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New York state's chief financial regulator has issued final rules for companies   dealing in bitcoin, adding more oversight to the virtual currency that has widened in   popularity and moved into the commercial mainstream.

NY Regulator Issues Final Bitcoin Rules

June 4, 2015 3:04 pm | by Ernie Austin, Newsletter Editor | Comments

New York state's chief financial regulator has issued final rules for companies dealing in bitcoin, adding more oversight to the virtual currency that has widened in popularity and moved into the commercial mainstream.

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Sex Toy Turns National Spotlight on Civil Asset Forfeiture

June 4, 2015 2:26 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Ginnifer Hency spoke before a Michigan judiciary hearing in May explaining she has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the judge in her case, but still is not been able to retrieve her possession 10 months later.

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File Shredder Programs and Data Destruction Software both use and support multiple data sanitization methods to permanently overwrite data. A data sanitization method is a specific way in which data is overwritten. These methods are often referred to as d

Permanently Sanitizing Data

June 4, 2015 10:38 am | Comments

File Shredder Programs and Data Destruction Software both use and support multiple data sanitization methods to permanently overwrite data. A data sanitization method is a specific way in which data is overwritten. These methods are often referred to as data wipe methods, wipe algorithms, data erasure methods and data wipe standards. 

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Rape Victims Still Paying for Exams in Some States

June 3, 2015 2:07 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

In some places in the United States, rape victims pay for their own medical examinations after an attack – despite federal law. But legislation in some states is seeking to ban such practices.

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Retrieving a forensically-sound file is not the same as taking an image of a hard drive. Although recovering a file directly is easy, it doesn’t gather the same information that traditional digital forensic practice gathers. But, what are organizations le

Does eDiscovery Collection Service Threaten Traditional Digital Forensic Recovery?

June 3, 2015 12:58 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Retrieving a forensically-sound file is not the same as taking an image of a hard drive. Although recovering a file directly is easy, it doesn’t gather the same information as traditional digital forensic practice. But, what are organizations leaving aside in their pursuit of efficiency and lower costs?

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Man Gunned Down by Police Planned to Behead an Officer, Reports Say

June 3, 2015 10:52 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Usaam Rahim, who was under 24-hour surveillance by anti-terrorism task forces, was shot twice, once in the torso and once in the abdomen, after lunging at police with a knife.

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Secret FBI Planes Caught Snooping as NSA Debate Lingers in Congress

June 2, 2015 1:31 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Bureau has been flying over major U.S. metropolitan areas with small Cessna aircraft, which have the capability to take high-resolution video and also use advanced cellphone surveillance technology.

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Woman's Body Found in Suitcase at Tokyo Train Station

June 1, 2015 12:59 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Police are reviewing security camera footage for clues about the person who might have left the bag, and said that an employee noticed the locker was empty on April 25—the day before the bag was originally found.

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Before being sentenced to life in prison, Ross Ulbricht tried to plead for what time left in his life he could spend free in a letter to U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest, the person responsible for the length of his sentence. But, believing the vi

Internet Drug Kingpin Gets Life

June 1, 2015 12:19 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Before being sentenced to life in prison, Ross Ulbricht tried to plead for what time left in his life he could spend free in a letter to U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest, the person responsible for the length of his sentence. But, believing the virtual for the virtuous didn’t sway the judge that held his fate.

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Fatal Police Shootings by the Numbers

June 1, 2015 11:58 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

There were 385 total killings through the first five months of this year—a figure roughly double the annual estimates provided by federal authorities.

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Colo. Theater Shooter's Journal Takes Center Stage at Trial

May 29, 2015 2:49 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The legal argument, and potentially Holmes’s life, depend on whether he had the capacity to know the consequences of his actions – and whether he deliberately planned the attack.

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In D.C. Lab Scandal, Mayor Accused of Foul Play

May 29, 2015 1:50 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

A letter of resignation from a member of the Washington D.C. Science Advisory Board stoked further speculation that the mayor and the District Attorney’s office may have ordered the two audits that shut down DNA testing last month in an attempt to seize control of the laboratory.

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Six have been charged with participating in a scheme to charge mobile phone customers tens of millions of dollars in monthly fees for unsolicited, recurring text messages about topics such as horoscopes, celebrity gossip and trivia facts, without the cust

6 Charged in Multi-Million-Dollar Text Messaging Consumer Fraud Scheme

May 29, 2015 12:15 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Six have been charged with participating in a scheme to charge mobile phone customers $50 million in monthly fees for unsolicited, recurring text messages about topics such as horoscopes, celebrity gossip and trivia facts, without the customers’ knowledge or consent — a practice the defendants referred to as “auto-subscribing.”

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Pentagon Accidentally Ships Live Anthrax Samples to 9 States

May 29, 2015 9:34 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief, Laboratory Equipment | Comments

The Pentagon confirmed yesterday that it accidently shipped live anthrax samples from one of its labs in Utah to commercial labs in nine U.S states, as well as a U.S. military base in South Korea.

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Rehabilitation or Restitution? 79-Year-Old Reformed Fugitive Jailed

May 28, 2015 12:38 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

When U.S. marshals confronted convicted felon and longtime fugitive Frank Freshwaters outside his rusted mobile home in the backwaters of Melbourne, Fla. this week, they showed him a piece of evidence that he could no longer refute, according to reports—a picture of his mug shot from 1959.

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