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US Intelligence Director's Personal E-Mail, Phone Hacked

January 13, 2016 11:32 am | by Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica | Comments

The same individual or group claiming to be behind a recent breach of the personal e-mail account of CIA Director John Brennan now claims to be behind the hijacking of the accounts of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

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Vietnam Begins Huge Effort to Identify War Dead

January 12, 2016 11:02 am | by Alison Abbott, Nature | Comments

It is the largest ever systematic identification effort; only the identification of more than 20,000 victims of armed conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1990s comes close.

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7 Criteria for Enriching Digital Evidence

January 12, 2016 10:51 am | by Jason Sachowski, Dark Reading | Comments

There are practical and realistic scenarios where a more proactive approach to gathering digital evidence can ease tension during forensic/incident response activities.  But what is often overlooked in  these situations  is the need to supplement the data content with relevant context.

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Cell Number, Social Media Led FBI to Robbery Suspect

January 11, 2016 11:38 am | by Jeff Martin, The AP | Comments

The FBI zeroed in on a woman suspected in jewelry store robberies across the South after analyzing records from cellphone towers near the robberies, then checking social media.

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The Ins and Outs of Deception for Cyber Security

January 11, 2016 11:02 am | by Carolyn Crandall, Attivo Newtworks | Comments

Security teams must go on the offense and create an environment that provides continuous real-time detection against an ever-changing landscape of cyber threats, and deception tools can play a critical role.

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New Research on 'Touch' DNA

January 8, 2016 12:21 pm | by Sarah Rackley Olson, Forensic Resources | Comments

As the sensitivity of DNA analysis increases, scientists are able to develop profiles from ever-smaller samples of DNA

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No More Excuses! Test the Rape Kits

January 7, 2016 12:37 pm | by Sun Sentinel | Comments

The victim didn't want to proceed with the investigation. But what if she later learns the DNA from her assault matched that of another?

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Making a Murderer: Forensic Expert Reflects on Testimony at Steven Avery Trial

January 7, 2016 12:30 pm | by CBC News | Comments

A forensics expert is watching developments around the Netflix true-crime mega-hit "Making a Murderer" with more interest than most: Dr. Scott Fairgrieve testified for the defense during the 2007 trial. 

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Forensic Fire Death Class Brings New Understanding to Investigators

January 6, 2016 12:42 pm | by Judy Truesdell, Firehouse.com | Comments

A unique program in Texas is allowing fire investigators to better understand fire deaths.

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Encryption Good, Backdoors Bad

January 6, 2016 12:36 pm | by Glyn Moody, Ars Technica | Comments

The Dutch government has released a statement in which it says that "it is currently not desirable to take restricting legal measures concerning the development, availability and use of encryption within the Netherlands."

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DC Forensics Lab to Resume DNA Testing in January

January 5, 2016 11:26 am | by Paul Wagner, Fox 5 | Comments

Nine months after DNA testing was suspended at the District's independent crime lab, officials said evidence analysis will resume in January following a training and management overhaul.

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First Known Hacker-Caused Power Outage Signals Troubling Escalation

January 5, 2016 11:13 am | by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica | Comments

Highly destructive malware that infected at least three regional power authorities in Ukraine led to a power failure that left hundreds of thousands of homes without electricity last week.

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DNA Database Linked Burglar to 14 Different Crime Scenes

January 4, 2016 1:12 pm | by Conor Feehan, The Irish Independent | Comments

The new DNA database in Ireland is up and running, and producing some very significant results. 

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In 2016, Terror Suspects May Bring Surveillance to the Supreme Court

January 4, 2016 10:16 am | by Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica | Comments

In 2015, government surveillance marched on in both large (the National Security Agency) and small (the debut of open source license plate reader software) ways. But what will 2016 have in store for the NSA?

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Embarking on a Forensic Practice

December 22, 2015 11:54 am | by Helen M. Farrell, The Psychiatric Times | Comments

There is a lot to think about when starting a private practice—and yet more to consider when embarking on a forensic psychiatry practice.

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