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Serbian Security Service Named Among Users of Israeli Surveillance Software

serbian security service named among users of israeli surveillance software

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Photo: Unsplash.comIn research published on Monday, Citizen Lab, an Institute of the University of Toronto that specializes in surveillance issues, listed 25 countries and agencies – including Serbia’s Security Information Agency – that use the software of the Israeli company Circles, which enables the user to locate every phone in the country in seconds.
Founded in 2008, Circles reportedly exploits weaknesses in the global mobile phone system to snoop on calls, texts, and the locations of phones around the globe.
Circles is a part of NSO Group, an iPhone and Android spyware developer that is being sued by Facebook over attacks on the accounts of 1,400 WhatsApp users.
It has also been criticized for selling its services to governments that use it to spy on activists, journalists and other citizens, according to Forbes.
Circles, whose products work without hacking the phone itself, says it sells only to nation-states, but Citizen Lab’s research, based on leaked documents, shows that clients can purchase a system that they connect to their local telecommunications companies’ infrastructure, or they can use a separate system called the “Circles Cloud,” which interconnects with telecommunications companies around the world.
According to Citizen Lab, likely Circles customers include governments in Australia, …

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Coronavirus: New global surveillance system tracks virus outbreaks, how fast it’s moving

coronavirus: new global surveillance system tracks virus outbreaks, how fast it’s moving

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“Now we can easily identify outbreaks at their beginning,” said Lori Post, the co-lead investigator and director of the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “You want to know where the pandemic is accelerating, how fast it is moving and how that compares to prior weeks.”

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Patient reassurance and education needed to address drop in AAA surveillance engagement during pandemic

patient reassurance and education needed to address drop in aaa surveillance engagement during pandemic

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In a survey conducted by St George’s Vascular Institute (London, UK) on the willingness of patients in South London to attend abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) surveillance during COVID-19, just under 60% of patients said they would attend a scan in July, compared to a pre-COVID attendance rate of around 90%.
The research team cite fear of catching the virus and public transport concerns as key factors in patients’ reluctance. At this year’s UK Vascular Societies’ Annual Scientific Meeting (VS ASM 2020; 24–27 November, virtual), Will Selway, a trainee at the centre, outlined key findings from the study and considered ways to encourage attendance going forward.
Selway noted that the UK National Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme (NAAASP) was suspended in March in line with the national lockdown. At the time the survey was conducted in May, there were 667 men with small- to medium-sized aneurysms (3–5.4cm) under surveillance in South London, he reported, detailing that 271 of these men had had their scans postponed due to the lockdown, and that the remaining 354 had either been seen prior to the virus outbreak or were due scans later in the year after the initial lockdown was planned to end.
The St George’s team contacted 200 of …

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Pilot’s emergency landing on Minnesota highway caught on surveillance video

pilot’s emergency landing on minnesota highway caught on surveillance video

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — A surveillance video on an interstate highway captures the moment a pilot makes an emergency landing on the road, avoiding injuries despite clipping an SUV after setting down.According to the Associated Press, the pilot has been identified as Craig Gifford, 52, a Minneapolis resident and competitive aerobatic pilot. Gifford was at the controls of a Bellanca Viking plane when he made the emergency landing on Interstate 35 west Wednesday night.The plane avoided two vehicles but hit an SUV driven by Brittany Yurik, 40, of Maple Grove, Minnesota, while skidding to a stop, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.“‘Lucky’ isn’t the right word, but I do feel like it was a miracle that we all survived and none of us got hurt,” Yurik tells the Star Tribune. Yurik added that Gifford was “very apologetic” after the incident. A single-engine plane is seen after making an emergency landing on northbound Interstate 35 west late Wednesday near Minneapolis, Minnesota (Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune via AP)Experimental Aircraft Association spokesman Dick Knapinski said Gifford represented the United States in international competition in 2017 and 2019 on the Unlimited Aerobatic Team, which took home the bronze medal at the world championships in South Africa in 2017.Knapinski …

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National security review recommends complete overhaul of electronic surveillance – but will it work?

national security review recommends complete overhaul of electronic surveillance – but will it work?

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The most extensive review of Australia’s intelligence sector since the 1970s has released its public report.

The Comprehensive Review of the Legal Framework of the National Intelligence Community – the “Richardson Review” – culminated in a four-volume declassified report containing 203 recommendations (13 of them classified).

It has been embraced by the government, which took almost a year to consider the classified report (described by Attorney-General Christian Porter as needing “to be carried around in a wheelbarrow”).

The undertaking was enormous. In the 19 years since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, federal parliament has introduced 124 separate acts concerning the national intelligence community. On the whole, these acts have enhanced government power, increased secrecy, and scrambled to keep up with a constantly evolving threat environment. The result is one of the most complex legislative landscapes in the world.

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Shining light into the shadows

The intelligence community operates in the shadows. So it is significant that this extensive (and expensive, to the tune of A$18 million) inquiry has resulted in a public report and recommendations. The report provides a valuable insight into the intelligence sector: its powers, functions and room for …

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Major reform of surveillance laws proposed by review

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A new single legislative framework governing electronic surveillance activities in Australia has been recommended by a sweeping review of the nation’s intelligence laws.

The review found the existing laws governing this area are complex and outdated by changing technology.

The new act – not designed to alter powers – would cover telecommunication interception, covert access to stored communications, computers and telecommunications data, and the use of optical, listening and tracking devices.

The comprehensive review, led by Dennis Richardson, who previously headed the departments of defence and foreign affairs, as well as ASIO, and served as ambassador to the United States.

The Richardson report runs to 1600 pages and 203 recommendations, 13 of them classified. A declassified version was released by Attorney-General Christian Porter on Friday.

In general, the review – the most extensive since the inquiries of the 1970s and 1980s – gave a tick to the principles underpinning current security and intelligence legislation. But it found it in need of rationalisation and modernisation. Porter characterised the reforms as evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

The review did have sharp observations about some agencies, including noting “an immature understanding of the foundational principles governing the intelligence agencies”.

“This lack of understanding led some agencies to suggest that legitimate …

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Family of Arthur Keith demand release of surveillance video

family of arthur keith demand release of surveillance video

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“At this time, the fatal shooting that took place on November 13, 2020, involving a CMHA Police Officer remains under investigation by the Cleveland Division of Police. They are in possession of the Network Video Recorder (NVR) for cameras in the area of the shooting, which is itself evidence in the investigation. CMHA recognizes the need for transparency throughout this process, and we remain committed to fully cooperate with investigators to discover the facts of that evening.”, stated Andres Gonzalez of CMHA.

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Novel surveillance system can dynamically track direction, speed and acceleration of COVID-19 virus

novel surveillance system can dynamically track direction, speed and acceleration of covid-19 virus

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A new COVID-19 global surveillance system has been developed which can dynamically track not just where the virus is now, but where it is going, how fast it will arrive and whether that speed is accelerating.

The new surveillance system, the first to dynamically track the virus, is being rolled out in 195 countries Dec. 3. It also will dynamically track the virus in individual U.S. states and metropolitan areas and in Canadian provinces.


Now we can easily identify outbreaks at their beginning. You want to know where the pandemic is accelerating, how fast it is moving and how that compares to prior weeks.”

Lori Post, lead investigator and director, Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


Post, James Oehmke of Northwestern, and Charles Moss of the University of Florida worked day and night over the past four months to develop the novel surveillance system, based on path-breaking research led by Oehmke.

“We can inform leaders where the outbreak is occurring before it shows up in overcrowded hospitals and morgues,” Post said. “Current systems are static and ours is dynamic.”

Northwestern is hosting a dashboard for the new COVID tracking system — open to anyone …

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Program lets residents, businesses give access to surveillance cameras to Ocoee police

program lets residents, businesses give access to surveillance cameras to ocoee police

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The Ocoee Police Department is part of a pilot program aimed at protecting homes and businesses.It’s a program that would let police access privately owned security cameras at businesses and even homes with permission in real time.There’s a strong chance you’re on video just about everywhere you go. However, most of those cameras are part of individual systems and not one central location.Ocoee police are hoping the new system they’re trying out will help make it easier to get to those cameras when a crime happens.“We can either see it as its happening if you dial 911, if you’re in our program, we can go into our data system and see what’s happening,” deputy chief Vince Ogburn said.The system is called Fusus-one. The program can merge private and public video streams, like on businesses, homes, or government buildings, into one place. That gives officers live access to the video or the ability to go back to specific times.Ogburn says getting those images quickly can help police have a better idea of someone’s emergency.“We can see the number of suspects, what type of weapons they’re using, get descriptions,” …

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Sheriff’s office releases surveillance video of suspect vehicle in Aloha exposer case

sheriff’s office releases surveillance video of suspect vehicle in aloha exposer case

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ALOHA, OR (KPTV) – Deputies continuing to search for a man accused of exposing himself to a teenage boy on Wednesday have released surveillance video.The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened while a 13-year-old boy was skateboarding at an apartment complex near Southwest 214th Avenue and Southwest Alexander Street at around 10:30 a.m.Surveillance video provided to the sheriff’s office shows the suspect drive into the parking lot of the complex before the incident occurred.The suspect is described as a man around the age of 30 with a darker complexion, light facial hair, and straight black hair. He was wearing a black fedora-style hat, black jacket, black pants, and had a black bandana around his neck.

The suspect vehicle is a white, 4-door sedan with no license plates, according to the sheriff’s office.Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect is asked to contact non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111. Please reference case number 50-20-6872.Copyright 2020 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.



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