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Bacterial communities living on an individual's pubic hairs could be used as a microbial 'signature' to trace their involvement in sexual assault cases, according to a study published in the open access journal Investigative Genetics.

Microbial 'Signature' Left During Sex Crimes

December 16, 2014 12:30 pm | by BioMed Central | Comments

Bacterial communities living on an individual's pubic hairs could be used as a microbial "signature" to trace their involvement in sexual assault cases. Hairs are one of the most common types of trace evidence collected during forensic investigations, but the majority of those recovered from crime scenes lack their roots and contain insufficient amounts of human genetic material to carry out DNA profiling of suspects.

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Police Departments Join Forces, Bring Tech Analysis In-house

December 16, 2014 11:50 am | by Jessie Van Berkel, Star Tribune | Comments

Dakota county is creating the first local Electronic Crimes Task Force based in Minnesota. Ten agencies — nine city police departments and the sheriff’s office — will participate in the group, which will begin operating next month.     

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Wordpress Sites Serving SoakSoak

December 16, 2014 11:34 am | by Tara Seals, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

Google has blacklisted more than 11,000 domains involved in the latest malware campaign from SoakSoak.ru. But, the impact is apparently much larger: it seems to be affecting most hosts across the WordPress hosting spectrum, according to researchers.

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Worm Exploits Shellshock to Take Over Network Storage Systems

December 16, 2014 11:20 am | by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica | Comments

Criminal hackers are actively exploiting the critical shellshock vulnerability to install a self-replicating backdoor on a popular line of storage systems, researchers have warned.                   

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DNS Attacks Plunder Organizations

December 16, 2014 11:03 am | by Help Net Security | Comments

Seventy-six percent of organizations in the U.S. and U.K. have suffered a DNS attack, with 49 percent experiencing one in the past 12 months, according to Cloudmark.                        

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If Emily Beilby Kaye has a legacy, it is this: Rubber gloves. Thanks to her, investigators started wearing them regularly while handling evidence at crime scenes.

The Murder that Inspired a Forensic Innovation

December 15, 2014 3:41 pm | by Mara Bovsun, Daily News | Comments

If Emily Beilby Kaye has a legacy, it is this: Rubber gloves. Thanks to her, investigators started wearing them regularly while handling evidence at crime scenes.                         

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Police say a suspect was caught by a whisker when DNA from his beard hair led to his arrest.

Beard DNA Leads to Burglary Arrest

December 15, 2014 3:26 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Police say a suspect was caught by a whisker when DNA from his beard hair led to his arrest.                                             

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South Dakota's state crime lab has dramatically trimmed turnaround times for DNA and other forensic testing.

SD Crime Lab Speeds Turnaround Times for DNA

December 15, 2014 3:15 pm | by John Hult, Argus Leader | Comments

South Dakota's state crime lab has dramatically trimmed turnaround times for DNA and other forensic testing.                                         

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Grim Sleeper Defense Says DNA Points to Another Suspect

December 15, 2014 2:57 pm | by Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times | Comments

Since Los Angeles police first announced that they had made an arrest in the hunt for the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer, the case involving the slayings of more than 10 women has centered around DNA. But now Lonnie Franklin's attorneys allege that genetic material from another man was found on items collected at the crime scenes of three of the victims linked to their client.

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DOJ Says No Rape Evidence Testing without Consent

December 15, 2014 2:50 pm | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press | Comments

The state Department of Justice is recommending police don't submit evidence from sexual assault exams to the state crime lab unless victims have consented to cooperate with investigators.                 

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FBI Warns Iran Hackers May Target US Firms

December 15, 2014 11:42 am | by Jim Finkle, Reuters | Comments

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned U.S. businesses to be on the alert for a sophisticated Iranian hacking operation whose targets include defense contractors, energy firms and educational institutions, according to a confidential agency document.

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SiQuest Voted Industry Innovator 2014

December 15, 2014 11:27 am | SiQuest Corporation | Comments

SiQuest was voted "Industry Innovator 2014" by SC Magazine under the category of Analysis and Testing for the evaluation and performance of their new Internet Examiner® Toolkit forensic software.               

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New Simulator Provides Training in Cybersecurity

December 15, 2014 11:01 am | by Carlos III University of Madrid | Comments

Researchers from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and the Universidad de Málaga (UMA) have collaborated with the consulting and technology company Indra on the development of a new advanced simulator of training in cybersecurity, a system that teaches users how to carry out computer forensics, prevent cyber attacks and learn techniques of cyber defense.

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 Gruesome scenes greeted many of Maine’s top homicide investigators in downtown Gardiner, Maine, recently as part of a drill for the Maine State Police Evidence Response Team, which examines and processes evidence at the state’s major crime scenes, includ

Drill Helps Maine Homicide Police Prepare for Murder Scenes

December 12, 2014 3:38 pm | by Michael Shepard, centralmaine.com | Comments

Gruesome scenes greeted many of Maine’s top homicide investigators in downtown Gardiner, Maine, recently as part of a drill for the Maine State Police Evidence Response Team, which examines and processes evidence at the state’s major crime scenes, including most homicides, to identify suspects and determine the sequences of criminal events.

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San Francisco Police Clear 10-year Rape Kit Backlog

December 12, 2014 3:09 pm | by Jonah Owen Lamb, The Examiner | Comments

A decadelong backlog of rape kits — used to test for sexual assault forensic evidence, including DNA — at the San Francisco Police Department is no more, according to the department.                   

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