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e-crime and computer evidence conference 2005 (ECCE2005): Programme now availabl

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 (09:45:48)
ECCE 2005 will consider aspects of digital evidence in all types of criminal activity, including timelines, methods of evidence deposition, use of computers for court presentation, system vulnerabilities, crime prevention etc.

The conference programme is now online and can be viewed at the ECCE website here.

TV crime shows spark boom in ‘duff’ university forensic courses

Sunday, October 17, 2004 (11:39:26)
A LEADING police scientist has claimed universities are promoting forensic science courses to meet demand from students inspired by TV crime series just to put “bums on seats”. Jim Fraser swaps police fieldwork for teaching and research this week when he joins the University of Strathclyde as head of their world-leading forensic science unit. He said a public interest in “gore”, fuelled by TV shows such as Silent Witness and CSI, had made forensics courses hip. More than 53 UK higher education institutions offer over 300 courses with “forensic” in the title. But Fraser, currently head of forensic investigation at Kent Police, said many universities were offering courses which were of little use .

More (Sunday Herald)

Sleuthing in the e-files

Saturday, October 16, 2004 (05:24:39)
These days, the search for truth takes lawyers not into company file cabinets but into company computers. With 93 percent of business documents now "borne" electronically, the story of U.S. workplaces increasingly gets told on computer disks, spread sheets and e-mail records. Attorneys and business leaders say electronic discovery is the biggest development in employment law in years.

More (startribune.com)

Forensic experts track printer fingerprints

Saturday, October 16, 2004 (05:21:29)
Researchers at Purdue University have developed image analysis techniques that may one day help tie counterfeit money and forged documents to the printers that produced them. In lab experiments, the researchers examined documents that came from 12 different models of printers and were able to correctly link a document to its printer 11 times. The techniques currently let forensic investigators match a document with only a specific printer model, but will be honed so that a document can be matched to a particular printer.

More (ZDNet)

Computer search hamstrung in Camden County, USA

Friday, October 15, 2004 (09:03:28)
Federal agents found CP links on a computer that had been sitting in the Camden County Prosecutor's Office for seven months after it was seized from a Bellmawr man. But there was little authorities could have done to search the machine earlier, prosecutors said Thursday.

Although Robert Pelle allowed the prosecutor's office to take his computer in March without being charged, officials there said state police policy, little evidence, and a lack of resources kept the content hidden.

More (Courier Post)