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Truck Driver Jorge Espinoza, Distracted By Porn, Allegedly Killed Az DPS Officer Tim Huffman In Crash!

Jorge Espinoza, Distracted By Porn, Allegedly Killed Officer Tim Huffman In Crash


Huffington Post / Crime
by Sebastian Murdock
November 4, 2013 (Updated)


Jorge Espinoza, Distracted By Porn, Allegedly Killed Officer Tim Huffman In Crash

A truck driver in Arizona was distracted by porn on his cell phone when he allegedly crashed into three police cars, killing an officer.

Video obtained by the Arizona Daily Star shows the driver, 33-year-old Jorge Espinoza, slam into a police cruiser while going 65 mph on May 6. Espinoza had cruise control activated at the time.


Espinoza was looking at a number of websites, including female escorts
Espinoza was looking at a number of websites, including female escorts


The crash killed 47-year-old Department of Public Safety Captain Tim Huffman, according to Denver’s 7News.

Three police cars and two fire department trucks sustained damage. Huffman was in his patrol car writing a report at the time.

Fellow officers pulled out the windshield and dash off his car to rescue him, and brought out a “Jaws of Life” tool from one of the damaged firetrucks. Despite attempts to save Huffman, he was declared dead at the scene.

Records released Thursday say the driver was distracted by his cell phone, looking at numerous websites including Facebook, YouTube, female escort sites and porn sites.

While on Facebook, reports say Espinoza was looking at “photographs of several women in provocative positions, wearing little clothing … photographs of a woman in a low-cut dress,” and photos of a man “smoking something.”



In the video, Espinoza’s cell phone can be seen flying out of his hand in the crash. He allegedly placed his wallet over the phone in an attempt to hide it from his company’s dash camera.

Although federal law bans the use of electronic devices while driving a commercial vehicle, The Daily Star reports that Arizona does not have a distracted-driving law.

State Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, has been proposing such a law since 2007. The law would allow officers to stop someone for texting and issue a citation and fine.

“You can still save lives by not doing this,” Farley said. “Put down your phone. Turn it off if it’s too tempting.”

Senate President Andy Biggs of the Arizona State Legislature opposes a statewide texting ban while driving.

Espinoza now faces a litany of charges, including one count of second-degree murder, 13 counts of endangerment, and six of criminal damage. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.


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Facial Scanning Is Making Gains in Surveillance

Facial Scanning Is Making Gains in Surveillance


The New York Times
by Charlie Savage
August 21, 2013



The federal government is making progress on developing a surveillance system that would pair computers with video cameras to scan crowds and automatically identify people by their faces, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with researchers working on the project.

The Department of Homeland Security tested a crowd-scanning project called the Biometric Optical Surveillance System — or BOSS — last fall after two years of government-financed development. Although the system is not ready for use, researchers say they are making significant advances. That alarms privacy advocates, who say that now is the time for the government to establish oversight rules and limits on how it will someday be used.

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Who’s Built a Better Search: the NSA or Facebook?

Who’s Built a Better Search: the NSA or Facebook?

The Atlantic Wire

by Philip Bump
July 31, 2013

Who's Built a Better Search: the NSA or Facebook? (AP/Atlantic Wire)
Who’s Built a Better Search: the NSA or Facebook? (AP/Atlantic Wire)

The NSA’s XKeyscore program, revealed in a new report from The Guardian today, allows agency analysts to run quick searches for people that match certain criteria. In fact, it looked familiar: It looked an awful lot like Facebook’s Graph Search.

So we figured we’d see how the two compare. We took searches from the NSA presentation (it’s here) and ran them through the Facebook search tool.

Map users

We started with an easy one.

Here’s what Facebook gives us when we search for people who like Google Maps and use email. Everyone who has a Facebook account uses email, of course, but we added it as a search term just to make extra sure.

Some of these people (not the ones shown) have public email addresses, NSA. Point for Facebook. (We’ve blurred the faces and hidden the names. Facebook, of course, does not.) 

Unusual language speakers

One of the identifiers the NSA uses to look for what it calls “anomalous events” is “Someone whose language is out of place for the region they are in.” It offers a specific example.

Like so!

Privacy advocates

Another identifier the NSA uses is “someone who’s using encryption.” (See our primer on encryption if you, too, would like to be suspicious.)

“PGP” is “Pretty Good Privacy,” an encryption tool. Facebook’s results?

Point NSA.

But enough of this easy stuff.

Cutting to the chase

Or, more broadly:

But Facebook Graph Search does have its limitations.

Remember when people argued that you share more on Facebook than the NSA can see? Yeah, well, they kind of had a point.


Related article: How to make your Facebook posts private.

Direct Link:  http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/07/which-better-nsas-search-or-facebooks/67838/

Tech firms squirm over their role in Prism surveillance

Tech firms squirm over their role in Prism surveillance

PC World
by Ellen Messmer
July 28, 2013


Tech firms squirm over their role in Prism surveillance
Tech firms squirm over their role in Prism surveillance


The disclosures about the National Security Agency’s massive global surveillance by Edward Snowden, the former information-technology contractor who’s now wanted by the U.S. government for treason, is hitting the U.S. high-tech industry hard as it tries to explain its involvement in the NSA data-collection program.

Last week, a gaggle of 22 large U.S. high-tech firms—including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo which have acknowledged they participate in NSA data-gathering efforts in some form, if not exactly as Snowden and some press reports have described it—begged to be freed from the secrecy about it in their pleading, public letter to President Obama, NSA director Keith Alexander, and a dozen members of Congress.

The July 18 A letter from America’s high-tech powerhouses, which was also signed by almost three dozen nonprofit and trade organizations as well as six venture-capital firms, begged for “greater transparency around national security-related requests by the US government to Internet, telephone, and web-based service providers” in terms of how much information the government demands on high-tech customers and subscriber accounts and how.

Tech firms squirm over their role in Prism surveillance
Tech firms squirm over their role in Prism surveillance

The letter begged for the U.S. government to make the amount of requests the government makes related to national security for individual customer information public.

“This information about how and how often the government is using these legal authorities is important to the American people, who are entitled to have an informed public debate about the appropriateness of those authorities and their use, and to international users of US-based service providers who are concerned about the privacy and security of their communications.,” the letter to President Obama, Congress, the NSA director and Director of National Intelligence, stated yesterday.

 NSA's global surveillance
NSA’s global surveillance


Firms on the defensive

The revelations last month from Snowden about NSA’s extensive involvement in U.S. high-tech firms for purposes of information collection has suddenly put the U.S. high-tech industry on the defensive as they struggle to offer an explanation about all this to their global users while still bound by secrecy under the U.S. Patriot Act. There’s no indication yet from the White House or others in government that any change in the NSA spying program, which relies on the participation of U.S.-based firms, will change.

“This should be debated in a public setting,” said John Dickson, principal at security firm Denim Group and a former U.S. Air Force officer, about the situation in which NSA’s global surveillance is tied so clearly to U.S.-based companies. He noted the U.S. government has actually said little but the media much.

This is all putting tremendous pressure on the U.S. high-tech industry, especially abroad in Europe where privacy questions may be making U.S. industry seem less competitive. This week Brad Smith, Microsoft general counsel and executive vice president, legal and corporate affairs at Microsoft, A issued a public statement that sought to clarify Microsoft’s participation in the U.S. government’s content gathering methods.

“”Recent leaked documents have focused on the addition of HTTPS encryption to Outlook.com instant messaging, which is designed to make this content more secure as it travels across the Internet,” Microsoft counsel Smith wrote. “To be clear, we do not provide any government with the ability to break the encryption, nor do we provide the government with the encryption keys. When we are legally obligated to comply with demands, we pull the specified content from our servers where it sits in an unencrypted state, and then we provide it to the government agency.”

Microsoft’s SkyDrive and Skype A is handled somewhat similarly in terms of government requests, Smith said. As far as enterprise and document storage for business customers, “we take steps to redirect the government to the customer directly, and we notify the customer unless we are legally prohibited from doing so,” Smith stated in his July 16 post. “We have never provided any government with customer data from any of our business or government customers for national security purposes.”

Smith added Microsoft got four requests related to law enforcement in 2012. “We do not provide any government with the ability to break the encryption used between our business customers and their data in the cloud, nor do we provide the government with the encryption keys.”


Is Prism even effective anymore?
Is Prism even effective anymore?



Is Prism even effective anymore?

In the meantime, it’s safe to assume in this NSA leaks debacle that “the bad guys have switched tactics” and probably wouldn’t use U.S.-based high-tech services, Dickson points out. And in this atmosphere of rising cyber-nationalism, the possible role of China’s government and its own high-tech industry have to be asked, too, he noted.

Former head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and the NSA, Gen. Michael Hayden, recently charged forward on that topic in an interview with The Australian Financial Review.

Hayden said he believes that China-based network vendor Huawei conducted clandestine activities and shared with the Chinese state “intimate and sensitive knowledge of the foreign telecommunications systems it is involved with.” According to the published report, Gen. Hayden said the Huawei is a significant security threat to Australia and the U.S., has spied for the Chinese government, and intelligence agencies have evidence of this.

A Huawei spokesman, John Suffolk, Huawei’s global cyber security officer, is quoted by the Australian publication yesterday as calling Hayden’s remarks “unsubstantiated and defamatory” and that any critics of the company should present any evidence publicly.In an opinion piece on CNN.com today, Gen. Hayden railed openly against Edward Snowden as a national security threat, saying he “fled to China with several computers’ worth of data from NSANET, one of the most highly classified and sensitive networks in American intelligence.”

Hayden acknowledged that one aspect of the fallout from Snowden’s leaks is that “the undeniable economic punishment that will be inflicted on American businesses for simply complying with American law.”

Hayden’s remarks on CNN also seem to sarcastically criticize the Europeans now complaining about the NSA activities and how they may violate European data-privacy laws. “Others, most notably in Europe, will rend their garments in faux shock and outrage that these firms have done this, all the while ignoring that these very same companies, along with their European counterparts, behave the same way when confronted with the lawful demands of the European states.”

Hayden continued: “The real purpose of those complaints is competitive economic advantage, putting added burdens on or even disqualifying American firms competing in Europe for the big data and cloud services that are at the cutting edge of the global IT industry.”

As if all this weren’t enough, former President Jimmy Carter also spoke out yesterday on NSA global surveillance, suggesting the NSA data collection practices were harming democracy. Former president Carter also said Edward Snowden’s revelations didn’t really harm national security and and was actually “beneficial” because “they inform the public.”

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