Arcata >> The sounds of chainsaws at the Redwood Bowl during September, October and November have been customary with every Ja’Quan Gardner touchdown run or Robert Webber scoring pass over the past four years.Based on how they’ve played, there’s been plenty of revving of engines, plenty to celebrate at the Redwood Bowl along the way.Saturday is the Humboldt State football team’s final regular-season game of 2017.There’s a share of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title on the line. …
MONTREAL – The criminal proceedings against Quebec City’s mosque shooter provided a glimpse into how police use computers to extract information about a suspect, even if that data has been erased.Alexandre Bissonnette’s seized laptop was forced to reveal its secrets through a specialized internet evidence finder software called IEF, created by Canadian company Magnet Forensics, which was founded by former Ontario police officer Jad Saliba.Bissonnette, 28, pleaded guilty earlier this year to six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder. His sentencing arguments are set to begin Monday.The demand for such software services is exploding, according to Genevieve Lajeunesse of Crypto.Quebec, an independent media focusing on digital security, information technology and intelligence.“There isn’t a single crime scene today that doesn’t have a technological element,” she said.IEF’s client list includes the FBI, the Danish and UK governments, as well as police in Lima, Peru and other Western countries.In Canada, prosecutors in the case of Guy Turcotte used internet search data to show the former cardiologist had looked up methods of painless suicide before killing his two young children.The information gleaned from computers is vital for mounting the prosecution’s case.In Bissonnette’s case, the police looked for evidence that the murders were premeditated, and if they had been committed in the name of an ideology.Concretely, the software provides access to the contents of zip files, RAM memory, directories, social media chat data, P2P file sharing, web mail, videos on YouTube, photos, the use of USB keys, how the info was shared, and the history of the internet browser – even if it has been deleted.These digital research tools can save hours of work by sparing police officers the job of having to read everything on Skype, Facebook, or web browsers.The amount of data can be imposing: in Bissonnette’s case, the software detected 31,895 web links, 4,742 Google searches, 3,388 Facebook links and 60,417 images.The tool finds everything, even data that is invisible to the human eye or seemingly irrelevant.The RCMP investigator tasked with investigating Bissonnette’s laptop was able to see not only potentially incriminating videos of executions, but also searches for Halloween costumes or a recipe for vol-au-vent.The data is also precise: it showed investigators that only an hour and a half before he gunned down six worshippers in a Quebec City mosque, Bissonnette had viewed a video on how to operate the Glock handgun he would use in the slaying.While they save time, there’s a risk that the results of searches can be taken out of context, Lajeunesse said. As an example, what do 20 searches on bombs mean, compared to a thousand for recipes?“My internet search history looks quite a bit like Alexandre Bissonnette’s,” she said, noting that part of her job involves researching far-right groups.Police forces are reluctant to discuss their investigation methods, in order to not divulge their methods to criminals.RCMP declined to comment on the subject other to confrim it used certain tools by Magnet Forensics.Quebec provincial police would not say what technology it used to uncover evidence.Spokesman Hugo Fournier did say the force has a technology support unit comprised of some 40 police officers who, with support from computer scientists, target mainly organized crime.Police forces aren’t the only ones to use the technology.Hexigent Consulting, a private specialty firm, is hired by lawyers and occasionally police to extract potentially incriminating information from cell phones and computers and pass it on to clients.Founder Ryan Duquette, a former Ontario police officer, said criminals are increasingly learning new ways to cover their digital footprints, which increasingly makes investigators’ jobs harder.“But not impossible,” he said. “We have to get more creative.”Lajeunesse, for her part, believes that it’s impossible for someone to truly eliminate all traces of their history.Most people end up making mistakes, she said, noting that the founder of AlphaBay, one of the world’s biggest darknet website AlphaBay, was brought down after sending an email from a personal hotmail address.“To connect is to commit,” she said.
Lilly Singh on hiring a late-night team that’s ‘representative of the world’ TORONTO — Lilly Singh describes this stage of her life as “the calm before the storm.”The Toronto-raised YouTube sensation known as “Superwoman” says she’s in the process of hiring a team for her trailblazing and highly anticipated late-night talk show that’s set to start in September on NBC and Global.Announced in March, “A Little Late with Lilly Singh” replaces Carson Daly’s slot, making the Indian-Canadian actress-comedian-writer the first woman of colour to host a daily late-night show on a major broadcast network.“I am meeting with showrunners, directors, writers, head writers to try to build a team that not only is super talented but is representative of the world and also people I enjoy being with, because I’m going to spend a lot of time with them,” Singh, 30, said Monday in an interview.“So I’m in that point of the process, which is really exciting — but the chaos hasn’t started yet.”Singh was speaking at the downtown Toronto headquarters of Corus Entertainment to help the company unveil its fall/winter 2019-2020 season.The Corus event came the day after Game 2 of the NBA Finals matchup of the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors, which Singh attended in the city.She’s expressed her love for the Raptors on her social media accounts in recent days and is optimistic they’ll clinch the title despite the team’s 109-104 loss Sunday, which tied up the series at 1-1.“I, in my heart, believe that we can take them,” Singh said. “I don’t have a doubt in my mind.“Listen, based on these two games, I’m going to say it: I don’t think that Golden State is better than us. I think we are better than them and I think we are going to win.”Singh’s show is one of the biggest highlights of the Corus lineup, which it touts as “vibrant and diverse.”“The second we heard that announcement come out that NBC was doing that, we absolutely — before seeing any other stuff in L.A. — from that point on just said, ‘That’s the show. We want that show,’” said Daniel Eves, senior vice-president of TV networks at Corus Entertainment.Canadian series renewed for Corus’s specialty networks include History’s “Vikings,” which is a co-production with Ireland, and “Top Chef Canada” and “Iron Chef Canada” on Food Network Canada.Global’s 2019-2020 lineup has a total of 12 new series. Others include a revival of “Kids Say the Darndest Things” with Tiffany Haddish as host; the crime thriller “Prodigal Son” with Michael Sheen; the comedy “The Unicorn”; and the psychological mystery “Evil.”The network also has the final season of hit comedy “Modern Family,” which previously aired on Citytv.Returning Canadian shows on Global include “Private Eyes” and “Big Brother Canada.”New homegrown shows include the previously announced original dramas “Nurses” and “Departure,” which is a Canada/U.K. co-production starring Emmy winner Archie Panjabi and Oscar winner Christopher Plummer.Also noteworthy but not technically part of the fall lineup is “BH90210,” a tongue-in-cheek spinoff of “Beverly Hills, 90210,” which premieres Aug. 7.And the hospital/midlife sitcom “Carol’s Second Act” starring Patricia Heaton of “Everybody Loves Raymond” fame has several Canadians: Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Sabrina Jalees, and Ito Aghayere.“We’re actually working on getting Patty to convert … see if we can’t make her at least a dual citizen by the end of the second season,” Jalees jested.“They keep bringing in poutine and maple syrup,” added Heaton.Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Lilly Singh is photographed in Toronto on Monday, June 3, 2019, as she promotes “A Little Late with Lilly Singh” her upcoming late-night talk show that will be broadcast by NBC and Global. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 3, 2019 12:49 pm PDT