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Recently, Johannes Ullrich, Chief Technology Officer of the SANS Internet Storm   Center spoke with Forensic Magazine about a case presented at 31C3 2014. He helps   us understand how this unusual email attack could be a nation-state-level   operation.

Off-the-shelf Nation-state Attacks

January 14, 2015 9:26 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | SANS Institute | Comments

Recently, Johannes Ullrich, Chief Technology Officer of the SANS Internet Storm Center spoke with Forensic Magazine about a case presented at 31C3 2014. He helps us understand how this unusual email attack could be a nation-state-level operation.

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Six people have already overdosed by ingesting a highly lethal combination of drugs that are packaged and sold to look like heroin, says NJ State Police Sergeant Jeff Flynn, although sometimes, the drugs contain no heroin at all.

More on NJ's Lethal New Drug Brands

January 13, 2015 11:18 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Six people have already overdosed by ingesting a highly lethal combination of drugs that are packaged and sold to look like heroin, although sometimes, the drugs contain no heroin at all. The exact names and quantities of the drugs in these new brands remain confidential because of the ongoing nature of the case, but police are confident that these new drug combinations are “highly potent” and “not typically seen.”

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From a historical perspective, mankind’s recording and storing of information has progressed from the crude writings, carvings and paintings found on rocks, in caves and on scrolls to today’s digitization of virtually everything imaginable. The invention

Data Storage Issues - Part 5

January 7, 2015 8:25 am | by John J. Barbara | Digital Forensics Consulting, LLC | Comments

From a historical perspective, mankind’s recording and storing of information has progressed from the crude writings, carvings and paintings found on rocks, in caves and on scrolls to today’s digitization of virtually everything imaginable. The invention of the computer has made this possible.

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Since evidence can take over 24 hours to dry, the ability to secure evidence with a lock or tamper-proof tags is critical in maintaining the chain of custody.

Evidence Drying Cabinets Protect Chain of Custody

January 2, 2015 1:41 pm | Comments

Since evidence can take over 24 hours to dry, the ability to secure evidence with a lock or tamper-proof tags is critical in maintaining the chain of custody.                          

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In terms of DNA profiling, by far the most expensive portion of obtaining a profile is the lab costs. Obtaining a better sample on the front end by using a new collection method, a hundred dollars price increase is a relatively insignificant amount.

Better DNA Samples Save Money

December 23, 2014 8:34 am | Comments

In terms of DNA profiling, by far the most expensive portion of obtaining a profile is the lab costs. Obtaining a better sample on the front end by using a new collection method, a hundred dollars price increase is a relatively insignificant amount.

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10 Inspiring Leadership Quotes to Live By in 2015

December 23, 2014 8:13 am | by Debbie Fletcher | Comments

Whether you run your own company or manage a team of people it’s important sometimes to stop and take some inspiration from those who have been through it all before and come out top.                   

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Most of us know you should attempt to develop latent prints as soon as possible. When latent prints are deposited on a surface, nearly 99% of the print is composed of water. The water begins to evaporate and the print dries out. For this reason, it is ess

Put Your Patrol Force to Work

December 19, 2014 9:06 am | by Detective William Oakley | Comments

I understand that most departments don’t have I.D. Units who come out and process scenes for latent prints, however, there is a solution. The backbone of every police department is its patrol division.             

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Safe Storage of Flammable and Combustible Materials

December 18, 2014 9:39 am | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

Safely storing flammable and combustible liquids in laboratories or stockrooms is risky business. However, by paying attention to the hazard class of the material, the largest container size and the total quantities we can minimize that risk. In addition, here are some general guidelines for safe flammable and combustible storage.

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With bath salts being a new product with no exact chemical composition, toxicology companies have struggled to produce a detection technique. As many bath salts are made up of a large drug concoction, with current tests only detecting an individual drug a

What are the difficulties in detecting bath salts, their effects and how do we test for them?

December 17, 2014 8:52 am | by Dr. Joanne Darragh | Randox Toxicology | Comments

With bath salts being a new product with no exact chemical composition, toxicology companies have struggled to produce a detection technique. As many bath salts are made up of a large drug concoction, with current tests only detecting an individual drug and not a variety of drugs, this also decreases the possibility of detection.

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As a manager you should help to make sure that you know each employee's career goals. These goals should be things the employee really wants, not just something that sounded good at that moment. You should also help the employee make sure his goals are hi

Four Steps to Establishing Realistic Career Goals

December 16, 2014 2:16 pm | Comments

As a manager you should help to make sure that you know each employee's career goals. These goals should be things the employee really wants, not just something that sounded good at that moment. You should also help the employee make sure his goals are high enough.

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Some DFIR for Sony Cybersecurity

December 16, 2014 9:56 am | by Ernie Austin, Newsletter Editor | SANS Institute | Comments

This is the conclusion of our discussion with Jake Williams, Instructor at SANS Institute. We've discused North Korea's involvement, or lack of involvement, in the Sony breach, but who else might have been involved? And what is Sony doing to find out? Also, Jake lets us know from a digital-forensic perpective what could be done in situtations like this in the future.

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Questioning North Korean Sony Breach Involvement

December 15, 2014 10:29 am | by Ernie Austin, Newsletter Editor | SANS Institute | Comments

The Sony breach has given a great deal of attention to North Korea. Regardless of whether the insular country had a part in the attack or not, our continuing discussion with SANS Instructor, Jake Williams, touched on its capabilities.     

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Forensic Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for the Best Forensic Products of the Year celebrate excellence in product design and performance for tools, equipment, and materials used in all areas of forensic investigation and analysis. A panel of Forensic

Best Forensic Products of 2014

December 15, 2014 8:44 am | by Rebecca Waters | Comments

Forensic Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for the Best Forensic Products of the Year celebrate excellence in product design and performance for tools, equipment, and materials used in all areas of forensic investigation and analysis. A panel of Forensic subscribers selected the products that they found to be most effective and trusted in their work. Congratulations to our winners!

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Every CSI needs a good crime scene kit. Take the time to build your own kit. Yes, it will involve more effort on your part, but you’ll save a lot of money and end up with only the things you really need.

Backlogs, Budgets, and Bureaucracy

December 15, 2014 5:32 am | by Rebecca Waters | Comments

Another year has passed and yet the financial and political climate has not changed much when it comes to dealing with the tremendous shortfall of resources our readers consistently report.  We can hope for greater support for our organizations in the future, but in the meantime, let’s work together to make the most of what we have in the year to come. 

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It Is That Absurd

December 15, 2014 5:28 am | by Chris Asplen | Comments

The DNA database was legislated in every state and nationally for the singular purpose of solving crime. To suggest that investigative leads as important and reliable as a familial relationship cannot be used is absurd. DNA is significantly more reliable than any other kind of evidence available to law enforcement. And consider this fact: a familial match is also, by its very nature an exoneration.

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