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Apple has finally released a security update for OS X that will close up the critical remote code execution Shellshock bug found in the GNU Bash UNIX shell.

Apple Patches Shellshock Bug in OS X

September 30, 2014 9:51 am | by Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security | Comments

Apple has finally released a security update for OS X that will close up the critical remote code execution Shellshock bug found in the GNU Bash UNIX shell.                           

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Cold Case: Murder of Bridget Phillips

September 29, 2014 11:06 am | Comments

Bridget Phillips was a 22-year-old graduate student at Johns Hopkins University when she was found beaten to death on March 22, 1989 in the doorway of her off-campus apartment.  She wasn't robbed or sexually assaulted, leading police to believe she knew her attacker.

New Houston Lab Director Ready for Challenge

September 29, 2014 10:56 am | Comments

Daniel Garner was ready to drift quietly into retirement after decades on the forefront in the field of forensic science. Just months into his retirement, Garner was lured back to work as director of the Houston Forensic Science Center, the reincarnation of the once-beleaguered Houston Police Department crime lab.

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DNA from blood found in Dante Taylor’s vehicle and items at his home matches that of the two women killed last summer in Sodus, New York. That was the testimony of a forensic scientist during Taylor’s trial in Wayne County Court.

DNA Takes Time

September 29, 2014 10:47 am | Comments

DNA evidence for solving crimes can be very helpful, but it has it’s drawbacks. One of them is the time law enforcement agencies wait for their samples to be processed. Wisconsin’s Department of Justice made it a priority years ago to cut down the backlog at the state’s crime lab. Now, many more types of cases are using DNA evidence.

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Forensic Chemistry Helps Prevent Crime In Sacramento

September 29, 2014 10:43 am | Comments

Matthew McPhail, a police officer and crime analyst for the Sacramento Police Department, is assigned to crime analysis, which includes studying crimes that are occurring in the city; deciphering which locations are experiencing higher rates of crime; determining where police officers need to be stationed to help prevent crime; and developing strategies to prevent future crimes.

Security experts are urging firms to patch the Shellshock bug as soon as possible, after spotting a “significant amount” of malicious traffic exploiting the Bash vulnerability made public recently.

Malicious Shellshock Traffic Invades the Web

September 29, 2014 10:28 am | by Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

Security experts are urging firms to patch the Shellshock bug as soon as possible, after spotting a “significant amount” of malicious traffic exploiting the Bash vulnerability made public recently.               

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Disgruntled workers are increasingly exacting their revenge on their employers by using their access to company computers to engage in cyber sabotage, the FBI is warning. Others are using their access to extort money from their employers by threatening sa

FBI Warns of Rising Cyber Sabotage, Extortion by Disgruntled Employees

September 29, 2014 10:05 am | by Sean Higgins, Washington Examiner | Comments

Disgruntled workers are increasingly exacting their revenge on their employers by using their access to company computers to engage in cyber sabotage, the FBI is warning. Others are using their access to extort money from their employers by threatening sabotage.

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Organized Crime Opting for Hidden Internet Service Industry

September 29, 2014 9:51 am | by Europol | Comments

The 2014 iOCTA (Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment), published by Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), describes an increased commercialization of cyber crime. A service-based criminal industry is developing, in which specialists in the virtual underground economy develop products and services for use by other criminals. 

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In the public mind, forensic science means cutting-edge technology: well-equipped professionals performing complex experiments in glossy laboratories. In fact, the real story of forensics is full of courtroom disasters, eccentric pioneers, crowd-pleasing

The Grisly History of Forensics

September 26, 2014 1:35 pm | by Val McDermid, the Guardian | Comments

In the public mind, forensic science means cutting-edge technology: well-equipped professionals performing complex experiments in glossy laboratories. In fact, the real story of forensics is full of courtroom disasters, eccentric pioneers, crowd-pleasing showmen and dangerous (sometimes fatal) research.

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A research team from the University of South Florida announces the identification of two sets of remains recovered from unmarked graves at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys site in Marianna, Florida.

Researchers Identify Two More Sets of Dozier Remains

September 26, 2014 1:08 pm | by Univ. of Southern Florida | Comments

A research team from the University of South Florida has identified two sets of remains recovered from unmarked graves at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys site in Marianna, Florida.                   

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For the first time ever, mitochondrial DNA from shed cat hair was accepted as evidence in a U.S. legal proceeding and helped to convict a suspect of murder.

Cat Hair Helps Convict Man of Murder

September 26, 2014 12:58 pm | by Jennifer Viegas, Discovery news | Comments

For the first time ever, mitochondrial DNA from shed cat hair was accepted as evidence in a U.S. legal proceeding and helped to convict a suspect of murder.                           

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US Banks Get Serious about Security Information Sharing

September 26, 2014 10:40 am | by Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

The US financial services industry is finally getting tough on cyber crime, with the announcement of a new body to be tasked with developing threat intelligence products.                       

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FBI Blasts Apple, Google for Blocking Phones from Police Investigation

September 26, 2014 10:13 am | by Craig Timberg and Greg Miller, The Washington Post | Comments

FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google recently for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to information stored on the devices — even when they have valid search warrants.

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With a bug as dangerous as the “shellshock” security vulnerability discovered recently, it takes less than 24 hours to go from proof-of-concept to pandemic.

Hackers Already Using Shellshock Bug to Launch Botnet Attacks

September 26, 2014 9:56 am | by Andy Greenberg, Wired | Comments

With a bug as dangerous as the “shellshock” security vulnerability discovered recently, it takes less than 24 hours to go from proof-of-concept to pandemic.                           

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The fiery explosion of a homemade bomb killed a man in downtown Santiago on Thursday, officials said, adding to a string of blasts in Chile's capital.

Man Dies in Chilean Bomb Blast

September 26, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The fiery explosion of a homemade bomb killed a man in downtown Santiago, officials said, adding to a string of blasts in Chile's capital. Prosecutor Claudio Orellana initially said the man was handling the bomb when it exploded about 1 a.m., but he later opened the possibility that the man was a bystander. Witnesses posted online photos of the man in flames before he was taken to an emergency clinic where he died.

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