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Unraveling a mystery that eluded the researchers analyzing the highly advanced Equation Group the world learned about Monday, password crackers have deciphered a cryptographic hash buried in one of the hacking crew's exploits. It's Arabic for "unregistere

Password Cracking Experts Decipher Equation Group Crypto Hash

February 17, 2015 12:39 pm | by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica | Comments

Unraveling a mystery that eluded the researchers analyzing the highly advanced Equation Group the world learned about recently, password crackers have deciphered a cryptographic hash buried in one of the hacking crew's exploits. It's Arabic for "unregistered."

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In late 2013, an ATM in Kiev started dispensing cash at seemingly random times of day. No one had put in a card or touched a button. Cameras showed that the piles of money had been swept up by customers who appeared lucky to be there at the right moment.

Bank Hackers Steal Millions With Malware

February 17, 2015 12:10 pm | by David E. Sanger and Nicole Perlroth, The New York Times | Comments

In late 2013, an ATM in Kiev started dispensing cash at seemingly random times of day. No one had put in a card or touched a button. Cameras showed that the piles of money had been swept up by customers who appeared lucky to be there at the right moment. But when a Russian cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab, was called to Ukraine to investigate, it discovered that the errant machine was the least of the bank’s problems.

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Authorities found marijuana, a nearly empty bottle of whiskey and anti-psychotic   medication while searching the home of the former Marine charged with killing   "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend, a Texas Ranger testified   recently.

Medication Found in Home of Suspect in 'American Sniper' Trial

February 13, 2015 3:13 pm | by Jamie Stengle, Associated Press | Comments

Authorities found marijuana, a nearly empty bottle of whiskey and anti-psychotic medication while searching the home of the former Marine charged with killing "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend, a Texas Ranger testified recently.

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A new lab wing in South Asheville, North Carolina may be mostly empty now, but the state crime lab director says the space is full of possibilities.

Crime Lab Space Could Reduce State Backlog

February 13, 2015 2:16 pm | by WLOS ABC 13 | Comments

A new lab wing in South Asheville, North Carolina may be mostly empty now, but the state crime lab director says the space is full of possibilities.

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In 1995, Gerard Richardson was convicted for the murder of 19-year-old Monica Reyes.   There were only two pieces of evidence implicating him. One was a statement from   Reyes’s boyfriend, who claimed to have heard Richardson threaten to kill her. But   t

How 'Science' of Bite Mark Analysis Has Sent Innocent People to Jail

February 13, 2015 1:58 pm | by Radley Balko, The Washington Post | Comments

In 1995, Gerard Richardson was convicted for the murder of 19-year-old Monica Reyes. There were only two pieces of evidence implicating him. One was a statement from Reyes’s boyfriend, who claimed to have heard Richardson threaten to kill her. But that statement was made only after police had shown the boyfriend a finding from a forensic odontologist that a bite mark found on Reyes’s body was a match to Richardson’s teeth.

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President Barack Obama is set to sign an executive order aimed at encouraging companies to share more information about cybersecurity threats with the government and each other, a response to attacks like that on Sony Entertainment.

Obama to Encourage Companies to Share Cyberthreat Data

February 13, 2015 11:26 am | by Joseph Menn and Roberta Rampton, Reuters | Comments

President Barack Obama is set to sign an executive order aimed at encouraging companies to share more information about cybersecurity threats with the government and each other, a response to attacks like that on Sony Entertainment.

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About 16 million mobile devices are infected by malicious software that is secretly spying on users, stealing confidential information and pilfering data plans.

Sophisticated Mobile Malware Compromises 16M Devices

February 13, 2015 11:04 am | by Tara Seals, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

About 16 million mobile devices are infected by malicious software that is secretly spying on users, stealing confidential information and pilfering data plans.

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Emoji are the language of our online era. They convey things mere words often cannot. We send emoji to improve upon, even expand, our words and bring emotion—affection, frustration, love, anger—to the conversation. Now, like the tweets, posts, and texts t

Emojis Used in Court

February 13, 2015 10:51 am | by Julia Greenberg, Wired | Comments

Emoji are the language of our online era. They convey things mere words often cannot. We send emoji to improve upon, even expand, our words and bring emotion—affection, frustration, love, anger—to the conversation. Now, like the tweets, posts, and texts that are a crucial part of the way we communicate today, emoji are, finally, getting their due in court.

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Stunning images reveal the devastating impact a bullet can have when it hits a target.

Images of Bullets Fired Into Plexiglass

February 13, 2015 10:04 am | by Jenny Awford, Daily Mail | Comments

Stunning images reveal the devastating impact a bullet can have when it hits a target.

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New film footage revealing for the first time details of the potential killer blow   that claimed the life of King Richard III shows the dramatic injury to the base of the skull as well as the inside of the top of the skull.

Film Footage Reveals 'Killer Blow' to King Richard III

February 13, 2015 9:42 am | by University of Leicester | Comments

New film footage revealing for the first time details of the potential killer blow that claimed the life of King Richard III shows the dramatic injury to the base of the skull as well as the inside of the top of the skull.

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Validation of Tool Mark Analysis of Cut Costal Cartilage

February 13, 2015 8:50 am | by Jennifer C. Love, Sharon M. Derrick, Jason M. Wiersema and Charles Peters, NIJ | Comments

Researchers have shown that the striation pattern impressed in costal cartilage during the creation of a cut mark is an adequate representation of the tool’s cutting edge and can be used to identify class and individual characteristics of the tool. Therefore, the current method of classifying a blade type is based on the presence/absence and regularity of striations.

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They're the emergency responders of the computer industry. CEO David DeWalt of Silicon Valley cybersecurity firm FireEye refers to his digital investigators as "cyber SEALs" — as in Navy SEALs, not the cuddly sea mammals. When big corporations like Sony P

FireEye is 'first in the door' on Big Cyber Attacks

February 12, 2015 12:52 pm | by Brandon Bailey, Associated Press | Comments

They're the emergency responders of the computer industry. CEO David DeWalt of Silicon Valley cybersecurity firm FireEye refers to his digital investigators as "cyber SEALs" — as in Navy SEALs, not the cuddly sea mammals. When big corporations like Sony Pictures, JPMorgan Chase, Target or Anthem suffered malicious hacks and data breaches that threatened their operations and reputations, they called in FireEye.

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The Union County Police Firearms ID Unit in New Jersey has been honored by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for its work in solving gun crimes. The Firearms ID Unit received the Award of Excellence in recognition of its 200

County Firearms ID Unit Awarded for 200th 'Hit'

February 12, 2015 12:36 pm | by NJ.com | Comments

The Union County Police Firearms ID Unit in New Jersey has been honored by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for its work in solving gun crimes. The Firearms ID Unit received the Award of Excellence in recognition of its 200th match or "hit" on IBIS, the national system for tracking firearms used in crimes.

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Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have demonstrated a technique for mapping deformation in metals that can recover destroyed serial numbers on metal objects such as firearms, a common challenge in forensics.

Crystal Pattern Mapping Can Recover Obliterated Serial Numbers in Metals

February 12, 2015 12:21 pm | by NIST | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have demonstrated a technique for mapping deformation in metals that can recover destroyed serial numbers on metal objects such as firearms, a common challenge in forensics.

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Tech Helps Flag Fraudulent Tax Returns

February 12, 2015 11:28 am | by Mark Pomerleau, GCN | Comments

After working with third-party security expert Palantir on a preliminary examination of recent fraud, Intuit said it believes the fraud cases did not result from a security breach but rather from criminals using stolen identities. Hackers and criminals have been able to purchase information from previous returns in order to circumvent the tax preparation software.

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