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.…

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How Technology Helped Solve and Commit Crime: Made it possible to spy and harass a woman and made it possible to catch four different criminals.

5 Feb , 2021  

Uses technology to spy on woman, but iCloud evidence helped catch him

“A Wolverhampton stalker who relentlessly hounded a woman sending hundreds of threatening messages and hacking into her home CCTV has been jailed.”

Jordan Reynolds, “‘Extreme’ Wolverhampton stalker jailed after hacking into victim’s home CCTV,” Express and Star, October 24, 2020.

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How Technology Helped Solve Crime: Locking a car thief in a car, Saving a woman from a rapist, solving a murder, and solving a hit-and-run

17 Jan , 2021  

Technology doesn’t always protect citizens. In 2019, Apple pulled an App that allowed demonstrators to monitor the Hong Kong Police. Law enforcement can obtain Ring doorbell video without a warrant. While Amazon is doing that to help stop crime, there are real privacy issues should the government ever abuse that process.…

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Technology used to stop crime: Don’t buy a looted iPhone, it will never work; and other cases

24 Jun , 2020  

Unlike Android, Apple has figured out a way to discourage people from stealing iPhones.

As the number of iPhones stolen in looting increases, thieves are going to try selling them — but Apple has disabled all of them.

There is a reason professional thieves steal iPhones from people far less than before, and even more reason why they rarely take demo units from Apple Stores.

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How Technology helped solve crime: IRS using Google Maps to spy on taxpayers

22 Jun , 2020  

One more thing for taxpayers to worry about. From the Daily Caller:

. . . A redacted IRS letter dated Sept. 8, 2011 reveals that at least in one case the IRS’s examiners used photos of a property, obtained through Google Maps, as evidence to revoke the 501(c)(4) status of a homeowner’s association.

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How Technology Killed Auto Theft

20 Jun , 2020  

Technology has made it very difficult to steal cars made after about 2000.  The old cars that can be stolen are not very valuable.  If it wasn’t for old Hondas retaining some of their value, auto theft would be down even further.  From the New York Times:

. . . 1990, the city had 147,000 reported auto thefts, one for every 50 residents; last year, there were just 7,400, or one per 1,100.