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In its three years in operation, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s Cold Case Unit brought to close two unsolved homicide cases dating as far back as the 1970s. The unit was shut down in 2011 after the federal grant that funded it ran out. But

Cold Case Unit's End Didn't Stop Search for DNA Profiles

July 29, 2015 8:28 am | by Jeff Reinitz, Globe Gazette | Comments

In its three years in operation, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s Cold Case Unit brought to close two unsolved homicide cases dating as far back as the 1970s. The unit was shut down in 2011 after the federal grant that funded it ran out. But DCI officials said they continue to investigate homicides cases that have gone years, or even decades, without justice.

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The former administrator of Darkode, the online cybercrime forum that was recently shut down by law enforcement agencies, is preparing to bring it back, with better security and privacy for its members.

Darkode Cyber Crime Forum Might be Making a Comeback

July 29, 2015 8:24 am | by Lucian Constantin, IT World | Comments

The former administrator of Darkode, the online cybercrime forum that was recently shut down by law enforcement agencies, is preparing to bring it back, with better security and privacy for its members.

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One of the most dangerous vulnerabilities to hit the Android scene ever has been uncovered: Dubbed Stagefright, the flaw makes all Android devices targets of remote take-over by simply receiving an MMS message, without even having to open or view it.

'Heartbleed for Mobile' Hits Android

July 29, 2015 8:24 am | by Tara Seals, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

One of the most dangerous vulnerabilities to hit the Android scene ever has been uncovered: Dubbed Stagefright, the flaw makes all Android devices targets of remote take-over by simply receiving an MMS message, without even having to open or view it.

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An attack in early 2014 on Anthem, the No. 2 US health insurer, was by most measuring sticks a historic hack, leading to the biggest healthcare data breach ever. New evidence unearthed by researchers from security firm Symantec, however, shows it was busi

Group That Hacked Anthem Shared Weaponized 0-Days With Rival Attackers

July 29, 2015 8:23 am | by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica | Comments

An attack in early 2014 on Anthem, the No. 2 US health insurer, was by most measuring sticks a historic hack, leading to the biggest healthcare data breach ever. New evidence unearthed by researchers from security firm Symantec, however, shows it was business as usual for the hacking group, which over the past three years has carried out more than a dozen similar attacks.

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Maybe we should take the warnings of RoboCop more seriously. Famous scientists, engineers, and businessmen are banding together to call for a ban on autonomous weapons development.

The Scientists and Technologists Who Want to Keep AI Out of Weapons

July 29, 2015 8:22 am | by Mike Murphy, Defense One | Comments

Maybe we should take the warnings of RoboCop more seriously. Famous scientists, engineers and businessmen are banding together to call for a ban on autonomous weapons development.

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Social media giants including Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook and Google are pushing back against Senate legislation that would require them to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity, according to industry and government officials.

Social Media Companies Fear Liability With Terrorism Bill

July 28, 2015 11:52 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | Comments

Social media giants including Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook and Google are pushing back against Senate legislation that would require them to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity, according to industry and government officials.

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Planned Parenthood called on the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday for help managing cybersecurity, following a report that the reproductive healthcare group's website had been hacked by anti-abortion activists.

Planned Parenthood Investigating Claims of Website Hack

July 28, 2015 10:51 am | by Megan Cassela, Reuters | Comments

Planned Parenthood called on the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday for help managing cybersecurity, following a report that the reproductive healthcare group's website had been hacked by anti-abortion activists.

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Researchers have devised a new method for stealing data that bypasses typical security protections for sensitive data — using the GSM network, electromagnetic waves and a basic low-end mobile phone.

Air-Gapped Computer Hacked With Simple Cell Phone

July 28, 2015 10:36 am | by Kim Zetter, Wired | Comments

Researchers have devised a new method for stealing data that bypasses typical security protections for sensitive data — using the GSM network, electromagnetic waves and a basic low-end mobile phone.

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The Obama administration has decided that the National Security Agency will soon stop examining — and will ultimately destroy — millions of American calling records it collected under a controversial program leaked by former agency contractor Edward Snowd

NSA Will Stop Looking at Old US Phone Records

July 28, 2015 10:16 am | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration has decided that the National Security Agency will soon stop examining — and will ultimately destroy — millions of American calling records it collected under a controversial program leaked by former agency contractor Edward Snowden.

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ATM Workers Forget Bag of Cash, Man Drives Off With $150K

July 28, 2015 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Sometime after 11:15 a.m. Monday, surveillance video shows a passenger in a white van grabbing the bag.

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Police ID Man Whose Severed Legs Were Found in Connecticut

July 27, 2015 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Connecticut authorities say severed legs found in New Haven this month were from a homeless man, and testing continues on two severed arms found nearby.

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Fire Science Breakthrough Explains Wildfire Spread

July 27, 2015 1:08 pm | by Rob Chaney, The Missoulian | Comments

According to new research developed in part by scientists at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, we’ve been dazzled by the flames in the treetops when we really should be concentrating on forces near the ground.

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Can Regional Crime Labs Ease Backlog of DNA Tests?

July 27, 2015 12:48 pm | by Kate Elizabeth Queram, Greensboro.com | Comments

Law enforcement officials routinely wait more than a year for forensic results to arrive from the state lab.

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Until very recently, senior executives have been happy to pass the buck for cyber breaches to the IT department or claim that a significant cyber breach had been unforeseeable. But a series of high-profile resignations are now shining the spotlight square

Executives Face the Axe for Cyber Breaches

July 27, 2015 11:27 am | by Stuart Poole-Robb, IT Pro Portal | Comments

Until very recently, senior executives have been happy to pass the buck for cyber breaches to the IT department or claim that a significant cyber breach had been unforeseeable. But a series of high-profile resignations are now shining the spotlight squarely on senior board members.

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The science of cell tower triangulation and GPS positioning were the weak links that didn’t meet the burden of proof in the murder case against a woman accused of fatally shooting her husband's ex-wife.

Cell Tower Data Key in Dropping Murder Charge

July 27, 2015 11:04 am | by Aaron Davis, Amarillo Globe-News | Comments

The science of cell tower triangulation and GPS positioning were the weak links that didn’t meet the burden of proof in the murder case against a woman accused of fatally shooting her husband's ex-wife.

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