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A newly-released document from the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) own internal watchdog found that the government’s controversial warrantless surveillance and bulk data collection program was so secretive that the agency was unable to make “full use”

Most CIA Analysts Didn’t Know About NSA Spy Program

April 27, 2015 | by Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica | Comments

A newly-released document from the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) own internal watchdog found that the government’s controversial warrantless surveillance and bulk data collection program was so secretive that the agency was unable to make “full use” of its capabilities even several years after the September 11 attacks. 

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Police forces across the UK are testing technology that allows officers to analyse DNA samples in custody suites, amid fears that civil liberties could be infringed and evidence compromised.

Hi-tech DNA Machines Cause Concern

April 27, 2015 2:59 pm | by Oscar Quine, Independent Online | Comments

Police forces across the UK are testing technology that allows officers to analyse DNA samples in custody suites, amid fears that civil liberties could be infringed and evidence compromised.

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Champlain College has been recognized for the second time as winner of the Professional Award for Best Cybersecurity Higher Education Program at the 2015 SC Awards. The award was presented during the 2015 SC Awards Gala held in San Francisco.

Champlain College Awarded for Best Cybersecurity Higher Education Program

April 27, 2015 12:46 pm | by Champlain College | Comments

Champlain College has been recognized for the second time as winner of the Professional Award for Best Cybersecurity Higher Education Program at the 2015 SC Awards. The award was presented during the 2015 SC Awards Gala held in San Francisco.

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The cybersecurity workforce gap has been well-documented — and cultivating the next generation of cyber workers, the Millennials, from an early age has been widely seen as a mandate for continued industry viability.

Recruiting the Next-Generation Cyber Workforce

April 24, 2015 12:58 pm | by Tara Seals, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

The cybersecurity workforce gap has been well-documented — and cultivating the next generation of cyber workers, the Millennials, from an early age has been widely seen as a mandate for continued industry viability.

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Germany's intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), has been helping the NSA spy on European politicians and companies for years, according to the German news magazine Der Spiegel.

Spies Like Us: German Intelligence Helps the NSA

April 24, 2015 12:22 pm | by Glyn Moody, Ars Technica | Comments

Germany's intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), has been helping the NSA spy on European politicians and companies for years, according to the German news magazine Der Spiegel.

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced new partnership initiatives on the first day of a two-day visit to California's Silicon Valley to learn from experts who run some of the highest-tech companies in one of the nation's innovation hotspots.

Defense Secretary Seeks Tech-Sector Partnerships for Innovation

April 24, 2015 11:56 am | by Cheryl Pellerin, Associated Press | Comments

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced new partnership initiatives on the first day of a two-day visit to California's Silicon Valley to learn from experts who run some of the highest-tech companies in one of the nation's innovation hotspots.

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While the world of 3D printing is still in a fairly lawless, unregulated state (one to be enjoyed while it lasts by those on the right side of the law), that doesn’t mean it can’t be used to the law’s benefit.

3D Printed Beer Bottle Instrumental Evidence in UK Murder Conviction

April 24, 2015 10:05 am | by Bridget Butler Millsaps, 3DPrint.com | Comments

While the world of 3D printing is still in a fairly lawless, unregulated state (one to be enjoyed while it lasts by those on the right side of the law), that doesn’t mean it can’t be used to the law’s benefit.

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The contradiction in the debate over whether law enforcement should have guaranteed access to data while still advocating privacy is not easily reconciled.

Encryption Keys to Turn the House Around

April 23, 2015 12:35 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

The contradiction in the debate over whether law enforcement should have guaranteed access to data while still advocating privacy is not easily reconciled.

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CTI is the application of intelligence tactics to gain insights on adversarial actors and their tools, techniques, and procedures. However, one aspect that’s not frequently discussed is the use of counterintelligence tactics by both the defender and the a

The Rise of Counterintelligence in Malware Investigations

April 23, 2015 11:47 am | by John Bambenek, Dark Reading | Comments

CTI is the application of intelligence tactics to gain insights on adversarial actors and their tools, techniques, and procedures. However, one aspect that’s not frequently discussed is the use of counterintelligence tactics by both the defender and the adversary.

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On Monday, the FBI released what was almost certainly a painful admission. The vast majority of the agents that it had sent to court to testify about a specific forensic analysis had submitted erroneous statements to the court. In its preliminary review o

The Science (and lack thereof) Behind the FBI's Retreat on Hair Analysis

April 23, 2015 11:20 am | by John Timmer, Ars Technica | Comments

On Monday, the FBI released what was almost certainly a painful admission. The vast majority of the agents that it had sent to court to testify about a specific forensic analysis had submitted erroneous statements to the court. In its preliminary review of relevant cases, at least 90 percent of them were problematic.

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A new Pentagon cybersecurity strategy lays out for the first time publicly that the U.S. military plans to use cyber warfare as an option in conflicts with enemies. The 33-page strategy says the Defense Department "should be able to use cyber operations t

New Pentagon Strategy Warns of Cyberwar Capabilities

April 23, 2015 11:00 am | by Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press | Comments

A new Pentagon cybersecurity strategy lays out for the first time publicly that the U.S. military plans to use cyber warfare as an option in conflicts with enemies. The 33-page strategy says the Defense Department "should be able to use cyber operations to disrupt an adversary's command and control networks, military-related critical infrastructure and weapons capabilities."

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Hackers aren’t just getting more aggressive — take a look at what happened last winter to Sony — they’re also getting harder to track down.

Mandia: Identifying Hackers is Getting More Difficult

April 23, 2015 10:36 am | by Kurt Wagner, re/code | Comments

Hackers aren’t just getting more aggressive — take a look at what happened last winter to Sony — they’re also getting harder to track down.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has introduced a bill to extend through 2020   a controversial surveillance authority under the Patriot Act. The move comes as a   bipartisan group of lawmakers in both chambers is preparing legislation to scale   ba

Senate Bill Would Extend NSA Surveillance

April 23, 2015 10:20 am | by Ellen Nakashima, The Washington Post | Comments

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has introduced a bill to extend through 2020 a controversial surveillance authority under the Patriot Act. The move comes as a bipartisan group of lawmakers in both chambers is preparing legislation to scale back the government’s spying powers under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.

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An anthropologist and pathologist who is part of the international team working to identify people killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down in Ukraine has been publicly rebuked for discussing the case and showing photos of victims in a lec

Investigator Criticized for Showing Images of MH17 Victims

April 23, 2015 9:36 am | by Mike Corder, Associated Press | Comments

An anthropologist and pathologist who is part of the international team working to identify people killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down in Ukraine has been publicly rebuked for discussing the case and showing photos of victims in a lecture to students.

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One of the most common body fluids encountered at a violent crime scene is blood. The forensic examination of soiled clothing and other textiles such as sheets, towels and upholstery can help forensic scientists to reconstruct a crime, and in some cases m

Bloodstain Patterns on Textile Surfaces: A Fundamental Analysis

April 23, 2015 8:48 am | by Stephen Michielsen, Michael Taylor, Namrata Parekh and Feng Ji, NIJ | Comments

One of the most common body fluids encountered at a violent crime scene is blood. The forensic examination of soiled clothing and other textiles such as sheets, towels and upholstery can help forensic scientists to reconstruct a crime, and in some cases might support or refute details shared by the complainant, suspect, or eyewitness.

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The FBI has issued and alert warning that law enforcement personnel and public officials may be at an increased risk of cyber attacks.

Hacktivists Targeting Law Enforcement

April 22, 2015 12:39 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

The FBI has issued and alert warning that law enforcement personnel and public officials may be at an increased risk of cyber attacks. 

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