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Baltimore Police to Start Wearing Body Cameras in May

March 31, 2016 12:13 pm | by Julliet Linderman, Associated Press | Comments

 The city is finalizing an $11.6 million contract with Taser International that includes 2,500 cameras and storage.


US Says It Would Use 'Court System' Again to Defeat Encryption

March 30, 2016 12:41 pm | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | Comments

The Justice Department now says it will not hesitate to invoke the precedent it won in its iPhone unlocking case.


Mattel Fought Elusive Cyber-Thieves to Get $3M out of China

March 29, 2016 12:56 pm | by Erika Kinetz, Associated Press | Comments

Mattel's millions were swept up in a tide of dirty money that passes through China and that Western police are only beginning to understand.


Audit Finds Deficiencies at FBI Computer Lab in New Jersey

March 24, 2016 12:25 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Justice Department auditors on Thursday released the results of an audit that found deficiencies that have the potential for abuse at the FBI's forensic computer lab in New Jersey.


Paris Terrorists Used Burner Phones, Not Encryption, to Evade Detection

March 23, 2016 12:08 pm | by Glyn Moody, Ars Technica | Comments

New details of the Paris attacks carried out last November reveal that it was the consistent use of prepaid burner phones, not encryption, that helped keep the terrorists off the radar of the intelligence services.


Gun Storage Presents Problem for Vermont Law Enforcement

March 22, 2016 12:15 pm | by Jane Lindholm, VPR | Comments

The department faces a unique problem when guns can only be stored or destroyed.


Use Footprints to Identify Disaster Victims

March 21, 2016 12:13 pm | by Justin McCurry, The Guardian | Comments

​Japan is using its extensive experience of earthquakes and tsunamis to pioneer a method of identifying victims of natural disasters by the soles of their feet rather than their fingertips.


Will Unlocking Apple's iPhone Also Unlock a Pandora's Box?

March 21, 2016 12:08 pm | by Sara Rimer, Boston University | Comments

The standoff between Apple and the FBI is at the center of the escalating battle between technology companies that are encrypting data in order to protect customers’ privacy and security and the US government, which says it needs the ability to access encrypted data to keep America safe.


Former Cyber Czar Says NSA Could Crack the San Bernadino Shooter's Phone

March 17, 2016 1:21 pm | by Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica | Comments

Another former national security official has spoken out forcefully against the FBI's quest to get Apple to write code to unlock the iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino mass shooter Syed Farook


Is There Anything Microbes Can't Do?

March 16, 2016 1:09 pm | by Jacqueline Ronson, Inverse | Comments

Tissue sampling from dead humans and other mammals can provide a fairly accurate “death clock,” showing how long it has been since the time of death.


Justice Dept.: States Shouldn't Jail Over Fine Nonpayment

March 16, 2016 1:00 pm | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | Comments

The Justice Department is discouraging state court systems from jailing poor defendants who fail to pay fines or fees, warning against practices that it says run afoul of the Constitution and erode community trust.

A Framework for Data Analytics on Digital Device Networks

March 15, 2016 1:17 pm | by Mary L. Martialay | Comments

The Internet of Things promises to improve our lives by connecting sensors in the objects that surround us – buildings, appliances, gadgets, and vehicles – and the data that they collect. But to realize that potential, programmers need tools that make it easier to create applications that combine devices and the cloud.


Vocal 'Fingerprints' Could Help Nab Criminals

March 11, 2016 11:52 am | by Nala Rogers, Science Magazine | Comments

Speaker recognition is a forensic science discipline, with a checkered history, that is now trying to find solid scientific ground.

'Chip Off' Procedure to Access Terrorist's iPhone is Risky

March 11, 2016 11:46 am | by Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service | Comments

The iPhone 5c at the center of the legal battle between Apple and the FBI might be accessible through a delicate hardware technique, but experts warn it would be difficult.


Murder Conviction, Based Solely on Eyewitness Testimony, Reversed after 25 Years

March 11, 2016 10:18 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Convicted of the brutal beating death of a woman in 1991, Andre Hatchett walked out of a courtroom, yesterday afternoon, a free man.



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