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B.B. King Poisoned to Death, Daughters Claim

May 26, 2015 | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The two daughters, Karen Williams and Patty King, provided affidavits to various media outlets claiming the two assistants had administered harmful treatments to the 89-year-old which caused diabetic shock.

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The average consolidated total cost of a data breach is $3.8 million, according to a Ponemon Institute study of 350 companies spanning 11 countries.

Total Cost of Average Data Breach Reaches $3.8 Million

May 27, 2015 9:12 am | by Mirko Zorz, Help Net Security | News | Comments

The average consolidated total cost of a data breach is $3.8 million, according to a Ponemon Institute study of 350 companies spanning 11 countries.

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Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday.

IRS Says Thieves Stole Tax Info From 100,000

May 27, 2015 8:47 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday.

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Malaysian forensics teams exhumed a body from a shallow grave at an abandoned jungle camp used by human traffickers, the first of what police predicted would be more grim findings as they search through a cluster of illicit hideouts near the border with T

Malaysian Forensics Teams Dig Up Graves at Traffickers' Camp

May 27, 2015 8:14 am | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Malaysian forensics teams exhumed a body from a shallow grave at an abandoned jungle camp used by human traffickers, the first of what police predicted would be more grim findings as they search through a cluster of illicit hideouts near the border with Thailand.

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NIST to Fund $20M National Forensic Science Center at Iowa State

May 26, 2015 4:43 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The Forensic Science Center of Excellence, which could help set national standards about how evidence is handled and presented, will be created with a five-year grant award that is worth up to $20 million.

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The Mystery of the Torso in Buffalo Cave

May 26, 2015 1:13 pm | by Brendan I. Koerner, Wired | News | Comments

In August 1979, a family hunting arrowheads dug up a headless male torso deep within a rock-strewn cave. The torso, wrapped in burlap and clad in a pink shirt and maroon sweater, was found in a grave 18 inches deep.

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If there’s one lesson to be gained from all the security breaches and revelations of major bugs in security protocols in 2014, it’s that attackers are upping their game and finding more opportunities. That’s only reinforced by several new studies.

More Bad News: The Bad Guys are Getting Better

May 26, 2015 10:54 am | by Brian Robinson | Blogs | Comments

If there’s one lesson to be gained from all the security breaches and revelations of major bugs in security protocols in 2014, it’s that attackers are upping their game and finding more opportunities. That’s only reinforced by several new studies.

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The nation’s approach to cyber security has much in common with medieval defense tactics, and that needs to change, says a cyber security expert at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Moving Beyond 'Medieval' Cybersecurity

May 26, 2015 10:42 am | by Andrew Careaga, Missouri S&T | News | Comments

The nation’s approach to cyber security has much in common with medieval defense tactics, and that needs to change, says a cyber security expert at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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China’s military says the internet has become its main ideological battlefield and that it should build a “Great Wall” online to protect the country’s citizens from “hostile Western forces.”

China's Military Has Declared War on Western Thought on the Internet

May 26, 2015 10:08 am | by Lily Kuo, Quartz | News | Comments

China’s military says the internet has become its main ideological battlefield and that it should build a “Great Wall” online to protect the country’s citizens from “hostile Western forces.” 

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The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month.

NSA Winds Down Once-Secret Phone-Records Collection Program

May 26, 2015 9:40 am | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month.

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The Germ at the Scene of the Crime

May 26, 2015 9:24 am | by Viviane Richter, Cosmos | News | Comments

The germs you  pick up at a crime scene may one day land you in jail. Microbiologist Jack Gilbert and his team at the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago have shown that bacteria clinging to the sole of your shoe could be a microscopic smoking gun that tells crime scene investigators where you’ve been.

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Coaches and athletes both gather intelligence against their upcoming opponent by watching game film. Based on what they learn, they adjust their strategies to account for their opponent’s strengthens, weaknesses, and tendencies. The analogy about watching

Security Monitoring With Attack Behavior Based Signatures

May 26, 2015 9:15 am | by Corey Harrell | Blogs | Comments

Coaches and athletes both gather intelligence against their upcoming opponent by watching game film. Based on what they learn, they adjust their strategies to account for their opponent’s strengthens, weaknesses, and tendencies. The analogy about watching game film does not translate well to information security. 

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Should Texts, E-mail, Tweets and Facebook Posts Be the New Fingerprints in Court?

May 26, 2015 9:15 am | by Frances Stead Sellers, Washington Post | News | Comments

In an episode of the CBS show “Criminal Minds” that aired last year, an FBI team is on a frantic hunt for a missing 4-year-old. The team soon realizes that the girl has been given away by a relative, Sue, and that there’s no way Sue is going to reveal her whereabouts.

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Forensic Tools Detail Ancient Mesoamerican Cannibalism Rituals

May 22, 2015 2:55 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Using powder x-ray diffraction, scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy, and other methods, researchers examined the bones, which were found in 2011.

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As operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have demonstrated, the enemy is adept at making inexpensive improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, and modifying them over time to become even more lethal. So, departments of the U.S. Army came up with a plan to provi

Soldiers Help Identify New IED Threats Using Forensics

May 22, 2015 2:07 pm | by David Vergun, U.S. Army | News | Comments

As operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have demonstrated, the enemy is adept at making inexpensive improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, and modifying them over time to become even more lethal. So, departments of the U.S. Army came up with a plan to provide training and equipment to frontline Soldiers - particularly explosives ordnance personnel - to do forensics to speed up investigations.

Heart disease and cancer are overwhelmingly the most common causes of death in the United States. But researchers always like to dig deeper in to health trends than that. A new map, published by the CDC, shows the illnesses and accidents that disproportio

CDC Death Map Shows Each State's Most Common Killer

May 22, 2015 1:21 pm | by Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian | News | Comments

Heart disease and cancer are overwhelmingly the most common causes of death in the United States. But researchers always like to dig deeper in to health trends than that. A new map, published by the CDC, shows the illnesses and accidents that disproportionately claim people in each state. 

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