Cellular Telephone Security and Privacy
This article summarizes all cellular telephone security and privacy
issues that I am aware of. If you know of issues that are not on
this list, please let me know. By Simson L. Garfinkel
Video Surveillance In Child Abuse Cases
An important investigative tool or a breach of trust? There has
been controversy among professionals and the public surrounding
the use of covert video surveillance (CVS) in cases of suspected
and Cons of the Independent Contractor's Life
The benefits -- and drawbacks -- of working as an independent contractor
rather than as an employee. by Attorney Stephen Fishman A Nolo Press
Protective Operations in Iraq
This article illustrates the unique situation that the mobile protective
operations overseas are facing, as well as a tactical view in approaching
the task of providing security in a high threat area. By Scott Savage
Black Box Data Recovery Systems
For years, airplane crash investigators have had the benefit of
retrieving data from the flight-data recorder, or "black box."
This data has proven invaluable for helping to determine what happened
in the seconds before a crash. Now, in order to improve vehicle
safety, General Motors is using similar technology in about 40%
of its Model Year 1999 vehicles. By Don Gilman
Shrinkage is a stylish word for theft. In convenience stores,
the primary shrinkage is generally attributed to shoplifting and
dishonest employees with limited losses by holdups and burglaries.
by: Roger H. Schmedlen, CPP, CFE, CII, MIPI
Much Are You Worth?
How to decide what to charge for your services. by Attorney Stephen
Fishman-a Nolo Press Article
Your Search Results
A software utility that grew out of visual perception research at
Xerox's famous PARC labs magnifies critical information on web pages,
making it "pop out" and appear to float above the background.
Security: The Internal Terrorists
A CNN lead story in February 2004 should scare every police chief
in America. The story is a military story-a member of the National
Guard is alleged to have tried to pass military secrets to al Qaeda-but
the implications for policing are profound. By Michael Berkow, Deputy
Chief of Police, Los Angeles, California
With the ever changing events occurring in Iraq, many heads of security
have been given the task of ordering an armored car. By John Murphy
Broadband: This Magic Moment
For every new
successful technology, there's a magic moment in which speculation
turns to reality. We're almost there with wireless broadband.
Point Airborne Trajectory Analysis
When all the information is available airborne equations are capable
of returning speed estimates of a fine tolerance. Unfortunately
an investigator is usually not able to collect all the information
necessary for these calculations. As a result he is forced to use
an airborne equation to range estimates, or seek a minimum estimate.
Andrew Rich offers an approach to make fine tolerance speed estimates
from an otherwise incompatible situation. By Andrew S. Rich
Of The Identity Snatchers
...He methodically researched my background and personal information
until he could successfully impersonate me, and then subsequently
set forth to change the mailing addresses of my most important financial
statements.By Kelly Martin, SecurityFocus
Fingerprint Scanners Work
Computerized fingerprint scanners have been a mainstay of spy thrillers
for decades, but up until recently, they were pretty exotic technology
in the real world. In the past few years, however, scanners have
started popping up all over the place -- in police stations, high-security
buildings and even on PC keyboards. You can pick up a personal USB
fingerprint scanner for less than $100, and just like that, your
computer's guarded by high-tech biometrics. Instead of, or in addition
to, a password, you need your distinctive print to gain access.
An excellent introduction and discussion on momentum collision analysis.
The article has many illustrations and much support for a graphic
understanding of momentum. By George M. Bonnett
Google Tools You Can Use
Even if you consider yourself a Google expert, these 'hidden' tools
and resources let you push the search engine's capabilities to the
Many attorneys regularly rely on private investigators to conduct
surveillances on matters ranging from suspected insurance fraud
and domestic matters to cases involving theft and counter-industrial
espionage operations. by: Roger H. Schmedlen, CPP, CFE, CII
A Camcorder Made Easy
Purchasing a camcorder doesn't need to be a stress-inducing event.
With a bit of insight, a clear idea of what type of camcorder you
plan on buying, and the low-down on which stores will suit your
needs, shopping for a camcorder can be a simple, satisfying experience.
Fear Factor: Digital Camcorder Buyer’s Guide
Tips and considerations when buying a digital camera. by Charles
Bloodworth-A Videomaker article.
Identity Theft Works
You work hard every day to make a living and support yourself and/or
your family. If you've read the HowStuffWorks credit report and
credit score articles, then you know how to keep your credit clean
so you can enjoy the benefits of all of that hard work. What happens,
though, when you find out that someone has used your name to get
a credit card and has run up thousands of dollars in charges that
you are now going to have to convince the credit card company that
you are not responsible for? What if they opened bank accounts in
your name, committed crimes using your name, or worse? by Lee Ann
The spam situation is getting worse--dramatically worse, in fact,
as market-research firm International Data Corp. reported last week.
Their studies show that spam now accounts for 38 percent of all
North American e-mail. That adds up to 11 billion pieces of spam
a day, and that number is growing daily. By Keith Ferrell
Business Legal Structures
You are starting a company and want to limit your personal liability
for the debts of the business as well as the taxes you'll have to
pay. This is a common goal for many new business owners. Having
a good understanding of how business legal structures work, however,
is not so common. So, what are legal structures and what type(s)
should you consider? C-corporations, S-corporations, limited liability
companies, sole proprietorships, and partnerships are some of the
more common options for business legal structures. by Michael Molnar
the New Digital Negative Specification (DNG)
Format For Digital Cameras
Most consumer digital cameras today capture images in the JPEG format,
but a higher-quality raw photo format is gaining in popularity among
higher-end and professional camera models.
Tracking And Receiving Systems And How It's Done
This very good articles gives you an overview of how GPS locating
works with a focus on the GPS receiving system..
Deep Inside The Searcher's Mind
engines do searchers prefer and why? How do users use search engines
to find the information they want? And how do searchers perceive
paid versus free listings? New research offers insights into the
workings of the searcher's mind.
Plan Can't Buy a Pal
Microsoft's antispam Sender ID technology continues to get the cold
shoulder. Now AOL adds its voice to a growing chorus of businesses
and organizations shunning the proprietary e-mail authentication
system. A WiredNews story.
Injures - Delta Pilot's Eye
A pilot flying a Delta Air Lines jet was injured by a laser that
illuminated the cockpit of the aircraft as it approached Salt Lake
City International Airport last week, U.S. officials said.
Passes Voyeurism Bill
The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to control the
invasion of privacy with camera phones. It creates a crime of video
voyeurism on federal property, such as national parks and public
buildings, with a maximum punishment of a fine and one year in prison.
Bug Raises Spectra Of 'JPEG Of Death'
Flawed software code used by numerous Microsoft applications to
render images mean that a specially constructed image file could
hijack a computer or spread a virus.
First! 28 Nigerian Scam Cyber Criminals Arrested
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in joint operations
with the United States (US) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
has arrested 28 Internet fraudsters in Lagos.
Water Out Of Thin Air
An army needs water to operate, but it's a pain to tote the stuff
around. So Darpa is looking at ways to pull it out of thin air.
By Noah Shachtman. A WiredNews Story
Goods Discovered In Apex
Acting on a tip about counterfeit goods from a private investigator,
Apex police seized more than $800,000 worth of designer shirts,
jackets, jeans, wallets and other apparel from a local business.
Trade Group Sues for Illegal Downloads
The Motion Picture Association of America said on Wednesday it has
sued a company that sells Internet downloads of current movies like
"I, Robot" and "Spider-Man 2" without permission.
Scanners Make Debut at Airports
A new device that scans documents for traces of explosives has made
its debut at four of the nation's busiest airports, where officials
will use it to screen selected passengers.
Data Recorders And Insurance Companies
It seems that Progressive Insurance of Mayfield, Ohio, has been
paying (or, more accurately, giving them discounts on their insurance)
customers to carry a data recorder along in their cars, recording
every inch of their driving. After a few months, the data logger
is disconnected from their cars and all the data downloaded to a
computer, relaying every second of his or her driving to the insurer.
is First to Enact Cell Phone Number Privacy Law
Californians will have the right to decide for themselves whether
their cell phone number is listed in a planned wireless 411 directory
under a new bill signed into law last Friday (Sept. 23) by Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), and Congress also is considering whether
to give all Americans the same privacy protections
Moves Beyond Passwords for Log-Ons
Passwords alone won't be enough to get onto America Online under
a new, optional log-on service that makes AOL the first major U.S.
online business to offer customers a second layer of security.
Nab Robber With Private Investigator's Help
A private investigator helped Hiawatha police nab a robbery suspect
by following the man from the Kwik Shop that was allegedly held
Card Leaks Continue At Furious Pace
Security firm claims 120 million accounts compromised this year....one
firm that provides security services to merchants says it's been
told by the card associations that last year, 60 million accounts
were compromised, and this year, that figure will double to around
Sue Over WTC Health Effects
Hundreds of people who worked on the World Trade Center cleanup
have filed a class-action lawsuit against the leaseholder of the
towers and those who supervised the job, alleging they did little
to protect workers from dust, asbestos and other toxins in the air.
Positioning To Track Sex Offenders in MA
Global positioning systems
and electronic bracelets will be used to track more than 200 of
the state's most serious sex offenders on probation or parole starting
early next year, Governor Mitt Romney and state lawmakers announced
Stake Their Claim In Fraud Fight
From policies to private eyes, workers' comp tightens up. by Jan
Arrested In UK For Cisco Source Code Theft
Case involves theft of the proprietary software blueprints used
by Cisco's networking equipment .
Read on Your Genetics
A new technology under development in Australia -- geneballs --
may be used to quickly and easily tell you your genetic makeup.
By Daithí Ó hAnluain. A WiredNews story.
Prosecutors have named those charged in one of the biggest pirate
software seizures in US history. The two-year investigation, dubbed
Operation Digital Marauder, resulted in "one of the largest
seizures of counterfeit software in the United States" with
more than $56 million worth of counterfeit Microsoft, Adobe and
Symantec products found.
Fined $550,000 for Jackson Stunt
CBS got the bill Wednesday
for Janet Jackson (news)'s eye-catching flash dance during the Super
Bowl halftime show: a record $550,000.
Security Firm Hires Hacker Awaiting Trial
A German security firm has hired the teen accused of writing the
Sasser and Netsky worms.
Moving To 'Smart' Surveillance Cameras
A highly advanced system of video surveillance that Chicago officials
plan to install by 2006 will make people here some of the most closely
observed in the world. Mayor Richard M. Daley says it will also
make them much safer.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and other government agencies
really don't have a clear vision of how to leverage IT to fight
cyber crime and enhance security.
Told to Turn Over Passenger Data
The Transportation Security Administration announced on Tuesday
that it will order domestic airlines to turn over personal information
about passengers to test a system that will compare their names
to those on terrorist watch lists.
11, Charged With Rape of Woman, 76
An 11-year-old boy was charged Wednesday with raping a 76-year-old
neighborhood woman in her home as three of his friends stood watch.
What will they think of next! A German telecommunications company
said on Tuesday it is developing the first mobile phone that will
alert users when their breath is bad or if they are giving off offensive
Shoots Wife, Mistakes Her for Monkey
A Malaysian man shot and killed his wife after he mistook her for
a monkey picking fruit in a tree behind their house, the New Straits
Times said on Wednesday.