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The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 appears to have researched suicide methods   and cockpit door security in the days before he flew the plane into the French Alps,   killing 150 people, German prosecutors said Thursday.

German Pilot Searched Suicide Methods, Cockpit Security

April 2, 2015 11:37 am | by Geir Moulson, Associated Press | Comments

The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 appears to have researched suicide methods and cockpit door security in the days before he flew the plane into the French Alps, killing 150 people, German prosecutors said Thursday.  

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Google has taken the unprecedented decision to no longer recognize the certificate authorities (CAs) of .cn operator the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), after a major security breach last month.

Google Set to Blacklist Chinese Websites

April 2, 2015 11:23 am | by Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

Google has taken the unprecedented decision to no longer recognize the certificate authorities (CAs) of .cn operator the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), after a major security breach last month.

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Scientific evidence and expert witness testimony are integral to criminal trials worldwide. Yet while we live in a scientific age of increasingly specialized expert knowledge, a growing reliance on forensic evidence is a double-edged sword.

Forensic Evidence Offers Only Probabilities, Not Guarantees That Justice Will be Served

April 2, 2015 10:20 am | by Paul Roberts, The Conversation | Comments

Scientific evidence and expert witness testimony are integral to criminal trials worldwide. Yet while we live in a scientific age of increasingly specialized expert knowledge, a growing reliance on forensic evidence is a double-edged sword.

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The charging of two federal agents has led to a heap of documents from the Silk Road drug trafficking case being unsealed, including the above chats about the massive January theft—an attack that was actually perpetrated by a Secret Service agent, Shaun B

New Silk Road Docs Show How Agents Looted the Site

April 2, 2015 9:48 am | by Joe Mullin, Ars Technica | Comments

The charging of two federal agents has led to a heap of documents from the Silk Road drug trafficking case being unsealed, including the above chats about the massive January theft—an attack that was actually perpetrated by a Secret Service agent, Shaun Bridges. The 121-page document stash provides new insight into the details of how Bridges and DEA agent Carl Force ripped off the website.

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Human facial diversity is substantial, complex, and largely scientifically unexplained. The author measured face shape in population samples with mixed West African and European ancestry from the United States, Brazil, and Cape Verde. Using bootstrapped r

Identifying and Communicating Genetic Determinants of Facial Features: Practical Considerations in Forensic Molecular Photofitting

April 2, 2015 8:44 am | by Mark Shriver, NIJ | Comments

Using bootstrapped response-based imputation modeling (BRIM), the author has uncovered the relationships between facial variation and the effects of sex, genomic ancestry, and a set of craniofacial candidate genes that show signatures of accelerated evolution.

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Many smartphone users know that free apps sometimes share private information with third parties, but few, if any, are aware of how frequently this occurs. A recent experiment shows that when people learn exactly how many times these apps share that infor

What Do You Do When Your Location is Shared 5,398 Times?

April 2, 2015 8:04 am | by Byron Spice, Carnegie Mellon university | Comments

Many smartphone users know that free apps sometimes share private information with third parties, but few, if any, are aware of how frequently this occurs. A recent experiment shows that when people learn exactly how many times these apps share that information they rapidly act to limit further sharing.

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Prosecutors typically downplay their elation when they win murder trials. Their usual responses, at least publicly, are lines like: "There are no winners here, but justice was served" etc. But on March 20, when a Schenectady County jury found 48-year-old

DNA Study is Winner in Cold Case Murder Conviction

April 2, 2015 8:03 am | by Robert Gavion, Times Union | Comments

Prosecutors typically downplay their elation when they win murder trials. Their usual responses, at least publicly, are lines like: "There are no winners here, but justice was served" etc. But on March 20, when a Schenectady County jury found 48-year-old John Wakefield guilty of first-degree murder in the April 11, 2010, strangling of Brett Wentworth, there was a winner.

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In the burgeoning market for services that keep your messages safe from hackers and the NSA, every new app wants to be seen as more secure than the last — even if they’re really not.

Encryption Companies Throwing Shade Keep Everyone in the Dark

April 2, 2015 8:02 am | by Jordan Pearson, Motherboard | Comments

In the burgeoning market for services that keep your messages safe from hackers and the NSA, every new app wants to be seen as more secure than the last — even if they’re really not.

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President Barack Obama on Wednesday created the first-ever sanctions program to penalize overseas hackers who engage in cyber spying and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of that espionage, potentially including state-owned corporations in

Obama Signs Order Creating New Cyber Sanctions Program

April 2, 2015 8:01 am | by Ken Dilanian and Julie Pace, Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama on Wednesday created the first-ever sanctions program to penalize overseas hackers who engage in cyber spying and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of that espionage, potentially including state-owned corporations in Russia and China.

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The New Orleans PD ballistics unit is about to win a big award for clearing a huge backlog. It may have also played a major role helping solve a Lakefront-area murder where a victim's son was arrested.

Ballistics Lab Clears Big Backlog

April 1, 2015 11:12 am | by Rob Masson, Fox 8 | Comments

The New Orleans PD ballistics unit is about to win a big award for clearing a huge backlog. It may have also played a major role helping solve a Lakefront-area murder where a victim's son was arrested.

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Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial Tuesday, a day after they began presenting testimony designed to show his late older brother was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack.

Bomber Defense Rests After Short List of Forensic Experts Have Spoken

April 1, 2015 10:47 am | by Denise LaVoie, Associated Press | Comments

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial Tuesday, a day after they began presenting testimony designed to show his late older brother was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack.

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On CSI, NCIS and other popular television shows, mass spectrometers rapidly analyze biological samples and spit out definitive results of complex analyses. But in real life, mass spectrometry findings are less straightforward and slower paced. Analytical

Chemist Working to Improve Forensic Drug and Poison Screening

April 1, 2015 10:13 am | by IUPUI | Comments

On CSI, NCIS and other popular television shows, mass spectrometers rapidly analyze biological samples and spit out definitive results of complex analyses. But in real life, mass spectrometry findings are less straightforward and slower paced. Analytical chemist Nicholas Manicke has received a grant from the NIJ to improve the speed and accuracy of mass spectrometry for detecting drugs and poisons in blood samples.

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The controversy surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email has brought data destruction to the forefront of the national conversation. But now reports say Clinton “wiped the server,” deleting all emails. But how easy is it to permanentl

How hard is it to permanently delete data?

April 1, 2015 9:46 am | by Mark Pomerleau, GCN | Comments

The controversy surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email has brought data destruction to the forefront of the national conversation. But now reports say Clinton “wiped the server,” deleting all emails. But how easy is it to permanently wipe data from servers or storage media?

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