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Rocket Kitten, the cyberattack group that recently launched an email malware campaign against European and Israeli targets, has delivered a new state-sponsored attack, according the a report by Trend Micro.

Rocket Kitten GHOLE Attack Returns With Keyloggers

March 20, 2015 11:03 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Rocket Kitten, the cyberattack group that recently launched an email malware campaign against European and Israeli targets, has delivered a new state-sponsored attack, according the a report by Trend Micro.

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Remains of 'Don Quixote' Author, Cervantes, Found in Madrid

March 19, 2015 12:42 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor and Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Experts used infrared cameras, 3-D scanners and ground-penetrating radar to initially sweep the floor of the burial tomb to help pinpoint the best site for archeologists to start excavating. The bones, which were interred in 1616, were lost when Madrid’s Convento de las Monjas Trinitarias Descalzas was rebuilt sometime later in the 17th century.

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Can $41 Million Even Dent the Backlog?

March 18, 2015 2:17 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The administration announced another $41 million, on Monday, to help test backlogged sexual assault kits, an estimated 400,000 kits nationwide, according to a White House press release. But for those 400,000 victims, justice might still depend on more federal funding.

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Mobile Device Search and Seizure in a Post-Riley World

March 18, 2015 8:32 am | by Christa Miller | Cellebrite | Comments

The United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Riley v. US may not have been much of a surprise to American law enforcement. Many agencies were already requiring officers to obtain search warrants before searching mobile devices. Ultimately, rather than limiting law enforcement, the Riley decision frees agencies to deploy mobile data extraction capabilities across a much wider field of officers.

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Inside the Mind of Forensic Science: An Interview with Dan Simon (Part 2)

March 17, 2015 1:17 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Forensic Magazine recently spoke with Dan Simon about his work, and about an interesting presentation he gave during the Plenary Discussion at AAFS on cognitive biasin Orlando, Fla. Now, Simon discusses what needs to be done to minimize bias and make forensic science an effective “investigative tool” in all criminal investigations.

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SQLite is a popular database format that is used extensively. Both iOS and Android employ SQLite as a storage format of choice, with built-in and third-party applications relying on SQLite to keep their data. A wide range of desktop and mobile Web browser

Forensic Analysis of SQLite Databases: Free Lists, Write Ahead Log, Unallocated Space and Carving

March 17, 2015 8:57 am | by David Makeev, Nikita Timofeev, Oleg Afonin and Yuri Gubanov | Belkasoft | Comments

SQLite is a popular database format that is used extensively. Both iOS and Android employ SQLite as a storage format of choice, with built-in and third-party applications relying on SQLite to keep their data. A wide range of desktop and mobile Web browsers (Chrome, Firefox) and instant messaging applications use SQLite, which includes newer versions of Skype, WhatsApp, iMessage and many other messengers.

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King Richard III’s Last Moments Revealed

March 16, 2015 12:42 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Researchers believe an injury sustained to the interior surface of the cranium, consistent with wounds inflicted by a sword or the spiked top of a halberd, would have knocked the king unconscious before death.Eleven injuries have been identified in all, nine of them delivered to the skull around the time of death, two to the postcranial skeleton, although many are believed to have been sustained after death.

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What’s Wrong With DC’s $220 Million Crime Lab?

March 12, 2015 11:35 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered an audit of the crime lab, last week, after federal prosecutors stopped sending evidence there in January. But even as far back as 2013, photos of flammable chemicals in glass jugs crammed into sinks, and unpacked boxes in the evidence room surfaced amidst allegations that the undermanned staff had to dry blood-stained clothing on top of sheets of paper on floors and countertops.

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Inside the Mind of Forensic Science: An Interview with Dan Simon

March 11, 2015 1:40 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

University of Southern California professor Dan Simon, S.J.D., researches the “messy” process of forming decisions in everyday walks of life and applies his findings to determinations in criminal cases. Human reasoning “infuses a process” throughout the course of an investigation, and Simon has dedicated most of his scientific career to finding out exactly how.

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As Ohio Crime Lab Stalls, Heroin Use Spreads

March 10, 2015 12:30 pm | by Sean Allocca, editor | Comments

The Hamilton County crime lab processed 35,573 pieces of evidence in 2013, the latest statistics available, of which 27,038 were drug related. An astounding 76 percent of all the evidence processed by the crime lab in 2013 was related to the current heroin epidemic.

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Obama's 'Privacy Bill of Rights' Not Without Critics

March 9, 2015 12:52 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

President Obama released a draft bill outlining long-awaited legislation that would establish “baseline protections” for online consumers under a proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. But the bill is over three years in the making, and critics say it doesn’t do nearly enough

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Before you can do any casting, you need to find the evidence. When you arrive at a crime scene, stop and observe before you jump in. Think about how the suspect might have moved through the scene.

Locating Evidence to Cast

February 27, 2015 2:08 pm | Comments

Before you can do any casting, you need to find the evidence. When you arrive at a crime scene, stop and observe before you jump in. Think about how the suspect might have moved through the scene.

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AAFS Farewell: Telescopes and Romance at Science Night Live

February 25, 2015 8:11 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Science enthusiasts came out to the Orlando Science Center for a fun and informative AAFS night session for the final exhibit of the conference. 

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Battling Bias: AAFS Panel Discusses Cognitive Bias

February 24, 2015 8:18 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Treating all criminal cases fairly in the face of cognitive bias was at the forefront of the “Human Factors in Forensic Science” discussion at this year’s AAFS Plenary Session. The discussion featured some of the top academics and practitioners in the field, and highlighted the importance and difficulty of recognizing cognitive bias, and the necessity to diminish its effects.

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AAFS Thinks Ahead, Remembers the Past

February 20, 2015 12:15 pm | by Sean Allocca | Comments

​A former Los Angeles County coroner, who gained national attention for the investigations into the deaths of Marilyn Monroe and Robert F. Kennedy, was awarded the Gradwohl Laureate Award at this year’s annual AAFS business meeting, before President-elect Dr. Victor W. Weedn, was sworn into office.

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