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Thursday, May 25, 2006 (13:01:43)Andy Harbisonâ€™s business card may read â€˜senior manager, enterprise risk servicesâ€™ and his reputation is as one of the countryâ€™s foremost computer forensics practitioners but itâ€™s hard to escape the impression that he could tell you a thing or two about human behaviour. Despite a job description that suggests he spends his days staring at a computer screen, in fact Harbison would be the first to say that computers are never to blame for wrongdoing â€” the fault lies squarely with the people who use them...
Wednesday, May 24, 2006 (14:54:09)Computer forensics labs in Alabama will receive $987,227 from the U.S. Department of Justice, according to Sen. Richard Shelby. The money will be routed through the Alabama District Attorneys Association. According to a news release form Shelby's officer, the ADAA will implement three regional computer forensic science labs within the state to analyze, store, and hold custody of digital evidence...
Tuesday, May 23, 2006 (18:02:45)Identity theft and other computer crimes are overwhelming police departments in many of Wisconsin's smaller towns and villages. They simply don't have the resources to go after high-tech criminals. Denmark Police Chief Ron Towns considers his community safe. What's becoming more frustrating for him, though, is the increasing number of Denmark residents falling victim to crimes he can't control...
Monday, May 22, 2006 (19:09:44)CPers will soon have a harder time escaping prosecution thanks to a stunning new technology in development at Binghamton University, State University of New York, that can reliably link digital images to the camera with which they were taken, in much the same way that tell-tale scratches are used by forensic examiners to link bullets to the gun that fired them...
Monday, May 22, 2006 (14:52:10)An Internet supercop has been appointed to track down online fraudsters. Detective Constable Scott Rennie will spearhead investigations into crooks using auction website eBay. The move by Strathclyde Police comes as internet crime in the UK has soared to a new high. Bosses at eBay have become so concerned that they are helping train cops to track down the criminals...
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Thursday, May 18, 2006 (15:31:49)EnterpriseDB has announced that Perlustro will integrate EnterpriseDB Advanced Server into its ILook Investigator Forensic Software (ILook), a comprehensive suite of computer forensics tools used to acquire and analyze digital media. ILook's development is supported by the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, and it is provided free to federal, state, and local law enforcement, the military, and intelligence agencies, where it is used for all types of digital investigations. For more information, visit www.ILook-forensics.org.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006 (20:25:03)"Imagine that someone has stabbed Pamela Mills-Senn in her apartment," says Currie, OIC of the technological crime branch of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). "One of her neighbors has come over and found her dead and calls the police. You might think, 'this has nothing to do with computers'. Wrong. You can tell by the computer when Pamela was last on it; who she talked to, what chatrooms she visited, what messages she posted, what Web sites she looked at...
Tuesday, May 16, 2006 (15:17:40)Eric McCarty goes before a federal judge this month on charges he damaged the University of Southern California's online application system. McCarty, 25, says he was just trying to highlight the Web site's security vulnerabilities. A not-guilty plea just might fly with a jury, since it doesn't appear McCarty did anything with the data he stole. But as data theft and other cybercrimes wreak damages nationwide, the "white-hat hacker" defense won't win him much sympathy. Meanwhile, prosecutors and judges are treating these cases much more seriously...
Tuesday, May 16, 2006 (04:03:30)BitLocker Drive Encryption is a new security feature in Windows Vista, designed to work with the Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Basically, it encrypts the C drive with a computer-generated key. In its basic mode, an attacker can still access the data on the drive by guessing the user's password, but would not be able to get at the drive by booting the disk up using another operating system, or removing the drive and attaching it to another computer...