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Illegal Guns a Deadly Epidemic on Baltimore City Streets

November 11, 2015 11:06 am | by Mary Bubala, WJZ | Comments

The same suspect reportedly shot and killed another man. When they got to the crime scene on North Rose Street, it was the same gun.


It's Time to Take 'The Bite' Out of Court Convictions

November 10, 2015 12:52 pm | by Lonnie Robinson, The Daily Reporter | Comments

The popular criminal forensic investigation television shows portray every forensic science investigation tool and technique as infallible and always accurate. But, in real life, this is not true. Some of the forensic science procedures used in criminal investigations are very controversial.


New Encryption Ransomware Targets Linux Systems

November 10, 2015 9:33 am | by Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica | Comments

Many of the systems that have been affected by the malware were infected when attackers exploited a vulnerability in the Magento CMS. A critical vulnerability patch for Magneto, which is used to power a number of e-commerce sites, was published on October 31


Italy's Painstaking Bid to Identify Shipwrecked Migrants

November 10, 2015 9:20 am | by Agence France-Presse | Comments

Putting names to those who die while crossing the Mediterranean to Europe is a huge challenge for forensic scientists, with clues sometimes limited to no more than a scar or a solitary tatoo.


Cyber Security in a Cloud World

November 9, 2015 12:52 pm | by Rosella Fernandez, The Digital Guardian | Comments

Being able to understand and address the main security challenges cloud apps can introduce to your organization requires visibility into what data is stored in the cloud as well as the contextual factors of how that data is being accessed or used.


Officers With Body-Cams to Interview Crime-Scene Suspects

November 9, 2015 12:44 pm | Comments

Police officers could soon be using body cameras to interview suspects at crime scenes as part of new cost-cutting plans.


A Behind the Scenes Look at Crime Scene Investigations

November 9, 2015 12:20 pm | by Dorothy Chomicz, The News Miner | Comments

After a year as the News-Miner’s crime reporter I thought nothing much could shock or disturb me anymore, but class number six — crime scene investigations — made me realize I’d been wrong about that.


Crash Forensics to Determine Whether Bomb Downed Russian Jet

November 6, 2015 11:32 am | by Tim Hepher, Reuters | Comments

With world powers divided over the cause of a Russian jetliner crash, much rests on forensic teams as they scour a sandy trail of wreckage almost a week after 224 people died in Egypt's worst air disaster.


A Rape, a Non-Investigation, and a 18-Year Wait for Justice

November 6, 2015 10:42 am | by Cain Burdeau, The AP | Comments

Largely through her own persistence — dozens of phone calls pushing police and prosecutors over nearly 16 years — did police finally nab the suspect: a serial rapist on the brink of walking free from prison.


How Police Can Get Your Deleted Texts

November 6, 2015 10:38 am | by Kent Pierce, WTNH Reporter | Comments

 Investigators were able to access texts in the case against Kyle Navin using a new kind of software that is having a big impact on law enforcement.


Rapist Loses Appeal on Excluded Trial DNA

November 6, 2015 9:59 am | by Spencer Willems, Arkansas Online | Comments

A convicted rapist lost his bid for a new trial Thursday after a divided Arkansas Supreme Court found that the trial court was within its rights to exclude evidence of another person's DNA at the scene of the crime.


FBI Official: It's America's Choice Whether We Want to Be Spied On

November 5, 2015 11:41 am | by Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica | Comments

FBI General Counsel James Baker today spoke about how encryption is making it increasingly difficult for law enforcement agencies to conduct surveillance. While the FBI has previously argued in favor of backdoors that let authorities defeat encryption, Baker said the issue must ultimately be decided by the American people.


Study Raises Questions About DNA Evidence

November 5, 2015 11:16 am | by University of Indianapolis | Comments

Not only can secondary DNA transfer falsely link someone to a crime, but it also can weaken the impact of potential evidence that could have been used to identify the guilty party.


New Fingerprint Powders to Combat Ivory Poaching

November 5, 2015 10:54 am | by P. Elizabeth Anderson, | Comments

For the first time, forensic experts have validated new methods to obtain fingerprints from poached ivory.


The Apps That Can Secretly Spy on You Through Your Cellphone

November 4, 2015 12:52 pm | by Sandra Temko, ABC News | Comments

It may sound extreme, but Brian Hill, a former police detective and digital forensics expert, showed “GMA” how easily it can happen using two apps, mSpy and FlexiSpy.



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