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Defense Attorneys Demand Closer Look at Software Used to Detect Crime-Scene DNA

November 20, 2015 9:17 am | by Joe Palazzolo, The Wall Street Journal | Comments

Defense attorneys have tried but failed to get access to the source code of the program, called TrueAllele. They say they can’t determine whether the software is erroneously linking their clients to crimes if they are unable to review the instructions the program gives the computer.


Hacker Group Anonymous Pledges to Take Down ISIS, But What Can Be Done?

November 19, 2015 12:22 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

While social media has largely helped ISIS recruit new members, the group’s online activity might now be used to try to take them down.


Wildlife Forensics Turns to eDNA

November 19, 2015 10:40 am | by Kathiann Kowalski, Science News Magazine | Comments

Environmental DNA is letting scientists find species faster and more accurately than ever. And it might even point to species no one has yet recorded seeing.


Not So Fast With That Rapid DNA

November 19, 2015 9:55 am | by Yamri Taddese, Canadian Lawyer | Comments

Samples collected on arrest are checked against DNA evidence in open investigations — such as those collected from break-and-enter or sexual assault crime scenes — to see if that particular arrestee is implicated in unsolved cases.


F.B.I. Director Repeats Call That Ability to Read Encrypted Messages Is Crucial

November 19, 2015 9:17 am | by David Sanger and Nicole Perlroth, The New York Times | Comments

The question seemed settled last month after President Obama decided not to push legislation requiring American technology companies - notably Apple, Google and Facebook - to roll back smartphone encryption schemes. But the terrorist attacks in Paris may have changed the politics.


Break Up Anthrax Attacks, Sequence the Pieces

November 18, 2015 10:17 am | by Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News | Comments

Irradiation, a genome-fragmenting defense against weaponized anthrax and other bioterror agents, needn't frustrate forensic investigations that rely on whole-genome sequencing.


Fighting Crime, With Pollen

November 18, 2015 9:12 am | by Elon Green, The Atlantic | Comments

On June 25, the remains of a child were found in a trash bag on the shore of Boston’s Deer Island. It wasn’t clear how long she’d been dead, but there was some decomposition. Investigators estimated that the unidentified girl, “Baby Doe,” was about 4 years old. Among the clues found at the scene: pollen on the child’s pants and blanket.


Managing the Data Deluge for National Security Analysts

November 18, 2015 9:02 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

In this information age, national security analysts often find themselves searching for a needle in a haystack. The available data is growing much faster than analysts' ability to observe and process it. Sometimes they can't make key connections and often they are overwhelmed struggling to use data for predictions and forensics.


No Evidence ISIS Used PS4 to Plan Paris Attack

November 17, 2015 10:17 am | by Mark Walton, Ars Technica | Comments

Several UK media outlets—including the Daily Mail, The Mirror, and The Telegraph—have claimed that Sony's PlayStation 4 is being used by ISIS/ISIL/Daesh to plan its attacks, with The Express even saying that a PS4 was used to plot the recent horrifying attacks on Paris.


NYPD's New Phones Will Be an 'On the Go' Crime Lab

November 17, 2015 10:06 am | by Daniel Prendergast, the New York Post | Comments

The phones, which will be linked directly to the mainframe computers at One Police Plaza, will allow NYPD brass to share important breaking information with more than 35,000 cops with the push of a button.


Cybersecurity: A Millisecond Defense

November 13, 2015 11:21 am | by Larry Karisny, Digital Communities | Comments

When it comes to recent cybersecurity talks, the prevalent theme seemed to be, “We know we need to do something, but what?”


US Border Agency Staff Rejects Body Cameras

November 13, 2015 11:09 am | by Elliot Spagat, Associated Press | Comments

Customs and Border Protection staff concluded after an internal review that agents and officers shouldn't be required to wear body cameras, positioning the nation's largest law enforcement agency as a counterweight to a growing number of police forces that use the devices to promote public trust and accountability.


Alabama Child Missing Since 2002 Found as Young Man in Ohio

November 13, 2015 10:47 am | by Jay Reeves, Associated Press | Comments

Thirteen years after he was allegedly snatched from his Alabama home at age 5 by his father, the young man has been found living under an assumed name with his dad in Ohio, in a case authorities say broke open when his Social Security number raised red flags during college applications.


Warrant for Hitchhiker Leads Cops to Suspects in 2 Slayings

November 12, 2015 11:58 am | by Ron Todt, The Associated Press | Comments

A North Carolina man suspected in a Southern crime spree that included a double slaying is dead after a warrant for a hitchhiker he and his girlfriend picked up led police to the motel where they were holed up in suburban Philadelphia.


US Charges Three Men with Widespread Hacking

November 12, 2015 10:50 am | by Megan Geuss, Ars Technica | Comments

On Tuesday, federal prosecutors unsealed charges against three men, revealing details of a sprawling criminal enterprise that involved hacking some of the US' biggest financial institutions as well as the theft of personal information pertaining to 100 million customer. 



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