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FBI Warns About Altered Fingerprints

May 14, 2015 8:22 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Even the same finger that’s been cut, burned, bitten, or even shorn off using sandpaper is different than it was before. Criminals who want to avoid detection will try almost any method to alter their fingerprints – even sometime enlisting medical professionals to try and change their unique markings.

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Is it possible to eradicate the workings of cyber criminals? Takedown experts would say, yes. One of those experts, John Bambenek, tells DFI News how he disrupts criminal malware networks.

Internet Takedowns and Incident Response: Q&A With John Bambenek

May 13, 2015 12:30 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Is it possible to eradicate the workings of cyber criminals? Takedown experts would say, yes. One of those experts, John Bambenek, tells DFI News how he disrupts criminal malware networks.

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A Closer Look: The Consolidated Forensic Lab in Washington D.C.

May 13, 2015 11:03 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

An inside look into one of the most expensive, progressive, and controversial crime labs ever built. 

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It’s a typical summer day in southwest Louisiana. The air is spongy with heat as alligators sun themselves lazily along the lakes and bayous of Lake Charles. But, the city was a frightening place to be a woman from late 2002 through the summer of 2003.

DNA as a Sketch Artist: How Forensic Science Benefits from Physical Predictions

May 13, 2015 8:38 am | by Katrina Voss | Comments

It’s a typical summer day in southwest Louisiana. The air is spongy with heat as alligators sun themselves lazily along the lakes and bayous of Lake Charles. But, the city was a frightening place to be a woman from late 2002 through the summer of 2003. Five bodies had been found raped, murdered and dumped in the swamps between Lafayette and Baton Rouge.

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Brady Mills on Flawed Forensic Evidence: ‘We Want to Get It Right’

May 12, 2015 2:00 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Forensic Magazine sat down with ASCLD president Brady Mills to discuss the recent controversies with crime-lab forensic science like the stunning admission that the FBI will review thousands of criminal cases because of flawed microscopic hair evidence, and to look ahead at the future of DNA sequencing technology.

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Drugs Found in Fingerprints Using Imaging Mass Spectrometry

May 11, 2015 1:29 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Amounts as small as 10 picograms were detected – a level which is equivalent to the weight of a human cell

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Under Siege S.F. Law Enforcement: ‘Rooting Out Bias and Racism’

May 8, 2015 2:00 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Thousands of criminal cases are being reopened, because the original investigations were performed by officers now accused of swapping racist and homophobic text messages. A group of jail guards allegedly forced inmates to fight each other while they gambled on the brawls. And the flawed DNA work at a police lab is also under the microscope.

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Boston Police Comm. Talks Baltimore Riots

May 8, 2015 11:59 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Police Commissioner William Evans sat down with Forensic Magazine to talk about the state of policing in the wake of the recent riots in Baltimore, and what needs to happen to bridge the gap between inner-city communities and the men and women who protect them.

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New $172 Million Lab Fights Poaching in Kenya

May 8, 2015 8:24 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Kenya Wildlife Service is scheduled to formally commission a new forensic and genetic laboratory on Friday – a long-planned facility costing millions, which is expected to help turn the tide against the wave of illegal poaching.

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A part of the PATRIOT Act used to justify the bulk data collection of phone records by the National Security Agency was deemed illegal by a unanimous federal appeals court. The decision comes as parts of the law allowing the massive, secret program are du

NSA Phone Surveillance Illegal, Appeals Court Rules

May 8, 2015 8:20 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A part of the PATRIOT Act used to justify the bulk data collection of phone records by the National Security Agency was deemed illegal by a unanimous federal appeals court. The decision comes as parts of the law allowing the massive, secret program are due to expire – and as the House of Representatives is considering whether to extend them.

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First Ever Rapid-DNA Profile Uploaded to NDIS

May 7, 2015 11:21 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor and Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Rapid DNA testing reached a new milestone, with the Arizona DPS becoming the first accredited lab to upload DNA profiles using the quicker system to the National DNA Index System, the national database run by the FBI.

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A Final Lament to D.C.'s $220 Million Crime Lab

May 7, 2015 10:33 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Just days before his resignation last week, Dr. Max Houck appeared stalwart and refined welcoming a small group of crime-lab enthusiasts for what would probably be the last tour he ever hosted as director of the Consolidated Forensic Laboratory in Washington D.C.

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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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