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  • Time Magazine Profiles Hack Uncovering iOS Apps That Make Police Officers Nervous


    Time magazine's Techland published an interesting report this morning about the growing number of iOS apps that make authorities nervous. As it turns out, the list of apps causing worry for police extend far beyond the controversial DUI checkpoint apps that recently prompted Apple to revise its App Store review policies and guidelines.

    The genesis of this story stems back to a hacker group (go figure) called LulzSec. The organization, according to Time, has been targeting Arizona law enforcement "by releasing thousands of pages of confidential documents and communications presumably acquired in a security breach." Within the treasure trove of findings are documents that point to the iPhone and several apps that have drawn scrutiny and concern from law enforcement.
    One document, titled “iphone apps- used against officers.doc”, is classified “Law Enforcement Sensitive” and lists several apps of which officers should be aware. These include an app called “Cop Recorder,” which according to the police document “can be activated while in a pocket and record everything the officer is saying,” as well as a speed trap avoidance app and a police tracking app, and an app for jailbroken iPhones that turns the device into a scale in grams or ounces.
    According to the contents uncovered in this particular document, authorities are encouraged to “take the time to look at an arrestee's cell phone to see what applications they have.” In a similar document - one originating from the US Justice Department in 2009 - police are further advised to blanket all iDevices from receiving wireless signals so that "remote wipe" can't be used to erase any potentially incriminating information.

    Following the publicized hack, the Arizona Highway Patrol Association confirmed that the leaked documents are, indeed, real. Referencing the hackers who brought these police policies and procedures to light, Jimmy Chavez, President of the AHPA, says: “These individuals maliciously released confidential information knowing the safety of DPS employees, and their families, would be compromised. A threat to release more DPS files demonstrates how heinous the hackers are willing to act. The AHPA would like to see the people brought to justice and prosecuted to the highest degree of the law.”

    Source: Time magazine (Techland)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Time Magazine Profiles Hack That Uncovered iOS App That Make Police Officers Nervous started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dhamien View Post
      It's actually scary how willing you are to give up your basic rights.
      How am I giving up my rights? If you've done nothing wrong then why are you afraid of a cop searching your phone?
    1. Subtenko's Avatar
      Subtenko -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolguy742 View Post
      How am I giving up my rights? If you've done nothing wrong then why are you afraid of a cop searching your phone?
      good gosh how hard is it to understand what he's trying to explain!?

      Let an officer strip search you and take off all your clothes on the highway if that would be his method of choice if you have nothing to hide. And you have to do it with no if, ands or butts (even tho you would be showing a full moon, pun :/ )

      Oh and to add to that, they have to do a cavity search on you. At this point if you have any question, think carefully and Im sure you can put the piece of the puzzle together. Might be a harsh analogy, but its the same principle and point that guy is trying to make.
    1. Villebilly's Avatar
      Villebilly -
      Quote Originally Posted by kraziebone View Post
      I don't understand the Arizona police department in this situation. They respond to a recording app by making sure the cops are aware of it so that they can disable it? What happened to training your department to refrain from incriminating speech?
      I think someone has misread the article. It does not say cops would disable a recording app.
    1. twitchee3's Avatar
      twitchee3 -
      Maybe this article doesn't quite articulate what's going on here, but the information is presented in such a way that one would have to assume that the police in Arizona have a bad habit of acting unprofessionally, or even illegally, and these apps make them nervous because their power over any situation they might encounter may be reduced, at least to the point where the citizen they're dealing with is in full control of their LEGAL rights, which if you do any research you'll realize that these are the same rights police officers are trained to talk you into giving up, even if you never had the intention to do so.