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30 Bodies Recovered Amid Search for AirAsia Plane

January 2, 2015 1:05 pm | by Tom McCawley, The New York Times | Comments

Rescue officials said on Friday that they had recovered 30 bodies and identified three by the end of the sixth day of search operations for the missing Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501, but that stormy seas had prevented them from deploying sophisticated sonar equipment.

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There are bodies in the charge of the University of Texas’s Forensic Anthropology Research Facility at Freeman Ranch, in a section of the ranch better known as the body farm (one of four in America), where the grizzly process of decay is studied in detail

Not All Bodies Left to Science End Up in Medical Schools

January 2, 2015 12:57 pm | by The Economist | Comments

There are bodies in the charge of the University of Texas’s Forensic Anthropology Research Facility at Freeman Ranch, in a section of the ranch better known as the body farm (one of four in America), where the grizzly process of decay is studied in detail for the edification of the world’s police forces.

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Digital Forensics Can Use Facebook to Solve Cases

January 2, 2015 10:27 am | by Brett Harrison and Chad McDonnell, Baseline | Comments

The theft of trade secrets in U.S. businesses is increasing rapidly and is expected to double within the next decade, according to a report in the Gonzaga Law Review.                       

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Low-risk 'Worm' Removed at Hacked South Korea Nuclear Operator

January 2, 2015 10:20 am | by Meeyoung Cho, Reuters | Comments

South Korean authorities have found evidence that a low-risk computer "worm" had been removed from devices connected to some nuclear plant control systems, but no harmful virus was found in reactor controls threatened by a hacker.     

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GCHQ's 'Spook First' Program to Train Britain's Most Talented Tech Entrepreneurs

January 2, 2015 10:13 am | by Oliver Wright, The Independent | Comments

Britain’s surveillance agency GCHQ could become an incubator lab for the country’s most talented tech entrepreneurs under a government plan for a new “spook first” training program for graduates.               

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Ex-employees, Lizard Squad May Have Aided Sony Hack

January 2, 2015 10:02 am | by Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica | Comments

All sorts of theories about who really made off with terabytes of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s corporate data and then set off malware erasing the company’s hard drives have emerged in the wake of Sony’s release of The Interview.    

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Over 80 Percent of Dark-Web Visits Relate to Pedophilia

January 2, 2015 9:53 am | by Andy Greenberg, Wired | Comments

The mysterious corner of the Internet known as the Dark Web is designed to defy all attempts to identify its inhabitants. But one group of researchers has attempted to shed new light on what those users are doing under the cover of anonymity. Their findings indicate that an overwhelming majority of their traffic is driven by the Dark Web’s darkest activity: the sexual abuse of children.

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New Hampshire Cold Case Unit Solves Decades-old Murder

December 30, 2014 1:02 pm | by Diane Lederman, Mass Live | Comments

In July 1987, Amherst resident Judith Whitney went to New Hampshire with a man named Edward Mayrand, whom she met at an Alcoholic's Anonymous meeting the month before. She was never seen again.                

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Hope is rare in China’s courts. This is a country where 99.9 percent of suspects are found guilty. Where authorities put to death more convicted criminals each year than the rest of the world’s countries combined.

In China, a Rare Criminal Case in Which Evidence Made a Difference

December 30, 2014 12:57 pm | by William Wan, Washington Post | Comments

Hope is rare in China’s courts. This is a country where 99.9 percent of suspects are found guilty. Where authorities put to death more convicted criminals each year than the rest of the world’s countries combined.           

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To Deschutes County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Nelson, Bend was primarily a prime fishing spot. It was 2002 and Nelson was planning to retire from the Portland Police Bureau after nearly 30 years of service. But then he was recruited by then-Sheriff Les Stiles to

Oregon Digital Forensics Lab Stretched

December 30, 2014 12:44 pm | by Claire Withycombe, The Bulletin | Comments

To Deschutes County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Nelson, Bend was primarily a prime fishing spot. It was 2002 and Nelson was planning to retire from the Portland Police Bureau after nearly 30 years of service. But then he was recruited by then-Sheriff Les Stiles to head a new computer forensics unit for the sheriff’s office.

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Police say they matched a would-be pizza shop robber to a roll of toilet paper in his Pennsylvania home.

Toilet Paper Links Man to Heist Attempt

December 30, 2014 12:08 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Police say they matched a would-be pizza shop robber to a roll of toilet paper in his Pennsylvania home.                                         

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Family members of those aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 collapsed in agony Tuesday as images of debris and a bloated body flashed across Indonesian television screens, proof that the plane crashed into the sea two days earlier with 162 people on board.

Wreckage, Bodies Reveal Jet's Fate Days after It Disappeared

December 30, 2014 11:55 am | by Dewi Nurcahyani and Robin McDowell, Associated Press | Comments

Family members of those aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 collapsed in agony Tuesday as images of debris and a bloated body flashed across Indonesian television screens, proof that the plane crashed into the sea two days earlier with 162 people on board.

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FBI Seeks Tech Experts to Become Cyber Special Agents

December 30, 2014 10:29 am | by FBI | Comments

Since its earliest days, the FBI has looked for recruits with specialized skills to fill its special agent ranks: lawyers, accountants, scientists, and engineers, to name a few. Today, however, the most sought-after candidates possess a uniquely 21st century quality: cyber expertise.

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Tougher to Use Bitcoin for Crime?

December 30, 2014 10:02 am | by Mathew J. Schwartz, Gov Info Security | Comments

The relative anonymity afforded by using the cryptocurrency known as Bitcoin appears to be in jeopardy, making it potentially less attractive for use in connection with cyber crime.                   

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US Suspects North Korea Had Help Attacking Sony Pictures

December 30, 2014 9:51 am | by Mark Hosenball and Jim Finkle, Reuters | Comments

U.S. investigators believe that North Korea likely hired hackers from outside the country to help with last month's massive cyber attack against Sony Pictures, an official close to the investigation has said.           

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