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Sleuthing in the e-files

Saturday, October 16, 2004 (05:24:39)
These days, the search for truth takes lawyers not into company file cabinets but into company computers. With 93 percent of business documents now "borne" electronically, the story of U.S. workplaces increasingly gets told on computer disks, spread sheets and e-mail records. Attorneys and business leaders say electronic discovery is the biggest development in employment law in years.

More (startribune.com)

Forensic experts track printer fingerprints

Saturday, October 16, 2004 (05:21:29)
Researchers at Purdue University have developed image analysis techniques that may one day help tie counterfeit money and forged documents to the printers that produced them. In lab experiments, the researchers examined documents that came from 12 different models of printers and were able to correctly link a document to its printer 11 times. The techniques currently let forensic investigators match a document with only a specific printer model, but will be honed so that a document can be matched to a particular printer.

More (ZDNet)

Computer search hamstrung in Camden County, USA

Friday, October 15, 2004 (09:03:28)
Federal agents found CP links on a computer that had been sitting in the Camden County Prosecutor's Office for seven months after it was seized from a Bellmawr man. But there was little authorities could have done to search the machine earlier, prosecutors said Thursday.

Although Robert Pelle allowed the prosecutor's office to take his computer in March without being charged, officials there said state police policy, little evidence, and a lack of resources kept the content hidden.

More (Courier Post)

UK IT security professionals offered fast-track computer crime course

Tuesday, October 12, 2004 (06:03:38)
IT professionals looking to gain computer forensic certification are being offered an accelerated six-day course by the Training Camp. The IT training provider said its course is aimed at e-security experts, police, military personnel, legal professionals and government agencies. It aims to give anyone from an IT manager to a chief security officer the skills to detect, pursue and analyse evidence of computer crime or misuse.

More (Computer Weekly)

Investigator serves search warrants to America Online

Monday, October 11, 2004 (05:21:47)
It takes a full-time Loudoun County deputy sheriff to handle all the search warrants served on America Online in Ashburn. The warrants are used to solve local, state and national crimes.

More (The Connection Newspapers)

Technology helps police in CP operation

Monday, October 11, 2004 (05:16:42)
Australian Customs officials say the latest technologies are assisting them in detecting the importation of CP. A man will appear in court this morning after customs officers at Melbourne Airport seized computer disks from his luggage on his arrival from Amsterdam last month.

More (ABC News)

Lab cleared to examine digital evidence

Wednesday, October 06, 2004 (06:25:15)
New Hampshire’s state forensic laboratory has become the third in the United States to receive national accreditation for examining digital evidence, including images stored on computer hard-drives. The accreditation was awarded by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, which spent a week in Concord interviewing staff and checking lab policies and procedures...

More (Nashua Telegraph)

New downloads

Monday, October 04, 2004 (19:53:10)
The following files have been added to the downloads area:

The Sleuth Kit Version 1.72 (source code)
Autopsy Forensic Browser Version 2.03 (source code)
PDA Forensic Tools:An Overview and Analysis
ACPO Good Practice Guide for Computer based Electronic Evidence
Hi-Tech Crime 2004 - the impact on UK business

The downloads area can be accessed here

Helping investigators gather crime evidence from PDAs

Monday, October 04, 2004 (10:00:18)
Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology recently examined a number of software tools designed to acquire information from operating systems used in most PDAs: Palm OS, Microsoft Pocket PC and Linux. The researchers examined the tools in a range of situations commonly encountered during a forensic examination of PDAs. For example, the researchers wanted to determine if tools could find information, including deleted information, associated with applications such as calendars, contacts and task lists. The tools also were examined to see if someone could obtain the user's password and gain access to the contents of the device.

More (EurekAlert)

Police get help to cope - horrific scenes make counseling necessary

Monday, October 04, 2004 (09:56:19)
Modern policing puts an emphasis on mental health, said J. Mark Hall, a psychologist with a private practice in Glastonbury. He works with troopers from the state police computer crimes unit. Those officers spend their days trying to lure pedophiles through Internet chat room conversations. Hall’s job is to check up on the troopers and talk about how the work affects them.

More (News Times)