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A New Hope…

December 24, 2013 by


Dave Aitel has graciously allowed us to run his commentaries before – see Hackers May Help Choose The Next US President and Aitel On Cyberwar. Dave is the founder and Chief [Security|technology|executive][1] Officer of Immunity, Inc, and runs the Daily Dave mailing list, where this article was originally published. It is re-published here with his kind permission. So […]

Prison Hack Shows More About Shared & Open Data Than Fugitive Hunting

October 19, 2013 by


This blog post ran at StreetCred and is cross-posted here. It is non-commercial. − When the story broke about Charles Walker and Joseph Jenkins, the two Florida murderers who hacked their way out of jail with forged documents, I had just finished giving a speech on fugitive capture and manhunts that included this observation: “If your fugitive is featured […]

To Whom the 4th Amendment Doesn’t Apply

June 9, 2013 by


Guest blogger Chris Swan contributed this from the UK. Chris is Chief Technology Officer of CohesiveFT, where he focuses on product development and product delivery. After a decade as a Combat Systems Officer in the Royal Navy, Chris moved to the financial services industry where over the last 12 years he was an engineer, architect, […]

Silent Circle: Mobile Encrypted Comms Get Mainstream-Easy

February 11, 2013 by


If you’ve never given thought to the fact that, most of the time, critical non-federal law enforcement operations are conducted by unencrypted cellular and text communications, today might be a good time to start. (A good place to start understanding the wider implications of safe and unsafe smartphone use is here). I spend a great […]

Onity Hotel-Room Lock-Hacking Triviality Becomes an Issue In Texas

November 28, 2012 by


Last July at the Black Hat conference, security researcher Cody Brocious gave a well-attended and much-discussed presentation in which he responsibly, totally reasonably and helpfully demonstrated the complete fail that is the Onity hotel door lock system. Now, I have skin in this game – I stay in hotels. A lot. So much so that, […]

The City That Became … [How Much] Safer?

November 12, 2012 by


I just picked up a copy of the most racy book available to crime analysts this month, The Crime Numbers Game: Management by Manipulation (Advances in Police Theory and Practice) by John A. Eterno and Eli B. Silverman. Eterno was a NYPD officer who rose through the ranks and retired a captain; he and Silverman, […]

Guest Post – Dr Jez Phillips: What is Offender profiling?

November 9, 2012 by


Today’s guest post is from the blog of Dr Jez Phillips, a psychologist, Deputy Head of Psychology and senior lecturer at the University of Chester in the UK. Phillips has a particular interest in the field of forensic psychology. This is a broad area in itself, covering the application of psychology to diverse but related […]

II: Reports You Need To Read Now

October 24, 2012 by


Three reports you should be aware of – and not just because Dave and I are so busy with warrant work that we’ve had no time to do anything except point to the analysis of others – are covered in this report, and all are worth reading. The first big report, which we were in […]

Federal Court: Location Tracking via Cell-Phone Pinging is Kosher

August 15, 2012 by


The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that police may track the signals eminating from wireless devices, such as cell phones, owned by a person. In United States v Skinner, the court found that a drug dealer whose position was being tracked by the DEA as he and his son […]

UNODC’s Global Awareness Campaign for Transnational Organized Crime

August 13, 2012 by


We don’t normally print press releases, and it’s not that we’re being, you know, lazy, but we thought this was important: The International Association for the Study of Organized Crime (IASOC) has announced that UNODC has a new global awareness campaign against Transnational Organized Crime. Earlier this month the United Nations Office on Drugs and […]

Hiding Your Dupa; Interview with a Hacker; Math and Policing

August 10, 2012 by


Ahh, summer. As Dave and I set to hauling in data on tens of thousands of license plates for a project we’ll be writing about here and in Law Officer Magazine, and working on some really interesting predictive models we will talk about in a few months, this blog doesn’t write itself. So we’ll cannibalize […]

Cyber-Criminal OPSEC – a Three-Part Series. Part III: TTTP

June 15, 2012 by


In Part I of this three-part series, we discussed the most basic of attribution methods, IP address analysis. In Part II, we talked about computer environmentals, and how it’s possible to build a device fingerprint based on what the user presents when they show up to a web server and ask for something and how […]

BigEye: Meta’s Superb Daily OSINT Roundup

June 1, 2012 by


There are lots of great compendia of OSINT out there for law enforcement, some of which we’ve mentioned in these pages before.  One outstanding publication which has been around since 2006 is BigEye News Compilation, a free service from Meta Enterprises, LLC. Some of my favorite daily OSINT reads include the Daily Open Source Critical Infrastructure Report […]

Anonymous Proxy Hunting: When Bad Guys Don’t Leave You A Map To Their House (or, ‘An IP Address Is NOT an Internet Phone Number’)

May 20, 2012 by


Let’s say some bad guys have stolen some credit card or bank account details and they’re using them to make a whole mess of online purchases. If they’ve got seven brain cells to rub together, they’re probably going to be using an anonymous proxy service to make the purchases. If they’ve got an IQ of 101 […]

When Stupid Strikes: Social Media Policy and Training

January 31, 2012 by


A Bay-area police agency has found itself at the center of a firestorm which began with comments on Twitter apparently by one of its officers. The officer apparently posted to a Twitter account the comment, “Get those fucking hackers. I’m a cop in the Bay Area CA. I’d go after them with both guns.” Awesome. […]