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Computer sleuthing turning cops into geeks

Thursday, October 06, 2005 (06:53:22)
Computers and their criminal investigation capabilities turned Dori Schulze, an Internal Revenue Service special agent, into a self-proclaimed "geek" by the early 1990s. That initial embrace of computers by her and her employer led to the largest retail tax evasion conviction at the time. She used a computer to gather evidence against Stew Leonard Sr., the founder of Stew Leonard’s Dairy in Norwalk, who was convicted of evading $6.8 million in taxes in 1993...

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Expert witness questions CP jailings

Wednesday, October 05, 2005 (10:23:27)
A witness in computer crime trials has called for the release of individuals convicted of CP offences based entirely on material found on their hard drives. Jason Coombes, who has been involved in computer crime trials since 1994, issued a statement calling on police to be more thorough in their investigations. The expert contends that third-party control of a PC which is then used to store or view CP images could lead to the conviction of innocent people...

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Web helps criminals trap victims

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 (10:10:35)
Malicious hackers and hi-tech criminals are changing tactics in a bid to outwit security firms. Statistics show that tech-savvy criminals are starting to turn away from e-mailed viruses to webpages to snare their victims. Also, say security firms, criminals are using spyware to get hold of personal data they can sell or use themselves...

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FSU grad students design trap for cyberstalkers

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 (09:25:09)
In a tiny corner room of an old building on the Florida State University campus, graduate students have been stalking each other. The computer science researchers were trying to design a police trap - of hardware and software - for cyberstalkers. A trap they've apparently completed. "This is giving law enforcement a new tool in their belt for these new technology crimes," said Special Agent Bob Breeden, head of the Florida Computer Crime Center...

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New paper: Real-Time Steganalysis

Monday, October 03, 2005 (23:02:35)
A new paper entitled "Real-Time Steganalysis", authored by James E. Wingate and Chad W. Davis, is now online and can be viewed here.

A list of all papers and articles at Forensic Focus can be found here. Further contributions are encouraged and always welcome.