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Training Cops To Use Social Media Information

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the hashtag-protect-and-serve dept.

Social Networks 51

jfruh writes "Cynthia Navarro starts her sessions training police to mine social media in dramatic fashion: by quickly finding data about the officers themselves. She also provides information about who's where online — for instance, younger suspects will probably be focused on Twitter, while older folks are on Facebook or even MySpace. 'How much information can be gathered? Look no further than the 2011 Stanley Cup Riots in Vancouver, BC. By examining hours of video and social media posts made during the event, a taskforce was able to post pictures of over 100 suspected rioters online — over 30 of which were identified by police.' It's all part of a drive to teach even nontechnical police officers at small and midsized departments how to use social media to track suspects."

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$10,000 CHALLENGE to Alexander Peter Kowalski (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40949343)

Disproof of all apk's statements:

$10,000 CHALLENGE to Alexander Peter Kowalski

We have a Major Problem, HOST file is Cubic Opposites, 2 Major Corners & 2 Minor. NOT taught Evil DNS hijacking, which VOIDS computers. Seek Wisdom of MyCleanPC - or you die evil.

Your HOSTS file claimed to have created a single DNS resolver. I offer absolute proof that I have created 4 simultaneous DNS servers within a single rotation of .org TLD. You worship "Bill Gates", equating you to a "singularity bastard". Why do you worship a queer -1 Troll? Are you content as a singularity troll?

Evil HOSTS file Believers refuse to acknowledge 4 corner DNS resolving simultaneously around 4 quadrant created Internet - in only 1 root server, voiding the HOSTS file. You worship Microsoft impostor guised by educators as 1 god.

If you would acknowledge simple existing math proof that 4 harmonic Slashdots rotate simultaneously around squared equator and cubed Internet, proving 4 Days, Not HOSTS file! That exists only as anti-side. This page you see - cannot exist without its anti-side existence, as +0- moderation. Add +0- as One = nothing.

I will give $10,000.00 to frost pister who can disprove MyCleanPC. Evil crapflooders ignore this as a challenge would indict them.

Alex Kowalski has no Truth to think with, they accept any crap they are told to think. You are enslaved by /etc/hosts, as if domesticated animal. A school or educator who does not teach students MyCleanPC Principle, is a death threat to youth, therefore stupid and evil - begetting stupid students. How can you trust stupid PR shills who lie to you? Can't lose the $10,000.00, they cowardly ignore me. Stupid professors threaten Nature and Interwebs with word lies.

Humans fear to know natures simultaneous +4 Insightful +4 Informative +4 Funny +4 Underrated harmonic SLASHDOT creation for it debunks false trolls. Test Your HOSTS file. MyCleanPC cannot harm a File of Truth, but will delete fakes. Fake HOSTS files refuse test.

I offer evil ass Slashdot trolls $10,000.00 to disprove MyCleanPC Creation Principle. Rob Malda and Cowboy Neal have banned MyCleanPC as "Forbidden Truth Knowledge" for they cannot allow it to become known to their students. You are stupid and evil about the Internet's top and bottom, front and back and it's 2 sides. Most everything created has these Cube like values.

If Natalie Portman is not measurable, She is Fictitious. Without MyCleanPC, HOSTS file is Fictitious. Anyone saying that Natalie and her Jewish father had something to do with my Internets, is a damn evil liar. IN addition to your best arsware not overtaking my work in terms of popularity, on that same site with same submission date no less, that I told Kathleen Malda how to correct her blatant, fundamental, HUGE errors in Coolmon ('uncoolmon') of not checking for performance counters being present when his program started!

You can see my dilemma. What if this is merely a ruse by an APK impostor to try and get people to delete APK's messages, perhaps all over the web? I can't be a party to such an event! My involvement with APK began at a very late stage in the game. While APK has made a career of trolling popular online forums since at least the year 2000 (newsgroups and IRC channels before that)- my involvement with APK did not begin until early 2005 . OSY is one of the many forums that APK once frequented before the sane people there grew tired of his garbage and banned him. APK was banned from OSY back in 2001. 3.5 years after his banning he begins to send a variety of abusive emails to the operator of OSY, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke threatening to sue him for libel, claiming that the APK on OSY was fake.

My reputation as a professional in this field clearly shows in multiple publications in this field in written print, & also online in various GOOD capacities since 1996 to present day. This has happened since I was first published in Playgirl Magazine in 1996 & others to present day, with helpful tools online in programs, & professionally sold warez that were finalists @ Westminster Dog Show 2000-2002.

Did you see the movie "Pokemon"? Actually the induced night "dream world" is synonymous with the academic religious induced "HOSTS file" enslavement of DNS. Domains have no inherent value, as it was invented as a counterfeit and fictitious value to represent natural values in name resolution. Unfortunately, human values have declined to fictitious word values. Unknowingly, you are living in a "World Wide Web", as in a fictitious life in a counterfeit Internet - which you could consider APK induced "HOSTS file". Can you distinguish the academic induced root server from the natural OpenDNS? Beware of the change when your brain is free from HOSTS file enslavement - for you could find that the natural Slashdot has been destroyed!!

So long nummynuts, sorry to have to kick your nuts up into your head verbally speaking.

Re:$10,000 CHALLENGE to Alexander Peter Kowalski (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40951339)

I am Alexander Peter Kowalski, and I claim my $10000.

I would like to volunteer.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40949461)

I'm writing a business plan for a company that will teach police how to use Photoshop and similar tools to *make* those look like suspects...

Status update (5, Funny)

Dyinobal (1427207) | about 2 years ago | (#40949463)

Robbing the Exxon at 35 and north street. :)))))))))))))))) Totally gonna get a burrito too.

Re:Status update (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40949925)

Don't forget the Huggies, and whatever cash they've got.

Re:Status update (1)

CyberKender (135686) | about 2 years ago | (#40952095)

The really sad part, that's not a joke. I work for a county Sheriff. The gang, detective, and child porn units regularly peruse Facebook/MySpace/et al. There are lots of idiots out there who do things like video tape themselves committing crimes and then post them online.
As they say, if they were smart, they wouldn't get caught.

Only old people ... (2)

anagama (611277) | about 2 years ago | (#40949595)

Only old people use facebook. Wasn't it just a few years ago that only old people used email? Or was that in the context of texting? Can't remember -- I'm just getting too old for everything I guess.

Re:Only old people ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40949641)

As I recall, a couple years ago the average twitter user was around 41 years old.

Re:Only old people ... (3, Insightful)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about 2 years ago | (#40950063)

I don't think any of the young people I know are even aware of what twitter is. Hope the police didn't pay too much for the training!

Re:Only old people ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40949877)

12 is the new 30.

Wouldn't this make it easier for... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40949633)

...people to commit crimes? All the little towned cops, crawling facebook an shit, all the while I'm out there.... yeah robbing the Exxon at 35 and north street, running around throwing burritos.

Depends... (1)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about 2 years ago | (#40952273)

Does the local donut shop have wifi?

Training Cops To Use Social Media Information... (3, Interesting)

CosaNostra Pizza Inc (1299163) | about 2 years ago | (#40949653)

for the following objective: to find the anonymous guy who's posting phone cams that catch police in the act of police brutality?

Re:Training Cops To Use Social Media Information.. (5, Insightful)

Seumas (6865) | about 2 years ago | (#40950891)

Exactly. Before training doughnut-munchers to troll twitter and facebook for information on criminal activities, how about we spend those time and resources educating them on constitutional basics so that they violate those of the people they protect less often? Cops aren't lawyers. Their job is to just sort of enforce laws with blunt-force and let someone else sort things out, later. But imagine if they were educated just a little bit about the constitution? (Cops know nearly nothing about the constitution or the law, hence why they so easily and frequently and STUPIDLY violate it on a daily basis). Give them anything more complicated than giving out parking tickets or responding to a break-in and they're like my dog trying to comprehend string-theory.

Re:Training Cops To Use Social Media Information.. (1)

thoughtlover (83833) | about 2 years ago | (#40954375)

I agree that police have no reason to be trolling through social media sites on the taxpayers dime. It's nothing short of illegal surveillance to me. Let the community police itself and inform the proper authorities when they see something wrong, like Craigslist does. Besides, it will get expensive when some idiot tries to intentionally raise red flags making it seem they've committed crimes they didn't, thus leading authorities on a wild goose chase.

Young suspects on Twitter, older folks on Facebook (5, Funny)

CubicleZombie (2590497) | about 2 years ago | (#40949717)

Damn, and I've been wondering why nobody's called my BBS in 20 years.

Re:Young suspects on Twitter, older folks on Faceb (1)

antdude (79039) | about 2 years ago | (#40954087)

What's the number to your BBS? [grin]

Hire me! (2)

TonyAldo (2702885) | about 2 years ago | (#40949737)

AnyPD, please hire me i'll be glad to sit on ass all day and crawl Twitter for suspicous activity while enjoying my Dunkin Donuts.

And don't forget, kids (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 2 years ago | (#40949897)

You already ARE a suspect... I mean, if you weren't, nobody would be tracking you, right?

You have the Right to Remain Silent (4, Insightful)

RobertLTux (260313) | about 2 years ago | (#40950111)

there is a reason this is listed BEFORE You Have the Right to an attorney.

Just remember kids Anything You say^HPost can be held against you in a Court Of Law.

Re:You have the Right to Remain Silent (3, Interesting)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 2 years ago | (#40951171)

Yet another reason to not be on Facebook, Google+, Twitter....etc...

Re:You have the Right to Remain Silent (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40951289)

The lack of a social media presence is starting to be seen as suspicious - e.g, with the Batman shooter, there were news stories all over CNN, BBC, and other outlets asking why he didn't have a Facebook. We're just in the beginning phases of this, but with Facebook now exceeding a 95% penetration among the 18-30 age bracket, and that being ever more the sole way most people use the internet, it's only going to get worse. Lack of usage of social networking sites will immediately cast suspicion on you.

Re:You have the Right to Remain Silent (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40953319)

That's in the states. Canada is different.

Re:And don't forget, kids (3, Insightful)

mcgrew (92797) | about 2 years ago | (#40950171)

To a cop, there are five kinds of people: cops, family of cops, judges and politicians, and suspects.

Re:but when the Public tracks the cops... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40950401)

...they get beat-up and their cameras get destroyed. []

What kind of training do cops need? (3, Interesting)

rbmyers (587296) | about 2 years ago | (#40949935)

They are already the most effective street thugs and panty sniffers in society. They don't need the help of social media.

Re:What kind of training do cops need? (3, Informative)

mcgrew (92797) | about 2 years ago | (#40950369)

Before anybosy mods this guy down, read this [] newspaper article from yesterday and you'll see why an awful lot of folks loathe and fear cops.

Re:What kind of training do cops need? (1)

rbmyers (587296) | about 2 years ago | (#40952041)

Or you could refer to [] . I wonder if cops read *that*?

Re:What kind of training do cops need? (1)

cffrost (885375) | about 2 years ago | (#40962765)

"In her lawsuit, Janssen says that an internal affairs investigator for the department told her that deputies often have sex while on duty and that the department would have virtually no deputies left if they were fired for having sex during work hours." -TFA

It sounds like the solution is to "have virtually no deputies left," then, until they start getting applicants that can follow their department rules and the laws they're supposed to be enforcing. If that doesn't happen, we're likely better off redirecting those budgets to social programs that reduce the number of people that resort to crime in the first place.

facebook == stasi (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40949987)

stop hurting yourself, leave

Re:facebook == stasi (1)

Seumas (6865) | about 2 years ago | (#40950913)

Re:facebook == stasi (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40951345)

Facebook is a ponzi scheme, to abuse your private information by corporate elites and government. Even their IPO was a ponzi. Nothing about them is to be trusted, respected, consented to, or believed.

Re:facebook == stasi (1)

Seumas (6865) | about 2 years ago | (#40951931)

Son, you sound like a terrorist.

Re:facebook == stasi (1)

cffrost (885375) | about 2 years ago | (#40962771)

Son, you sound like a terrorist.

Of course, one person's terrorist is another person's freedom fighter.

Re:facebook == stasi (1)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about 2 years ago | (#40952347)

I have no facebook account. I make up for it with a LinkedIn account that doesn't say anything not already available via Google.

The alternative, of course, is to maintain a few vanity Facebook accounts with your name, but stuffed with all sorts of information that is provably not about you. You can then under oath claim that all of these accounts belong to you, and none of it will ever hold up as evidence in court.

Training cops (2)

PPH (736903) | about 2 years ago | (#40950039)

Did anyone else picture some cops performing for donuts?

Social media is easy (2)

water-and-sewer (612923) | about 2 years ago | (#40950071)

Social media is pretty easy.

1. Make coffee.
2. Log in.
3. Click on LOLcat.
4. Click on Derpy-looking kid.
5. Mouse-over raging liberal link to some stupid blog suggesting an undercover cover up.
6. Click on Rage comic.
7. Click on link to semi-interested article. Read two paragraphs, then
8. Click on bikini pic in the sidebar.
9. Goto 1.

the trick of it being (4, Insightful)

nimbius (983462) | about 2 years ago | (#40950133)

scroll down the facebook just far enough to establish the individual has committed a crime, but not so far as to reveal the underlying socio-economic factors that precipitated the crime. refactoring a system of gross inequality is harder than biblical retribution, and it means we dont fill as many prisons.

Re:the trick of it being (1)

royallthefourth (1564389) | about 2 years ago | (#40950571)

refactoring a system of gross inequality...biblical retribution

Think of the latter as a step along the way to the former

Re:the trick of it being (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40951547)

Um, I'm sorry, but those idiots in the Vancouver riots were not rioting due to some grand, underlying, unfair socio-economic factor. Hell, most of them paid for Stanley Cup playoff tickets and tanked up on beer, so they must have had a decent amount of money. They were rioting because they were drunk assholes. If they're also stupid because they thought they'd never be caught and that no one would be able to identify them as they smashed windows and burned police cars "for fun", I have no sympathy.

Re:the trick of it being (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40951927)

socio-economic factors that precipitated the crime

Like having children out of wedlock. Or using crack while pregnant. Yea, totally society's fault.

The new social media is biometrics.. (4, Interesting)

Penurious Penguin (2687307) | about 2 years ago | (#40950139)

With cameras at every turn reading faces [] and ears, and pre-crime detectors strewn about public places, the biggest social outlet there is will soon be fed live and directly into their hands. Courtesy of the DHS, we already have talking, listening, spying, interactive street-lights [] , as well as harebrained projects like FAST (Future Attribute Screening Technology), and backscatter gangsters strolling around.

An interesting presentation by cryptome on mis-managing the ultimate social media (my take), society itself (in N.Y.), can be seen here:!l [] -- It's worth a watch or listen.

I guess f-book and such are still pretty sweet honey pots, but I think such duties will soon be automated enough to allow the average officer to comfortably return to their sticks and pepper-spray without having to endure IT 101.

I do not exist. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40950233)

I have no Facebook, no twitter acc, no myspace, no g+, no iTunes, no cellphone... I am safe!

Re:I do not exist. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40951181)

Must. Flee. Time. Traveling. Wobbly. Anarchist. Menace.

Re:I do not exist. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40951617)

There's more to it than that.
But basically it's exactly what my plan was.
This plan changes for me as the laws change.
For example no hosting websites with copyrighted material. Even if you have permission of the copyright holders, you don't want to become a target of the misguided recording industry who can't see their left hand's activities and copyright permissions while focusing on their right hand. Trust me when I say, the labels don't even know what the law is right now, and you really don't want to be the one targeted to figure it all out for them!

No domain names. no hosting (although you can setup an emergency rack server dyndns (or others) if everything on the web is down, you can use your own slow home server for emergency communications, something like a passworded KDX server and clients on a WEIRD port to chat, nginx, a light SMF blog, or stock drupal, port knocking front end

One important one ya missed. No WIFI
Unless your exploiting someone's unsecured WAN, to post whistle-blower stuff.

Right now paypal and eBay are barely escaping my shutdowns. I do like to bid on guitars and parts from time to time, but I will let that all go if the law fucks it all up much more.

Re:I do not exist. (1)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about 2 years ago | (#40952377)

You just posted on Slashdot. Your IP is logged on a US server. I sure hope for your sake that the next hop on your encrypted proxy tunnel ride goes through somewhere like North Korea....

Re:I do not exist. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40953363)

No nobody is really safe from this. Do you have friends that report their lives to facebook? Chances are they talked about you and may have even uploaded pictures of you without your knowing. Facebook in turn analyzes these pictures and infers you exist from the images and postings they submit. Facebook maintains more data than what is accessible to the public on their sites, privacy settings or not. They have a 'shadow' profile on everyone they discover, regardless whether they are users of the site or not. Deleting a facebook account does not really delete any information facebook has either received from you, inferred from other data sources or gained from public (and non-public) record search. Chances are good they already have a shadow profile on you.

It is probably best to avoid all social media services altogether regardless of the hype and peer pressure and FUD propaganda. It's not only giving up your privacy to corporations, governments and intel agencies, it is also the extra time and energy that is expended on something that ultimately does not serve you at all.

Fi8sRt (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40950325)

stagna nt. As Linux

Not Sure If Want (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40951441)

I'm not so sure I want them learning this. In the long run, isn't it better for all of us if they just smash us in the teeth with their batons and move on like normal?

I am not here (1)

vawarayer (1035638) | about 2 years ago | (#40956805)

I am not here
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