Digital Forensics

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to take on a major dispute over the government's authority to force American technology companies to hand over emails and other digital information sought in criminal probes but stored outside the U.S.
by Mark Sherman, Associated Press
10:53am
10.17.2017
The trove of digital evidence in Ahmad Khan Rahimi’s ongoing federal trial is meant to provide airtight proof he was behind a 2016 attack that injured 30 people, but it also dramatically demonstrates the growing omnipresence of security cameras.
by Tom Hays and Colleen Long, Associated Press
12:30pm
10.11.2017
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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) has released the software of its SUMO maritime surveillance tool, which is helping to protect oceans by detecting ships engaged in illicit activities. SUMO (Search for Unidentified Marine Objects) automatically scans...
by Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS)
10:41am
10.2.2017
When the origin of a document is a mystery or in dispute, there are several ways that forensic document investigators can use information from Microsoft Word to piece together a document’s “life story.”
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1:35pm
9.28.2017
As technology becomes more advanced, child pornographers are using smaller, more discreet devices to hide their crimes. That’s why the Internet Crimes Against Children task force in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, is bringing in Charlie, a 2-year-old...
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12:17pm
9.27.2017
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A teenager suspected of a killing who was named one of Texas' 10 Most Wanted fugitives was caught in Los Angeles on Tuesday after posting a live video on social media, police said.
by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press
12:03pm
9.22.2017
Two new features of the upcoming iOS 11 system update for Apple devices will make it more difficult for law enforcement to unlock seized devices and extract data from devices that are already unlocked.
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12:09pm
9.13.2017
Forensic Architecture's Ayotzinapa tool lets anyone investigate the 2014 Iguala massacre, in which 43 students are presumed to have been murdered.
by Eleanor Peake, Wired Magazine
10:46am
9.8.2017
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Police found two suicide notes saved on a floppy disk among the possessions of a deceased, previously healthy, 28-year-old man. With some pieces of the puzzle not adding up, they needed a way to confirm the victim was indeed the one who authored the...
12:13pm
8.24.2017
The fatal stabbing of a hairstylist in Chicago was part of a sexual fantasy hatched in an online chatroom between a Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee, whose plan included killing someone and then themselves,...
by Michael Tarm, Associated Press
10:29am
8.21.2017
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A team of forensic linguistics experts lead by the University of Manchester’s Dr. Andrea Nini believe they have solved a longstanding mystery about a letter Abraham Lincoln may have authored.
8:00am
8.18.2017
The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a search warrant for internet records possessed by web hosting service DreamHost regarding a 2017 Inauguration Day protest website, after about 200 were arrested in relation to the Jan. 20 event. DreamHost...
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12:44pm
8.16.2017
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When drug users go online for the first time to buy opioids, they aren't looking for the widest selection or the best prices for their illicit purchases, a new study suggests. Researchers found that first-time drug buyers who visited one marketplace...
by Ohio State University
9:21am
8.16.2017
A 26-year-old man is in custody in California in a "sextortion" case, after he was hunted by federal authorities for allegedly making cyber threats to girls, producing child pornography and threatening to use explosive devices at Indiana schools,...
by Will Gretsky and Emily Shapiro, ABC News
12:39pm
8.8.2017
The U.S. Army banned the use of drones made by the Chinese company DJI last week, apparently in response to the load of hackable data the machines collect and store. This morning, a University of New Haven team demonstrates exactly how such common...
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12:14pm
8.7.2017
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Police in New York state may soon have a high-tech way of catching texting drivers: a device known as a textalyzer that allows an officer to quickly check if a cellphone has been in use before a crash.
by David Klepper, Associated Press
8:55am
7.27.2017
Authorities from the U.S. and Europe announced Thursday that they had taken down illegal dark web marketplaces AlphaBay and Hansa, but not before using the latter site as bait to collect information on users attempting to buy and sell drugs, fake...
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12:32pm
7.25.2017
The explosion of smartphones and apps, and the growing size of computer hard drives has created a glut of evidence for investigators in recent years. But all of that data is swamping the computer forensic units at the Maryland State Police and other...
by Amanda Iacone, WTOP
11:15am
7.18.2017
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Recent reports that the smart home device and voice recognition assistant Alexa called 911 during a domestic abuse incident, whether accurate or not, have generated some interest in the potential for smart devices to intervene in domestic violence...
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12:58pm
7.14.2017
The Australian government on Friday proposed a new cybersecurity law to force global technology companies such as Facebook and Google to help police by unscrambling encrypted messages sent by suspected extremists and other criminals.
by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press
9:22am
7.14.2017
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A team of international investigators brought to Mexico to unravel one of the nation’s gravest human rights atrocities was targeted with sophisticated surveillance technology sold to the Mexican government to spy on criminals and terrorists,...
by Azam Ahmed, New York Times
10:33am
7.10.2017
A website that hosted an "Abduction 101" forum linked to a 28-year-old suspect in the kidnapping of a Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois bills itself as the most popular sexual fetish networking site on the internet—and it has faced...
by Michael Tarm, Associated Press
10:49am
7.3.2017
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Federal agents persuaded a judge to issue a warrant for a Microsoft email account they suspected was used for drug trafficking. Microsoft said the emails were on a server in Ireland and beyond the warrant's reach. A federal appeals court agreed....
by Mark Sherman, Associated Press
9:32am
7.3.2017
The hashtags, pictures and quickly tossed off 140-character missives of Twitter could alert police to breaking crises, like riots, before even 911 can raise the alert, according to a new study. A complex machine-learning algorithm picks up...
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12:42pm
6.27.2017
The University of New Haven has set up what it envisions to be the major hub to connect cyber forensics teams the world over: the Artifact Genome Project. Artifacts are traces of digital history that could tell investigators a story of crime.
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12:37pm
6.20.2017
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For those selling counterfeit versions of luxury brand name goods, their dream counterfeit domain name is just a few clicks away. A recent research report delves into the prevalence and nature of fraudulent domains and how easy it can be to obtain...
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1:34pm
6.16.2017
The grave of an 8-year-old Ohio boy who killed himself in January after his mother said he was bullied at school was opened to remove a computer tablet for prosecutors investigating his suicide, authorities said Wednesday.
by Lisa Cornwell, Associated Press
10:06am
6.8.2017
An international team of researchers has uncovered the mechanism that allowed Volkswagen to circumvent U.S. and European emission tests over at least six years before the Environmental Protection Agency put the company on notice in 2015 for...
by University of California-San Diego
9:29am
5.24.2017
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Some archivists are experimenting with a new computer called FRED, or Forensic Evidence Recovery Device. It's similar to what police use when handling digital evidence in suspected crimes. Archivists, like police, must ensure that nothing is altered...
by Blair Sanderson, CBC News
11:26am
5.22.2017
Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose penchant for sexting strangers ended his political career and led to an investigation that upended the presidential race, pleaded guilty Friday to criminal charges in connection with his online communications...
by Larry Neumeister and Tom Hays, Associated Press
12:18pm
5.19.2017
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Attorneys squared off in a New Jersey court Friday over access to an ex-Rutgers football player's cellphone, as the judge weighed a motion that could affect more than a dozen other cases connected to the string of alleged armed robberies.
by Craig McCarthy, NJ.com
9:44am
5.17.2017
Using data from personal devices to solve crimes and help protect the public is both an area of great debate and rapid advances. Even if such data can help solve crimes, should it be made available for that purpose? How much of a modern citizen’s “...
by Brian A. Jackson
11:25am
5.11.2017
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A child webcam sex abuse bust in April revealed one of the darkest corners of the internet, where pedophiles in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia pay facilitators on the other side of the world to sexually abuse children, even babies, directing...
by Martha Mendoza and Jim Gomez, Associated Press
12:28pm
5.9.2017
The U.S. Department of Justice has begun a criminal investigation into Uber Technologies Inc's use of a software tool called "Greyball" that helped its drivers evade local transportation regulators, sources say.
by Dan Levine and Joseph Menn, Reuters
12:30pm
5.5.2017
Family members of San Bernardino terror attack victims sued Facebook, Google and Twitter, accusing the companies of providing platforms that help the Islamic State group spread propaganda, recruit followers and raise money.
by Associated Press
11:24am
5.5.2017
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The creator and head administrator of a dark web child pornography site known as “Playpen” has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, after being found guilty in September 2016 on multiple child pornography and exploitation charges.
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12:39pm
5.2.2017
Inmates at a federal prison in New Jersey have been swapping child pornography while behind bars, using smuggled cellphones, data cards and the dark web, authorities said Wednesday. Videos and photos were downloaded and stored on a "cloud" that the...
by Tracy Connor, NBC News
12:41pm
4.28.2017
As far as witnesses go, the 21st century is producing some interesting ones. First, recordings from an Amazon Echo were used in an Arkansas murder case, and now, police in Connecticut have used a woman’s Fitbit data to disprove her husband’s version...
11:26am
4.26.2017
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An Ohio man pleaded guilty to circulating a “kill list” of U.S. military members—calling for jihadi violence on American soil. Terrence J. McNeil, 24, will face 15-20 years in federal prison for reposting the solicitations of violence on Tumblr.
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12:26pm
4.20.2017
Banks occupy a unique position when it comes to intercepting crimes, such as drug and human trafficking. In the past few years, artificial intelligence has emerged as a solution to help banks zero in on transactions that herald criminal activity.
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12:25pm
4.13.2017
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