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Bill Would Allow Warrants to Be Issued by Telephone

August 7, 2014 10:18 am | Comments

Tennessee prosecutors want to move the way search warrants are issued out of the 20th century. At issue is a bill that would allow a magistrate or judge to issue a search warrant by telephone or “other reliable electronic means.”     

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To say that developments in “Rapid DNA” have been progressing quickly is an understatement. From a front page USA Today article headline reading “Rapid DNA Test Could Transform Crime Fight”, to its first use in a criminal prosecution and, most importantly

Rapid DNA Helps Make Arrest

August 7, 2014 10:15 am | Comments

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says a new DNA technology tool helped his department make an arrest in an attempted murder case. Lott spoke Wednesday about the investigation, which he says was solved in part with the agency's recently acquired rapid DNA system.

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Aaron's Law Doomed

August 7, 2014 9:40 am | Comments

A bill named after the late internet activist Aaron Swartz that was supposed to update much-criticized US hacking law is almost certain to be left to wither in Congress, according to various sources with knowledge of the matter. 

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BYU Student Hacked into School Computers

August 7, 2014 9:34 am | Comments

A 26-year-old Brigham Young University student, Gabriel Camacho, has been arrested on charges of hacking into the school's computer system after an investigation by the BYU and Lindon police departments that began in January 2014. Police reported BYU Information Technology employees discovered a breach in Internet security that they were able to trace back to an office in the Wilkinson Student Center. 

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Wireless Hack Pops a Car’s Locks in Minutes

August 7, 2014 9:27 am | Comments

As part of a talk on the insecurity of wireless devices at the Black Hat security conference later this week, Cesare plans to reveal a technique that could allow anyone to spoof the signal from a wireless key fob and unlock a car with no physical trace, using a codebreaking attack that takes as little as a few minutes to perform. 

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Bill Would Allow Warrants to Be Issued by Telephone

August 7, 2014 9:16 am | Comments

Tennessee prosecutors want to move the way search warrants are issued out of the 20th century. At issue is a bill that would allow a magistrate or judge to issue a search warrant by telephone or “other reliable electronic means.”  

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Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) has become the most patched software   product, receiving more security patches in the first six months of this year   than Adobe or Oracle software, a report by Bromium Labs has found.

Tool to Thwart Cyber-Attacks

August 6, 2014 11:27 am | Comments

Cybersecurity researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute are developing a tool that amasses information from the Internet to give organizations an early warning of a pending cyber-attack. The system, known as BlackForest, scrapes and analyzes information culled from a variety of online sources to detect potential attacks. 

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FBI Employs Drive-by Download

August 6, 2014 11:20 am | Comments

Security experts call it a “drive-by download”: a hacker infiltrates a high-traffic website and then subverts it to deliver malware to every single visitor. It’s one of the most powerful tools in the black hat arsenal, capable of delivering thousands of fresh victims into a hackers’ clutches within minutes. Now the technique is being adopted by a different kind of a hacker—the kind with a badge.

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Hacking Voice Mail Systems Presents New Threat

August 6, 2014 11:08 am | Comments

Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa is warning about a relatively new kind of voice mail fraud that allows hackers to use a voice mail system and the default password to accept calls without the knowledge or permission of the business or the consumer.

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Russian Hackers Amass Over a Billion Internet Passwords

August 6, 2014 11:04 am | Comments

A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, security researchers say.              

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Crime Lab Scandal Could Taint Many Cases

August 6, 2014 10:45 am | Comments

Drugs disappearing in dozens of cases are only one piece of a scandal that could shake South Florida law enforcement to its core. Investigations continue into the full breadth of the problems at the Broward Crime Lab.           

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Smart Glass Could Analyze DNA

August 6, 2014 10:37 am | Comments

Recently, Corning Incorporated, together with Polytechnique Montreal, is developing a type of smart glass mainly used as the touchscreen of the smartphone, which can detect people's physical condition and can even analyze the user's DNA through reading the spit on the surface of the smart glass. Besides, this smart glass can also detect the composition of the atmosphere. 

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With new DNA evidence in hand, a divided Florida Supreme Court overturned the death sentence and conviction of a man found guilty nearly three decades ago of strangling a woman in Hernando County, Fla.

Man Cleared by DNA Evidence Sues Police

August 6, 2014 10:31 am | Comments

A Long Island man who spent nearly 18 years in prison before his conviction for killing his wife in 1994 was overturned by new DNA evidence has filed state and federal lawsuits against the Vermont police and prosecutors who built the case.

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A D.C. Superior Court judge has decided that DNA evidence exonerates a man who spent 26 years in prison for the 1982 rape and murder of a Washington woman.

Authorities Make an Arrest Two Decades After Killings

August 6, 2014 10:26 am | Comments

Two decades later, forensic work by the Suffolk County Police Department, along with changes to DNA collection procedures, have brought some long-delayed relief to family and friends: John Bittrolff, 48, a carpenter and married father of two from nearby Manorville, was arrested last month on charges of murdering Ms. McNamee and Ms. Tangredi.

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Short-cut Analysis Could Cut Rape Kit Backlog

August 5, 2014 10:44 am | Comments

There may be a shortcut in rape investigations that would capture valuable DNA evidence while cutting costs and getting Utah law enforcement agencies out of the bind of backlogged forensic evidence in rape cases. It looks to be one of the most significant developments to come out of "passionate" discussions between members of an ad hoc group seeking solutions to unanalyzed rape kits.

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