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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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The Defense Department has rolled out supersecret smartphones for work and maybe play, made by anti-government-surveillance firm Silent Circle, according to company officials.

Defense Department Using NSA-Proof Smartphones

April 1, 2015 9:25 am | by Aliya Sternstein, Nextgov | Comments

The Defense Department has rolled out supersecret smartphones for work and maybe play, made by anti-government-surveillance firm Silent Circle, according to company officials. 

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The Montana House has overwhelmingly passed a bill providing funding for an eastern Montana crime lab.

House Bill Passed to Create Eastern Montana Crime Lab

April 1, 2015 8:17 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Montana House has overwhelmingly passed a bill providing funding for an eastern Montana crime lab.

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The State Department says it can find only four emails sent between former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and her staff concerning drone strikes and certain U.S. surveillance programs, and those notes have little to do with either subject.

State Department: Clinton Sent Only 4 Emails About Drones

April 1, 2015 8:17 am | by Jack Gillum, Associated Press | Comments

The State Department says it can find only four emails sent between former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and her staff concerning drone strikes and certain U.S. surveillance programs, and those notes have little to do with either subject.

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Researchers used information collected from hundreds of skin swabs to produce three-dimensional maps of molecular and microbial variations across the body. These maps provide a baseline for future studies of the interplay between the molecules that make u

Body Maps Show Where Skin Has Been

April 1, 2015 8:16 am | by University of California, San Diego | Comments

Researchers used information collected from hundreds of skin swabs to produce three-dimensional maps of molecular and microbial variations across the body. These maps provide a baseline for future studies of the interplay between the molecules that make up our skin, the microbes that live on us, our personal hygiene routines and other environmental factors.

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Over the last year, Reddit’s “dark net markets” discussion forum has grown into one of the central fixtures of the online drug scene. At any given moment, hundreds of redditors are browsing reddit.com/r/darknetmarkets, many brazenly discussing anonymous o

Feds Demand Reddit Identify Users of a Dark-Web Drug Forum

April 1, 2015 8:15 am | by Andy Greenberg, Wired | Comments

Over the last year, Reddit’s “dark net markets” discussion forum has grown into one of the central fixtures of the online drug scene. At any given moment, hundreds of redditors are browsing reddit.com/r/darknetmarkets, many brazenly discussing anonymous online sales on the open internet. Now the feds have noticed.

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Two former federal agents have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and   related offenses for stealing digital currency during their investigation of the   Silk Road, an underground black market that allowed users to conduct illegal   transacti

Federal Computer Forensics Expert Turns to the Dark Web

March 31, 2015 12:11 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Two former federal agents have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and related offenses for stealing digital currency during their investigation of the Silk Road, an underground black market that allowed users to conduct illegal transactions over the Internet, the Department of Justice has announced.

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The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials bel

NSA Weighed Ending Phone Surveillance Program Before Leak

March 31, 2015 11:18 am | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | Comments

The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs outweighed the meager counterterrorism benefits.

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