Photograph: Scott E Barbour/Getty ImagesA surge has been recorded in violent crimes against London taxi drivers, prompting a fresh spat between Uber and black cabs over who is to blame.The Metropolitan police figures show that since 2012 – when Uber arrived in London – the total number of violent crimes has doubled from 709 in 2012.The low standard of their driving also causes many conflicts with other road users and a combination of all this, plus low dispute resolution skills, contributes to the figures.We take any incidents against licensed drivers who use our app very seriously and always help the police with their investigations.However, Uber has questioned whether The Knowledge – which black-cab drivers have to pass to show they know thousands of streets and landmarks – is necessary in an age of GPS and traffic apps.These are particularly useful in respect of false allegations made against the driver and in respect of racial abuse, said a spokesperson for the National Taxi Association.
Image caption Users were made to reset their passwords as a "precautionary measure" following the attacks in 2015A teenager has been charged with a hacking attack on Mumsnet, which caused the parenting site to reset its 7.7 million members' passwords.David Buchanan, 18, of Haslemere, Surrey, faces two counts of hacking and one of impairing the operation of or hindering access to a computer.Mr Buchanan is expected to appear at Guildford Magistrates' Court on 7 June.The Mumsnet homepage was redirected to a now suspended Twitter profile page and had some posts edited during a cyber attack in August.It was also subjected to a distributed denial of service DDoS attack, where an attempt is made to force a site offline by swamping it with internet traffic.The Metropolitan Police said two 17-year-old boys who were were interviewed under caution in relation to the incidents had been eliminated from the inquiry.
Two-and-a-half thousand Londoners have been arrested over the past five years for allegedly sending offensive messages via social media, statistics have revealed.The full number of arrests made by the Metropolitan Police for alleged breaches of Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 increased by 37 per cent over the last five years.A total of 625 arrests were made for alleged section 127 offences in 2010 – a number which had ballooned to 857 by 2015.During the years 2010-2015 2,130 people were arrested between 2010 and 2015 for sending by public communication network an offensive / indecent / obscene / menacing message / matter – which is a criminal offence under section 127.In January of that year, he joked on Twitter about blowing up Nottingham's Robin Hood Airport in frustration at flight delays.After a two-year legal fight he eventually managed to have his conviction overturned, with the help of a celebrity-backed campaign.
Fourth tri-borough IT framework will be open to all 33 London boroughs and public sector organisations like the Met Police and TfLBT has agreed a new framework with the tri-borough partnership, allowing all 33 London boroughs to procure communications services from the company in a deal worth up to £200 million.The first tri-borough IT framework was agreed as part of a wider initiative for joint-service provision between Westminster City Council, Borough of Hammersmith and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, which started in 2010.Since then, four IT frameworks have now been agreed, of which BT is the sole supplier for three.BT tri-borough IT serviceslondon streetsThe latest framework will allow customers to choose from a range of BT s local and wireless networking products, landline and mobile services, video conferencing and unified communications.Bromley Council is one of the boroughs to have taken advantage of previous frameworks, agreeing a £9 million contract with BT for computer and data centre services earlier this year.It provides desktop services for 2,000 staff and manages 350 services, saving the council an estimated ten percent in costs.
Lib Dem peers plan serious opposition to bill in House of LordsPhotograph by JD Mack: https://flic.kr/p/5gporkIPBill The Liberal Democrats are planning to meet the Investigatory Powers Bill with strong resistance in the House of Lords, a list of key issues shared with The Register reveals.Encouraged by the Labour party's comments, many expected this would provoke stronger opposition from their elected representatives when it was debated in the House of Commons.Speaking to The Register, Brian Paddick, a Liberal Democrat peer and former Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police said: The experience with legislation is that is goes through the House of Commons very quickly and is only considered in detail in the House of Lords, noting the Lords' 150 amendments to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 as an example of the upper chamber's capability to improve legislation.People are being hoodwinked by the government over issues like Internet Connection Records ICRs , he told us, explaining that the argument is, and Dominic Grieve – who chairs the Intelligence and Security Committee – said at a public meeting this week that ICRs were 'necessary for national security', but MI5 and MI6 have said they don't need them, only law enforcement does, so one has to question whether they are needed on national security grounds.It has also been made clear that MI5 and MI6 already are able to access information similar to that delivered by ICRs via other means and therefore this new power is of limited interest to them.It is impossible to challenge Government and state agents interference into your private life if you never know you ve been a victim in the first place.
Trump Assassination AttemptDonald Trump s campaign has been nothing if not controversial.MUST SEE: A week with iOS 10: It s fantastic, and I m boredNews just began to hit the networks last night that the British teen was in custody after attempting to assassinate Trump.The incident occurred on Saturday at Trump s rally, which took place at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, 19-year-old Michael Sandford was arrested at the casino after allegedly trying to kill Trump with a firearm he intended to steal from a police officer.While inside the theater, a subject, later identified as 19 year old Michael Sandford, approached a uniformed LVMPD officer who was assigned to the event.During the conversation, Sandford attempted to disarm the officer.
If you haven't seen it happen in the flesh, you've probably seen it happen via a virally-shared video – an oblivious mobile-phone user startlingly robbed by thieves mounting the pavement on a moped before speeding away.It's an increasingly prevalent crime in the UK's cities, and London's Metropolitan Police is looking to introduce a new deterrent – drone pursuit squads.The possibilities of unmanned aerial vehicles to tackle suspects using two-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles to commit crime are currently being discussed at a national level by the National Police Chiefs Council s steering group and the Centre for Applied Science and Technology," said a Met spokesperson following a meeting of the London Assembly's Police and Crime Committee.Current tactics include using costly helicopter pursuits and four-wheeled police car chases – both of which have proved dangerous, if not fatal, in the past.18 year old Lewis Johnson was killed after a scooter crash in Clapham Common, following a police car and helicopter chase in response to an earlier scooter theft back in February.
If you haven't seen it happen in the flesh, you've probably seen it happen via a virally-shared video – an oblivious mobile-phone user startlingly robbed by thieves mounting the pavement on a moped before speeding away.It's an increasingly prevalent crime in the UK's cities, and London's Metropolitan Police is looking to introduce a new deterrent – drone pursuit squads.The possibilities of unmanned aerial vehicles to tackle suspects using two-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles to commit crime are currently being discussed at a national level by the National Police Chiefs Council s steering group and the Centre for Applied Science and Technology," said a Met spokesperson following a meeting of the London Assembly's Police and Crime Committee.Current tactics include using costly helicopter pursuits and four-wheeled police car chases – both of which have proved dangerous, if not fatal, in the past.18 year old Lewis Johnson was killed after a scooter crash in Clapham Common, following a police car and helicopter chase in response to an earlier scooter theft back in February.
London s two-wheelin criminals could soon find themselves being pursued by drones as Scotland Yard looks into quadcopter policing.The capital s Metropolitan Police have launched a review into how it pursues criminals on motorcycles, including the possible use of drones, according to a new report by the Evening Standard.The revelation came courtesy of Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey who, while speaking at a meeting of the London Assembly s Police and Crime Committee, confirmed the Met s investigations into police drones.The possibilities of unmanned aerial vehicles to tackle suspects using two-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles to commit crime are currently being discussed at a national level by the National Police Chiefs Council s steering group and the Centre for Applied Science and Technology, the Met said, in a statement given to the Standard.The review comes after a recent inquest found that the death of 18-year-old Henry Hicks died after crashing his moped during a high-speed chase.The teenager was found to have been fleeing two unmarked police cars in Islington in 2014, although one police driver denies the pursuit.
Police are speaking to a number of Chris Evans' former coworkers following a string of allegations about the former "Top Gear" presenter s sexual behaviour on the 1990s Channel 4 TV show "TheA source tells Business Insider that, as part of enquiries into a complaint of sexual assault made against the presenter, Metropolitan Police officers have spoken to at least one TV
The police have dropped their enquiries into historic sexual abuse allegations against Chris Evans due to  insufficientThe former Top Gear presenter was interviewed under caution on Thursday, the Metropolitan Police confirmed in a statement onThis followed a complaint from one of his former femaleThe unnamed female producer said she was sexually assaulted by
600 additional armed police officers will join existing bobbies packing heat on London's streets, as the Metropolitan Police service looks to tighten up defenses in anticipation of a potential terror attack.Though the increase in gun-wielding officers does not come in response to fresh intelligence regarding a terror attack, the capital's threat alert level remains at "severe" after a recent wave of terror incidents on the European continent.Anyone who s been following events in Europe over the past few weeks will understand why we want to show our determination to protect the public, said the Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe in a statement.The reality of having to deal with armed and deadly attackers is that you need firearms officers who will use force to stop those attackers in their aim.Our firearms officers are the ones who will run towards the danger.Though the majority of UK police are unarmed, the new armed force will be very visible to the public in hopes of acting as a deterrent to would-be attackers, and as a better equipped line of defence should an attack take place.
600 additional armed police officers will join existing bobbies packing heat on London's streets, as the Metropolitan Police service looks to tighten up defenses in anticipation of a potential terror attack.Though the increase in gun-wielding officers does not come in response to fresh intelligence regarding a terror attack, the capital's threat alert level remains at "severe" after a recent wave of terror incidents on the European continent.Anyone who s been following events in Europe over the past few weeks will understand why we want to show our determination to protect the public, said the Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe in a statement.The reality of having to deal with armed and deadly attackers is that you need firearms officers who will use force to stop those attackers in their aim.Our firearms officers are the ones who will run towards the danger.Though the majority of UK police are unarmed, the new armed force will be very visible to the public in hopes of acting as a deterrent to would-be attackers, and as a better equipped line of defence should an attack take place.
27,000 PCs still compute like it's 2001London s Metropolitan Police has missed its deadline to dump Windows XP, with tens of thousands of copper still running the risky OS.The force, on the front line against terrorist threats and criminals in the capital city, is running Windows XP on around 27,000 PCs.At last count, in May 2015, the Met had a total of 35,640 PCs, with 34,920 of them running XP.Policemen set themselves a deadline of March 2016 to finish migrating to Windows 8.1.London Mayor Sadiq Khan, however, has apparently now revealed that just 8,000 of the force s PCs have moved to Windows 8.1 since last September.
Being a police officer is one of the hardest jobs imaginable.Every day you go to work, not knowing whether you'll face violence or danger.And even worse - you might have to use Windows XP.According to V3, 27,000 computers used by the Metropolitan Police are still on XP - which was first released in 2001 and received its last major update in 2008 - 8 years ago.What's slightly worrying about this is that Microsoft ended support for XP in 2014 - meaning that it wouldn't receive any more patches or updates to guard against bugs which could conceivably leave systems vulnerable to hackers or viruses.V3 quotes London Assembly member Andrew Boff summing the situation up by saying that "Operating systems age more like milk than wine, and Windows XP is well past its sell-by date".
Being a police officer is one of the hardest jobs imaginable.Every day you go to work, not knowing whether you'll face violence or danger.And even worse - you might have to use Windows XP.According to V3, 27,000 computers used by the Metropolitan Police are still on XP - which was first released in 2001 and received its last major update in 2008 - 8 years ago.What's slightly worrying about this is that Microsoft ended support for XP in 2014 - meaning that it wouldn't receive any more patches or updates to guard against bugs which could conceivably leave systems vulnerable to hackers or viruses.V3 quotes London Assembly member Andrew Boff summing the situation up by saying that "Operating systems age more like milk than wine, and Windows XP is well past its sell-by date".
Met Police s insistence on running aging Windows XP is putting Londoners personal data at risk, it is claimedIt has been claimed the Metropolitan Police s reliance on an older version of the Windows operating system could lead to Londoners information being put at risk.The Met is currently using 27,000 computers running on Windows XP, which was first launched in 2001.For the last two years, it s no longer been supported by Microsoft, opening up security flaws.Last April it emerged the Met still had 35,000 systems powered by the aging platform.He said the met needs to accelerate updating or risk putting valuable public data in the firing line.
The Met has been criticised for putting data at risk through outdated computer technologyThe Metropolitan Police is still running the out-of-date Windows XP operating system on 27,000 computers, new figures from the UK government have revealed.Microsoft stopped releasing official security updates for XP in April 2014 – however organisations not able to update their systems by this time could pay for additional support.The deal, which was used by the Met, cost the government over £5m but it ended in April last year.Just prior to support being cut off it was revealed the London police had 35,000 computers still running Windows XP.At the time, through its modernisation programme, the police had reportedly set a deadline of March 2016 to make the jump to Windows 8.1.
Image caption Andrew Boff believes the Met should upgrade its PCsA London Assembly member has questioned why the Metropolitan Police are still using Windows XP on tens of thousands of computers.Conservative Andrew Boff told the BBC it would not be cost-effective to keep paying for patches to make sure the operating system was secure.Last year, a Freedom of Information request by the tech site Motherboard found 35,000 Met PCs ran XP.Mr Boff said this had fallen to 27,000, which remained "worrying"."I have fond memories of XP, I've only just got rid of it myself a few months ago," said Mr Boff.
News: London's Metropolitan Police could be risking Londoner's information with old systems.London s Metropolitan Police have been found to be running 27,000 dangerously out-of-date systems.Warning that the Met is putting Londoner s information at risk, GLA Conservative Londonwide Assembly Member Andrew Boff said: Operating Systems age more like milk than wine, and Windows XP is well past its sell-by date.The Met should have stopped using Windows XP in 2014 when extended support ended, and to hear that 27,000 computers are still using it is worrying.My major concern is the security of Londoners information on this dangerously out-of-date system, but I would also like to know how much money the Met have wasted on bespoke security updates.
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