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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Star Trek's virtual reality 'holodeck' has come a step closer to reality, thanks to researchers from the University of Zurich.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
As targets of unprecedented, and likely some of the most costly, cyber attacks in history, financial institutions, insurance company and film studio are reeling after record-setting amounts of data, money, internal emails and more were stolen by hacker groups. But most data breaches don’t make headline news, and sometimes companies don’t know they’ve been hacked until it’s too late.
In 2012, Dr. Jon Gould at American University published what is perhaps the most comprehensive study on the causes of erroneous convictions. By far, the most risky scenario identified were cases having young defendants with existing criminal records. Other factors related to prosecutorial and investigative tactics, as well as bad lawyering by defense attorneys. At the bottom of Gould’s list, however, was faulty forensic evidence.
In the New York City of the late 1970s, things looked bad. But people still went to the city every day because that was where everything was happening. And despite the foreboding feelings hanging over New York at the time, the vast majority of those people had at most minor brushes with crime. Today, we all dabble in some place that looks a lot like 1970s New York City—the Internet.