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A shaken baby syndrome researcher reconsiders

British neuropathologist Waney Squier spent many years as an expert witness in court assisting in the prosecution of defendants accused of causing Shaken Baby Syndrome. Then a closer engagement with the evidence caused her to change her mind — and the story that follows, which she tells in this TEDx Wandsworth talk, must be heard to be believed. Sue Luttner has more for the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism. More on the story: Jon Robins, The Justice Gap; Theodore Dalrymple, Spectat...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Child Abuse, Times, Forensics, Wandsworth, Expert Witnesses, Waney Squier, Justice Gap, Deborah Tuerkheimer, Theodore Dalrymple, Sue Luttner, USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism More, Jon Robins, Marisa Gerber

Long-Range Familial Searching Forensics

Good article on using long-range familial searching -- basically, DNA matching of distant relatives -- as a police forensics tool. [Author: Bruce Schneier]
Tags: Dna, Forensics, Bruce Schneier

Forensics roundup

“It should not be ‘customary’ for police investigators to attend autopsies, hover over a medical examiner as he works, and point out things they believe fit their theory of the crime. It shouldn’t happen at all.” [Radley Balko on Fifth Circuit ruling in Dean v. Phatak] Dubious forensics were central to the federal government’s litigation onslaught seeking to pin blame on forestry company for Moonlight Fire damage in California [Robert Nelson, Law and Liberty, earlier] “Memory experts … wer...
Tags: Texas, Law, California, Uncategorized, Tennessee, Child Abuse, Detroit, San Antonio, Forensics, Fifth Circuit, Liliana Segura, San Antonio Express News, Dean, Radley Balko, Scott Greenfield, Michael Hall Texas Monthly

How Experts Spot Forged Paintings

Insane prices in the art market make art forgery a potentially high-profit business. So how do art buyers tell real undiscovered artworks from fakes? To analyze and identify forgeries, experts must apply their knowledge of art history, plus the science behind the materials and techniques of artists. In the video…Read more...
Tags: Art, Science, Painting, Artists, Lifehacks, Hoaxes, Forensics, Forgery

Map shows homicide hotspots in medieval London

This map shows the 142 murders that were committed in London from 1300 to 1340Each clickable pin reveals the grisly details as recorded in contemporary coroner's reportsThen as now, stabbing was the main method of killing in London – but the murder rate was three times higherIt's January 1322 and William, the son of Henry the Goldsmith at Rowe, is peeing in the public urinal in Cheapside. The man next to him complains that William is spraying on his shoes. William doesn't like the sound of that...
Tags: Maps, London, Crime, History, Innovation, Cardiff, William, University of Cambridge, Lucy, Alice, Forensics, Philip, Agnes, Eisner, Rowe, Leadenhall Market

FBI Takes Down a Massive Advertising Fraud Ring

The FBI announced that it dismantled a large Internet advertising fraud network, and arrested eight people: A 13-count indictment was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging Aleksandr Zhukov, Boris Timokhin, Mikhail Andreev, Denis Avdeev, Dmitry Novikov, Sergey Ovsyannikov, Aleksandr Isaev and Yevgeniy Timchenko with criminal violations for their involvement in perpetrating widespread digital advertising fraud. The charges include wire fraud, computer intrusion, aggravated identit...
Tags: Fraud, Fbi, Brooklyn, United States, Malaysia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Adware, Forensics, Bruce Schneier, Zhukov, Timchenko, Yevgeniy Timchenko, Ovsyannikov

If you're an American of European descent, your stupid cousins have probably put you in vast commercial genomic databases

Remember when they caught the Golden State Killer by comparing DNA crime-scene evidence to big commercial genomic databases (like those maintained by, 23 and Me, etc) to find his family members and then track him down? It's not just him. If you're an American of US descent, there's a 60% chance that you can be identified from genomic database searches, because even if you've never signed up for one of these junk science services, your stupid cousins have. That's the conclusio...
Tags: Security, Post, News, Privacy, US, Infosec, Genomics, Junk Science, Columbia, Forensics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Genetic Privacy, Families They Fuck You Up, Yaniv Erlich Tal Shor Itsik Pe'er, Shai Carmi Science

Security researchers identify "fingerprints" in 3D printed objects that can be used to trace their manufacturing

In PrinTracker: Fingerprinting 3D Printers using Commodity Scanners ( ), a paper to be presented at the ACM SIGSAC Conference on Computer and Communications Security conference in Toronto this month, a group of U Buffalo and Northeastern researchers present a model for uniquely identifying which 3D printer produced a given manufactured object, which may allow for forensic investigators to associate counterfeit goods, illegal guns, and other printed objects with the device that manufactured th...
Tags: Security, Gadgets, Post, News, Toronto, 3d Printing, Infosec, Scholarship, Forensics, Computer and Communications Security, Wenyao Xu, Printracker, U Buffalo and Northeastern

Forensics company advises cops not to look at seized Iphones, to avoid facial-recognition lockouts

A leaked police-training presentation from digital forensics company Elcomsoft (a company that made history due to its early run-in with the DMCA) advises officers not to look at Iphones seized from suspects in order to avoid tripping the phones' facial recognition systems -- if Iphones sense too many unlock attempts with faces other than those registered as trusted, they fall back to requiring additional unlock measures like passcodes or fingerprints. “iPhone X: don’t look at the screen...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Security, Post, News, Police, Infosec, Leaks, Dmca, Motherboard, Biometrics, Forensics, Elcomsoft, Vladimir Katalov, To Opt Out Just Don't Have A Face, Joseph Cox Motherboard

Anonymous stock-market manipulators behind $20B+ of "mispricing" can be tracked by their writing styles

In a new Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper, Columbia Law prof Joshua Mitts uses "stylometry" (previously) to track how market manipulators who publish false information about companies in order to profit from options are able to flush their old identities when they become notorious for misinformation and reboot them under new handles. Stylometry is a field of text analysis that seeks to identify authors by stylistic quirks, including word-choices, punctuation habits, and subtler cues...
Tags: Post, Business, News, Finance, Fraud, Scams, Computer Science, Forensics, Market Manipulation, Stylometry, Joshua Mitts, Joshua Mitts Columbia Law

We’re Learning More About the Contents of that Mysterious Egyptian Sarcophagus

Back in July, Egyptian archaeologists dared to open a strange granite sarcophagus, finding three skeletons soaking in an unsightly reddish-brown liquid. Scientists have now completed a preliminary analysis of the coffin’s contents, offering new insights into the tomb’s 2,000-year-old occupants.Read more...
Tags: Science, Anthropology, Egyptology, Forensics, Forensic Science, Skeletons, Ancient Egypt, Unleashing The Curse

The Grainy and Grisly History of Crime Photography

Judicial photography dates back to Belgium in the 1840’s when the earliest known photographs of criminals were taken within prisons by prison officials. In Switzerland, 1852, Carl Durheim was commissioned by Attorney General Jacob Amiet, and tasked with taking photographs of arrested vagrants in Bern. During this period, judicial photography was used by local authorities to document individuals who travelled, and were unknown to local police.In the 1850’s, prison officials in Britain began exper...
Tags: Europe, Books, Photography, New York Post, England, New York, Technology, Featured, Crime, Law, Wales, France, Police, China, India, Kodak

How self-driving car tech could help forensic scientists find murder victims

Using lidar to find bodies buried in unmarked graves sounds like something out of an episode of CSI. In fact, it's a real piece of research from Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The post How self-driving car tech could help forensic scientists find murder victims appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Tennessee, Lidar, Forensics, Emerging Tech

New Report on Police Digital Forensics Techniques

According to a new CSIS report, "going dark" is not the most pressing problem facing law enforcement in the age of digital data: Over the past year, we conducted a series of interviews with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials, attorneys, service providers, and civil society groups. We also commissioned a survey of law enforcement officers from across the country to better understand the full range of difficulties they are facing in accessing and using digital evidence in their c...
Tags: Police, Fbi, Law Enforcement, Forensics, Reports, Backdoors, Bruce Schneier, CSIS, Susan Landau

Fingerprint Analysis Could Finally Get Scientific, Thanks to a New Tool

There wasn’t anything particularly unusual about the court-martial at the Fort Huachuca military base in Arizona at the end of February. But when the analyst from the Department of Defense forensic laboratory presented a report on fingerprint evidence, it included an element that had never been used with fingerprint…Read more...
Tags: Science, Crime, Department Of Defense, Arizona, Department Of Justice, Fingerprints, Fingerprint, Forensics, Forensic Science, Fort Huachuca

Cops use backdoored WhatsApp photo to extract fingerprints and convict user

South Wales Police announced they were able to access a WhatsApp user's photos through a backdoor, then extract fingerprint data from a picture of a weed dealer's hand to help convict 11 involved people. (more…)
Tags: Post, Technology, Crime, News, Privacy, Drugs, Marijuana, Whatsapp, Cannabis, South Wales, Forensics, Mass Surveillance, Digital Forensics, Mobile Forensics

Cops in Wales Caught a Drug Dealer by IDing His Fingerprint from a WhatsApp Photo

Police in Wales managed to arrest and convict a drug dealer by identifying his fingerprint from a photo posted on WhatsApp, a technique that the local law enforcement is calling “groundbreaking,” according to the BBC. Read more...
Tags: Science, Wales, Drugs, Bbc, Whatsapp, Fingerprint, Forensics, Forensic Science

The man who exposed the shoddy forensics of Shaken Baby Syndrome — and got prosecuted

John Plunkett, who just died at age 70, was a Minnesota medical examiner who grew skeptical of the forensic theory behind Shaken Baby Syndrome. He started investigating cases in which children had died in a manner similar to the way accused caregivers had described the deaths of the children they were watching — by short-distance falls. What he found alarmed him. In 2001, Plunkett published a study detailing how he had found symptoms similar to those in the SBS diagnosis in children who had fal...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Oregon, Uncategorized, Child Abuse, SBS, Forensics, Plunkett, Radley Balko, John Plunkett

Crime and punishment roundup

Prosecutors too often dodge mens rea (knowing wrongfulness) as precondition for crime. SCOTUS can help by better defining “willfully” [Ilya Shapiro and Reilly Stephens on Cato certiorari brief in Ellison v. U.S.] False abuse accusations, a dozen years later: “The Girl Who Told The Truth” [Michael Hall, Texas Monthly] Retired federal judge Kevin Sharp: mandatory minimum sentences forced me to do injustice [Cato Policy Report] Kansas is unique in extent to which it adds large classes of drug...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Tennessee, Kansas, Child Abuse, Ellison, Forensics, Cato, Cato Institute, Kevin Sharp, Ross Ulbricht Silk Road, Mens Rea, Ilya Shapiro, Reilly Stephens, Contingent Fee, Aaron Barnes

Reports: Texas Bomber May Have Engineering Background, But Has Left Growing Forensic Trail

The sophistication of the package bombs that keep on detonating throughout the cities of Austin and San Antonio in Texas has authorities and experts concerned that the perpetrator is not an amateur, USA Today reported on Tuesday. But engineer or not, they are leaving a growing trail of evidence like an undetonated…Read more...
Tags: Texas, Science, Technology, Crime, Austin, Terrorism, Usa Today, San Antonio, Forensics, Texas Bombings, Austin Bomber

Now out: Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington on Mississippi forensics scandal

On Thursday I attended a Cato forum with Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington on their new book on the extraordinary Mississippi forensics scandal, “The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South.” Excerpt of blurb from event: Over the past 25 years, more than 2,000 individuals have been exonerated in the United States after being wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit. There is good reason to believe that tens or even hundreds of thousands m...
Tags: Mississippi, Law, Uncategorized, West, United States, Scandals, Forensics, Carrington, Hayne, Michael West, Radley Balko, Balko, Steven Hayne, Tucker Carrington

Most Forensic Science Is Bogus. Will New Federal Rules Help?

Forensic science is only science-magic on shows like CSI, where blood drops quickly reveal the patterns of a killer and a fingerprint places someone at a crime scene, even if it’s only half of one, and smudged off the side of a door. The science behind forensics is actually pretty shaky— and in 2009, a comprehensive …Read more...
Tags: Science, Crime, Department Of Justice, Forensics, Forensic Science

Have Amelia Earhart’s Remains Been Located?

Despite a flurry of reporting to the contrary, the mystery of Earhart’s final resting place has not been — and may never be — solved.
Tags: News, Amelia Earhart, Archeology, Forensics, Remains, Bones, TIGHAR, Earhart, Fred Noonan

Forensic Scientist Claims to Have Solved the Amelia Earhart Mystery

Pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937, and we’ve been wondering about her fate ever since. A re-examination of a forensic analysis performed in 1941 shows that bones found on a remote south Pacific island belonged to Earhart—a conclusion reached with a splashy 99 percent number…Read more...
Tags: Science, Amelia Earhart, Mysteries, Pacific, Pacific Ocean, Forensics, Forensic Science, Earhart

We Just Got One More Clue About Amelia Earhart’s Final Resting Place

Bones found in 1940 on Nikumaroro Island may indeed be hers
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Forensics, Onetime, Nikumaroro Island, Healthytime

Dutch Police Are DNA Testing 21,500 Men to Solve a 20-Year-Old Murder

In 1986, a technique called “DNA fingerprinting” was used for the first time in a criminal investigation, when a geneticist named Alec Jeffreys realized that when DNA was extracted from cells and attached to photographic film, it developed as a sequence of bars that could uniquely identify someone. His accidental…Read more...
Tags: Science, Dna, The Netherlands, DNA testing, Forensics, Alec Jeffreys

Cellebrite may have found a way to unlock iPhones running iOS 11

 According to a Forbes report, Israeli company Cellebrite is now able to unlock some very recent iPhones. Cellebrite is a well-known company that sells mobile forensics tools to extract data from locked devices. While early versions of iOS weren’t really secure, this has changed quite a lot in recent years. All iOS devices now ship with a secure enclave, all data is encrypted if you use… Read More
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Security, TC, Gadgets, Tech, Forensics, Forbes, Cellebrite, iOS 11

E-Mail Leaves an Evidence Trail

If you're going to commit an illegal act, it's best not to discuss it in e-mail. It's also best to Google tech instructions rather than asking someone else to do it: One new detail from the indictment, however, points to just how unsophisticated Manafort seems to have been. Here's the relevant passage from the indictment. I've bolded the most important bits: Manafort and Gates made numerous false and fraudulent representations to secure the loans. For example, Manafort provided the bank with d...
Tags: Google, Crime, Microsoft, Privacy, Surveillance, Fbi, Dmi, Courts, Gates, Forensics, Bruce Schneier, Mueller, Manafort, Operational Security, Manafort Manafort, Davis Manafort Inc

What is bias in machine learning, when does it matter, and what can we do about it? "The Trouble with Bias," Kate Crawford's (previously) keynote at the 2017 Neural Information Processing Systems is a brilliant tour through different ways of thinking about what bias is, and when we should worry about it, specifically in the context of machine learning systems and algorithmic decision making -- the best part is at the end, where she describes what we should do about this stuff, and where to get started. (via 4 Short Links)
Tags: Videos, Happy Mutants, Video, News, Youtube, Data Science, Machine Learning, Bias, Deep Learning, Forensics, Neural Information Processing Systems, Weapons Of Math Destruction, Kate Crawford