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All states should have laws ensuring that criminal justice systems properly handle, store and retain forensic biological evidence, according to a new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

New Report Recommends Policies for Improved Preservation of Biological Evidence

April 22, 2015 8:25 am | by NIST | Comments

All states should have laws ensuring that criminal justice systems properly handle, store and retain forensic biological evidence, according to a new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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About 1,500 iPhone and iPad apps contain an HTTPS-crippling vulnerability that makes it easy for attackers to intercept encrypted passwords, bank-account numbers, and other highly sensitive information, according to research.

1,500 iOS Apps Have HTTPS-Crippling Bug

April 21, 2015 12:42 pm | by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica | Comments

About 1,500 iPhone and iPad apps contain an HTTPS-crippling vulnerability that makes it easy for attackers to intercept encrypted passwords, bank-account numbers, and other highly sensitive information, according to research.  

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Deadly Shooting Sparks SWAT Standoff in Baldwin Park

April 21, 2015 12:15 pm | by Marco Cota-Robles, KABC | Comments

The shooting death spawned a SWAT standoff just around the corner at a home in the 13200 block of Earl Avenue. Investigators said they had reason to believe that home and the people inside may have been connected to the Cosbey Street shooting.

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Lawsuit Over Naked Crime Scene Photos Headed for Trial

April 21, 2015 11:44 am | by Gregory Pratt, The Daily Southtown | Comments

The lawsuit, filed in late 2010 by Mejia's mother, Christina Mejia, and other relatives, alleges that responding sheriff's officers removed Mejia's clothes in violation of the department's own rules and took multiple nude photographs of her body. It alleges that the sheriff's office intentionally caused emotional distress to Mejia's family by shooting the photos.

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United Airlines stopped a prominent security researcher from boarding a California-bound flight late Saturday, following a social media post by the researcher days earlier suggesting the airline's onboard systems could be hacked.

Researcher Denied Airline Flight After Tweet About Hacking

April 21, 2015 10:24 am | by Jack Gillum, Associated Press | Comments

United Airlines stopped a prominent security researcher from boarding a California-bound flight late Saturday, following a social media post by the researcher days earlier suggesting the airline's onboard systems could be hacked.

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At a time when the Pentagon arguably is losing a battle with industry for top tech talent, the Army is offering companies the resumes of its best cyber warriors.

The Army is Sharing Its Top Cyber Warriors With Hollywood and Wall Street

April 21, 2015 8:17 am | by Aliya Sternstein, Defense One | Comments

At a time when the Pentagon arguably is losing a battle with industry for top tech talent, the Army is offering companies the resumes of its best cyber warriors.

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Hackers have managed to penetrate computer networks associated with the Israeli military in an espionage campaign that skillfully packages existing attack software with trick emails, according to security researchers at Blue Coat Systems Inc.

Israeli Military Networks Breached by Hackers

April 20, 2015 1:45 pm | by Joseph Menn, Reuters | Comments

Hackers have managed to penetrate computer networks associated with the Israeli military in an espionage campaign that skillfully packages existing attack software with trick emails, according to security researchers at Blue Coat Systems Inc.

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Cyber crime has become as big a threat to Europe's security as terrorism, the head of the continent's policing agency has warned.

Cyber Crime Now 'Number One' Threat: Europol Chief

April 20, 2015 1:20 pm | by AFP | Comments

Cyber crime has become as big a threat to Europe's security as terrorism, the head of the continent's policing agency has warned.

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An APT campaign has been detected that exploits zero-day vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and Microsoft Windows. Adobe patched vulnerability CVE-2015-3043 previously, but the Windows vulnerability is new. Security firm FireEye says that the group resonsible

Two Vulnerabilities Exploited by Russian Hackers

April 20, 2015 1:02 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

An APT campaign has been detected that exploits zero-day vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and Microsoft Windows. Adobe patched vulnerability CVE-2015-3043 previously, but the Windows vulnerability is new. Security firm FireEye says that the group responsible for the attack is APT28. 

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Milwaukee Group to Help Research Massacre of Jews in Poland

April 20, 2015 12:15 pm | by Annysa Johnson, The Journal Sentinel | Comments

A lesser known piece of that macabre history is the estimated 2 million or more who died, often slowly and agonizingly, one bullet at a time, at the hands of the Einsatzgruppen, the Ordnungspolizei and others.

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Standards Needed for Post-conviction Review of Scientific Evidence

April 20, 2015 12:07 pm | by John Collins | Comments

According to the Post, "Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far." It is noteworthy that no representatives of the Department of Justice, including the FBI, are quoted in the Post's article. 

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Crime-fighting Tool Helps NJ Police Solve Crimes

April 20, 2015 11:47 am | by Joe Cutler, New Jersey 101.5 | Comments

County and local police departments throughout New Jersey are employing technology to track shell casings from firearms in hopes of solving crimes.

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The next generation of cyber attacks will be more sophisticated, more difficult to detect and more capable of wreaking untold damage on the nation’s computer systems.

Algorithmic Cyber Attacks are Coming

April 20, 2015 8:39 am | by University of Utah | Comments

The next generation of cyber attacks will be more sophisticated, more difficult to detect and more capable of wreaking untold damage on the nation’s computer systems.  

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Breaking from decades of "Just Say No"-type messaging about marijuana use, Colorado law enforcement officials are starting a new campaign designed to promote safe marijuana use.

Colorado Law Enforcement Switches Message to Safe Pot Use

April 17, 2015 3:14 pm | by Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press | Comments

Breaking from decades of "Just Say No"-type messaging about marijuana use, Colorado law enforcement officials are starting a new campaign designed to promote safe marijuana use.

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The forensic science research and development (R&D) conducted decades ago is having an impact in crime laboratories today. In crime labs across the U.S., scientists are being armed with increasingly sophisticated technologies to help bring criminals to ju

Impact of Forensic Science Research & Development

April 17, 2015 2:35 pm | by NIJ | Comments

The forensic science research and development (R&D) conducted decades ago is having an impact in crime laboratories today. In crime labs across the U.S., scientists are being armed with increasingly sophisticated technologies to help bring criminals to justice and protect the innocent.

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