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NYC to Pay $6.25 Million to Man Cleared in 1989 Killing

NYC to Pay $6.25 Million to Man Cleared in 1989 Killing

June 26, 2015 3:19 pm | by Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press | Comments

New York City has agreed to pay $6.25 million to a man who spent nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated in a killing that happened while he was more than 1,000 miles away vacationing at Disney World, the city comptroller said.

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Problems in the Connecticut state police crime lab delayed for at least four years the identification of a woman investigators think was killed by suspected serial killer William Devin Howell and hindered their ability to match several different samples o

Problems at Lab Slowed Serial Killer Probe; Several Victims' DNA Found in Suspect's Van

June 26, 2015 1:05 pm | by Dave Altimari and Alaine Griffin, The Courant | Comments

Problems in the Connecticut state police crime lab delayed for at least four years the identification of a woman investigators think was killed by suspected serial killer William Devin Howell and hindered their ability to match several different samples of DNA found in Howell's van, The Courant has learned.

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Cyber criminals have rapidly adapted their phishing campaigns over the past year, abandoning social media lures in favor of a new focus on business users with communication notification templates, according to Proofpoint.

Phishers Change Tack to Target Corporates

June 26, 2015 10:45 am | by Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

Cyber criminals have rapidly adapted their phishing campaigns over the past year, abandoning social media lures in favor of a new focus on business users with communication notification templates, according to reserchers.

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European police agencies have announced a "joint international strike against cyber crime," reporting that after a two-year investigation, they have disrupted a botnet gang that used and sold banking malware and cybercrime services that targeted victims a

Europol Targets Ukrainian Botnet Gang

June 26, 2015 10:03 am | by Mathew J. Schwartz, Gov Info Security | Comments

European police agencies have announced a "joint international strike against cyber crime," reporting that after a two-year investigation, they have disrupted a botnet gang that used and sold banking malware and cybercrime services that targeted victims and banks around the world.

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A conflict has erupted between technology companies, privacy advocates, and members of the U.S. law enforcement and intelligence communities over the right to use and distribute products that contain strong encryption technology. This debate between gover

Lessons From the 1990s Crypto Wars

June 26, 2015 9:17 am | by Andi Wilson, Danielle Kehl and Kevin Bankston, New America | Comments

A conflict has erupted over the right to use and distribute products that contain strong encryption technology. This debate between government actors seeking ways to preserve access to encrypted communications and a coalition of pro-encryption groups is reminiscent of an old battle that played out in the 1990s: a period that has come to be known as the “Crypto Wars.”

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Once a month, for the last 25 years, criminal investigators and forensics experts have been meeting for lunch behind closed doors in Philadelphia to discuss some of the nation's most heinous crimes. But what might appear a shadowy cabal to the casual view

Cold Case Investigators Behind Philly's Vidocq Society are in High Demand

June 25, 2015 3:03 pm | by Joe Hernandez, NewsWorks | Comments

Once a month, for the last 25 years, criminal investigators and forensics experts have been meeting for lunch behind closed doors in Philadelphia to discuss some of the nation's most heinous crimes. But what might appear a shadowy cabal to the casual viewer is actually a volunteer collection of crimefighters donating their time and expertise to help smaller police departments investigate unsolved crimes.

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A man who spent almost 20 years in prison - including 12 on death row - for murders he did not commit will now help oversee the city of Houston's new crime lab.

Ex-Death Row Inmate Appointed to Houston Crime Lab Board

June 25, 2015 12:33 pm | by Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle | Comments

A man who spent almost 20 years in prison - including 12 on death row - for murders he did not commit will now help oversee the city of Houston's new crime lab.

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A CIA-backed startup has discovered login credentials and passwords for 47 US government agencies littered across the Internet - leaving federal agencies potentially at risk of cyber attack.

Stolen US Government Passwords Leaked Across Web

June 25, 2015 10:03 am | by Charlie Osborne, ZDNet | Comments

A CIA-backed startup has discovered login credentials and passwords for 47 US government agencies littered across the Internet - leaving federal agencies potentially at risk of cyber attack.

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Finger-pointing burst into the open on Capitol Hill Wednesday over blame for hacking into the U.S. government's personnel records, which the chairman of a House oversight committee said might affect as many as 32 million current and former employees and o

Finger-Pointing Starting in Blame for Government Hack

June 25, 2015 9:44 am | by Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press | Comments

Finger-pointing burst into the open on Capitol Hill Wednesday over blame for hacking into the U.S. government's personnel records, which the chairman of a House oversight committee said might affect as many as 32 million current and former employees and others.

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Internet pioneer and DNS expert Paul Vixie says "passive DNS" is way to shut down malicious servers and infrastructure without affecting innocent users.

How to Avoid Collateral Damage in Cybercrime Takedowns

June 25, 2015 9:35 am | by Kelly Jackson Higgins, Dark Reading | Comments

Internet pioneer and DNS expert Paul Vixie says "passive DNS" is way to shut down malicious servers and infrastructure without affecting innocent users.  

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A Turkish man has been extradited to the United States to face charges he organized three cyber attacks that resulted in $55 million in losses to the global financial system, U.S. authorities announced on Wednesday.

Accused Turkish Mastermind of $55M Cyber Spree Extradited to US

June 25, 2015 8:34 am | by Nate Raymond, Reuters | Comments

A Turkish man has been extradited to the United States to face charges he organized three cyber attacks that resulted in $55 million in losses to the global financial system, U.S. authorities announced on Wednesday.

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Researchers have discovered that when it comes to rubbers, textured surfaces and reproduction, more fluid formulations have greater reliability than those that are thick and sticky. Rubber compounds are widely used to mould and produce copies of textured

Using the Right Rubber for the Job

June 24, 2015 2:10 pm | by University of Leicester | Comments

Researchers have discovered that when it comes to rubbers, textured surfaces and reproduction, more fluid formulations have greater reliability than those that are thick and sticky. Rubber compounds are widely used to mould and produce copies of textured surfaces for scientific analysis, but so far little research has been done to establish which rubbers make the most reliable copies.

Trailblazing detectives in Sarasota County, Florida used fingerprints from a photograph of a suspect's hand to identify him as the creep seen sexually abusing a 1-year-old boy in incriminating images found on his confiscated cell phone.

Child Porn Suspect ID'd From Photo Fingerprints

June 24, 2015 12:41 pm | by Mellissa Chan, New York Daily News | Comments

Trailblazing detectives in Sarasota County, Florida used fingerprints from a photograph of a suspect's hand to identify him as the creep seen sexually abusing a 1-year-old boy in incriminating images found on his confiscated cell phone.

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Recent admissions by the FBI involving data errors in calculating DNA probabilities are challenging the infallibility of DNA evidence, a science with a longstanding reputation of as the forensic gold standard. Prosecutors and bureau officials say the mist

Crime-Scene DNA Errors Spark Complex Legal Questions

June 24, 2015 11:49 am | by Megan Cassidy, The Arizona Republic | Comments

Recent admissions by the FBI involving data errors in calculating DNA probabilities are challenging the infallibility of DNA evidence, a science with a longstanding reputation of as the forensic gold standard. Prosecutors and bureau officials say the mistakes will have a minimal effect on criminal cases, but the real impact of the revelations in courtrooms across the country remains to be seen.

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The second of two former U.S. agents charged with pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars in digital currency reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Second US Agent Agrees to Plead Guilty to Bitcoin Theft

June 24, 2015 11:13 am | by Joel Rosenblatt, Bloomberg | Comments

The second of two former U.S. agents charged with pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars in digital currency reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.

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