Digital Forensics

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
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
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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
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
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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
A Pennsylvania man who assumed the identity of a baby who died in Texas in 1972 has been arrested on charges of Social Security fraud and aggravated identity theft after the baby's aunt discovered the ruse on Ancestry.com.
by Joe Mandak, Associated Press
9:10am
4.13.2017
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In the debut of our new cybercrime column, we will be looking at the Michaud case—an interesting example of a part of the web many have never heard of, and how law enforcement entities are dealing with criminals who dwell in the internet’s deepest...
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10:06am
3.27.2017
A Maryland man has been indicted in Texas on a hate-crime charge after a Twitter message containing a strobing GIF induced a seizure in a Newsweek reporter who has epilepsy. A grand jury described a tweet and GIF in the case as a “deadly weapon.”
by CBS/AP
11:38am
3.23.2017
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A U.S. appeals court has rejected a fired police sergeant's stance that forcing him to unlock his encrypted computer files in a child porn investigation would violate his constitutional rights. The former officer has been jailed for 18 months for...
by Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press
9:26am
3.23.2017
A pilot program called E-Responder, which de-escalates youths’ virtual vendettas before they turn into real-life violence, will now expand to an additional 18 sites across New York City. Last year, the Crime Commission trained 26 anti-violence...
12:16pm
3.21.2017
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Google says it will fight a search warrant seeking information about anyone who searched the name of a financial crime victim on the search engine in December and early January. Police in Edina, Minnesota, told the judge they found that a fake photo...
by Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal
9:22am
3.21.2017
A new set of filters improving the ability to comb through terabytes of data and hundreds of thousands of hours of video is now under development by computer scientists, and may help law enforcement identify child pornography more efficiently.
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12:00pm
3.16.2017
Facebook is in the process of implementing new suicide prevention tools, including streamlined reporting on its Facebook Live application, in the wake of two suicides livestreamed from the platform earlier this year.
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12:36pm
3.2.2017
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The Supreme Court must decide whether a law banning sex offenders from Facebook, meant to prevent communications between sex offenders and minors via social media, is so broad that it violates the Constitution's free-speech protections.
by Emery P. Dalesio. Associated Press
9:14am
2.27.2017
The Amazon Echo voice-responsive device in the home where a body was found floating in a hot tub may be a potential witness to the homicide. But Amazon has filed a motion to dismiss a warrant for the device's recordings, citing the First Amendment.
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12:13pm
2.24.2017
Emails stored on servers beyond U.S. borders are still subject to searches domestically, according to a recent court decision. The federal magistrate sided with the FBI against Google, who had only partially complied with two search warrants in an...
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12:27pm
2.15.2017
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An insurance fraud scheme, in which a man allegedly set his own house ablaze in order to collect compensation for about $400,000 worth of damage, may have been revealed through evidence from the suspect’s pacemaker, police say.
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11:56am
2.8.2017
Two suicides, a gang rape, a half hour of torture and a case of child abuse—all occurring within the span of a month—have led to questions and controversy about the use of the online tool Facebook Live to broadcast violence and tragedy in real time.
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12:43pm
2.2.2017
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A year ago, it would take an average of 110 days to process a cellphone or other digital evidence at the Houston Forensic Science Center. Now that average has been pushed down to a little over two weeks for audio or video materials, and 24 days for...
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12:04pm
2.2.2017
A 23-year-old Florida man whose radicalization and allegiance to the Islamic State was discovered through Facebook was convicted by a federal jury of plotting to use a weapon of mass destruction, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.
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12:03pm
2.1.2017
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Salve Regina University has opened a new digital forensics lab, which the school says will enhance education within its Administration of Justice department. The lab will provide hands-on training that graduates will need in what Salve called an "...
by G. Wayne Miller, Providence Journal
11:19am
1.30.2017
Just hours after two ISIS suicide bombers blew themselves up inside Brussels airport, Belgian police found a laptop belonging to one of the bombers in a trash can. Weeks of painstaking digital forensic analysis yielded a treasure trove of new...
by Paul Cruickshank, CNN
10:34am
1.25.2017
A Southern California woman has been exonerated of charges that she responded to "rape fantasy" ads on Craigslist in order to get men to attack her ex-boyfriend's new wife, prosecutors said Monday.
by Associated Press
10:23am
1.11.2017
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Personal technology such as fitness trackers and smartphones that record users' daily activities are likely to be used increasingly in criminal investigations, raising questions about individuals' rights that the legal system is not yet fully...
by RAND Corporation
8:36am
1.11.2017
The popular online classifieds site Backpage has removed all its adult content, despite successfully fighting criminal pimping charges against three of the company’s top executives.
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10:40am
1.10.2017
NIST’s National Software Reference Library, an essential tool for digital forensic investigators, is about to become a lot more powerful.
by NIST
12:46pm
12.15.2016
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Authorities believe the terrorist attack on Dec. 2, 2015, in San Bernardino may have been triggered by a mandatory employee training session and lunch replete with holiday decorations, including a Christmas tree, that shooter Syed Farook was forced...
by Megan Christie, Rhonda Schwartz, Josh Margolin and Brian Ross, ABC News
11:41am
12.2.2016
Last week, a Florida man who was convicted of making child pornography and distributing it online was sentenced to 350 years in federal prison. It all began with a tip from a crucial conduit in such investigations – the National Center for Missing...
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12:34pm
11.30.2016
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