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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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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.

Over Five Billion Android Apps Vulnerable to Attack

March 3, 2015 2:59 pm | by Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

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.

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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.

DNA Hit Puts Another Rapist in Prison, This Time in 1998 Case

March 3, 2015 2:40 pm | by Buffy Spencer, Mass Live | Comments

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.

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Star Trek's virtual reality 'holodeck' has come a step closer to reality, thanks to researchers from the University of Zurich.

Forensic Holodeck Creates 3D Crime Scenes

March 3, 2015 2:19 pm | Comments

Star Trek's virtual reality 'holodeck' has come a step closer to reality, thanks to researchers from the University of Zurich.

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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 narr

Costly Shift to New Credit Cards Won't Fix Security Issues

March 3, 2015 1:38 pm | by Nandita Bose, Reuters | Comments

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.

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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.

What You Need to Know About Nation-State Hacked Hard Drives

March 3, 2015 10:13 am | by Kelly Jackson Higgins, Dark Reading | Comments

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.

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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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