Data theft rises sharply, insiders to blame

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A new survey exploring the main causes of corporate data breaches suggests that three out of four organizations in the US have been hit with the loss or theft of sensitive data in the last two years — and insiders are usually the ones at fault.

According to the researchers involved in the study, rising data breach and information loss is often due in part to compromised employee accounts, which is further exacerbated by staff and third parties having access to more sensitive information than they need.

In addition, the “continued failure” by businesses to properly monitor access and activity around email and file systems is to blame.

The report, “Closing Security Gaps to Protect Corporate Data: A Study of US and European Organizations,” conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Varonis, surveyed over 3,000 employees in the US, UK, France, and Germany. End users and IT staff came from industries including finance, the public sector, healthcare, retail, and technology.

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Innocence Project -Exonerates Wrongful Conviction of Nicholas Yarris

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Time Served: 21 years

On December 15, 1981, a young sales associate from the Tri-State mall in Pennsylvania was abducted in her car after her shift ended. When she did not arrive at home, hours after she was due, her husband called the police. Investigators quickly located her yellow Chrysler Cordoba, abandoned on a roadway in Chichester, PA. The following day, the victim’s body was found – beaten, stabbed, and raped – in a church parking lot a mile and a half away from her car. Newly fallen snow covered her body. She was still clothed but the murderer had cut open her thick winter clothing to commit the sexual assault. The police determined that she had bled to death from multiple stab wounds in her chest. Biological materials, including sperm samples and fingernail scrapings, were collected from the victim’s body. Police also collected gloves believed to have been left by the perpetrator from the victim’s car. The biological evidence collected from the crime scenes would prove to be pivotal in the years to come.

Four days after the discovery of the body, police stopped Nicholas Yarris on a Pennsylvania roadway for a traffic violation. The routine stop escalated into a violent confrontation between Yarris and the patrolman and ended in Yarris’s arrest for attempted murder of a police officer. While in custody for this offense, Yarris accused an acquaintance of committing the Tri-State mall murder in a gambit to gain his freedom. When this suspect was ruled out by the police, Yarris became the prime suspect of the murder investigation. According to a detective’s statement, Yarris was asked: “Did you mean to kill her?” and responded by saying “I never meant to kill anyone.”

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5 smartphone spy apps that could be listening and watching you right now

shutterstock_170845223-970x546Spy apps may have been designed so that parents can watch over their kids, but that’s not where it stops. These sneaky apps can be used by boyfriends, girlfriends, family members, or even suspicious employers. So, if someone you know seems to know a little too much about your life, they could be spying on you right now.

Here are five spy apps to be aware of.

1. SPYERA

Now this is freaky. Spyera isn’t just an app, it’s an entire smartphone. The app comes pre-installed on various Apple and Android devices, so whoever gives you the phone could be monitoring all of your personal activity.

Spyera software can listen in on phone calls, and can use your microphone to listen in on everything else that’s happening near the smartphone. It can even record this audio as it’s happening and store it for later.

If that’s not enough to make you shiver, Spyera can also track your instant messages and texts, upload copies of the photos you take, spy on conversations held through other apps like Skype, Viber, WeChat, etc., log everything you type, and even use the camera to spy on you physically.

Perhaps the only thing about Spyera that might bring you comfort is that it’s pretty expensive. Anyone who wants to spy on you using Spyera would have to provide the device to have the software installed, and pay a hefty subscription on top of that. To give you an idea, one year of spying costs $389 for a smartphone alone, or $489 for a smartphone and tablet.

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Pursuit Magazine-Video Surveillance and the Best Evidence Rule

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How the Best Evidence Rule Can Save Your Case When Surveillance Video Goes Missing

For those of us in the business of video surveillance investigations, it’s a good idea to consider the rules that apply to downloading video and introducing it into evidence.

Having downloaded thousands of videos over the years for the New York City Police Department’s Technical Assistance Response Unit (“TARU”) and here at Video Extraction Inc., (“VEI”), I have encountered as many obstacles to a solid download as there are surveillance systems.

That’s why, when you’re collecting video evidence, you should always monitor the real-time feed. You’ll also want to pay close attention to the video as you download. Because if your tech fails, you may have to improvise—in order to legally introduce the evidence by alternate means.

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System can Trace Calls, Texts, Location of Every Single Mobile Phone

This System can Trace Calls, Texts, Location of Every Single Mobile Phone
ABILITY’S UNLIMITED INTERCEPTION SYSTEM CAN TRACE CALLS/TEXTS/LOCATION OF EVERY SINGLE MOBILE PHONE ON EARTH!

Israeli firms are creating a niche in the spying and surveillance industry with their innovative and wide-ranging products. The latest news only confirms the hypothesis that Israel is going places as far as digital surveillance is concerned.

It is being reported that an Israeli firm Ability, established in 1993, has developed extremely amazing software, which has been named Ability Unlimited Interception System to offer unlimited surveillance opportunities to law enforcement in the US so that criminal activity could be kept at bay. This system is currently available for US$20 million and can identify calls, texts and location of virtually any mobile phone around the world. It is also being speculated that for this price and the astounding capabilities of the system, it is quite an achievement by the Israeli firm.

The system was launched in November 2015 and the asking price is the maximum rate while it may cost less if the number of targets and customers that are required to be spied upon is less.

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Pursuit Magazine – Embracing the Past, Present, and Future of Investigations

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Old-school investigative techniques have their place. But as PIs, we ignore technology at our peril.

I speak to a lot of investigators. Inevitably, we share “war stories,” tips and strategies about how we operate. Over the last several years, I have increasingly heard something that has disturbed me: Many PIs express a complete lack of interest in technology—the investigative Luddite, so to speak.

The Low-Tech (or No-Tech) Investigator

Several brilliant investigators, who are extremely close to me and whom I respect enormously, don’t have a clue about using technology—like when I recently tried sharing some documents on Dropbox and was met with utter confusion. (No, I will not start sending thumb drives to share files.) Or one investigator’s practice of only using hardwired Internet (and never using WiFi), which he explained made you immune to attackers and phishers. (It doesn’t.)

There is also an utter lack of awareness about capitalizing on the explosion of social media. More times than I like to admit, PIs have asked, “How do you find if someone has a Facebook page?” Or “Social media is completely useless because all it does it tell you what they ate for breakfast.” (Hint: In addition to what they are eating for breakfast, you can find millions of dollars worth of superyachts and private jets.)

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LawMate Releases Covert Video Smart Watch

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PV-WT10 LawMate Smart Wrist Watch Covert Video Recorder

The high end smart watch covert video camera recording system from LawMate hands you a very easy to use covert video walk around recorder with the camera lens on the top front of the watch face. This makes covert video walk around operations as easy as 1-2-3 in high 720p resolution. This innovative and stylish design covert video smart watch records to a micro SD card. Without any complicated set-ups or learning curve, you’ll be using the PV-WT10 LawMate Wrist Watch Covert Video camera right out of the box in a manner of minutes! Investigators will find wearing this stylish Smart Watch is just the thing to always have and always be ready to record covert video evidence whenever you need to with the push of one button!

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