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LPR, On the Ropes

Dec 16, 2015 in Leadership & Video
By Dale Stockton

In the spring of 2014 the highways around Kansas City were terrorized by an unknown shooter. Three people had been injured and more than ten vehicles had sustained bullet damage. There was very little information available until a woman called police and said she had been followed by a subject she thought might be the shooter. Because of his strange behavior, the woman noted his license plate number and vehicle description.A check of the LPR ... Full Article »

Recent Information Security Fails …

Nov 24, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Elijah Woodward

Lately there have been a number of significant information security (infosec) fails that have befuddled law enforcement, and we’ll take a quick dive in to each of these issues.Case #1On Oct. 28, the Electronic Frontier Foundation posted an article about automatic license plate reader cameras. It turned out that a number of police cameras were automatically scanning license plates in public locations, and the information was publicly v... Full Article »

‘Tis the Season (for Cyber Breaches)

Nov 19, 2015 in Leadership & Training
By Elijah Woodward

As we close the year out, people are undoubtedly preparing for the cliché and novel year-end round-out articles summing up events in their particular speciality. Policing, use of force, tactics, cyber security, swatting, etc., etc., etc. … Except that the last two years have shown that December is usually the most exciting month for the cyber security stuff. December 2013: Target breach. About 30 million records exposed, and Target’s then-... Full Article »

Passphrase 101

Nov 04, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Elijah Woodward

[Update: Last week a website apparently lost 13 million passwords (all in plain text) of users. Question for all law enforcement-friendly websites (forums, online stores, etc.): How well do you protect and store your users' passwords?]Today we’re going to take a closer look at email account takeovers and how they're occurring.When we hear about the CIA chief having his home email compromised, you can assume that you too are susceptib... Full Article »

Dear Chief/Sheriff,

Oct 25, 2015 in Leadership & Patrol
By Elijah Woodward

Dear Chief/Sheriff: You’re going to get fired. I know, this isn’t the letter you were hoping for today. But please, keep reading, because I do have some good news. But, first, bear with me while I tell you a little bit about the world right now. In Dec., 2013, Target got breached. The result? The CEO lost his job. Last year Sony pictures America got breached. The result? The CEO lost her job. In 2014, the “Obamacare” website went o... Full Article »

L8NT Device Recovery

Oct 07, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today & Patrol & Technology
By Elijah Woodward

Ever taken a report for a stolen iPad/iPhone/any electronic device? (If the answer is no, what planet do you live on?!) We all have. And what’s the first thing we ask our victim?“Do you have a serial number for the device?”And what does the victim always say?“Well … no.”And the sad part is, unless that device gets sold to a pawn shop or somewhere that actually does keep track of the serial number and there is some way ... Full Article »

What Is the Darknet?

Sep 29, 2015 in Training
By Elijah Woodward

[Author's Note: There are two things I want to emphasize with this article. First, the internet is good for much more than porn. I often hear that joke (and it may be true?) but there’s a whole lot more criminal activity going on out there that local law enforcement can have an effect on. But we don’t do more about it because we don’t know and most don’t care. Those are lousy excuses. We can do better. Second, I often run up against a bi... Full Article »

Emerging Threats in Mobile Field Force

Aug 06, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today
By Elijah Woodward

If you haven’t noticed yet, now might be a good time to point out some recurring attacks on law enforcement that have coincided during protests. This has been going on for the last year and is now becoming so commonplace, we should just expect it. August 9, 2015: Officer Darren Wilson shoots Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. In the following days and weeks, protestors took to the streets, and online activists took to the wires. During that same t... Full Article »

July: Hacktivists vs. Law Enforcement

Jul 30, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Elijah Woodward

As the information warfare continues with hacktivists, Law Enforcement is finding itself targeted more and more.As has become quite common over the last year since the Darren Wilson shooting in Ferguson, MO, cyber attacks against law enforcement are coinciding with other activist activities. The folks conducting these cyber activist attacks, calling themselves “hacktivists,” have been quite active this last month.In Canada on July 16,... Full Article »

Chicago PD Hacked? Probably Not …

Jul 07, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today
By Elijah Woodward

Recently Chicago Police Department was involved in the shooting of a subject, Alfontish Cockerham. Witnesses claimed he dropped his gun, held his hands up, and police opened fire.As a result of this, a hacker group has taken on Chicago PD and claims that they are using various cyber attacks against the department including a DDOS (basically overwhelming their networks with traffic to cause a shutdown). They also claim that Chicago PD has suf... Full Article »

The OPM Breach

Jun 17, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Elijah Woodward Protection from security breach

By now, you’ve probably heard that last week the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which is responsible for the vast majority of security clearances issued by the government, was breached. And as most of these breaches play out, it started off with a bad figure (4 million) and quickly ballooned to an appalling figure (14 million!). There have been some interesting things to come out of this that’s worth noting. 1. Attribution is importan... Full Article »

You Will Cause Your Agency’s Data Breach

Jun 12, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Elijah Woodward

Welcome to 2015! A few years ago I was working a part-time job as an IT guy and I was talking to the boss about how well our users were trained. Keep in mind we worked in a mental health agency, so our users were counselors, Ph.D.’s, and social workers. Some pretty smart people, very adept at smelling a scam because our clients were occasionally some very crafty folks. I was given permission to try sending phishing emails to a few staff member... Full Article »

VIDEO: Police and Technology

Jun 12, 2015 in Leadership & Video
By Nick Selby

A TED-style talk about law enforcement and technology and why cops resist it. Technology must empower police and, in the same stroke, improve our relations within the community by improving service and supporting transparency. If this topic speaks to you--and it probably should in this day and age--take the time to give it a watch. ... Full Article »

LE’s Tech Conference: A Dispatch

May 21, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Dale Stockton

The annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Information Management (IACP LEIM) Conference just ended in San Diego and there were some pretty strong indicators of what’s important and emerging in the world of police technology.[caption id="attachment_5782" align="alignright" width="424"] San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman welcomed attendees to the IACP LEIM conference and shared details of her department'... Full Article »

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