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Geotagged Posts on Social Media a Growing Privacy Concern

April 14, 2016 12:44 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Researchers have discovered that it’s easier than you might think to locate a specific account with information from as little as two social media apps.

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Does CODIS Contain Untapped Ancestry Information?

April 13, 2016 12:49 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A new study indicates a lot more genetic information might be contained within CODIS than was originally believed - information the system may not have been originally designed for.

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‘Drylabbing’ Former Drug-Lab Analyst Paroled in Mass.

April 13, 2016 12:38 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

A disgraced, former analyst—who may force legitimate criminal convictions to be thrown out, and could have potentially put innocent people behind bars—has been released from jail.

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Freezing, Thawing Hold Forensic Clues into Post-Mortem Interval

April 12, 2016 12:55 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Insect growth, decomposition rates and even the smell of death are being used to determine time of death in forensic criminal investigations.

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Forensic Vets Battle Animal Abuse as Casework Skyrockets

April 12, 2016 12:41 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Veterinary forensics is a growing discipline that helps combat crimes against animals, and for the NYPD, a specified group of vets that collect evidence on potential crimes.

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Monday’s Briefing: 04/11/2016

April 11, 2016 12:31 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Here’s the forensic news you might have missed over the weekend, and what you’ll want to know to get you through your work week.

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DNA Exonerates Man Convicted on Bite-Mark Evidence, 33 Years Later

April 11, 2016 12:19 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Keith Allen Harward spent 33 years in prison due to a conviction for rape and murder, based on bite-mark evidence.

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Manson Family Murderer Up for Parole

April 8, 2016 1:42 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Leslie Van Houten, one of the three female members of the infamous Manson Family, is up for parole again next week.

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Panama Papers: How Investigators Searched 2.6 Terabytes of Data

April 8, 2016 1:36 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The 11.5 million documents, created by the law firm, Mossack Fonseca, used different file formats, probably including typed financial documents, dating back to the 1970s.

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'Cyber Hygiene' Could Prevent the Next Attack

April 7, 2016 12:34 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Cyber attacks have been on the rise in recent month, but one cybersecurity expert says basic "cyber hygiene" could go a long way to protecting data from being hacked.

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'Floaters' May Decompose in Deep Water Much Faster Than Previously Believed

April 7, 2016 11:35 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

New research on pig carcasses indicates that deeper, more oxygen-rich water can significantly speed up breakdown processes.

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Four Ways the FBI May Have Unlocked the iPhone

April 6, 2016 12:26 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

According to a public search on federal spending, Israeli-based Cellebrite has offered services to dozens of federal agencies, like DOJ and DOE, over 1,500 orders in all.

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Parole Granted: Convicted Murderer Maintains Innocence, 3 Decades Later

April 6, 2016 12:19 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

For the last 20 years and 12 parole hearings, Swanigan was denied release from prison. For years, it was simply because he continues to claim his innocence.

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After Forensic Analysis, Knife Found at OJ Simpson Estate Not Murder Weapon

April 5, 2016 4:53 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

After the O.J. Simpson murder trial captivated the country, the LAPD are still searching for the murder weapon used to kill Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

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New Criminology Study: ‘All Crimes Are Not Created Equal’

April 5, 2016 2:15 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The researchers teamed up with former police to call for a more “meaningful measure of crime” that analyzes the real societal harm: damage done to its citizens.

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