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It's no secret -- they're here to help (with computer forensics)

Tuesday, April 26, 2005 (08:37:06)
Local US law enforcement agencies that lack resources and technology to extract and analyze the data on seized computers and electronic devices now can turn to the U.S. Secret Service for help. Government technicians will analyze computers, cell phones and PDAs and generate easy-to-read forensic reports for free, said Jeff Eisenbeiser, the special agent in charge of the Secret Service's Pittsburgh office...

More (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Forensic Focus email list changes

Saturday, April 23, 2005 (16:11:50)
The Forensic Focus email list has moved from the old Yahoo! Groups system to our own software. This should speed up the registration process and remove the commercial advertising which was previously present.

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UK police tackle mounting internet caseload

Saturday, April 23, 2005 (07:42:03)
British police are refining their crackdown on internet p----philes as a swelling caseload of offences involving the downloading of images of child abuse pushes computer forensics teams to their limits. According to police sources over 300 people a month are still being referred to special police units. This is despite the success of 'Operation Ore' which led to the names of 7,272 suspects being passed to forces in the UK after US police broke up a p----phile website operation...

More (The Register)

Data Recovery: What to do when back-ups break down

Friday, April 22, 2005 (06:39:31)
Businesses are so reliant on their data that only the very naive do not make regular back-ups. And if lack of business sense prevents some companies from running sensible housekeeping routines, new and stringent legislation now requires businesses to keep data available for the purpose of audit trails and data protection compliance. Traditionally, back-up and data archives were the preserve of the finance director, who needed a record of data to complete year-end figures for the Inland Revenue. However, post-Enron and WorldCom, corporate governance has extended to keeping an audit trail of all transactions for regulated industries, and to maintaining records of business-critical documents for others...

More (ComputerWeekly.com)

Leave it to the expert

Thursday, April 21, 2005 (06:23:29)
Cyber crime investigation is not merely one of finding out how a computer system was hacked. It is sometimes also about how a system has been used to facilitate a conventional crime, such as a homicide or an extortion. There are any number of criminal investigations these days that call for an analysis of e-mail traffic between members of a criminal gang or between an aggressor and a victim...

More (The Hindu Business Line)