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US Police Can Search Licence Plate Scans To Find Your Favourite Bar

The licence plate reader (LPR) cameras installed in most US cities allow police to track cars and their drivers who are potentially engaged in criminal activities. But depending on the way police store the data, it Ars Technica found out, anyone might be able to access this information.


Seattle Police Put Redacted Body Cam Footage On YouTube 

In a bid to be more transparent, the Seattle Police Department is posting footage from the body cameras and dashboard cameras of on-duty cops on YouTube. But the footage has been carefully censored to blur out faces and remove any sound.


It Took Police Three Years To Fully Shut Down A Money-Stealing Botnet

Back in 2012 the Ramnit worm wriggled its way through social networks and onto the computers of over three million computers, and began to steal sensitive information like bank account details. Now, almost three years later, police have announced that the botnet behind the scourge has been fully shut down.


Police Nab Thieves That Stole $500K Of Computers From Aussie Schools

After a three month operation, police have nabbed two men allegedly responsible for stealing hundreds of MacBooks and iPads from private schools across New South Wales. The haul was worth over $500,000, and over 20 different schools were targeted.


Police Are Trying To Undermine Waze With A Deluge Of Phony Cop Sightings

Some cops are pissed at the Waze traffic app because of a feature that allows users to pinpoint where they have seen officers on a map. The crowdsourced information can be used to avoid getting in trouble with the law. Now police in Miami are subverting the app by filling it with loads of bogus police sightings.



NYPD Uses Social Media To Bust Terrorists, Loud Parties

That the NYPD has a crack Social Media Squad stalking your every move is old news, but a recent Freedom of Information request sheds new light on exactly how the cops use their Facebooking powers. The answer? They’re on the lookout for terrorists, cop killers and um, loud parties.


Some Police Think Google's Waze App Helps Would-Be Cop Killers

Waze’s community-curated real-time traffic network includes keeping tabs on nearby five-o, and cops aren’t very happy about it. They are claiming it makes it easier to stalk the police.


Forget Beanbags, Shotguns Could Soon Be Firing Shock Wave Slugs

The next time riot police open fire during your Constitutionally-protected demonstration, it might not be with tear gas canisters. It could be with shotgun-launched stun and pepper rounds. Enjoy your concussion and face full of capsaicin, citizen, and be glad they’re not murder bullets.


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