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The future is already here – it is just unevenly distributed. — William Gibson

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Dealing Crack?  There's an app for that too!

Dealing Crack? There’s an app for that too!

Turn your iPhone into a “Cartel-o-Phone” Well it was just a matter of time before somebody figured this one out.  Recently an iPhone developer created an application known as “Drug Lords,” a program that would enable both drug-dealers and users to find one another in real time and space, thanks to the mobile phone’s built-in...
Spoofing Life: Reality Altering Technology Enables Crime

Spoofing Life: Reality Altering Technology Enables Crime

As we come to rely more and more upon technology as a filter for our life experiences, opportunities to bend reality abound. In theory, none of this is new.
Mobile Phone Botnets:  Is Your Refrigerator Next?

Mobile Phone Botnets: Is Your Refrigerator Next?

For some time now, experts in the information security community have been concerned about the possibility of  mobile phone botnets: now it appears these fears may have been well-grounded, as suggested in the article below.   While there are billions of desktop and portable computers in the world, there are billions more mobile phones.  As...
When Flash Mobs Become Crime Mobs

When Flash Mobs Become Crime Mobs

When people think of flash mobs, they tend to focus on the positive: 300 people showing up to dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller in a London tube station,  a relatively calm Worldwide Pillow Fight Day or even an impromptu Sound of Music performance in Antwerp’s (Belgium) central rail station. Yet as the below article demonstrates,...
Mobile Phones: A Crime Superhighway Into Your Life

Mobile Phones: A Crime Superhighway Into Your Life

Accessing the Internet via a PC is quickly becoming passé and according to Gartner Research, the number of users accessing the Net via mobile phones will surpass those on PC's by 2013.
When Computers See: Crime and Policing Implications

When Computers See: Crime and Policing Implications

Ah, remember the good old days of searching the Internet…the days when you had to type your search request into a search engine text box?  So quaint…so 2009.  Now, thanks to Google Goggles, it is possible for your mobile phone’s camera to take a picture of an object and use that image itself to search...
Subverting the App Store: A Phisher's Delight

Subverting the App Store: A Phisher’s Delight

Once again, criminals have shown their creativity in pursuing financial fraud in cyberspace.  While most of us have already suffered phishing attempts via e-mail solicitations purportedly coming from our banking and credit card companies, a new twist on the scam is affecting smartphone users.  Organized criminals have invaded “app stores” and provided fraudulent versions of...
Mobile Phone Applications to Fight Crime & Disorder

Mobile Phone Applications to Fight Crime & Disorder

December 3, 2009 Increasingly, police agencies are using social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook to connect with the public on a wide variety of issues.  Now several agencies are releasing their own iPhone applications as a means of combating crime and fighting community disorder.  The most recent and notable example of this has...