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The Future of Digital Forensics & Cyber Crime Investigations

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The Future of Digital Forensics & Cyber Crime Investigations

Post Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:57 am

DFI & CSI: The Future of Digital Forensics & Cyber Crime Investigations
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I still don't think the title 'cyber crime' warrants its current status.

There is nothing cyber about EM waves, Electricity, Water etc etc. These contain their own sciences. We do not need a buzzy clicky name to collectively refer to science.

If something is transmitted which physically disturbs these mediums titles already exist e.g. 'pollution' for water light and EM; 'interference' for electricity and RF and so on.

If there is mal-intent employed in the content of a transmission then it is called 'malicious'.

If the mal-intent employed causes ceasation of a service, blockage of a system, corruption to other transmissions then the science/industry assigns a label to it. For instance, if the mal-intent is relevant to digital communications then we have the term 'communications crime'.

If it is the case that cyber crime is being used because of uniformity between varying countries, that would be suggest that no other country has uniformity with water, electricity or radio frequencies?

If we limit 'cyber crime' to merely limited to attacks employed over digital networks is the community honestly saying we don't have another word for that? How do you go to court with a case by calling it a cyber crime case. A court is still going to require identification of the medium and science involved in order to deal with relevant legislation and case law principles.

Does anyone have a succinct, clear and logical answer as to what cyber crime actually is?

And what about prior to cyber crime being used wasn't there already appropriately allocated identifications for types of crime involving technology?

Would it mean that computer or network forensics will no longer exist because they will now refer to them as cyber forensics?
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Re: The Future of Digital Forensics & Cyber Crime Investigat

Post Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:33 am

This is a very interesting topic. In a recent research paper I had to do for my course (Msc Digital Investigations and Forensic Computing) we discussed something like this.

In the Council of Europe's Cybercrime Treaty (EST no. 185), cybercrime is used as an umbrella term to refer to an array of criminal activity including offences against computer data and systems, computer-related offences, content offences, and copyright offences. This wide definition of cybercrime overlaps in part with general offence categories that need not be ICT dependent, such as white-collar crime and economic crime.

Still quite a vague description however.

In context I presume the title cybercrime was created at a time when it was new and unknown and where the current law was not sufficient enough to convict "cybercriminals".

Eventually, and for clarities sake, I hope they merge cybercrime and crime so that there's no distinction, the law will just be the law.  

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Re: The Future of Digital Forensics & Cyber Crime Investigations

Post Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 6:24 am

Sometimes words, despite their underlying origins, come to mean something different, however incorrect or amorphous . . .

I think "cyber-crime" (cybercrime, or cyber crime) is such an expression.

Maybe -"Cyber crime refers to any crime that involves computing device(s) and network(s)".

I think the "cyber" part demands some sort of a network, and associated computing device(s).  

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Re: The Future of Digital Forensics & Cyber Crime Investigat

Post Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:14 am

Lexically/ethimologically, it is completely UNconnected.
www.etymonline.com/ind...ybernetics
www.merriam-webster.co...1352213674

The "cyber-" taken out of the original cybernetics is more something like "techno- ", or "mega-", a mostly void of any meaning prefix, that can be used for *anything* more or less "modern" or that one wants to have sound "modern", see:
www.etymonline.com/ind...term=cyber
Cyber is such a perfect prefix. Because nobody has any idea what it means, it can be grafted onto any old word to make it seem new, cool -- and therefore strange, spooky. ["New York" magazine, Dec. 23, 1996]

More examples:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...d_prefixes
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...22cyber.22

in the original cyber-net-ics, guess which part is actually related to network? Wink

Literally cybercrime would mean crime governed/directed by a "central" entity, a synonym of "organized crime".

For the record Cybercrime on Wikipedia redirects (IMHO correctly) to Computer Crime:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybercrime

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Re: The Future of Digital Forensics & Cyber Crime Investigations

Post Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:42 am

I believe we are witnessing the evolution of the english language with respect to terms and definitions that change based on societal influence/awareness and progression.

Our internal cybercrime group uses this term in reference to opportunistic threats that involve networks, computing and mobile devices.
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Re: The Future of Digital Forensics & Cyber Crime Investigations

Post Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:54 am

- pbobby
I believe we are witnessing the evolution of the english language with respect to terms and definitions that change based on societal influence/awareness and progression.

Our internal cybercrime group uses this term in reference to opportunistic threats that involve networks, computing and mobile devices.



Sure Smile .
Our internal cyberlinguistic group calls that process cyberevolution of metalanguages, and tends to attribute it's birth to the paradigm megashifts that migrated us into a technosociety. Shocked

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Re: The Future of Digital Forensics & Cyber Crime Investigations

Post Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:39 pm

So say we all!


Haha good one Smile
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