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Smartphone Thefts Blamed for San Francisco’s Crime Wave

Smartphones, tablet computers and other high-tech devices that speed the delivery of information and entertainment to users’ fingertips are also tempting the hands of thieves in San Francisco. Police attribute a five-year high in the City by the Bay’s crime rate, in part, to thefts and robberies involving the sleek, hand-held electronic devices. Nearly 46,000 crimes were reported through the first 10 months ...

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App Puts Criminal Justice Information at Officers’ Fingertips

A smartphone app recently introduced in California is giving law enforcement officers instant access to vital details about suspects, as well as a host of other criminal justice databases, according to the state’s Attorney General’s office. The JusticeMobile app is now available to law enforcement officers across the state. The San Francisco Police Department had 600 officers test the software over five mon ...

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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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New Technology Aims to Help Searchers Find Disaster Victims

A process known as technology foraging has speeded the development of a radar-based device that could soon be used to locate humans trapped in rubble, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The device, called Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (FINDER), uses radar technology to detect a disaster victim’s heartbeat. Federal officials report that FINDER can detect th ...

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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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