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City of London Police are ruining your daily download of pirated content by putting up big buzzkilling banner ads all over them, saying ‘THIS WEBSITE HAS BEEN REPORTED TO THE POLICE – please close the browser page containing this website.’
If they suspect a website is being run illegally, they’ve posted the ads to stop piracy sites making any money out of advertising.
It’s part of a (terribly named) project called ‘Operation Creative, which aims to block ads from well-known companies appearing on dodgy sites, alongside illegal content and porn.
‘When adverts from well known brands appear on illegal websites, they lend them a look of legitimacy and inadvertently fool consumers into thinking the site is authentic,’ said Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fyfe from the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (Pipcu).
Operation Creative is using technology created by an equally terribly named private firm called Project Sunblock – which works on behalf of high street companies to have their ads removed from piracy sites, or porn sites called things like in-uranus.net.
It’s a strategy that might hit illegal sites hard – many of them rely on advertising to survive. But some critics have warned against over zealous blocking, amid fears that legal sites might die on their arse without advertising revenue.
Still, it’s better to be on the safe side. After all, you don’t want a back to school at BHS advert appearing on a hardcore bumming page, do you?
Usually sinister scams and ransom demands happen online these days, but 11 people in the Thames Valley have been subjected to an almost quaint letter campaign which threatens to expose them as paedophiles if they don’t give them bitcoins.
The letter, which claims to target ‘carefully selected’ victims, reads as follows:
‘If you do not follow these instructions to the letter you and your family will be subjected to a campaign that will include writing to your neighbours informing them of your love for young boys.
We will spread this rumour at your local school which will result in you, your family and your home becoming the target for attacks and vandalism.
Whether the rumours are true or not does not matter in the slightest. You know what people will think once we put the ideas in their heads? No smoke without fire is what they will think.
If you tell anyone else about this letter or its contents, for example the police then we will go ahead with the action and your family will go through hell’
Still awake? Also, PUNCTUATION! Tsk.
Anyway, then it asks the recipients to deposit two Bitcoins in a specific account and warns them they have 72 hours to comply.
Most of the targets have already reported the letters to the police, and Thames Valley police are investigating. They said:
‘This is a clear attempt at blackmail and we need to gather all the information we can to aid our investigation and trace the offenders behind these nasty letters.’
Honestly, what self respecting blackmailer uses letters these days? I mean, at least save yourself the price of a stamp and email it instead.
At 155mph – and looking a bit Lego-y – it is literally now the fastest police car ‘on the road’.
It weighs 612kg, does 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, has speed-friendly blue lights and the coppers reckon they’ll be using it to chase after speeding motorcyclists and the like. Although a wave of Facebook avatars of policemen sitting in it looking all speedy is the more likely outcome.
The Ariel Atom is thought to be the quickest police car in the world, able to outrun the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia used by Italian officers, the Audi R8 driven by German police, and the Ferrari FF used in Dubai.
And aside from all the VROOM VROOM big boys toys aspect of it, the car is basically going to be used as a promotional tool to encourage riders to be a bit safer, as there’s been a 30% increase in bike deaths in the area this year so far.
In a world that favours labels and ridiculous designer handbags that look like a jailer’s crotch, the counterfeit goods industry is booming. But not any more. A specialist police unit has shut down over 2,500 websites offering knock off GBH hair straighteners, Fugg boots and Hollista clothing, amongst other bare-faced designer fakery.
The unit, called Pipcu, (which might sound like an animated penguin, but is short for the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit) was launched last year to crack down on fake goods. These websites have been leaving customers in the lurch, offering bad quality or often not bothering to deliver goods at all.
While most of us may cry, ‘Well what did you EXPECT?’, these websites hoodwink people by coming up under Google shopping searches, and look like the real deal. One customer ordered Ugg boots for her daughter, thinking they were legitimate.
Unfortunately, she then found that not only were the boots fake, but the website owner had used her credit card details to do a spot of shopping himself.
DCI Andy Fyfe of Pipcu (if indeed that is his real name) said that often the sites are a front for organised crime and can also contain viruses.
‘Consumers also need to be aware that by accessing websites like this they are running the risk of their personal details being compromised and being used for other fraudulent scams, as well as exposing their computer to malicious malware.’
So be warned. In future, always buy your ugly designer crap from a reputable online retailer.
Smartphones are a great way to give your children access to online pornography and turn them into violent sex offending criminals or victims of abuse.
That’s according to Tom Winsor, Chief Inspector of
Hyperbole Constabulary, who has said that smartphones are the gateway to obscene material which can ‘distort and confuse their perceptions of normal behaviour.’
The leader of the police watchdog also did some top quality parent blaming, saying that parents were often not aware of what their children were looking at and had a responsibility to instill a sense of right and wrong (ie: Two Girls, One Cup – WRONG, youTube videos of kittens – RIGHT).
Modern technology provides new and more effective ways for children to be abused, pursued and drawn into crime.’ He said. ‘Very large proportions of children spend time online, often in conditions where they are not protected and their parents or guardians have little or no appreciation of the risks to which they are exposed.’
While we all have a responsibility to protect our children online, are smartphones really a gateway drug to a life of depraved hell? Or are they just using them to play Farm Heroes and take bad selfies?
Websites that have illegally hosting copyrighted content on them are being targeted by the police, specifically the City of London Police in an operation headed-up by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).
61 websites have been identified and were asked to “correct their behaviour” and “operate legitimately”. Those not playing ball with the authorities were passed to brands with a request that they stop advertising on the sites.
Trying to throttle their revenue is all well and good, but this rather polite enforcement won’t deter pirates who will no doubt have worked out a way to avoid the long arm and stay in operation. For the time being, forty websites have now been suspended.
This operation is a partnership known as Operation Creative, which sees the police teaming up with advertising bodies and representatives of the music industries. However, you get the impression that trying to stop internet pirates is liking trying to catch rain in a butterfly net.
This pilot went on for three months and the PIPCU said the presence of advertising from brands went down by 12%. The kicker with that is famous brands were soon replaced by a sharp increase in adverts that showed explicit content or exposed users to malware.
“Operation Creative is being run… to really get to grips with a criminal industry that is making substantial profits by providing and actively promoting access to illegally obtained and copyrighted material,” said Supt Bob Wishart. ”However, if they refuse to comply we now have the means to persuade businesses to move their advertising to different platforms and, if offending continues, for registrars to suspend the websites.”
The operation is looking to roll out fully in 2014.
If you live in Musselburgh, in East Lothian, and you were in Tesco at around 8pm last week, you’d be forgiven for wondering whether you needed to adjust your brain medication.
Customers were treated to the sight of Batman, Robin, David Hasselhoff and a Smurf apprehending a criminal in the store, after the man dressed as Robin had been attacked by a random nutjob on the street. The fancy dress heroes chased the attacker into Tesco where a spectacular scuffle ensued, and they managed to hold him until the police came.
East Lothian Police thanked the fancy dress crime fighters in a series of highly pleasing tweets, like this one:
‘Thank you to Batman, Robin, Robin’s Dad, a Smurf, and the Hoff for helping us on Friday night. #Tesco, sorry about the toilet roll aisle.’
Police Scotland arrested a 21 year old man in connection with the incident, who pleaded guilty to the offence in court on Monday. Another triumph for the caped crusader. And Knight Rider. And er, some random Smurf.
(Mop and bucket to aisle 3.)
Surrey Police, for some reason, have taken it upon themselves to start rapping. Being the po-po, they’re not rapping about making it rain on strippers or anything fun like that, rather, the dangers of driving in wet weather.
This humorous message was in relation to the cheerily horrific 130-car pile-up on the Isle of Sheppey Crossing in Kent yesterday, with several motorists taken to hospital.
Motorists hogging the middle lane or tailgating will get three points on their licence and a £100 on-the-spot fine, while driving without a seatbelt and using a mobile at the wheel will end up in a £100 fine, up from the old £60 penalty.
Anyone driving with no insurance will now face a £300 penalty. If you do all of the above at the same time, you’re buggered.
Police have also been given powers to issue on-the-spot fines to drivers found using the wrong lane on a roundabout or not giving way at a T-junction.
The Government are hoping these plans will stop careless or dangerous driving, provided of course, there’s enough police to call upon to patrol and enforce these new rules, which come in as of today.
Road safety minister Stephen Hammond said: “Careless drivers are a menace and their negligence puts innocent people’s lives at risk. That is why we are making it easier for the police to tackle problem drivers by allowing them to immediately issue a fixed penalty notice rather than needing to take every offender to court.”
“We are also increasing penalties for a range of driving offences to a level which reflects their seriousness and which will ensure that they are consistent with other similar penalty offences.”
Some customer was pretty surprised to discover the drug paraphernalia when he opened the meal he had bought for his 4-year-old grandson at a branch in Dundee, Michigan.
Instead of laughing it off, some berk called the police, where a 23-year-old employee admitted the drugs were his and that he had hidden them in the meal to keep them out of sight while he worked.
Dundee Police Chief David Uhl said: “[The grandfather] had seen them in the parking lot and saw them interacting with the employee, so he thought that was suspicious, so he did a really great thing; He wrote down a description of the car and gave a license plate.”
The employee, and two other suspects have been arrested and charged with drug possession.
Uhl added: “Very serious when our children are involved. Luckily, this family was on top of it and saw it right away when the grandson opened it up.”
The British police force have had a series of boring cars done up like pandas as they try and catch villains, but in Dubai, they’ve won everything hands down by unveiling a Ferrari FV as their new squad car.
That’s in addition to the Lamborghini Aventador that officers already use. Oh, and the Chevrolet Camaro SS, a Dodge Charger and a BMW 5-Series that they have too. They’re just showing off aren’t they?
Police chief Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim said: “Dubai is a unique city and everything in it should reflect its uniqueness and for that reason police will add a Ferrari sports car to its patrol fleet. We have been pleasantly surprised by the reaction of people to the Lamborghini, so we said a Ferrari would be a good choice too.”
The roads, as we all know, are teaming with arseholes. With that in mind, the police have launched a new road safety campaign in a bid to stop inconsiderate drivers. Operation Safeway looks to target motoring bullies who tailgate and drive too close to other drivers.
They’ve released a video of some berk in a van who gets as close as 30cm away from the back of an unmarked police car.
Police will employ these cars and motorbikes fitted with video cameras, in a bid to tackle offending drivers, such as the one shown above, who was recorded travelling at 70mph, tailgating like a madman, flashing his lights and taking both hands off the wheel to make ‘gestures’ at the officer driving the car.
Sgt Simon Willsher from the police said: “Many drivers do not realise that they can be prosecuted for inconsiderate driving when it also careless driving. For example, if someone is tailgating because they aren’t paying attention and don’t think about stopping distances they can go on a National Driver Alertness Course without going through court or having penalty points on their driving licences.”
“If, on the other hand, they are tailgating because they are impatient and trying to bully people out of the way they can be prosecuted for careless driving.”
We all like free stuff, and there’s no one who likes free stuff more than criminals. However, in Derbyshire recently, their yearning for free stuff has been the undoing of some nineteen suspected criminals, who were lured into a state of arrest with the promise of free beer.
Derbyshire Constabulary lured the suspected baddies into their arrest net by sending them letters, inviting them to ring a ‘marketing company’ and claim a ‘free crate of beer’. You can see where this is going can’t you?
Once they rang the ‘marketing company’, the hoodlums were put through to Chesterfield police station and arrangements were made with them for the delivery of their ‘free beer’. Once the police knew where they would be and when, they merely turned up with their special metal arresting mitts and threw them into the backs of some panda wagons.
Chief Inspector Graham McLaughlin, who was in charge of the ingenious operation, smirked like a bastard as he said: “These suspects are people who have managed to evade arrest for some time, so we have used different tactics to find them. It has been very cost-effective as it can take a lot of time and money to track people down. We use a variety of methods to arrest those suspected of committing criminal offences and we will continue to use new tactics when necessary.”
Hurrah for the police! Down with crime! Let’s all have some beer!
The police’s crime map website, launched in February, has been very very popular, bagging itself hundreds of millions of hits. And now, they’ve expanded it to allow the public to compare the performance of their local force with others.
This means that you can search by postcode to see info about the crime going on outside your house, just so you can really live in abject fear. Constantly.
If you want to round up mates and chase specific people with pitchforks, then you’ll be thrilled to learn that the expanded site allows you to identify hotspots and find crimes and incidents by individual street.
And the Home Office aren’t finished yet!
“We want to reduce the threshold and publish crime information for key locations such as football stadiums, parks and supermarkets so the public has access to an even greater level of information,” said a spokesman.
Its been promised that, as of next May, we’ll be able to see the fall out from a crime and track its progress through the criminal justice system.
The policing minister, Nick Herbert, says:
“The addition of further crime categories and easy access to police force performance data will give people the information and power they need to hold their local forces to account and ensure that crime in their area is driven down”
“Ahead of the introduction of elected police and crime commissioners, crime mapping is just one way in which the government is empowering communities and strengthening the link between the police and the public.”