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From the Heartbleed bug to the Target security breach, malicious hackers have proved to be detrimental to companies’ financial assets and reputations. To combat these malevolent attackers, or “black hats,” a community of benign hackers, “white hats,” has

White Hat Hackers Keep the Web Secure

January 28, 2015 | by Stephanie Koons, Penn State | Comments

From the Heartbleed bug to the Target security breach, malicious hackers have proved to be detrimental to companies’ financial assets and reputations. To combat these malevolent attackers, or “black hats,” a community of benign hackers, “white hats,” has been making significant contributions to cybersecurity by detecting vulnerabilities in companies’ software systems and websites and communicating their findings. 

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The Michigan State Police could be the first police agency in the country to receive permission to fly drones statewide as a part of public safety efforts.

Michigan State Police First to Use Drones for Crime Investigations

January 29, 2015 11:12 am | by Kyle Feldscher, MLive | Comments

The Michigan State Police could be the first police agency in the country to receive permission to fly drones statewide as a part of public safety efforts.                           

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The Chinese government has adopted new regulations requiring companies that sell computer equipment to Chinese banks to turn over secret source code, submit to invasive audits and build so-called back doors into hardware and software, according to a copy

New Tech Rules in China Upset Western Companies

January 29, 2015 10:28 am | by Paul Mozur, The New York Times | Comments

The Chinese government has adopted new regulations requiring companies that sell computer equipment to Chinese banks to turn over secret source code, submit to invasive audits and build so-called back doors into hardware and software, according to a copy of the rules obtained by foreign technology companies that do billions of dollars’ worth of business in China.

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Indonesian investigators announced Thursday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in control when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded.

Crashed AirAsia Flight Flown by Co-pilot Say Investigators

January 29, 2015 10:10 am | by Nikiek Karmini, Associated Press | Comments

Indonesian investigators announced Thursday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in control when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded.                       

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The infamous Regin trojan is likely to have been developed by the NSA or one of its allies, after security experts found a number of similarities between it and code discovered amongst leaked Edward Snowden documents.

Regin was Work of Five Eyes Spooks, Analysis Reveals

January 29, 2015 9:41 am | by Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

The infamous Regin trojan is likely to have been developed by the NSA or one of its allies, after security experts found a number of similarities between it and code discovered amongst leaked Edward Snowden documents.         

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When operating outside of the law, you can't rely on the police to protect your   illegal enterprise from other criminals. The Silk Road marketplace founders likely   learned this lesson in 2012 and 2013, after paying thousands of dollars to cyber   extor

Hackers Extorted Thousands from Silk Road Operators

January 29, 2015 9:29 am | by Joab Jackson, Computerworld | Comments

When operating outside of the law, you can't rely on the police to protect your illegal enterprise from other criminals. The Silk Road marketplace founders likely learned this lesson in 2012 and 2013, after paying thousands of dollars to cyber extortionists.

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The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), which coordinates the development of standards and guidelines for the forensic science community under the auspices of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will hold its first se

NIST Forensic Science Standards Committees to Hold First Public Meetings

January 29, 2015 8:10 am | by NIST | Comments

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), which coordinates the development of standards and guidelines for the forensic science community under the auspices of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will hold its first set of public meetings in Orlando, Florida on February 16 and 17, 2015.

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Mexico Officially Declares Missing Students Dead

January 28, 2015 12:51 pm | by Randal C. Archibald, The New York Times | Comments

Four months after the abduction of 43 rural college students shook the nation and set off a political crisis, Mexico’s attorney general officially declared the students dead, saying confessions and forensic evidence supported the theory that their bodies were incinerated near a garbage dump.

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In a new study, researchers have examined how the sense of smell could aid victims in better identifying criminals of violent crime. Previously, using smell in forensics had been completely overlooked.

Olfactory 'Fingerprint' Provides 'Nosewitness' Testimony

January 28, 2015 12:36 pm | by Lecia Bushak, Medical Daily | Comments

In a new study, researchers have examined how the sense of smell could aid victims in better identifying criminals of violent crime. Previously, using smell in forensics had been completely overlooked.             

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The Drug Enforcement Administration abandoned an internal proposal to use surveillance cameras for photographing vehicle license plates near gun shows in the United States to investigate gun-trafficking, the agency's chief said Wednesday.

DEA Chief: US Abandoned Plan to Track Cars Near Gun Shows

January 28, 2015 12:05 pm | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | Comments

The Drug Enforcement Administration abandoned an internal proposal to use surveillance cameras for photographing vehicle license plates near gun shows in the United States to investigate gun-trafficking, the agency's chief said Wednesday.   

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Red Hat Inc and other makers of the widely used Linux operating system for business computers updated their software on Tuesday to thwart a serious new cyber threat they warned could allow hackers to gain remote control of their systems.

Linux Makers Try to Thwart 'Ghost' Cyber Bug

January 28, 2015 11:58 am | by Reuters | Comments

Red Hat Inc and other makers of the widely used Linux operating system for business computers updated their software on Tuesday to thwart a serious new cyber threat they warned could allow hackers to gain remote control of their systems.   

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A new publication from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides guidance for organizations to improve security as employees move to mobile devices such as phones and tablets for their work and their applications (“mobile apps”).

NIST Guides Organizations through Mobile App Security

January 28, 2015 11:34 am | by NIST | Comments

A new publication from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides guidance for organizations to improve security as employees move to mobile devices such as phones and tablets for their work and their applications (“mobile apps”).

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The debate over online anonymity, and all the whistleblowers, trolls, anarchists,   journalists and political dissidents it enables, is messy enough. It doesn’t need   the US government making up bogus statistics about how much that anonymity   facilitate

Encrypted Traffic Distiction Qualifies DoJ Claim

January 28, 2015 10:20 am | by Andy Greenberg, Wired | Comments

The debate over online anonymity, and all the whistleblowers, trolls, anarchists, journalists and political dissidents it enables, is messy enough. It doesn’t need the US government making up bogus statistics about how much that anonymity facilitates child pornography.

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The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2014, and it was due in part to 33 cases in Texas in which individuals had their drug convictions dismissed after lab tests determined they never had illegal substances, a report released Tuesday shows.

Record Number of Exonerations Driven by Texas Drug Cases

January 27, 2015 1:34 pm | by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2014, and it was due in part to 33 cases in Texas in which individuals had their drug convictions dismissed after lab tests determined they never had illegal substances, a report released Tuesday shows.

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The Air Force Association has announced 28 National Finalist teams selected to compete at the CyberPatriot National Finals Competition as the culminating event of the seventh season of the nation's largest youth cyber defense competition.

CyberPatriot Reveals Top 28 Teams Advancing to National Finals Competition

January 27, 2015 12:48 pm | by The Air Force Association | Comments

The Air Force Association has announced 28 National Finalist teams selected to compete at the CyberPatriot National Finals Competition as the culminating event of the seventh season of the nation's largest youth cyber defense competition.   

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A day after an East Shore man was freed from prison after serving nearly 36 years for a fatal fire in Susquehanna Township, the attorneys who helped secure James Hugney's release heralded it as a triumph for justice.

Fire Science Advances Free Man after 35 Years in Prison

January 27, 2015 12:22 pm | by Debbie Truong, Penn Live | Comments

A day after an East Shore man was freed from prison after serving nearly 36 years for a fatal fire in Susquehanna Township, the attorneys who helped secure James Hugney's release heralded it as a triumph for justice.         

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