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Unfortunately, many companies have entered the cloud without first checking the weather. Cloud services have skyrocketed primarily because they’re cheaper and more convenient than the alternative. What happens if the cloud gets stormy, you suffer a breach

Legal Issues with Cloud Forensics

May 7, 2015 9:33 am | by David Wilson | Comments

Unfortunately, many companies have entered the cloud without first checking the weather. Cloud services have skyrocketed primarily because they’re cheaper and more convenient than the alternative. What happens if the cloud gets stormy, you suffer a breach, and you find yourself in the position of having to conduct digital forensics? What now?

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Innocence Audit to Investigate Wave of Criminal Exonerations

May 7, 2015 8:16 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

But not every case that gets overturned necessarily means the person is innocent, warn some crime-lab experts. A group of them is now publishing “The Innocence Audit” – an investigation of exonerations which may have overturned valid criminal procedures.

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Digital forensic investigators can now extract information from a Sony PlayStation 4 console using a method developed by researchers in Australia.

PlayStation 4 Digital Traces Not Found in the Device

May 6, 2015 12:36 pm | by Ernie Austin, Newsletter Editor | Comments

Digital forensic investigators can now extract information from a Sony PlayStation 4 console using a method developed by researchers in Australia. That research explored the Web browsing and communication features of game consoles, which could be sources of evidence in criminal cases.

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Germanwings Copilot Practiced Fatal Dive, Black Box Shows

May 6, 2015 10:21 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The black-box recorder showed that 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz performed a minute-long, sustained descent on an earlier flight from Dusseldorf to Barcelona, as first reported by the German newspaper Bild.

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Footwear and tire track evidence can be essential to your case, but it’s often overlooked. In some cases, officers identify the evidence but figure they can’t do anything with it. This is especially true when you have extreme weather or difficult surfaces

Casting: Beyond the Basics

May 6, 2015 8:32 am | by Dick Warrington | Lynn Peavey Company | Comments

Footwear and tire track evidence can be essential to your case, but it’s often overlooked. In some cases, officers identify the evidence but figure they can’t do anything with it. This is especially true when you have extreme weather or difficult surfaces. Those situations present more of a challenge, but you can still get the job done.

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Life after Death: The Science of Human Decomposition

May 5, 2015 1:03 pm | by Mo Costandi | Comments

John had been dead about four hours before his body was brought into the funeral home. He had been relatively healthy for most of his life.

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Man Convicted of 1991 Murder of 16-year-old Girl on South Side

May 5, 2015 12:53 pm | by Jordan Owens, Chicago Sun Times | Comments

A man has been convicted in the cold case murder of a 16-year-old girl that happened nearly 20 years ago on the South Side. Steven Dixon, 40, of Wisconsin was convicted Friday of the murder of 16-year-old Tiffany Lindsay, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

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Nearly 2,000 Rape Kits Untested in Portland

May 5, 2015 12:44 pm | by Nina Mehlhaf, KGW | Comments

To make matters worse, when victims go to a hospital for a forensic medical exam, the numbers show it's more than likely that evidence will sit on a police shelf and never be sent to a crime lab.

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IT security writer Robert Covington has blogged, "that while enterprise breaches usually dominate the headlines, smaller businesses statistically are the ones experiencing the bulk of the problems. Fortunately, their exposures are somewhat easier to addre

Frontline POS Vulnerability Highlighted at Small Businesses

May 5, 2015 12:08 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

IT security writer Robert Covington has blogged, "that while enterprise breaches usually dominate the headlines, smaller businesses statistically are the ones experiencing the bulk of the problems. Fortunately, their exposures are somewhat easier to address, and often involve "old fashioned" perimeter security. Their issue is that they often ignore the fundamentals."

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In this article, we will have a look at how Windows-based portable electronic devices are different from traditional laptops and desktops, review new security measures and energy saving modes presented by Windows tablets, and discuss hardware, methods and

Capturing RAM Dumps and Imaging eMMC Storage on Windows Tablets

May 5, 2015 8:10 am | by Oleg Afonin, Danil Nikolaev and Yuri Gubanov | Belkasoft | Comments

In this article, we will have a look at how Windows-based portable electronic devices are different from traditional laptops and desktops, review new security measures and energy saving modes presented by Windows tablets, and discuss hardware, methods and tools we can use to acquire the content of their RAM and persistent storage.

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Mass Grave Likely Tied to Human Trafficking

May 4, 2015 2:23 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Three survivors were found at the jungle camp, suspected of being tied to human trafficking. The graves were shallow, covered with bamboo and a few feet of dirt.

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In early April, more than $1 million was stolen using the Dyre Wolf malware. Now, as reported by Seculert, there have been modifications to Dyre in order to make it even more effective.

Dyre Malware Won't Play Nice in the Sandbox

May 4, 2015 1:08 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

In early April, more than $1 million was stolen using the Dyre Wolf malware. Now, as reported by Seculert, there have been modifications to Dyre in order to make it even more effective. 

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A Closer Look: Examining Baltimore’s OCME

May 4, 2015 12:37 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Although much of the Freddie Gray investigation is still being withheld from the public, we do know that the Maryland Forensic Medical Center—opened in 2010 at a cost of $44 million—is one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the country.

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Inspired by Social Media, Texas Gunmen Tweet before Shooting

May 4, 2015 11:43 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The two gunmen, one of whom has been identified as Elton Simpson, a man previously investigated for links to terror groups, tweeted out their intention to attack the “Draw the Prophet” cartooning event.

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Pakistani National Sold Drugs for Incurable Conditions, FDA Charges

May 4, 2015 9:26 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Mustafa H. Arif allegedly ran hundreds of websites from Pakistan which promoted drugs to cure and treat numerous diseases, including anemia, mental retardation, ADHD, Bell’s palsy, and bulimia, federal authorities said.

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