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Tianjin University Prof. Hao Zhang has been arrested in connection with a 32-count inditement that charges him and five others. The defendants are accused of economic espionage and theft of trade secrets for their roles in a long-running effort to obtain

Chinese Professors Among 6 Indicted for Stealing US Trade Secrets

May 20, 2015 10:32 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Tianjin University Prof. Hao Zhang has been arrested in connection with a 32-count indictment that charges him and five others. The defendants are accused of economic espionage and theft of trade secrets for their roles in a long-running effort to obtain U.S. trade secrets for the benefit of universities and companies controlled by the Chinese government.

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John Bambenek, a handler for the Internet Storm Center at the SANS Institute continues his discusion of takedowns with DFI News/Forensic Magazine. In part 2, Bambenek give us more details of his work disrupting criminal networks. He tells us how he avoids

The Cybercriminal Takedown: Part 2 With John Bambenek

May 20, 2015 9:00 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

John Bambenek, a handler for the Internet Storm Center at the SANS Institute continues his discusion of takedowns with DFI News/Forensic Magazine. In part 2, Bambenek give us more details of his work disrupting criminal networks. He tells us how he avoids the risk of destroying information both for the victims and for law enforcement trying to obtain evidence.

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Sham Cancer Charities Charged by Feds with Bilking $187M

May 19, 2015 3:10 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Four sham cancer charities were charged with bilking more than $187 million from consumers by telling donors the funds would help cancer patients, including children – but then pocketed the money, federal authorities announced.

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Video Released of Possible Suspect in Quadruple D.C. Homicide

May 19, 2015 2:53 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The person, dressed all in black, is seen holding what appears to be a white object, according to the pixelated and intermittent images posted to Youtube by the Metropolitan Police Department over the weekend.

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50 Weapons Found at Waco Crime Scene

May 19, 2015 2:40 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Waco police Sgt. Patrick Swanton told media outlets that the weapons taken by police are mostly firearms and knives, but a chain with a padlock attached was also seized that was allegedly used for the purpose of beating others.

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Ross Ulbricht, convicted of seven counts related to running the Silk Road drug marketplace website, used internet resources to look after the welfare of his clients.

Silk Road Mastermind Built a Responsible Drug Marketplace on the Web

May 19, 2015 12:16 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Ross Ulbricht, convicted of seven counts related to running the Silk Road drug marketplace website, used internet resources to look after the welfare of his clients. 

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The obvious path to acquire a Windows PC has always been “pull the plug, take the disk out, connect to an imaging device and collect evidence." Sound familiar? Well, in today’s connected world things do not work quite like that. In this article, we will h

Acquiring Windows PCs

May 19, 2015 9:07 am | by Oleg Afonin, Danil Nikolaev and Yuri Gubanov, Belkasoft | Belkasoft | Comments

The obvious path to acquire a Windows PC has always been “pull the plug, take the disk out, connect to an imaging device and collect evidence." Sound familiar? Well, in today’s connected world things do not work quite like that. In this article, we will have a look at measure the investigator has to take before taking the disk out, even before pulling the plug.

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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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