Bitcoin ATM.
The police investigated the transactions of the cryptocurrency ATM, which led them to their suspect. When law enforcement arrested the man at his home, they also found a “substantial quantity of cash and false identification documents.” Law enforcement then seized the Bitcoin ATM in question, which was located in a shopping mall in the neighboring community of Braybrook.
The suspect was evidently running an unregistered cryptocurrency exchange via the Bitcoin ATM. He had received a cease-and-desist letter from AUSTRAC back in November 2018, but it seems that the letter did not deter him. He is facing possible charges for operating an unregistered digital currency exchange and dealing with property that is suspected of being the proceeds of a crime.
Bitcoin ATM Crime
Criminals have used cryptocurrency ATMs before as part of their operation. A money laundering gang in Spain used numerous bank accounts and two Bitcoin ATMs to launder money on behalf of other criminals. The gang would receive money from other criminals, move it through a number of bank accounts, and then withdraw the money to then convert into cryptocurrency via the ATMs.
The seizure of the Bitcoin ATM in Braybrook actually is a pretty big hit to the crypto community in Australia. According to Coin ATM Radar, there are only 27 cryptocurrency ATMs in Australia, with most of them being located in Melbourne (12) and Sydney (11). There are currently 5,963 crypto ATMs worldwide, with the top five countries being the United States (3,954), Canada (716), United Kingdom (283), Austria (191), and Spain (84).
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Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Police are trying to identify a woman who withdrew over $8,000 from a bank which did not belong to her.
On January 5th, 2018, a woman, identifying herself as Brenda Molinet entered a Clarksville bank and requested bank statements for her accounts. The teller requested an ID and was provided a Florida driver’s license with the name and driver’s license number specified on the bank accounts.
The woman claimed to be in town for a funeral. She, then, withdrew over $8,000 from “her” bank accounts.
On January 8th, 2018, the Clarksville bank received a notification from a Miami-Dade bank branch, that a Brenda Molinet was in their branch disputing the withdrawal on her account.
Anyone with information can contact Detective Jobe, 931.648.0656, ext 5269, TIPSLINE, 931.645.8477 , or go online and submit a tip anonymously at P3tips.com/591
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Busting an international gang of credit card hackers, the cyber wing of Madhya Pradesh Police has arrested two persons on Monday who are accused of making large-scale online purchases by hacking information on credit cards. The two accused, both residents of Mumbai, are suspected to be associated with a gang of international cyber criminals, run by Pakistani citizen Shaikh Afzal aka Shozi.
Speaking after the arrest of credit card hackers, Superintendent of Police (SP) of State Cyber Cell of Indore unit, Jitendra Singh said that two Indian members of this gang, identified as Ramkumar Pillai and Ramprasad Nadar, were arrested following a complaint made by a bank official from Agar Malwa district.
“We have learnt that Shozi is a native of Lahore and got married only last year. Shozi visits different countries across the world. He was in Uzbekistan when Nadar and Pillai talked to him last time through Skype. We are trying to confirm these details,” the Superintendent of Police said.
The duo purchased hacked credit card details from some websites on the dark web and later paid for the information through Bitcoin. “If this payment is measured in terms of Indian currency, it costs only Rs 500 to Rs 800 to buy details of every credit card,” Singh added.
The gang members bought air tickets and travel packages of Bangkok, Thailand, Dubai, Hong Kong and Malaysia by using this information of hacked credit cards. They also shopped costly items online using the hacked details, said the official.
Singh said the accused also used to send half the amount, they spent by misusing the credit card details, to Shozi by secret online methods.
The accused also used to select the online e-commerce website, where they do not need a one-time password (OTP) to make a purchase. So, the holders would get the information about the misuse of credit cards only after the payment.
Singh said initial investigation revealed that both the accused have made purchases of about Rs 20 lakh by misusing the details of 17 credit cards so far. However, this figure may go up after further investigation.
He said that the police have been searching for a resident of Jabalpur, who is also learnt to be connected with this gang.
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