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Multiple Trains Struck by Objects Before Fatal Amtrak Crash

May 18, 2015 12:36 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

​The Amtrak train crash that resulted in eight deaths and hundreds of injuries last week is being investigated with a new lead – that the train may have been struck by a projectile before the fatal derailment.

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DNA Phenotyping Shames Hong Kong Litterbugs

May 18, 2015 11:46 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The campaign warns it will collect cigarette butts, coffee cups, and other sources of DNA – and could use the genetic material found on it to construct a face of whoever didn’t throw away their trash, making them the literal poster-child for the campaign.

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Boston Police Comm. on the Sentencing: 'There Are No Winners'

May 15, 2015 4:23 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

William Evans sat down with Forensic Magazine to talk about the Boston Marathon Bombing and the sentencing. "I just have very mixed emotions," Evans said. "I’ll say this: If you are for the death penalty, this is an ideal case of someone who deserves it." 

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Are Microbes the Future of Forensic Science?

May 15, 2015 2:21 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

A recent study published in Microbiome, found that “skin-associated” bacteria can be identified on a number of different surfaces—including shoes, cellphones and computer keyboards—and that differences in the nature of these micro-bacterial communities can be used to distinguish who handled them.

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This year, digital forensic practitioners gather at Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas to expand their expertise at the Computer and Enterprise Investigations Conference (CEIC) 2015, May 18-21. For those who don't want to gamble with their organization's securi

On the Road to Vegas ... CEIC 2015 That Is

May 15, 2015 1:32 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

This year, digital forensic practitioners gather at Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas to expand their expertise at the Computer and Enterprise Investigations Conference (CEIC) 2015, May 18-21. For those who don't want to gamble with their organization's security in today's threat landscape, CEIC offers hands-on training labs, classrooms and presentations from some of the most well-known experts in their fields. 

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Field Drug Tests Confuse Candy for Meth, Cause Serious Concern

May 15, 2015 12:49 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

To an innocent person suspected of drug possession, simple mistakes in drug-identification tests taken by law enforcement in the field have caused more complex problems.

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The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday which would end the bulk collection of phone records, an ongoing surveillance program on the American public under the PATRIOT Act.

House Approves Bill Ending Bulk Phone Data Collection

May 14, 2015 12:13 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday which would end the bulk collection of phone records, an ongoing surveillance program on the American public under the PATRIOT Act.

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FBI Warns About Altered Fingerprints

May 14, 2015 8:22 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Even the same finger that’s been cut, burned, bitten, or even shorn off using sandpaper is different than it was before. Criminals who want to avoid detection will try almost any method to alter their fingerprints – even sometime enlisting medical professionals to try and change their unique markings.

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Is it possible to eradicate the workings of cyber criminals? Takedown experts would say, yes. One of those experts, John Bambenek, tells DFI News how he disrupts criminal malware networks.

Internet Takedowns and Incident Response: Q&A With John Bambenek

May 13, 2015 12:30 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Is it possible to eradicate the workings of cyber criminals? Takedown experts would say, yes. One of those experts, John Bambenek, tells DFI News how he disrupts criminal malware networks.

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A Closer Look: The Consolidated Forensic Lab in Washington D.C.

May 13, 2015 11:03 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

An inside look into one of the most expensive, progressive, and controversial crime labs ever built. 

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It’s a typical summer day in southwest Louisiana. The air is spongy with heat as alligators sun themselves lazily along the lakes and bayous of Lake Charles. But, the city was a frightening place to be a woman from late 2002 through the summer of 2003.

DNA as a Sketch Artist: How Forensic Science Benefits from Physical Predictions

May 13, 2015 8:38 am | by Katrina Voss | Comments

It’s a typical summer day in southwest Louisiana. The air is spongy with heat as alligators sun themselves lazily along the lakes and bayous of Lake Charles. But, the city was a frightening place to be a woman from late 2002 through the summer of 2003. Five bodies had been found raped, murdered and dumped in the swamps between Lafayette and Baton Rouge.

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Brady Mills on Flawed Forensic Evidence: ‘We Want to Get It Right’

May 12, 2015 2:00 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Forensic Magazine sat down with ASCLD president Brady Mills to discuss the recent controversies with crime-lab forensic science like the stunning admission that the FBI will review thousands of criminal cases because of flawed microscopic hair evidence, and to look ahead at the future of DNA sequencing technology.

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Drugs Found in Fingerprints Using Imaging Mass Spectrometry

May 11, 2015 1:29 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Amounts as small as 10 picograms were detected – a level which is equivalent to the weight of a human cell

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Under Siege S.F. Law Enforcement: ‘Rooting Out Bias and Racism’

May 8, 2015 2:00 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Thousands of criminal cases are being reopened, because the original investigations were performed by officers now accused of swapping racist and homophobic text messages. A group of jail guards allegedly forced inmates to fight each other while they gambled on the brawls. And the flawed DNA work at a police lab is also under the microscope.

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Boston Police Comm. Talks Baltimore Riots

May 8, 2015 11:59 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Police Commissioner William Evans sat down with Forensic Magazine to talk about the state of policing in the wake of the recent riots in Baltimore, and what needs to happen to bridge the gap between inner-city communities and the men and women who protect them.

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