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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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Taking a bite out of cybercrime

Thursday, February 10, 2005 (06:50:56)
The call sounded like an advertisement for a credit card security plan. Someone in London had purchased a piece of Americana, a toy tractor from Ohio, with the credit card number of an Old Colony Road resident. Capital One credit card company called Wakefield police to report a case of identity theft. The criminal's tool was the Internet, a growing challenge for law enforcement all over the world. Wakefield Police Department handled roughly 50 cybercrime cases last year, but Det. Sgt. Gerald Curran believes that many more cases go unreported...

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Piracy case: log files 'don't show downloads'

Wednesday, February 09, 2005 (06:40:38)
An expert witness in the MP3s4free.net music piracy case has conceded to the Federal Court in Sydney that log files seized in a 2003 raid did not show music actually being downloaded. During cross-examination and after long arguments about the admissibility of evidence, Gilbert & Tobin IT consultant Shane Pearson conceded that the seized log files could be skewed by certain factors including proxy caching and dial-up failure. Yesterday's evidence included a demonstration of the web site by computer forensics expert John Thackray...



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