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When British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his plan to introduce new surveillance powers in the UK by forcing businesses to plant backdoors in their communication products, and ban applications that use end-to-end encryption, security experts una

UK PM Demonizes Encryption, US Report Says It's Vital

January 16, 2015 3:36 pm | by Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security | Comments

When British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his plan to introduce new surveillance powers in the UK by forcing businesses to plant backdoors in their communication products, and ban applications that use end-to-end encryption, security experts unanimously declared when asked that weakening users' security posture is not the right answer to the problem of fighting criminals and terrorists.

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In the wake of the latest high-profile hack of Sony and claims of “cyber-vandalism” being thrown about, it’s normal to feel a sense of unease. Just recently, yet another proposal for new cybersecurity legislation has been made, and by the president no les

Hard Evidence: how much is cyber crime really costing us?

January 16, 2015 2:16 pm | by Benjamin Dean, The Conversation | Comments

In the wake of the latest high-profile hack of Sony and claims of “cyber vandalism” being thrown about, it’s normal to feel a sense of unease. Just recently, yet another proposal for new cybersecurity legislation has been made, and by the president no less.

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FBI agent Matthew Lowry checked out Item 1B4 from the evidence room at the bureau’s Washington field office on an August morning in 2013. He wrote “to lab” on a log sheet to explain why he was taking drugs that had been seized in an undercover operation d

FBI Files Tell How Addicted Agent was Able to Get the Drugs

January 16, 2015 2:00 pm | by Peter Hermann, The Washington Post | Comments

FBI agent Matthew Lowry checked out Item 1B4 from the evidence room at the bureau’s Washington field office on an August morning in 2013. He wrote “to lab” on a log sheet to explain why he was taking drugs that had been seized in an undercover operation dubbed Midnight Hustle.

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One of the biggest challenges facing the advancement of forensic science and biometric technology is the availability of useful datasets for researchers. The lack of sufficient data limits the development of new technology, methods and informed policy dec

Improving Biometric and Forensic Technology: The Future of Research Datasets

January 16, 2015 1:33 pm | by NIJ | Comments

One of the biggest challenges facing the advancement of forensic science and biometric technology is the availability of useful datasets for researchers. The lack of sufficient data limits the development of new technology, methods and informed policy decisions. To help resolve this issue, NIJ has sponsored NIST to investigate publically available biometric and forensic datasets.

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No DNA or blood evidence has been found to connect a man on trial for murder to the 2012 death of his estranged wife.

Jury Hears DNA, Blood Evidence in Murder Trial

January 16, 2015 12:32 pm | by Lisa Trigg, Tribune Star | Comments

No DNA or blood evidence has been found to connect a man on trial for murder to the 2012 death of his estranged wife.                                     

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4 Days of 'Forensic Digs' End in Lyon Sisters Case; Evidence Unclear

January 16, 2015 12:05 pm | by Dan Morse, The Washington Post | Comments

Investigators from the FBI on Thursday concluded four days of “forensic digs” in Bedford County, Virginia, as part of a stepped-up investigation of the nearly 40-year-old case of two young girls who disappeared after walking to a Montgomery County shopping mall in 1975.

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French, German and Belgian police arrested more than two dozen suspects in anti-terrorism raids Friday, as European authorities rushed to thwart more attacks by people with links to Islamic extremists in the Mideast.

European Police Arrest Two Dozen in Anti-terrorism Sweeps

January 16, 2015 11:42 am | by Raf Casert and Angela Charlton, Associated Press | Comments

French, German and Belgian police arrested more than two dozen suspects in anti-terrorism raids Friday, as European authorities rushed to thwart more attacks by people with links to Islamic extremists in the Mideast.         

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Amid fresh concerns about terrorism in the West, British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to press President Barack Obama Friday on getting American technology companies like Google and Facebook to allow governments to snoop on encrypted communica

Cameron to Press Obama on Government Access to Communications

January 16, 2015 10:58 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | Comments

Amid fresh concerns about terrorism in the West, British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to press President Barack Obama Friday on getting American technology companies like Google and Facebook to allow governments to snoop on encrypted communications.

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In just over an hour of staccato cross-examination, Joshua Dratel, lawyer for Silk Road trial defendant Ross Ulbricht, pursued a line of questioning suggesting that the man who really controlled Silk Road wasn't his young client, but Mark Karpeles, the we

Bitcoin Exchange Owner Operated Silk Road Says Defense

January 16, 2015 10:43 am | by Joe Mullin, Ars Technica | Comments

In just over an hour of staccato cross-examination, Joshua Dratel, lawyer for Silk Road trial defendant Ross Ulbricht, pursued a line of questioning suggesting that the man who really controlled Silk Road wasn't his young client, but Mark Karpeles, the wealthy former owner of the Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange.

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A pair of senators is looking to pass legislation that would require the collection of DNA samples from people convicted of misdemeanor crimes that carry prison terms, after the Vermont Supreme Court found a previous law unconstitutional.

Bill Would Require DNA Sampling in Misdemeanors

January 16, 2015 10:23 am | by Neal P. Goswami, Rutland Herald | Comments

A pair of senators is looking to pass legislation that would require the collection of DNA samples from people convicted of misdemeanor crimes that carry prison terms, after the Vermont Supreme Court found a previous law unconstitutional.   

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France Sees 19,000 Cyber Attacks since Terror Rampage

January 15, 2015 2:01 pm | by Jamey Keatin and Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press | Comments

Hackers have targeted about 19,000 French websites since a rampage by Islamic extremists left 20 dead last week, a top French cyberdefense official said Thursday as the president tried to calm the nation's inflamed religious tensions.     

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Investigators trying to determine the cause of a West Texas prison bus crash that killed eight inmates and two guards were returning to the site Thursday to sift through the debris and examine the vehicle.

Investigators to Comb Deadly Prison Bus Crash Site in Texas

January 15, 2015 1:51 pm | by Betsy Blaney, Associated Press | Comments

Investigators trying to determine the cause of a West Texas prison bus crash that killed eight inmates and two guards were returning to the site Thursday to sift through the debris and examine the vehicle.             

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More people were using the mail to get high, and Jared Der-Yeghiayan knew it, speaking from the stand in a Manhattan federal courtroom, where 30-year-old Ross Ulbricht stands accused of being the mastermind in the most successful drug-dealing website of a

Federal Agent Explains How He Trapped Silk Road Suspect

January 15, 2015 1:40 pm | by Joe Mullin, Ars Technica | Comments

More people were using the mail to get high, and Jared Der-Yeghiayan knew it, speaking from the stand in a Manhattan federal courtroom, where 30-year-old Ross Ulbricht stands accused of being the mastermind in the most successful drug-dealing website of all time, the Silk Road.

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How to make politicians really understand the dangers of mass digital surveillance and the importance of information security? Gustav Nipe, the 26-year old president of the Swedish Pirate Party's youth wing, tried to do it by setting up an open Wi-Fi netw

Pirate Activist Shows Politicians What Digital Surveillance Looks Like

January 15, 2015 1:25 pm | by Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security | Comments

How to make politicians really understand the dangers of mass digital surveillance and the importance of information security? Gustav Nipe, the 26-year old president of the Swedish Pirate Party's youth wing, tried to do it by setting up an open Wi-Fi network at the Society and Defence National Conference in Sweden.

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Police investigators working to identify victims, find criminals and bring cases to court have revealed that huge increases in the volume of visual evidence, data seized and sheer number of caseloads are the biggest challenges they are facing.

Huge Volume of Visual Evidence Puts Investigators under Pressure

January 15, 2015 12:42 pm | by NetClean | Comments

Police investigators working to identify victims, find criminals and bring cases to court have revealed that huge increases in the volume of visual evidence, data seized and sheer number of caseloads are the biggest challenges they are facing. 

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