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The British GCHQ staff, intelligence officers and police have been given immunity from prosecution for hacking into computers, laptops and mobile phones under legislative changes that were never fully debated by parliament, a tribunal has been told.

British Spies Can Hack Digital Devices Legally

May 18, 2015 | by Owen Bowcott, the Guardian | Comments

The British GCHQ staff, intelligence officers and police have been given immunity from prosecution for hacking into computers, laptops and mobile phones under legislative changes that were never fully debated by parliament, a tribunal has been told.

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As an undetectable means of bumping someone off, poison has fallen steeply out of favour in recent times, forensic technology having advanced to such a degree that the presence of even the smallest quantities of any toxic agent in a corpse will now almost

Poisoning More Difficult With Improving Forensic Technology

May 21, 2015 2:57 pm | by Jon Henley, The Guardian | Comments

As an undetectable means of bumping someone off, poison has fallen steeply out of favour in recent times, forensic technology having advanced to such a degree that the presence of even the smallest quantities of any toxic agent in a corpse will now almost inevitably be detected.

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Tens of thousands of HTTPS-protected websites, mail servers, and other widely used Internet services are vulnerable to a new attack that lets eavesdroppers read and modify data passing through encrypted connections, a team of computer scientists has found

HTTPS-Crippling Attack Threatens Tens of Thousands of Web and Mail Servers

May 21, 2015 2:09 pm | by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica | Comments

Tens of thousands of HTTPS-protected websites, mail servers, and other widely used Internet services are vulnerable to a new attack that lets eavesdroppers read and modify data passing through encrypted connections, a team of computer scientists has found.

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A Chinese university denied on Thursday U.S. espionage charges filed against three of its staff who are among six Chinese people the United States has accused of stealing technology often used in military systems.

China University Denies US Economic Espionage Charges

May 21, 2015 1:30 pm | by Michael Martina and Megha Rajagopalan, Reuters | Comments

A Chinese university denied on Thursday U.S. espionage charges filed against three of its staff who are among six Chinese people the United States has accused of stealing technology often used in military systems.

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Scientists, conducting research to better understand the chemical processes involved in superglue fuming of both recent and aged latent prints, discovered that the fuming process is more efficient when the print temperature is between 10-15 degrees Celsiu

Superglue Fuming of Fingerprints at Lower Temperatures Improves Results

May 21, 2015 8:32 am | by Mark D. Dadmun, NIJ | Comments

Scientists, conducting research to better understand the chemical processes involved in superglue fuming of both recent and aged latent prints, discovered that the fuming process is more efficient when the print temperature is between 10-15 degrees Celsius (50-59 degrees Fahrenheit).

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The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act.

Justice: NSA May Have to Wind Down Bulk Collection This Week

May 21, 2015 8:31 am | by Donna Cassata, Associated Press | Comments

The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act.

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Photographs showing a North Korean missile launched from a submarine were manipulated by state propagandists and the country may be years away from developing such technology, analysts and a top U.S. military official said on Tuesday.

North Korea Modified Submarine Missile Launch Photos, Analysis Shows

May 20, 2015 2:36 pm | by James Pearson, Reuters | Comments

Photographs showing a North Korean missile launched from a submarine were manipulated by state propagandists and the country may be years away from developing such technology, analysts and a top U.S. military official said on Tuesday.

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At the time 14-year-old Adam Gray was arrested for setting a fire that killed two people, the evidence that the fire had been intentionally set seemed unassailable. But now, nearly two decades after his conviction, Gray hopes to win his freedom after Illi

Convicted Murderer Hopes Latest Fire Science Proves Innocence

May 20, 2015 12:38 pm | by Steve Mills, Chicago Tribune | Comments

At the time 14-year-old Adam Gray was arrested for setting a fire that killed two people, the evidence that the fire had been intentionally set seemed unassailable. But now, nearly two decades after his conviction, Gray hopes to win his freedom after Illinois prosecutors agreed to a hearing on his claim that the fire was not arson.

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Luck ran out Tuesday for the thieves who broke into a safe deposit in London's diamond district and seemed to have pulled off the perfect jewel heist over Easter weekend. more than 200 Scotland Yard officers closed in on them with nine arests being made.

British Police Nab 9 for Easter Weekend Jewel Heist

May 20, 2015 11:55 am | by Gregory Katz, Associated Press | Comments

Luck ran out Tuesday for the thieves who broke into a safe deposit in London's diamond district and seemed to have pulled off the perfect jewel heist over Easter weekend. More than 200 Scotland Yard officers closed in on them - nine arrests being made.

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Rombertik, the information-stealing malware that was recently analyzed by Cisco researchers and which apparently tries to prevent researchers from doing so by rewriting the computer's Master Boot Record, is actually a newer version of an underground crime

Rombertik's Disk Wiping Mechanism is Aimed at Pirates, Not Researchers

May 20, 2015 11:06 am | by Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security | Comments

Rombertik, the information-stealing malware that was recently analyzed by Cisco researchers and which apparently tries to prevent researchers from doing so by rewriting the computer's Master Boot Record, is actually a newer version of an underground crimeware kit known as Carbon FormGrabber (or Carbon Grabber), Symantec researchers have found.

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DNA Evidence Exonerates Canadian Tourist Murder Suspect

May 19, 2015 1:32 pm | by Carey Codd, CBS4 | Comments

Dobard said he knew nothing of the crime and nothing of the victim, Domenico Perruccio. But he turned himself in to Hollywood Police fearing for his safety and hoping to clear his name.

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Cocaine Users Sweat Over Fingerprint Analysis

May 19, 2015 1:22 pm | by Simon Neil, Chemistry World | Comments

Have you recently taken an illicit drug? You have the right to remain silent, but if authorities really need an answer, there’s a global testing industry worth several billion dollars on hand to help, with an array of analytical techniques.

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The Army is seeking the assistance of cyberattack tool sellers, joining a growing number of Pentagon entities aiming to amass advanced cyber capabilities.

Army is in Talks With 'Cyber Effects' Vendors

May 19, 2015 12:27 pm | by Aliya Sternstein, Nextgov | Comments

The Army is seeking the assistance of cyberattack tool sellers, joining a growing number of Pentagon entities aiming to amass advanced cyber capabilities. 

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Did information security expert Chris Roberts exploit vulnerabilities in airplanes' onboard entertainment systems more than a dozen times in recent years, allowing him - in at least one case - to access a plane's thrust management computer and cause it to

Questions Over Plane Hacking Report

May 19, 2015 11:11 am | by Mathew J. Schwartz, Gov Info Security | Comments

Did information security expert Chris Roberts exploit vulnerabilities in airplanes' onboard entertainment systems more than a dozen times in recent years, allowing him - in at least one case - to access a plane's thrust management computer and cause it to climb?

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New research data shows that the rate of new malware variants released by malicious attackers continues to break records.

Every 4 Seconds New Malware is Born

May 19, 2015 10:49 am | by Ericka Chickowski, Dark Reading | Comments

New research data shows that the rate of new malware variants released by malicious attackers continues to break records.

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The U.S. House has voted to strike the section of the Patriot Act that allows mass   collection of Americans’ phone metadata, a week after the federal appeals court   ruling that the dragnet wasn’t legal anyway. Amid the progress, Germans are still   proc

Germans Still Mulling Over Complicity with NSA

May 18, 2015 12:51 pm | by Grace Dobush, Quartz | Comments

The U.S. House has voted to strike the section of the Patriot Act that allows mass collection of Americans’ phone metadata, a week after the federal appeals court ruling that the dragnet wasn’t legal anyway. Amid the progress, Germans are still processing what exactly the National Security Agency has been up to on the continent.

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