Archive for the ‘law enforcement’ category

Dec 8, 2022

A room-temperature terahertz camera based on a CMOS and quantum dots

Posted by in categories: food, law enforcement, particle physics, quantum physics, security

Terahertz (THz) radiation is electromagnetic radiation ranging from frequencies of 0.1 THz to 10 THz, with wavelengths between 30μm and 3mm. Reliably detecting this radiation could have numerous valuable applications in security, product inspection, and quality control.

For instance, THz detectors could allow law enforcement agents to uncover potential weapons on humans or in luggage more reliably. It could also be used to monitor without damaging them or to assess the quality of food, cosmetics and other products.

Recent studies introduced several devices and solutions for detecting terahertz radiation. While a few of them achieved promising results, their performance in terms of sensitivity, speed, bandwidth and operating temperature is often limited. Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Minnesota, and other institutes in the United States and South Korea recently developed a that can reliably detect THz radiation at room temperature, while also characterizing its so-called polarization states. This camera, introduced in a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology, is based on widely available complementary metal-oxide-semiconductors (CMOS), enhanced using (i.e., nm-sized semiconductor particles with advantageous optoelectronic properties).

Dec 6, 2022

Sam Bankman-Fried could be fined and put behind bars for FTX’s $32 billion debacle

Posted by in categories: habitats, law enforcement

Federal Law Enforcement agencies are currently building a case to level charges of fraud against him.

Sam Bankman-Fried, the former CEO of the now defunct FTX crypto exchange, could be in even hotter water if recent news is accurate. According to various sources, including CNBC, Federal Law Enforcement agencies are currently building a case to level charges of fraud against him.

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Nov 14, 2022

Study questions the medical privacy of forensic samples

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, law enforcement

Watch any episode of “CSI,” and a character will use forensic DNA profiling to identify a criminal. A new study from San Francisco State University suggests that these forensic profiles may indirectly reveal medical information—perhaps even those of crime victims—contrary to what the legal field has believed for nearly 30 years. The findings, now published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could have ethical and legal implications.

“The central assumption when choosing those [forensic] markers was that there wouldn’t be any information about the individuals whatsoever aside from identification. Our paper challenges that assumption,” said first author Mayra Bañuelos, who started working on the project as a San Francisco State undergraduate and is now a Ph.D. student at Brown University.

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Oct 30, 2022

Experts: 90% of Online Content Will Be AI-Generated by 2026

Posted by in categories: law enforcement, robotics/AI

“Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet” has been pretty standard advice for quite some time now. And according to a new report from European law enforcement group Europol, we have all the reason in the world to step up that vigilance.

“Experts estimate that as much as 90 percent of online content may be synthetically generated by 2026,” the report warned, adding that synthetic media “refers to media generated or manipulated using artificial intelligence.”

“In most cases, synthetic media is generated for gaming, to improve services or to improve the quality of life,” the report continued, “but the increase in synthetic media and improved technology has given rise to disinformation possibilities.”

Oct 21, 2022

Japan starts operations with SeaGuardian drone, receives two Hawkeyes

Posted by in categories: drones, law enforcement, robotics/AI

MELBOURNE, Australia — The Japanese Coast Guard has started operations with a newly delivered MQ-9B SeaGuardian drone, while more airborne early warning aircraft have arrived in the country by ship.

The UAV’s manufacturer, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, said in a news release that the Coast Guard commenced flight operations with a SeaGuardian from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Air Station Hachinohe on Oct. 19.

The American company said the high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft “will primarily perform Maritime Wide Area Search (MWAS) over the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean. Other missions will include search and rescue, disaster response, and maritime law enforcement.”

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Oct 16, 2022

Your iPhone 14 May Call the Cops If You Ride a Rollercoaster

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, law enforcement, mobile phones

When Apple built crash detection into the iPhone 14, the company touted it as a life-saving feature. However, it’s causing some headaches for law enforcement, paramedics, and dispatchers who receive emergency calls informing them of a severe crash that never occurred.

According to The Wall Street Journal, a spate of these false positives have hit the Warren County Communications Center in Ohio since mid-September. In one such case, a King’s Island amusement park patron, 39-year-old Sarah White, rode the Mystic Timbers rollercoaster with her days-old iPhone 14 in her pocket. After the ride was over, her phone was flooded with notifications, missed calls, and voicemails from emergency services.

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Sep 19, 2022

The Internet will be 90% AI-generated content by 2026, claim experts

Posted by in categories: internet, law enforcement, robotics/AI

According to a report by AI experts, the internet is set to be overrun by AI-generated content in just a few years. Will this ruin content for the rest of time?

A study by Europol, The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, claims that AI will be more prominent than human-made content very soon. The study explains that the vast expansion of AI tools means that we’ll have to deal with more AI-generated content than human-made content.

In the report, it’s claimed that humanity will be flooded with “synthetic media”. This is a new term for media that is fully generated by artificial intelligence programs, fuelled by bots designed to pump out as much content as possible.

Sep 15, 2022

1 person injured at Northeastern University after package detonated on Boston campus, officials say

Posted by in categories: law enforcement, virtual reality

They dislike virtual reality development.


“Several federal law enforcement sources told CNN the package contained a rambling note that criticized Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the relationship between academic institutions and the developers of virtual reality.”

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Aug 31, 2022

Leaked Docs Show Spyware Firm Offering iOS, Android Hacking Services for $8 Million

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, law enforcement, robotics/AI

Leaked documents appear to show a little-known spyware company offering services that include Android and iOS device exploits for €8 million (roughly $8 million).

Exploit brokers and mercenary spyware providers have been in the spotlight recently, mainly due to revelations surrounding the use of the controversial Pegasus solution of Israeli company NSO Group.

One of NSO’s fairly new competitors is Intellexa, a company founded by Israeli entrepreneur Tal Dilian. The company claims on its website that it’s offering technologies that empower law enforcement and intelligence agencies to ‘help protect communities’. The company says it’s based in the EU and regulated, with six sites and R&D labs in Europe.

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Aug 30, 2022

FBI: Hackers increasingly exploit DeFi bugs to steal cryptocurrency

Posted by in categories: cryptocurrencies, finance, internet, law enforcement, security

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning investors that cybercriminals are increasingly exploiting security vulnerabilities in Decentralized Finance (DeFi) platforms to steal cryptocurrency.

“The FBI has observed cyber criminals exploiting vulnerabilities in the smart contracts governing DeFi platforms to steal investors’ cryptocurrency,” the federal law enforcement agency said.

“The FBI encourages investors who suspect cyber criminals have stolen their DeFi investments to contact the FBI via the Internet Crime Complaint Center or their local FBI field office.”

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