law enforcement

Predictive Policing

Academics Confirm Major Predictive Policing Algorithm is Fundamentally Flawed

PredPol uses an algorithm based on earthquake prediction to “predict crime.” Academics say it’s simplistic and harmful.
Caroline Haskins

License Plate Scanners Track Millions of Drivers to Catch a Handful of Criminals

A new collection of data from MuckRock and the Electronic Frontier Foundation has shown that law enforcement agencies only have an average hit rate of 0.5 percent for automated license plate readers.
Kaleigh Rogers

People Keep Calling the Cops on These Drunk Birds

“There is no need to call law enforcement about these birds as they should sober up in a short period of time.”
Becky Ferreira

How a Horrible Invasion of Inmates’ Privacy Led to This Ridiculous Photo

In an unusual response to concerns raised by a nonprofit, the researchers decided to model themselves.
Kaleigh Rogers
Broken Windows

This Predictive Policing Company Compares Its Software to ‘Broken Windows’ Policing

Crime-predicting software PredPol perpetuates discrimination, just like the discredited “broken windows” policing strategy, say digital rights advocates.
Nathan Munn

Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US

A hacker has provided Motherboard with the login details for a company that buys phone location data from major telecom companies and then sells it to law enforcement.
Joseph Cox
Phone Crackers

This Continually Updated Map Shows Which Cops Have iPhone Cracking Tech GrayKey

Using documents, online records, and other media reports, Motherboard will keep this map up-to-date to show how GrayKey is spreading across the country.
Joseph Cox
patent watch

Amazon Wins Patent for Data Stream to ‘Identify’ Bitcoin Users for Law Enforcement

Amazon’s latest patent aims to combine data from various sources to identify cryptocurrency users for subscribers including the taxman and cops.
Jordan Pearson
Internet Police

IRS Cybercrime Agent Lurks Dark Web Subreddit Looking For Hackers

Even the taxman lurks on r/DarkNetMarkets.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

DEA: ‘There Is No Silver Bullet’ for Going Dark

A presentation obtained by Motherboard shows the Drug Enforcement Agency accepting the reality of encryption.
Joseph Cox
No Dice

Why The FBI Investigated ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Players in the 1990s

An FBI memo written during the Unabomber investigation describes roleplayers as 'armed and dangerous,' 'extremely intelligent individuals' and 'overweight and not neat in appearance.'
JPat Brown
Comey Hearing

Comey: Russians Targeted ‘Hundreds’ of Entities in Election Hacking

Former FBI director James Comey's testimony is a solid reminder that the Russian hacking campaign went far beyond the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta.
Joseph Cox