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Nanotech-Supercarbon, Graphene, Could Significantly Speed Up Sequencing

March 31, 2015 | by Sean Allocca, Editor | News | Comments

Using a two-dimensional, hexagonal lattice of carbon atoms, called graphene, researchers say they have observed small structural changes to the material in a “measurably different way” that can be used to detect the four nucleobases, according to a report from the University of Melbourne. A unique combination of these nucleobases – adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine – create the individual genetic DNA sequence.

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The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials bel

NSA Weighed Ending Phone Surveillance Program Before Leak

March 31, 2015 11:18 am | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs outweighed the meager counterterrorism benefits.

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Visual Artist Creates 3-D Portraits From Pieces of Chewed Gum

March 31, 2015 11:05 am | by Andy Roesgen, DNAinfo | News | Comments

You lose your wallet on a busy Michigan Avenue. Or you forget your phone in a crowded restaurant — and all your private information just sits there, waiting to be found. As gut-wrenching as it may feel, a Chicago "bio-artist" wonders if some day you might feel the same dread from your discarded coffee cup, or chewed-up piece of gum, or a single strand of hair left in public.

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Researchers have revealed a cyberspying attack campaign that's been underway since 2012, mainly against Israeli and other Middle Eastern targets in Lebanon and Turkey, but also in the US, Canada, Japan, Peru, and the UK and other countries.

Lebanon Believed Behind Newly Uncovered Cyber Espionage Operation

March 31, 2015 10:58 am | by Kelly Jackson Higgins | Blogs | Comments

Researchers have revealed a cyberspying attack campaign that's been underway since 2012, mainly against Israeli and other Middle Eastern targets in Lebanon and Turkey, but also in the US, Canada, Japan, Peru, and the UK and other countries.

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A multi-staged, targeted campaign is striking the international energy sector in order to spy on companies and steal sensitive information.

Reconnaissance Malware Wave Strikes Energy Sector

March 31, 2015 10:47 am | by Charlie Osborne, ZD Net | News | Comments

A multi-staged, targeted campaign is striking the international energy sector in order to spy on companies and steal sensitive information.

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking for a superhero who can take on one of the trickiest problems in computer security. Humans applicants need not apply.

DARPA's Plan to Make Software Security 'the domain of machines'

March 31, 2015 10:38 am | by Mark Stockley | Blogs | Comments

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking for a superhero who can take on one of the trickiest problems in computer security. Humans applicants need not apply.

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The recent large-scale DDoS attacks against GitHub and anti-censorship group Greatfire.org are likely to signal the start of a major new attack campaign by China against foreign internet sites, according to Greatfire.

Beijing May Target Foreign Websites in New DDoS Campaign

March 31, 2015 10:23 am | by Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity Magazine | News | Comments

The recent large-scale DDoS attacks against GitHub and anti-censorship group Greatfire.org are likely to signal the start of a major new attack campaign by China against foreign internet sites, according to Greatfire.

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Saudi hackers from Team Bad Dream have hacked and defaced the official website of  U.S. Army Picatinny Arsenal.

US Army Picatinny Arsenal Website Defaced by Saudi Hackers

March 30, 2015 1:34 pm | by Hack Read | News | Comments

Saudi hackers from Team Bad Dream have hacked and defaced the official website of  U.S. Army Picatinny Arsenal. 

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Taiwan wants to join a major anti-hacking drill conducted by the United States to strengthen cyber security ties with its staunchest ally, its vice premier said on Monday, a move which would help safeguard against constant targeting by hackers in rival Ch

Taiwan Wants Stronger Cyber Ties with US to Counter China Threat

March 30, 2015 1:17 pm | by Michael Gold and J.R. Wu, Reuters | News | Comments

Taiwan wants to join a major anti-hacking drill conducted by the United States to strengthen cyber security ties with its staunchest ally, its vice premier said on Monday, a move which would help safeguard against constant targeting by hackers in rival China.  

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With the increasing use of smartphones, QR codes are becoming popular. Recently, WhatsApp launched its web version, which needs QR code scanning to access the web version of WhatsApp. So, many people now know what QR code is, but most are not aware that Q

Security Attacks via Malicious QR Codes

March 30, 2015 1:03 pm | by Pavitra Shankdhar | Blogs | Comments

With the increasing use of smartphones, QR codes are becoming popular. Recently, WhatsApp launched its web version, which needs QR code scanning to access the web version of WhatsApp. So, many people now know what QR code is, but most are not aware that QR codes can also be malicious. 

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On Friday, GitHub, the open-source software code collaboration site, said they were experiencing the largest DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack in github.com's history, according to their blogpost.

DDoS Attack Targets GitHub Anti-Censorship

March 30, 2015 12:31 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

On Friday, GitHub, the open-source software code collaboration site, said they were experiencing the largest DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack in github.com's history, according to their blogpost.

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Ex-AAFS Pres Barry Fisher on Admissable Evidence

March 30, 2015 11:55 am | by Barry Fisher | News | Comments

Fingerprint examinations, firearms testing, shoe print and tire impression evidence are suspect. Bite mark evidence is especially singled out as unsound. Handwriting comparison has come under scrutiny. Can absolute assertions about such evidence be made?

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7 Shot, Injured at Florida Spring Break House Party

March 30, 2015 11:46 am | by Melissa Nelson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Multiple 911 calls flooded in just before 1 a.m., reporting the shootings at the house party in Panama City Beach, and deputies found a sprawling crime scene with victims inside the home, outside and across the street from it, and in the street's median, the Bay County Sheriff's Office said.

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DNA Evidence Used to Prevent Costly Medical Errors

March 30, 2015 11:31 am | by Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star | News | Comments

Indianapolis-based Strand Analytical Laboratories, which was started a decade ago to run DNA tests on crime scene evidence, now spends most of its time helping solve false positives on cancer biopsies.

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In the young, billion-dollar growth sector of threat intel, vendors are falling over themselves to offer a confusingly diverse array of threat intelligence products. That's because right now, organizations know they need to 'do' threat intelligence - yet

New Threat Intelligence Report Skewers Industry Confusion, Charlatans

March 30, 2015 11:27 am | by Violet Blue, ZD Net | News | Comments

In the young, billion-dollar growth sector of threat intel, vendors are falling over themselves to offer a confusingly diverse array of threat intelligence products. That's because right now, organizations know they need to 'do' threat intelligence - yet few understand, or can agree on what that means.

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SFPD Crime Lab Might Have Put 'Hundreds' Of Cases in Jeopardy Over Faulty DNA Evidence

March 30, 2015 11:22 am | by Carman Tse, SFist | News | Comments

On Friday, the SFPD announced that a lab technician and her supervisor were put on leave while they investigated violations of testing standards

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