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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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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Corrupt Silk Road Agent Arrested—Again

February 2, 2016 11:44 am | by Joe Mullin, Ars Technica | Comments

Shaun Bridges, a Secret Service agent who pled guilty to stealing from the Silk Road website while he was supposed to be investigating it, has been arrested again.

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1 in a Million? Wrongful Conviction Experts Study DNA Odds

February 1, 2016 12:54 pm | by SF Chronicle | Comments

A flawed way of calculating the odds that a defendant left DNA at a crime scene is the next target of prosecutors and criminal justice advocates working together in Texas to weed out wrongful convictions.

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3-D Laser Scanner Brings Crime Scene to Life

February 1, 2016 12:33 pm | by Karen Rivedal, La Cross Tribune | Comments

A lidar scanner uses a combination of lasers and a camera to create detailed, three-dimensional models of entire physical environments.

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Racial Disparities Seen in Police Stun Gun Use

January 28, 2016 1:04 pm | by Dave Collins, Associated Press | Comments

Connecticut officers who drew their stun guns on the job last year were more likely to fire when the suspect was black or Hispanic, according to a first-of-its-kind set of statistics.

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Bad Blood at Johannesburg Forensic Laboratory

January 27, 2016 12:52 pm | by Lindile Sifile, Sowetan Live | Comments

Tons of blood and specimen (toxicology) samples, representing a 10-year backlog, are piling up to the roof in the lab because of space shortages, incompetence and severe lack of manpower. Others have gone missing.

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Nuclear Forensics to Solve Mysteries and Safeguard Materials

January 26, 2016 12:38 pm | by Dawn Levy, Phys.org | Comments

A group of nuclear detectives at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory takes on tough challenges, from detecting illicit uranium using isotopic "fingerprints" to investigating Presidential assassination conspiracies.

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After FBI Briefly Ran Child-Porn Site, Investigations Went Global

January 25, 2016 11:44 am | by Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica | Comments

In 2015, the FBI seized a Tor-hidden child-porn website known as Playpen and allowed it to run for 13 days so that the FBI could deploy malware in order to identify and prosecute the website’s users

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The Cyberattack on Ukraine's Powergrid

January 22, 2016 10:25 am | by Nilufer Tuptk and Stephen Hailes, Phys.org | Comments

When more than 100,000 people in and around the Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk were left without power for six hours, the Ukrainian energy ministry accused Russia of launching a cyberattack.

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