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Amazon’s Ring Neighbors app exposed users’ precise locations and home addresses

Ring, the video doorbell and home security startup acquired by Amazon for $1 billion, launched Neighbors in 2018 as a breakaway feature in its own standalone app. Neighbors is one of several neighborhood watch apps, like Nextdoor and Citizen, that lets users anonymously alert nearby residents to crime and public-safety issues.

While users’ posts are public, the app doesn’t display names or precise locations — though most include video taken by Ring doorbells and security cameras. The bug made it possible to retrieve the location data on users who posted to the app, including those who are reporting crimes.

Source: Amazon’s Ring Neighbors app exposed users’ precise locations and home addresses | TechCrunch

German police take down ‘world’s largest darknet marketplace’

A German-led police sting has taken down the “world’s largest” darknet marketplace, whose Australian alleged operator used it to facilitate the sale of drugs, stolen credit card data and malware.

At the time of its closure, DarkMarket had nearly 500,000 users and more than 2,400 vendors worldwide, as the coronavirus pandemic leads much of the street trade in narcotics to go online.

Source: German police take down ‘world’s largest darknet marketplace’

Law enforcement wiretapped the very service used by criminals to evade interception

The virtual private network (VPN) Safe-Inet used by the world’s foremost cybercriminals has been taken down in a coordinated law enforcement action led by the German Reutlingen Police Headquarters together with Europol and law enforcement agencies from around the world.

This VPN service was sold at a high price to the criminal underworld as one of the best tools available to avoid law enforcement interception, offering up to 5 layers of anonymous VPN connections.

Much of the criminal activity occurring on the network involved cyber actors responsible for ransomware, E-skimming breaches, spearphishing, and account takeovers.

Source: Law enforcement wiretapped the very service used by criminals to evade interception

Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform

Europol has launched an innovative decryption platform, developed in close cooperation with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. It will significantly increase Europol’s capability to decrypt information lawfully obtained in criminal investigations.

The launch of the new decryption platform marks a milestone in the fight against organised crime and terrorism in Europe. In full respect of fundamental rights and without limiting or weakening encryption, this initiative will be available to national law enforcement authorities of all Member States to help keep societies and citizens safe and secure.

Source: Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform to tackle the challenge of encrypted material for law enforcement investigations | Europol

Varanasi Is Using Crime Control as an Excuse for Facial Recognition Surveillance

Varanasi in India is installing 3,000 CCTV cameras with automated facial recognition tech at the city’s crossings.

Authorities say the sole purpose of these cameras is to advance security measures and track suspected criminals. The project will connect all the police stations in the city to this CCTV network, with 500 kilometres of optical fibre being laid at 700 points in the city. This advanced technology is meant to help identify people by matching their digital images, photos and video feed with the existing database.

Source: Varanasi Is Using Crime Control as an Excuse for Facial Recognition Surveillance

New Report Finds That Criminals Leverage AI for Malicious Use – And It’s Not Just Deep Fakes

A jointly developed new report by Europol, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and Trend Micro looking into current and predicted criminal uses of artificial intelligence (AI) was released today.

The report provides law enforcers, policymakers and other organisations with information on existing and potential attacks leveraging AI and recommendations on how to mitigate these risks.

The report concludes that cybercriminals will leverage AI both as an attack vector and an attack surface. Deep fakes are currently the best-known use of AI as an attack vector. However, the report warns that new screening technology will be needed in the future to mitigate the risk of disinformation campaigns and extortion, as well as threats that target AI data sets.

Source: New Report Finds That Criminals Leverage AI for Malicious Use – And It’s Not Just Deep Fakes

Shopify reports ‘rogue’ employees stole some customer data

The company’s software enables online shopping for other businesses, and in a blog post it revealed that two employees were caught “in a scheme to obtain customer transactional records of certain merchants.”

It’s unclear how much data they actually stole, which the blog post said came from fewer than 200 merchants. The information access included stuff like contact information as well as order details of what was purchased, but for now, the company says it did not include payment information like credit card or account numbers.

Source: Shopify reports ‘rogue’ employees stole some customer data | Engadget

New Privacy Fears About DNA Sleuthing

For the first time on record, the new forensic science of genetic genealogy has been used to identify a suspect in a case of violent assault. Cops in Utah had to obtain special permission to upload crime scene DNA to a website called GEDmatch, which had previously only allowed police to investigate homicides or rapes.

However, critics fear we’re on a slippery slope of genetic genealogy being used to investigate less serious crimes. “We’re right here on the precipice, sliding down,” one expert said.

Source: GEDmatch And Genetic Genealogy Helped Cops Charge A Utah Teen With Assault, Alarming Privacy Experts

Netherlands wants easier sharing of info about criminals

It has to become easier to share information about criminals, regardless of strict privacy rules, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security said to the Telegraaf in an interview.

The Minister said that he will present a proposal to make the sharing of information about criminals and criminal activity a bit easier. While calling for a more intensified approach to drug trafficking earlier this week, Mayor Aboutaleb noted how difficult it is to share information about suspected criminals with other municipalities.

Source: Sharing info about criminals must be easier, Justice Min. says | NL Times

‘Minority Report’ AI System Boosts ‘Pre-Crime’ Tech

Preventive risk system, Intraspexion, has increased the capabilities of its ‘pre-crime’ legal review tech by integrating the strengths of the dtSearch engine. The combination allows document filters to parse a wide variety of information and document formats, and to search terabytes of company data for any signs employees may be setting the business up for a future law suit.

Source: ‘Minority Report’ AI System, Intraspexion, Boosts ‘Pre-Crime’ Tech with dtSearch – Artificial Lawyer

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