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Former Boy Scout Says His Murder Victim Molested Him 30 Years Ago – Could Face 10 Years

June 17, 2015 3:46 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Fredericks faces a maximum of 10 years in prison on the second-degree count of passion-provocation manslaughter in the case, which has polarized the rural New Jersey town where it happened. But there’s a whole other side to the story, stretching back decades.

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What’s Inside This Clandestine Drug Lab?

June 17, 2015 11:46 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

LSD sheets depicting the characters from “Breaking Bad," an assault rifle, and what appears to be a sheathed Katana sword are seen in this police video of the lab that was released on Tuesday.

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Even after digital forensics has evolved enough to investigate the complexity of today’s smartphones, it still needs to get back to the basics. In the third and last part of our discussion with Andrew Hoog, CEO of NowSecure, Inc., DFI News talked about so

Complex Smartphone Investigations Still Require Forensic Basics

June 17, 2015 11:26 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Even after digital forensics has evolved enough to investigate the complexity of today’s smartphones, it still needs to get back to the basics. In the third and last part of our discussion with Andrew Hoog, CEO of NowSecure, Inc., DFI News talked about some of the basics of mobile forensics, and how they apply to his company’s software and cloud platforms.

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Drugs Possibly Found in Cell after Man Dies in Police Custody

June 16, 2015 1:45 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The brown powder substance is still undergoing testing, and authorities are trying to determine how the substance was brought into the cell.

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Composite Sketch Released in New Orleans Double Murder

June 16, 2015 1:16 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

This man was last seen running away from the crime scene wearing a brown t-shirt and blue jeans, and is described as 5 feet 10 or 11 inches tall weighing around 230 or 240 pounds

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LastPass, the cloud-based keeper of things that keep information safe online, has been compromised.

LastPast Manages to Get Breached

June 16, 2015 12:25 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

LastPass, the cloud-based keeper of online passwords, has had a breach in security. CEO Joe Siegrist and the LastPass team has informed customers that account email addresses, password reminders, server per user salts, and authentication hashes were compromised.

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In a second Office of Personnel Management data breach revelation, it was discovered that deeply personal information submitted by U.S. intelligence and military personnel for security clearances — including mental illnesses, drug and alcohol use, past ar

Stolen Security Clearance Information Has Potential for Blackmail

June 15, 2015 3:57 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

In a second Office of Personnel Management data breach revelation, it was discovered that deeply personal information submitted by U.S. intelligence and military personnel for security clearances — including mental illnesses, drug and alcohol use, past arrests, bankruptcies, affairs and more — was stolen by hackers linked to China, The Associated Press reports.

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Mass. Prisoners Sue for Hepatitis Treatments

June 15, 2015 12:13 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Two prisoners have sued the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to get access to the latest Hepatitis treatments.

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A woman who worked at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Upstate New York gave two inmates contraband that helped with their escape last week, according to reports. Also, she has told authorities that she befriended the inmates, and agreed to be their g

Prison Employee Contraband Aided Convicts' Escape

June 12, 2015 12:10 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A woman who worked at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Upstate New York gave two inmates contraband that helped with their escape last week, according to reports. Also, she has told authorities that she befriended the inmates, and agreed to be their getaway driver. But she had a panic attack before she was due to pick them up.

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Often people who work with computers and information develop an affinity for certain programming languages and particular operating systems. Those in the forensic and security fields are no exception. In the smartphone world, the two major players, Androi

Smartphone Forensics: Challenges of the Many and the One

June 12, 2015 11:27 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Often people who work with computers and information develop an affinity for certain programming languages and particular operating systems. Those in the forensic and security fields are no exception. In the smartphone world, the two major players, Android and iOS, have their fans as well. NowSecure CEO Andrew Hoog gives DFI News his perspective.

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The man being arrested had no identification, and gave a suspicious-sounding name. So the sheriff’s deputies in the Florida beach town pulled out a new tool: the mobile fingerprint scanner. Right there in the public park, the authorities identified the ma

Mobile Fingerprinting a 'Game Changer' for Law Enforcement

June 11, 2015 1:52 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The man being arrested had no identification, and gave a suspicious-sounding name. So the sheriff’s deputies in the Florida beach town pulled out a new tool: the mobile fingerprint scanner. Right there in the public park, the authorities identified the man with his real name — complete with the warrants for kidnapping, sexual battery and armed robbery charges attached to it.

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Cold Case: 'Amelia Earhart’s Last Photo Shoot' Surfaces

June 10, 2015 1:56 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A recently surfaced film showing Earhart, posing and playful at an airport in southern California in 1937 comes after debris, including airplane parts, were discovered on a deserted Pacific atoll in the early '90s.

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Digital forensic practitioners have many tools to conduct forensic investigations. Tools image hard drives, gather data from smartphones and pull information from the internet cloud. But, as those tools evolve, some of them bring forensic investigation in

Forensic, Security Convergence Found in Mobile Software Platform

June 10, 2015 12:51 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Digital forensic practitioners have many tools to conduct forensic investigations. Tools image hard drives, gather data from smartphones and pull information from the internet cloud. But, as those tools evolve, some of them bring forensic investigation into other areas, such as incident response and even security. 

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Your Perfect Crime Scene Kit

June 10, 2015 10:30 am | by Dick Warrington | Comments

To make the most of your crime scene kit, you need to plan ahead. In organizing your kit, take into account your own level of expertise — the best crime scene kit in the world is useless, if you don’t know how to use the items inside.

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As Manhunt Continues for Escaped Killers, New Prison-Break Details Emerge

June 9, 2015 12:49 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Governor Cuomo elaborated on the “inside” help that the two convicted murderers must have had during the escape, including access to power tools and intricate knowledge of the facility’s piping and sewage systems. 

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