Digital Forensics Round-Up, June 19 2024

A round-up of this week’s digital forensics news and views:

UK national accused of hacking dozens of US companies arrested in Spain

Spanish police have arrested a British national accused of leading an organized cybercrime group that broke into dozens of U.S. companies. The unnamed British national, aged 22, was arrested at Palma airport as he was about to leave the country on a charter flight to Naples, Spanish police confirmed in a press release.

Read More (TechCrunch)

Digital analyst, crash expert testify at Karen Read murder trial

Jurors in the Karen Read murder trial heard from an expert Friday about a controversial Google search made the morning John O’Keefe was found. “Hos long to die in cold,” apparently a misspelling of “how,” is a search from Jennifer McCabe’s phone. McCabe said Read asked to her look up that info as they found Read’s boyfriend, John O’Keefe, dead in the snow in 2022.

Read More (10 WJAR)

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Fake or Real? Detecting AI Images from a Forensic Lens

When explicit deepfakes of Taylor Swift flooded the internet, it was a stunning and eye-opening moment. If the biggest popstar in the world can be a victim of sexual exploitation, any of us can. The social ramifications of generative AI used for horrible acts are already here – now society must come to grips with it and lawmakers must act quickly.

Read More (FOR)

Cyberattacks are hitting research institutions — with devastating effects

Last October, a cyberattack hit the Berlin Natural History Museum and brought research to a standstill. Scientists were left without access to the data and programs required for their work, putting projects on hold and leaving students in limbo. Months later, systems have only just begun to crawl back online. The museum is not alone.

Read More (Nature)

OSCE cyber crime initiatives in Central Asia: results of the first stage

The OSCE conference was held in Vienna on June 12, 2024, dedicated to the results of the first stage of the project to combat cybercrime in Central Asia, Kazinform News Agency correspondent reports, citing Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan and OSCE.

Read More (Kazinform)

Digital tools and training: This is how Delhi Police is gearing for transition from IPC to Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita

With the landmark Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS) poised to take effect on July 1, the Delhi Police is working to ensure a smooth transition and a key element in this strategy is a new app designed to revolutionise the collection and handling of crime scene evidence. This innovative app will provide investigating officers with a powerful tool to capture, preserve and submit digital evidence directly to the courts.

Read More (News Nine)

Ottawa Detectives Utilizing Digital Forensics Laptop Donated By American Legion

Good old fashioned police work goes a long way. Having technology to help also never hurts. The Ottawa Police Department Investigations Unit is now using a brand new digital forensics laptop that was donated to them by the American Legion Post 33. Officers say they’ve already used the laptop on two investigations and it proved to be a tremendous asset.

Read More (Starved Rock Media)

Truth, Trust, and AI: Justice and Accountability for International Crimes in the Era of Digital Deception

Over the past 18 months, the commercialization of applications driven by artificial intelligence (AI) has revolutionized our ability to fabricate realistic images and videos of events that never occurred. Generative AI tools such as Dall-E or Midjourney help us create multiple depictions of the same event by varying the angles of image shots, making it more challenging to discern if a composition of images is real or fake.

Read More (Just Security)

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