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The Science Behind Forensic Toxicology

August 18, 2015 10:47 am | by Katherine Ellen Foley | Comments

Unlike other medical tests, where technicians isolate a specific compound like cholesterol, Middleberg says that you don’t always know what you’re looking for with forensic toxicology. 

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Intelligence officials know that, increasingly, autocracies are deploying "trolls" – robotic feeds or paid commentators – to sway social media trends. So officials say they are cautious when compiling situation assessments.

Russian 'Troll Army' Manipulates Social Media

August 18, 2015 10:46 am | by Aliya Sternstein, Nextgov | Comments

Intelligence officials know that, increasingly, autocracies are deploying "trolls" – robotic feeds or paid commentators – to sway social media trends. So officials say they are cautious when compiling situation assessments.

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Murder Victim's Mom Calls for DNA Testing in Indiana

August 18, 2015 10:42 am | by Maureen Hayden, CNHI State Reporter | Comments

Lawmakers have long opposed collecting DNA samples from crime suspects, but the mother of a young murder victim who waited years to learn the identity of her daughter’s killer is hoping to change their minds.

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Police in China said on Tuesday they had arrested about 15,000 people for crimes that "jeopardized Internet security", as the government moves to tighten controls on the Internet.

Chinese Police Arrest 15,000 for Internet Crimes

August 18, 2015 10:13 am | by Reuters | Comments

Police in China said on Tuesday they had arrested about 15,000 people for crimes that "jeopardized Internet security", as the government moves to tighten controls on the Internet.

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Alphaville is a virtual reality training ground. It's also the site of a competition used by the state’s Cyber Civilian Corp (or MiC3), a pioneering new entity conceived to fight back in the event of a major cyber attack. Kevin Hayes is one of its elite f

Michigan's Battalion of Digital Defenders Raises Bar for States' Cybersecurity

August 18, 2015 10:04 am | by Anna Mulrine, The Christian Science Monitor | Comments

Alphaville is a virtual reality training ground. It's also the site of a competition used by the state’s Cyber Civilian Corp (or MiC3), a pioneering new entity conceived to fight back in the event of a major cyber attack. Kevin Hayes is one of its elite fighters. When he's called on, like a volunteer firefighter or National Guard soldier, he will join a group of highly trained digital first-responders.

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A computer breach at the IRS in which thieves stole tax information from thousands of taxpayers is much bigger than the agency originally disclosed. An additional 220,000 potential victims had information stolen from an IRS website as part of a sophistica

IRS Computer Breach Bigger Than First Thought, 334K Victims

August 18, 2015 9:25 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | Comments

A computer breach at the IRS in which thieves stole tax information from thousands of taxpayers is much bigger than the agency originally disclosed. An additional 220,000 potential victims had information stolen from an IRS website as part of a sophisticated scheme to use stolen identities to claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Monday.

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The Trials of Ed Graf

August 17, 2015 12:01 pm | by Jeremy Stahl, Slate | Comments

In 1988, he was convicted of killing his stepsons—based on arson science we now know is bunk. A quarter of a century later, Texas granted him a new trial, one that pitted modern forensics against old-fashioned Texas justice.

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Autopsy Reports Released From Waco Biker Shooting

August 17, 2015 11:52 am | by Emily Schmall, NBC News | Comments

Autopsy reports for nine people killed in a shootout involving bikers and police in Waco were released Thursday, nearly three months after the confrontation outside the Twin Peaks restaurant -- but authorities still have not said who shot whom.

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State Medical Examiner's Office Works to Recover From Blunders

August 17, 2015 11:36 am | by Thomas Farragher, The Boston Globe | Comments

You could never detect it by standing on Albany Street, but something remarkable is being attempted inside at the state medical examiner’s office.

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3-D Imaging Enables Virtual Return to Crime Scene

August 17, 2015 11:18 am | by Emily Gillespie, The Columbian | Comments

When it comes time to collect evidence at the scene of a crime, sometimes you don't know what's important until later.

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After more than four years and two giant law enforcement busts, the Dark Web’s drug market is still just as robust as it was during the Silk Road’s heyday. In fact, according to a new study, it’s now moving well over $100 million of illegal substances a y

Crackdowns Haven't Stopped the Dark Web's $100M Yearly Drug Sales

August 17, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Greenberg, Wired | Comments

After more than four years and two giant law enforcement busts, the Dark Web’s drug market is still just as robust as it was during the Silk Road’s heyday. In fact, according to a new study, it’s now moving well over $100 million of illegal substances a year, and it’s recovering from every new scam-induced setback and government crackdown faster than the last one.

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Russian and Chinese cyber spies are using similar — and surprisingly simple — methods to hack their top U.S. targets, according to new research.

Russian, Chinese Hackers Use Nearly Identical Tactics on US

August 17, 2015 9:39 am | by Cory Bennett, The Hill | Comments

Russian and Chinese cyber spies are using similar — and surprisingly simple — methods to hack their top U.S. targets, according to new research.

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The National Security Agency's ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T.

NSA Spying Relies on AT&T's 'Extreme Willingness to Help'

August 17, 2015 9:26 am | by Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson, ProPublica | Comments

The National Security Agency's ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T.

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Eugene Kaspersky has taken to the world wide web to strongly rebut allegations made in a Reuters story that his firm deliberately tried to tarnish the reputation of its rivals by tricking them into classifying legitimate files as malicious.

Kaspersky Hits Back at False Positives Story

August 17, 2015 9:14 am | by Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

Eugene Kaspersky has taken to the world wide web to strongly rebut allegations made in a Reuters story that his firm deliberately tried to tarnish the reputation of its rivals by tricking them into classifying legitimate files as malicious.

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Man Who Shot NYC Firefighter is Dead after Standoff

August 14, 2015 2:35 pm | by Jake Pearson, The Associated Press | Comments

A high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang who was to be arrested on parole violations when he shot a firefighter responding to a call of smoke coming from his girlfriend's home died Friday in a gunfight with police after a six-hour standoff, two police officials said.

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