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Hard drives, hard facts

Monday, January 10, 2005 (09:16:36)
In Montgomery County's (US) computer forensic department, Det. Ray Kuter's workload has grown steadily during the past four years. Kuter heads the forensic laboratory. Computer forensic analysis has come of age in recent years and is now routinely performed to gather evidence on suspects in all types of criminal cases. In the past two years, Kuter's forensic exams showed a defendant had used instant messaging to intimidate a witness set to testify in her trial, uncovered another woman's fraudulent online purchases of prescription drugs, and revealed some online habits of a man convicted of murdering an East Norriton woman...

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Digital lifesaver

Monday, January 10, 2005 (09:12:27)
Problems encountered in daily life often spawn new business concepts. But few problems are as severe as those encountered by Brady Essman, the 36-year- old president, CEO and founder of digitalmedix, an Englewood-based data retrieval and computer forensics firm. Essman's story began with a crashed hard drive that resulted in critical sales information being lost. Essman subsequently lost his job with a storage technology company. A divorce followed. And while there may not be a direct line between a dead hard drive and a wrecked marriage, Essman's world came crashing down in the spring of 1998.

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FBI Opens New Bay Area Forensics Lab

Saturday, January 08, 2005 (17:02:18)
They are the types of evidence now linking virtually every case the FBI investigates -- high-tech devices used by criminals. Now the FBI is sharing its high-tech tools with Bay Area law enforcement by opening a new forensics lab.

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Begin a forensics investigation with WinHex

Thursday, January 06, 2005 (11:39:24)
The time may come when you need to examine a hard drive either because you need to recover some lost data or because you suspect an employee of a violation. Whether you intend to use your findings in court, for employee discipline, or just for your own information, using a good forensics tool and recognized forensics techniques will help you both recover your data and preserve its value as evidence. A tool I recommend is WinHex...

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Cyber crime booms in 2004

Wednesday, December 29, 2004 (13:52:49)
The last 12 months have seen a dramatic growth in almost every security threat that plague Windows PCs. The count of known viruses broke the 100,000 barrier and the number of new viruses grew by more than 50%. Similarly phishing attempts, in which conmen try to trick people into handing over confidential data, are recording growth rates of more than 30% and attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Also on the increase are the number of networks of remotely controlled computers, called bot nets, used by malicious hackers and conmen to carry out many different cyber crimes.

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