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Cyber attacks and cyber espionage are on the rise in Latin America, and the source of much of it is Brazilian hackers and Peruvian recent university graduates linking up with Russian-speaking experts, according to internet security analysts.

Bored Latin American Hackers Use Russian Skills at Home

September 1, 2015 | by Rosalba O'Brian, Reuters | Comments

Cyber attacks and cyber espionage are on the rise in Latin America, and the source of much of it is Brazilian hackers and Peruvian recent university graduates linking up with Russian-speaking experts, according to internet security analysts.

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He's passed two polygraph tests. There's no DNA evidence linking him to the crime scene. And his wife and other immediate family members say police are looking at the wrong man. But allegations of sexual abuse, an FBI behavioral assessment and a vasectomy

Vasectomy is New Clue in EMU Student's Bathtub Drowning

September 2, 2015 12:31 pm | by Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press | Comments

He's passed two polygraph tests. There's no DNA evidence linking him to the crime scene. And his wife and other immediate family members say police are looking at the wrong man. But allegations of sexual abuse, an FBI behavioral assessment and a vasectomy are among the evidence that led Ypsilanti police to name the stepfather of a murdered Eastern Michigan University student as a person of interest in their investigation.

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The first study to test the skills of FBI agents and other law enforcers who have been trained in facial recognition has provided a reassuring result – they perform better than the average person or even computers on this difficult task.

Forensic Examiners Pass the Face-Matching Test

September 2, 2015 11:39 am | by Deborah Smith, University of New South Wales | Comments

The first study to test the skills of FBI agents and other law enforcers who have been trained in facial recognition has provided a reassuring result – they perform better than the average person or even computers on this difficult task.

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Former professional wrestling star Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka was charged Tuesday with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of his mistress more than three decades ago.

Pro-Wrestler 'Superfly' Snuka Charged in Girlfriend's 1983 Death

September 2, 2015 11:26 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Former professional wrestling star Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka was charged Tuesday with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of his mistress more than three decades ago.

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The U.S. government has not yet notified any of the 21.5 million federal employees and contractors whose security clearance data was hacked more than three months ago, officials acknowledged on Tuesday.

Millions Hit by Personal Data Hack Still Have Not Been Told

September 2, 2015 11:07 am | by Mark Hosenball, Reuters | Comments

The U.S. government has not yet notified any of the 21.5 million federal employees and contractors whose security clearance data was hacked more than three months ago, officials acknowledged on Tuesday.

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"Rocket Kitten" pro-Iranian regime hackers focusing more on targeting individuals for   geopolitical espionage.

Cyber Spies Impersonate Security Researcher

September 2, 2015 10:43 am | by Kelly Jackson Higgins, Dark Reading | Comments

"Rocket Kitten" pro-Iranian regime hackers focusing more on targeting individuals for geopolitical espionage.

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A federal appeals court has ruled that Phoenix police officials acted reasonably in requiring three officers to provide DNA samples for an investigation into a sergeant's death.

Ruling Upholds Requirement for DNA Samples in Death Probe

September 1, 2015 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A federal appeals court has ruled that Phoenix police officials acted reasonably in requiring three officers to provide DNA samples for an investigation into a sergeant's death.

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Five months after the body of Alabama A&M doctoral student Lavanya Abburi was found floating in a pond at the school's research farm, investigators still don't know exactly how she died. Abburi's case - and hundreds of others awaiting forensic analysis st

Alabama Budget Cuts Could Shut Down Forensics Lab, Morgue

September 1, 2015 2:32 pm | by Crystal Bonvillian, AL.com | Comments

Five months after the body of Alabama A&M doctoral student Lavanya Abburi was found floating in a pond at the school's research farm, investigators still don't know exactly how she died. Abburi's case - and hundreds of others awaiting forensic analysis statewide - were dealt another blow on Monday, as Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences director Michael Sparks announced the possible closure of the Huntsville morgue.

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Distributed denial of service attacks have become a favorite tactic of cyber criminals, extortionists and protesters.

Old-Fashioned DDoS Favored Tactic of Many Cyber Attackers

September 1, 2015 1:24 pm | by Kevin G. Coleman, C4ISR & Networks | Comments

Distributed denial of service attacks have become a favorite tactic of cyber criminals, extortionists and protesters.

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The proliferation of new Web addresses has created a free-for-all as cyber criminals   race to spread malware or steal personal information with new sites, researchers say.

New Web Addresses a Cybercrime Playground

September 1, 2015 1:16 pm | by Katie Bo Williams, The Hill | Comments

The proliferation of new Web addresses has created a free-for-all as cyber criminals race to spread malware or steal personal information with new sites, researchers say. 

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Shaun Bridges, a former Secret Service agent who was investigating the Silk Road drug trafficking website, pled guilty today to charges of money laundering and obstruction of justice.

Secret Service Agent Pleads Guilty to Stealing Money From Silk Road Dealers

September 1, 2015 12:28 pm | by Joe Mullin, Ars Technica | Comments

Shaun Bridges, a former Secret Service agent who was investigating the Silk Road drug trafficking website, pled guilty today to charges of money laundering and obstruction of justice.

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A northern Virginia teenager was sentenced Friday to more than 11 years in prison for helping another teen travel to Syria to join the Islamic State and for providing other aid to the militant group.

Teen Gets More Than 11 Years for Helping Islamic State

August 31, 2015 1:27 pm | by Jessica Gresko, Associated Press | Comments

A northern Virginia teenager was sentenced Friday to more than 11 years in prison for helping another teen travel to Syria to join the Islamic State and for providing other aid to the militant group.

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The Army is looking for soldiers and civilians to serve in new cyber units charged with protecting critical stateside infrastructure and creating “effects” on the battlefield in support of conventional forces. The challenge: Attracting the creative, energ

Army Creating Cyber Units With Soldiers, Civilians

August 31, 2015 1:18 pm | by Seth Robson, Stars and Stripes | Comments

The Army is looking for soldiers and civilians to serve in new cyber units charged with protecting critical stateside infrastructure and creating “effects” on the battlefield in support of conventional forces. The challenge: Attracting the creative, energetic talent typically drawn to the freewheeling tech sector.

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Planned Parenthood recently gave congressional leaders and a committee that is investigating allegations of criminality at its clinics an analysis it commissioned concluding that “manipulation” of undercover videos by abortion opponents make those recordi

Planned Parenthood Videos Were Altered, Analysis Finds

August 31, 2015 12:01 pm | by Jackie Calmes, The New York Times | Comments

Planned Parenthood recently gave congressional leaders and a committee that is investigating allegations of criminality at its clinics an analysis it commissioned concluding that “manipulation” of undercover videos by abortion opponents make those recordings unreliable for any official inquiry.

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Several recent studies have called for improved imaging technology and matching algorithms to support firearm identification. The author investigated and developed a novel, accurate, and low-cost system for structural 3D imaging and comparison of cartridg

Advances in Firearm Identification Using GelSight

August 31, 2015 11:35 am | by Ryan Lilien, NIJ | Comments

Several recent studies have called for improved imaging technology and matching algorithms to support firearm identification. The author investigated and developed a novel, accurate, and low-cost system for structural 3D imaging and comparison of cartridge cases.

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On August 21, a pump and dump penny stock scam targeting US users, and spread using WhatsApp, drove the share price of Avra Inc, a digital currency company, by 640 percent from its opening price of $0.17 to its peak of $1.26. What is unique about this sca

The WhatsApp of Wall Street

August 31, 2015 11:33 am | by Cathal McDaid, Help Net Security | Comments

On August 21, a pump and dump penny stock scam targeting US users, and spread using WhatsApp, drove the share price of Avra Inc, a digital currency company, by 640 percent from its opening price of $0.17 to its peak of $1.26. What is unique about this scam is its use of WhatsApp to spread the threat, essentially using mobile applications to resurrect schemes that are dying out on email.

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