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Key parts of chemical signatures are transferred by direct contact, according to a new study by University College London researchers in the journal Science and Justice.
8.25.2016
11:45am
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Since the beginning of the year, the Baltimore Police Department had been using the plane to investigate all sorts of crimes, from property thefts to shootings. The Cessna sometimes flew above the city for as many as 10 hours a day, and the public had no...
by Monte Reel, Bloomberg Businessweek
8.25.2016
11:31am
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With the outsourcing of microchip design and fabrication a worldwide, $350 billion business, bad actors along the supply chain have many opportunities to install malicious circuitry in chips.
by NYU Tandon School of Engineering
8.25.2016
11:21am
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A shooting reconstruction is an investigation within an investigation, a forensic riddle within a criminalistics mystery. A round from a firearm has its own story to tell, from rifling to gunshot residue and stippling, to cartridge ejections, ricochet,...
8.24.2016
12:53pm
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WikiLeaks' spectacular mass-disclosures have also hit hundreds of average people — including sick children, rape victims and mental patients — who just happened to find their personal information included in the group's giant data dumps, The Associated...
by Raphael Satter and Maggie Michael, Associated Press
8.24.2016
12:00pm
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New research suggests prison food has become so unpalatable and scant that the tried-and-true Ramen noodle has supplanted cigarettes as the U.S. prison system’s favored currency.
8.24.2016
11:47am
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In 2015, hackers demonstrated how easily access to a car's sensitive equipment, like steering and braking systems, can be compromised by killing a moving Jeep Cherokee's engine on a highway. Now, new research creates security protocols to keep cars safe.
8.24.2016
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Turkish investigative journalist Barış Pehlivan spent 19 months in jail, accused of terrorism based on documents found on his work computer. But when digital forensics experts examined his PC, they discovered that those files were put there by someone...
by Andrada Fiscutean, Motherboard
8.23.2016
10:46am
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A serial rapist was on the loose in Texas’s largest city, breaking into homes and sexually assaulting women in their beds at the point of a knife, or end of a gun. But there was evidence, and several suspects.
8.23.2016
10:39am
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Even as national crime rates steadily declined in the mid-1990s, U.S. prison populations continued to rise. But why? According to new data collected in Minnesota, the answer is all about repeat offenders.
8.23.2016
10:14am
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8.22.2016
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The increasing emphasis on hard evidence for prosecutors has increased work hours, while pressures like the rape-kit backlog continue to weigh on analysts, according to a Michigan State University study.
8.19.2016
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Even with record numbers of exonerations in recent years, some 2.2 million inmates were incarcerated in 2014. In fact, from 1980 to 2013, the federal prison population skyrocketed by almost 800 percent, forcing the Department of Justice to hold some...
8.19.2016
1:00pm
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Teams of forensic scientists in Italy and Greece are painstakingly trying to identify the victims of drowning found at sea, washed up on shores or recovered from wrecks.
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8.19.2016
10:31am
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Yep, there's even an app for that... With the explosion of the Internet and social media outlets, the sex trade is now beginning to explore new, digital ways to reach customers.
8.17.2016
1:25pm
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Following a December 2006 federal restriction on a chemical critical to the production of cocaine, the United States experienced a 35 percent decrease in cocaine purity, a 32 percent decrease in cocaine seized and a 100 percent increase in cocaine price...
by University of Arizona Health Sciences
8.17.2016
12:38pm
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The system brings a potential revolution in the collection of DNA – even in cases where multiple attempts at swabbing key surfaces have turned up no results. The tool has slowly been adopted by local and state agencies across the country, compiling a...
8.17.2016
12:19pm
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has launched a massive billboard campaign to increase public awareness of the FBI’s Internet Crime Center (IC3) as a resource for combatting Internet-facilitated criminal activity.
by Amanda Vicinanzo, Homeland Security Today
8.17.2016
11:31am
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Renata Phillip was 11 years into a satisfying teaching career when she shocked her friends and family last August by deciding to make a drastic career change: become a police officer.
by Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press
8.17.2016
11:15am
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More Americans are dying from opioids than at any time in recent history, with overdose deaths hitting a peak of 28,000 in 2014. That amounts to 78 Americans dying from an opioid overdose every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and...
by Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press
8.17.2016
11:06am
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Big data can reveal intricate patterns of human behavior and interaction. But, can taxi data taken from one of America’s largest, and most dangerous, cities be used to effectively fight crime?
8.17.2016
10:30am
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A record-breaking 78 firearms were found this week in carry-on bags at airports around the nation, 68 of which were loaded and 21 had a round chambered, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
by Anthony Kimery, Homeland Security Today
8.16.2016
12:25pm
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Nika Larsen, 36, allegedly accessed the crime labs by using her credentials during her days off, and after normal office hours.
8.16.2016
12:20pm
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Pennsylvania's attorney general showed little emotion Monday night as she was convicted of leaking grand jury secrets and lying about it under oath.
by Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press
8.16.2016
11:40am
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8.16.2016
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Milwaukee faced a second night of unrest after police shot and killed a man who they said fled a traffic stop and was armed with a handgun. Although there was no widespread destruction during protests as there had been on Saturday, protesters threw rocks...
by The Associated Press
8.15.2016
11:53am
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Here’s the forensic news you might have missed over the weekend, and what you’ll want to know to get you through your work week.
8.15.2016
11:47am
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The troubled teenager convicted of helping his uncle torture and murder a woman – a case scrutinized in the popular Netflix series “Making a Murderer” – had his conviction tossed by a federal judge, based on a tainted confession extracted by detectives.
8.15.2016
11:44am
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The badly decomposed body of a girl was found in a landfill outside Pittsburgh in September 1967.
8.12.2016
11:48am
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The Rapidly Deployable Public Safety Research Platform enables over 200 users of broadband smart phones, Wi-Fi, data terminals and older walkie-talkie radios to communicate using voice, text, instant messages, video and data.
8.12.2016
11:42am
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Airport screening agents at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Nevada last week confiscated a plastic handgun produced with a 3-D printer from a man’s carry-on luggage. Federal official said Wednesday this might have been the first time a 3D-made gun...
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8.12.2016
11:37am
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New research shows that Android apps can be manipulated to reach inside your mobile phone to track your whereabouts and traffic patterns, all without your knowledge or consent.
by Homeland Security News Wire
8.12.2016
11:32am
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The successors to Silk Road, the darknet drug market shut down by the FBI in 2013, are raking in tens of millions of pounds in total revenue every month, according to a new report.
by Tom Mendelsohn, Ars Technica
8.11.2016
12:48pm
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The evidence the murderer left behind remained on file for decades, as he remained at large. But as technology improved, the noose tightened around the killer.
8.11.2016
12:37pm
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FBI Director James Comey has some phones—650 of them, to be exact—that he'd really, really like to take a look at.
by Joe Mullin, Ars Technica
8.10.2016
1:07pm
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The method was enough to make the famed hoax Piltdown Man convincing to anthropologists in 1912. But the latest forensic tools have exposed the single forger behind on the biggest scientific hoaxes in history, a century later.
8.10.2016
1:04pm
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In the 163-page report, the investigation focused on BPD’s use of force, including deadly force, stops, searches and arrests, and discriminatory policing.
8.10.2016
12:45pm
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Law enforcement is presented with unique challenges – as evidenced best by the public outcry following the broadcast of smartphone video of police shootings, especially Philando Castile’s death, on Facebook Live in Minnesota.
8.9.2016
12:49pm
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The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio have finally opened, but the doping allegations surrounding some of the athletic programs and athletes continues.
8.9.2016
12:34pm
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