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Taking a bite out of cybercrime

Thursday, February 10, 2005 (06:50:56)
The call sounded like an advertisement for a credit card security plan. Someone in London had purchased a piece of Americana, a toy tractor from Ohio, with the credit card number of an Old Colony Road resident. Capital One credit card company called Wakefield police to report a case of identity theft. The criminal's tool was the Internet, a growing challenge for law enforcement all over the world. Wakefield Police Department handled roughly 50 cybercrime cases last year, but Det. Sgt. Gerald Curran believes that many more cases go unreported...

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Piracy case: log files 'don't show downloads'

Wednesday, February 09, 2005 (06:40:38)
An expert witness in the MP3s4free.net music piracy case has conceded to the Federal Court in Sydney that log files seized in a 2003 raid did not show music actually being downloaded. During cross-examination and after long arguments about the admissibility of evidence, Gilbert & Tobin IT consultant Shane Pearson conceded that the seized log files could be skewed by certain factors including proxy caching and dial-up failure. Yesterday's evidence included a demonstration of the web site by computer forensics expert John Thackray...



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Teachers cleared in school probe

Tuesday, February 08, 2005 (17:57:16)
Forensic computing techniques proved decisive in proving staff at a Buckinghamshire primary school had not been surfing for porn at work. The head of the school called in Disklabs, a computer forensics and data firm, last year when he discovered web folders with pornographic content on a PC used by pupils. The history of these folders suggested a creation date during lesson time and a modified date on a teacher-training day...

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Computer Forensic Services Managing Partner to Present at MIS Training Institute

Tuesday, February 08, 2005 (03:55:02)
Computer Forensic Services, LLC (CFS), has announced that managing partner Warren Kruse is scheduled to present at MIS Training Institute's event "Cracking E-Fraud: How to Detect, Investigate, and Prevent Electronic Crime" held from June 20-23 in Boston, MA. An internationally recognized data forensics expert and current president of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), Kruse is slated to offer the following presentations during the event:

* Understanding Software Forensic Tools, June 22nd, 8:45 am to 10:00 am * Handling Evidence in E-Fraud Investigations, June 22nd, 10:10 am to 11:20 am * Keynote Panel: Catching the Culprits of Cyber Fraud: Forensic Innovators and Pacesetting Organizations, June 22nd, 4:10 pm to 5:15 pm, * Understanding the Investigative Process from A to Z, June 23rd, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

More (ArriveNet)

Phishing suspect arrested in the UK

Monday, February 07, 2005 (08:37:44)
UK Police have arrested a 21-year-old man they suspect of running a phishing scam that targeted customers of online bank Smile. The unnamed man has been released on bail while a specialist data forensics team examines computer equipment that was seized from his home in Blackpool, according to antivirus firm Sophos.

More (ZDNet Australia)