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How a Criminal Ring Defeated the Secure Chip-And-PIN Credit Cards

October 20, 2015 12:23 pm | by Megan Geuss, Ars Technica | Comments

The engineer was able to put together the chip card hacking scheme that a group of French researchers call "the most sophisticated smart card fraud encountered to date.”


Mother, Boyfriend Can Conduct Own Autopsy in 'Baby Doe' Case

October 20, 2015 11:42 am | Comments

A judge has ruled that a mother and boyfriend charged in the death of a 2-year-old girl whose body washed up on a Boston Harbor beach can have their own autopsy conducted on her remains.


Researchers Find 256 iOS Apps That Collect Users' Personal Info

October 19, 2015 11:34 am | Comments

Researchers said they've found more than 250 iOS apps that violate Apple's App Store privacy policy forbidding the gathering of e-mail addresses, installed apps, serial numbers, and other personally identifying information that can be used to track users.


What's It Like to Crack a Cold Case?

October 19, 2015 10:47 am | by Jason Van Rassel, The Calgary Herald | Comments

In the fall of 2004, a DNA sample identified the culprit: Emile Joseph Cromwell raped three women and a girl who lived along Hemlock Crescent S.W. between 1988 and 1992. Busch described the hunt for a serial rapist in an interview with Jason van Rassel.


Secret Source Code Pronounces You Guilty as Charged

October 19, 2015 9:17 am | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | Comments

The results from a Pennsylvania company's TrueAllele DNA testing software have been used in roughly 200 criminal cases, from California to Florida, helping put murderers and rapists in prison. Criminal defense lawyers, however, want to know whether it's junk science.


The Cyber Activists Who Want to Shut Down ISIS

October 16, 2015 12:51 pm | by Simon Cottee, The Atlantic | Comments

In August 2014, a Twitter account affiliated with Anonymous, the hacker-crusader collective, declared “full-scale cyber war” against ISIS: “Welcome to Operation Ice #ISIS, where #Anonymous will do it’s [sic] part in combating #ISIS’s influence in social media and shut them down.”


Court Records: Ohio Man on Electronic Monitor Raped Teen

October 16, 2015 12:21 pm | by Lisa Cornwell, The Associated Press | Comments

While an Ohio man was on electronic monitoring in an abduction case, he had a 14-year-old girl dropped off at his home by taxi, held her captive for months and raped her, according to criminal charges and court records.


Kidnapping Suspect's Remains Are Confirmed

October 16, 2015 12:13 pm | by Steven DuBois, The Associated Press | Comments

Winklebleck, who would have turned 48 this year, was sought on felony warrants for kidnapping, criminal impersonation, assault, attempted rape and robbery. He was separately wanted for child sex abuse and failing to register as a child sex offender.


Driver Opens Fire During Road Rage Dispute

October 15, 2015 12:30 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The shooting was one of several in recent weeks in Michigan involving people who have taken the law into their own hands.


'Ferguson Effect'? Chicago Crime Spike Tells Local Story

October 15, 2015 11:41 am | by Nissa Rhee, Yahoo News | Comments

The rise in violent crime has been mirrored in several major cities across the United States, such as Milwaukee, Baltimore, Houston, New Orleans, St. Louis, and Atlanta. Some of the possible influences could be similar, such as tensions between police and minority communities or the supposed “Ferguson effect” of police patrolling streets less aggressively for fear of being a part of the next scandal.


Hackers Are Tapping Into Mobile Networks' Backbone

October 15, 2015 11:19 am | by Parmy Olson, Forbes | Comments

Hackers have been known to use all manner of remote access tools to break into mobile phones, often by finding vulnerabilities in an operating system like Android or even in SIM cards. It’s more rare to try and tap into the network infrastructure that routes these calls for mobile operators themselves. Yet new research shows that one nefarious kind of network surveillance is happening too, across the world.


Forensics Organization to Use Grant for DNA Profiling in Rape Cases

October 15, 2015 11:04 am | by Arva Hassonjee, The Daily Orange | Comments

​The Forensics and National Security Sciences Institute (FNSSI) at Syracuse University will be awarded a $155,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice that will help scientists pin down rapists through DNA profiling.


Untested DNA Leads to Arrest of Neighbor in 1997 Oklahoma Cold Case

October 14, 2015 12:56 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A neighbor who lived two doors down from an 8-year-old girl who vanished from her bedroom one night in 1997 is now arrested and charged with her death. Some DNA had never been tested – and a 1-in-293-sextillion genetic match led to the break in the cold case, according to court documents.


Murder Suspect Arrested in Eureka

October 14, 2015 10:46 am | by The Times-Standard | Comments

At approximately 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Investigators arrested Jared Damien Boyce, 27, of Fortuna, for the murder of Stephanie Lee Fowler. Stephanie was reported as a missing person on May 26, 2007 from the Loleta area. The remains were identified by the teeth -- a forensic odontologist compared Fowler’s past dental records with the teeth of the skeleton, said Humboldt County Coroner Dave Parris.


Forensic Pathologist’s New Job Leaves 10 Western Colorado Counties in a Bind

October 14, 2015 10:36 am | by Jessica Pace, Durango Herald | Comments

Grand Junction-based forensic pathologist Dr. Robert Kurtzman has accepted an out-of-state job working for a state medical examiner’s office, which has huge implications for the Colorado counties he serves.



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