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How to make politicians really understand the dangers of mass digital surveillance and the importance of information security? Gustav Nipe, the 26-year old president of the Swedish Pirate Party's youth wing, tried to do it by setting up an open Wi-Fi netw

Pirate Activist Shows Politicians What Digital Surveillance Looks Like

January 15, 2015 1:25 pm | by Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security | Comments

How to make politicians really understand the dangers of mass digital surveillance and the importance of information security? Gustav Nipe, the 26-year old president of the Swedish Pirate Party's youth wing, tried to do it by setting up an open Wi-Fi network at the Society and Defence National Conference in Sweden.

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Police investigators working to identify victims, find criminals and bring cases to court have revealed that huge increases in the volume of visual evidence, data seized and sheer number of caseloads are the biggest challenges they are facing.

Huge Volume of Visual Evidence Puts Investigators under Pressure

January 15, 2015 12:42 pm | by NetClean | Comments

Police investigators working to identify victims, find criminals and bring cases to court have revealed that huge increases in the volume of visual evidence, data seized and sheer number of caseloads are the biggest challenges they are facing. 

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Evidence from some wrongful-conviction cases suggests that suspects can be questioned in ways that lead them to falsely believe in and confess to committing crimes they didn’t actually commit. New research provides lab-based evidence for this phenomenon,

People Can be Convinced They Committed a Crime that Never Happened

January 15, 2015 11:30 am | by Association for Psychological Science | Comments

Evidence from some wrongful-conviction cases suggests that suspects can be questioned in ways that lead them to falsely believe in and confess to committing crimes they didn’t actually commit. New research provides lab-based evidence for this phenomenon, showing that innocent adult participants can be convinced, over the course of a few hours, that they had perpetrated crimes as serious as assault with a weapon in their teenage years.

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US Takes Aim at North Korea's Remaining Financial Links

January 14, 2015 2:06 pm | by David Brunnstrom, Reuters | Comments

The United States aims to use new sanctions imposed on North Korea over the cyber attack on Sony Pictures to cut off the country's remaining links to the international financial system, a senior U.S. Treasury official has said.       

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Once they got the chance, it took prosecutors less than a minute to point the finger—literally—at Ross Ulbricht.

Real Dread Pirate Roberts behind Silk Road Drugs: Defense

January 14, 2015 1:54 pm | by Joe Mullin, Ars Technica | Comments

Once they got the chance, it took prosecutors less than a minute to point the finger — literally — at Ross Ulbricht.                                      

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Forensic scientists at Abertay University in Scotland have identified the most efficient way of recovering fingerprints from the feathers and eggs of birds of prey, publishing the world’s first academic research paper on the subject.

Fingerprints Taken from Golden Eagle Feathers

January 14, 2015 1:28 pm | by Abertay University | Comments

Forensic scientists at Abertay University in Scotland have identified the most efficient way of recovering fingerprints from the feathers and eggs of birds of prey, publishing the world’s first academic research paper on the subject.     

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Human crimes are being solved by the emerging science of veterinary forensics, which can help catch and convict murderers and rapists, not to mention poachers and animal abusers.

Dog and Cat DNA Nabs Bad Guys

January 14, 2015 11:32 am | by Vicki Croke, WBUR's The Wildlife | Comments

Human crimes are being solved by the emerging science of veterinary forensics, which can help catch and convict murderers and rapists, not to mention poachers and animal abusers.                     

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A-T Solutions Inc. has been awarded a contract to provide the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command with ScenePD Pro, an award-winning comprehensive crash and crime scene diagramming tool developed for professional investigators in the field.

US Army CID Selects Crime Scene Diagramming Tool

January 14, 2015 11:07 am | by A-T Solutions | Comments

A-T Solutions Inc. has been awarded a contract to provide the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command with ScenePD Pro, an award-winning comprehensive crash and crime scene diagramming tool developed for professional investigators in the field.

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Forensic DNA mixtures are frequently encountered in analysis, but there are a   limited number of tools to assist in analyzing and interpreting these samples.   Multiple-person crimes, contamination with pre-crime DNA, and “touch DNA” can all   contribute

De-convolution of Body Fluid Mixtures

January 14, 2015 8:45 am | by Jack Ballantyne, NIJ | Comments

Forensic DNA mixtures are frequently encountered in analysis, but there are a limited number of tools to assist in analyzing and interpreting these samples. Multiple-person crimes, contamination with pre-crime DNA, and “touch DNA” can all contribute to an admixed sample.

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Forensic investigators from the FBI are spending the first part of this week digging up specific locations on a rural Virginia mountain, the latest sign of progress in the nearly 40-year-old investigation of two young girls who disappeared after walking t

In Lyon Sisters Case, More Forensic Digging Takes Place

January 13, 2015 2:20 pm | by Dan Morse, The Washington Post | Comments

Forensic investigators from the FBI are spending the first part of this week digging up specific locations on a rural Virginia mountain, the latest sign of progress in the nearly 40-year-old investigation of two young girls who disappeared after walking to a Montgomery County shopping mall in 1975.

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The U.S. Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube accounts were hacked Monday by someone peddling ISIS propaganda. The proper response is a shrug.

The Centcom Hack is No Big Deal

January 13, 2015 2:03 pm | by Fred Kaplan, Slate | Comments

The U.S. Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube accounts were hacked Monday by someone peddling ISIS propaganda. The proper response is a shrug.                               

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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.

DNA and Case Preparation

January 13, 2015 1:42 pm | by David Bentley QC, 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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Russian Hacking Suspect Seeks Block to Extradition to US

January 13, 2015 1:26 pm | by Mike Corder, Associated Press | Comments

The lawyer for a Russian accused by U.S. authorities of involvement in a huge computer hack that stole and sold at least 160 million credit and debit-card numbers called on a Dutch judge to ban his extradition to the United States.     

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In the lead-up to the annual State of the Union address, President Obama is doing rounds and giving a glimpse into his legislative plan for the year.

President Spells Out His Cybersecurity Legislative Agenda

January 13, 2015 1:07 pm | by Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security | Comments

In the lead-up to the annual State of the Union address, President Obama is doing rounds and giving a glimpse into his legislative plan for the year.                             

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NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence will host an online course on January 21 at 1pm EST to help crime labs justify the cost of a Vacuum Metal Deposition (VMD) and demonstrate that VMD has been one of the most important latent print developments

NIJ Training: Demystifying Vacuum Metal Deposition

January 13, 2015 11:36 am | by NIJ | Comments

NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence will host an online course on January 21 at 1pm EST to help crime labs justify the cost of a Vacuum Metal Deposition (VMD) and demonstrate that VMD has been one of the most important latent print developments since 1968.

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