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Hacks & Horses – This week’s CCTV & security news

Every week (well…almost), here at SpyCameraCCTV towers we try and pull together all of the latest CCTV and security news, be it international or local. So here’s our one stop shop for your headlines…

Dropbox deny password hack

 

dropbox logoIt’s been a tumultuous time recently for the gatekeepers of our personal data, with high profile hacks spreading hundreds of nude celebrity photos from Apple’s iCloud storage, and thousands of images posted online from the Snapchat’s discreet messaging service. Whilst the latter appears to have been thanks to users falling for a malicious third party app, it still highlights increasing concern with the trust we place in online storage solutions for our data. The latest potential leak occured 2 days ago, when a post claiming to contain almost 7 million username and password combinations for the cloud storage firm Dropbox appeared online. Despite some of the logins appearing to work, Dropbox almost immediately denied they were hacked. In their roundup of the story, wired.co.uk suggest the leak was from a third party, and stress that users should never share the same password between different services.

CCTV delays holding up trials in Scotland

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The Herald Scotland detail how the “bureaucratic” police procedure for handing CCTV evidence to prosecutors is holding up trials and delaying justice. Currently evidence has to be burned onto a DVD and handed in person to lawyers, a process that can result in massive delays. The report suggests that if the footage could be presented to the accused earlier in the investigation, many criminals would simply plead guilty instead of going to a lengthy and costly trial. Forces hope a new IT system will help speed the process up.

Eye in the sky causes civil liberties concern

Earlier this week the BBC posted a facinating report on a new Security company in the USA. Persistent Surveillance Systems (PSS) has developed a revolutionary technique whereby a plane kitted out with a large array of imaging equipment is flown above a location for hours at a time. Time stamped footage of a wide area of the ground is recorded at a high enough resolution to track the movements of individual people, but not to actually identify them. PSS are touting it as a way to follow the movementsof a suspect before and after they are at the scene of the crime and even claim that the system has helped document 34 killings when being tested above Compton and Mexico. Whilst the benefit for law enforcement is clear, campaigners have suggested the massive amount of recorded detail is another example of security services casting too wide a net to catch criminals, and many have criticised the company for testing the unit in the field without the watched population knowing.

Horse visits Cheshire police HQ

CCTV has captured the surreal moment that a horse decided to take a casual stroll up to the front desk of a police station in Winsford, Cheshire. Please feel free to leave any police horse related puns in the comments below…

….And finally…

Autumnwatch is back! The BBC have been teasing the return on Twitter, showing sneak previews in the editing room of some of the nest box cameras to feature. are your cameras set up?

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