Target has proposed to pay $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought against the retailer following a massive data breach in 2013. Individuals affected by the breach could get up to a maximum of $10,000, the proposal says.
A high-level Chinese military organization has for the first time formally acknowledged that the country’s military and its intelligence community have specialized units for waging war on computer networks.
France's government is pressing a surveillance bill that would give French intelligence services legal backing to vacuum up metadata in hopes of preventing an imminent terror attack.
For generations, students have been taught the concept of “ecological succession” with examples from the plant world, such as the progression over time of plant species that establish and grow following a forest fire. Yet, this common narrative may actually be false. Two decades before plant scientists explored the concept, it was forensic examiners who discovered ecological succession.
Facebook has added a new feature to Messenger that allows members to send or receive money between each other. It’s a bit late to the game, considering that plenty of online platforms, especially gaming platforms, already facilitate money transfers. But researchers warn that Facebook’s status as a tech giant will place it firmly in cybercriminals’ sights.
Prosecutors presented DNA and blood to try showing that Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother both played prominent roles in the 2013 attacks and the killing of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer days later.
Police have said they believe computer forensics will provide critical information in the investigation of a Penn State fraternity suspended amid allegations its members posted offensive photos on "secret" Facebook pages.
Statistical Assessment of the Probability of Correct Identification of Ignitable Liquids in Fire Debris AnalysisMarch 19, 2015 8:09 am | by Michael Sigman, Mary Williams and Erin Waddell, NIJ | Comments
The results of this research provide the first large-scale demonstration of statistically reliable classification rates for fire debris as positive or negative for ignitable liquid residue.
A defense expert said in dramatic testimony that he wouldn't classify the death of a young girl as a homicide even though her grandmother is accused of running her to death, yet he agreed the child wouldn't have died without exhausting physical exertion.
Some major changes in DNA technology and analysis have recently come on to the forensic scene – but with little fanfare to accompany those changes, busy practitioners could be forgiven for not having noticed them.
Forensic scientists are now trying to harness the “necrobiome." Bugs living upon and within a body could harbor vital clues about the circumstances of its demise. And it’s not just the dead that may reveal their secrets through their bugs: microbial fingerprints might also be used in rape or sexual assault cases, to provide police with vital leads about the identity of the assailant.
The jury in the Boston Marathon bombing trial on Wednesday saw two unexploded pipe bombs that prosecutors contend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hurled at police officers during a gunfight on a dark suburban street four days after the bombings.
Validation of Forensic Characterization and Chemical Identification of Dyes Extracted from Millimeter-Length FibersMarch 18, 2015 11:47 am | by Stephen Morgan, NIJ | Comments
The ubiquitous nature of textile fibers provides an information-rich evidence source for crime scene investigations. However, in cases of similarly dyed fibers, current fiber analysis techniques do not provide adequate chemical information for unambiguous match determinations to be made.
In the 18 months since the Silk Road online black market for narcotics was taken down by a swarm of three-letter agencies, a site known as Evolution has taken its place at the top of the dark web drug trade. Now Evolution, too, has suddenly dropped off the face of the internet. But unlike its Silk Road predecessor, there’s no indication that law enforcement took down the newer black market.
Health insurer Premera Blue Cross revealed recently that it has discovered a sophisticated cyber attack that tried to gain unauthorized access to their IT systems.