Evil Side of Computers & Technology
Do you have any good examples?
Man accused of stalking ex-girlfriend with GPS
The Associated Press
Last Updated 2:44 pm PDT Saturday, September 4, 2004
GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) - A 32-year-old man has been charged with stalking for allegedly attaching a cell phone and global positioning system to his ex-girlfriend's car to track her whereabouts, authorities said.
Ara Gabrielyan, of Glendale, was scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 8 on one count of stalking and three counts of making criminal threats.
He was arrested last Sunday and held on $500,000 bail. He faces a maximum sentence of six years in state prison.
Police said Gabrielyan, who ran a music and video shop, used the satellite tracking system to follow the unidentified 35-year-old woman and meet her unexpectedly at a book store, an airport, a cemetery and dozens of other places after she ended their relationship.
"This is what I would consider stalking of the 21st century," said Lt. Jon Perkins of the Glendale Police Department.
The woman finally learned how he was following her when she discovered him under her car attempting to change the cell phone's battery, police said.
Authorities say the phone contained a motion switch that turned on whenever it moved and transmitted a signal each minute to a satellite. Information was then sent to a Web site that allowed Gabrielyan to monitor her location.
Police believe he placed the device on her car Aug. 16, and accuse him of threatening to kill himself and his ex-girlfriend over a six-month period.
An attorney for Gabrielyan could not immediately be reached for comment Saturday morning.
ok, here's another:
Total Information Awareness...an interesting DARPA project (ps. i consulted with DARPA years ago)
Son of TIA Will Mine Asian Data
Son of TIA Will Mine Asian Data
By Sharon Weinberger| Also by this reporter
12:00 PM Mar, 22, 2007
Nearly four years after Congress pulled the plug on what critics assailed as an Orwellian scheme to spy on private citizens, Singapore is set to launch an even more ambitious incarnation of the Pentagon's controversial Total Information Awareness program -- an effort to collect and mine data across all government agencies in the hopes of pinpointing threats to national security.
The Singapore prototype of the system -- dubbed Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning, or RAHS -- was rolled out early this week at a conference in the Southeast Asia city-state. Retired U.S. Adm. John Poindexter, the architect of the original Pentagon program, traveled to Singapore to deliver a speech at the unveiling, while backers have already begun quietly touting the system to U.S. intelligence officials.
In 2003, plans for Total Information Awareness, or TIA, sparked outrage among privacy advocates. TIA was one of several programs run out of the Information Awareness Office at Darpa, the Pentagon's advanced research projects agency. Fueling public indignation was news that Poindexter, President Reagan's national security adviser and a key figure in the '80s Iran-Contra scandal, was in charge of the office.
Facing an avalanche of bad publicity, Poindexter resigned in August 2003. Congress pulled funding for the program, and TIA and related programs were either terminated or moved to other agencies. The Information Awareness Office was closed.
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