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Will 'DNA Phenotyping' Lead to Racial Profiling?

February 27, 2015 | by Lauren Kirchner, Pacific Standard Magazine | Comments

Bioethicists, geneticists, attorneys and cops weigh the pros and cons of a radical new science.

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The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Clinton's emails — on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — traced back to an Internet service registered to her family's home in Chappaqua,

Clinton Ran Homebrew Computer System for Official Emails

March 4, 2015 12:40 pm | by Jack Gillum and Ted Bridis, Associated Press | Comments

The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Clinton's emails — on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — traced back to an Internet service registered to her family's home in Chappaqua, New York, according to Internet records reviewed by The Associated Press.

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Cal Harris jurors are expected to hear today from the prosecution's key expert witness on blood evidence. Dr. Henry Lee, a forensic scientist based in Connecticut, has testified about blood evidence found in Cal Harris' Spencer home during the Tioga Count

Cal Harris Jury to Hear From Forensic Expert on Blood

March 4, 2015 12:22 pm | Comments

Cal Harris jurors are expected to hear today from the prosecution's key expert witness on blood evidence. Dr. Henry Lee, a forensic scientist based in Connecticut, has testified about blood evidence found in Cal Harris' Spencer home during the Tioga County businessman's two previous trials in 2007 and 2009. Lee is scheduled to testify in Schoharie County Court.

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The people who die from heroin-related overdoses in the U.S. now tend to be young, white and live in the Midwest, according to a government report.

US Heroin Overdoses Shifting to Young, White, Midwestern

March 4, 2015 12:00 pm | by Mike Stobbe, Associated Press | Comments

The people who die from heroin-related overdoses in the U.S. now tend to be young, white and live in the Midwest, according to a government report.

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Forensics experts who investigate crime scenes are looking for answers to three key questions: “Who did it; how did they do it; and can we stop them from doing it again?” The field of nuclear forensics, an important element of LLNL’s national security mis

Watching the Nuclear Detectives' Forensic Data

March 4, 2015 11:34 am | by Charlie Osolin, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | Comments

Forensics experts who investigate crime scenes are looking for answers to three key questions: “Who did it; how did they do it; and can we stop them from doing it again?” The field of nuclear forensics, an important element of LLNL’s national security mission, has similar goals and uses similar techniques — but with even higher stakes.

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A recently released report by the US Government Accountability Office has revealed that despite some improvements, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) still needs to quash significant security control weaknesses that threaten the agency’s ability to

US Air Traffic Control System is Riddled With Vulnerabilities

March 4, 2015 11:09 am | by Zeljka Zorn, Help Net Security | Comments

A recently released report by the US Government Accountability Office has revealed that despite some improvements, the Federal Aviation Administration still needs to quash significant security control weaknesses that threaten the agency’s ability to ensure the safe and uninterrupted operation of the national airspace system.

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US criminal gangs are taking advantage of security gaps in the provisioning of new cards to commit high levels of fraud on the new Apple Pay mobile payment platform, experts have warned.

Apple Pay Under Fire After Account Takeovers Soar

March 4, 2015 10:58 am | by Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

US criminal gangs are taking advantage of security gaps in the provisioning of new cards to commit high levels of fraud on the new Apple Pay mobile payment platform, experts have warned.

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Security experts have discovered a potentially catastrophic flaw that for more than a decade has made it possible for attackers to decrypt HTTPS-protected traffic passing between Android or Apple devices and hundreds of thousands or millions of websites.

'FREAK' Flaw in Android and Apple Devices Breaks HTTPS Encryption

March 4, 2015 10:41 am | by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica | Comments

Security experts have discovered a potentially catastrophic flaw that for more than a decade has made it possible for attackers to decrypt HTTPS-protected traffic passing between Android or Apple devices and hundreds of thousands or millions of websites.

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Security vendor FireEye has released a timely warning about the scale of the mobile threat facing users with a new report claiming that over five billion downloaded Android apps are vulnerable to remote attacks.

Over Five Billion Android Apps Vulnerable to Attack

March 3, 2015 2:59 pm | by Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

Security vendor FireEye has released a timely warning about the scale of the mobile threat facing users with a new report claiming that over five billion downloaded Android apps are vulnerable to remote attacks.

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The rape happened in 1998 at a playground in Holyoke. Jesus Oquendo was arrested in 2012 when DNA taken in a rape kit from the victim matched his DNA in the national DNA database.

DNA Hit Puts Another Rapist in Prison, This Time in 1998 Case

March 3, 2015 2:40 pm | by Buffy Spencer, Mass Live | Comments

The rape happened in 1998 at a playground in Holyoke. Jesus Oquendo was arrested in 2012 when DNA taken in a rape kit from the victim matched his DNA in the national DNA database.

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Star Trek's virtual reality 'holodeck' has come a step closer to reality, thanks to researchers from the University of Zurich.

Forensic Holodeck Creates 3D Crime Scenes

March 3, 2015 2:19 pm | Comments

Star Trek's virtual reality 'holodeck' has come a step closer to reality, thanks to researchers from the University of Zurich.

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New technology about to be deployed by credit card companies will require U.S. consumers to carry a new kind of card and retailers across the nation to upgrade payment terminals. But despite a price tag of $8.65 billion, the shift will address only a narr

Costly Shift to New Credit Cards Won't Fix Security Issues

March 3, 2015 1:38 pm | by Nandita Bose, Reuters | Comments

New technology about to be deployed by credit card companies will require U.S. consumers to carry a new kind of card and retailers across the nation to upgrade payment terminals. But despite a price tag of $8.65 billion, the shift will address only a narrow range of security issues.

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The nation-state Equation Group compromise of most popular hard drives won't be a   widespread threat, but future disk security -- and forensic integrity -- remain   unclear.

What You Need to Know About Nation-State Hacked Hard Drives

March 3, 2015 10:13 am | by Kelly Jackson Higgins, Dark Reading | Comments

The nation-state Equation Group compromise of most popular hard drives won't be a widespread threat, but future disk security - and forensic integrity - remain unclear.

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The Internet of Things comprises networks of remote sensors capable of detecting everything from traffic to air quality, to buildings' energy consumption, to the direction of gunshots on city streets. And governments see plenty of opportunities to exploit

Chicago, Argonne Lab Deploy Internet of Super Sensors

March 3, 2015 9:53 am | by Patrick Marshall, GCN | Comments

The Internet of Things comprises networks of remote sensors capable of detecting everything from traffic to air quality, to buildings' energy consumption, to the direction of gunshots on city streets. And governments see plenty of opportunities, but the real action in implementing IoT in a public sector environment is taking place in collaborations between federal research labs and the cities where they are based.

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Austerity and funding cuts threaten to place police at a technological disadvantage against increasingly innovative and high-tech criminal organizations, Europe's policing agency warned recently.

Police Risk Losing Tech Arms Race With Criminals: Europol

March 2, 2015 3:06 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Austerity and funding cuts threaten to place police at a technological disadvantage against increasingly innovative and high-tech criminal organizations, Europe's policing agency warned recently.

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As more of our communication is written, the linguistic fingerprints we leave provide enticing clues for investigators, contributing to the small but influential field of forensic linguistics and its controversial subspecialty, author identification. The

Linguistic Fingerprints Become Revealing Evidence

March 2, 2015 2:52 pm | by Frances Stead Sellers, The Washington Post | Comments

As more of our communication is written, the linguistic fingerprints we leave provide enticing clues for investigators, contributing to the small but influential field of forensic linguistics and its controversial subspecialty, author identification. The new whodunit is all about “who wrote it.”

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