A New Method of DNA Testing Could Solve More Shootings

A New Method of DNA Testing Could Solve More Shootings

They published their study in a peer-reviewed academic journal, Forensic Science International , and the San Diego Police Department began using it in 2014—around the same time they tested the evidence in the Gregory Benton murder case.

US Air Force Defector Allegedly Helped Iran Hack Americans

US Air Force Defector Allegedly Helped Iran Hack Americans

Bella Wood The Iranian hackers, according to the indictment, used Witt's target profiles to send phishing emails and social media messages to her former colleagues, including one based in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon Doubles Down on AI–and Wants Help from Big Tech

The Pentagon Doubles Down on AI–and Wants Help from Big Tech

Federal contracting records indicate that Google, Oracle, IBM, and SAP have signaled interest in working on future Defense Department AI projects. John "Jack" Shanahan, who leads the JAIC, said the unit will focus on rapidly deploying existing AI algorithms and tools, often contracted from technology companies, in military scenarios.

Cybersecurity Workers Scramble to Fix a Post-Shutdown Mess

Cybersecurity Workers Scramble to Fix a Post-Shutdown Mess

Furloughed cybersecurity employees returned to expired software licenses and web encryption certificates, colleagues burned out from working on skeleton crews, and weeks-worth of unanalyzed network activity logs.

Feds Also Say That Oracle Underpaid Women and Minorities

Feds Also Say That Oracle Underpaid Women and Minorities

Feds Also Say That Oracle Underpaid Women and Minorities The Labor Department says the vast majority of engineers Oracle hired out of college for its headquarters in California, shown here, were Asian, including many on student visas.

In Project Maven's Wake, the Pentagon Seeks AI Tech Talent

In Project Maven's Wake, the Pentagon Seeks AI Tech Talent

Thousands of the company’s employees had signed a petition two months earlier calling for an end to its work on the project, an effort to create algorithms that could help intelligence analysts pick out military targets from video footage.Inside the Pentagon, Google’s withdrawal brought a combination of frustration and distress—even anger—that has percolated ever since, according to five sources familiar with internal discussions on Maven, the military’s first big effort to utilize AI in warfare.About This StoryThis article was produced in partnership with the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization.“We have stumbled unprepared into a contest over the strategic narrative,” said an internal Pentagon memo circulated to roughly 50 defense officials on June 28.

How China’s Elite Spies Stole the World’s Most Valuable Secrets

How China’s Elite Spies Stole the World’s Most Valuable Secrets

“It’s a potential foothold into hundreds of organizations.”"More than two-thirds of the Justice Department’s cases involving thefts of trade secrets are connected to China."Deputy attorney general Rod RosensteinFor an even greater sense of scale: The indictment alleges, among other things, that by hacking into a single New York-based MSP, APT10 was able to compromise data from companies in a dozen countries, from Brazil to the United Arab Emirates.

DOJ Indicts Hackers for Ransomware That Crippled Atlanta

DOJ Indicts Hackers for Ransomware That Crippled Atlanta

Regardless of the impact on the alleged SamSam hackers specifically, the Justice Department made a statement that should resound among cybercriminals who rely on bitcoin and the dark web for anonymity.“It absolutely adds a chilling effect,” Jarvis says.

The Government's Role in the Rise of Lab-Grown Meat

The Government's Role in the Rise of Lab-Grown Meat

The Government's Role in the Rise of Lab-Grown MeatA small scale production line of the leghemoglobin for a plant-based hamburger is displayed during a media tour of Impossible Foods labs and processing plant in Redwood City, California.Beck Diefenbach/ReutersLast month, the US Department of Agriculture and FDA convened to debate meat: what it is and isn't, and if plant-based or lab-grown products like those made by Impossible Burger and Memphis Meats should be called meat.

The Mueller Investigation May Be Safe Despite Matt Whitaker

The Mueller Investigation May Be Safe Despite Matt Whitaker

At the same time, the forced resignation of attorney general Jeff Sessions, and appointment of his chief of staff Matt Whitaker to be the acting attorney general—a decision that is of at least debatable legality—has raised fears that the Trump administration is closing in on firing Mueller himself.Yet as the dust settles from the midterms and Sessions’ abrupt departure, there are five clear reasons to be optimistic that the rule of law will hold, and that Mueller will be able to complete his probe, regardless of what he ultimately finds.

Security News This Week: Apps for Kids Have Been Tracking Their Locations

Security News This Week: Apps for Kids Have Been Tracking Their Locations

This week, New Mexico's attorney general filed a lawsuit against Tiny Lab, an app developer behind games like Fun Kid Racing, as well as advertising companies including Google and Twitter, alleging that they violated children’s privacy laws by tracking and sharing data for users under the age of 13.