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Cylance has detailed coordinated attacks by hackers with ties to Iran on more than 50 targets in 16 countries around the globe. Victim organizations were found in a variety of critical industries, with most attacks on airlines and airports, energy, oil an

Iran-based Cyber Attacks on Global Infrastructure Exposed

December 2, 2014 10:09 am | by Cylance | Comments

Cylance has detailed coordinated attacks by hackers with ties to Iran on more than 50 targets in 16 countries around the globe. Victim organizations were found in a variety of critical industries, with most attacks on airlines and airports, energy, oil and gas, telecommunications companies, government agencies and universities.

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Forensic experts in crime labs around the world could soon have a new tool to help them better analyze DNA evidence thanks to the work of a Rutgers University–Camden computer scientist.

New Way to Analyze DNA Evidence Under Development

December 1, 2014 1:18 pm | by Rutgers University | Comments

Forensic experts in crime labs around the world could soon have a new tool to help them better analyze DNA evidence thanks to the work of a Rutgers University–Camden computer scientist. The research is focused on finding a way to more accurately analyze DNA evidence at a crime scene.

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 British forensics experts are working with Mexican parents-turned-investigators whose children have disappeared to create the first independent database of the country's thousands of missing.

British Forensic Experts Help to Create Database of Disappeared

December 1, 2014 1:08 pm | by Nina Lakhani, The Telegraph | Comments

British forensics experts are working with Mexican parents-turned-investigators whose children have disappeared to create the first independent database of the country's thousands of missing.                  

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At least five high profile cases of serious malpractice at US forensic crime   labs have come to light in the last two years, most resulting in the arrest of   chemists working there. These scandals have called into question key evidence   used in crimina

Questions of Reform after Forensic Failures at US Labs

December 1, 2014 12:40 pm | by Rebecca Trager, Chemistry World | Comments

At least five high profile cases of serious malpractice at US forensic crime labs have come to light in the last two years, most resulting in the arrest of chemists working there. These scandals have called into question key evidence used in criminal cases, and have resulted in hundreds convictions being overturned. And this malpractice had led critics to ask a bigger question. Is something rotten at the heart of US forensic science?

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Va Budget Cuts Hit Forensic Lab Analysis of Trace Evidence

December 1, 2014 12:27 pm | by Don Rush, Associated Press | Comments

Budget cuts have prompted the Virginia Department of Forensic Science to reduce its analysis of gunshot residue and several other kinds of trace evidence.                           

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Forensic experts launched a high-tech search Monday for the unmarked grave of a man killed and secretly buried by the Irish Republican Army, one of more than a dozen such victims who disappeared without trace decades ago.

Forensic Experts Seek Unmarked Irish Grave of IRA Victim

December 1, 2014 12:07 pm | by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press | Comments

Forensic experts launched a high-tech search Monday for the unmarked grave of a man killed and secretly buried by the Irish Republican Army, one of more than a dozen such victims who disappeared without trace decades ago.        

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Newly discovered court documents from two federal criminal cases in New York and California that remain otherwise sealed suggest that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is pursuing an unusual legal strategy to compel cellphone makers to assist investigations

Gov Seeks Apple's Help with Encrypted Phones

December 1, 2014 11:26 am | by Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica | Comments

Newly discovered court documents from two federal criminal cases in New York and California that remain otherwise sealed suggest that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is pursuing an unusual legal strategy to compel cellphone makers to assist investigations.

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On 26 and 27 November, law enforcement agencies from all over the world, in cooperation with the airline, travel and credit card industries, joined forces in a major concerted action to combat online fraud.

Online Fraudsters Arrested in Airline Action

December 1, 2014 11:05 am | by Help Net Security | Comments

On 26 and 27 November, law enforcement agencies from all over the world, in cooperation with the airline, travel and credit card industries, joined forces in a major concerted action to combat online fraud.             

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Sony Pictures Entertainment has hired FireEye Inc's Mandiant forensics unit to clean up a massive cyber attack that knocked out the studio's computer network nearly a week ago, three people with knowledge of the matter said.

Sony Hires Mandiant after Cyber Attack

December 1, 2014 10:51 am | by Reuters | Comments

Sony Pictures Entertainment has hired FireEye Inc's Mandiant forensics unit to clean up a massive cyber attack that knocked out the studio's computer network nearly a week ago, three people with knowledge of the matter said.       

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A Danish citizen has had the dubious honor of becoming the first ever person to be convicted of selling spyware in the US.

Danish Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Spyware App

December 1, 2014 10:37 am | by Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

A Danish citizen has had the dubious honor of becoming the first ever person to be convicted of selling spyware in the US.                                     

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UAlbany to Host Data Breach Research Laboratory

November 26, 2014 8:35 am | Comments

The University at Albany School of Business has been selected to host a research laboratory designed to improve exploration into cyber security and incident response. Computer forensic leader, The ARC Group of New York (ARC), has donated software and services valued at more than a half million dollars to support this critical endeavor.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation will soon open its Malware Investigator   portal to the private sector. Malware Investigator, which the agency began   developing in 2013 based on the success of its Binary Analysis Characterization and Storage System

Why it Took Years to Discover Regin

November 26, 2014 8:25 am | Comments

After Symantec published its report on the Regin super-spyware, there were many questions raised. Who coded it? What can it do? And – above all – why did it take so long for security vendors to notice it?

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Hacking Down for the Holidays

November 26, 2014 8:19 am | Comments

The holiday sales season and the online crush that accompanies it might seem a natural field day for hackers looking to attack the small and midsize retailers who depend on these sales to bump them into the black. Surprisingly, it's not.

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Canadian Police Solve Fingerprinting Dilemma

November 26, 2014 6:01 am | Comments

When the Bank of Canada started making the switch a few years ago from paper currency to the smoother polymer bills, it touted the upgrade as a way to stay ahead of counterfeiters. But the change also meant that Canada's crime fighters had to come up with a new method for lifting fingerprints off of them since the traditional "wet chemistry" method used on the old paper bills no longer worked on the new ones.

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ME's Memoirs Debunk CSI Myths

November 26, 2014 5:49 am | Comments

Dr. Judy Melinek can’t watch “CSI,” “Bones” and the myriad other medical examiner (ME) shows that have exploded on to television, she writes in her new memoir, “Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner” (Scribner), which she penned, in part, to debunk myths about her profession. 

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