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Tuesday, March 20, 2007 (02:32:28)Jim Christy has spent most of his adult life chasing computer criminals and in his 30 years on the job, he has seen suspects try every conceivable trick to hide their digital tracks, including cutting floppies in half with pinking shears. But nothing has made life more difficult for Christy and his colleagues than the rapid evolution and proliferation of technology in the last 10 years. In the 1970s and 1980s, when Christy was a special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, a routine seizure of computer equipment might include one PC, a box of 5.25-inch floppies and perhaps some records of the suspect's activity on a bulletin board or early online service...
Friday, March 16, 2007 (15:16:11)SubRosaSoft has released a free training CD for its MacForensicsLab digital forensics application. The CD looks at forensic investigation and walks the user through an investigation step-by-step using MacForensicsLab, which is designed for law enforcement professionals and investigators...
Thursday, March 15, 2007 (16:51:37)Shortly before William McGuire was shot and dismembered, his home computer was used to research such Internet topics as: ''How to purchase guns in Pennsylvania," ''instant poisons,'' and ''how to commit murder,'' a computer crime analyst told a jury in Middlesex County this morning. Jennifer Seymour also testified she uncovered additional topics such as ''chloral hydrate,'' a powerful sedative, and said someone searched ''Walgreens,'' a drug store that, prosecutors say, was the place where the drug was purchased on the day the 39-year-old Woodbridge man was killed. Seymour said she found the topics during a search of temporary Internet files in the family computer, and said she found specific examples of seaches for guns, poisons, murder and drug stores, between April 11, 2004, and April 28, 2004 - the day William McGuire was killed...
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 (13:27:45)In some aspects, changing technology may be making the job tougher for computer forensics investigators, but it also has proven to be a valuable tool. In the past three or four years, detectives have found that computer forensics investigations can be beneficial in most major investigations. "Five years ago, if there was a vandalism at a high school, we wouldn't even check the Internet," Pfc. Mike Bazzell of the Alton Police Department said. "It provides us with stuff we never had before. When we have a lot of high-dollar damage at a school or a building, somebody will be bragging about it on their MySpace page." Bazzell and Detective Dave Vucich of the Madison County Sheriff's Department are computer forensics investigators on the FBI's Cyber Crime Task Force in Fairview Heights...
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Monday, March 12, 2007 (13:15:38)The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Alabama state officials unveiled today the National Computer Forensic Institute in Hoover, Ala., that will assist in the field of computer forensics and digital evidence analysis. The institute will be developed by the U.S Secret Service and is partially funded by the departmentâ€™s National Cyber Security Division. It will serve as a national cyber crimes training facility where state and local police officers, as well as prosecutors and judges, will be offered training and equipment...
Sunday, March 11, 2007 (15:53:37)Backbone Security's Steganography Analysis and Research Center (SARC) is pleased to announce the release of version 3.0 of SAFDB. With the fingerprints, or hash values, of every file artifact associated with 625 steganography applications, SAFDB is the world's largest commercially available hash set exclusive to digital steganography and other information hiding applications. The database is used by federal, state and local law enforcement; intelligence community; and private sector computer forensic examiners to detect the presence or use of steganography and extract hidden information...
Thursday, March 08, 2007 (16:05:33)Welcome to the world of computer forensic investigation and the life of Allan Watt. A leading computer forensics investigator in New Zealand, Mr Watt now heads the newly formed Paragon Forensics in Albany. The company has the largest civilian forensic computer laboratory in the country and will soon be on par with the New Zealand police. Saucy emails, banking records, TradeMe transactions - you name it, they're all lurking in there somewhere and all it takes is someone with the know-how to resurrect it...
Tuesday, March 06, 2007 (16:10:41)"If you think your spouse is cheating on you then this might be the self help book you need. Mr. Lucich is a data forensics expert with over 20 years of hard earned experience. I had an opportunity to talk to Mr. Lucich about this intriguing line of work..."
Monday, March 05, 2007 (23:49:09)Guidance Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:GUID), the world leader in digital investigationsâ„¢, today announced the Timothy Fidel Memorial Award Committee, whose judges act as the decision-making body for the award given in memoriam of Special Agent Tim Fidel, a pioneer and tireless advocate of cyber forensics. The winner will be named at the sixth annual Computer Enterprise Investigations ConferenceÂ® (CEIC) taking place May 6-9 at the Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort...
Friday, March 02, 2007 (14:30:54)Though computer forensics is a young discipline, it's not the exclusive province of new graduates of computer forensics degree programs. It's a natural career extension for IT and law enforcement professionals and peripatetic lawyers with a dominant geek gene. Expertise in litigation and computer forensics also opens the door to lucrative opportunities in electronic data discovery consulting. Here are "The Eight E's" to becoming a skilled CF expert...