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Blood Chemical Changes Could Determine Time of Death

October 9, 2015 1:50 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Forensic science researchers continue to look at post-mortem changes to find new ways to estimate time of death. A Portuguese team is now looking at the blood’s chemistry to understand the changes that happen after death, and potentially detail the time of death up to 11 days, according to a study in the journal Toxicology Research.


The Dark Side of DNA Databases

October 8, 2015 11:57 am | by Erin E. Murphy | Comments

In 2001, an analyst in the DNA unit of Arizona’s state crime laboratory noticed something interesting. Two seemingly unrelated individuals—one white and one black—shared the same two markers at nine of the 13 places in the standard DNA profile. Yet that particular genetic profile should have been exceedingly rare.


Review of Old Forensic Hair Cases Begins

October 8, 2015 11:50 am | by WCVB 5 | Comments

Massachusetts State Police began reviewing cases where its crime lab analysts conducted the kind of pre-DNA forensic hair analysis that has since been widely discredited, a review that parallels one by the FBI that has already led to wrongful convictions being reversed.


Clinton Server Hack Attempts Came From China, Korea, Germany

October 8, 2015 11:46 am | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | Comments

Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email server, containing an electronic inventory of some 55,000 pages of emails from her stint as secretary of state, was repeatedly hit by attempted cyberattacks originating in China, South Korea and Germany in 2014, according to a congressional document obtained by The Associated Press.


Convicted by Code

October 8, 2015 11:41 am | by Rebecca Wexler, Slate | Comments

It’s time to address one of the most urgent if overlooked tech transparency issues—secret code in the criminal justice system.


Cisco Shuts Down Million-Dollar Ransomware Operation

October 7, 2015 12:40 pm | by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica | Comments

Security researchers have disrupted an online criminal operation they estimated drew $30 million per year pushing ransomware on unsuspecting people browsing the Internet.


FAA Proposes $1.9 Million Fine After Company Flew Drones Over New York, Chicago

October 7, 2015 12:34 pm | by Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a fine of $1.9 million—the largest civil penalty ever against a drone company—to punish an aerial photography firm that took pictures above Chicago and New York.


Forensic Backlog Threaten Speedy Trial Rights

October 7, 2015 10:21 am | by WAFF 48 | Comments

Guilty or innocent, some people are remaining locked up for over a year waiting to go to trial because prosecutors can't take these cases to court without having evidence and autopsies processed.


Trump Hotels Infected With Malware

October 6, 2015 1:02 pm | by Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica | Comments

In an announcement on the chain's website, the Trump Hotel Collection informed its customers that their credit card data may have been stolen through malware installed on its payment systems. The malware apparently was active at a number of Trump hotels for over a year.


Texas Inmate Says He Shouldn't Die for $8 Robbery, Slaying

October 6, 2015 12:51 pm | by Michael Graczyk, Associated Press | Comments

A Texas inmate set to be executed Tuesday acknowledges fatally shooting a Mexican man who was robbed of $8 and had just moved his family to Houston, but insists he doesn't deserve to die for the killing 17 years ago.


Skeletons, Skulls Under Afghanistan's Presidential Palace

October 6, 2015 12:47 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Afghanistan's president palace says skulls and bones belonging to two bodies have been uncovered beneath a kitchen during renovation work on the palace grounds.


Study Cites Cybercrime's Rising Costs to Corporations

October 6, 2015 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Cybercrime costs are climbing for companies both in the U.S. and overseas amid a slew of high-profile breaches, according to research released Tuesday.


Man Arrested in Freeway Shooting

October 5, 2015 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

According to state police, Hoffman admitted to shooting at another vehicle on Saturday morning on the Loop 101 Freeway in the northwest Phoenix suburb of Peoria. Detectives said they also found evidence directly linking him to the incident.


Improved Technology Aids Criminals in Brazen Cyber Attacks

October 5, 2015 1:58 pm | by Brian L. Huchel, Purdue University | Comments

Computer viruses and malware are obsolete scams for the latest wave of increasingly aggressive computer criminals, says a top cyber forensics expert at Purdue University.


Did New York State Police Scapegoat Its Crime Lab Scientists?

October 5, 2015 12:50 pm | by Brendan J. Lyons, The Times Union | Comments

Last December, a dozen State Police forensic scientists arriving for work instead learned they were under investigation for allegedly cheating on training exams. They were locked out of their computers and ordered to gather any personal belongings from their desks.



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