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Cyber crooks may hack Britain’s CCTV network, surveillance chief warns

“The nature of its capabilities to intrude on privacy by building patterns of travel and the provision of imagery should not be underestimated,” he said, adding that it is also widely used by agencies other than the police. 

Edmund King, AA president, said: “Whilst most law abiding citizens will accept the police use of ANPR to target criminals and potential terrorists, many will question the use by local authorities or private parking companies. 

“Parking companies and some local authorities seem to use ANPR as if car number plates were bar codes on groceries, used to harvest fines on an industrial scale without proper targeting or efforts to improve signage or layout.”

Mr Porter also called for number plates to be produced by just a handful of official suppliers like passports, to avoid illegal registrations on British roads. 

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/09/cyber-crooks-may-hack-britains-cctv-network-surveillance-chief/

US charges Romanians over Washington DC surveillance cameras hacking – Romania

The United States has charged two Romanian nationals with the hacking of the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department surveillance cameras in connection with a ransomware scheme, the Department of Justice said on December 28.

The two allegedly conspired to illegally access approximately 123 computers associated with Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) surveillance cameras and to use those computers in connection with a scheme to distribute ransomware in January 2017.

The two are the 25 year old Mihai Alexandru Isvanca and 28 year old Eveline Cismaru. They were arrested on December 15 at Bucharest’s Otopeni airport. Isvanca is in custody in Romania and Cismaru is on house arrest, also in the country.

The Department of Justice said the case “was of the highest priority due to its impact on the Secret Service’s protective mission and its potential effect on the security plan for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration.”

The investigation showed no evidence that any person’s physical

Read more at: https://www.romania-insider.com/us-romanians-surveillance-cameras-hacking/

Government to strengthen surveillance, laws to check cybercrimes

NEW DELHI: In view of the growing incidents of financial cybercrimes, including frauds using cards and e-wallets, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has ordered strengthening of the surveillance and legal frameworks to check the menace, the home ministry said today.

The issue came up at a high-level meeting where the strategies being adopted to check financial cybercrimes were discussed in detail.

Representatives from various agencies made presentations and appraised the home minister of the current trends of financial cybercrimes in the country and the steps being taken by their agencies to address this challenge, a home ministry spokesperson said.

Concerned agencies and representatives of certain states highlighted the steps being taken to arrest the growing trend of cybercrime in the financial sector.

It was noted that both legal and technological steps need to be taken to address this situation.

The home minister directed all concerned agencies to undertake required measures in a time-bound manner and emphasised

Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/government-to-strengthen-surveillance-laws-to-check-cybercrimes/articleshow/60749856.cms

cyber crime: Government to strengthen surveillance, laws to check …

NEW DELHI: In view of the growing incidents of financial cybercrimes, including frauds using cards and e-wallets, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has ordered strengthening of the surveillance and legal frameworks to check the menace, the home ministry said today.

The issue came up at a high-level meeting where the strategies being adopted to check financial cybercrimes were discussed in detail.

Representatives from various agencies made presentations and appraised the home minister of the current trends of financial cybercrimes in the country and the steps being taken by their agencies to address this challenge, a home ministry spokesperson said.

Concerned agencies and representatives of certain states highlighted the steps being taken to arrest the growing trend of cybercrime in the financial sector.

It was noted that both legal and technological steps need to be taken to address this situation.

The home minister directed all concerned agencies to undertake required measures in a time-bound manner and emphasised

Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/government-to-strengthen-surveillance-laws-to-check-cybercrimes/articleshow/60749856.cms

Hacking for the government: Germany opens ZITiS cyber surveillance agency

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere opened a new cyber security agency in Munich on Thursday as part of a centralized attempt to tackle cyber-crime and digital espionage via mass telecommunication surveillance, data encryption, and mass data collection.

However, the German government’s own data protection commissioner has complained publicly that she was not consulted as promised about the new “central office for information technology in the security sphere” (ZITiS).

Data protection commissioner Andrea Vosshoff complained to the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper that she was unable to offer a “serious or valid assessment or evaluation of this project” even though the government had promised “official participation” last summer.

“Of course data protection is a central element of such a huge project,” Vosshoff’s predecessor Peter Schaar told DW. “It would be extremely unfortunate if the relevant data protection commissioner wasn’t sufficiently involved.”

Read more: Selling on the darknet? The BKA is buying

ZITiS is a serious investment: some

Read more at: http://www.dw.com/en/hacking-for-the-government-germany-opens-zitis-cyber-surveillance-agency/a-40511027

Dark Net puts surveillance and cyber stalking under the magnifying glass

Dark Net surveillance

Dark Net examines the increasing number of ways we are under surveillance, who’s watching the watchers?

This week Dark Net looks at surveillance and cyber stalking as individuals and communities come under increased observation by the state and become vulnerable to crackers.

Countries like the UK have a huge number of CCTV cameras with nearly every major town and city stuffed full of them, recording every move of the citizens. The U.S. is not far behind and although these technologies together with license plate and face recognition can help stop crime, they also create a real dilemma for those defending basic freedoms.

One man on the show tries to defend his CCTV program to neighbors, who are wary of his plans to set the cameras up.

Another issue with our increasingly digitally connected world is that of the

Read more at: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/dark-net-puts-surveillance-and-cyber-stalking-under-the-magnifying-glass/

New ‘Rule 41’ makes government web surveillance easier

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A new government ruling that goes into effect Thursday will make it easier for law enforcement to hack into your computer.

The controversial measure called Rule 41 is a change brought by the FBI hoping to bring more cyber criminals to justice. It will allow any judge to issue a warrant to remotely access computers located in any jurisdiction. However, critics of the rule say it’s unconstitutional and invades citizens’ rights to privacy.

“What Rule 41 allows is for the Department of Justice to go to one judge anywhere in the country and get an order to hack into millions of computers,” said Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the ACLU of Missouri. “The ability to circumvent the expectation of privacy that we have as Americans, is really, the door is flung wide open.”

It’s possible that through Rule 41 American citizens would have government surveillance hacking their

Read more at: http://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/new-rule-41-makes-government-web-surveillance-easier

New ‘Rule 41’ makes government web surveillance easier – KSHB.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A new government ruling that goes into effect Thursday will make it easier for law enforcement to hack into your computer.

The controversial measure called Rule 41 is a change brought by the FBI hoping to bring more cyber criminals to justice. It will allow any judge to issue a warrant to remotely access computers located in any jurisdiction. However, critics of the rule say it’s unconstitutional and invades citizens’ rights to privacy.

“What Rule 41 allows is for the Department of Justice to go to one judge anywhere in the country and get an order to hack into millions of computers,” said Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the ACLU of Missouri. “The ability to circumvent the expectation of privacy that we have as Americans, is really, the door is flung wide open.”

It’s possible that through Rule 41 American citizens would have government surveillance hacking their

Read more at: http://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/new-rule-41-makes-government-web-surveillance-easier