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Forensic document examiners (FDEs) are trained to look not only for substantial similarities or differences among writing samples, but also for repeated small characteristics which may be sufficient to establish the source of the writing. However, several

Eye-Tracking Study Validates Handwriting Analysis

May 1, 2015 8:28 am | by Mara Merlino, NIJ | Comments

Forensic document examiners (FDEs) are trained to look not only for substantial similarities or differences among writing samples, but also for repeated small characteristics which may be sufficient to establish the source of the writing. However, several court cases have challenged the admissibility of forensic document examination and brought some important issues — including potential confirmation bias among FDEs — into focus.

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Germany Foils Suspected Boston-Style Attack, Officials Say

May 1, 2015 8:15 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | Comments

German authorities foiled what they believe may have been an imminent Boston Marathon-style attack on a professional cycling race planned for Friday, seizing a cache of weapons, including a pipe bomb, and chemicals that can be used to make explosives in a raid on a suspected Islamic extremist's home outside Frankfurt.

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Cook County Circuit Judge Thomas J. Lipscomb warned jurors that images of 20-year-old Jessica Mejia's body that were about to be projected on a screen were "graphic" and "not the kind generally seen by the public." Minutes later, Mejia's family sat in the

Evidence Technicians Testify Protocol Was Followed in Photographing Dead Woman's Body

April 30, 2015 2:57 pm | by Tara Kadioglu, Chicago Tribune | Comments

Cook County Circuit Judge Thomas Lipscomb warned jurors that images of 20-year-old Jessica Mejia's body that were about to be projected on a screen were "graphic" and "not the kind generally seen by the public." Minutes later, Mejia's family sat in the corner of the courtroom, wiping tears from their cheeks as they listened to testimony from Maria Lopez, the evidence technician for the Cook County sheriff's department who took the photos.

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Clinics and wards in the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center are typically filled with patients, nurses and various staff members moving purposefully from room to room providing patient care. There was a different scene, however, April 17,

Navy Health Care Center Supports SAFE Kit Scene

April 30, 2015 2:31 pm | by Petty Officer 2nd Class Darren Moore, DVIDS | Comments

Clinics and wards in the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center are typically filled with patients, nurses and various staff members moving purposefully from room to room providing patient care. There was a different scene, however, April 17, 2015, on the third floor of Building 134, as patients and staff were replaced with actors and a video crew.

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One man ran naked through a Florida neighborhood, tried to have sex with a tree and told police he was the mythical god Thor. Another ran nude down a busy city street in broad daylight, convinced a pack of German shepherds was pursuing him. The common ele

Flakka, Synthetic Drug Behind Increasingly Bizarre Crimes

April 30, 2015 2:18 pm | by Curt Anderson, Associated Press | Comments

One man ran naked through a Florida neighborhood, tried to have sex with a tree and told police he was the mythical god Thor. Another ran nude down a busy city street in broad daylight, convinced a pack of German shepherds was pursuing him. The common element to these and other bizarre incidents in Florida in the last few months is flakka, an increasingly popular synthetic designer drug.

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Google has created a Chrome extension that warns users when they accidentally enter their Google password into a phishing page aimed at hijacking their account. The extension will also urge them to change their passwords.

Chrome Extension Gets Google Passwords Off the Hook

April 30, 2015 12:51 pm | by Ernie Austin, Newsletter Editor | Comments

Google has created a Chrome extension that warns users when they accidentally enter their Google password into a phishing page aimed at hijacking their account. The extension will also urge them to change their passwords.

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The top cyber official for the Air Force says the service’s space and satellite networks are being constantly hacked by outside groups.

Cyber General: US Satellite Networks Hit by 'Millions' of Hacks

April 30, 2015 12:19 pm | by Martin Matishak, The Hill | Comments

The top cyber official for the Air Force says the service’s space and satellite networks are being constantly hacked by outside groups.

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In this report, the authors developed methods to statistically quantify 1) the random match probability (RMP) which quantifies uncertainty in measures aimed at validating a forensic discipline’s basic premises (such as a uniqueness claim) and 2) the accur

Database Size, Sample Quality Impact Forensic Accuracy

April 30, 2015 8:36 am | by Donald T. Gantz and Christopher Sanders, NIJ | Comments

In this report, the authors developed methods to statistically quantify 1) the random match probability (RMP) which quantifies uncertainty in measures aimed at validating a forensic discipline’s basic premises (such as a uniqueness claim) and 2) the accuracy of likelihood ratio methods (LRs) used in making classification/ individualization conclusions.

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On July 31, 1993, the head and arms of Michael Sakara were found wrapped in trash bags. More than a week later, the rest of his torso was discovered. Investigators linked the grisly slaying of the New York City typesetter to several unsolved murders invol

Dismembered Man Tied to 'Last Call' Killer

April 29, 2015 2:09 pm | by Alex Taylor, lohud | Comments

On July 31, 1993, the head and arms of Michael Sakara were found wrapped in trash bags. More than a week later, the rest of his torso was discovered. Investigators linked the grisly slaying of the New York City typesetter to several unsolved murders involving gay and bisexual men whose mutilated bodies were found near highways in South Jersey and Pennsylvania. But police had no leads in the case and the case went cold.

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Pointing to a wave of violence in Baltimore, Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that the nation's criminal justice system has gotten "out of balance" and must be restored through steps such as the use of body cameras by every police department in the c

Clinton Proposes Body Cameras to Put Justice System in Balance

April 29, 2015 1:48 pm | by Ken Thomas and Jill Colvin, Associated Press | Comments

Pointing to a wave of violence in Baltimore, Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that the nation's criminal justice system has gotten "out of balance" and must be restored through steps such as the use of body cameras by every police department in the country.

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Washington, D.C. may have to pay as much as $1 million to an outside laboratory to test DNA evidence after two audits found that the city’s own testing procedures were inadequate, two city officials have said.

DC Could Spend Nearly $1M for Outside Lab to Test DNA Evidence

April 29, 2015 12:39 pm | by Keith L. Alexander, The Washington Post | Comments

Washington, D.C. may have to pay as much as $1 million to an outside laboratory to test DNA evidence after two audits found that the city’s own testing procedures were inadequate, two city officials have said.

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Forensics experts have identified remains of 296 of the 298 people killed in the attack that downed a Malaysia Airlines jetliner last July in eastern Ukraine, the foreign minister of the Netherlands has said.

Dutch Foreign Minister Reports Progress in Inquiry Into Downing of Malaysian Jetliner

April 29, 2015 12:11 pm | by Rick Gladstone, The New York Times | Comments

Forensics experts have identified remains of 296 of the 298 people killed in the attack that downed a Malaysia Airlines jetliner last July in eastern Ukraine, the foreign minister of the Netherlands has said.

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A new report adds to the body of evidence, charging that the Russian military is waging a sustained cyber campaign against Ukrainian military and law enforcement agencies, and the purpose is to extract a steady stream of classified documents that can aid

To Aid Combat, Russia Wages Cyber War Against Ukraine, Says Report

April 29, 2015 11:12 am | by Aarti Shahani, NPR | Comments

A new report adds to the body of evidence, charging that the Russian military is waging a sustained cyber campaign against Ukrainian military and law enforcement agencies, and the purpose is to extract a steady stream of classified documents that can aid violence and on-the-ground combat.

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The final set of servers that Tor uses are called “exit nodes,” because they are the points at which a user’s traffic exits the Tor network and joins the normal web that we use everyday. Rather than being run by one company, most of these exits are set up

The People Who Risk Jail to Maintain the Tor Network

April 29, 2015 10:41 am | by Joseph Cox, Motherboard | Comments

The final set of servers that Tor uses are called “exit nodes,” because they are the points at which a user’s traffic exits the Tor network and joins the normal web that we use everyday. Rather than being run by one company, most of these exits are set up by volunteers, or “operators.”

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is spearheading a crackdown on the flow of digital information in a campaign that could reshape the cybersecurity relationship between China and the U.S.

US Ensnared in China's Digital Crackdown

April 29, 2015 10:17 am | by Cory Bennett, The Hill | Comments

Chinese President Xi Jinping is spearheading a crackdown on the flow of digital information in a campaign that could reshape the cybersecurity relationship between China and the U.S. 

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