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NIST to Fund $20M National Forensic Science Center at Iowa State

May 26, 2015 4:43 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Forensic Science Center of Excellence, which could help set national standards about how evidence is handled and presented, will be created with a five-year grant award that is worth up to $20 million.

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B.B. King Poisoned to Death, Daughters Claim

May 26, 2015 3:09 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The two daughters, Karen Williams and Patty King, provided affidavits to various media outlets claiming the two assistants had administered harmful treatments to the 89-year-old which caused diabetic shock.

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Forensic Tools Detail Ancient Mesoamerican Cannibalism Rituals

May 22, 2015 2:55 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Using powder x-ray diffraction, scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy, and other methods, researchers examined the bones, which were found in 2011.

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Suspect Captured in D.C. Quadruple Homicide

May 22, 2015 9:51 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Wint was allegedly leaving a hotel in Washington D.C. with two females in a car, followed by two men driving a box truck with $10,000 cash inside.

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DFI News spoke with Jonathan Grier, principal of Grier Forensic, before he left Las Vegas after attending this year’s Computer and Enterprise Investigations Conference (CEIC). Although, due to a scheduling conflict, he was not able to give his presentatio

Talking Insider Data Theft With Jonathan Grier

May 21, 2015 1:11 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

If a thief tries to break into a house he’s going to leave broken windows, explains digital forensic expert Jonathan Grier. But someone on the inside doesn’t leave broken glass; he’s already in. The same goes with insider theft in digital forensics. DFI News spoke with Grier about insider theft and about CEIC this year.

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Under the Microscope: Comparing Mammalian Spermatozoa Morphologies for Sexual Assault Cases

May 21, 2015 11:50 am | by ​Emily S. Boward | Comments

Identifying which samples might be from the assailant is paramount to investigators, and determining spermatozoa morphologies can sometimes be the key to cracking the case.

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Manhunt Underway in D.C. Quadruple Homicide After DNA Found on Pizza

May 21, 2015 11:09 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Daron Dylon Wint, 34, is now being sought in the killing of a man, woman, their son, and their housekeeper after DNA evidence on a piece of Domino's piece was found at the murder scene. 

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From a forensic perspective, the Recycle Bin can be a “gold mine” for gathering probative evidence which can be extremely valuable for investigative purposes. There are many forensic tools available that are designed to recover deleted files from the Recy

Sanitizing Your Recycle Bin

May 21, 2015 10:01 am | Comments

From a forensic perspective, the Recycle Bin can be a “gold mine” for gathering probative evidence which can be extremely valuable for investigative purposes. There are many forensic tools available that are designed to recover deleted files from the Recycle Bin.

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Rape Kit Backlog Could Get Mandatory Testing, Congressional Panel Says

May 21, 2015 8:30 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Mandatory testing could be costly. Its estimated that $1 billion has already been spent since the Debbie Smith Act was first passed by Congress in 2004.

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40,000 Cases Poised for Review in Massachusetts Drug-Lab Scandal

May 20, 2015 1:16 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter and Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Some 40,000 cases are now reviewable due to the “egregious” work of former chemist Annie Dookhan, according to the ruling issued Monday by the state’s Supreme Judicial Court.

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Tianjin University Prof. Hao Zhang has been arrested in connection with a 32-count inditement that charges him and five others. The defendants are accused of economic espionage and theft of trade secrets for their roles in a long-running effort to obtain

Chinese Professors Among 6 Indicted for Stealing US Trade Secrets

May 20, 2015 10:32 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Tianjin University Prof. Hao Zhang has been arrested in connection with a 32-count indictment that charges him and five others. The defendants are accused of economic espionage and theft of trade secrets for their roles in a long-running effort to obtain U.S. trade secrets for the benefit of universities and companies controlled by the Chinese government.

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John Bambenek, a handler for the Internet Storm Center at the SANS Institute continues his discusion of takedowns with DFI News/Forensic Magazine. In part 2, Bambenek give us more details of his work disrupting criminal networks. He tells us how he avoids

The Cybercriminal Takedown: Part 2 With John Bambenek

May 20, 2015 9:00 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

John Bambenek, a handler for the Internet Storm Center at the SANS Institute continues his discusion of takedowns with DFI News/Forensic Magazine. In part 2, Bambenek give us more details of his work disrupting criminal networks. He tells us how he avoids the risk of destroying information both for the victims and for law enforcement trying to obtain evidence.

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Sham Cancer Charities Charged by Feds with Bilking $187M

May 19, 2015 3:10 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Four sham cancer charities were charged with bilking more than $187 million from consumers by telling donors the funds would help cancer patients, including children – but then pocketed the money, federal authorities announced.

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Video Released of Possible Suspect in Quadruple D.C. Homicide

May 19, 2015 2:53 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The person, dressed all in black, is seen holding what appears to be a white object, according to the pixelated and intermittent images posted to Youtube by the Metropolitan Police Department over the weekend.

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50 Weapons Found at Waco Crime Scene

May 19, 2015 2:40 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Waco police Sgt. Patrick Swanton told media outlets that the weapons taken by police are mostly firearms and knives, but a chain with a padlock attached was also seized that was allegedly used for the purpose of beating others.

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