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Fingerprint ID from a Photograph Leads to Child Porn Conviction

June 26, 2015 9:09 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Horner had become the focus of an international investigation after he was suspected of exchanging child porn with offenders overseas.

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The Kennewick Man, a 9,000-year-old skeleton, has been the subject of a legal back-and-forth ever since he was dug out of a Washington river in 1996. One week after advanced genetic testing apparently proved their claims, they are getting support from Gov

Who Owns the 9,000-Year-Old Kennewick Man?

June 25, 2015 1:53 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Kennewick Man, a 9,000-year-old skeleton, has been the subject of a legal back-and-forth ever since he was dug out of a Washington river in 1996. One week after advanced genetic testing apparently proved their claims, they are getting support from Gov. Jay Inslee.

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Recently, Nextgov reported that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) found "indicators of compromise" similar to the breach at the Office of Personnel Management. But, the signs of intrusion turned out not to be so similar after all.

NARA Compromise Not Like the Others

June 25, 2015 11:57 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Recently, Nextgov reported that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) found "indicators of compromise" similar to the breach at the Office of Personnel Management. But, the signs of intrusion turned out not to be so similar after all.

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Domestic Terrorism Doubles the Deaths Caused by Foreign Groups Since 9/11

June 24, 2015 2:19 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Domestic violent extremism has killed nearly twice the number of people than other forms of terrorism, like Muslim-connected Jihadism, since Sept. 11, 2001, according to a new report.

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 The golden age of mobile forensics is over. There is no longer an easy way to get through the passcode in new iOS devices. Chip-off acquisition is dead due to full-disk encryption, while physical acquisition is dead since 64-bit devices and versions of i

The Future of Mobile Forensics

June 24, 2015 11:18 am | by Oleg Afonin, Danil Nikolaev and Yuri Gubanov | Comments

The golden age of mobile forensics is over. There is no longer an easy way to get through the passcode in new iOS devices. Chip-off acquisition is dead due to full-disk encryption, while physical acquisition is dead since 64-bit devices and versions of iOS 8 that cannot be jailbroken. Blackberries were highly resistant to chip-off acquisition from the beginning, and Android is getting there quickly. 

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Merck Chemist Charged with Running GHB Lab from His Home

June 23, 2015 1:05 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A search of Romondt’s home on June 18 turned up 2,745 grams of gamma butyrolactone, which is used to synthesize GHB, in addition to 300 milliliters of GHB. Also found in the home was a scale and equipment to process and produce the drug.

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DNA Match Refocuses Search for Escaped Murderers

June 22, 2015 2:15 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

DNA found in a cabin in a heavily wooded part of New York State has refocused the hunt for two killers who broke out of prison more than two weeks ago, according to reports.

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Fifty-six million sets of unprotected data were found in cloud databases used to store mobile application data, an investigation by German researchers has shown.

App Data Flaw Threatens Millions of Users

June 19, 2015 1:00 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Fifty-six million sets of unprotected data were found in cloud databases used to store mobile application data, an investigation by German researchers has shown.

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S.C. Governor 'Absolutely' Wants Death Penalty in Charleston Church Shooter Case

June 19, 2015 12:01 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

South Carolina has had lethal injection since the death penalty was reinstituted in 1974. However, no inmates have been executed since 2011. 

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released their latest attempt to fill in where privacy protection laws have fallen short.

Which Tech Companies Have Five-Star Privacy?

June 19, 2015 11:37 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the non-profit defender of digital rights, has released their latest attempt to fill in where privacy protection laws have fallen short.

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Cold Case: DNA Offers New Clues in 8,500-Year-Old Kennewick Man

June 19, 2015 11:12 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The 8,500-year-old skeleton found in Washington state by two college students was originally thought to be a relatively recent homicide victim – until they found the stone spearpoint embedded in his hip

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Manhunt Underway in Charleston 'Hate Crime' Shooting

June 18, 2015 10:53 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Police have no reason to believe that he has left the Charleston area, but are distributing information about him and the vehicle around the country. Police said he is likely still armed, and a public danger.

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Former Boy Scout Says His Murder Victim Molested Him 30 Years Ago – Could Face 10 Years

June 17, 2015 3:46 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Fredericks faces a maximum of 10 years in prison on the second-degree count of passion-provocation manslaughter in the case, which has polarized the rural New Jersey town where it happened. But there’s a whole other side to the story, stretching back decades.

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What’s Inside This Clandestine Drug Lab?

June 17, 2015 11:46 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

LSD sheets depicting the characters from “Breaking Bad," an assault rifle, and what appears to be a sheathed Katana sword are seen in this police video of the lab that was released on Tuesday.

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Even after digital forensics has evolved enough to investigate the complexity of today’s smartphones, it still needs to get back to the basics. In the third and last part of our discussion with Andrew Hoog, CEO of NowSecure, Inc., DFI News talked about so

Complex Smartphone Investigations Still Require Forensic Basics

June 17, 2015 11:26 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Even after digital forensics has evolved enough to investigate the complexity of today’s smartphones, it still needs to get back to the basics. In the third and last part of our discussion with Andrew Hoog, CEO of NowSecure, Inc., DFI News talked about some of the basics of mobile forensics, and how they apply to his company’s software and cloud platforms.

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