Was This The First Robot Ever Arrested?

On August 18, 1982 the Beverly Hills Police Department took a rather unusual perp into custody: a robot called DC-2. The crime? Illegally distributing business cards and generally causing a commotion on North Beverly Drive. It was probably the first time a robot had ever been arrested. » 2/18/14 12:41pm 2/18/14 12:41pm

The FBI Seized All of TorMail's Data and Is Using It to Catch Hackers

If you had any faith left in anonymous email services, now would be the time to let that go. New court documents show that in chasing down associates of Freedom Hosting, the FBI managed to download the entire email database of TorMail. And now it's using that information to take on the Darknet. » 1/27/14 11:21am 1/27/14 11:21am

Cops Keep Borrowing Border Patrol Drones for Domestic Surveillance

Generally speaking, domestic drone surveillance is a big no-no. Nevertheless local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies are finding a way to do it by borrowing drones from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. And, according to a recent FOIA request, it's happening more and more. » 1/15/14 3:40pm 1/15/14 3:40pm

An Inside Look at Real-Life Robocops

When Robocop hits theaters next year, it's sure to inspire heaps of think-piece op-eds about the future of law enforcement and technology. But here's the thing: that future's already here. Police forces across the country are stocking up on robots, and they're not just using them to diffuse bombs. » 11/21/13 9:40am 11/21/13 9:40am

Bizarre Regional Laws In the U.S. Are Even Weirder Than You Thought

Every now and then there's a writeup of some weird U.S. laws, and it's always interesting to see what random stuff merited legislation at one time or another. But this infographic, put out by the online attorney directory Upcounsel, takes the curation to the next level and also talks about enforcement and shows which… » 10/20/13 12:35pm 10/20/13 12:35pm

Snapchat's Been Handing Unopened Messages Over to the Police

This summer's NSA revelations opened a lot of people's eyes. The government can (and does) surveil the American people, sometimes scooping data right off the servers of Google and Facebook. But surely Snapchat, the service that deletes all messages after they've been read, is safe? Not so much. » 10/14/13 3:29pm 10/14/13 3:29pm

The FBI's Been Using Drones to Surveil Americans Since 2006

It's tempting to write off all this drone hysteria as a problem for people in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but there's mounting evidence that it hits close to home, too. A new report from a federal watchdog agency says that the FBI has been using drones to watch over Americans since 2006. » 9/27/13 1:40pm 9/27/13 1:40pm

Apple's Got a Huge Waiting List of Cops Who Need iPhones Cracked

It's no secret that the police aren't very good at breaking into encrypted iPhones, but they've been asking Apple for help. A lot of help. According to reports by CNET the government asks for so much help that the "please decrypt this iPhone for me" waiting list is at least seven weeks long. » 5/10/13 2:38pm 5/10/13 2:38pm

Boston Cops Hilariously Pose Online As Punk Rockers

A recent city noise control ordinance in Boston has cops cracking down on roving rock shows that don't take place in formal venues. So they're posing as punk rockers online to sniff out concert locations so they shut them down more easily. Only problem is their police work reads like an out of touch parent trying to… » 3/29/13 1:36pm 3/29/13 1:36pm

Report: Ex-Cop Christopher Dorner Is Now a Target for Drones

Christopher Dorner, the ex-LAPD cop who allegedly killed three people has been on the run, successfully evading police, for over a week. To finally track him down, it seems that law enforcement is pulling out all the stops. According to the Express, Dorner is now a target for drones, among the first ever on U.S. soil. » 2/10/13 1:54pm 2/10/13 1:54pm

The Veritable Pocket Laboratory Cops Have to Carry to Test Drugs on…

The cops pull over a car doing 75 in a school zone. The driver is behaving errratically, so they pull him out of the car for a search and bingo: a small bag of white dust in the perp's pocket. But what is it—baking soda, cocaine, arsenic? To find out, they rely on this series of chemical tests. » 2/05/13 3:20pm 2/05/13 3:20pm