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Advancements in DNA sequencing software can provide law enforcement with even faster results during criminal investigations, and help to decrease bottlenecks in rape kit data analysis, says one Pennsylvania-based company.

DNA Sequencing Software Speeds Up Analysis Time

January 8, 2015 10:28 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | SoftGenetics, LLC | Comments

Advancements in DNA sequencing software can provide law enforcement with even faster results during criminal investigations, and help to decrease bottlenecks in rape kit data analysis, says one Pennsylvania-based company.         

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With tensions high across Paris, French authorities hunted Thursday for two heavily armed brothers they feared would strike again after the methodical killing of 12 people at a satirical newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad. France's prime mini

French Police Hunt for Two Brothers in Charlie Hebdo Attack

January 8, 2015 8:29 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | Comments

With tensions high across Paris, French authorities hunted Thursday for two heavily armed brothers they feared would strike again after the methodical killing of 12 people at a satirical newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad. France's prime minister, Manuel Valls, said the two suspects still at large in the Charlie Hebdo slayings — Cherif Kouachi, 32, and his 34-year-old brother Said Kouachi — were known to intelligence services.

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If federal agents ever capture a stolen nuclear weapon — or have to investigate the detonation of one — they will turn to one of the most esoteric groups of detectives in the world.

Nuclear Forensic Experts Prepare for the Worst and Hope to Deter It

January 7, 2015 12:55 pm | by Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times | Comments

If federal agents ever capture a stolen nuclear weapon — or have to investigate the detonation of one — they will turn to one of the most esoteric groups of detectives in the world.                   

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Mexico Investigates 10 Bodies, 11 Heads Found in Guerrero

January 7, 2015 12:42 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Mexican authorities say 10 bodies and 11 severed heads have been discovered in clandestine graves in the troubled southern state of Guerrero.                               

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A UK consultant has demonstrated how a feature of the secure Web protocol HTTPS can be turned into a tracking feature that is, in the case of some browsers, ineradicable.

HTTPS Can be Set as a Super-cookie

January 7, 2015 12:36 pm | by Richard Chirgwin, The Register | Comments

A UK consultant has demonstrated how a feature of the secure Web protocol HTTPS can be turned into a tracking feature that is, in the case of some browsers, ineradicable.                       

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German government websites including Chancellor Angela Merkel's page were hacked on Wednesday in a cyber attack claimed by a group demanding that Berlin sever official ties with the Ukrainian government.

Pro-Russian Group Claims Cyber Attack on German Government Websites

January 7, 2015 12:18 pm | by Reuters | Comments

German government websites including Chancellor Angela Merkel's page were hacked on Wednesday in a cyber attack claimed by a group demanding that Berlin sever official ties with the Ukrainian government.             

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Hack-backs would likely be ineffective, in part, because most victims of cyber attacks would not be likely to correctly identify the hacker.

The Case Against Hack-Back

January 7, 2015 12:06 pm | by Eric Chabrow, Gov Info Security | Comments

Hack-backs would likely be ineffective, in part, because most victims of cyber attacks would not be likely to correctly identify the hacker.                               

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U.S. financial service giant Morgan Stanley alleged this week that one of its employees stole account information from around 10 percent of its 3.5 million wealth management clients.

Morgan Stanley Fires Employee after Data Leaked Online

January 7, 2015 11:25 am | by Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

U.S. financial service giant Morgan Stanley alleged this week that one of its employees stole account information from around 10 percent of its 3.5 million wealth management clients.                   

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A Brooklyn judge has stirred up controversy by tossing out two types of DNA evidence regularly used in criminal cases throughout the city, the Daily News has learned.

Judge Tosses Out Two Types of DNA Evidence in Criminal Cases

January 7, 2015 10:59 am | by Shayna Jacobs, NY Daily News | Comments

A Brooklyn judge has stirred up controversy by tossing out two types of DNA evidence regularly used in criminal cases throughout the city, the Daily News has learned.                                      

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Cleveland's mayor says he didn't trust a state agency to investigate the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy who was carrying a pellet gun, because he believes the agency mishandled the investigation of a different shooting that led to charges agai

Mayor Didn't Trust State to Review Ohio Boy's Fatal Shooting

January 7, 2015 8:35 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Cleveland's mayor says he didn't trust a state agency to investigate the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy who was carrying a pellet gun, because he believes the agency mishandled the investigation of a different shooting that led to charges against officers and a settlement with the families of two people killed.

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2014 was a banner year for DNA cases. In the wake of Maryland v. King — the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court case upholding warrantless, suspicionless DNA collection from arrestees under Maryland state law — the constitutionality of DNA collection in the criminal

Looking Toward 2015 DNA Collection Laws

January 6, 2015 1:54 pm | by Jennifer Lynch, EFF | Comments

2014 was a banner year for DNA cases. In the wake of Maryland v. King — the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court case upholding warrantless, suspicionless DNA collection from arrestees under Maryland state law — the constitutionality of DNA collection in the criminal context has continued to present challenging issues for courts.

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Australian forensic experts helped identify four more victims of AirAsia flight QZ8501 as Indonesian divers located more parts of the crashed passenger jet in the Java Sea.

Australian Forensic Experts Help Identify AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Victims

January 6, 2015 1:29 pm | by ABC News | Comments

Australian forensic experts helped identify four more victims of AirAsia flight QZ8501 as Indonesian divers located more parts of the crashed passenger jet in the Java Sea.                      

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The materials that an online crime scene investigation certificate student receives in the mail are a little, shall we say, “different” than your average textbook. Though, yes, they receive a textbook, the Columbia College students also receive a supply k

CSI Certificate Gives Students an Extra Boost

January 6, 2015 11:11 am | by Celia Darrough, Columbia College | Comments

The materials that an online crime scene investigation certificate student receives in the mail are a little, shall we say, “different” than your average textbook. Though, yes, they receive a textbook, the Columbia College students also receive a supply kit that could include magnetic powder, spatter blood, Bio-Foam blocks, QuickLIFT tape strips, brushes and disposable gloves among other items.

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Bitstamp, one of the largest exchanges for trading the digital bitcoin currency, said it has temporarily suspended service after "some" of its "operational wallets were compromised" on Sunday, resulting in loss of about 19,000 bitcoins.

Bitcoin Exchange Bitstamp Suspends Service after Security Breach

January 6, 2015 10:21 am | by Reuters | Comments

Bitstamp, one of the largest exchanges for trading the digital bitcoin currency, said it has temporarily suspended service after "some" of its "operational wallets were compromised" on Sunday, resulting in loss of about 19,000 bitcoins.

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On Monday, a federal judge in Nebraska sentenced the former acting director of cybersecurity for the US Department of Health and Human Services to 25 years in prison on child porn charges.

Former US Cybersecurity Official Gets 25 Years for Child Porn Charges

January 6, 2015 9:58 am | by Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica | Comments

On Monday, a federal judge in Nebraska sentenced the former acting director of cybersecurity for the US Department of Health and Human Services to 25 years in prison on child porn charges.                 

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