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Oldest Ever DNA Sample from Calcified Neanderthal Man

April 13, 2015 1:14 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Nicknamed the “Altamura Man,” the bones were calcified into the walls of the cave after the ancient man slipped and fell into a well approximately 200,000 years ago.

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The new Houston Forensic Science Center has created a source for forensic services independent of law enforcement. Take a closer look at the process.

A Lab Apart

April 10, 2015 1:47 pm | by Rebecca Waters | Comments

The new Houston Forensic Science Center has created a source for forensic services independent of law enforcement. Take a closer look at the process.

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Why Backlogged Kits are a Public Safety Problem

April 10, 2015 12:48 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The fact is that testing backlogged rape kits takes sexual predators off our streets now. Getting rape kits to laboratories is not only morally right to help bring justice and closure to victims, but an important public safety issue.

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The Truth behind False Confessions: An Interview with Saul Kassin

April 9, 2015 10:48 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Confession expert Dr. Saul Kassin tells the story, and how the investigators’ “quick, clinical judgment” about Michael Crowe’s guilt led to one of the most notorious cases of false confession in recent memory.

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Defense Attorney Admits Hernandez Witnessed the Murder

April 7, 2015 2:20 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Hernandez has since been implicated in a handful of other criminal cases, including a charge in a 2012 double-murder case that was scheduled to begin on May 28, but has since been delayed while the current case is pending.

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IBM reserchers have identified an on-going campaign that uses a variant of Dyre malware that has successfully stolen more than $1 million from targeted enterprise organizations. The campaign, called "The Dyre Wolf, has added social engineering to the malw

Dyre Wolf Steals a Cool Million

April 6, 2015 12:02 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

IBM researchers have identified an on-going campaign that uses a variant of Dyre malware that has successfully stolen more than $1 million from targeted enterprise organizations. The campaign, called "The Dyre Wolf, has added social engineering to the malware, employing methods such as circumventing two-factor authorization.

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Scandals Mount for SFPD as Lab Technician Fails DNA Exam

April 2, 2015 2:53 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Civilian police employees Mignon Dunbar, and her supervisor, Cherisse Boland, were barred from processing evidence after the results of the test, and have been on personal leave since allegations that Dunbar misrepresented DNA evidence in a two-year old child molestation case.

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‘Worst of the Worst’ Rapist Gets 110 Years to Life

April 1, 2015 1:40 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Dwayne Wilson, 54, was convicted on seven counts of rape and four counts of kidnapping for assaults on four women stemming back to the 1990s only days before he was to be released from prison last October. One of the victims was only 16 years old.

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Forging Forensic Science: Dr. Saul Kassin on Amanda Knox and the Truth behind False Confessions

March 27, 2015 11:42 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Dr. Saul Kassin relates false confessions to “Hollywood productions” and thinks the infamous Amanda Knox case was just another “script that had to get followed.” As a psychology professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, he’s seen it all – the uncanny confessions that describe minutiae from the motive to the grisly murder details to the denials that eventually follow.

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Security Measures Questioned after Co-pilot 'Intentionally' Downed Germanwings Jetliner

March 26, 2015 1:22 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Strict aviation regulations, created after the events of 9/11, focused on securing the cockpit by requiring fortified cockpit doors that can withstand the blast from a hand grenade, and escape exits that can only be accessed from the inside, CNN reports. But, this latest tragedy has some asking: what's the use of an armored cockpit, if the pilot can be locked out of it?

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Unique DNA Code Nabs Thieves in the Act

March 25, 2015 1:49 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Called Operation Shield, 433 people who had been taken into police custody, were examined to determine if a unique DNA liquid sprayed on objects, like cash tills and computer screens, could be found, forensically linking back the individual to the crime scene, according to a news report.

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Crime Attorney Arkady Bukh thinks that because of the US-led sanctions on Russia, there may be more hackers showing up. These are seven of the Russian Hackers that have already infiltrated US computer systems and have been caught.

7 Russian Hackers to Soon Appear in Court

March 25, 2015 11:38 am | by Ernie Austin, Newsletter Editor | Comments

Crime Attorney Arkady Bukh thinks that because of the US-led sanctions on Russia, there may be more hackers showing up. These are seven of the Russian Hackers that have already infiltrated US computer systems and have been caught.

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Digital information is stored on innumerable HDDs, SSDs, DVDs, USB sticks, SD cards, magnetic tapes, and so forth. Although the data is timeless, the storage devices are finite and of limited capacity. As the amount of data continues to grow, so will the

The Future of Data Storage is Upon Us

March 24, 2015 12:51 pm | Comments

Digital information is stored on innumerable HDDs, SSDs, DVDs, USB sticks, SD cards, magnetic tapes, and so forth. Although the data is timeless, the storage devices are finite and of limited capacity. As the amount of data continues to grow, so will the demand for larger and more efficient data storage devices.

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Can a DNA Database Help End 'Crisis' at the Border?

March 24, 2015 12:46 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Duke University professor Sara Katsanis says there’s a “humanitarian crisis” happening on our borders, according to her recent editorial, where 137 children turn themselves in to immigration authorities every day. Every three days, she says, another body is found.

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New DNA Software Helps Convict Two-Time Felon

March 23, 2015 12:43 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

John Wakefield, 48, now faces life in prison without parole, after his DNA was found and identified on the victim’s shirt collar and on the murder weapon, according to a press release.

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