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Bioethicists, geneticists, attorneys and cops weigh the pros and cons of a radical new science.

Will 'DNA Phenotyping' Lead to Racial Profiling?

February 27, 2015 | by Lauren Kirchner, Pacific Standard Magazine | Comments

Bioethicists, geneticists, attorneys and cops weigh the pros and cons of a radical new science.

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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 to exploit

Chicago, Argonne Lab Deploy Internet of Super Sensors

March 3, 2015 9:53 am | by Patrick Marshall, GCN | Comments

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.

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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.

Police Risk Losing Tech Arms Race With Criminals: Europol

March 2, 2015 3:06 pm | by Reuters | Comments

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.

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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

Linguistic Fingerprints Become Revealing Evidence

March 2, 2015 2:52 pm | by Frances Stead Sellers, The Washington Post | Comments

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.”

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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 gr

Sophisticated Cyber Crime Methods are Changing the Definition of Hacking

March 2, 2015 12:55 pm | by Lauren Ingram, Penn State | Comments

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.

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 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. Oth

The Law Has Failed, Not Forensic Science

March 2, 2015 12:34 pm | by John Collins, Science 2.0 | Comments

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. 

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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

Cybergeddon: Why the Internet Could be the Next 'Failed State'

March 2, 2015 12:07 pm | by Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica | Comments

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.

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The US military's cyber warriors, unlike soldiers patrolling a battlefield overseas, will not hear the sound of an attack coming. The Pentagon's research arm wants to change this.

DARPA's Plan X for the Future

March 2, 2015 11:43 am | by Sara Sorcher, Passcode | Comments

The US military's cyber warriors, unlike soldiers patrolling a battlefield overseas, will not hear the sound of an attack coming. The Pentagon's research arm wants to change this.

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Edmond Locard wasn’t just an artist, a lawyer, a violin virtuoso, a botanist, a linguist and medical doctor. He was also the founder of modern forensic science.

The Godfather of CSI: How Forensics Changed Crime-Solving

February 27, 2015 2:39 pm | by Nico Hines, The Daily Beast | Comments

Edmond Locard wasn’t just an artist, a lawyer, a violin virtuoso, a botanist, a linguist and medical doctor. He was also the founder of modern forensic science.

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A senior US official has admitted that the first ever destructive cyber attack on an American firm by a nation state last year was carried out by Iranian operatives against the Las Vegas Sands casino group.

Iran Blamed for Destructive Cyber Blitz on Sands Casino

February 27, 2015 1:57 pm | Comments

A senior US official has admitted that the first ever destructive cyber attack on an American firm by a nation state last year was carried out by Iranian operatives against the Las Vegas Sands casino group.

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John Hanlon, executive director and legal director at the Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Illinois Springfield, wants attention to be paid to the status of biological evidence after a conviction.

Innocence Project Wants Evidence Better Preserved

February 27, 2015 12:30 pm | by Chris Dettro, The State Journal-Register | Comments

John Hanlon, executive director and legal director at the Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Illinois Springfield, wants attention to be paid to the status of biological evidence after a conviction.

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Hackers have been stealing the secret algorithms and tactics used by hedge funds and high-frequency trading firms, according to two security companies.

Hackers Steal Trading Algorithms

February 27, 2015 8:23 am | by Mathew J. Schwartz, Gov Info Security | Comments

Hackers have been stealing the secret algorithms and tactics used by hedge funds and high-frequency trading firms, according to two security companies.

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A team of computer scientists have devised as way to lift the veil of anonymity protecting cyber criminals by turning their malicious code against them.

Dusting for Cyber Fingerprints: Coding Style Identifies Anonymous Programmers

February 27, 2015 8:23 am | by Rachel Greenstadt, Drexel University | Comments

A team of computer scientists have devised as way to lift the veil of anonymity protecting cyber criminals by turning their malicious code against them.

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Shell Casings Link Hernandez to Crime Scene

February 26, 2015 2:40 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

A shell casing found in a car rented by ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and at the scene of a killing near his home were fired from the same weapon, a state police sergeant testified at trial, according to the Associated Press.  

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An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department detective turns to crownfunding after a crime lab mistake.

Detective Off Case After Crowdfunding Plea for DNA Test - Update

February 26, 2015 12:45 pm | by Jill Disis, Indy Star | Comments

An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department detective turns to crowdfunding after a crime lab mistake.

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In his most extensive comments on the JonBenet Ramsey case, the former Colorado police chief who led the investigation into the high-profile 1996 slaying of the 6-year-old beauty queen acknowledged online that officers botched the initial handling of the

Ex-Police Chief: JonBenet Ramsey Crime Scene was Mishandled

February 26, 2015 10:21 am | by Associated Press | Comments

In his most extensive comments on the JonBenet Ramsey case, the former Colorado police chief who led the investigation into the high-profile 1996 slaying of the 6-year-old beauty queen acknowledged online that officers botched the initial handling of the crime scene.

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