Cyber sleuths

Computer forensic analysts – the consulting detectives of the digital world – are in big demand as computer-related evidence proves increasingly critical in solving crimes. In the days of Raymond Chandler’s wise-cracking sleuth Philip Marlowe, the proverbial “smoking gun” was a trail of physical evidence. Now, due to the proliferation of computers, mobile phones, PDAs and lately iPods, that trail often includes a good deal of digital evidence. Sometimes a deleted e-mail or Internet bookmark, retrieved by experts from the hard drive, is the key to getting a conviction…

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