Privacy is Dead

Say Cheese: The FBI’s Facial Recognition System Is Now Fully Operational

FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Wikimedia Commons)

Remember that Big Brother-esque facial recognition software the FBI has been developing for a few years? It’s finally ready to go.

The FBI announced yesterday that its Next Generation Identification (NGI) system is now fully operational, the Verge reports. Among other features detailed here, NGI features the oft-fear-inducing Interstate Photo System (IPS), which stores millions of citizens’ photographs, and is designed to help law enforcement pair names and faces associated with criminal activity. Read More

Crime and Punishment

Cops Want to Photograph a Boy’s Penis to Charge Him With Child Pornography

Besties. (Photo: Getty)

Authorities in Virginia are planning to take a bizarre — and utterly despicable — route to convict a teen on child pornography charges: forcing him to get a boner and taking photos of his erect penis.

A 17-year-old Manassas City teen was charged with two child pornography-related felonies after his 15-year-old girlfriend’s mother reported him for sexting, the Washington Post reports. Now, the teen, whose name was withheld by the Post, is facing a search warrant that would allow law enforcement officials to take him to a hospital, give him an erection-inducing needle, and photograph his penis. Read More

SUGAR CRUSH

Woman Steals $1,700 from Disabled Mother to Feed Candy Crush Addiction

You can check out any time you like, but you can never leeeave! (Screengrab: iTunes)

The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing, they say.

In other news, a completely grown-up UK woman stole over £1,000 (US$1,705) from her disabled mother to feed her crazy Candy Crush addiction, the Telegraph reports.

The 45-year-old woman, Sally-Anne Turner, had access to her mother’s bank account when she acted as her caregiver. The mother noticed money disappearing from her bank account between February 2012 and January 2014, coincidentally during the time that her daughter “became addicted to Candy Crush Saga and other online gaming sites.” Read More

True Crime

Robber Nabbed After Logging into Facebook at House He Was Burgling

Mr. Wig, (probable) Facebook addict. (Dakota County Sheriff's Office)

Millennials — they can’t even stop with the social media long enough to rob a house properly.

South St. Paul resident Nicholas Steven Wig, 27, allegedly broke into and robbed a house last week, Ars Technica reports. Before fleeing the scene with his booty, he reportedly logged onto Facebook on the victim’s computer — but forgot to log out.

When the owner returned to his ransacked house, he discovered — besides the fact that he was missing a bunch of items — that his computer was logged into the Facebook account of someone named Nick Dub. Police traced the Nick Dub Facebook account back to Mr. Wig and arrested him on burglary charges.  Read More

Crime and Punishment

Police Warn Not to Hunt and Attack Thieves Using ‘Find My iPhone’

This is what we imagine phone thieves look like. Do not approach! (photo via *Sax, CC-BY-2.0)

Apps that track your mobile devices are great for that Sunday morning when you can’t figure out if your phone is at the club, in a cab, or just in your damn pocket. But be careful where your phone-finding quest takes you — you could wind up meeting the person who stole it, and they might not be excited to see you.

Police are more and more concerned that apps like “Find My iPhone” are encouraging people to chase down and confront thieves, according to the New York Times. Theft victims have done everything from setting elaborate traps for thieves to teaming up with friends for a vigilante joy-ride — apparently hammers are popular on the list of scary weapons with which to intimidate phone-snatchers. Read More

Rise of the Drones

Criminals Using Drones To Find Marijuana Farms, Steal Their Crop

It's coming for your weed. (Wikimedia Commons)

Criminal gangs in the UK’s Shropshire county are using drones to locate marijuana farms, and then blackmailing the farms’ owners or straight up stealing their weed, ITProPortal reports.

It’s a tactic that law enforcement authorities worldwide have been employing for years — using thermal imaging to detect possible locations of grow houses. Marijuana requires hot temperatures and hydroponic lamps to grow, meaning that grow houses generally emit a ton of heat, and show up on cops’ thermal cameras. Read More