crime

How A Forensic Scientist Uses Dirt To Solve Murders 

Stuck to the bottom of your shoe is humble dirt that gives away where you’ve been and what you’ve been up to. It’s up to science to figure out it out. Nature has a fascinating profile of forensic geologist Lorna Dawson, who has used soil to solve decades-old cold cases.


Fanboys Stab Each Other Over Android Vs Apple

The ever-heated battle over mobile ecosystems left two wounded fanboys today: In Tulsa, Oklahoma, two roommates were hospitalised after a drunken fight about the relative benefits of Android and Apple phones.


Online Extortionists Are Using Encryption As A Ransom Weapon

Most of the time we discuss encryption as a way to protect ourselves online, but an increasingly popular form of digital attack uses it as an extortion tool. Criminals are stealing personal files, encrypting them, and hold them hostage until their targets pay for the decryption key.


Inside The Fascinating World Of A Crime Scene Photographer

Video: Forensic photography is such an important part of solving crimes and getting a behind-the-scenes peek at what goes on throughout the process is so fascinating. Like most photography, forensic photographers utilise light to capture what they need to see. They match different crimes to different light wavelengths to pull out the relevant details.


Game Of Thrones Was Pirated 7 Million Times In The Last 3 Months

Citing a study from anti-piracy service Irdeto, Hollywood Reporter claims that episodes of Game of Thrones were illegally downloaded 7 million times in a three month period this year. Pirates love dragons, obviously.


The FBI Has Its Own Secret Brand Of Malware 

It’s not only digital criminals who like to secretly infect people’s computers with invasive malware. In fact, the FBI likes malware so much, it created its own special brand. We don’t know much about it, but now that the US Department of Justice is pushing for policy changes that will allow the FBI to install spyware on citizens’ computers even more easily, it’s time to take a closer look.


Obama: If You Cyberattack The US, We'll Sanction You 

US President Obama has a message for foreign hackers: You’re grounded. The president declared a national emergency and signed an executive order today allowing targeted sanctions on anyone who is deemed a cyberthreat to the United States.


US Authorities Want Reddit To Give Up Personal Info Of Darknet Market Redditors 

Federal agents want Reddit to turn over the personal data of five prominent Redditors active in the Darknet Markets subreddit. IP addresses, names and other data about five Reddit users active in Darknet Market discussions have been requested.


The Bizarre Schemes Of The Silk Road Investigator Who Broke Bad 

Two former federal agents have been charged with fraud and money laundering while they were working on a task force devoted to bringing down infamous online drug bazaar Silk Road, and the charges paint a picture of a 15-year DEA veteran going rogue in such an over-the-top fashion that it’s hard to believe this isn’t a plotline from CSI: Cyber.


Inmate Walks Free After Emailing Release Instructions To Prison Staff

An inmate who was in prison for multiple charges of fraud is apparently up to his old tricks. Posing as a senior court clerk, Neil Moore, 28, used an illicit mobile phone to email fake bail instructions to prison staff, who released him. Well, that’s embarrassing.