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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 […]

An Update Roundup from the PLI Guys

August 31, 2011 by


Some random thoughts since we’ve both been slammed at work and with travel. And for me, clean-up at our house in the Northeast after hurricane Irene blew through. My family was actually among the luckier – friends in Massachusetts are still without power, four days later. First, I was personally happy to see the United […]

The Top 5 Things Cops Must Do To Secure Their Networks. Now.

July 12, 2011 by


With word last week that yet another police agency has been hacked and its records placed online, and with word yesterday that 90,000 military emails and password hashes from the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton had been placed online (analysis here), and today that the mobile phone of London’s police chief was hacked, we at PLI […]

No, you probably don’t need a data warehouse – unless your initials are “NYPD”

July 11, 2011 by


A journalist working on a piece about some high-end technology [from a vendor whose name I can’t mention, but whose initials are IBM] being touted as saving the day at a large agency [I can’t reveal the agency, but its initials are NYPD] asked some questions about crime mapping, Compstat and crime analysis and I […]

German Police Hacked, Suspect Tracking Information breached

July 8, 2011 by


We’re out of the office today but wanted to note quickly that SC Magazine Australia is reporting that a German police network has been  hacked, and suspect tracking data stolen. Hackers have broken into the German Federal Police and swiped location data used to track suspects. The attack launched by the left-wing n0-N4m3 Cr3w hacking […]

LE Technology: Rocky DeStefano on Vendor (Mis)communications

July 7, 2011 by


Rocky DeStefano is friend of ours. A former Air Force intelligence guy, he found that his ability to envision order in fantastically huge datasets and articulate paths to sanity suited people well in such companies as ArcSight (which went public, then was taken private by HP), Decurity (which he sold to RSA), and NetWitness (which […]

Another AZDPS Breach; Defending Police Networks

June 29, 2011 by


Last week we talked about the need to secure police networks. This week the dicsusion will continue, but first we should note that it appears the Arizona Department of Public Safety has suffered another breach – or at the least, that a second tranche of stolen documents has been published. The second tranche, which we […]