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Two former federal agents have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and   related offenses for stealing digital currency during their investigation of the   Silk Road, an underground black market that allowed users to conduct illegal   transacti

Federal Computer Forensics Expert Turns to the Dark Web

March 31, 2015 | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Two former federal agents have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and related offenses for stealing digital currency during their investigation of the Silk Road, an underground black market that allowed users to conduct illegal transactions over the Internet, the Department of Justice has announced.

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On CSI, NCIS and other popular television shows, mass spectrometers rapidly analyze biological samples and spit out definitive results of complex analyses. But in real life, mass spectrometry findings are less straightforward and slower paced. Analytical

Chemist Working to Improve Forensic Drug and Poison Screening

April 1, 2015 10:13 am | by IUPUI | Comments

On CSI, NCIS and other popular television shows, mass spectrometers rapidly analyze biological samples and spit out definitive results of complex analyses. But in real life, mass spectrometry findings are less straightforward and slower paced. Analytical chemist Nicholas Manicke has received a grant from the NIJ to improve the speed and accuracy of mass spectrometry for detecting drugs and poisons in blood samples.

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The controversy surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email has brought data destruction to the forefront of the national conversation. But now reports say Clinton “wiped the server,” deleting all emails. But how easy is it to permanentl

How hard is it to permanently delete data?

April 1, 2015 9:46 am | by Mark Pomerleau, GCN | Comments

The controversy surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email has brought data destruction to the forefront of the national conversation. But now reports say Clinton “wiped the server,” deleting all emails. But how easy is it to permanently wipe data from servers or storage media?

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The Defense Department has rolled out supersecret smartphones for work and maybe play, made by anti-government-surveillance firm Silent Circle, according to company officials.

Defense Department Using NSA-Proof Smartphones

April 1, 2015 9:25 am | by Aliya Sternstein, Nextgov | Comments

The Defense Department has rolled out supersecret smartphones for work and maybe play, made by anti-government-surveillance firm Silent Circle, according to company officials. 

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The Montana House has overwhelmingly passed a bill providing funding for an eastern Montana crime lab.

House Bill Passed to Create Eastern Montana Crime Lab

April 1, 2015 8:17 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Montana House has overwhelmingly passed a bill providing funding for an eastern Montana crime lab.

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The State Department says it can find only four emails sent between former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and her staff concerning drone strikes and certain U.S. surveillance programs, and those notes have little to do with either subject.

State Department: Clinton Sent Only 4 Emails About Drones

April 1, 2015 8:17 am | by Jack Gillum, Associated Press | Comments

The State Department says it can find only four emails sent between former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and her staff concerning drone strikes and certain U.S. surveillance programs, and those notes have little to do with either subject.

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Researchers used information collected from hundreds of skin swabs to produce three-dimensional maps of molecular and microbial variations across the body. These maps provide a baseline for future studies of the interplay between the molecules that make u

Body Maps Show Where Skin Has Been

April 1, 2015 8:16 am | by University of California, San Diego | Comments

Researchers used information collected from hundreds of skin swabs to produce three-dimensional maps of molecular and microbial variations across the body. These maps provide a baseline for future studies of the interplay between the molecules that make up our skin, the microbes that live on us, our personal hygiene routines and other environmental factors.

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Over the last year, Reddit’s “dark net markets” discussion forum has grown into one of the central fixtures of the online drug scene. At any given moment, hundreds of redditors are browsing reddit.com/r/darknetmarkets, many brazenly discussing anonymous o

Feds Demand Reddit Identify Users of a Dark-Web Drug Forum

April 1, 2015 8:15 am | by Andy Greenberg, Wired | Comments

Over the last year, Reddit’s “dark net markets” discussion forum has grown into one of the central fixtures of the online drug scene. At any given moment, hundreds of redditors are browsing reddit.com/r/darknetmarkets, many brazenly discussing anonymous online sales on the open internet. Now the feds have noticed.

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Visual Artist Creates 3-D Portraits From Pieces of Chewed Gum

March 31, 2015 11:05 am | by Andy Roesgen, DNAinfo | Comments

You lose your wallet on a busy Michigan Avenue. Or you forget your phone in a crowded restaurant — and all your private information just sits there, waiting to be found. As gut-wrenching as it may feel, a Chicago "bio-artist" wonders if some day you might feel the same dread from your discarded coffee cup, or chewed-up piece of gum, or a single strand of hair left in public.

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A multi-staged, targeted campaign is striking the international energy sector in order to spy on companies and steal sensitive information.

Reconnaissance Malware Wave Strikes Energy Sector

March 31, 2015 10:47 am | by Charlie Osborne, ZD Net | Comments

A multi-staged, targeted campaign is striking the international energy sector in order to spy on companies and steal sensitive information.

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The recent large-scale DDoS attacks against GitHub and anti-censorship group Greatfire.org are likely to signal the start of a major new attack campaign by China against foreign internet sites, according to Greatfire.

Beijing May Target Foreign Websites in New DDoS Campaign

March 31, 2015 10:23 am | by Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

The recent large-scale DDoS attacks against GitHub and anti-censorship group Greatfire.org are likely to signal the start of a major new attack campaign by China against foreign internet sites, according to Greatfire.

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Nanotech-Supercarbon, Graphene, Could Significantly Speed Up Sequencing

March 31, 2015 10:22 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Using a two-dimensional, hexagonal lattice of carbon atoms, called graphene, researchers say they have observed small structural changes to the material in a “measurably different way” that can be used to detect the four nucleobases, according to a report from the University of Melbourne. A unique combination of these nucleobases – adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine – create the individual genetic DNA sequence.

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Saudi hackers from Team Bad Dream have hacked and defaced the official website of  U.S. Army Picatinny Arsenal.

US Army Picatinny Arsenal Website Defaced by Saudi Hackers

March 30, 2015 1:34 pm | by Hack Read | Comments

Saudi hackers from Team Bad Dream have hacked and defaced the official website of  U.S. Army Picatinny Arsenal. 

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Taiwan wants to join a major anti-hacking drill conducted by the United States to strengthen cyber security ties with its staunchest ally, its vice premier said on Monday, a move which would help safeguard against constant targeting by hackers in rival Ch

Taiwan Wants Stronger Cyber Ties with US to Counter China Threat

March 30, 2015 1:17 pm | by Michael Gold and J.R. Wu, Reuters | Comments

Taiwan wants to join a major anti-hacking drill conducted by the United States to strengthen cyber security ties with its staunchest ally, its vice premier said on Monday, a move which would help safeguard against constant targeting by hackers in rival China.  

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On Friday, GitHub, the open-source software code collaboration site, said they were experiencing the largest DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack in github.com's history, according to their blogpost.

DDoS Attack Targets GitHub Anti-Censorship

March 30, 2015 12:31 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

On Friday, GitHub, the open-source software code collaboration site, said they were experiencing the largest DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack in github.com's history, according to their blogpost.

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Ex-AAFS Pres Barry Fisher on Admissable Evidence

March 30, 2015 11:55 am | by Barry Fisher | Comments

Fingerprint examinations, firearms testing, shoe print and tire impression evidence are suspect. Bite mark evidence is especially singled out as unsound. Handwriting comparison has come under scrutiny. Can absolute assertions about such evidence be made?

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