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Experts Named to National Commission on Forensic Science

More than three-dozen experts have been appointed to serve on the National Commission on Forensic Science, a newly created board that will work to strengthen practices in the field, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The appointees were chosen from a pool of more than 300 candidates and include top names in the fields of research, law enforcement, academia and law. Deputy Attorney General James M. ...

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Neiman Marcus also Targeted by Holiday Season Hackers

Upscale retailer Neiman Marcus is the latest major corporation to announce that it was the victim of a cyber attack during the holiday shopping season. The Dallas, Texas-based company, which operates nearly 80 department stores and clearance centers nationwide, said it learned in mid-December 2013 of the possible theft of customers’ debit and credit card data. ...

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Identity Theft Cost Victims $24.7 Billion, Report Finds

Identity theft continues to cost Americans a lot of time, money and emotional stability, according to a new federal report. Roughly 16.6 million people experienced at least one incident of identity theft in 2012. That equates to 7% of the U.S. population age 16 years or older. The losses attached to those thefts totaled nearly $25 billion, outdistancing the combined losses associated with all other property ...

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Homeland Security Expands Cybersecurity Program for College Students

A program created to engage top-notch college students in cybersecurity work is expanding, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Initiative, founded in April 2013 by then- Secretary Janet Napolitano, will select more than 100 students to work as volunteers in dozens of locations across the country in 2014. ...

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Cyber Scam Nets Ukrainian Mastermind 18 Years Behind Bars

A Ukrainian national dubbed one of “the world’s most prolific cybercriminals” has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison in connection with a scheme to steal financial information through the Internet. Roman Vega, who co-founded the website CarderPlanet, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit access device fraud and money laundering, according to a December 2013 news release by the U.S. Dep ...

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Smartphone Thefts Blamed for San Francisco’s Crime Wave

Smartphones, tablet computers and other high-tech devices that speed the delivery of information and entertainment to users’ fingertips are also tempting the hands of thieves in San Francisco. Police attribute a five-year high in the City by the Bay’s crime rate, in part, to thefts and robberies involving the sleek, hand-held electronic devices. Nearly 46,000 crimes were reported through the first 10 months ...

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Feds Announce More Busts in Worldwide ATM Heists

Federal authorities have announced the arrests of five more suspects in an international cyber crime operation that pilfered $45 million from ATMs. Investigators said the latest defendants – Jose Angeley Valerio, Saul Franjul, Jaindhi Polanco, Saul Genao and Anthony Diaz – were part of the New York City cell of the organization. To date, more than a dozen people, including one who has since died and another ...

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National Campaign Spotlights Critical Infrastructure

Imagine daily life without power plants and electrical grids, bridges and interstate highways, water systems and communications networks. Such infrastructure is the backbone of 21st century America, and officials say the U.S. economy and national security could be placed in peril if these systems were damaged or destroyed. That’s why the federal government has declared November as Critical Infrastructure Se ...

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