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More investigators needed to handle computer crime in Maine (US)

Friday, February 25, 2005 (07:28:07)
When it comes to computer crimes, especially against children, those in law enforcement should not be trying to do more with less. But that is exactly what the Maine Computer Crimes Task Force is doing these days, according to Col. Craig A. Poulin, chief of the state police. The state is now taking small steps toward correcting a bad decision from last summer that reduced the task force's already minuscule staff...

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Criminal IT: What you can do to help the fight against cybercrime

Thursday, February 24, 2005 (10:38:55)
Neil Barrett gives some insight into how IT workers can help law enforcement and expert witnesses like himself when prosecuting cybercriminals. My day job is a rather unusual one; I'm a computer expert witness, principally in criminal prosecutions and primarily for the police. I help to identify, preserve, analyse and - perhaps most importantly - present computer-derived evidence. My job is to make sure the jury - usually complete computer novices - have the best possible chance of understanding and appreciating the nature of the technology and arguments involved. It's a fascinating, challenging, frustrating and deeply rewarding occupation... More (Silicon)

Fraud Prevention on Top of Agenda for Corporate Boards in 2005

Monday, February 21, 2005 (07:50:36)
Computer forensics have played a lead role in fraud investigations for some time. In the coming year, look for the emergence of real-time, diagnostic software that will enable corporations to detect “red flags” of potential accounting fraud or other types of financial misconduct.

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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...

More (The Register)