technology and crime

How Technology Helped Solve or Commit Crime: iPhone used to solve arson of police cars, catch a mass public shooter, India bans 118 Chinese apps over concerns of spying

11 Feb , 2021  

Suspect’s iPhone used to slave the arson of two police cars

Forbes reports how iCloud data from a suspect’s iPhone 7 allowed the FBI, to apprehend a man accused of firebombing two police cars in Seattle. The firebombing took place on May 30th, 2020. The data included screenshots of both the suspect in the act, a list of “ingredients” for a Molotov cocktail, and even incriminating videos. The man was arrested and brought up on federal charges of unlawful possession of a destructive device and arson.

FBI breaks iPhone security to find Pensacola shooter and reveal his links to Al Qaeda

The FBI found that Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a Second Lt. and a cadet from the Saudi Air Force who was training with the American military, to be the gunman in December, 2019’s shooting in Pensacola, FL. Alshamrani was in communication with the terrorist group Al Qaeda. The information came from iPhones owned by Alshamrani. The murderer communicated repeatedly with a Al Qaeda, including with members of its leadership, up until the attack took place , but reports indicate it is unclear whether the shooter was given orders by their contact.

India bans 118 apps with ties to China because of security threat

One app, “PUBG: Mobile,” a Battle Royale game, has 119 million installs in India. The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre and the Ministry of Home Affairs claim the apps were used to engage in “activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.


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