4 Common Types of Computer Crimes (And Their Impacts)

Learn about four common types of computer crimes and their impacts in our brief overview. Computer crimes, or “cybercrimes,” have increased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are four common types of computer crimes targeting businesses and individuals: Phishing – sending fraudulent messages designed to trick users into revealing sensitive …

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What Is Forensic Science?

Forensic science is the application of scientific methods across civil and criminal law. The best-known types of forensic science are around the analysis and interpretation of evidence in order to solve crimes and bring successful prosecution of criminals. Forensic science is a highly competitive field with entry requiring undergraduate and potentially …

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What is the Difference between Accuracy and Precision Measurements?

According to a thesaurus, precision is a synonym for accuracy. However, the scientific world distinguishes between these two concepts in important ways. In fact, different fields use slightly different terminology at times (in statistics, error, bias, and variability are terms more commonly encountered), but we are going to focus on …

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Building a Criminal Case Using Forensic Evidence

The most important element of any case against a suspected criminal is the forensic evidence. In the past much was made of eye witness accounts of a crime but now – as technology evolves – the eye witness is the evidence left at the scene of a crime by the …

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Forensic Cases: Colin Pitchfork, First Exoneration Through DNA

One of the keystones of forensic science is DNA testing. DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is the genetic material present in every cell. Each individual has a Unique DNA Profile. There are even a few differences between the DNA of identical twins. A British scientist, Sir Alec Jeffreys, developed DNA profiling in …

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How Can a Bullet be Identified from a Particular Gun?

While a firearm is not usually left at the scene of a crime, a bullet quite often is found at the crime scene. Fortunately, forensics experts do have a number of techniques and tools at their disposal to identify a bullet from a specific firearm. A bullet would carefully be …

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Forensic Pathology

Pathology is the study of disease and its causes. Forensic pathology involves discovering the cause of death, especially in cases where it is sudden or the police suspect that it has not occurred by natural causes. A forensic pathologist is a medical doctor trained in pathology. Forensic pathology dates back …

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Rigor Mortis and Lividity

Rigor Mortis and Lividity are two natural occurrences within the human body after death that can be used as a means of determining – or at least estimating – when the deceased died. What is Rigor Mortis? Rigor Mortis is the stiffening of the body after death because of a …

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Are all Forensic Photographers SOCOs?

While most forensic photographers will have worked in a scene of crime officer (SOCO) role, or be working in this role as part of their forensic photography duties, there is alternate scope for someone who feels a passion for photography and forensic science but doesn’t want to work as a …

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Forensic Entomology

Entomology is the study of insects, and forensic entomologists use insects to provide more information about crimes. The first record of the use of forensic entomology is Song Ci (sometimes called Sung Tz’u), a lawyer in 13th century China. The live and dead insects found at the site of a …

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