09/25/2007 - A bill (S.B. 2002) would require that all applicants to any North Carolina university undergo a criminal records check. The bill, the first of its kind in the nation, was introduced after two University of North Carolina students were killed by their classmates. Both murderers had lied on their applications and denied having a criminal record to gain admission.
09/24/2007 - The border between the United States and Mexico represents 2,000 miles of opportunity for drug smugglers, criminals, and potential terrorists who want to enter the country. For the agencies charged with protecting that border, it is an endless challenge.
09/24/2007 - Deftly, the author ties established forensics principles, developed for physical crimes like murder, to the new field of computer forensics. He explains Locard’s exchange principle, which states that any criminal activity involves an exchange between the criminal and the victim or the crime scene. Fingerprints, hair, fibers, or DNA get left behind, as do digital clues lurking in slack space or swap files
09/24/2007 - A bill (H.B. 1205) introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives would make it illegal to alter or falsify drug or alcohol test results. The bill would also create the crime of transporting a biological sample or adulterant with the intent of falsifying test results.
09/21/2007 - Most bank robbers wear a mask or otherwise attempt to disguise themselves when they carry out their robberies. Likewise, online miscreants are eager to put on another persona when they launch attacks or send spam.
09/21/2007 - Unlike the bricks-and-mortar world, where you can lower your risk of becoming a victim of crime by staying out of dangerous neighborhoods, digital threats are fairly equally dispersed. Crimeware can—and probably does—arrive several times a day into your e-mail’s inbox, and an unpatched computer can pick up a “drive-by” infection simply by visiting an infected site. If you want to learn more about online fraud and crimeware, visit a new Web site from Symantec that offers detailed explanations of well-known as well as nascent threats. It also includes prevention tips and advice about what to do if you are victimized. There are even some demonstrations of phishing, pharming, and Trojan horses, as well as some quizzes that will let you test your knowledge of the online threatscape. The rich resources and explanations make it A Site to See.
09/20/2007 - A new bill (H.B. 146) introduced in the Virginia House of Delegates would prohibit anyone who is carrying a concealed weapon into a restaurant or club from consuming alcohol on the premises. Certain people would be exempt under the bill including the owner of the premises in question and law enforcement officers. Members of target-shooting organizations and gun-collecting clubs would be exempt only if their weapons are unloaded and securely wrapped.