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Digital evidence: Today's fingerprints

Tuesday, February 01, 2005 (10:08:08)
Police and prosecutors are fashioning a new weapon in their arsenal against criminals: digital evidence. The sight of hard drives, Internet files and e-mails as courtroom evidence is increasingly common. "Digital evidence is becoming a feature of most criminal cases," said Susan Brenner, professor of law and technology at the University of Dayton School of Law, in an e-mail response for this article. "Everything is moving in this direction." Digital evidence may play a significant role in the trial of pop superstar Michael Jackson on charges of child molestation...

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DOD seized 60TB in search for Iraq battle plan leak

Monday, January 31, 2005 (07:43:17)
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) seized hundreds of computers and around 60T bytes of data as part of an investigation into how details of the U.S. invasion plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom were leaked to The New York Times, a DOD official said. The investigation ended in 2003 without finding the source of the leak. However, it has prompted changes within the department, which is developing new software tools and investigative strategies for computer crime cases that involve large amounts of data, said Lt. Col Ken Zatyko, director of the DOD's Computer Forensics Laboratory.

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UK tech police: Cash-strapped and ineffective

Thursday, January 27, 2005 (06:42:53)
A senior UK high-tech crime buster has warned that his investigations are being severely hampered by a lack of money and has said funding could still be pared down further to the point that police units such as his become untenable. Speaking at the Computer and Internet Crime Conference in London, DC Tony Noble from Surrey Police Computer Crime Unit said many reported incidents of cybercrime, such as hacking or data theft from within a company, don't get investigated due to "an accountancy culture" in the police force.

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Web police to fight paedophiles

Wednesday, January 26, 2005 (09:02:26)
Police and major internet companies around the world have launched a website on which children can report their suspicions about the activities of possible paedophiles. Microsoft and AOL will put a link on their websites to the Virtual Global Task Force (VGTF), which is run by international law enforcement agencies and where police officers will be able to gather evidence. Vodafone and BT have joined the UK's National Crime Squad (NCS) as partner agencies.

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Ontario schools enlist CyberCops to protect students

Tuesday, January 25, 2005 (09:14:58)
A video game endorsed by the Ontario government and its provincial police will turn elementary school students into computer forensics experts in order to teach them about the dangers of the Internet. The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Attorney General late last week launched CyberCops, a software program that will be deployed in Ontario Grade 7 and Grade 8 classrooms this fall. Students will play the games in groups and will be directed by teachers trained in its use, officials said.

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