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Moscow Police Watch Pre-Recorded Scenes On Surveillance Cams 114

An anonymous reader writes "During several months of 2009, Moscow police looked at fake pictures displayed on their monitors instead of what was supposed to be video from the city surveillance cams. The subcontractor providing the cams was paid on the basis of 'the number of working cams,' so he delivered pre-cooked pictures stored on his servers. The camera company CEO has been arrested."

Comment Motion for Charlie Stross seconded (Score 1) 395

I've enjoyed all the books so far - the Atrocity Archives in particular and I haven't read the Jennifer Morgue yet but I'm looking forward to it.

Peter Watts is also pretty good for a nano- look at future crime.

Cypherpunk is what "they" are pigeonholing the genre IIRC.

It gets Cory Doctorow and the boingboing crew going as well, which must be worth some whuffie


Submission + - FTC Moves to Stop Astroturfing

Marketers Anonymous writes: "The Washington Post is reporting that a recent FTC staff letter said that paid marketers must disclose their company affiliation when engaged in Word-of-Mouth Marketing (AKA astroturfing). Hopefully, this will curb advertising practices many people find dishonorable, such as Sony's recent YouTube campaign, or the telecom's anti-Net Neutrality commercials, although it won't put a complete stop to them so long as they make it clear that they're paid commercial endorsements. Further details can be found in the FTC Staff Opinion Letter [PDF]."

You have a massage (from the Swedish prime minister).