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Lives in Balance, Texas Leads Scrutiny of Bite-Mark Forensics

December 15, 2015 11:15 am | by Erik Eckholm, The New York Times | Comments

The Texas commission is seeking to develop guidelines on whether bite-mark comparisons should have any role in the courtroom.

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Fact-Checking the Debate on Encryption

December 15, 2015 10:50 am | by Jeff Larson and Julia Angwin, ProPublica | Comments

Intelligence officials in Europe and the United States have asserted that encryption hampers their ability to detect plots and trace perpetrators. But many have questioned whether it would be practical or wise to allow governments widespread power to read encrypted messages. To help readers appreciate the arguments on both sides, we’ve pulled together some FAQs on a subject that is sure to be hotly debated in the years to come.

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The Fascinating History of Crime Photography

December 14, 2015 9:50 am | by Laura Mallonee, Wired | Comments

A photograph doesn't necessarily document the truth, it captures a brief moment in time. What happened in that moment, not to mention before and after it, is always subject to some debate. Nowhere is this more true than in crime scene photography and its role in criminal investigations.

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Cybersecurity Researchers Are Hunted From All Sides

December 14, 2015 9:26 am | by Andrada Fiscutean, Motherboard | Comments

While he was analyzing Stuxnet, a worm written by the US and Israel and considered to be the first cyber weapon, someone broke into his house. The intruder left behind a decision cube—a rubber die inscribed with conclusions like “yes,” “no,” “maybe”—on his living room table with the message “take a break” facing up.

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Forensic Scientists Study Decomposition for Insights Into Post-Mortem Interval

December 14, 2015 9:06 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The science of death and decay is the future for a growing discipline in forensic science.

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Have You Asked Yourself Five Important Cyber Security Questions?

December 11, 2015 10:02 am | by Rachel Falk, Tech Exchange | Comments

From cyber 'attacks' to 'knowing your adversary' to 'cyber threats'--it can seem like organizations are under constant siege.

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Military Gunshot-Wound Device Now Approved For Civilan Use

December 11, 2015 9:44 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week approved a military gunshot wound dressing for civilian usage that’s capable of controlling severe, life-threatening bleeding.

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The Attack that Broke the Dark Web

December 9, 2015 2:45 pm | by Kashmir Hill, Arstechnica | Comments

Law enforcement has been complaining for years about the Web “going dark,” saying that encryption and privacy tools are frustrating their ability to track criminals online. But massive FBI operations over the last year that have busted ‘hidden sites’ used for the sale of drugs, hacking tools, and child pornography.

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National Shortage of Medical Examiners Causes Hardship

December 9, 2015 12:02 pm | by Diana Duel, Examiner.com | Comments

This not only causes delays in solving criminal cases, it also causes severe hardships for families who are often forced to wait months before they can obtain death certificates for loved ones. 

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Bitcoin Creater Is Probably Unknown Australian Genius

December 9, 2015 11:51 am | by Andy Greenber and Gwern Branwen, Wired | Comments

Even as his face towered 10 feet above the crowd at the Bitcoin Investor’s Conference in Las Vegas, Craig Steven Wright was, to most of the audience of crypto and finance geeks, a nobody.

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Crime Lab Scandals the Focus of New DOJ Plan

December 9, 2015 9:20 am | by Katie Worth, Frontline | Comments

The Department of Justice on Monday announced a plan to address the problem, saying it will begin requiring its prosecutors to only use evidence that is processed by accredited labs.

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Oklahoma City Bombing Secret: DNA Extracted From Unknown Leg

December 8, 2015 12:20 pm | by Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, The Washington Times | Comments

The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner has partial DNA from an unmatched left leg collected from the ruins, reviving the possibility of a 169th unidentified victim from the 1995 terror attack, as well as defense lawyers’ long-held belief that Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols had an additional accomplice.

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DOJ's New Accreditation Policies to Advance Forensic Science

December 8, 2015 12:10 pm | by Department of Justice | Comments

The Justice Department will, within the next five years, require department-run forensic labs to obtain and maintain accreditation and require all department prosecutors to use accredited labs to process forensic evidence when practicable.

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Closing a Malware Security Loophole

December 8, 2015 10:21 am | by Inderscience Publishers | Comments

The research raises the issue that the developers of both operating systems and antivirus software must work more closely together to reduce the burden of malware on computer systems the world over.

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No Charges for Chicago Officer in Other 2014 Shooting

December 8, 2015 10:04 am | by Don Babwin and Carla K. Johnson, the Associated Press | Comments

A dashcam video of another 2014 fatal shooting of a black man by a Chicago police officer has become public, with Cook County's top prosecutor explaining in unusual detail her reasons for not charging the officer. Here are the key parts of the case.

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