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Forensic tools 2007

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 (13:33:10)
Corporate needs driven by regulatory necessity and incident management are beginning to call the shots in the forensic arena, reports Peter Stephenson. This month we looked at a wide variety of digital forensic tools. This category has been growing rapidly, diversifying and maturing in the past two years. However, there are some interesting aspects to those growth phenomena. First, we are beginning to see real innovation in tool sets, but virtually none of it is in traditional computer forensics tools. In that class, we saw, essentially, nothing new since we reviewed them last year. If anything, they are becoming more alike...

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Search for e-mails in U.S. attorney firings may be fruitless

Monday, April 16, 2007 (15:33:08)
When questioning the White House claim that some sensitive e-mails from officials there might have disappeared for good, Democrats can cite any number of high-profile computer users who once thought the same — from Oliver North to Bill Gates. "You can't erase e-mails, not today," said Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vermont). But security experts interviewed Friday disagreed. As the number of e-mails sent has soared, they said, companies have become more rigorous in wiping out old records. As a result of the increased hassle and storage costs, electronic messages that used to last on computer servers indefinitely can now vanish after a month. "You cannot make the assumption that all e-mails today are kept somewhere," said James Butterworth of Guidance Software Inc., which makes computer forensic tools...

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Tony Soprano's laptop

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 (18:49:50)
Tony Soprano's dislike of computers is well-known, but in 2007, it's hard to keep a business running without one. (Another argument for creator David Chase ending the show after five seasons, but too late now.) Tony knows that yesterday's bookie can't compete with a txt-ing young punk offloading his risky punts on Betfair, and that though tradition's important, sometimes old-school thinking just doesn't cut it. To stay on top, a business has to move with the times. The goal is to provide useful business computer functions -- documents, number crunching, and communications -- while minimizing exposure to forensics processes...

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Monitoring of employee breached human rights, says European court

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 (05:13:08)
The monitoring by a Welsh college of an employee's email, phone and internet use was a breach of her human rights, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. The UK Government must pay £3,000 damages and legal costs in the case. Lynette Copland said that her email traffic, internet activity and telephone usage were all monitored by the deputy prinicipal of Carmarthenshire College or his staff in a manner that breached her rights to a private life as enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights...

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Sleuthkit 2.08 Released

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 (04:56:09)
The 2.08 release of TSK is out. It contains several minor bug fixes and
many internal updates. This version will cleanly compile on Cygwin and
hfind is now available on Win32.

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Forensics firm recovers evidence from computers, analyzes audio

Monday, April 09, 2007 (16:38:54)
Much like his counterparts on TV’s “CSI” or “Law & Order,” Darren Miller ferrets out forensic information in pursuit of justice. But unlike his fictional colleagues who work for prosecutors, Miller and his ISA Forensics team work mostly with defense attorneys, looking for exculpatory and incriminating evidence that will help or hurt their clients. Their crime scene: computers, tapes, disks and other data devices. Using the same sophisticated techniques, processes and programs as a government agency, Miller unravels a computer’s 1s and 0s to reveal just what keys someone clicked and the data trail left behind on the hard drive...

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The need for expert witnesses in computer forensics

Thursday, April 05, 2007 (18:42:37)
Last month saw the downfall of Gene Morrison. A conman who masqueraded as a forensic scientist and gave evidence in more than 700 police cases, some of them involving rape and drink-driving, Morrison, 48, of Hyde, Tameside, was found guilty of 22 counts of perjury at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester and given a five-year jail sentence. His claims to be a forensic scientist were bogus, and the BSc and PhD qualifications he claimed were in fact bought from a university that existed only on the internet. But computer experts warn that just the same could happen in their field. "There are a lot of people involved in computer forensics who have no qualifications at all," says Neil Hare-Brown, managing director of QCC, a company that carries out forensic investigations for the police...

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How To Come Back From A CyberAttack

Tuesday, April 03, 2007 (14:33:47)
Are you prepared to deal with a cyber attack? Most companies are not. In this month's computer forensics column, we'll offer a peek at some real-life situations, and as well as a run down on the steps you should follow from the moment you discover you have been the victim of a computer break-in or data theft...

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So You Want to Be a Digital Detective?

Monday, April 02, 2007 (15:04:37)
The man was careful to cover his tracks, erasing e-mail messages and other incriminating documents. He sent especially sensitive messages to his prospective employer via a Web-based e-mail service, not the corporate e-mail system of his current employer. And with good reason: The man had landed his new position by promising he’d bring trade secrets from his former job. Unfortunately, the former employer didn’t suspect anything until months after the rogue employee had left. By then, his PC had been erased and given to another employee. The prospects of finding evidence of suspected wrongdoing seemed bleak. But forensic investigators at Huron Consulting Services LLC in Chicago had a few tricks up their sleeves...

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Scientists announce incredible data recovery breakthrough

Sunday, April 01, 2007 (16:07:18)
Leading scientists have announced a new technique for data recovery which is set to revolutionize the way forensic examiners uncover hidden data. Instead of creating a bit-level image of a hard disk using expensive hardware, researchers have discovered that ordinary sticky tape can be used to make a forensically sound copy of data from an exposed disk platter. Once the tape has been removed from the platter surface the data can then be quickly and safely transferred to another medium, such as a Post-It note, for storage and analysis. Chief engineer at the laboratory where the breakthrough took place, Joe King, also revealed today that his team is working on an even more advanced method to increase the data transfer rate of this new technique. There are few details at the moment but unofficial sources have hinted that double-sided tape may be involved.
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