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Investigators uncover dismal data disposal

Thursday, February 17, 2005 (06:22:33)
An investigation into the disposal of computer equipment has uncovered psychological reports on school-children, confidential company data and even details of an illicit affair on hard drives that should have been wiped clean. Universities, schools and global businesses are routinely breaking the Data Protection Act by disposing of computers without removing personal data, researchers found. The Computer Forensics team at the University of Glamorgan examined over 100 hard drives at the behest of investigative journalist, Peter Warren. Some of the drives were bought from eBay, others from computer fairs and traders. Only two contained no recoverable data at all, and one of those was brand new...

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USA's Sixth Cyber Lab Opened in Silicon Valley

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 (07:37:24)
The FBI calls them Regional Computer Forensics Laboratories, or RCFLs. Their specialty? The cyber equivalent of dusting for fingerprints: finding evidence of criminal and terrorist activity on PCs, laptops, cell phones, digital cameras, MP3 players, PDAs, DVD recorders, and other electronic devices. Evidence that generates leads, solves cases, and helps establish guilt or innocence in a court of law. The concept was born in the 1990s, with the spike in criminal cases involving digital evidence. "Why don't we pool our expertise and establish regional labs that can handle everyone's needs for cyber forensics?" the law enforcement community asked. Congress helped supply the funds, and the first RCFL was launched in 1999...

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Book review of Windows Forensics and Incident Recovery

Monday, February 14, 2005 (08:21:01)
Harlan Carvey is a Windows security instructor who created his own 2-day, hands-on course in Windows incident response and forensic investigations. This book shares some of Carvey's extensive knowledge and expertise in recognizing and responding to attacks on Windows systems in relatively plain English aimed at Windows system administrators. A CD is also included which contains a variety of tools including the PERL scripts described throughout the book...

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ProDiscover 4.0 Adds Perl Scripting and Expanded Volatile Data Capability

Friday, February 11, 2005 (04:36:26)
Technology Pathways, LLC has announced ProDiscover Incident Response 4.0, with support for Perl scripting and expanded capabilities for volatile data capture and analysis. With support for Perl version 5, information security and cyber-crime investigators can develop scripts to search and analyze electronic information and evidence. These Perl scripts can also provide repeatable processes for following strict investigation guidelines that are common for incident response and cyber-crime investigations.

More (Business Wire)

Taking a bite out of cybercrime

Thursday, February 10, 2005 (05:50:56)
The call sounded like an advertisement for a credit card security plan. Someone in London had purchased a piece of Americana, a toy tractor from Ohio, with the credit card number of an Old Colony Road resident. Capital One credit card company called Wakefield police to report a case of identity theft. The criminal's tool was the Internet, a growing challenge for law enforcement all over the world. Wakefield Police Department handled roughly 50 cybercrime cases last year, but Det. Sgt. Gerald Curran believes that many more cases go unreported...

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Piracy case: log files 'don't show downloads'

Wednesday, February 09, 2005 (05:40:38)
An expert witness in the MP3s4free.net music piracy case has conceded to the Federal Court in Sydney that log files seized in a 2003 raid did not show music actually being downloaded. During cross-examination and after long arguments about the admissibility of evidence, Gilbert & Tobin IT consultant Shane Pearson conceded that the seized log files could be skewed by certain factors including proxy caching and dial-up failure. Yesterday's evidence included a demonstration of the web site by computer forensics expert John Thackray...

More (The Age)

Teachers cleared in school probe

Tuesday, February 08, 2005 (16:57:16)
Forensic computing techniques proved decisive in proving staff at a Buckinghamshire primary school had not been surfing for porn at work. The head of the school called in Disklabs, a computer forensics and data firm, last year when he discovered web folders with pornographic content on a PC used by pupils. The history of these folders suggested a creation date during lesson time and a modified date on a teacher-training day...

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Computer Forensic Services Managing Partner to Present at MIS Training Institute

Tuesday, February 08, 2005 (02:55:02)
Computer Forensic Services, LLC (CFS), has announced that managing partner Warren Kruse is scheduled to present at MIS Training Institute's event "Cracking E-Fraud: How to Detect, Investigate, and Prevent Electronic Crime" held from June 20-23 in Boston, MA. An internationally recognized data forensics expert and current president of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), Kruse is slated to offer the following presentations during the event:

* Understanding Software Forensic Tools, June 22nd, 8:45 am to 10:00 am * Handling Evidence in E-Fraud Investigations, June 22nd, 10:10 am to 11:20 am * Keynote Panel: Catching the Culprits of Cyber Fraud: Forensic Innovators and Pacesetting Organizations, June 22nd, 4:10 pm to 5:15 pm, * Understanding the Investigative Process from A to Z, June 23rd, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

More (ArriveNet)

Phishing suspect arrested in the UK

Monday, February 07, 2005 (07:37:44)
UK Police have arrested a 21-year-old man they suspect of running a phishing scam that targeted customers of online bank Smile. The unnamed man has been released on bail while a specialist data forensics team examines computer equipment that was seized from his home in Blackpool, according to antivirus firm Sophos.

More (ZDNet Australia)

The secret war against hackers

Monday, February 07, 2005 (07:36:21)
Gavin Hyde-Blake, the manager of IT forensics at Carratu International, the corporate investigation company, offers a crumb of comfort to besieged corporates. "Most hackers are lazy," he says. "Make their life difficult and most will walk away."

More (Telegraph)