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Feds square off with organized cyber crime

Friday, February 18, 2005 (11:05:18)
At the RSA Conference on Thursday Ronald Plesco, counsel to the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance, a computer forensics organization established by the FBI and private industry, pointed to the trend in recent years of spammers building networks of compromised computers to launder their fraudulent e-mail offerings. Tim Rosenberg, a research professor at the George Washington University, warned of "multinational groups of hackers backed by organized crime" and showing the sophistication of prohibition-era mobsters...

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Investigators uncover dismal data disposal

Thursday, February 17, 2005 (07:22:33)
An investigation into the disposal of computer equipment has uncovered psychological reports on school-children, confidential company data and even details of an illicit affair on hard drives that should have been wiped clean. Universities, schools and global businesses are routinely breaking the Data Protection Act by disposing of computers without removing personal data, researchers found. The Computer Forensics team at the University of Glamorgan examined over 100 hard drives at the behest of investigative journalist, Peter Warren. Some of the drives were bought from eBay, others from computer fairs and traders. Only two contained no recoverable data at all, and one of those was brand new...

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USA's Sixth Cyber Lab Opened in Silicon Valley

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 (08:37:24)
The FBI calls them Regional Computer Forensics Laboratories, or RCFLs. Their specialty? The cyber equivalent of dusting for fingerprints: finding evidence of criminal and terrorist activity on PCs, laptops, cell phones, digital cameras, MP3 players, PDAs, DVD recorders, and other electronic devices. Evidence that generates leads, solves cases, and helps establish guilt or innocence in a court of law. The concept was born in the 1990s, with the spike in criminal cases involving digital evidence. "Why don't we pool our expertise and establish regional labs that can handle everyone's needs for cyber forensics?" the law enforcement community asked. Congress helped supply the funds, and the first RCFL was launched in 1999...

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Book review of Windows Forensics and Incident Recovery

Monday, February 14, 2005 (09:21:01)
Harlan Carvey is a Windows security instructor who created his own 2-day, hands-on course in Windows incident response and forensic investigations. This book shares some of Carvey's extensive knowledge and expertise in recognizing and responding to attacks on Windows systems in relatively plain English aimed at Windows system administrators. A CD is also included which contains a variety of tools including the PERL scripts described throughout the book...

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ProDiscover 4.0 Adds Perl Scripting and Expanded Volatile Data Capability

Friday, February 11, 2005 (05:36:26)
Technology Pathways, LLC has announced ProDiscover Incident Response 4.0, with support for Perl scripting and expanded capabilities for volatile data capture and analysis. With support for Perl version 5, information security and cyber-crime investigators can develop scripts to search and analyze electronic information and evidence. These Perl scripts can also provide repeatable processes for following strict investigation guidelines that are common for incident response and cyber-crime investigations.

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