Fla. police chief busted in threeway sex-for-hire sting

A South Florida police chief has been fired after his arrest in a prostitution sting for allegedly trying to arrange a threesome with an undercover officer, according to local media reports.
Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson, who was fired Friday night and released from jail Saturday morning, did not deny the charges to waiting reporters.
"The stress overwhelmed me," he said, "and I made a very bad decision."
The 53-year-old Johnson, who was hired last May, was arrested Friday evening on a charge of soliciting a prostitute in Dania Beach, the Miami Herald reports.
Michael Wright, a detective and police department spokesman, said Johnson was arrested at a motel during a sting operation conducted by the Broward County Sheriff's Office.
According to the arrest report, Johnson first spoke by phone with the undercover officer who told him a 30-minute session would cost $60, but he struck a deal for two women for $100.
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How the "Great SIM Heist" could have been avoided

You may very well have read about the latest leak supposedly sourced from the secret data stolen by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The three-bullet version tells approximately this story:
  • Intelligence services managed to penetrate the network of a major SIM card manufacturer.
  • They got hold of large amounts of cryptographic key material.
  • They can therefore eavesdrop millions, perhaps even billions, of mobile devices.
Actually, there's a subtle rider to the last item.
Having copies of the keys in the story doesn't just let you listen in to present and future calls, but theoretically to decrypt old calls, too.
Understandably, a lot of coverage of what The Intercept has boldly entitled "The Great SIM Heist" is focusing on issues such as the audacity of the intelligence services.
There's also speculation about the possible financial cost to the SIM manufacturer connected with (though not implicated in) the breach.

But how?

But we think there's a more interesting angle to zoom in on, namely, "What is it about SIM cards that made this possible?"
After all, according to the story, there wasn't really a "SIM heist" after all.
No SIM card was ever touched, physically or programmatically.
No SIMs were stolen or modified; no sneaky extra steps were inserted into the manufacturing process; there were no interdictions to intercept and substitute SIMs on the way to specific targets; there was no malware or hacking needed on any handsets or servers in the mobile network.
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Australia Makes World’s First 3D Printed Jet Engines

A handout photo taken and released it shows a 3D printed jet engine on display at the Avalon Airshow in Melbourne.
Australian researchers have created two jet engines using 3D printing, a breakthrough that proves the technology can create high-quality products from a variety of metals.
Using a gas turbine engine as a template, researchers from Melbourne’s Monash University, and staff from the CSIRO and Deakin University, congratulated themselves for successfully printing an “aircraft quality” product, which could revolutionize the way aircraft are built in the future.
“The significance… is the recognition by major manufacturers and engineering companies like Safran and Airbus that the material you can print using 3D metal printing is of aircraft quality and I think that’s hugely significant,” Monash university’s vice provost for research, Ian Smith, told AFP.
“It’s a disruptive technology. We’ve seen a lot happening in the plastics and polymer space, but this is exciting because it’s now metals and light metals and things like titanium, nickel and aluminum.”
3D printing can slash production times from three months to just six days, researchers say.

Secret Service Will Fly Its Own Drones To Protect The White House

Secret Service Team On White House Roof
Secret Service Team On White House Roof
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Washington, D.C. is officially off-limits for drones. But just because it’s the law doesn’t mean people listen; in January, a small quadcopter crashed onto the White House lawn. Now, the Secret Service is taking new action to keep the skies clear of unmanned interlopers: They’re flying drones of their own. From a Secret Service statement released Tuesday:
The United States Secret Service, in conjunction with other inter-agency partners, will conduct a series of exercises involving unmanned aircraft systems, in the coming days and weeks. Because these exercises will be conducted within the normally flight restricted areas in the Washington D.C. area, they have been carefully planned and will be tightly controlled. In preparation for these exercises the Secret Service has coordinated with all appropriate federal, state and local agencies.
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Police Killing of Unarmed Native American Continues To Receive Little Media Attention

The tragic case of Corey Kanosh, 35, has received very little media attention, in spite of the growing outrage over police shootings of unarmed, innocent citizens. In Corey’s case, we are not dealing with an African American man shot by white cops, but an unarmed Native American man who was suspected of crimes that he was later proven innocent of, who was given only seconds before police opened fire on him. Corey was a member of the Paiute Tribe of Utah. In spite of the historical injustices committed by the State against Native Americans, his story has received virtually no national attention. Now, his friends and family have been pushing to move the legal process forward, but so far they have only raised a tiny amount of money. continue http://countercurrentnews.com/2015/02/police-killing-of-unarmed-native-american-continues-to-receive-little-media-attention/

Do baby boxes make it easier to abandon newborns?

INDIANAPOLIS -- On the outside, the metal box looks like an oversized bread container. But what's inside could save an abandoned newborn's life.

The box is actually a newborn incubator, or baby box, and it could be showing up soon at Indiana hospitals, fire stations, churches and selected nonprofits under legislation that would give mothers in crisis a way to surrender their children safely and anonymously.

Indiana could be the first state to allow use of the baby boxes on a broad scale to prevent dangerous abandonments of infants if the bill, which unanimously passed the House this week, clears the state Senate. Republican state Rep. Casey Cox and child-safety advocates say they're unaware of any other states that have considered the issue at the level Indiana has.

Cox says his bill is a natural progression of the "safe haven" laws that exist in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Those give parents a legal way to surrender newborns at hospitals, police stations and other facilities without fear of prosecution so long as the child hasn't been harmed.
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Canadian Spies Collect Domestic Emails in Secret Security Sweep

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Canada’s electronic surveillance agency is covertly monitoring vast amounts of Canadians’ emails as part of a sweeping domestic cybersecurity operation, according to top-secret documents.
The surveillance initiative, revealed Wednesday by CBC News in collaboration with The Intercept, is sifting through millions of emails sent to Canadian government agencies and departments, archiving details about them on a database for months or even years.

The data mining operation is carried out by the Communications Security Establishment, or CSE, Canada’s equivalent of the National Security Agency. Its existence is disclosed in documents obtained by The Intercept from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The emails are vacuumed up by the Canadian agency as part of its mandate to defend against hacking attacks and malware targeting government computers. It relies on a system codenamed PONY EXPRESS to analyze the messages in a bid to detect potential cyber threats.

Last year, CSE acknowledged it collected some private communications as part of cybersecurity efforts. But it refused to divulge the number of communications being stored or to explain for how long any intercepted messages would be retained.
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FCC reclassifies the internet, approves net neutrality rules

The Federal Communications Commission has just approved their plan for net neutrality, which also reclassifies broadband Internet as a public utility.

Under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act, the reclassification of the internet as a public utility allows the FCC to place regulations on Internet service providers (ISPs) such as Comcast and Verizon. These regulations would mandate these service providers to transmit all Internet content at the same speed, regardless of what interests are involved, according to Newsweek.

According to engadget, the FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler, said, “It [the internet] is our printing press; it is our town square; it is our individual soap box and our shared platform for opportunity… That is why open internet policies matter. That is why I support network neutrality.”

Net neutrality, also known as open Internet, is an idea which says all Internet networks and content are equally available to all legal content generators, according to USA Today. Therefore, a practice called “paid prioritization” which results in ISPs showing preference towards companies who pay more for higher transmission speed of content, would be illegal.
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