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Police: Doorbell Camera Recorded 'I Killed Jennifer'

Former college football player charged in sister's death

(Newser) - A doorbell camera recorded the killer's confession just after a Texas woman was stabbed to death Friday, a court filing says. "I killed Jennifer," Michael Egwuagu says on the recording, made as he was leaving the woman's house, the Austin American-Statesman reports. Egwuagu was Jennifer Ebichi'... More »

Lawsuit Says Ring Cameras Spied on, Harassed Owners

Class-action filing says Amazon didn't do enough to protect security system from hackers

(Newser) - An 8-year-old girl was in her room when a Ring security camera began talking to her, saying "I'm your best friend. I'm Santa Claus." An outside camera told children playing basketball in their driveway to come closer. A voice from another Ring camera's two-way speaker... More »

Hackers Using Ring Cameras to Spy On, Harass People

In one case, a man harassed a young girl in her bedroom

(Newser) - It is the definition of creepy. A video shows a man who hacked into a Ring security camera harassing an 8-year-old Mississippi girl in her own bedroom. What's more, similar instances have emerged elsewhere across the US this week alone. Ring is investigating but generally maintains that its own... More »

Residents Won't Fund Cops. Now, Untrained Volunteers

Oregon town to be policed by locals without training, who can ID criminals by 'way they dress'

(Newser) - A small town in Oregon plans to have a volunteer watch group monitor security cameras for criminals since residents refuse to raise taxes to fund a police force. Sheriff's deputies patrol Cave Junction, a town of 2,000 along US 199, during regular work hours Monday to Friday. At... More »

Man Checking Home's Security Camera Spots 'SOS' in Driveway

Woman lost in Aussie bush for 3 days stumbled on empty vacation home being monitored remotely

(Newser) - Deborah Pilgrim wasn't too lucky when she wandered away from her friends during a camping trip outside Adelaide over the weekend—the 55-year-old ended up losing track of where she was in the Australian bush and vanished for three days. Where her luck changed for the better, per NBC... More »

She 'Saw Smoke.' Her Camera Shows She Was One With the Fire

Authorities say Annie Durham filmed herself torching neighbor's home

(Newser) - Plenty of suspects hauled in by police are first caught by surveillance cameras—just not their own. That's the case with Oklahoma's Annie Durham, booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on charges of second-degree arson after authorities say footage from her password-protected surveillance camera showed she'd intentionally... More »

Man Gets Creepy 'Wake-Up Call' From His Security Camera

Voice claiming to be 'white hat' hacker came out of Arizona man's Nest Cam IQ camera

(Newser) - When your security camera makes you feel less secure, there might be a problem. Especially when a voice emanating from the other end claims to be a "white hat hacker" from the "Anonymous Calgary Hivemind." That's what Andy Gregg tells the Arizona Republic happened a few... More »

65% of DC Cameras Hacked Before Inauguration

Computers used to distribute ransomware; 2 Romanians charged

(Newser) - Romanian hackers infiltrated 65% of outdoor surveillance cameras in Washington, DC, ahead of President Trump's inauguration as part of an extortion scheme only now being made public, according to a criminal complaint. The complaint, filed in DC and unsealed Thursday, accuses Romanians Mihai Alexandru Isvanca, 25, and Eveline Cismaru,... More »

China Is Watching Us, or at Least Chinese Cameras Are

'Wall Street Journal' looks at security concerns over industry leader Hikvision

(Newser) - It may not be a household name in the US, but many Americans have surely come under the gaze of a product made by the Chinese company Hikvision. As the Wall Street Journal reports, Hikvision is the No. 2 seller of surveillance equipment in the US and is No. 1... More »

We Saw Terrorists Spying at Airport Way Before 9/11: Witnesses

Reports of al-Qaeda operatives surveying Logan were allegedly ignored

(Newser) - Three American Airlines employees reported spotting 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta and at least one other man snooping around and videotaping security checkpoints at Boston's Logan Airport in May 2001—but no one did anything about it, according to newly released court papers cited in the New York Post . The... More »

Poll: 78% Now OK With More Surveillance Cameras

Public strongly approves of how Boston bombings were handled

(Newser) - Public opinion is firmly behind having more surveillance cameras in public places in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, according to a new CBS / New York Times poll. Some 78% of people called the cameras—which helped identify the suspects—a good idea, and only 20% said the... More »

We Don't Need More Security Cameras

Timothy Carney argues that more surveillance isn't the answer

(Newser) - In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, many are calling for more security cameras and surveillance, which is pretty predictable, because every terrorist attack has Americans scrambling to sacrifice civil liberties on the altar of public safety, observes Timothy Carney at the Washington Examiner . "But the story of... More »

British Cop Chases Suspect: Himself

Security camera confusion leads to hilarious pursuit

(Newser) - For 20 minutes, an undercover British police officer intrepidly tracked a suspicious person in an area recently hit with a spate of burglaries. Unfortunately, the officer was chasing himself. How? An operator watching the street via security camera alerted the plain-clothes officer of a suspicious person in the area—not... More »

Hacked Home Security Cams Link to Bedroom Scenes

Web users accessing Trendnet cams without passwords

(Newser) - Feeds from an extensive network of home security cameras have been breached, and videos, including scenes from children's bedrooms, are being watched and linked to online. "Someone caught a guy getting naked in Denmark," noted one blogger. Another remarked: "Baby spotted. I feel like a pedophile... More »

Man Apologizes While Robbing Gas Station

And says 'sir' and 'thank you' to boot

(Newser) - On Saturday, John Henry was working at the Washington Shell station he owns when a “very polite guy” walked in to buy a cup of coffee—and rob the store. “Can you do me a favor?” the man asked as he pulled a gun out of his pocket.... More »

Bridezilla Rampage Caught on Tape

Bride goes berserk on Detroit store owner

(Newser) - A bridal shop brawl was caught on tape in Detroit when a customer freaked out after the shopkeeper refused to alter her dress. Watch footage of the bride-to-be's posse rampaging throughout the store in the gallery. In a more extensive report (watch it here ), the store owner says, "... More »

Texas Inmate Made 70 Trips to Wal-Mart

He dyed uniform with coffee, shopped for cigarettes

(Newser) - A convicted burglar slipped out of prison in Texas to make a late-night run to Wal-Mart for cigarettes, then slipped back in. About 70 different times. The 19-year-old reportedly dyed his prison uniform with coffee so he wouldn't raise eyebrows at the store, reports the Austin American-Statesman . It also helped... More »

Yale Offers $10K Reward in Missing-Student Case

Search continues; still no evidence of foul play in disappearance of Le

(Newser) - Yale University offered a $10,000 reward today for information leading to the whereabouts of a missing graduate student. Meanwhile, investigators reviewed security-camera footage and checked the blueprints of the building where Annie Le was last seen on Tuesday. Le, 24, was supposed to be married Sunday. More »

London Cameras a Bust: 1 Crime Solved Per 1K

(Newser) - Surveillance cameras are nearly worthless in the fight against crime, a London police report concluded, with fewer than one crime solved annually for every 1,000 cameras.The UK is one of the world's most monitored countries, with one camera for every 14 people and 1 million cameras in London... More »

Big Apple Is Big Brother, Privacy Advocates Warn

(Newser) - Anti-terrorism measures planned for New York City have civil liberties groups worried, the Guardian of London reports. Operation Sentinel calls for cameras to be placed at every bridge and tunnel into Manhattan to photograph every vehicle entering and leaving. Details would then be kept on a huge city database. More »

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