Forensic News

Recent news stories from Forensic Magazine and other sources.

This new feature will make it tougher for cops and hackers to unlock your iPhone

A new feature, which first emerged in an early beta version of the company's iPhone and iPad software but never made it to market, has finally been released. The latest version of the iPhone and iPad software, iOS 11.4.1, includes a new feature that requires users to unlock their device after an hour of inactivity to connect a USB accessory.

By Zack Whittaker for Zero Day |

Apple will update iOS to block police hacking tool

A new feature will protect against the GrayKey phone-cracking tool

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Mummification Can Happen as Quickly as 3 Weeks

A survey of 20 bodies cataloged by medicolegal death investigators in the region around Nice, France found that extensive mummification can happen in a variety of environments in a matter of weeks, according to the new paper in Forensic Science.

Story by Seth Augenstein, Senior Science Writer | Posted 7.11.2018 @ 1:41pm

Drones, Near-Infrared Photos for Finding Clandestine Graves Have Limitations, Upside

Drones and near-infrared photography have become inexpensive technology that is widely available in the 21st century. Its forensic promise in locating clandestine graves, however, still has limitations in 2018, according to a recent study in the Forensic Science International.

Story by Seth Augenstein, Senior Science Writer | Posted 7.9.2018 @ 1:22pm

Justices Adopt New Privacy Rules for Cellphone Tracking

The Supreme Court says police generally need a search warrant if they want to track criminal suspects’ movements by collecting information about where they’ve used their cellphones.

Story by Mark Sherman, Associated Press News | Posted Fri, Jun 22 2018

How an Unproven Forensic Science Became a Courtroom Staple

Testimony from bloodstain-pattern analysts is now accepted in courts throughout the country. But in recent years, some scientists and legal scholars have questioned the training of these experts, as well as the validity of the field itself.

Story by Leora Smith, ProPublica via The New York Times Magazine | Posted at 1:09pm on 5.31.2018