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Wednesday
Aug012012

Suspicious Camera Leads to United Flight Diversion

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- A United Airlines flight from Newark, N.J., to Geneva, Switzerland, was diverted to Boston Tuesday night when a flight attendant discovered a camera in a seat back pocket and could not locate the camera's owner, law enforcement officials and an airline spokesperson said.

United Airlines later identified the owner of the camera as it belonged to someone who flew on an earlier flight.

Richard Walsh, media relations representative for Massachusetts Port Authority, confirmed to ABC News that the flight to Geneva is scheduled to take off from Boston's Logan International Airport at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The Boeing 767 has not yet departed Boston and it wasn't clear if that same plane will be used for the flight to Geneva.

Flight 956 took off from Newark at 6 p.m., with 157 passengers and 11 crew members aboard, according to officials and United's website.  The plane was escorted to Boston by two F-15's at 9:00 p.m. and landed approximately 15 minutes later "as a prudent precaution," according to NORAD.

But during the flight into Logan, there was another moment of concern -- one of the fighter escorts lost its avionics and issued an emergency, but NORAD said it was able to land safely at its home base.

Cameras are an object of concern for counter terrorism authorities.  In one of the post 9/11 airline terror plots, terrorists explored using camera bodies either as devices or as part of the mechanism for triggering a bomb.

More recently, ABC News has reported, al Qaeda bombmaker Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, who is believed to be behind both underwear bomb plots, was working on new explosives that they hoped would pass an airport security screening.  One of those designs reportedly utilized a camera.

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Thursday
Oct132011

Geotagging Memory Card Leads Owner to Stolen Camera

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Call it the case of crime-solving technology.

Months after Dr. Jeffery Plotkin’s 3D camera vanished from his chiropractic office in Canoga Park, Calif., in March, images from the camera began appearing on his computer.

Plotkin says the camera disappeared after a man came to his office inquiring about appointments. When the doctor turned around, he believes, his briefcase disappeared and with it, the $700 Fujifilm camera inside.

“I thought it was unfortunate, but I thought if this crook turns on the camera, there’s a slim chance I can get this camera back,” Plotkin told ABC News.

The slim chance came from the Eye-Fi wireless memory card inside the camera. The memory card allows users to connect to wireless networks to transmit photos from the camera directly to a home computer without connecting a cord.

Two months after the theft, pictures of men flashing gang signs began appearing on Plotkin’s computer.

“I was astounded to see these pictures coming from my camera,” he said.

The doctor turned the pictures over the LAPD gang unit in hopes of someone recognizing the men. When no one could identify them, Plotkin remembered the card was equipped with geo-location tagging. With the geo-tagging enabled, an LAPD detective was able to eventually trace the location of the camera to a house in Van Nuys, Calif., Plotkin said.

When the detective arrived at the house, the people denied any knowledge about the camera, Plotkin added.  But when he showed them the pictures sent to Plotkin’s computer, they changed their story, claiming they bought the camera from a man in a barbershop.

Police retrieved Plotkin’s camera. No arrests were made.

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Friday
Apr152011

Pictures in Accused Rapist's Camera Provide Chilling Evidence Against Him

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- A Washington state woman who police charged with filing a false rape report has been vindicated by chilling photos of her ordeal found on an accused serial rapist's camera, law enforcement officials say.

Marc O'Leary, 32, is currently being held in Jefferson County Jail in Colorado on a $5 million cash bond and has been charged with 25 felony counts including rape, burglary and stalking in connection with two rapes in Golden and Westminster, Colo., and an attempted rape in Lakewood, Colo.

None of the victims saw the face of their attacker, who wore a black mask, but one victim did see a birthmark on his leg.

In the Golden attack, which lasted for four hours, O'Leary threatened the victim with a silver and black gun and said he would shoot her if she screamed, according to the arrest affidavit. He tied her up and took photographs after forcing her to wear thigh-high stockings and high heels, the affidavit said.

Detectives testified this week that when they raided O'Leary's home in Lakewood, a Denver suburb, they took a memory card from his camera that showed more than a hundred photos of his sex-assault victims. They identified one of the photos as being of a woman in Lynnwood, Wash., who was 18 when she reported a rape in 2008.

Cops didn't believe her story, and she had to pay a $500 fine for making a false charge. O'Leary lived in nearby Mountlake Terrace, Wash., from 2006 to 2009, police say.

The case has now been reopened.

The identities of the women was not released because they were allegedly victims of sexual assaults.

Pam Russell, a spokeswoman for the Jefferson County district attorney, said she couldn't yet reveal the details of how authorities realized the woman in some of the pictures was linked to the Washington case. "There's some great police work that went on," she said.

The case has been "terrifying" for the suburban Denver area, which has relatively little violent crime, she said.

O'Leary, who is six-foot-one and weighs 220 pounds, was arrested in February and will be arraigned on May 16.

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Monday
Apr042011

Live Eagle Cam Draws Internet's Attention

Ryan McVay/Digital Vision(DECORAH, Iowa) -- For millions of people, a live video stream showing the inside of an eagle's nest has become an online obsession, with two cameras documenting every moment of the birds' activity, 24 hours a day.

Over 11 million people have clicked on the live feed of an eagle family in Decorah, Iowa, waiting for three little eaglets to hatch in front of the cameras as the mother and father watch carefully over their new brood.

The live stream is operated by the Raptor Resource Project, an Iowa-based non-profit dedicated to preserving birds of prey. The Decorah eagles built their nest in 2007, and the organization rigged up cameras last fall.

So far, two of three eggs have hatched, with the third eaglet expected to peck its way from its shell within days. The two fluffy gray chicks can be seen and heard chirping on the feed, craning their necks for food as their parents try to keep them warm. The eggs were laid at the end of February.

The enormous nest, over five feet wide, is perched high atop a cottonwood tree near the Decorah Fish Hatchery. Two cameras are attached to the tree's limbs a few feet above the nest, equipped with infrared nightvision and the ability to pan and zoom to capture every detail, including the bloody food that the parents bring back to the nest.

According to the Raptor Resource Project, the eagle pair have been together for several years and have now successfully hatched eaglets for the last four years.

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Friday
Dec032010

FBI Warns That Sex Offenders Might Use Barbies to Lure Kids

Photo Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The FBI is warning against the potential misuse of a Barbie doll with video recording capabilities, cautioning that the popular toy could make it easier for sex offenders to surreptitiously film child pornography.

In a memo from the FBI that was mistakenly released to the press and obtained by ABC News, the FBI warned that the Barbie known as "Video Girl" could be a "pornography production method."  The doll is equipped with the ability to capture thirty minutes of footage through a concealed camera in the necklace worn by Barbie.

FBI Special Agent Steve Dupre from the Sacramento Field Office, where the memo -- dubbed a "Cyber Crime Alert" -- originated, declined to comment.

Mattel, the manufacturer of the doll, said in a written statement that the FBI has not said that there have been any incidents of this doll "being used as anything other than intended."

But law enforcement sources close to the investigation into the doll tell ABC News that Barbie dolls have been known to be used by sexual predators looking for ways to attract their young victims.  The combination of the concealed camera and the popular toy concerned officials, according to the source, who said law enforcement agencies nationwide were immediately made aware of the product.

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