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Skeletons on your hard drive

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 (10:58:58)
There are a number of options for cleansing the drives of unwanted computers, from special wiping software to destruction services to manufacturers' recycling programs. But what many PC owners don't realize, experts say, is that these methods are often not enough. Two weeks ago, the National Association for Information Destruction announced that it could not endorse the use of wiping applications alone for deleting data from hard drives. Bob Johnson, executive director at NAID, said the data-destruction industry group would like to be able to recommend the tools, but that tests had left reason to doubt the wiping products...

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Task force cracks down in California

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 (07:16:13)
Computer crimes are like viruses - they infect many and quickly, mutating as technology grows ever more complex. In the Solano area, though, there's an antidote - "NC3TF." In layman's terms, that's the Northern California Computer Crimes Task Force, a Napa-based criminal justice outfit with a Redding bureau that celebrates its fifth birthday in June...

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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...

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Saturday, April 23, 2005 (16:11:50)
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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...

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