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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...
Thursday, March 01, 2007 (16:47:46)The increasing storage requirements of consumers and businesses has become a plague for computer-crime investigators, a former special agent told attendees at the Black Hat DC Conference on Wednesday. While only one percent of crimes involved DNA evidence, a majority of cases involve some sort of digital evidence, said Jim Christy, a retired special agent and director of the Defense Cyber Crime Center. And that evidence keeps growing in size...
Thursday, February 22, 2007 (13:41:22)More and more enthusiast users approach Kroll Ontrack with destroyed RAID arrays. Generally, data recovery from such a RAID array is possible, but keep in mind that the effort increases disproportionately. First of all, data has to be copied from a RAID drive onto a server, and the data set has to be put back together. The distribution of data into smaller blocks across one or more drives makes RAID 0 the worst possible type to recover. Increasing performance doesn't necessarily do your data any good here! If a drive is completely defective, only small files, which ended up on only one of the RAID drives (despite the RAID stripe set), can be recovered (at 64 kB stripe size or smaller). RAID 5 offers parity data, which can be used for recovery as well...
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Wednesday, February 21, 2007 (17:05:04)While a recent online harassment case in Danville (USA) started a push for computer crime legislation, some experts say the problem isn't that laws don't exist to fight such crimes â€” it's that agencies don't know how to use those laws. And worse, they say new laws could further complicate an area that many jurisdictions already have trouble understanding. "Something needs to be standardized, but we're not at that point yet," said Detective Bryan Vevera, a computer crime specialist with the Walnut Creek Police Department. "Every agency has a different view of how to handle it." But Vevera said new legislation is not the answer...
Tuesday, February 20, 2007 (14:52:23)Kangaroo Court is the only way to call the railroading of Julie Amero, a substitute teacher in Norwich Connecticut. In January, Julie Amero was convicted of four counts of â€˜risking injury to a childâ€™ and will face up to forty years in prison when she is sentenced in March. The conviction was handed down in the Norwich Superior Court. The story behind this and the facts used to convict her have many in the IT world gaping in shock...