News

This section features items of news I've spotted in newspapers, in journals or on the internet. I will update it regularly. Contributions are welcome! I also put items on Twitter so follow me to see them.

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Forensic firm hacked

Eurofins Scientific, which provides over half the forensic science services to law enforcement in the U.K., paid a ransom in June to hackers who had planted ransomware on their IT systems. The amount of the ransom, and when it was paid, have not been disclosed but court proceedings were delayed as result of the attack.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48881959 

Arsenic

Dorothy L. Sayers' plot device in Strong Poison is vindicated by evidence from Chile - see https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2017/may/09/

Forensic facts

For a fascinating interview with a real CSI, and some limitations of forensics, see Cara Hunter's page at https://deadgoodbooks.co.uk/cara-hunter-crime-scene-investigator/

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