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Messages of fear in hi-tech invisible ink

Sunday, August 21, 2005 (15:20:38)
The first sign that something was amiss came a few days before Christmas Eve 2003. The US department of homeland security raised the national terror alert level to "high risk". The move triggered a ripple of concern throughout the airline industry and nearly 30 flights were grounded, including long hauls between Paris and Los Angeles and subsequently London and Washington. But in recent weeks, US officials have made a startling admission: the key intelligence that prompted the security alert was seriously flawed. CIA analysts believed they had detected hidden terrorist messages in al-Jazeera television broadcasts that identified flights and buildings as targets. In fact, what they had seen were the equivalent of faces in clouds - random patterns all too easily over-interpreted...

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Judge weighs access to victim's PC

Wednesday, August 17, 2005 (08:55:49)
The attorney representing Michael Hernandez, the teen charged with murdering his classmate last year in the bathroom of their middle school, wants to peek into the victim's mind by scanning through the memories of the slain boy's computer...

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New paper: An Analytical Approach to Steganalysis

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 (09:58:55)
A new paper, "An Analytical Approach to Steganalysis" by James Wingate and Chad Davis, is now online and can be found here.

A full list of articles and papers held at Forensic Focus can be found here. New submissions are always welcome.
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Software hide and seek

Friday, August 12, 2005 (06:32:51)
Delete isn't enough anymore. Consider the case of Robert Johnson, the former Newsday publisher who, prosecutors allege, used a software program called Evidence Eliminator to rid his computers of CP. Pressing ''delete'' makes files invisible, perhaps, but it doesn't make them gone. Making files gone has become a booming industry unto itself. Sales of Evidence Eliminator run in the millions of dollars each year, says Andrew Churchill, managing director of Robin Hood Software of Britain - and it's just one of more than a dozen ''file shredder'' or ''anti-forensic'' products on the market...

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Secret files may be record of past crimes

Thursday, August 11, 2005 (13:57:34)
Three days before police say he murdered an Idaho family, Joseph Duncan bragged online about an encrypted, tell-all journal that wouldn’t be broken into for decades. He figured technology would catch up in 30 years, “and then the world will know who I really was, and what I really did, and what I really thought,” he wrote May 13. Evidence seized at Duncan’s home last year for another case suggests he may have been keeping such a journal. At least one compact disc and a portion of his hard drive were encrypted well enough that one of the region’s top computer forensic specialists couldn’t access it...

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Diskology Adds Write Blocking to Portable Hard Disk Duplicator

Friday, August 05, 2005 (08:45:31)
Diskology, Inc. announced a new version of their award-winning Disk Jockey portable hard disk duplicator today. The new model includes a write blocking feature essential for computer forensic examinations. The new unit is available as part of a "Forensic Kit" which will also include a serial-ATA (SATA) adapter as well as longer cables for connecting to drives...

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Forensic Computers release Linux forensic system

Thursday, August 04, 2005 (12:15:13)
Forensic Computers announced today that they have released a Linux forensic system that integrates the full technical, legal and personnel requirements into a complete package in conjunction with TaFusion MEPIS Linux. A live CD is included with the application that allows law enforcement to capture critical data while collecting evidence. The live CD also includes an installation option that allows the user to install the MEPIS Linux system onto a hard drive...

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UK police want new computer powers

Wednesday, August 03, 2005 (15:21:47)
The UK Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has called for new powers to allow police to tackle rogue websites, and make withholding encryption keys a criminal offence. The new proposals are buried inside a long and sometimes controversial list of powers the influential body would like the government to consider enacting through legislation in the light of the special demands posed by terrorist investigations...

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Kroll Ontrack Named Most Used Electronic Discovery Service Provider

Wednesday, August 03, 2005 (11:14:09)
This week, the editors of "Law Office Computing" announced the winners of the 11th Annual Reader's Choice Awards. This year's survey results recognized Kroll Ontrack as one of the most used service providers in the electronic discovery category. Electronic discovery has been its own category in the annual survey for two years and this marks the second year in a row that Kroll Ontrack has been chosen by the readers of LOC as their electronic discovery provider of choice...

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Retired officer returns to computer policing

Tuesday, August 02, 2005 (10:43:04)
Some forensic experts look at fingerprints, blood or other evidence to solve a crime. Rudy Jones searches computer hard drives. "Computers are used in every aspect of today's society," said Jones, a 53-year-old York County resident. "People use the computer for everything from record keeping, bill paying and shopping, and along with that convenience comes all of the associated crimes of yesterday." Last month, Jones retired after 31 years with the Virginia State Police. But less than two weeks later, he accepted a job with the Hampton Police Division to help detectives investigate crimes...

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