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Capture of the Escaped Fugitive Caught on Video

June 30, 2015 2:00 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Grainy amateur cell phone video shot by two residents returning home from vacation has captured the exact moments that police took down David Sweat, the fugitive who escaped from a maximum-security prison over three weeks ago.

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The Houston Forensic Science Center board of directors has eight members who are judges, cops and lawyers. But none has spent more time getting an education in the criminal justice system than the ninth and newest member, Anthony Graves.  His degree came

Exonerated Man Goes From Death Row to the Crime Lab Boardroom

June 29, 2015 3:37 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Houston Forensic Science Center board of directors has eight members who are judges, cops and lawyers. But none has spent more time getting an education in the criminal justice system than the ninth and newest member, Anthony Graves. His degree came from what he describes as “D.R.U.” – “Death Row University.”

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While some in the U.S. Government are convinced that China is to blame for the breach at the Office of Personnel Management, others hold that investigation is more important for attribution.

Not All US Goverment Fingers Point to China, Yet

June 26, 2015 12:20 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

While some in the U.S. Government are convinced that China is to blame for the breach at the Office of Personnel Management, others maintain that further investigation is important for attribution.

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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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