Mobile Forensics

New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas are among scores of police departments across the country quietly using a highly secretive technology developed for the military that can track the whereabouts of suspects by using the signals...
by Colleen Long, Associated Press
11:23am
11.28.2017
Activists across the political spectrum, media organizations and technology experts are among those arguing that it is altogether too easy for authorities to learn revealing details of Americans' lives merely by examining records kept by Verizon, T-...
by Mark Sherman, Associated Press
10:40am
11.27.2017
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The potential for targeted marketing practices to be used for nefarious purposes has kept privacy controversies alive, and a team of researchers from the University of Washington recently proved how this potential could become a reality for as...
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1:08pm
10.27.2017
To augment the shifting storyline provided by law enforcement and shed light on unanswered questions, the New York Times combined available evidence to create an independent timeline of a shooting that killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more.
by Ren LaForme, Poynter
1:15pm
10.26.2017
The FBI hasn’t been able to retrieve data from more than half of the mobile devices it tried to access in less than a year, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Sunday, turning up the heat on a debate between technology companies and law enforcement...
by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press
11:14am
10.23.2017
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A federal judge in Chicago is the latest to weigh in on still-disputed legal questions about whether law enforcement can order suspects to put their fingers on fingerprint sensors to unlock a smartphone, concluding it’s not necessarily a violation...
by Michael Tarm, Associated Press
12:34pm
10.18.2017
A D.C. district court has ruled that the FBI does not have to the reveal further details about the tool it purchased from a third party vendor to unlock the phone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. Three news agencies—the Associated Press, USA...
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12:00pm
10.2.2017
A 25-year-old U.S. citizen has been charged with using a drone to smuggle more than 13 pounds (5.9 kilograms) of methamphetamine from Mexico, an unusually large seizure for what is still a novel technique to bring illegal drugs into the United...
by Elliot Spagat, Associated Press
10:27am
8.21.2017
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A sharp-eyed airline passenger spotted another passenger texting about sexually assaulting children, leading officers in California and Washington state to arrest two people and find two young victims, authorities said Thursday.
by Paul Elias, Associated Press
9:02am
8.4.2017
Although most people don't broadcast in advance their intention to engage in criminal activity, new research has shown that the use of Twitter can help predict crime.
by American Statistical Association
11:28am
8.2.2017
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A California teenager pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges of vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving after she lost control of her car while livestreaming on Instagram and recording a crash that killed her younger sister.
by Scott Smith, Associated Press
9:56am
7.28.2017
An attorney for one of three convicts to escape from the Orange County Jail in California last year released the produced and edited video of the jailbreak to the Associated Press this week. It shows the inmates’ climb out through the roof of the...
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12:41pm
7.27.2017
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A Thai non-governmental organization combating human slavery said it relied on state-of-the-art technology to gather evidence that aided in the conviction of an army general in a human trafficking case described as the country’s biggest to date.
by A. Azim Idris, Asian Correspondent
11:12am
7.24.2017
A woman who sent her boyfriend a barrage of text messages urging him to kill himself when they were both teenagers was convicted Friday of involuntary manslaughter in a trial that raised questions about whether words can kill.
by Denise Lavoie, Associated Press
3:30pm
6.16.2017
Trial begins today for a woman charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide through text messages. Prosecutors say defendant Michelle Carter, 20, who was 17 at the time of her boyfriend’s death, sent multiple...
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12:24pm
6.6.2017
Police officers for the first time could be required to obtain warrants to get data on the past locations of criminal suspects based on cellphone use under a major case on privacy rights in the digital age taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court on...
by Lawrence Hurley, Reuters
10:19am
6.6.2017
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