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FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google recently for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to information stored on the devices — even when they have valid sear

FBI Blasts Apple, Google for Blocking Phones from Police Investigation

September 26, 2014 10:13 am | by Craig Timberg and Greg Miller, The Washington Post | News | Comments

FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google recently for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to information stored on the devices — even when they have valid search warrants.

New Jersey Case Highlights Need for Clarity on Digital Forensics Testimony

September 26, 2014 9:07 am | by Matthew Adams | Blogs | Comments

State v. Brown is a pending criminal case in Essex County, New Jersey...

Should You Say "I Don’t Know" on the Witness Stand?

September 26, 2014 8:17 am | by Elaine M. Pagliaro | Articles | Comments

It goes without saying that the expert will understand the scientific basis of the testing that was...

Using Metadata in Litigation

September 23, 2014 5:37 am | by Gary Torgersen | Articles | Comments

When it comes to metadata as part of a litigation strategy, we mostly see it used as...

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Mobile Device Search and Seizure in a Post-Riley World

September 23, 2014 5:16 am | by Christa Miller | Cellebrite USA, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Riley v. US may not have been much of a surprise to American law enforcement. Many agencies were already requiring officers to obtain search warrants before searching mobile devices. Ultimately, rather than limiting law enforcement, the Riley decision frees agencies to deploy mobile data extraction capabilities across a much wider field of officers.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is proposing a power grab that would make it easier for domestic law enforcement to break into computers of people trying to protect their anonymity via Tor or other anonymizing technologies.

Tor Users Could be FBI's Main Target if Legal Power Grab Succeeds

September 22, 2014 10:33 am | by Lisa Vaas | Blogs | Comments

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is proposing a power grab that would make it easier for domestic law enforcement to break into computers of people trying to protect their anonymity via Tor or other anonymizing technologies.       

In many cases, the American judicial system doesn’t view an encrypted phone as an insurmountable privacy protection for those accused of a crime. Instead, it’s seen as an obstruction of the evidence-gathering process, and a stubborn defendant or witness c

Courts See an Encrypted Phone as Evidence Obstruction

September 22, 2014 10:27 am | by Andy Greenberg, Wired | News | Comments

In many cases, the American judicial system doesn’t view an encrypted phone as an insurmountable privacy protection for those accused of a crime. Instead, it’s seen as an obstruction of the evidence-gathering process, and a stubborn defendant or witness can be held in contempt of court and jailed for failing to unlock a phone to provide that evidence.

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Forty-Three Accused of Running Cybersex Ring in Philippines

September 18, 2014 10:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Philippine authorities arrested 43 suspected members of a syndicate that runs a lucrative online cybersex operation catering to clients worldwide, officials said Thursday.                       

A federal appeals court said the US Navy's scanning of the public's computers for images of child pornography constituted "a profound lack of regard for the important limitations on the role of the military in our civilian society."

Court Reprimands US Navy for Scanning Civilian Computers for Child Porn

September 17, 2014 11:28 am | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | News | Comments

A federal appeals court said the US Navy's scanning of the public's computers for images of child pornography constituted "a profound lack of regard for the important limitations on the role of the military in our civilian society."     

US government requests for access to Dropbox user content and account details rose in line with subscriber numbers over the first half of 2014, but several of the accounts requested didn’t actually exist, according to the firm.

US Government Requests Access to Non-existent Dropbox Accounts

September 12, 2014 11:52 am | by Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity Magazine | News | Comments

US government requests for access to Dropbox user content and account details rose in line with subscriber numbers over the first half of 2014, but several of the accounts requested didn’t actually exist, according to the firm.       

Home Depot Sued by Customer over Data Breach

September 10, 2014 11:10 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Home improvement retailer Home Depot Inc (HD.N) has been sued over data breach by a customer, saying the company failed to properly safeguard customer data from hackers, a lawsuit filed in a Chicago federal court showed on Tuesday.     

Microsoft has urged US District Judge Loretta Preska, the judge presiding over the case that sees the company refusing to hand some emails stored in its Dublin facility over to the US government, to find them in contempt.

Microsoft Refuses to Hand Over Emails, Held in Contempt

September 10, 2014 10:56 am | by Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security | News | Comments

Microsoft has urged US District Judge Loretta Preska, the judge presiding over the case that sees the company refusing to hand some emails stored in its Dublin facility over to the US government, to find them in contempt.        

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To hear the FBI tell it, tracking down the secret server behind the billion-dollar drug market known as the Silk Road was as easy as knocking on a door. But the technical side of the security community, who have long tracked the dark web’s experiments in

Did the FBI Hack the Location of Silk Road's Server?

September 9, 2014 12:19 pm | by Andy Greenberg, Wired | News | Comments

To hear the FBI tell it, tracking down the secret server behind the billion-dollar drug market known as the Silk Road was as easy as knocking on a door. But the technical side of the security community, who have long tracked the dark web’s experiments in evading law enforcement, don’t buy that simple story.

As the trial of alleged Silk Road drug market creator Ross Ulbricht approaches, the defense has highlighted the mystery of how law enforcement first located the main Silk Road server in an Icelandic data center, despite the computer being hidden by the fo

FBI Pinpoints Silk Road's Server from Leaky Login Page

September 8, 2014 1:21 pm | by Andy Greenberg, Wired | News | Comments

As the trial of alleged Silk Road drug market creator Ross Ulbricht approaches, the defense has highlighted the mystery of how law enforcement first located the main Silk Road server in an Icelandic data center, despite the computer being hidden by the formidable anonymity software Tor. Was the FBI tipped off to the server’s location by the NSA, who used a secret and possibly illegal Tor-cracking technique?

A "safe harbor" clause in the 1998 law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act absolves websites of any legal liability for virtually all content posted on their services. The law, known as the DMCA, requires websites and other Internet service provid

Stolen Photos of Stars Find 'Safe Harbor' Online

September 4, 2014 12:29 pm | by Michael Liedtke, Associated Press | News | Comments

A "safe harbor" clause in the 1998 law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act absolves websites of any legal liability for virtually all content posted on their services. The law, known as the DMCA, requires websites and other Internet service providers to remove a piece of content believed to be infringing on a copyright after being notified of a violation by the copyright owner.

Digital devices have provided law enforcement agencies investigating child abuse and exploitation with an embarrassment of riches. The devices can hold thousands of images that can be used as evidence and as clues to help identify and find missing childre

Improved Image Analysis Tools Speed Exploited Children Cases

August 28, 2014 10:29 am | by William Jackson, GCN | News | Comments

Digital devices have provided law enforcement agencies investigating child abuse and exploitation with an embarrassment of riches. The devices can hold thousands of images that can be used as evidence and as clues to help identify and find missing children. But the sheer volume of data being reviewed can slow an investigation to a crawl.

As the acting cybersecurity chief of a federal agency, Timothy DeFoggi should have been well versed in the digital footprints users leave behind online when they visit web sites and download images. But he must have believed his use of the Tor anonymizing

Federal Cybersecurity Director Found Guilty on Child Porn Charges

August 27, 2014 11:28 am | by Kim Zetter, Wired | News | Comments

As the acting cybersecurity chief of a federal agency, Timothy DeFoggi should have been well versed in the digital footprints users leave behind online when they visit web sites and download images. But he must have believed his use of the Tor anonymizing network shielded him from federal investigators.

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Alleged Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht (aka, Dread Pirate Roberts), has been indicted on three additional charges, including narcotics trafficking, distribution of narcotics by means of the internet, and conspiracy to traffic in fraudulent identificat

Silk Road Kingpin Faces Yet More Criminal Charges

August 27, 2014 10:28 am | by Tara Seals, Infosecurity Magazine | News | Comments

Alleged Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht (aka, Dread Pirate Roberts), has been indicted on three additional charges, including narcotics trafficking, distribution of narcotics by means of the internet, and conspiracy to traffic in fraudulent identification documents.

Aaron's Law Doomed

August 7, 2014 9:40 am | News | Comments

A bill named after the late internet activist Aaron Swartz that was supposed to update much-criticized US hacking law is almost certain to be left to wither in Congress, according to various sources with knowledge of the matter. 

Bill Would Allow Warrants to Be Issued by Telephone

August 7, 2014 9:16 am | News | Comments

Tennessee prosecutors want to move the way search warrants are issued out of the 20th century. At issue is a bill that would allow a magistrate or judge to issue a search warrant by telephone or “other reliable electronic means.”  

The prospect that classified capabilities could be revealed in a criminal case has meant that the most sophisticated surveillance technologies are not always available to law enforcement because they are classified, current and former.

How Spy Agencies Keep Their 'Toys' from Law Enforcement

July 28, 2014 10:05 am | by Ellen Nakashima, The Washington Post | News | Comments

The prospect that classified capabilities could be revealed in a criminal case has meant that the most sophisticated surveillance technologies are not always available to law enforcement because they are classified, current and former.    

Today we’ll discuss the challenges of testifying as an expert witness. As you work a case you must assume that you will be called to testify at trial.

Talk Forensics - Expert Witness Testimony

July 28, 2014 8:33 am | Videos | Comments

Today we’ll discuss the challenges of testifying as an expert witness. As you work a case you must assume that you will be called to testify at trial.                             

Some of the hottest tickets in town — to Broadway hits, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game — were snapped up by an international ring of cyber thieves who commandeered more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts to ma

Cyber Thieves Sell $1.6M in StubHub Tickets

July 24, 2014 9:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of the hottest tickets in town — to Broadway hits, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game — were snapped up by an international ring of cyber thieves who commandeered more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts to make big money by fraudulently buying tickets and reselling them, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Gmail Account is Fair Game, Says US Judge

July 22, 2014 9:49 am | by Lisa Vaas | Blogs | Comments

A New York court opened up our entire Gmail accounts to feds or cops with warrants, in spite of two recent decisions that went against similar requests.                           

New York Proposes Restrictive Bitcoin Regulations

July 18, 2014 8:05 am | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

New York regulators have proposed establishing rules for firms involved in receiving, transmitting and storing virtual currency, as well as retail conversions. The proposal by the Department of Financial Services would establish a so-called BitLicense.

Senate Hearing Looks to Cybercrime Law to Fight Botnets

July 17, 2014 10:19 am | by Sara Peters, Dark Reading | News | Comments

In the wake of Microsoft's seizure of No-IP servers and domains, private and public sector representatives met to discuss what can be done to address the problem of botnets.                     

Beware Keyloggers at Hotel Business Centers

July 14, 2014 11:12 am | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

U.S. Secret Service is advising the hospitality industry to inspect computers made available to guests in hotel business centers, warning that crooks have been compromising hotel business center PCs with keystroke-logging malware in a bid to steal personal and financial data from guests.

FBI Cyber Expert Fights Real-world Crime

July 14, 2014 10:51 am | by Joe Mankak, Associated Press | News | Comments

J. Keith Mularski's world has expanded greatly since he stopped selling discount furniture to join the FBI in 1998. Especially since he transferred from Washington, D.C., in 2005 to fill a vacancy in the Pittsburgh field office's cyber squad — which he now heads.

Moscow Accuses US of 'Kidnapping' Russian Hacker

July 9, 2014 10:08 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Russia accused the United States on Tuesday of violating a bilateral treaty and "kidnapping" a Russian accused of hacking into U.S. retailers' computer systems to steal credit card data.                  

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