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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 @ 02:03 PM gHale

A 30-year-old Greenwich, London, man is guilty of two counts of voyeurism and three counts of computer hacking. Authorities arrested him and accused him of spying on three women after hijacking their webcams.

Police arrested Andrew Meldrum in November 2012, shortly after a 21-year-old woman contacted police after finding spying software installed on her computer. She told authorities that she suspected Meldrum because he had recently helped her with the computer.

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The first victim told another woman, who also knew Meldrum, about the incident. The then 23-year-old also found spyware on her device and contacted the police. The third victim, aged 28, found similar software after the second woman notified her. The third woman also knew the suspect.

In the case of the third woman, the malicious software was on her computer for around 15 months before anyone found it.

The suspect was out on bail until last week’s trial. He faced charges in June 2013.

In addition to the charges for which the court found him guilty, Meldrum ended up found not guilty on one count of theft and one count of voyeurism.

“This was a complex and protracted investigation that involved detailed examination and evaluation of computer files, where crucial evidence was secured,” said DC Nick Pailthorpe, the investigating officer from Southwark Borough CID.

“I would like to thank all witnesses in this investigation but especially the three victims who gave evidence on matters that were clearly of a private, intimate and personal nature to them,” he added.

“I hope that they can take some consolation in the guilty verdict that sends out a clear message to anyone that this type of intrusion into a person’s private life is not acceptable and the Metropolitan Police will support all victims and pursue all suspects.”

Cybercriminals often tap into users’ webcams, in some cases just for fun, while in others with the intent to later blackmail their victims.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 09:11 PM gHale

This falls in the line of believe it or not, but if you want to gain more efficiency with solar cells, just turn up the music.

Researchers from Queen Mary University and Imperial College in London built a solar cell that generates current from the sun and sound waves.

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Safa Shoaee, Joe Briscoe, James R. Durrant, and Steve Dunn took an ordinary polymer solar cell and attached a layer of zinc oxide to it. The zinc oxide formed tiny rods, like hairs, except these were only nanometers long.

When the scientists exposed the cell to noise along with light, it generated more current than with the light alone. The sounds that gave the biggest power boost came from pop and rock music.

The increase in power wasn’t just because zinc oxide and polymer have a certain taste in tunes. Zinc oxide is a piezoelectric material. That means it generates current when bent or twisted, or, in reverse, bends and twists when a current ends up applied. Piezoelectric materials are common; they show up in buzzers and small speakers (the piezoelectric stuff is what makes the sound).

When the scientists played rock or pop, there were more high-frequency sounds and beats, which have more energy than lower frequency ones. Beats, as on a drum, packed a lot of energy into a short period of time.

When the sound waves hit the zinc oxide, it bent it and generated electricity. It took surprisingly little sound, about 75 decibels, to produce 40 percent more power. The sound was about the amount one would hear near a busy highway or a noisy restaurant.

Dunn said in a Queen Mary University video that he wants to make bigger devices, and eventually see them in any area where there’s a lot of ambient noise. Restaurants and train stations could use the cells to power displays without batteries, taking advantage of the sun when it’s available and the noise when it isn’t — or using both.

Monday, June 3, 2013 @ 05:06 PM gHale

For violating federal mine safety standards, three former officials at a London, KY, mine where a coal miner ended up killed in 2011 received fines and must spend time on probation.

U.S. District Judge Gregory van Tatenhove scheduled a hearing to determine whether to impose a fine for Manalapan Mining Co.

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The men were supervisors at Manalapan’s P-1 Mine in Harlan County during a June 2011 underground collapse that killed miner David Partin.

Sentenced Wednesday were 53-year-old mine foreman Bryant Massingale of Cawood, 54-year-old mine superintendent Joseph Miniard of Smith and 47-year-old operations manager Jefferson Davis of Harlan.

Massingale and Miniard each got a fine of $3,000 and three years of probation, including some home incarceration or confinement. Davis ended up fined $5,000 and got three years of probation.

Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 06:11 PM gHale

Social networking is a significant threat to information security in an organization, a new survey found.

That was the finding of a research report on security conducted by security provider McAfee and released at its Security Summit in London this week.

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While 62 percent of respondents said social networking was at the top of their threat list, the growth of emails and other unstructured data came in second at 59 percent.

When it came to mobile security, the single biggest problem remains not the technology but the practices and behaviors of users, with employees’ failure to follow data-retention policies (59 percent) and lost or stolen devices (58 percent) topping the list of issues.

Other key findings include:
• Bad BYOD policy? IT professionals harbor deep concerns about the impact of BYOD on security and threat management. Only 19 percent said their organizations had a comprehensive BYOD policy for users’ personal mobile devices.
• Personal risks: 46 percent of respondents thought personally owned consumer devices represent a significant threat, compared with only 27 percent who thought the same of consumer devices issued by the business.
• Attracting cloudy threats: 60 percent f respondents felt cloud computing’s growing prominence and market visibility made cloud-based applications more inviting as threat targets for cybercriminals.
• Complexities of virtualization: 49% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that supporting a mix of physical and virtual machines makes infrastructure security far more difficult than it had been with physical-only

Thursday, May 5, 2011 @ 08:05 AM gHale

A nuclear plant in Northeastern England was the site of an arrest Monday after British police arrested five men on suspicion of terrorism.

The men, all in their 20s and from London, were close to the Sellafield nuclear facility after police officers from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary conducted a “stop check” on their vehicle, Cumbria Constabulary said. Cumbria Constabulary officers then arrested the men.

While parts of the world are on heightened alert to possible terror threats, there is no indication the incident relates to the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, police said.

The suspects were in police custody in Carlisle overnight and they then sent them to Manchester Tuesday morning for further interrogation, police said.

They will undergo further questioning by an anti-terror unit there, police said.

Metropolitan Police officers searched four homes in east London on Tuesday in connection with the arrests, said the police force leading the investigation.

Police held the suspects under a 2000 anti-terror law that allows police to arrest suspects without a warrant and hold them for up to 48 hours without charge.

Police closed the roads in the area briefly at the time of the arrests, Monday afternoon, authorities said.

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