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    Tag: cell phones

    MSP Should Have NO Friends On This

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Apr 21, 2011 at 10:07:28 AM EST
    Tags: MSP, Michigan, State Police, Data Extraction, Cell Phones, Texting, Sir that is an ugly cat picture, Cellebrite, Forensic tools, Transparency (all tags)

    Left or Right, on this issue we should agree.

    The troubling revelation that Michigan State Police have the tools to so completely violate a person's 4th amendment rights, has both the ACLU and conservatives concerned, and rightly so.  The hand held machine available to officers can scan and retrieve a complete inventory of cell phones information, including pictures, text, email, and phone records.  From the manufacturer's site:

    The Cellebrite UFED Physical Pro is a high-end, all-in-one solution for logical and physical extraction. The UFED Physical Pro expands your current device capabilities to extract deleted mobile device data, user passwords, file system dumps, and physical extraction from GPS devices.

    With expanded coverage that now includes more than 3000 phones and a growing list of GPS devices, UFED Physical Pro provides the most complete mobile forensics solution available on the market.

    Utilizing UFED's simple and field-proven user interface, a complete high-speed hex dump of the phone memory is delivered without the need of cumbersome PC drivers. Critical data such as user lock codes, and deleted information such as text messages, call history, pictures, and video are sorted and retrieved by Cellebrite's Physical Pro engine. The UFED Physical Pro also includes robust search tools for manual hex dump analysis, as well as an expert mode, which allows advanced capabilities for researchers.

    UFED Physical Pro provides access to data inaccessible by logical methods:

    • Phone user lock code
    • Deleted data including: deleted call history, text messages, images, phonebook entries and videos
    • Access to internal application data
    • Phone internal data including: IMSI history, past SIM cards used, past user lock code history

    Under no circumstance would these be appropriate tools patrol officers should be carrying.  It seems imprudent that a patrol officer should need to carry such technology for common stops, traffic enforcement, or assisting motorists.

    Further troubling, is the reticence of the MSP to provide a modicum of transparency sans a very high fee.  Likely violating the intent of law.  

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    (28 comments, 1444 words in story) Full Story

    Texting out this blog while in a high speed pursuit

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Jul 02, 2010 at 01:59:19 PM EST
    Tags: texting ban, cell phones, 4th amendment, police, harrassment, always answer NO I wasn't texting MR nice man with the badge, Fail law (all tags)

    Some decisions shouldn't require a great deal of thought, but people are still making the wrong choices.

    If you regularly text while driving, its safe to assume you have made a few other stupid mistakes in your life.  There is an element of common sense involved, and a great amount of responsibility as well.  If you hurt, maim, or kill someone because you have not given your full attention to the act of driving what could be an instrument of death, you fail.  You lose, and perhaps not so much as those who suffer the losses of YOUR actions, but your life will change.


    Women Fard, Guys Gawk, nearly all of us have eaten food so easily picked up from a drive through dollar menu, and yes.. its hard to find anyone who has not at least taken a cell phone call while operating the family wagon, pick up or Coup De Ville.  In fact I would argue that most gals from the tender age of "daddy give me the keys" use earrings to mount their personal communication devices to the sides of their heads.

    And the camel's nose, always searching for a new and deliciously imposing way to insert itself into our lives, seems to lift the tent's edge all too easily nowadays.  And it has really bad breath.

    (3 comments, 436 words in story) Full Story

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