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ICE App Targets Fugitive Child Predators

A new smartphone app is designed to allow the public to help federal agents capture fugitive and unidentified child predator suspects. Tips can be reported anonymously at any time through the Operation Predator app, or by phone or online. At the app’s mid-September rollout, officials with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations said the new technology is the fir ...

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Cyber Security Awareness Month Marks 10th Anniversary

In today’s technology-dependent society, the Halloween season brings more than just ghouls and goblins. There also is the specter of hackers and cyber criminals. October marks the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a public-private effort aimed at boosting awareness of online threats and bolstering cyber defences. ...

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New Website Focuses on Public Safety Apps

A website designed as a hub for emergency response and public safety apps has grown rapidly since its launch in April 2013. The nonprofit Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International (APCO) is responsible for the site, which has attracted more than 120,000 visits and now hosts 158 mobile applications in a variety of categories. The Application Community, or AppComm, is a “trusted onli ...

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Report: Cost of Online Scams Increased in 2012

A national clearinghouse for reporting Internet-related crime received 289,874 complaints in 2012, representing financial losses of more than $525 million, according to the organization’s annual report. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) reported that 39.6% of the complaints reported dollar losses. Total losses increased 8.3% over 2011, even though the number of complaints received by IC3 decreased b ...

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McAfee Executive Named to U.S. Cybersecurity Post

An executive with the technology security company McAfee has been appointed to head cybersecurity policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). During her tenure as vice president and chief technology officer at McAfee, Phyllis Schneck led initiatives relating to public sector cybersecurity, global threat intelligence and adaptive security, according to the company’s website. As Deputy Under Sec ...

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Study Finds Cybersecurity Concerns at Major U.S. Ports

By: Todd Leskanic Major ports across the nation have few measures in place to guard against the potential for commerce-crippling cyber attacks, a new study has found. “In certain ports, a cyber disruption affecting energy supplies would likely send not just a ripple but a shockwave through the U.S. and even global economy,” U.S. Coast Guard Commander Joseph Kramek, the study’s author, wrote. Kramek noted th ...

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Does the “CSI Effect” Really Exist?

Anyone who’s turned on a TV lately knows that crime is big business on the small screen. With shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS, Law and Order and Criminal Minds occupying top slots on every network, formerly obscure terms like “chain of custody,” “blood spatter analysis” and, of course, “forensic evidence” are now common parlance. In fact, CSI and other crime TV shows are so popular that many ...

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