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UK centre to tackle net paedophiles planned

Friday, April 01, 2005 (15:10:48)
A unit to protect children in the UK from internet paedophiles is being set up by the Home Office. About 100 staff, including police and child welfare experts will join the Centre for Child Protection on the Internet next April. The centre will take on work being done by the National Crime Squad and will target those who distribute CP images or "groom" children for abuse. It will be open 24 hours a day so people can report suspicious activity. Government funding for the centre's work taken over from the hi-tech crime unit of the NCS will remain the same - about £6m a year. But a Home Office spokesman said industry partners were likely to provide an extra £1m in technological support and seconded workers' salaries...

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Court helps Ryanair trace staff pilots who criticised on-line

Friday, April 01, 2005 (09:55:51)
An Irish judge has awarded Ryanair an injunction to prevent the destruction of web site user data in a court battle over the identities of its pilots who criticised the airline's working practices in an on-line forum for Ryanair pilots, according to The Guardian...

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Microsoft fighting cybercrime

Friday, April 01, 2005 (06:55:46)
Microsoft is developing analytical tools to help international law enforcement agencies track and fight cybercrime. Microsoft unveiled the tools development program at the kickoff on Wednesday of three days of technical training for Australian law enforcement agencies. The Forensic Computing and Computer Investigations Workshops are designed to help investigators fight crimes such phishing, online child exploitation and money laundering...

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Aussie Feds target computer forensics

Thursday, March 31, 2005 (08:35:32)
Australia's hi-tech crime squad has vowed to change the perception of the internet as an anonymous haven to one where users are not as nameless as they might think. At a three-day computer forensics workshop in Canberra Federal Police Australian High Tech Crime Centre (AHTCC) chief Kevin Zuccato said as bank fraud, CP and identity theft became more sophisticated, law enforcement agencies were equally drawing on more sophisticated crime fighting tools...

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Net fingerprints combat attacks

Wednesday, March 30, 2005 (05:59:03)
Eighty large net service firms have switched on software to spot and stop net attacks automatically. The system creates digital fingerprints of ongoing incidents that are sent to every network affected. Firms involved in the smart sensing system believe it will help trace attacks back to their source. Data gathered will be passed to police to help build up intelligence about who is behind worm outbreaks and denial of service attacks...

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Jeff Weise's e-mail trail led authorities to Jourdain

Wednesday, March 30, 2005 (05:44:25)
It's hard to cover your tracks on your computer. Deleted files aren't immediately deleted. And software programs on most PCs keep all sorts of data trails, recording the Web sites you visit, the pictures you look at, the e-mails you exchange, and much more. That is why probing the computers of suspects has become a routine part of criminal investigations, whether they deal with corporate misdeeds or mass murder. It's believed e-mails recovered from a computer used by Jeff Weise, who fatally shot nine people before killing himself March 21, led authorities to arrest Louis Jourdain, 16, on Sunday...

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Online CP investigation costs UK police £15m

Tuesday, March 29, 2005 (03:22:01)
The cost of forensically examining the computers seized during the UK police's Operation Ore investigation into online CP will total £15m, according to the National Crime Squad (NCS). Operation Ore was launched after the FBI smashed an illegal CP ring in the US. The FBI passed UK police a list containing the details of over 7,000 UK citizens who had given their credit card details to gain access to CP websites run by the gang...

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EnCase Forensic Version 5 now available

Monday, March 28, 2005 (16:17:18)
V5 resources from Guidance available at

http://www.guidancesoftware.com/v4tov5.shtm

Expert rejects Lundy evidence

Monday, March 28, 2005 (08:34:39)
A computer forensics expert who has spent up to 400 hours examining evidence in the Mark Lundy murder case says he has ruled out police claims that Lundy manipulated a computer clock to give himself an alibi. The Crown at Lundy's trial in 2002 claimed that after murdering his wife Christine and daughter Amber in their Palmerston North home, Lundy tampered with the clock to make it appear the computer was shut down at 10.52pm - when he was 150km away in Petone...

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Can computers survive cross-examination?

Saturday, March 26, 2005 (06:13:06)
Between my fingers typing these words and the Word application which records them there is a huge range of different programs, not all of which I know intimately. If even a simple document such as this is potentially affected by unknown sequences of instructions, then what of a more important document relevant to a criminal prosecution? How sure can we be that the evidence of guilt contained on a computer should be relied upon?

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