The Coldest Case: Using DNA to Identify Century-Old Remains

In a dusty, seemingly empty field 60 miles east of L.A., Dr. Alexis Gray, a forensic anthropologist from the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department, points to a chain-link fence far in the distance, the mountains rising beyond in the hazy heat. "There are 7,000 people between us and that next fence there," she says. » 8/18/14 1:08pm Monday 1:08pm

A Counterfeit Ring Behind $77 Million in Fake Bills Finally Got Busted

For years, the Secret Service has been tracking down the legendary "Russian-Israeli Note," one of the most sophisticated and common fake Benjamins ever made. This high-tech international ring was finally busted and indicted this week, thanks to years of good old-fashioned surveillance and legwork. » 8/12/14 4:55pm 8/12/14 4:55pm

Gmail Scans Caught a Sex Offender Who Left No Trace Elsewhere Online

We all know that our Gmail inboxes are scanned, and that Google uses automated image scanning to track down child exploitation—but it's now been made clear the two overlap: searches of a Gmail inbox have led the arrest of a registered sex offender who has illegal photos of children in his email account. » 8/04/14 4:30am 8/04/14 4:30am

Veteran Pickpocket Explains How ATM Skimmers Are Ruining His Craft

There's no better example of a petty criminal than the pickpocket, a fast-moving talent who lifts wallets as if he were picking up pennies off the sidewalk. But a profile of a veteran pickpocket in the New York Times this weekend shows that technology is destroying the art. Credit cards are just more lucrative. » 7/20/14 10:40am 7/20/14 10:40am

Small Town Police Are Getting Leftover War Vehicles and Machine Guns

As America's wars wind down, the troops are coming home and so are the M-16 rifles. Armored cars, land mine detectors, silencers, aircraft, and other leftover military equipment are flowing to police departments big and small. Free stuff is tough to turn down, but does a small Wisconsin city that hasn't seen a… » 6/09/14 3:40pm 6/09/14 3:40pm

The US Is Already Turning Back Chinese Hacker-Types at the Border

A senior administration official recently listed several ways that the United States is taking aim at the Chinese hacker community on the whole. That list includes everything from economic sanctions to a blanket ban on Chinese hackers attending conferences in the U.S. It's actually already happening. » 5/25/14 9:00am 5/25/14 9:00am

Airbnb Is Giving NY's Attorney General a Load of (Anonymized) User Data

Don't freak out. But if you're an Airbnb host in the state of New York, there's a good chance your user data is on its way to the New York Attorney General's office. It's anonymized data, so personally identifiable data like your name and address have been removed. However, if the you're suspected of illegal activity,… » 5/21/14 11:20am 5/21/14 11:20am