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Montana agencies left private information on discarded computers

Thursday, May 26, 2005 (08:33:53)
State agencies failed to remove private information before retiring outdated state computers, risking public disclosure of Social Security and credit card numbers, medical records and income taxes, a new report discloses. The legislative audit, obtained Tuesday, blamed unclear state policy for the computer hard drives not being properly "scrubbed" before the machines were donated to school districts, given to other state agencies or sold to the public...

More (SignOnSanDiego.com)

e-Cops playing catch-up in Oz

Wednesday, May 25, 2005 (06:00:09)
Australia's electronic crime investigators are at risk of being outrun by new technology, one of the country's senior computer forensic technicians has revealed. Australian Federal Police (AFP) Electronic Evidence Forensic and Technical co-ordinator Paul Reedy said police investigators would have to spend their training budgets wisely in order to keep pace as with technological changes. "The rate at which systems we encounter is changing is so rapidly that it's difficult to stay across all of it. We've been looking at alternative ways of doing it in terms of resources and training. I'm satisfied with the level that we are at but we've got to target our training very carefully," Mr Reedy said.

(Australian IT)

New Article: The Essentials Of Computer Discovery

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 (12:23:52)
A new article by Joan E. Feldman of Computer Forensics Inc. entitled "The Essentials Of Computer Discovery" is now online.

The article can be read here.

eBay cybercrime chief tells UK to wise-up

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 (09:47:11)
Howard Schmidt, the former cybersecurity adviser to the White House, has warned that there aren't enough trained police officers in the world to tackle cybercrime effectively. Schmidt, now the chief security strategist at auction site eBay, told delegates at the e-Crime Congress in London last month that the issue needs to be addressed as high-tech law-breaking becomes more widespread. "One thing that is very prevalent is that there aren't enough investigators to handle all the cases coming through," Schmidt said...

More (silicon.com)

New Article: Description of the FAT fsstat Output

Monday, May 23, 2005 (08:10:47)
A new article from The Sleuth Kit Informer by Brian Carrier entitled "Description of the FAT fsstat Output" is now online.

The article can be read here.

An elite force takes on the dark side of computing

Friday, May 20, 2005 (13:05:39)
In an unmarked building in downtown Washington, Brian K. Nagel and 15 other Secret Service agents manned a high-tech command center, poised for the largest-ever roundup of a cybercrime gang. A huge map of the U.S., spread across 12 digital screens, gave them a view of their prey, from Arizona to New Jersey. It was Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, and Operation Firewall was about to be unleashed...

More (BusinessWeek online)

New Article: The Mobile Forensic Platform

Thursday, May 19, 2005 (12:57:27)
A couple of years ago, the IJDE published an article by Frank Adelstein entitled "MFP: The Mobile Forensic Platform". With the kind permission of both Frank and the IJDE I'm delighted to reproduce the article at Forensic Focus and it can now be read here.

Since then the MFP has grown and become a commercial product called the Online Digital
Forensic Suite. Frank has offered to put together a new article with details of how the MFP has changed and what is offered in the new package. We look forward to it and will publish the new article here as soon as it becomes available.

Techno Forensics 2005, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Thursday, May 19, 2005 (08:19:58)
November 28-30, 2005, NIST Headquarters, Gaithersburg, Maryland

www.Forensics2005.com

The Inaugural Techno Forensics conference will be sponsored by the Institute of Computer Forensics Professionals (ICFP) and Hosted by NIST. The conference is founded on the principles of standardization in the field of digital evidence. The conference will cover many of the general disciplines in the areas of digital evidence to include some of the latest information on software and hardware solutions.
Unlike other forensic conferences that are limited to law enforcement only or are vendor specific in nature, this conference will be open to everyone currently involved in computer forensics, digital evidence, or anyone having an interest in the rapidly growing field of computer forensics.

Deloitte & Touche LLP Unveils New Electronic Evidence and Analytic Service

Thursday, May 19, 2005 (08:17:13)
The Forensic & Dispute Services practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP has launched AFTnet Services, an advanced technology and analytic solution for large and complex litigation matters and forensic investigations. AFTnet Services provides client counsel and their economic and forensic consultants with digital evidence collection, electronic discovery, online storage and investigation capabilities in a single solution...

More (press release)

New Article: Computer Forensics 101

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 (15:39:49)
A new article by Susan Steen and Johnette Hassell of Electronic Evidence Retrieval, LLC entitled "Computer Forensics 101" is now online.

The article can be read here.