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Specialist police units tackle computer crime

Sunday, October 16, 2005 (11:45:59)
In April 2001, the government established a National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) to combat the growth of computer crime and solve serious crime. Some 43 local Hi-Tech Crime Units (HTCUs) were also set up to tackle similar offences at a regional level. But according to detective chief superintendent Sharon Lemon, head of the NHTCU, more needs to be done to educate the 140,000 police officers in England and Wales about how technology can provide digital clues to solve crimes...

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TSK 2.03 and Autopsy 2.06 now available

Friday, October 14, 2005 (08:51:04)
From the TSK/Autopsy announcement list:

TSK 2.03 and Autopsy 2.06 are now available. They are mostly feature upgrades (there is 1 important bug fix in TSK for AMD64 users though!). The biggest new feature is Unicode support (which was kindly funded by I.D.E.A.L. Technology) for all file systems. Autopsy also now supports Unicode and has new a new CSS HTML design. All AMD64 users should upgrade because the previous versions of MD5 and SHA1 produced incorrect values.


http://www.sleuthkit.org/sleuthkit/

MD5: 79821dedfcefba9f0e9e873edcb8aaa5

http://www.sleuthkit.org/autopsy/
MD5: 4acb0b5854939748d9c5f58bd28ac2a5

Submissions Being Accepted for Timothy Fidel Award for Excellence

Thursday, October 13, 2005 (07:31:50)
Building on the success of the inaugural Timothy Fidel Memorial Award, Guidance Software along with AccessData, today announced the Timothy Fidel Memorial Award Committee. The Committee was created as the decision making body for the award which is given in memoriam of Special Agent Tim Fidel, who was a pioneer and tireless advocate of cyber forensics...

FBI Shows Off Cyber Crime Lab In KC

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 (14:48:02)
Several attorneys general from the Midwest got a closer look at how to fight cyber crime Monday. The group visited the FBI's regional computer forensics lab in Kansas City to learn more about their software...

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Juris e-prudence

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 (12:00:05)
The 'paper trail' no longer consists of paper. More than 90 percent of all business documents are now created digitally, and computer forensic techniques allow recovery of evidence invisible to most computer users. So if you think your organization is prepared to face a lawsuit, you may want to think again. If you have not yet got the message about e-mail retention delivered by a Florida state judge to Morgan Stanley back in May, then be afraid. Be very afraid...

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High-tech detective

Monday, October 10, 2005 (08:00:02)
Randy Stone put the pieces together to solve BTK case There was only one valid file on the purple computer disk: TestA.rtf. The text file had a single sentence in it, telling investigators to read a 3x5 index card BTK had sent with the disk in an envelope KSAS-TV received on Feb. 16. With a simple maneuver, Detective Randy Stone of the Wichita Police Department's forensic computer crimes unit learned that the file had last been saved by a person named Dennis...

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File System Forensic Analysis

Friday, October 07, 2005 (09:18:48)
The field of investigative forensics has seen a huge surge in interest lately, with many looking to study it because of shows like CSI or the increasing coverage of computer-related crimes. Some people see a career opportunity there, and are moving toward computer forensics, marrying both law enforcement and investigations with their interest in things digital. Central to this field is the study of data storage and recovery, which requires a deep knowledge of how filesystems work. Brian Carrier's new book File System Forensic Analysis covers this topic with clarity and an uncommon skill...

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And some other opinions:

http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks/24.01.html#subj17
http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks/24.02.html#subj16

[Personally, I'm only about a third of the way through it - Jamie]
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Sony Selects Guidance Software for Upcoming Movie

Friday, October 07, 2005 (08:56:14)
Sony Pictures Television is portraying the digital investigation that put BTK behind bars for life by drawing from Guidance Software's forensic experts. Guidance CEO John Colbert, who has 14 years of law enforcement experience, served as a strategic technical advisor for the production. Colbert helped producers properly portray how Encase was utilized during the investigation.

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Litigation Forum Review: Embracing technology

Thursday, October 06, 2005 (12:09:01)
Computer forensic experts can retrieve hidden or lost data, as well as provide evidence as to whether files have been damaged or tampered with. They can reveal evidence of the conduct of those people who had access to the computer, and recreate computer-related events. Electronic disclosure can make discovery more efficient, less time consuming and less costly, if it is properly managed and supervised. However, on account of the volume of information that can be stored electronically and its dynamic, rather than static, nature, if it is not effectively managed, it can increase discovery costs and delays...

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Computer sleuthing turning cops into geeks

Thursday, October 06, 2005 (06:53:22)
Computers and their criminal investigation capabilities turned Dori Schulze, an Internal Revenue Service special agent, into a self-proclaimed "geek" by the early 1990s. That initial embrace of computers by her and her employer led to the largest retail tax evasion conviction at the time. She used a computer to gather evidence against Stew Leonard Sr., the founder of Stew Leonard’s Dairy in Norwalk, who was convicted of evading $6.8 million in taxes in 1993...

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