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The Equifax breach: What It Means for the Street Cop

Sep 13, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By: Elijah Woodward

By now you’ve probably heard that the credit reporting company Equifax is having a very bad year. Last week it was announced that the personal information on about 143 million Americans had possibly been compromised. Here’s what we know so far. Not a whole lot, other than that their response sucks. If you go to the website they set up and type in your information to see if you were involved, it’s almost guaranteed to say you were. Yes, ... Full Article »

EXCLUSIVE: New Russian Site Wants Your Password!

Mar 03, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Elijah Woodward

I recently taught Calibre Press’ Cyber Security seminar in Burien, Wash., and had some excellent discussions I’d like to address in this column. We actually did a few table-top exercises where groups were formed and they developed their own cyber attacks that could realistically, and quite easily, be carried out against their organizations. This highlighted areas where can easily start taking steps to rapidly improve our security. Two thin... Full Article »

Millennial Thoughts on Peelian Principles

Jan 04, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Elijah Woodward

I recently heard some interesting quotes about policing. Such as: “The police are the public, and the public are the police.” Interesting stuff that had me seek out their source, Sir Robert Peel. If you’ve never heard of him, Peel was the Prime Minister of England from 1841 - 1846. In the 1820s he brought about many reforms in police and established the Metropolitan Police Force (AKA, “The Met”) in 1829. Reading through his nine Peelia... Full Article »

So, What’s New with the Hackers?

Dec 13, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Patrol & Training
By: Elijah Woodward

[Publisher's Note: Criminal hackers are constantly evolving their practices to evade detection. Although the information in this article is still applicable, with time it will lose relevance as hackers discover new channels. That's the nature of the challenge, so keep learning and keep in touch!]  If you’re interested in learning more about the current events in the hacker community, check out the various “paste” sites. One of the most ... Full Article »

Sabotage Your Way to Success!

Oct 31, 2016 in Leadership & Training
By: Elijah Woodward

n 1944 the Office of Strategic Services—AKA, the CIA’s grandfather—put out a manual called “Simple Sabotage.” The premise was simple: Sabotage the enemy to slow down production and effectiveness. Since blowing up railway bridges usually raises eyebrows, they suggested more nefarious, covert methods that would slow down productivity. You know, little things like not refilling toilet paper and jamming bits of hair and dirt into keyholes t... Full Article »

Task Force Operations: Enter the Millennials!

Sep 12, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Elijah Woodward

There have been a lot of conversations going on lately about the younger generation—the so-called Millennials—and how they can’t communicate, are afraid to use force when necessary, ditch calls, don’t have loyalty to agencies, and over-share on social media. Well, there’s one ray of sunshine in all of this. We can play nice with each other. Teamwork! If there’s one thing millennials learned growing up, it’s how to play as a team... Full Article »

Why International Spies Want Your Password

Aug 02, 2016 in Technology & Training
By: Elijah Woodward

One of the most fascinating turn of events in this year’s political campaign has been the use of information warfare and hacking to try and influence this year’s presidential election. This has marked a sudden, shocking development in a lot of ways, and not the least of which is the extreme interest the Russian government seems to be taking in our election this year. A couple of things are happening before our very eyes right now, and we mig... Full Article »

The Power of the Right Question

Jun 06, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Technology & Training
By: Elijah Woodward

Anyone who’s been to five minutes of an interviewing or investigator’s school, or who has taken a shoplifting call, knows the power of asking the right questions. “Yes or no: Did you steal?” vs. “So tell me what happened today” are two different ways to phrase the same question, which will each probably yield totally different answers. The same is true online. In 2014 the FBI put out a document warning about advanced search techniqu... Full Article »

Global Influence & Persuasion:  Just a Click Away

May 09, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Technology
By: Elijah Woodward

Do you know why at least twice in the last month, the Islamic State (ISIS) has posted the home addresses of various officers from multiple departments? Have you considered why in the last several years numerous Department of Defense (DoD) members have had their personal details posted online by these guys? One of the more interesting and unsung stories going on in our world at the moment has been the ISIS’s ability to identify, convert, and r... Full Article »

Swatting & Bomb Threats

May 02, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Technology
By: Elijah Woodward

The idea of “trolling” is nothing new. It’s something we’ve all done, and those of you with children are especially familiar with the idea of someone trying to push your buttons just to see what you’ll do. Pretty entertaining, right? The idea of trolling is to draw out the fool by saying or doing something so outlandish, it’s blatantly obvious to any sane, level-headed observer that the statement or act is not serious. The point is t... Full Article »

PERF, Pain, & Problem Children

Mar 24, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By: Elijah Woodward

So I'm sitting on the plane right now on my way back from my first ever ILEETA conference. First off, if you're a cop and you have a pulse, go. Second, huge thanks to the phenomenal Calibre Press family and Harvey Hedden who allowed me to go and present on “Hackers, d0xing, and Patrol Cops”. Walking away, this conference had me thinking about things a bit differently. Below are some observations and learning points that we can all apply. ... Full Article »

Encryption 101

Mar 03, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Elijah Woodward

There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about “encryption” that it’s starting to approach buzzword-level of use (see chart, below).  Encryption is essentially changing information to hide its original meaning. The opposite is decryption, where you make sense of encrypted information. Encrypted information is often referred to as the “cipher text.” Basically, encryption is  taking a piece of information and scrambling it so n... Full Article »

Cheating: The New Standard?

Feb 23, 2016 in Technology & Training
By: Elijah Woodward

I’m about to cheat. Yes, I’m a terrible cheater. I just told right up front I’m going to cheat. But just watch, I’m going to break an inherent rule you trust, right in front of you. Out of a regular set of 52 cards, pick your favorite card. Go ahead, say it to yourself. How impressed would you be if your card popped up on screen when you click the button down here? You’d buy me a drink? Deal. Ok, let’s call the bet. Click here ... Full Article »

The FOP Breach: Reading Between the Lines

Feb 04, 2016 in Patrol & Technology & Training
By: Elijah Woodward

Thomas White has recently taken to posting some more information about the FOP Breach. Mainly taking quotes from FOP President Chuck Canterbury and using them against Mr. Canterbury. Mr. White has posted some of these quotes, along with responses, and these are leading us to some early clues as to how the breach may have happened. I’ve pulled a number of them from his site, and he refers to them as “myths.” “Myth 4: A 0-day was used” ... Full Article »

FOP Data Breach Is No Joke

Feb 01, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Technology & Training
By: Elijah Woodward

[Author’s Note: I am in no way, shape, or form affiliated with this investigation. Any discussion of time frames or investigative procedure is based purely on openly available information.] Here's what we know. On January 28, 2016, an online actor known as TheCthulhu posted what he claimed was the initial data set of a large amount of data from the national Fraternal Order of Police website. According to Cthulhu, this is just the beginning. ... Full Article »

Recent Information Security Fails …

Nov 24, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By: Elijah Woodward

Lately there have been a number of significant information security (infosec) fails that have befuddled law enforcement, and we’ll take a quick dive in to each of these issues. Case #1 On Oct. 28, the Electronic Frontier Foundation posted an article about automatic license plate reader cameras. It turned out that a number of police cameras were automatically scanning license plates in public locations, and the information was publicly v... Full Article »

‘Tis the Season (for Cyber Breaches)

Nov 19, 2015 in Leadership & Training
By: Elijah Woodward

As we close the year out, people are undoubtedly preparing for the cliché and novel year-end round-out articles summing up events in their particular speciality. Policing, use of force, tactics, cyber security, swatting, etc., etc., etc. … Except that the last two years have shown that December is usually the most exciting month for the cyber security stuff. December 2013: Target breach. About 30 million records exposed, and Target’s then-... Full Article »

Passphrase 101

Nov 04, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Elijah Woodward

[Update: Last week a website apparently lost 13 million passwords (all in plain text) of users. Question for all law enforcement-friendly websites (forums, online stores, etc.): How well do you protect and store your users' passwords?] Today we’re going to take a closer look at email account takeovers and how they're occurring. When we hear about the CIA chief having his home email compromised, you can assume that you too are susceptib... Full Article »

Dear Chief/Sheriff,

Oct 25, 2015 in Leadership & Patrol
By: Elijah Woodward

Dear Chief/Sheriff: You’re going to get fired. I know, this isn’t the letter you were hoping for today. But please, keep reading, because I do have some good news. But, first, bear with me while I tell you a little bit about the world right now. In Dec., 2013, Target got breached. The result? The CEO lost his job. Last year Sony pictures America got breached. The result? The CEO lost her job. In 2014, the “Obamacare” website went o... Full Article »

L8NT Device Recovery

Oct 07, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today & Patrol & Technology
By: Elijah Woodward

Ever taken a report for a stolen iPad/iPhone/any electronic device? (If the answer is no, what planet do you live on?!) We all have. And what’s the first thing we ask our victim? “Do you have a serial number for the device?” And what does the victim always say? “Well … no.” And the sad part is, unless that device gets sold to a pawn shop or somewhere that actually does keep track of the serial number and there is some way ... Full Article »