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Moscow Police Watch Pre-Recorded Scenes On Surveillance Cams

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the I-always-feel-like-nobody-is-watching-me dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "During several months of 2009, Moscow police looked at fake pictures displayed on their monitors instead of what was supposed to be video from the city surveillance cams. The subcontractor providing the cams was paid on the basis of 'the number of working cams,' so he delivered pre-cooked pictures stored on his servers. The camera company CEO has been arrested."

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Warning: Highly redundant... (-1, Redundant)

ls671 (1122017) | more than 4 years ago | (#30753182)

Well, this is highly redundant but I just couldn't keep myself from posting the obvious "Soviet Russia" sentence:

"In Soviet Russia, police watch pre-recorded scenes on surveillance cams" ;-)))

Re:Warning: Highly redundant... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30753228)

Well, that was lame.

"In Soviet Russia, pre-records police YOU."

Was it also in front of a LIVE studio audience ?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30753258)

These are important distinctions.

By the way, something's messed up here.

Re:Warning: Highly redundant... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30753836)

How about:
"In Soviet Russia, camera manufactures sabotage their own security cameras."

Suppose it is not really that funny, but it follows the format and is accurate.

P.S.
Better yet:
"In Soviet Russia, cameras watch pre-recorded police."

No, important distinction here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30753908)

In capitalist Russia, police watch pre-recorded scenes on surveillance cams.

Re:Warning: Highly redundant... (1)

DarkTempes (822722) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754120)

"In Soviet Russia, cameras watch pre-recorded scenes of police"

It make sense if you think about it.

They should have noticed... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30753210)

Lenny's afro and Homer's Hustle were out of place.

Security flaw (4, Insightful)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 4 years ago | (#30753260)

It took them five months to uncover this. If the contractor hadn't been greedy, it probably would have gone on a lot longer. It's no surprise though -- most camera feeds aren't encrypted/authenticated in any way. Nonetheless, the justice system and juries will rely on them as irrefutable evidence of a crime. And anyone who claims they were photoshopped into the scene will be laughed out of the courtroom.

The industrial espionage possibilities are quite lucrative.

Re:Security flaw (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 4 years ago | (#30753282)

Pah! I saw Tom Baker Dr. Who episode years ago, where he reprograms a security camera to make it look like he's in the hallway, when really the Doctor is about to...

Re:Security flaw (2, Funny)

Suki I (1546431) | more than 4 years ago | (#30753640)

Pah! I saw Tom Baker Dr. Who episode years ago, where he reprograms a security camera to make it look like he's in the hallway, when really the Doctor is about to...

I knew Oceans 11 with George Clooney had to get that idea from someplace!

Re:Security flaw (0)

Abreu (173023) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754074)

Tom Baker? Who's that?

For us in the other side of the Atlantic, the only Doctors are Christopher Eccleson and David Tennant

Re:Security flaw (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754160)

For us in the other side of the Atlantic, the only Doctors are Christopher Eccleson and David Tennant

Maybe if you're 15. I, on the other hand, watched Dr. Who on PBS as a kid and loved it.

Re:Security flaw (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755432)

Sadly, it was on at my bedtime. So I would go to sleep to the sounds of the opening theme music (similar memories of Columbo music as well). When I did get to watch an episode, it was always a middle episode of a longer story line and so was confusing.

Re:Security flaw (3, Informative)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754234)

Tom Baker? Who's that?

For us in the other side of the Atlantic, the only Doctors are Christopher Eccleson and David Tennant

How does someone living in Europe not know Tom Baker as Dr. Who? I mean good grief, the show was made in the UK. /s
Ok, so I assume you are someone in the U.S. who only came out from under a rock in the last 5 years. I don't know anyone who watches the Christopher Eccleson/David Tennant "Dr. Who" episodes who isn't a big Tom Baker fan (besides myself, and even I am well aware of who he is).

Re:Security flaw (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754398)

Tom Baker, so far as I'm concerned, IS Doctor Who. The new shows are okay, but Tom was the Doctor when I was growing up, and watching the others is kind of like watching Steve Martin play Inspector Closeau.

Re:Security flaw (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754838)

Funny you should mention Steve Martin, as he is a Doctor Who fan.
He even wrote Jon Pertwee into L.A. Story as an "alien" that fiddles with the signs along the road, making them communicate with people.
Sadly, Pertwee was too ill to film that scene, so it was left out.

And yes, Tom Baker IS the Doctor.

Re:Security flaw (1)

MartinSchou (1360093) | more than 4 years ago | (#30756488)

How does someone living in Europe not know Tom Baker as Dr. Who? I mean good grief, the show was made in the UK. /s

How does someone living in Europe not know Ove Sprogø as Egon Olsen? I mean that movie series was made in Denmark.

Re:Security flaw (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 4 years ago | (#30757880)

I don't know, are they familiar with the newer actors who played the role? If not, perhaps they never heard of the show. The person I was replying to was familiar with the show in later incarnations (also made in the UK).

Speak for yourself... (1)

N0Man74 (1620447) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755986)

I grew up in a very small town in rural Georgia, not that far from where the movie Deliverance was filmed... and even I was able to watch Doctor Who on a local Georgia PBS television station as a kid, and am quite familiar with Tom Baker (and somewhat with some of the others). That's not even counting the countless pop culture references to Baker, who has largely been portrayed as the iconic Doctor.

Without Baker, I probably wouldn't have even thought to watch Eccleston and Tennant.

Re:Speak for yourself... (1)

BlueBat (748360) | more than 4 years ago | (#30756360)

Yeah, I grew up in a small town in New York State and I watched Tom Baker when I was a kid as well. I loved the show on PBS. I also watched Benny Hill and a few other shows on different channels from overseas. If anyone hasn't seen Tom Baker's Dr., I advise you to see them. Oh, another British show that I enjoyed when I was younger was the Tomorrow People. I never could get into Monty Python though.

Re:Security flaw (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30756018)

It would be wrong for me to damn an entire continent on the basis of one individual.

That's one reason why I won't do it. The other is that you already did, you fucking spazmo.

Re:Security flaw (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30753380)

I have it on good authority that a vacationing Dennis Hopper revealed the scam to the Russian security services.

No comment on whether the contractor was working for Keanu Reeves.

Re:Security flaw (1)

cl0s (1322587) | more than 4 years ago | (#30753542)

Considering Photoshop doesn't do video I'd join in on the laughter.

I kid, I kid, i see the point... just saying...

Re:Security flaw (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30753544)

It took them five months to uncover this. If the contractor hadn't been greedy, it probably would have gone on a lot longer.

No it wouldn't have, They would have uncovered this within 6 months in any case because of the weather, when it snows and there's no snow on the video feed (queue snow jokes), you know there's something amiss and that's exactly how they uncovered this.

Re:Security flaw (1)

colesw (951825) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754832)

So instead none of them thought to themselves how strange that it is a thunderstorm outside, but all the security feeds show a sunny day?

Re:Security flaw (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30755788)

In Soviet Russia, sunny days never have YOU

Re:Security flaw (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30756854)

No it wouldn't have, They would have uncovered this within 6 months in any case because of the weather, when it snows and there's no snow on the video feed (queue snow jokes), you know there's something amiss and that's exactly how they uncovered this.

In Soviet Russia, the way you uncover that a security camera is rigged is when you don't see any bears for a few days!

Re:Security flaw (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30757496)

Actually, they didn't show the pre-recorded clips. They were showing live feeds from the wrong cameras. E.g. sending feed from Maryino to police stations in Maryino, Mitino, and Maryina Roscha.

Re:Security flaw (-1, Troll)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754796)

But the knife cuts both ways: Think about pulling that shit on me, and I will pull it on you. Even after jail and death I could get you. I would just have to publicly release the material “showing” your “crimes”. ^^

But it will be a rough world, when everybody has to look out for that all the time...
Maybe small communities will make it illegal and punishable by death to photoshop you into something like that.

Re:Security flaw (2, Interesting)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754960)

But the knife cuts both ways: Think about pulling that shit on me, and I will pull it on you. Even after jail and death I could get you. I would just have to publicly release the material "showing" your "crimes".

You're one person, with limited resources. Even if you had substantial resources, it wouldn't change the outcome. They will have the element of surprise on their side -- you'll be fighting from the position of having been already discredited. Any evidence you distribute will either trace back to you (and backfire) or will be viewed with suspicion because it looks too convenient. I admire your bravado, but if you were ever faced with that situation, and assuming you could extradite yourself from it and return to public life, there are better ways to spend your resources and you should consider how much your time (and your life) is worth.

Re:Security flaw (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30755366)

Yep. I don't normally advocate violence, but suppose you're guilty in the eyes of everyone anyway and there's nothing you can do about that, because people willingly rely on crappy evidence to brand you guilty, then frankly there's nothing wrong with having a large bomb explode at some large-staffed government facility or other. Of course, if you get life in prison in the first place there'll be no chance for revenge, so in the mean time vote for whatever party is the most sensible in these matters and leave economic policies out of your vote for a change.

Re:Security flaw (1)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 4 years ago | (#30758422)

then frankly there's nothing wrong with having a large bomb explode at some large-staffed government facility or other.

Historically, terrorism has been an effective method of promoting change when all other methods have failed. That said, it is an option of last resort for a reason -- there are a large number of alternatives that have greater efficacy, deniability, and are far more cost effective. Terrorism is a blunt tool and the refuge of the desperate. It's only really effective when supported by public opinion, which is usually linked to social unrest. Even then the odds of a terrorist action causing a desirable reaction are low because there are too many uncontrolled or unknown variables. It's rarely used by organized intelligence operations or governments for that reason (amongst others noted above).

Barbarians!!! (5, Funny)

serutan (259622) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755462)

In a Civilized country the company would be fined and the CEO would collect his severance bonus and move to a different company at a higher salary.

Re:Barbarians!!! (1)

mjwx (966435) | more than 4 years ago | (#30758946)

In a Civilized country the company would be fined and the CEO would collect his severance bonus and move to a different company at a higher salary.

In Soviet Russia, company with higher salary move to you.

Company Site (1)

smitty777 (1612557) | more than 4 years ago | (#30753320)

For those of you that can read Cyrillic, here is the company web site [googleusercontent.com] .

Re:Company Site (2, Informative)

MrNaz (730548) | more than 4 years ago | (#30753842)

Cyrillic is a script, not a language. There are several languages that use it, including Russian, which is probably the language of the article you've linked to. It is perfectly possible to be able to read a script, but not understand the language. For example, I can read Italian, because it is in the same script as English, but I can't understand it. The same would apply for those who speak a Cyrillic represented language other than Russian.

Re:Company Site (1)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754072)

    You can read Latin characters, but it doesn't mean that you can read Latin. :)

    Many languages share common characters, usually based on the roots of that language.

    But, from what I understand of the languages that use Cyrillic characters, they are very similar, so a speaker of a sister language could understand the text. That would be similar to the way an English reader could understand some words in French, Spanish, or Italian.

Re:Company Site (1)

dmesg0 (1342071) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754928)

But, from what I understand of the languages that use Cyrillic characters, they are very similar, so a speaker of a sister language could understand the text. That would be similar to the way an English reader could understand some words in French, Spanish, or Italian.

They are different enough to make understanding quite hard (and sometimes misleading, as the same words may have different meaning in different languages). Besides, there are languages like Mongolian [wikipedia.org] that use cyrillic script, but have nothing in common with Slavic languages.

Re:Company Site (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30755826)

I've seen it used for Ainu. Stuff that up Tolkien's pipe and smoke it.

Re:Company Site (1)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 4 years ago | (#30756074)

    I will preface this with, IANAL (I Am Not A Linguist), but....

    I just know that some folks who were from ex-soviet states could read and speak to each other in their native languages (not necessarily Russian), and understand each other. They said that their native languages were similar enough to get the idea of what was being discussed.

    I had a glance at the Mongolian language page, and it appears that outer Mongolia uses cyrillic, but inner Mongolia uses Traditional Mongolian Script. On the page you cited, it seems that cyrillic was introduced for Mongolian in the 1940's. The Mongolian language page also says that there was an attempt at introducing Latin characters as the standard in the 1930's, and is still used today for some work, including online work.

Re:Company Site (1)

dmesg0 (1342071) | more than 4 years ago | (#30757240)

It depends. Ukrainians can easily understand Polish (despite different alphabets), but it is not easy for Russians to understand Macedonian. Regarding the Mongolian language, it was just one example of a language with Cyrillic alphabet (the most commonly used one), but unintelligible to Slavic speakers. And there are others [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Company Site (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30757658)

> I just know that some folks who were from ex-soviet states could read and speak to each other in their native languages (not necessarily Russian), and understand each other. They said that their native languages were similar enough to get the idea of what was being discussed.

There are 3 such groups: Slavic (Russian, Ukrainian and Byelorussian, all use Cyrillic), Baltic (Lavian and Lithuanian, both Latin) and Turkic (Kazakh, Uzbek, Kirghiz, Turkmen, Azerbaijani, mixed). The degree of intercomprehensibility varies.

Re:Company Site (1)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 4 years ago | (#30758810)

    To add to my confusion, the folks I knew that told me that spoke at least 2 languages, but usually 3 or more, so it's likely they knew a mix of them. I only ever learned a very few words of Russian, so all I can share is 2nd hand information.

Re:Company Site (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30758424)

That's because the languages are similar. I am danish myself, and I can communicate with swedes and norwegians in danish and they can reply in swedish or norwegian, and we would understand each other. I can imagine other countries with similar languages are able to communicate like that as well, especially former USSR states, considering how they used to have the same language, just like we did in Scandinavia.

Re:Company Site (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754130)

So what you're saying is that the grandparents post is exactly correct since he says "read" instead of "understand."

Why did you post?

Re:Company Site (1)

MrNaz (730548) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755672)

Because as anyone with the slightest understanding of context could tell you, given the use of the word, the post I replied to was using "read" in the sense that implied comprehension.

Re:Company Site (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 4 years ago | (#30756096)

Nope, you fail it.

I understand exactly what he meant. I can read Cyrillic and Greek in the sense that I know what sound goes with which lettre, but don't understand any language written in them.

Re:Company Site (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30757268)

No, *you* fail, just because you are an exception does not mean you are the person referred to by the original post.

Also, "lettre"? And you claim to be familiar with multiple language scripts?

Re:Company Site (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 4 years ago | (#30757918)

Of course, there exists a perfectly good counter-example [wikipedia.org] , one used by over 1/5 of the Earth's population, a large part of which speak mutually unintelligible languages, and yet can probably all read and understand non-complicated writings in this single writing system.

But regarding Cyrillic, yeah, recognizing the glyphs isn't necessarily understanding the writing.

Re:Company Site (1)

bonhomme_de_neige (711691) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755514)

In case anyone who can't read Russian was wondering... There's nothing useful whatsoever on that site - just the name and contact details of the company (in case you want to phone them or send them a letter), a copyright notice and a link to the site of another company which sells construction materials.

But... (5, Funny)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 4 years ago | (#30753374)

Yes, but, did they catch any criminals on them? Who cares if they're faked, as long as they catch the bad guys...

Oh well, back to my global warming awareness seminar...

Re:But... (5, Funny)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#30753686)

Yes, one guy was arrested for armed robbery... 90 times.

Re:But... (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754494)

That too in one day.

BTW does any one remember the Road Rampage kind of traffic accidents footage in the Discovery Channel that showed a whole series of incredible sliding skidding accidents in a tunnel under the Moscow river and said all these accidents happened on the same day? . I wonder if this contractor provided cameras for the tunnel too?

Re:But... (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 4 years ago | (#30756192)

That's a bummer, because anywhere else being in the slammer already is usually a pretty good alibi.

I think I've seen a movie with a plot along those lines. (Guy's in jail on a minor charge, sneaks out of jail, commits murder and sneaks back in again).

Re:But... (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754232)

Oh well, back to my global warming awareness seminar...

Like any nature show...

It is actually kinda annoying as every nature show made lately always has to make some lame comment on how we as humans are making it go away. Sometimes I feel they they should give it a rest...

Re:But... (2, Insightful)

SnapShot (171582) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754464)

Sometimes I feel they they should give it a rest...

No kidding. Sometimes reality has such a depressing bias. Maybe they should just replace the "nature" part of the show with something that's not such a downer, like action figures or NASCAR.

Re:But... (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754712)

"Nature: Green Plastic Army Men" just aired. It was great, right up until the end.

(Voice = "David Attenborough"): "Unfortunately, the once-common army man figurine faces extinction due to overuse of its most valuable resource, petroleum, to move SUVs around."

D'OH! So much for action figures. On to NASCAR...

Re:But... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30756832)

"Unfortunately, this much loved sport may soon be no more due to tree-hugging environmentalists trying to put a stop to the once glorious gas guzzling pastime."

Business Practices (2, Informative)

BOFHelsinki (709551) | more than 4 years ago | (#30753398)

From TFA: "Investigators say apart from falsifying pictures the company also distributed a computer virus in order to obstruct activities of its rival in the western district of the capital."

Gotta love Moscow. :-)

(And funny if they had the same images for months on end without the monitor watchers noticing anything odd. The article doesn't make it too clear whether the practice was occasional or continuous. Or if it was still images or video loops.)

Re:Business Practices (2, Interesting)

peragrin (659227) | more than 4 years ago | (#30753472)

Who wants to bet the only reason any one noticed is because it started snowing and on the cameras it was a typical summer day?

Re:Business Practices (1)

mysidia (191772) | more than 4 years ago | (#30753720)

Someone happened to have the same shift 24 hours every other day and got suspicious, when the 48-hour-long video loop showed them the exact same people walking by 3 days in a row, maybe?

Re:Business Practices (1)

ls671 (1122017) | more than 4 years ago | (#30753820)

This raise the question: What is going to happen to the persons responsible for this in the company ?

I mean, Russia might not be the hardest country when comes the time to deal with people fooling around with the government but still, I guess they could get a more severe treatment than a similar case in USA.

Re:Business Practices (1)

ArcherB (796902) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754172)

(And funny if they had the same images for months on end without the monitor watchers noticing anything odd. The article doesn't make it too clear whether the practice was occasional or continuous. Or if it was still images or video loops.)

(In a strong Russian accent)
Every day it's the same thing; the same people, same things happen, even the weather is the same. It's like that movie made by those American pigs "Groundhog day" except here in formerly Soviet Russia, it's not a movie, it's real life.

This reminds me of Jurassic Park (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#30753482)

No, this has absolutely nothing to do with Dinosaurs, but there is a scene where Nedry is on the phone with a "video feed" to the docks.

If you look closely now, you can see that the video feed is just a pre-recorded video playing in whatever video player was offered in the early Mac Versions. I wouldn't expect anything more, given the era the movie was shot in, and to the untrained eye it would appear pretty cool.

But anytime I watch that part of the movie now, I just chuckle.

Re:This reminds me of Jurassic Park (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#30753520)

Oh, and the "Timer" he used for his security shutdown program that he starts at the same moment he starts his watch, is just the Stopwatch application. Oh fun times!

Re:This reminds me of Jurassic Park (1)

greed (112493) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755322)

It could be worse. It could be a movie where the Bat Computer is nothing but a 20th Anniversary Macintosh with Kaleidescope to re-skin the UI.

Arrested the CEO? (2, Insightful)

pluther (647209) | more than 4 years ago | (#30753512)

What gets me is that they actually arrested the CEO over this.

If this had happened in the US, the company would have gotten a fine at most. Likely amounting to about a tenth of what they made.

And maybe a couple of low-level employees would have been fired while the CEO gets a nice bonus...

Re:Arrested the CEO? (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#30753810)

Exactly, that's the big news here - CEO actually being held accountable at the least for his grave failure in preventing fraud.

Now, where we could have applied this in recent year...

Re:Arrested the CEO? (2, Insightful)

MattSausage (940218) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755518)

Well, I daresay CEO in this case refers to the guy who answered the phones and hired three or four guys off the street to install videocameras. You can be President and CEO of any company as long as you own it. And if that were the case in the US, I'm pretty sure he'd also be arrested.

Re:Arrested the CEO? (1)

hesaigo999ca (786966) | more than 4 years ago | (#30756042)

You forget the russian government has zero policy for people screwing with them....even their own population...
I guess this is why there is so much less immigration status problems there then here in Canada...they do not get walked all over.

Re:Arrested the CEO? (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#30759550)

Maybe there is more to it. Maybe that same person had something to gain by knowing the cameras were not working.

Let me guess (0, Flamebait)

HangingChad (677530) | more than 4 years ago | (#30753642)

Surveillance cameras operated by Fox News?

Re:Let me guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754330)

And the mark of the beast was 666. Which means everyone could read and write his file.

And no one could execute him?

Re:Let me guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30756048)

They stab it with their steely knives but they just can't kill -9 the beast.

Re:Let me guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30757922)

A kingdom for some mod points to give to you and the grandparent.

Anyone surprised? (1)

abulafia (7826) | more than 4 years ago | (#30753728)

It doesn't matter the country - so much of "security" is simply following obeying form. A great deal of it is cargo-cult behavior. In more respectable circles, this is called "auditing", but the result is the usually (not always) same. To a great extent, the practice of security is a particularly weird form of consensus risk-spreading. A manager authorizes paying a consultancy to pay a box checker to create forms for a company to fill out, you do so. When your security fails, people review the paperwork, and if it was done well, no heads roll, insurance pays, and "lessons are learned".

The only difference in this case was that there was real accountability, but that probably only proves that Russia's capitalism is still immature.

Outsourcing Risk (3, Insightful)

benjamindees (441808) | more than 4 years ago | (#30753764)

I get the impression that most of the cameras were working at some point, but failed. And this is why the company started sending fake (cached) images. I wonder how many were damaged by unhappy citizens. And I wonder what the company was thinking when they signed up to be responsible for replacing security cameras that they should have known were likely to come under attack.

Really this should almost be unsurprising. In any business, there's a huge incentive to outsource the most risky tasks just to have someone to blame when things go wrong. Personally, as a contractor, I hate working by the hour and would rather have my work judged on it's merits rather than by how long it takes. And for that reason I always have to carefully manage the amount of risk I'm willing to take for any job, and to weigh it against the fees offered.

Clearly in this case the contractor in question did not account for the amount of risk he was taking on. And clearly the Moscow police didn't have much incentive to take enough of the responsibility of securing their cameras on themselves. The result is the contractor in jail and the police acting like they had no idea there was any problem. Typical, really.

In post-soviet Russia... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30753796)

you are watching scams. Wait, it used to be the other way around!

Seriously, what can you expect from contractors if the law requires from you as an official government representative to choose the very cheapest solution? Efficiency of the solution or proficiency of the service are not allowed to be taken into consideration.

Privacy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754056)

Nothing happening on the streets. Thanks to street cams. Wow, I thought you went to Burger King yesterday

is this an example of.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754314)

Is this an example of.. Virtual Reality
I wonder ho many crimes they solved with the stock footage...
"That darn Gustof is jay walking again today."

The company, StroyMontageService (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754374)

Are they surprised they got a montage?

Corruption all the way (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754562)

It doesn't matter what Russian police sees on their cameras - they will arrest and frame enough people to make their monthly quotas met.
They became the largest criminal organization in Russia and people really hate and try to avoid meeting them at all costs.

Wait, I've seen this one before! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754624)

"Just wait, in a second, that guy there is gonna mug that other guy."

"Should we alert the closest officer?"

"Nah. This one's a re-run. But it's a good one."

Gotta love reruns!

When you read this article... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30755122)

Did anyone else think about that one scene from Speed?

They did this in Speed and Homer simpson did the s (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 4 years ago | (#30757114)

They did this in Speed and Homer simpson did the same thing as well to get out of work.

What gets me about this is... (1)

Skuld-Chan (302449) | more than 4 years ago | (#30757156)

That the amount of effort to develop software to fake all this was probably equal to the amount of actually setting up the cameras properly.

rt.com?? (1)

woody.jesus (1665793) | more than 4 years ago | (#30757312)

What is this, rt.com?? The same site had a story about a Ukranian guy who was building his house from stolen tombstones and another about a hairdresser who forced a would-be robber to be her sex slave ... entertaining, but not exactly a place I'd go for credible journalism.

In Soviet Russia, and I'm not making this up, (1)

mbstone (457308) | more than 4 years ago | (#30757356)

Crime officially did not exist. Everything offcially worked the way it was supposed to.

Since Russia once again has a totalitarian government, and its government and culture retain many similarities with Soviet Communism, maybe the Moscow Police turned a blind eye, as it were, to the fact that the cameras weren't working. Maybe the cops put the hapless camera vendor up to pretending the cameras worked.

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