Cell Phone Evidence in Palo Alto Murder Made it the High Tech Case of the Year

Murder trial hinged on recovered text messages and cell phone location data.

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Cell Phone Evidence in Palo Alto Murder Made it the High Tech Case of the Year

This month Palo Alto police officers Aaron Sunseri and Con Maloney received the “Case of the Year” award from the International High Technology Crime Investigation Association, for their use of cell phone evidence in investigating a local murder. Several others who worked on the case were also honored. In February, Bulos Zumot was convicted of first degree murder, in large part because of the cell phone evidence.

Spectrum reported on this case here, and on the cell phone forensic technology in general here.

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Why the Internet Needs the InterPlanetary File System

Peer-to-peer file sharing would make the Internet far more efficient

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Carl De Torres

When the COVID-19 pandemic erupted in early 2020, the world made an unprecedented shift to remote work. As a precaution, some Internet providers scaled back service levels temporarily, although that probably wasn’t necessary for countries in Asia, Europe, and North America, which were generally able to cope with the surge in demand caused by people teleworking (and binge-watching Netflix). That’s because most of their networks were overprovisioned, with more capacity than they usually need. But in countries without the same level of investment in network infrastructure, the picture was less rosy: Internet service providers (ISPs) in South Africa and Venezuela, for instance, reported significant strain.

But is overprovisioning the only way to ensure resilience? We don’t think so. To understand the alternative approach we’re championing, though, you first need to recall how the Internet works.

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