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Live each day like you're going to be hacked

Friday, March 18, 2005 (09:24:18)
Forensics was a word repeated throughout this week's SecureWorld conference. Experts mentioned the media firestorm that has enveloped ChoicePoint and other companies where hackers were able to steal mountains of consumer data that could eventually be used for identity theft and other cybercrimes. The bad news is that every business can be hacked no matter how seriously executives take security, experts said. The good news is that companies can keep their reputations intact by responding the right way to a cyberheist. And that's where forensics is vital. It's all about knowing what not to touch and who to call the moment you think you've been hacked...

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A Method for Forensic Previews

Thursday, March 17, 2005 (10:18:44)
During any computer forensics operation, the state of the target machine must be left as undisturbed as possible. This underlying principle applies to all forensics activities, ranging from the field preview to the full blown examination in a lab. Nevertheless, there remains an important distinction between a preview operation and lab work: by its nature, the preview is very likely to contaminate original evidence...

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UK Government and industry back IT security professionalism plans

Thursday, March 17, 2005 (05:38:01)
Proposals to create a professional institution that would set minimum standards of professionalism for IT security specialists have won backing from the government and leading businesses. The form the institute will take has yet to be decided. One of the options under consideration is the creation of a new body from the Institute for Communications Arbitration and Forensics, with assistance from the British Computer Society and other IT security bodies...

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Video Forensics: Catching the Crooks on Camera

Wednesday, March 16, 2005 (19:09:35)
Watching movies and your favorite episode of CSI (Crime Scene Investigation), you would think that recorded video is always crystal clear, easily showing a suspect's face or his license plate, but this is far from reality. In fact, the recorded video is often so bad that video forensics investigators have to be brought in. Using special techniques and software, these investigators enhance and reconstruct video to catch the crooks...

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Computer sleuths bring crime to light

Wednesday, March 16, 2005 (11:24:14)
When Coreen Kulvich and Meredith Tanner explore hard drives and Zip disks, they're hunting more than just bytes of data. They're looking for convictions. Kulvich, 29, and Tanner, 28, make up the Dakota County Sheriff Department's small but increasingly vital computer forensics team. Launched in 2003, the unit has played a central role investigating some of the county's most sensitive criminal cases...

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