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Australian police to access US-based cloud data under a new reciprocal arrangement, government moves classified data to the cloud

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Australian government is pushing for a deal with Washington that would allow Australian police to take a warrant directly to US tech companies and quickly access a suspect’s data.
 
The arrangement could help Australian authorities get around the problem of accessing encrypted communications. While companies such as Apple cannot themselves always unlock data on their products such as iPhones, they are more easily able to decrypt data on cloud backups.
 
Australian police requests for data from US companies are usually rejected because of legal complications in the US regarding warrants for the cloud data. It is understood that the new agreement could overcome that obstacle.
 
Fairfax Media understands Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Minister Angus Taylor will visit the US in the next fortnight and will express Australia’s eagerness to strike an agreement as soon as possible to allow each country’s law enforcement agencies to more easily access data held in computer “cloud” on each other’s soil.
 
A “cloud” is a group of networked elements such as computers, storage, software, and services hosted at geographically diverse locations allowing users to connect to it from anywhere. Cloud computing has been rapidly displacing traditional business-owned infrastructure (such as servers, backup devices, etc.)
 
The talks follow the recent passage of a law by the US Congress that enables American agencies such as the FBI to demand – with a warrant – access to data from US-based tech companies even if the companies are holding that data in overseas cloud services – a situation that is increasingly common.
 
As part of the new CLOUD Act, the Trump administration can sign individual agreements with other countries to make the arrangement reciprocal. Britain is reportedly the first country in line with the new rules but Fairfax Media understands Australia hopes to be among the next few.
 

Government data moving to the cloud

Last week, Angus Taylor announced that data created and held by Australian federal government will be moved to the cloud.  The data will be hosted by Microsoft in Australian data centres, subcontracting the company Canberra Data Centres for the storage.

Microsoft’s Azure cloud services have received the green light to store federal government data classified at the Protected level.

The government’s announcement “makes Microsoft the first, the only, global cloud provider to have been awarded Protected certification,” said Microsoft Australia’s Azure engineering lead, James Kavanagh.
 
Protected data is data that if its security is compromised it would have an impact on Australia’s national security and can include a range of Defence and public safety data. Microsoft already had a range of Azure services certified for use with unclassified but sensitive data. The company estimates that, combined, unclassified and Protected covers 85 to 90 per cent of government data.
 
 
 

Rising Cyber Crime Wave: Doubts Over Law Enforcement Capabilities

Corporations and governments are experiencing and reporting cybercrime at greater rates, according to a survey by PwC consulting. Respondents expressed doubts about the ability of law enforcement to investigate and prosecute economic crime.

The PwC survey found 54 percent of U.S. companies experienced cyber crime in the past two years, far higher than the 32 percent global reported rate, according to Didier Lavion, a principal at PwC. Continue reading Rising Cyber Crime Wave: Doubts Over Law Enforcement Capabilities

Low Cost X-ray Vision a Reality for Tactical Units In 2017

xray-vis3Currently under development at MIT, a device providing X-ray-like vision may soon find itself in tactical units’ toolkits alongside Ranger-R doppler radars and fiber optic cameras, providing another level of safety for point men and breachers in hostage and siege incidents. Continue reading Low Cost X-ray Vision a Reality for Tactical Units In 2017

Look Sharp – Reality of Forensic Image Enhancement

cctv-enhance-example The proliferation of CCTV systems and exponential growth in the use of mobile recording devices such as smartphones and tablets, has meant that police and other law enforcement agencies now look increasingly to audiovisual evidence when conducting their investigations. Indeed, one of the most common requests we receive as forensic audiovisual specialists is to enhance CCTV and video footage to reveal more detail in the image. Technology has advanced at a very fast pace to the point where modern digital CCTV systems can record high quality video for long periods of time. This has facilitated the enhancement of imagery evidence and in many cases has helped to prove the identification of suspects, vehicles and other items of interest. Unfortunately the popularity of films and television programmes like 24, CSI and Spooks, which showcase technology in the investigative process, has led to unrealistic expectations about how much ‘magic’ we can really perform.

This may not be the world of Jack Bauer and friends, but we can still bring our own brand of wizardry to your audiovisual evidence.

The starting point is to understand that the potential for enhancement depends crucially on the quality of the recorded image. Image quality produced by CCTV systems is influenced by several factors, including camera capability, recording resolution of the CCTV system, and to what extent the images are compressed when being stored on the digital video recorder.

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How Police Dogs Turned Into Cybernetic Hunters

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A German Shepherd lies on a stretcher in a sterile exam room, tucked in a fleece blanket. The room’s perimeter is lined with men in crisp khaki uniforms, handguns strapped to their sagging utility belts. A shrill beep sounds over a radio, and an impassive dispatcher’s voice is heard over the men’s gentle sniffling. Continue reading How Police Dogs Turned Into Cybernetic Hunters

Social Media Making It Easier To Commit Stalking Offences, Victoria Police Say

Victoria Police say new technology and social media is making it easier for people to commit stalking offences.

New crime statistics released today revealed stalking and threatening behaviour rose by more than 9 per cent. Continue reading Social Media Making It Easier To Commit Stalking Offences, Victoria Police Say

Victoria Police Warn On Sophisticated Cyber Predators

Police are warning parents that cyber creeps are getting more sophisticated in their grooming techniques and that assaults of underage children are occurring within weeks of their first online contact. Continue reading Victoria Police Warn On Sophisticated Cyber Predators

Application for Reporting Indecent/Sexual Assault Has Escrow Functionality

According to a recent study of 27 schools, about one-quarter of female undergraduates said they had experienced nonconsensual sex or touching since entering college, but most of the students said they did not report it to school officials or support services. Continue reading Application for Reporting Indecent/Sexual Assault Has Escrow Functionality