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Digital Forensics Standards Must Be Improved

December 7, 2015 9:37 am | by Chris Allen, Police Professional | Comments

The UK's top digital investigators weighs in on the state of digital forensics and the need for accreditation for a majority of disciplines by 2017. 

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Forensic Science Unit Gains Ground in 1998 'Jane Doe' Cold Case

December 4, 2015 1:00 pm | by Andrew Richardson, Maryland Independent | Comments

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Unit (FSU) has recently made significant progress in the June 1998 case of a homicide of an unidentified woman, whose body was discovered in an overgrown area off of Irving Road. 

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Crime Lab Fees to Nearby Counties to Increase Dramatically

December 4, 2015 11:51 am | by Jane Flasch, WHAM | Comments

Scientific breakthroughs in DNA analysis are making it easier to solve crimes. Yet the sometimes-complicated tests performed at the Monroe County Crime Lab come with a hefty price tag that will sky-rocket to almost double next year.

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San Bernardino Killers Erased Digital Presence Day Before the Attacks

December 4, 2015 8:55 am | by Andres Noble and Guy Taylor, The Washington Times | Comments

The Muslim husband and wife behind the mass shooting in San Bernardino began erasing their digital footprint a day in advance of the deadly attack, deleting email accounts, disposing of hard drives and smashing their cellphones, according to law enforcement investigators who are treating the probe as a counterterrorism case.

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Can DNA Predict a Face?

December 3, 2015 10:29 am | by Meghan Rosen, Science News | Comments

In September, Florida police released a sketch of a dark-haired, dark-eyed Latino man with smooth skin, high cheekbones and a pointed chin. But the sketch wasn’t drawn by a police artist based on eyewitness accounts.

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Report: China Hacked Australia's Weather Service

December 3, 2015 10:20 am | by Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica | Comments

According to a government official quoted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, China is responsible for a breach at the Bureau of Meteorology, which may have allowed attackers to gain access to sensitive national security data. 

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Forensic Anthropologist Talks Next Steps After Human Remains Found

December 3, 2015 9:46 am | by Emily Griffin, KWCH12 | Comments

The man who found the bones said he was out hunting when his dog led him to the remains. He found a pair of jeans with bones in them and then a few hours later, he found a skull about 75 yards away.

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Viral DNA Found in WWII Bones Might Be a New Forensic Weapon

December 2, 2015 12:19 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Now researchers are finding some clues to their lives from the DNA in the remains – the forensic traces of viral DNA lodged deep inside the bones.

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Garbage Could Lead Police to Mystery Marijuana-Grow Operation

December 2, 2015 11:11 am | by John Dzenitis, WPBF | Comments

The search is on for a large marijuana-grow operation after the growers dumped their trash in a neighborhood canal. 

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New Mexico Lawmakers Address Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

December 2, 2015 10:42 am | by Mary Hudetz, Associated Press | Comments

An estimated 5,000 untested rape kits are in New Mexico's crime labs and warehouses, and it could take five years to work through the backlog, state officials say.

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IoT Under Threat as 85% of Devices Use Copied Code

December 2, 2015 10:36 am | by Joao Lima, Computer Business Review | Comments

The future of IoT could be jeopardised as a vast majority of firms are copying each others' codes making over three million devices vulnerable to attacks.

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Cybersecurity Bills Would Add Secrecy to Public Records Laws

December 1, 2015 12:22 pm | by Tami Abdollah, Associated Press | Comments

A proposed law meant to encourage companies to share information about cyberthreats with the U.S. government includes measures that could significantly limit what details, if any, the public can review about the program through federal and state public records laws.

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Deputy Describes Rescuing Newborn Buried Alive

December 1, 2015 10:39 am | by Robert Jablon, The Associated Press | Comments

Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Adam Collette knelt on the asphalt and heard the muffled cries of a baby who had been buried alive.

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The National Security Letter Spy Tool Has Been Uncloaked

December 1, 2015 10:35 am | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | Comments

The National Security Letter (NSL) is a potent surveillance tool that allows the government to acquire a wide swath of private information—all without a warrant.

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Dad of Missing Boy Held After Human Remains Found in Barn

December 1, 2015 10:27 am | by Margaret Stafford, The Associated Press | Comments

A Kansas bail bondsman was charged Monday with assaulting his wife and abusing his missing son, and a prosecutor said the case "escalated into a much larger investigation" when police found unidentified human remains in a barn on the man's property.

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