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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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Digital Forensics Market to Double, Report Says

November 30, 2015 9:42 am | by Patrick Nelson, Network World | Comments

Digital forensics is expected to become a $4.97 billion business by 2021, up from $2.03 billion in 2014, according to a recent Transparency Market Research study reported by Medgadget.


The Best Crime Lab May Be the One That's Closest

November 25, 2015 10:25 am | by The Fay Observer | Comments

There may be a reason why none of the series spin-offs was named CSI: North Carolina. Our state crime lab was not exactly cutting-edge. Quite the opposite, actually. It was slow and unreliable, attributes that led too often to wasted investigations and dismissed cases.


Crime Scene Cleaners: 'We'll Make it Go Away'

November 25, 2015 10:08 am | by Elex Michaelson, ABC News | Comments

ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" shows people desperately trying to clean crime scene evidence. But in real life, the legal clean-up truck that arrives is from Emergency Response Crime Scene Cleaning.


Forensic Analysis of Stone-Age European Genomes Underscores Adaptation

November 25, 2015 9:55 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The analysis included the genomes of some 230 Europeans who lived between the years of 6,500 B.C. and 300 B.C., according to the authors, most of whom were affiliated with the renowned geneticist David Reich and his Harvard laboratory.


Metadata Surveillance Didn't Stop the Paris Attacks

November 25, 2015 9:24 am | by Marcy Wheeler, Slate | Comments

Since terrorists struck Paris last Friday night, the debate over whether encryption prevents intelligence services from stopping attacks has re-ignited. The New York Times and Yahoo reported on vague claims that the terrorists’ use of encryption stymied investigators who might have thwarted their plans.


D.C. Court Considers How to Screen Out 'Bad Science' in Local Trials

November 25, 2015 9:16 am | by Ann E. Marimow, The Washington Post | Comments

The District’s highest court on Tuesday considered whether to change the rules for screening out “bad science” from trials and to adopt the standards used in most states and federal courts.


Chicago Awaits More Protests Over Police Shooting

November 25, 2015 9:07 am | by Don Babwin and Jason Keyser, The Associated Press | Comments

The white officer who shot a black Chicago teen 16 times has been charged with murder and jailed. The graphic video of the slaying has been made public. And in the hours after the footage was released, protesters seemed to honor pleas for restraint.


N.C. Crime Lab Makes Strides

November 24, 2015 12:01 pm | by The News & Observer of Raleigh | Comments

The lab has come under serious fire since 2009, when testimony by one analyst at an innocence hearing spurred an independent review that came to the conclusion that analysts had frequently misstated or falsely reported on blood evidence over a 16-year period that ended in 2003.


Homicide on the Rise in Mexico: 47 People Killed Everyday

November 24, 2015 11:44 am | by TeleSur | Comments

The states of Guerrero and Veracruz have the highest murder rates in the country, the figures show. Guerrero’s internationally famous resort beach, Acapulco, has the highest homicide rate in the world at 107 per 100,000 inhabitants.


Anonymous’ Campaign Against Islamic State Goes Awry

November 24, 2015 11:26 am | by Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica | Comments

Multiple "ops" have been launched in an attempt to crowdsource efforts to disrupt ISIS social media and even hack its members. But there has also been a rash of accusations between those associated with different operations, and it's not clear that any of them are achieving anything other than drawing attention to Anonymous again


DNA Links Man to Sex Crimes Committed 8 Years Apart

November 23, 2015 10:26 am | by Sara Jean Green, Seattle Times | Comments

Blood was left behind in a woman’s Renton apartment during an alleged sexual attack in November 2007. Nearly eight years later, a suspect was found thanks to a DNA match with semen left on a woman’s clothing in a separate incident involving the same suspect.


Remains Uncovered at Work Site Are Human

November 23, 2015 10:12 am | by Joe Johnson, Athens Banner-Herald | Comments

Parts of a human skull and jaw bone were found outside Baldwin Hall on the University of Georgia, by a member of a work crew that is renovating the classroom building.


French State of Emergency Allows Website Blocking, Device Search Powers

November 20, 2015 10:56 am | by Glyn Moody, Ars Technica | Comments

In the wake of last Friday's attacks in Paris, France is bringing in new legislation extending the country's temporary state of emergency to three months, and granting the authorities new powers to carry out searches of seized devices, and to block websites.


DNA Prompts Re-Arrest of Man Set Free in 1983 Murder

November 20, 2015 10:44 am | by CBS News | Comments

A man set free more than 30 years ago after being arrested in the murder of a 19-year-old woman has been arrested again, after investigators this time connected him to the crime with DNA evidence.


Defense Attorneys Demand Closer Look at Software Used to Detect Crime-Scene DNA

November 20, 2015 9:17 am | by Joe Palazzolo, The Wall Street Journal | Comments

Defense attorneys have tried but failed to get access to the source code of the program, called TrueAllele. They say they can’t determine whether the software is erroneously linking their clients to crimes if they are unable to review the instructions the program gives the computer.



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