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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.

Target Proposes to Pay $10M to Settle Data Breach Lawsuit

March 19, 2015 11:22 am | by Michelle Chapman, Associated Press | Comments

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.

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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.

China Reveals Its Cyberwar Secrets

March 19, 2015 10:47 am | by Shane Harris, The Daily Beast | Comments

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.

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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.

French Surveillance Bill Would Legalize Data Monitoring

March 19, 2015 10:17 am | by Sylvie Corbet and Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | Comments

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.

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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 actual

Forensic Examiners Beat Ecologists to Succession

March 19, 2015 9:54 am | by University of Chicago Press | Comments

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.

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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 r

Facebook Adds Payments Feature

March 19, 2015 9:16 am | by Tara Seals, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

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.

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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.

Blood, DNA Used to Show Bomber's Active Role

March 19, 2015 8:55 am | by Denise LaVoie, Associated Press | Comments

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.

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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.

Forensics Investigates Fraternity Facebook Page

March 19, 2015 8:34 am | by Ivey DeJesus, Penn Live | Comments

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.

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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.

Statistical Assessment of the Probability of Correct Identification of Ignitable Liquids in Fire Debris Analysis

March 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.

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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.

Forensic Pathologist Says Girl's Running Death Not a Homicide

March 18, 2015 1:26 pm | by Jay Reeves, Associated Press | Comments

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.

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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.

How Changing DNA Technology Affects Case Preparation

March 18, 2015 1:04 pm | by David Bentley, The Law Society Gazette | Comments

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.

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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 finge

'Living Dead' Reveal Secrets to Forensic Scientists

March 18, 2015 12:41 pm | by Linda Geddes, BBC | Comments

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.

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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.

Boston Bombing Jury Sees Homemade Bombs Thrown at Police

March 18, 2015 12:15 pm | by Elizabeth Barber, Reuters | Comments

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.

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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

Validation of Forensic Characterization and Chemical Identification of Dyes Extracted from Millimeter-Length Fibers

March 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.

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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 th

The Dark Web's Top Drug Market, Evolution, Just Vanished

March 18, 2015 11:26 am | by Andy Greenberg, Wired | Comments

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.

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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.

Medical, Personal Information Exposed at Premera Blue Cross

March 18, 2015 10:52 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

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.

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