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Bludgeoned to death with her hands cut from her body, “Jane Doe” was left along a rural Vernon County, Wisconsin roadside in May of 1984 with no clue of her identity or the circumstances surrounding her death. Vernon County Sheriff John Spears watched as

Authorities Exhume Body For DNA Testing in 1984 Cold Case

August 19, 2015 1:54 pm | by Matt Johnson, SWNews4U.com | Comments

Bludgeoned to death with her hands cut from her body, “Jane Doe” was left along a rural Vernon County, Wisconsin roadside in May of 1984 with no clue of her identity or the circumstances surrounding her death. Vernon County Sheriff John Spears watched as “Jane Doe’s” casket was removed from the Viroqua Cemetery to be sent to the state crime lab, so the body can go through DNA testing.

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The annual Black Hat conference in Las Vegas was a place for hackers and cybersecurity professionals to compare ideas and tactics of the trade but it was also an opportunity for the government to tap a pool of talented cyber skills.

FBI Tries to Recruit Hackers as Cyber Special Agents

August 19, 2015 11:26 am | by Aaron Boyd, Federal Times | Comments

The annual Black Hat conference in Las Vegas was a place for hackers and cybersecurity professionals to compare ideas and tactics of the trade but it was also an opportunity for the government to tap a pool of talented cyber skills.

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Hackers claim to have exposed data on millions of spouses who signed up to the cheating website Ashley Madison. A message posted by the hackers alongside a massive trove of leaked files accused Ashley Madison's owners of deceit and incompetence and said t

Hackers Exposed Millions Who Use Cheating Website

August 19, 2015 10:34 am | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | Comments

Hackers claim to have exposed data on millions of spouses who signed up to the cheating website Ashley Madison. A message posted by the hackers alongside a massive trove of leaked files accused Ashley Madison's owners of deceit and incompetence and said the company had refused to bow to their demands to close the site.

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Visa and retail giant Target have reached an agreement that reportedly will reimburse card issuers a total of up to $67 million for fraud losses and other expenses tied to the retailer's 2013 breach, which exposed an estimated 40 million credit and debit

Target, Visa Reach Breach Settlement

August 19, 2015 9:40 am | by Tracy Kitten, Gov Info Security | Comments

Visa and retail giant Target have reached an agreement that reportedly will reimburse card issuers a total of up to $67 million for fraud losses and other expenses tied to the retailer's 2013 breach, which exposed an estimated 40 million credit and debit cards.

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Taking Another Bite Out of Junk Science

August 18, 2015 10:57 am | by The Dallas Morning News | Comments

The Texas Forensic Science Commission deserves credit for opening another front in the battle to keep junk science out of the courtroom. The initiative came in last week’s commission vote to investigate the widely discredited discipline of bite-mark analysis, as used in criminal trials.

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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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