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MH17 Flight Shot Down By Surface-to-air Missile in Ukraine, Say Investigators

October 13, 2015 | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Malaysian Airlines Flight 17’s suspicious crash in Ukraine last year is now being called a deliberate attack with a surface-to-air missile, according to a report released today by investigators.

Though they stopped short of naming suspects, the results are leading to further international pressure to catch and prosecute the likely culprits from the rebel-held region.


Can You Tell Your Ethnic Identity From Your DNA?

February 12, 2016 12:51 pm | by Alva Noe, NPR | Comments

The answer as to whether a DNA test can tell you your ethnic identity? Yes — and no.


Internet of Things to be Used as Spy Tool by Governments

February 11, 2016 12:51 pm | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | Comments

James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, told lawmakers that governments across the globe are likely to employ the IoT as a spy tool.


Firearms in the Evidence Room

February 11, 2016 12:19 pm | by CaseGuard | Comments

Firearms can be one of the most difficult types of evidence you’ll ever have to handle as an evidence technician. Not only are there obvious safety concerns, they can be ridiculously difficult to dispose when the time comes


Ferguson Mayor: City Is Willing to Challenge Feds in Court

February 10, 2016 1:10 pm | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | Comments

If the Justice Department does not go along with the changes, a civil rights lawsuit is possible, potentially costing Ferguson millions of dollars in legal fees.


No New Trial After Judge Mistakenly Declares Mistrial

February 10, 2016 1:06 pm | by Kate Drumback, AP | Comments

A woman pleaded with the Georgia Supreme Court not to let the man accused of killing her mother go free because of a judge's mistake during his murder trial.


Cops Bust Key Members of World's Busiest Cybercrime Gang

February 9, 2016 9:59 am | by Thomas Fox-Brewster, Forbes | Comments

In November, Russia’s FSB quietly led an operation to take down the world’s most active cybercriminal groups, the operators of the banking malware Dyre.


Why Some Forensic Evidence Isn't Accurate or Reliable

February 8, 2016 12:51 pm | by Peter O'Dowd, Here and Now | Comments

Peter Neufeld, co-founder and co-director of the Innocence Project, explains the problems with certain types of forensic evidence.


What's Behind the Massive Review of DNA Evidence in Texas

February 8, 2016 12:43 pm | by Alain Stephens, KUT | Comments

Texas leads the nation when it comes to exonerating wrongfully convicted people, and the state may be adding to those numbers through closer scrutiny of DNA evidence practices.


Steps Made Toward Justice

February 5, 2016 1:36 pm | by The Ironton Tribune | Comments

In Ohio, more than 9,000 rape kits went untested for DNA matches until Attorney General Mike DeWine launched an initiative in 2011 to bring sexual criminals to justice.


IRS Outage Due to Cyberattack

February 5, 2016 1:31 pm | by Mike Brown, International Business Times | Comments

A House lawmaker publicly suggested that the previous day's IRS systems failure could have been caused by a cyberattack.


Trooper Testifies Crime Scene Manipulated

February 4, 2016 12:22 pm | by James Halpin, Standard Speaker | Comments

​A state police forensics expert took the stand in Jessica Alinsky’s murder trial Wednesday morning and testified the level of manipulation he saw at the crime scene was “unlike anything I’ve seen before or since.”


Cybersecurity Experts Urge Automakers to Take Steps to Stop Hackers

February 4, 2016 12:18 pm | by John Irwin, Automotive News | Comments

As vehicles become increasingly more connected to smartphones, infrastructure and other vehicles, it will become vital for all parties to collaborate and become informed on the risks associated with connectivity.


Judge Pleads Guilty to Ordering Defendant Shocked with 50,000 Volts

February 3, 2016 12:15 pm | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | Comments

According to court documents: The deputy sheriff then activated the stun-cuff, which administered an electric shock to Victim I for approximately five seconds. 


2015 Exonerations Set Record

February 3, 2016 11:39 am | by Brandi Grissom, Dallas News | Comments

A record-setting 149 men and women were exonerated last year after spending an average of 141/2 years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit, according to a report to be released Wednesday.


No Downside to Submitting All Rape Kits for Testing

February 2, 2016 12:52 pm | by Appeal Democrat | Comments

After all the victims endure, investigators sometimes decide not to submit the kits for testing. It's not that the decision is capricious — officials, when asked, had logical reasons.



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