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Seize the data

Friday, February 04, 2005 (08:07:43)
You can dust for fingerprints after a robbery, but you wouldn't dust a hard drive after a cybercrime. That's where computer forensics comes in. It helps law enforcement agents copy and analyze information stored on hard drives and devices such as cell phones and BlackBerrys. One of the newest computer forensics systems on the market is the portable RoadMASSter II from Intelligent Computer Solutions. It looks like a thick metal briefcase on wheels and opens to reveal a keyboard, 15-inch thin-film transistor color LCD display and data-copying devices...

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Real-life CSI vastly different than what's on TV

Thursday, February 03, 2005 (06:45:14)
Crime scene investigators for the Warner Robins Police Department (US) have a lot of the crime-fighting gadgets that actors do on the popular CSI television shows. And there are other similarities between what real-life CSI investigators do and what's portrayed on TV. But there also are some key differences. Lt. John Lanneau, who heads the CSI division for the Warner Robins Police Department, said his team, like TV, employs the use of expensive tools to gather evidence - he has $10,000 worth of computer forensics equipment and a specialized CSI investigator trained to find evidence hidden in a computer hard drive...

More (Macon Telegraph)

Computer based crime linked to international crime syndicates

Wednesday, February 02, 2005 (12:25:07)
Andrew Clark, director and co-founder of Inforenz, spends much of his time as an expert forensics witness for the UK government, banks, and MNCs. He notes that there are signs that computer-based crimes are becoming the province of international organised crime syndicates. He cautions if that spiralled out of control, the effect of computer based crime could seriously damage the critical infrastructure and trading situation of nation states.

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Digital evidence: Today's fingerprints

Tuesday, February 01, 2005 (10:08:08)
Police and prosecutors are fashioning a new weapon in their arsenal against criminals: digital evidence. The sight of hard drives, Internet files and e-mails as courtroom evidence is increasingly common. "Digital evidence is becoming a feature of most criminal cases," said Susan Brenner, professor of law and technology at the University of Dayton School of Law, in an e-mail response for this article. "Everything is moving in this direction." Digital evidence may play a significant role in the trial of pop superstar Michael Jackson on charges of child molestation...

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DOD seized 60TB in search for Iraq battle plan leak

Monday, January 31, 2005 (07:43:17)
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) seized hundreds of computers and around 60T bytes of data as part of an investigation into how details of the U.S. invasion plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom were leaked to The New York Times, a DOD official said. The investigation ended in 2003 without finding the source of the leak. However, it has prompted changes within the department, which is developing new software tools and investigative strategies for computer crime cases that involve large amounts of data, said Lt. Col Ken Zatyko, director of the DOD's Computer Forensics Laboratory.

More (Computerworld)

UK tech police: Cash-strapped and ineffective

Thursday, January 27, 2005 (06:42:53)
A senior UK high-tech crime buster has warned that his investigations are being severely hampered by a lack of money and has said funding could still be pared down further to the point that police units such as his become untenable. Speaking at the Computer and Internet Crime Conference in London, DC Tony Noble from Surrey Police Computer Crime Unit said many reported incidents of cybercrime, such as hacking or data theft from within a company, don't get investigated due to "an accountancy culture" in the police force.

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Web police to fight paedophiles

Wednesday, January 26, 2005 (09:02:26)
Police and major internet companies around the world have launched a website on which children can report their suspicions about the activities of possible paedophiles. Microsoft and AOL will put a link on their websites to the Virtual Global Task Force (VGTF), which is run by international law enforcement agencies and where police officers will be able to gather evidence. Vodafone and BT have joined the UK's National Crime Squad (NCS) as partner agencies.

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Ontario schools enlist CyberCops to protect students

Tuesday, January 25, 2005 (09:14:58)
A video game endorsed by the Ontario government and its provincial police will turn elementary school students into computer forensics experts in order to teach them about the dangers of the Internet. The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Attorney General late last week launched CyberCops, a software program that will be deployed in Ontario Grade 7 and Grade 8 classrooms this fall. Students will play the games in groups and will be directed by teachers trained in its use, officials said.

More (ITBusiness.ca)

ManTech Donates NetWitness Software to ''SEARCH''

Monday, January 24, 2005 (11:10:57)
ManTech International Corporation, a provider of technologies and solutions focused on mission-critical national security programs for the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, the Department of State, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and other U.S. federal government customers has announced that it has donated 40 perpetual licenses of its NetWitness(R) network forensics analysis software to SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information Statistics. SEARCH is a highly regarded, nonprofit organization that helps state and local justice agencies with their information and identification technology needs through effective planning, high tech crimes investigation training and criminal history policy. SEARCH will provide the software licenses to their students, state and local law enforcement personnel, who will use the software to simulate a field environment and test their ability to trace Internet protocols and connections to individual computers.

More (Business Wire)

Learn to retrieve data in Modesto CA

Friday, January 21, 2005 (07:17:27)
Kirk Stockham, a retired computer forensics investigator, will show members of the Modesto PC Users Group how to find hidden data on a hard drive. He will also explain how to recover data that may have been accidentally erased and talk about identity theft. The presentation will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Destiny Christian Center, 1161 Carver Road. At 6:30 p.m., the club will host a question and answer period. The public is welcome.

More (modbee.com)