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NW3C Virtual Currency Online Training

The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) recently released an online training course on virtual currency.  The 30-minute course covers basic information and concepts that serve as an introduction to virtual currencies and their relationship to other types of currency.  It covers various types of virtual currency, including the difference between decentralized and centralized currencies, with a strong focus on Bitcoin: what it is, how it is stored, and Bitcoin-specific investigative tips and techniques.  Individuals must have an NW3C online learning account and be employed by a law enforcement organization to access the no-cost training.

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Retired News Reporter Develops Algorithm to Try and Identify Serial Killers Using UCR Data

In 2004, Thomas Hargrove, a 61-year-old retired news reporter from Virginia, became aware of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Supplementary Homicide Report and contemplated whether it was possible to teach a computer how to spot serial killers.  He spent months trying to develop an algorithm that would identify unsolved cases with enough commonalities to suggest the same murderer.  Hargrove eventually founded the Murder Accountability Project (MAP), a small nonprofit seeking to make FBI murder data more widely and easily available.  MAP has already assembled case details on 638,454 homicides from 1980 through 2014, including 23,219 cases that had not been reported to the FBI.  This is the most complete list of case-level details of U.S. murders available anywhere, and the group’s Web site has made it available at no cost to anyone with statistical analysis software.  

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Most Hackers Can Access Systems and Steal Valuable Data Within 24 Hours: Nuix Black Report

Cybercrime is an ever-growing issue for state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement.  With advancements in technology, coupled with the oversharing of personal information, law enforcement needs to not only ensure the public’s safety online but also be cognizant of the digital footprint that people are leaving behind.  The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) has developed an online training course based on the Understanding Digital Footprints—Steps to Protect Personal Information resource.  The 35-minute course introduces the concept of digital footprints and best practices in protecting personal identifying information.  Topics include understanding consequences of oversharing personal information, limiting an individual’s digital footprint, protecting privacy on social media sites, and steps to take after becoming a target of doxing.  Individuals must have an NW3C online learning account and be employed by a law enforcement organization to access the training.

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States Band Together for Large-Scale Cloud Purchasing Agreement

Utah has taken the lead on what state information technology (IT) leaders have hailed as the largest cloud hosting services agreement to date.  Through the National Association of State Procurement Officers (NASPO) Value Point program, state officials and their partners have been hashing out the details of what will equate to a collective procurement agreement expected to benefit more than 34 states.  The Value Point platform gives states purchasing similar items cooperative buying power as one organization rather than on a state-by-state basis.  The final cooperative agreement, expected in August, will help a cadre of states move forward with cloud service procurement through a cohesive cooperative bargaining agreement and vetted contractors.

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Strengthening Cyber Defenses Through Fusion Center Engagement

With the explosion of hacktivism and other forms of cybercrimes in recent years, fusion centers have increased their intelligence gathering and their focus on cybersecurity.  The level at which state and local law enforcement and private industry are involved with fusion centers varies by area, but to measurably reduce cyber vulnerability, state and local governments must interact regularly with fusion centers and encourage more private companies to share information.  Four recommendations are provided to help state and local governments engage with fusion centers. 

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Anti-Surveillance Clothing Aims to Hide Wearers From Facial Recognition

The Hyperface project involves printing patterns onto clothing or textiles, which then appear to have eyes, mouths, and other features that a computer can interpret as a face.  This new kind of camouflage aims to reduce the confidence score of facial detection and recognition by providing false faces that distract computer vision algorithms from facial recognition software—the kind used by social media, online retailers, law enforcement, and the military. 

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BJA’s VALOR for Blue Adds New Online Learning Module

Registered users can visit the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance’s VALOR for Blue Web site to access a new online training that overviews research conducted by the FBI Behavioral Science Unit to evaluate the officer, the offender, and the circumstances that brought them together in deadly force encounters.  The training examines case studies of officers who faced a drawn gun and a suspect’s account of his decisions after killing an officer and identifies the moral, mental, and physical preparations necessary for officers to survive violent encounters.  Each new VALOR for BlueLearning module includes printable handouts, a promotional poster, and ready-to-use resources. 

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NIJ National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium Video, Transcript Available

Visit https://nij.gov/multimedia/Pages/video-national-sexual-assault-policy-symposium.aspx to access video and transcripts for the National Institute of Justice’s first National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium, held in September 2016.  In the video, symposium organizers and attendees describe the groundbreaking event and its significance in improving and advancing sexual assault response across jurisdictions in the United States.

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NIC’s Jayne Friedland Holland: Fusion Centers Can Help Agencies Combat Hacktivism

Jayne Friedland Holland, chief security officer at information services provider NIC, has said that fusion centers can help government agencies defend against hacktivism and other cybercrimes through intelligence data sharing.  She recommended that state and local agencies collaborate with other stakeholders, establish an internal information sharing structure, initiate outreach to the private sector, and introduce fusion center personnel to authorities to deepen engagement with fusion centers.  

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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Starts April 2

The Office for Victims of Crime offers resources related to National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, set for April 2–8, 2017.  Visit https://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw2017/fact_sheet.html for fact sheets on this year’s theme, “Strength—Resilience—Justice.”  This theme reflects a vision of the future in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing. 

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