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Jason Williford was in Nash Correctional Institution serving a life sentence for the murder and rape of former North Carolina school board member Kathy Taft on Tuesday, when debate was revived about the collection of DNA evidence used at his trial.

NC Court of Appeals Upholds Use of Cigarette Butt Evidence

January 9, 2015 8:43 am | by Anne Blythe, Charlotte Observer | Comments

Jason Williford was in Nash Correctional Institution serving a life sentence for the murder and rape of former North Carolina school board member Kathy Taft on Tuesday, when debate was revived about the collection of DNA evidence used at his trial.

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A bomb squad found containers of frozen urine in the vehicle of man who police say lunged at an airport officer with a knife and was fatally shot,  said a police union official.

Man Shot at Airport Had Frozen Urine in Vehicle

January 9, 2015 8:43 am | by Andrew Welsh-Huggins and Kantelle Franko, Associated Press | Comments

A bomb squad found containers of frozen urine in the vehicle of man who police say lunged at an airport officer with a knife and was fatally shot,  said a police union official.                   

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None of the tens of thousands of defendants convicted of drug crimes after a chemist in a Massachusetts lab tampered with evidence should be convicted of a harsher sentence if they seek a new trial, the American Civil Liberties Union argued Thursday.

Thousands of Drug Convictions at Stake in Massachusetts Case

January 8, 2015 12:54 pm | by Philip Marcelo, Associated Press | Comments

None of the tens of thousands of defendants convicted of drug crimes after a chemist in a Massachusetts lab tampered with evidence should be convicted of a harsher sentence if they seek a new trial, the American Civil Liberties Union argued Thursday.

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Ukraine Says Russia behind Cyber Attack on German Government

January 8, 2015 12:06 pm | by Erik Kirshbaum, Reuters | Comments

Ukraine's prime minister blamed Russian intelligence on Thursday for a hacker attack against German government websites, for which a pro-Russian group claimed responsibility.                     

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FBI director James Comey has tried to shed some light on his agency’s claims that North Korea was behind the Guardians of Peace cyber attacks that tore apart Sony Pictures in November and forced the cancellation of The Interview. But, according to securit

FBI Claims of Attribution Based on IP Addresses Questionable

January 8, 2015 11:53 am | by Thomas Fox-Brewster, Forbes | Comments

FBI director James Comey has tried to shed some light on his agency’s claims that North Korea was behind the Guardians of Peace cyber attacks that tore apart Sony Pictures in November and forced the cancellation of The Interview. But, according to security experts, it’s unlikely that his fresh assertions that the hackers were sloppy and leaked data that led back to North Korea will stand up to scrutiny.

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Guilty or innocent? To help them decide, judges and juries are often presented with reams of evidence: crime scene photos, medical documents or suspected bullet trajectories — all on paper. But could allowing people to watch the crime unfold from the comf

Forensic Holodeck to Transport Jury to Crime Scene

January 8, 2015 11:23 am | by Jessica Hamzelou, New Scientist | Comments

Guilty or innocent? To help them decide, judges and juries are often presented with reams of evidence: crime scene photos, medical documents or suspected bullet trajectories — all on paper. But could allowing people to watch the crime unfold from the comfort of the courtroom lead to more informed judgments?

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French authorities continue to investigate the January 7 attack in Paris that claimed the lives of a dozen, including journalists and police officers. As they do so, experts with digital forensics and other information security skills will be crucial for

Paris Attacks: The Cyber Investigation

January 8, 2015 10:58 am | by Eric Chabrow and Mathew J. Schwartz, Gov Info Security | Comments

French authorities continue to investigate the January 7 attack in Paris that claimed the lives of a dozen, including journalists and police officers. As they do so, experts with digital forensics and other information security skills will be crucial for continuing to advance the investigation.

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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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