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Merck Chemist Charged with Running GHB Lab from His Home

June 23, 2015 1:05 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A search of Romondt’s home on June 18 turned up 2,745 grams of gamma butyrolactone, which is used to synthesize GHB, in addition to 300 milliliters of GHB. Also found in the home was a scale and equipment to process and produce the drug.

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DNA Match Refocuses Search for Escaped Murderers

June 22, 2015 2:15 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

DNA found in a cabin in a heavily wooded part of New York State has refocused the hunt for two killers who broke out of prison more than two weeks ago, according to reports.

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Fifty-six million sets of unprotected data were found in cloud databases used to store mobile application data, an investigation by German researchers has shown.

App Data Flaw Threatens Millions of Users

June 19, 2015 1:00 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Fifty-six million sets of unprotected data were found in cloud databases used to store mobile application data, an investigation by German researchers has shown.

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S.C. Governor 'Absolutely' Wants Death Penalty in Charleston Church Shooter Case

June 19, 2015 12:01 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

South Carolina has had lethal injection since the death penalty was reinstituted in 1974. However, no inmates have been executed since 2011. 

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released their latest attempt to fill in where privacy protection laws have fallen short.

Which Tech Companies Have Five-Star Privacy?

June 19, 2015 11:37 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the non-profit defender of digital rights, has released their latest attempt to fill in where privacy protection laws have fallen short.

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Cold Case: DNA Offers New Clues in 8,500-Year-Old Kennewick Man

June 19, 2015 11:12 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The 8,500-year-old skeleton found in Washington state by two college students was originally thought to be a relatively recent homicide victim – until they found the stone spearpoint embedded in his hip

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Manhunt Underway in Charleston 'Hate Crime' Shooting

June 18, 2015 10:53 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Police have no reason to believe that he has left the Charleston area, but are distributing information about him and the vehicle around the country. Police said he is likely still armed, and a public danger.

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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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