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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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Heart disease and cancer are overwhelmingly the most common causes of death in the United States. But researchers always like to dig deeper in to health trends than that. A new map, published by the CDC, shows the illnesses and accidents that disproportio

CDC Death Map Shows Each State's Most Common Killer

May 22, 2015 1:21 pm | by Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian | Comments

Heart disease and cancer are overwhelmingly the most common causes of death in the United States. But researchers always like to dig deeper in to health trends than that. A new map, published by the CDC, shows the illnesses and accidents that disproportionately claim people in each state. 

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It is perhaps symbolic that the statue of Justice atop the dome crowning the white limestone courthouse here had the scales ripped from her hand in a storm. After a bloody weekend melee between motorcycle gangs left nine people dead, 18 wounded and more t

Waco Courts Overwhelmed After Biker Brawl

May 22, 2015 12:58 pm | by Molly Hennessy-Fiske | Comments

It is perhaps symbolic that the statue of Justice atop the dome crowning the white limestone courthouse here had the scales ripped from her hand in a storm. After a bloody weekend melee between motorcycle gangs left nine people dead, 18 wounded and more than 177 in jail, the criminal justice system is a bit frayed.

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The Hatton Garden heist was a daring raid that involved climbing down lift shafts,   drilling through a reinforced concrete wall, gaining entry to a secure vault and   breaking numerous secure metal safe boxes before making away with valuables, right   un

How to Solve a Jewel Heist (and Why It Takes So Long)

May 22, 2015 11:46 am | by Emma Rixon, Tne Conversation | Comments

The Hatton Garden heist was a daring raid that involved climbing down lift shafts, drilling through a reinforced concrete wall, gaining entry to a secure vault and breaking numerous secure metal safe boxes before making away with valuables, right under the noses of security and police. But the investigation moved from snail’s, to making several charges in 48 hours. So what goes on and why is it all so slow?

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The hunt for a registered sex offender suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend and her son intensified Thursday after police raided but failed to find anyone inside a home in western Missouri, where the man was charged last month for allegedly keeping the

Police: Woman Held in Box for Months Found Dead, Man Sought

May 22, 2015 11:14 am | Comments

The hunt for a registered sex offender suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend and her son intensified Thursday after police raided but failed to find anyone inside a home in western Missouri, where the man was charged last month for allegedly keeping the woman confined in a wooden box.

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Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting case on Thursday viewed autopsy photos of some of the 12 people who were killed in the attack, a graphic ending to the fourth week of the death penalty trial that is expected to run through the summer.

Colorado Theater Shooting Jurors See Graphic Autopsy Photos

May 22, 2015 11:01 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting case on Thursday viewed autopsy photos of some of the 12 people who were killed in the attack, a graphic ending to the fourth week of the death penalty trial that is expected to run through the summer.  

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Digital forensics isn't only about fancy tools and technologies that aid investigators in their work. It's as much about ingenuity and creativity as technology, and requires a unique array of skill: the technical savvy of a science- club geek married with

Computer Forensic Investigations Require Planning and Investment

May 22, 2015 10:40 am | by Daintry Duffy, CSO | Comments

Digital forensics isn't only about fancy tools and technologies that aid investigators in their work. It's as much about ingenuity and creativity as technology, and requires a unique array of skill: the technical savvy of a science- club geek married with the curiosity that marks a seasoned detective.

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If you sell or gift your old Android phone to someone, is it enough to do a factory reset to wipe all your sensitive data? And if your Android gets stolen, how sure are you that your anti-theft solution will do a good job wiping it and/or locking the devi

Android Factory Reset Not Enough to Keep Data Secure

May 22, 2015 10:14 am | by Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security | Comments

If you sell or gift your old Android phone to someone, is it enough to do a factory reset to wipe all your sensitive data? And if your Android gets stolen, how sure are you that your anti-theft solution will do a good job wiping it and/or locking the device? Two researchers have published two papers that answer those questions.

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Recently, a Canadian 17-year-old pleaded guilty to 23 charges relating to swatting calls and other false police reports, many of which had targeted his online opponents in the video game League of Legends.

Teen Pleads Guilty to 23 Charges of Swatting, Harassing Online Game Rivals

May 22, 2015 9:50 am | by Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica | Comments

Recently, a Canadian 17-year-old pleaded guilty to 23 charges relating to swatting calls and other false police reports, many of which had targeted his online opponents in the video game League of Legends.

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The fate of the bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency is now before the Senate, in what is increasingly looking like a game of legislative chicken. The Senate is expected to decide Friday what to do with the oft-debated

Senate Expected to Act on NSA Collection of Phone Records

May 22, 2015 9:36 am | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | Comments

The fate of the bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency is now before the Senate, in what is increasingly looking like a game of legislative chicken. The Senate is expected to decide Friday what to do with the oft-debated measure.

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A U.S. State Department employee is accused of sending threatening emails to college-aged women in the U.S. from his computer at the U.S. Embassy in London, authorities said.

US State Dept. Employee Faces Cyber Stalking, Hacking Charges

May 22, 2015 9:19 am | by Jeff Martin, Associated Press | Comments

A U.S. State Department employee is accused of sending threatening emails to college-aged women in the U.S. from his computer at the U.S. Embassy in London, authorities said.

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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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