security
£2m up for Grabs in Government’s Anti-Terror Hackathon

The three-word brief summarising the government's new anti-terror competition is that it wants your methods of "improving crowd resilience" by whatever means necessary, as it looks to add yet more Orwellian colour to today's society by monitoring people and attempting to pinpoint potential troublemakers and neutralise them. Read More >>

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Drunk Man Apologises for Trying to Enter Wrong House

A man who terrified an elderly lady by appearing to be trying to break into her home at 7:30am on a Sunday morning has apologised, telling her it was all a bit of a drunken mistake as he'd got the houses mixed up. Read More >>

crime
Slow-motion Court Replays Make Crime Look Worse

Researchers looking into the use of slow-motion replays of violent crimes caught on CCTV say the practise may be making the crimes appear worse than they really were, thanks to the way slow-motion clips appear to drag out the attack and let viewers see more intent than may have been there in the first place. Read More >>

apps
All the Ways FindFace Could be Used for Bad, Bad Things

New app FindFace claims it might be of use in perfectly innocent scenarios like trying to find the Facebook profile of the guy/girl you took a secret photo of on the bus, but we find that hard to believe. It has "Pulled Following Scandal" written all over it. Read More >>

art
An Artful Reminder That Surveillance is Becoming Second Nature 

From far enough away, this installation by the Czech artist Jakub Geltner almost looks like a flock of seagulls preening at the end of a jetty. Almost. Read More >>

security
Home CCTV is NOT the Answer to All Crime

Met Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan Howe believes we're nowhere near peak CCTV saturation point yet, suggesting homes and businesses should stick more of them, inside, outside, and everywhere, to capture images of crime. Read More >>

crime
Police are Tracking Tube Sex Attackers Using Facial Recognition Software

Figures show that the number of sex attacks on the London Underground and Docklands Light Railway rose by 39 per cent last year, with 429 assaults in 2013/14 compared to 327 in 2012/13. To tackle the problem police have not only increased the number of undercover officers, they are also using sophisticated facial recognition software to help identify the culprits. Read More >>

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Sochi Official: Our Shower Surveillance Footage Says Hotels are Fine

By now, you've surely heard the horror stories about how the Sochi Olympic village is a hellscape of stray dogs, weird toilets, and unfinished accommodations. Well, according to a Russian official, everything's cool! And he has the surreptitious surveillance footage to prove it. Read More >>

art
Spanish Artist installs 150 CCTV Cameras on Building

On the side of a building in Madrid, the Spanish artist SpY recently installed 150 CCTV cameras with, in the artist's words, "the intention of not watching over anything." It kind of makes us long for the days when CCTV was the most threatening symbol of the surveillance state. [SpY] Read More >>

cars
Lamborghini Chopped in Half in Bizarre Road Accident

A rich man's £250k Lamborghini Aventador is no more, after what appears to have been a relatively minor road accident led to the car slicing itself in half. Read More >>

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Idiot Thief Robs CCTV Company and Is Immediately Caught With CCTV Footage

A life of small-time crime is difficult enough as it is; the pay's not great, the cops are on your case, your conscience flares up. But one particularly dim bulb in Somerset, England made things even harder on himself by robbing a man who installs IT cameras for a living. Whoops! Read More >>

cars
Driver Faked CCTV Footage to Avoid Speeding Fine

Well, that was the idea. Plymouth man Roger Moore was caught speeding in a hire car, but decided that faking CCTV pics of his own car sitting on his drive would prove he'd already collected his car and driven home, and therefore was not the man hammering the hire car. Read More >>

security
Tons and Tons of Security Cameras Are Wide Open to Hackers

Apparently security cameras are even less secure than we thought. Eighteen popular brands of cameras have been found to have serious flaws in their own security, leaving at least 58,000 unsecured, open-to-basically-anyone security cams out there. Read More >>

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Watch This Man Winning $294 Million Powerball Jackpot

Thanks to CCTV, we can see the reactions of one of the two winners of an American $588 million Powerball jackpot last Wednesday. He looks at the numbers and screams "YES!",  showing it to the store assistants, as if he couldn't believe his luck. Read More >>