Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Prediction of crimes is now a reality, says the head of NYPD

The science fiction movie "Minority Report," directed by Steven Spielberg in 2002 and based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, surprised by his idea of a police unit called Precrime which, thanks to people with precognitive abilities, could predict who and when a crime would be committed. This unit, as the police chief of New York has said, it is not fiction but a more and more usual fact. We'll talk about it, as well as the FBI breaking TrueCrypt, a former government adviser calling an eye for an eye in cybercrime and the hack saga to the Chrysler cars: many customers have demanded the company.



According to Bill Bratton, the police chief of New York, the next stage of the American police is the capability of predicting crimes through data mining on large amounts of information and the development of algorithms which "can analyze these data in many ways, impossible to the human mind ". Bratton calls it "predictive police" and it's being used by the army to fight terrorists.


TrueCrypt, broken?

At the same time, the FBI surprises us decrypting a disk partition which had been encrypted with TrueCrypt and a password of 30 characters, in a case of theft of classified military documents. How they have done it, experts wonder? Perhaps it's related to the unexpected decision by the TrueCrypt developers to give up its development in May. We don't have more information about this case so far.

Lawsuit against Chrysler

Meanwhile, the company Fiat Chrysler is suffering the trouble of this summer, if we can say so. After two experts showed the insecurity of the remotely network which manage their vehicles, it has suffered a public ridicule, facing a huge fine, having to patch the software of almost two million cars and now three customers put a group demand which, if things get worse, can be expandable to 1.4 million owners with affected vehicles.

Eye for an Eye

We finish with a former adviser of  the US government that has unearthed an old claim, more and more accepted by the big accounts IT security environments: governments should give companies freedom to return cyber attacks, in which is called "offensive security". According to the former adviser, Juan Zarate, many US companies have limited options to protect their networks and the country needs to develop more aggressive skills to deter the cyber attackers.

We'll have to be careful with the eye for an eye, because these things are extremely dangerous and you never just know how they end. Meanwhile, we wish our readers to continue to enjoy the summer.

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