“Going Dark”–FBI Increasingly Can’t Intercept Online Messages

July 26, 2014 12:27:18 pm

Federal law enforcement and intelligence authorities are increasingly struggling to conduct court-ordered wiretaps on suspects because of a surge in chat services, instant messaging and other online communications that lack the technical means to be intercepted, reports the Washington Post. A large percentage of wiretap orders to pick up the communications of suspected spies and foreign agents are not being fulfilled, FBI officials said. Agents often decline even to seek orders when they know firms lack the means to tap into a suspect’s communications in real time. “It’s a significant problem, and it’s continuing to get worse,” said Amy Hess, executive assistant director of the FBI’s Science and Technology Branch.

One former U.S. official said that each year hundreds of individualized wiretap orders for foreign intelligence are not being fully executed because of a growing gap between the government’s legal authority and its practical ability to capture communications. FBI officials call the problem  “going dark.” Today, at least 4,000 U.S. companies provide some form of communication service, and a “significant portion” are not required by law to make sure their platforms are wiretap-ready, Hess said. Among the types of services that were unthinkable not long ago are photo-sharing services, which say they allow users to send photos that are automatically deleted, and peer-to-peer Internet phone calls, for which there are no practical means for interception.

Police hunt for 2 suspects in Philadelphia carjacking that killed 3 kids

Police hunt for 2 suspects in Philadelphia carjacking that killed 3 kids
Fox News
PHILADELPHIA – Police are searching for two men who carjacked an SUV and plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit to raise money for their church, killing three siblings and critically injuring their mother and the carjacking victim
Carjackers on Run After Crash That Killed 3 Kids ABC News

  July 26, 2014  

State, defense rest in Laurence Lovette’s second murder trial

State, defense rest in Laurence Lovette’s second murder trial
myfox8.com
DURHAM, N.C. — The state rested its case late Friday afternoon in Laurence Lovette’s murder trial. The judge also denied a defense request for dismissal of robbery and murder charges. Then, the defense announced it will produce no evidence, according
Both sides rest in Lovette murder trial Chapel Hill News
Closing Arguments Set to Begin in Lovette Murder Trial TWC News

  July 26, 2014  

4 charged in drug-related kidnapping in Greensboro

4 charged in drug-related kidnapping in Greensboro
Greensboro News & Record
Latasha Javonne Holland, Javontay Jacquis Holland, and Kentrel Raynard King, all of Greensboro, were charged with: common law robbery; kidnapping first or second degree; and conspiracy to commit a felony. Elenia Antoinette McKoy, not pictured, was …

  July 26, 2014  

Gun control worth it, if it stops one tragedy

Gun control worth it, if it stops one tragedy
Indianapolis Star
The truth is, no one can really know if these measures will or will not deter the violence that plagues our city and nation. Even if one tragedy is prevented by a more stringent approach to gun control, isn’t it worth taking these steps? Linda Hudson

  July 26, 2014  

Armed Teen Commits Home Invasion, Encounters Better-Armed Combat Vet …

Armed Teen Commits Home Invasion, Encounters Better-Armed Combat Vet
Bearing Arms
As a general rule of thumb, it’s a bad idea to try to rob the home of people who decorate with animal skulls. One teen home invader make a huge mistake when he attempted to rob the home of brothers Kevin and Rich Dennis in New London, Connecticut.
Connecticut Siblings Stop Home Robbery Opposing Views

  July 26, 2014  

Deporting Immigrant Kids: Could U.S. Make Same Mistake Twice?

July 26, 2014 11:31:43 am

Violence, poverty, unemployment and U.S. immigration policy have all been blamed for the massive arrival of unaccompanied children from Central America at the U.S. southern border. The Washington Post says some experts and advocates suggest another factor: U.S. policies of the 1990s and 2000s that deported thousands of gang members back to Central America. Authorities were attempting to root out Latino gang violence in American cities. Instead of dispersing, the gangs took root in Central America, abetted by the push of drug-trafficking routes into Central America from Mexico.

The gangs grew more ruthless and expanded into international drug trade and other crimes, leading to escalating violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Critics of proposals to deport the new crop of youths warn that the U.S. risks making the same mistake twice, accelerating violence over the border by condemning those fleeing the gang explosion to become either gang members or victims. Not everyone agrees that the earlier deportations are a root of the crisis. Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington said that while deporting gang members from the U.S. may have contributed to the growth of gangs in Central America, the real problem was the U.S. failure to enforce the law against illegal immigrants, especially criminals, in the first place.

Man Cleveland police shot, girlfriend linked to several West Side shootings

Man Cleveland police shot, girlfriend linked to several West Side shootings
The Plain Dealer
The man police said Diaz-Alvarez shot, who is also 25, told police he was leaving his girlfriend’s house and walking home at 10:59 p.m., when a dark-colored mini-van pulled up beside him on Meyer Avenue. Two masked men jumped out, shined flashlights in …

  July 26, 2014  

Service Drains Competitors’ Online Ad Budget

Service Drains Competitors’ Online Ad Budget
Krebs on Security
One of the more well-known forms of online ad fraud (a.k.a. “click fraud“) involves Google AdSense publishers that automate the clicking of ads appearing on their own Web sites in order to inflate ad revenue. … Nicholas Weaver, a researcher at the

  July 26, 2014  

Two UT football players charged with sexual assault

Two UT football players charged with sexual assaultKENS 5 TVAUSTIN — Two University of Texas football players have been charged with sexual assault. Kendall Sanders, a junior wide receiver from Athens, is charged with sexual assault and improper photo…

  July 26, 2014