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Is Rare Wildlife Traded on the Darknet?

March 10, 2016 1:11 pm | by Sandy Fleming, University of Kent | Comments

Unlike illicit trade in drugs, guns or pornography, illicit trade in rare species doesn’t have to hide on the ‘darknet’ because people can find whatever they want in the open market.

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Bangladesh Loses $100 million, Allegedly to Chinese Hackers

March 9, 2016 11:07 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Bangladesh central bank says it is working to recover some $100 million allegedly stolen by Chinese hackers from an account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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How Your Microbiome Can Put You at the Scene of the Crime

March 8, 2016 12:24 pm | by Kai Kupferschnidt, Science | Comments

By amplifying and sequencing bits of DNA, scientists were able to identify hundreds of different microbiome species in each swab.

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U.S. Military Invites Experts to 'Hack the Pentagon'

March 7, 2016 11:39 am | by Andrea Shalal, Reuters | Comments

The Pentagon invited outside hackers who have been vetted to test the cyber security of some public U.S. Defense Department websites as part of a pilot project next month, the first such program ever by the federal government.

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How to Hack an iPhone

March 7, 2016 11:02 am | by Eric Markowitz and Luke Villapaz | Comments

At a congressional hearing last week, FBI Director James Comey answered the most intriguing question thus far in the epic battle between Apple and the FBI over cracking a terrorist's iPhone. The question came from Rep. Judy Chu, a Democrat from California: Has the FBI given the National Security Agency a whack at cracking open the phone?

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Hair Forensics Could Yield False Positives for Cocaine Use

March 4, 2016 12:57 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Experts have questioned whether current methods to wash away external contaminants from samples might affect test results.

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Man Pleads Guilty in $55 Million Cyberattacks Case

March 2, 2016 11:07 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Turkish man who led three cyberattacks against global financial institutions that caused more than $55 million in losses pleaded guilty Tuesday.

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Slain Virginia Officer Lauded for Bravery, Intelligence

February 29, 2016 11:17 am | by Ben Nuckols, Associated Press | Comments

A routine call on a Virginia police officer's first day on patrol took a horrific turn when the officer was fatally shot and two of her colleagues were wounded.

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Suspected Serial Killer Linked to Student's 1965 Killing

February 26, 2016 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A suspected serial killer has been linked to the death of a New Jersey high school student whose naked, battered body was found alongside a highway 50 years ago.

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Georgetown Receives $10 Million for Forensic Research on the Holocaust

February 26, 2016 10:09 am | by Georgetown University | Comments

Georgetown announced a $10 million gift that will endow a program on the forensic study of the Holocaust at its Center for Jewish Civilization, located in the School of Foreign Service.

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Virginia Inmate, Serving 100 Years for Rape Based on Hair, to Get New DNA Testing

February 25, 2016 12:05 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A Virginia man convicted of raping and beating a 10-year-old girl in 1990, will get new DNA testing of evidence that was never analyzed, a judge ruled this week.

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Forensic Specialists to Probe Death of Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda

February 25, 2016 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

An international team of genomics experts and forensic specialists said Wednesday it will study the remains of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda to try to solve the cause of his death.

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Justice Dept. to Do 'Stress Test' of FBI Forensic Sciences

February 25, 2016 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Justice Department is reviewing forensic sciences practiced by the FBI to ensure that experts are not overstating their findings against criminal defendants, Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates said Wednesday.

Convicted Cop Killer Sent Back to Parole Board by N.J. Supreme Court

February 24, 2016 11:45 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A man convicted of killing a state trooper by the side of a New Jersey highway was sent back to the state parole board by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

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Phoenix Police ID Dead Gunman who Shot Parents, 2 Sisters

February 24, 2016 9:23 am | by Terry Tang and Paul Davenport, Associated Press | Comments

Authorities trying to rescue a family begging for help after their 26-year-old son opened fire in their Phoenix home arrived to a chaotic crime scene they could not prepare for.

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