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June 20th, 2005 Edition

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The Business of Security Part I: How to Start & Manage Your Own Security Company
"With increased federal funding and nationwide attention, there's never been a better time to start a private security company. Homeland security holds many opportunities for professionals in a variety of fields such as health care, technology, transportation, business, entertainment, and sales." A Policeone.com article.

Summer Surveillance Tips
Avoiding The Helter Swelters In A Surveillance Vehicle.

How To Conduct a Background Check
An online tutorial on what sources to use and what you can obtain.

The Consequences Of Restricted SSN Access
PIs Fear Limits On Information Access-

Private investigators are working to blunt legislation that cracks down on the active marketplace for Social Security numbers, telling Congress that restricting access to the numbers will hurt their business and hamper their investigation.

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The Business of Security Part II: Bodyguard Licensing and Training Requirements
"The security business since 9/11 has been red hot. Executive protection (EP) in particular is a growing market. With terrorism on everyone's mind and well-paying jobs available in many of the trouble spots in the world, there has never been a better time to enter the EP field. However, the training and experience that many law enforcement or military personnel have does not necessarily qualify them to provide personal protection services." A Policeone.com article

Profile- Identity Theft Fraud Protection Agency Offers Identity Theft Restoration
Margaret Norris-Guerrero, who is the Executive Administrator of the Identity Theft Fraud Protection Agency, asked, “why would someone want to do all of that leg work by themselves when they can have a trained expert do it for them and have peace of mind?” Norris-Guerrero has been instrumental with providing very effective Identity Theft awareness seminars to companies and organizations nationwide upon request.

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Trends-Business Booming for Forensic Accountants
The Upland-based distributor of Parmesan cheese had defaulted on more than $57 million in bank loans and Brandlin, a forensic accountant, was hired by the ...

Runaway Children- Stockbridge Street Girl
Several years ago, I became interested in Missing and Runaway Children. An acquaintance of mine, who knew of my concerns, introduced me to a young, pretty women from Stockbridge. By NAIS member Stan Lewis


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A new technology that could help authorities track missing children relies on eyes instead of fingerprints.

Electronic Recording of Interviews and Interrogations
It has long been recognized that a confession is the strongest piece of evidence a prosecutor can produce against a defendant in a court of law. Consequently, any competent defense attorney will attempt to have a confession suppressed by attacking his client’s Miranda waiver or the police interrogation tactics. A John Reid Article.

Tactics Under Scrutiny- The Disparity Of Criminal Defense In Our Court System
On the same day that Michael Jackson was found not guilty of child molestation, the United States Supreme Court ordered a new trial for death row inmate Thomas Miller-El because of racial bias in selecting jurors.

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Online Privacy Watched?
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Ca. Private Investigator Rick Mills
Rick Mills, President and CEO of I.F.R.S. Group, Inc a California Licensed Private Investigation Agency, received the Garden Grove Police Associations Citizen of the Year Award at an awards banquet held in Garden Grove California.

How Safe is PGP Encryption?
Are your PGP encrypted messages safe from prying eyes? While the combination of IDEA, RSA, and MD5 makes PGP resistant to known cryptographic attacks, there are other ways to violate a user's security.


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New Technology-Thermo Electron Improves Accuracy of Forensic Results With Complete Solutions Offering
Recognizing the increasing burden of proof on today's forensic pathology and crime laboratories, Thermo Electron Corporation (NYSE: TMO) presents a complete range of simple and flexible forensics solutions. These tools are tailored to help forensic scientists provide consistent, accurate results and improve their productivity in the face of ever-expanding workloads. Thermo provides the means for ultimate analysis accuracy while simultaneously decreasing sample analysis time, resulting in increased workload efficiency.

Profile-Stephanie Ware
Investigator helps adoptees find birth parents, closure. Private investigator Stephanie Ware often spends part of her day helping others piece together the details of their past.

New Technology-Computers The Size Of A
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Scientists at the University of Arizona have discovered how to use quantum mechanics to turn molecules into working transistors in the lab, a breakthrough that might one day lead to high-powered computers the size of a postage stamp.


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Identity-Theft Choices: National ID Vs. Personal Responsibility
Americans enjoy unlimited benefits from new technologies in a wired world. But those wires send information in two directions – and the access to our personal data has never been more open for abuse, fraud and, for some, even financial ruin.

Profile-Kim Conner- Forensic Nurses Add Strength To Cases, Staffs
Kim Conner is a forensic nurse trained to find tiny bits of evidence from a delicate kind of crime scene - the bodies of sexual assault victims ...

A Tale of Two Hackers 
A friend of 22 years, Kasperavic╝ius has license to tease. When Mitnick was released from prison, he turned to Kasperavic╝ius to help start his security consultancy, Defensive Thinking. In a confessional moment, Kasperavic╝ius admits he once helped Mitnick steal source code for Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating system, by posing as a courier. A WiredNews Article.

Like It Or Not-You Are Being Tracked
Think you're a savvy consumer? Most people don't really have a clue when it comes to navigating the data-hungry marketplace of the 21st century.

Identity Theft: Count The Ways
With Phishing, also called brand spoofing, criminals set up phony but legitimate looking web sites then spam you with e-mail like the one described above in the hopes of catching a percentage of Internet users. No reputable business will ever ask for your personal information via e-mail information.

Trends-Identity Theft Gumshoes Will Fix The
Problem, For A Fee

As identity theft becomes a larger problem for millions of consumers, new high-tech private eyes are working to restore credit, notify credit card companies, and coordinate with government bureaucracies. Last year 10 million Americans were victimized by identity thieves, losing an average of $500 and spending about 30 hours apiece trying to fix the mess.

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Technology-Wireless Video Raises Airport
Security Skills

The fight against terrorism relies on a wide range of high-tech tools. Detection systems can scan for nukes and germs. Anti-missile devices can protect jetliners. One technology in particular has proved useful in the wake of the 9-11 attacks: video surveillance.

Technology-Spray-On Mud Makes a Splash
On License Plates In UK

It's sold as a must-have accessory to give urban SUVs a whiff of the outback. But U.K. officials say drivers who use spray-on mud to avoid identification by police speed cams face hefty fines for obscuring their license plates. Targeting self-conscious 4x4 owners whose rugged vehicles seldom see obstacles bigger than a speed bump, the enterprising British e-tailer behind Sprayonmud sells the scent of the countryside in a squirt bottle.


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Israeli PI Sector Is Rocked By Arrests Of Prominent Colleagues
Tzali Peleg, chairman of the Israeli Bureau of Private Investigators, had a tough day yesterday. He had only recently succeeded in persuading the Justice Ministry to back legislation easing some of the legal restrictions imposed on PIs; now, he fears that the Trojan horse industrial espionage scandal - which has resulted in the arrest of several private investigators, among them some of the profession's leading lights - could cause the ministry to change its mind.

ChoicePoint: Blur And Inaccurate Information
Steven Calderon was into his second week working as a security guard for Fry's Electronics when Anaheim, Calif., police walked in and arrested him. Fry's had requested a background check on Calderon, which was done by The Screening Network, a service of ChoicePoint. Calderon spent the next week in jail. No one stopped to question—or verify—whether the background check was accurate in the first place. It wasn't. -By Deborah Gage and John McCormick


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Anthony Pellicano Case In News Again
A federal court on Thursday ruled that prosecutors can comb through transcripts of wiretaps found in the office of celebrity sleuth Anthony Pellicano, in a case that could involve some of Hollywood biggest stars.

Court Upholds Investigator's Conviction
Jurists decide FBI search that found explosives in Anthony Pellicano's office was legal. Case grew out of a threat against a reporter. A federal appeals court upheld the illegal weapons conviction of famed private investigator Anthony Pellicano, ruling that an FBI search of his Sunset Strip offices was conducted in good faith.

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Michael Jackson Spend $350,000 On Private Investigative Services On Criminal Charges
Michael Jackson spent millions on his defense against child-molestation charges. But a day after he was acquitted on all counts, attorneys and legal experts said Tuesday that it was the more than $350,000 he reportedly paid for private investigators that may well have made the crucial difference.

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Former Private Investigator Goes On Trial
In Crest Hill Bomb Case

A former private investigator went on trial Monday on charges he attempted to kill his former girlfriend's new boyfriend by leaving a pipe bomb in a package outside his Crest Hill workplace in July 2003.

Tennessee Bounty-Hunters Charged With Kidnapping Two bounty-hunters were arrested Wednesday after allegedly claiming to be from the sheriff's department and taking custody of a man against his will. Both men have been charged with kidnapping.

Private Investigator Releases Murder Case Details
Evidence collected thus far by Susan Townsend, the private investigator hired by the family, confirms that Timothy Stone was murdered on September 23rd, 2003 in Chidester, AR while traveling on Hwy 57.

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'Secret Police' Use Black Ops On Cop
A high-profile city police lieutenant on duty last weekend found a "bird-dog" electronic tracker planted on his police car by a member of a department intelligence unit, who then ordered him to return the device, the lieutenant's lawyer said Thursday.

Court Unseals Clinton Sleuth's Secret Tapes
Sealed transcripts of tape-recorded conversations between Bill and Hillary Clinton's top private detective and his clients will be shared with prosecutors, a federal court ruled on Thursday.

Houston Crime Lab's Fake Results May
Undermine Prosecutors

Houston prosecutors may have more difficulty winning convictions after an investigator reported last week that crime-lab chemists in the fourth-largest U.S. city faked results to help police in at least four cases.

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'Digital Bullying' Threatens Kids
One in five kids has been bullied or threatened via their mobile phone or computer, according to a study by U.K. children's charity NCH.

Firms Warned They May Be Targets Of Trojan Spies
UK businesses should take urgent steps to check their systems are secure, police have warned after discovering one of the world's largest industrial espionage and hacking operations. Senior directors of at least 15 leading businesses in Israel are under investigation for hiring private detective agencies to obtain confidential...

Google Keeps Records Of Your Searches
When Google Inc.'s 19 million daily users look up a long-lost classmate, send e-mail or bounce around the Web more quickly with its new Web Accelerator, records of that activity don't go away. In an era of increased government surveillance, privacy watchdogs worry that Google's vast archive of Internet activity could prove a tempting target for abuse.

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Minnesota Court Takes Dim View Of Encryption
A Minnesota appeals court has ruled that the presence of encryption software on a computer may be viewed as evidence of criminal intent.

CitiFinancial Notifying 3.9 Million Customers
Of Lost Data

CitiFinancial, the consumer finance division of Citigroup Inc., is notifying some 3.9 million U.S. customers that computer tapes containing information about their accounts - including Social Security numbers and payment histories - have been lost.

New Jersey Lawyers File Identity Theft Class
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Author Reports Online Stalking; Woman Arrested
A woman has been arrested for allegedly sending hundreds of harassing and hostile e-mails to best-selling mystery writer Randy Wayne White, authorities said.



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Internet Firm Told to Identify E-Mail Sender
An Internet service provider must hand over documents that disclose the identity of a person who sent an allegedly libelous e-mail about his or her company's executive director to the company's board, a Manhattan judge has ruled.

Another Bluetooth Phone Security Threat Discovered
Two Israeli researchers have discovered another security flaw in Bluetooth, the NewScientist.com site reported Friday.

Nursing Home Death A Homicide
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Radiation Detectors to Scan Calif. Ports
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will receive radiation detectors to scan every incoming cargo container for nuclear weapons or dirty bombs.

Duke University Hacked
A hacker broke into the Duke University Medical Center computer system last week, stealing thousands of passwords and fragments of Social Security numbers, Duke officials said Friday.

Professor Charged With Identity Theft
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