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FBI Cracks San Bernardino iPhone: Privacy Debate, Questions Remain

March 29, 2016 12:05 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The FBI hacked into San Bernardino killer's iPhone, and dropped its legal fight to compel Apple to help it crack the encryption—still many questions are left unanswered.

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Ohio murderer escaped medium security prison, manhunt in pursuit

March 28, 2016 11:34 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A convicted murderer escaped from a medium-security Ohio prison, and a manhunt is currently underway, according to officials. John Modie, who was serving 18 years to life in prison for murder and robbery convictions, was found missing from the Hocking Unit of the Southeastern Correctional Complex in Nelsonville during an inmate count late Sunday night

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Oracle Ox Bone with Oldest Chinese Writing 3-D Printed

March 24, 2016 12:40 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Amid chaos in China 3,000 years ago, some wise leaders carved ox shoulder bones, engraved writing on them, and held them over a searing fire.

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Murder Conviction Vacated, 20 Years and 13 Alibis Later

March 24, 2016 11:50 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A Bronx District Attorney recommended dismissing the conviction, but not the charges—a new investigation will revisit the entire case.

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New Standards for Identifying Remains with X-Ray Imaging

March 24, 2016 10:58 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Researchers created a “decision tree” that will give forensic experts statistical probabilities that can help determine the uncertainty of a positive ID.

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Cellebrite Is ‘Outside Party’ Helping Feds Crack Apple Encryption, Reports Say

March 23, 2016 4:32 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Cellebrite told Forensic Magazine in November that the latest Apple iPhones and iOS programs were extremely difficult, if not impossible, to bypass.

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New Software Streamlines DNA-Testing Data on a Single Platform

March 23, 2016 12:01 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A "21st-century" tool might help scientists streamline and standardize forensic operations, and unmanageable data, under one DNA-testing platform.

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DOJ: Review of FBI Evidence to Cover All Pattern-Based Disciplines

March 23, 2016 11:15 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The DOJ has been tightlipped on the specifics, but Dept. Attorney General Sally Yates recruited prominent forensic scientists to help with the massive undertaking.

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Investigating Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

March 22, 2016 2:56 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

One in five female students are sexually assaulted on college campuses, but, the actual number of crimes reported to police is significantly lower.

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X-Ray Tomography Uncovers Invisible Ink from Lost Herculaneum Scrolls

March 22, 2016 12:10 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The X-ray methods included multi-scale X-ray fluorescence micro-imaging on ID21 beamline, X-ray diffraction on ID11, and X-ray absorption near edge structure on BM26, according to the scientists.

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Did the FBI Find the Key to Apple’s Encryption?

March 22, 2016 11:42 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The government claims “an outside party” may have found a way to beat Apple’s security without the company’s help.

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Monday's Briefing: 03/21/16

March 21, 2016 11:47 am | 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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Cops Charged with Stealing Snacks after Pot Dispensary Raid

March 21, 2016 11:31 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The cops disabled a 16-camera surveillance system during the course of the raid. However, there was a hidden four-camera system which continued recording.

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Fingerprints of World’s Most Wanted Terrorist Lifted in Belgium

March 18, 2016 12:47 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

In the aftermath of a police raid on a Brussels apartment, Tuesday, authorities might have new evidence in the search to find the world’s most want terrorist.

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Unmanned Drones and Hidden-Grave Detectors: the Future of Forensic Science

March 18, 2016 12:15 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Drones that scan crime scenes, portable detectors to sniff out clandestine graves, and the FBI’s billion dollar Next-Gen I.D. system.

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