The Mueller Report Part 3 – Human-Generated Data At The Heart Of Investigations

by Stephen Stewart, CTO, Nuix

Preface: This article is all about the data discussed in Part 1 of this blog series. No political statements are being made.

The Mueller Report is a great window into the relative value of data, both for adversaries and for investigators. In Part 1: The Mueller Report – An Amazing Lens Into a Modern Federal Investigation I covered all of the different types of data collected and analyzed for the report.

• 2800 subpoenas. With 87 references to Facebook and the detailed documentation about the activity of certain profiles, you can assume that the Office was sifting through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram data.
• 500 search and seizure warrants. This is bound to generate at least a couple hundred hard drives and mobile devices.
• 230 2703(d) and 50 “pen registers”. This is interesting because it laser focused on who is talking to whom and the frequency of their communications.
• 500 witnesses. That is a whole lot of testimony that needs to be checked against all the digital evidence.

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30:00 – MSAB’s pipeline plans
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