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Armstrong and digital forensics: Right under our noses

Friday, March 14, 2014 (12:06:36)
Yesterday, the entire Chatham County Commission visited Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Cyber Forensics Labs, a unit in the campus police department. I too have had the opportunity to tour this unique facility as part of a broader introduction to the university.

On my tour, what struck me, besides the beauty and serenity of the campus, was the fact the police station was included on the tour. What’s up with that? I mean, when you take your kid to consider universities, I hope the police station is the last item on your visitation list.

Well, that’s what I thought before I learned more about careers in Cyber Forensics...

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Has the NSA’s mass spying made life easier for digital criminals?

Friday, March 07, 2014 (16:43:45)
Thousands of the world’s security professionals, mostly of them middle-aged white males, gathered in San Francisco last week for the annual RSA Conference.

Traditionally, it’s the time of year vendors hawk their gear in halls containing a perturbing whiff of ammonia, research announcements provide relief from the festival of commerce, and government mandarins hobnob with corporate types - all with the implied intent to work together to protect people’s data.

Yet 2014’s event was always going to be a bit different. RSA, the security company hosting the event, had to defend itself against criticism over an alleged $10m deal with the National Security Agency (NSA) to include flawed encryption in its products...There was one criticism, amid the understandable ire around the damage done to global privacy, which stood out: that the NSA’s mass spying had perversely made life easier for digital criminals...

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Former policeman uses new nonprofit to provide digital forensics to KPD

Friday, March 07, 2014 (12:50:31)
What if you were a law enforcement officer with a suspected criminal’s cell phone or laptop, and believed the electronic devices held evidence critical to your case? Or what if, as a parent, you fear your child has been texting the wrong people or visiting websites they shouldn’t?

In the Kerrville area, a possible solution is Bill Aycock’s new business, “VeriFi Laboratories, Inc.,” a digital forensic lab.

It’s related to all the “CSI” television shows that depict law enforcement labs full of computerized equipment that “dumps” cell phone and other information for officers to use to solve cases. Aycock said all that can be done with today’s technology (though not as fast as it seems on the TV shows)...

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Reminder: Accelerating Investigations Using Advanced eDiscovery Techniques

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 (22:17:17)
Join this free webinar from Nuix to find out how to deal with large volumes of electronic evidence while balancing business demands including reduced budgets and resources, spiralling case backlogs and ever decreasing timescales.

Date: Thursday March 6, 2014
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm GMT/11:00am-12:00pm EST
Duration: 45min + Q&A
Presenters: Paul Slater, Director of Forensic Solutions EMEA and Ady Cassidy, Director of Investigation Solution Consultancy - Global

Today, investigators face a constant battle to find the truth in ever larger, more varied and increasingly complex stores of electronic evidence. As the growing volume of data has stretched traditional forensic tools to capacity, it has become more difficult to examine everything in deep forensic detail. To improve the efficiency of investigations we need to more effectively zoom in on critical data from the outset, and then focus the time-consuming deep forensic analysis on this data only. This webinar will share workflows and techniques from the legal world of electronic discovery (eDiscovery), which typically has even larger volumes of digital evidence than found in forensic investigations.

Register now at http://info.nuix.com/InvestigationsMar62014_Registration.html

Hidden “Signature” in Online Photos Could Help Nab Child Abusers

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 (15:05:48)
Police may soon have a new way to catch pedophiles who distribute child abuse photos anonymously online. The technology could also help law enforcement agencies in other ways, such as identifying smartphone thieves who take pictures with the stolen gadgets and then post their snapshots on the Internet.

Riccardo Satta, scientific project officer of the European Commission Joint Research Centre’s Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen, described the work at the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference in Brussels held in January. The key is the ability to spot a unique, unremovable pattern—or signature—that each digital camera imprints on photographs. By comparing the signature from a specific camera with those found in images posted to social media, a forensic investigator would be able to establish that all the images had been taken by the same camera. Additional contextual information pointing to the photographer can help investigators narrow in on the culprit...

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