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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 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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Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes said Monday that they found wooden fragments of a casket bearing the initials "M.C." with bones in and around them in a crypt underneath the chapel of a cloistered convent in Madrid.

Investigators Search for Cervantes among the Bones of Many

January 27, 2015 8:10 am | by Jorge Sainz, Associated Press | Comments

Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes said Monday that they found wooden fragments of a casket bearing the initials "M.C." with bones in and around them in a crypt underneath the chapel of a cloistered convent in Madrid.   

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Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby. They say one of the technology industry's most popular mobile apps could put officers' lives in danger from woul

Sheriffs Want Popular Police-tracking App Disabled

January 27, 2015 8:08 am | by Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press | Comments

Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby. They say one of the technology industry's most popular mobile apps could put officers' lives in danger from would-be police killers who can find where their targets are parked.

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As one of America's top forensic scientists, Mohammad Tahir uncovered evidence that helped jail boxer Mike Tyson for rape, convict serial killer John Wayne Gacy and clear doctor Sam Sheppard of murdering his wife.

US Forensic Expert Returns Home to Help Pakistan

January 26, 2015 11:06 am | by Katharine Houreld, Reuters | Comments

As one of America's top forensic scientists, Mohammad Tahir uncovered evidence that helped jail boxer Mike Tyson for rape, convict serial killer John Wayne Gacy and clear doctor Sam Sheppard of murdering his wife.           

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Richland College recently met the requirements for designation as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE), the only institution in Texas and one of only 10 institutions in the nation to earn this distinction.

Texas College Named a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence

January 26, 2015 10:47 am | by Richland College | Comments

Richland College recently met the requirements for designation as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE), the only institution in Texas and one of only 10 institutions in the nation to earn this distinction.

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NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is hosting a two-day training workshop for forensic examiners on recognizing and minimizing bias in forensic science.

Workshop on Cognitive Factors in Forensic Decision-Making

January 26, 2015 10:35 am | by NIJ | Comments

NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is hosting a two-day training workshop for forensic examiners on recognizing and minimizing bias in forensic science. Cognitive experts will lead the workshop, providing examples from a variety of forensic domains, including DNA, fingerprinting and forensic anthropology.

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