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Customs officers searching more travelers' devices

Dec. 10, 2018 3:23 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are searching the electronic devices of travelers more often, and did not always follow proper protocol, a new watchdog report has found. The report made public Monday found there were 29,000 devices searched at a port of entry out of 397 million...

Australia anti-encryption law rushed to passage

Dec. 7, 2018 4:14 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A newly enacted law rushed through Australia's parliament will compel technology companies such as Apple, Facebook and Google to disable encryption protections so police can better pursue terrorists and other criminals. Cybersecurity experts say the law, the first of its kind...

Court ruling could erase 20,000 drunken driving convictions

Nov. 13, 2018 2:55 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A ruling issued Tuesday by the New Jersey Supreme Court could cause more than 20,000 drunken driving convictions to be vacated. The justices unanimously found that criminal charges pending against a state police sergeant made breath-testing device test results from five counties...

Chinese 'gait recognition' tech IDs people by how they walk

Nov. 6, 2018 7:59 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: "gait recognition" software that uses people's body shapes and how they walk to identify them, even when their faces are hidden from cameras. Already used by police on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai, "gait recognition" is...

Florida Trump supporter charged in chilling mail-bomb plot

Oct. 26, 2018 11:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities on Friday captured a Florida man with a criminal history and a fervor for President Donald Trump and accused him of sending at least 13 mail bombs to prominent Democrats, capping a nationwide search in a case that spread fear of election-season violence with little...

Investigators dig for bomb motive, warn more could be found

Oct. 25, 2018 10:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators searched coast-to-coast Thursday for the culprit and motives behind the bizarre mail-bomb plot aimed at critics of the president, analyzing the innards of the crude devices to reveal whether they were intended to detonate or simply sow fear two weeks before Election Day....

What we know about the explosive devices targeting Democrats

Oct. 24, 2018 10:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The packages arrived in familiar manila envelopes affixed with lots of stamps, some bearing the American flag. But what was inside was alarming: crude pipe bombs wrapped in black tape, with wires sprouting from each end. None of the explosives detonated, and no one was hurt. But...

The Latest: Soros spokeswoman: 'Tone down rhetoric'

Oct. 23, 2018 1:04 PM EDT

BEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on an explosive device found at a suburban home of George Soros (all times local): 1 p.m. A spokeswoman for George Soros's Open Society Foundations is urging politicians to "tone down their rhetoric" a day after a bomb was found outside Soros' suburban New York residence....

Law enforcement official tells AP the device found at a NY home owned by George Soros was a bomb with explosive powder

Oct. 23, 2018 9:39 AM EDT
BEDFORD, New York (AP) — Law enforcement official tells AP the device found at a NY home owned by George Soros was a bomb with explosive powder.

Australia lawyers' group: Draft cyber laws would curb rights

Oct. 18, 2018 11:35 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The president of Australia's top lawyers' group told a parliamentary inquiry that proposed cybersecurity laws to force global technology companies such as Facebook and Google to help police by unscrambling encrypted messages sent by extremists and other criminals would...