Okay, this is a little bit of a rant and a little bit of a public call to attention! Abusing the NCIC database results in drastically different consequences depending on whether the offending party is a public or private sector investigator. Last week as I was going through some posts in one of my Facebook groups, I came across the post listed below which pointed out the glaring difference:
‘Tis The Season for Security
The holiday season is upon us! Turkey and turkey sandwiches, and then onto a Christmas ham and candy canes! This is the season to be with family and extended family. And apparently we all look forward to Black Friday, just look at the crowds! According to an article in the Huffington Post, the average American holiday shopper spent $423 over Black Friday weekend in 2012. That is a lot of money, and a lot of gifts! The holiday season is the time to think SECURITY!
According to an article from the Washington Post, retail crime increases by 30% during this time of year. Many of these thieves work in organized retail crime groups, stealing tens of thousands of dollars in merchandise to sell on the black market. Jewelry, name-brand jeans, and electronics are among some of the most-targeted items. And retail stores are not the only places that thieves look to steal from; middle to upper class residential neighborhoods are targets too! [Read more…]
In the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks detailing NSA bulk data collection techniques, warrant-less wiretaps, and other Orwellian-like practices, many people feel as though the tools the US federal government are utilizing in these endeavors are some advanced out-of-reach form of technology. While there is no private sector alternative to wiretaps, many people are not aware of the fact that the same databases that they hear about government agencies such as the National Security Agency using, are the databases that have been used by skilled private investigators for years.
From the beginning, Rick Gurley and his private investigation agency have been sought after by people wanting to get into the private investigation business. And Rick has always been receptive to training investigators how to get into the business, how to set up a private investigation agency, and even how to successfully conduct private investigations. [Read more…]
In November of 2011 RMRI LLC’s Rick Gurley teamed up with Pursuit Magazine to produce and promote a YouTube Video titled “Basic Use of Maltego for Network Intelligence Gathering”. 4 years and 72,000 views later, investigators are still using the screencast to improve their Cyber Investigation skills.