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US Law Enforcement Preparing Trade Theft Case Against Chinese Tech Giant Huawei

Federal prosecutors “are pursuing a criminal investigation” of Chinese tech giant Huawei for allegedly stealing the trade secrets of U.S. firms, with the case in part based on allegations raised in civil lawsuits, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

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Dutch Police Bust Encrypted Chat Service, Gain Access to Over 258,000 Messages

Dutch police say they have “decrypted more than 258,000 messages” sent using an expensive chat service, Ars Technica reported on Wednesday, citing a National Police Corps statement that claimed authorities in the Netherlands have achieved a “breakthrough in the interception and decryption of encrypted communication between criminals.” Read More >>

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Police Departments in America Warn Facebook Users to Stop Allegedly Sharing a Child Abuse Video

Police departments in America are warning Facebook users that a child abuse video captioned with a vague plea to identify the perpetrator is spreading across the site via direct messages and status updates—and that sharing this nightmare chain letter or even viewing its contents is, obviously, a crime that could result in serious penalties up to and including felony charges. Read More >>

cryptocurrency
Report: China Plans to Root Out Crypto Platforms Offering ‘Exchange-Like Services’

The Chinese government is continuing to intensify its crackdown on the cryptocurrency market, Bloomberg reported, and is planning on extending its ban on crypto exchanges to pursue alternative “online platforms and mobile apps that offer exchange-like services.” Read More >>

crime
Los Angeles Man Charged With Manslaughter Over ‘Swatting’ Death

Authorities have charged 25-year-old Los Angeles man Tyler Barriss with manslaughter for allegedly placing a hoax call that led to a Wichita, Kansas police officer shooting and killing an innocent man, the L.A. Times reported. Read More >>

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Citizen, the Creepy Crime-Fighting App Formerly Known as Vigilante, Somehow Gets £9 Million

Citizen, the extremely dubious rebranding of Vigilante—an app which notifies users of 911 reports near them and encourages them to go out and shoot videos of the crimes and their aftermath—has somehow managed to acquire a new round of eight-figure funding. Read More >>

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Motorola’s New Body Cam AI Stops Just Short of Dystopian Surveillance

Unsurprisingly, the latest AI advancement in body camera technology comes no closer to increasing police accountability or officer transparency. As the public’s push for body cameras has died down, tech companies are now making their own appeal for body cameras to the police departments that buy them: offering sharper, smarter surveillance. Read More >>

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Apple’s Patented iPhone Panic Button Might Not Make You Much Safer

Could future iPhones come with a built-in panic button to discreetly summon the fuzz? It’s certainly a possibility, judging by Apple’s recent patent filings. Read More >>

politics
The EU Wants to Make it Easier for Police to Access Electronic Data Stored in Other EU Countries

In news that would likely make Theresa May second guess her commitment to Brexit, the EU has announced that it was to speed up the processes that let police retrieve electronic evidence stored in other EU countries by US-based tech companies. Read More >>

crime
Police Make First Arrest Using Facial Recognition Surveillance Vans

Science fiction authors have been writing about it for decades. Privacy activists have warned it’s just around the corner. Today, perfected facial recognition is one step closer to becoming a reality. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Vision of the Future Involves Police Commanding Tiny Drone ‘Assistants’

According to Amazon, the cop of the future won’t just be a robot, it will be one that fits in the palm of your hand. Read More >>

microsoft
A Legal Victory Protects Microsoft’s Overseas Data From US Warrants

The US government has been fighting with Microsoft for some time now, insisting that the tech giant should hand over any and all data when presented with a warrant - even if it's stored overseas. The US says that Microsoft is an American company and should comply. Microsoft says it will, provided authorities get a warrant from the host country (in this case, Ireland). Read More >>

security
The FBI Says Its Malware Isn’t Malware Because the FBI Is Good

The FBI is facing accusations that malware it deployed while running Operation Playpen, a sting that infiltrated and maintained a dark web child pornography website for two weeks and eventually led to more than 100 arrests, was illegal. But the agency swears that using malware was good because, well, the FBI had good intentions. Read More >>

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Police Raid Hoverboard Booth at CES

Two US federal marshals raided the booth of a Chinese hoverboard company at CES in Las Vegas yesterday. The badged law enforcement agents collected all of the company’s one-wheeled “Trotter” electric skateboards, as well as all related marketing materials. It was dramatic. Read More >>

privacy
BlackBerry’s CEO Gives You a Great Reason to Buy an iPhone

Cops and spies alike are up in arms lately over companies like Apple using uncrackable encryption on their devices. But BlackBerry, whose clickity keyboards can still be heard in the halls of many government bureaucracies, doesn’t think criminals deserve privacy. Read More >>