Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Monday April 16, 2018

WhatsApp Does NOT Encrypt Your Fingerprints

The long and the short of it is that a drug dealer put a picture of his hand in a WhatsApp message, and the cops took the picture and got enough of his fingerprint information from the photo to find him. It is good to see the bobbies across the pond have better things to do than to track down people voicing their opinions on Twitter. I hope the authorities do not get my prints off those glow sticks I left in that abandoned warehouse this weekend.

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An image of a man holding ecstasy tablets in his palm was found on the mobile of someone arrested in Bridgend. It was sent to South Wales Police's scientific support unit and helped to secure 11 convictions. These are believed to be the first convictions in Wales from fingerprints taken from a photograph. The unit's Dave Thomas described its use as "groundbreaking" and said officers are now looking more closely at photographs on phones seized for potential evidence.