The need for expert witnesses in computer forensics

Last month saw the downfall of Gene Morrison. A conman who masqueraded as a forensic scientist and gave evidence in more than 700 police cases, some of them involving rape and drink-driving, Morrison, 48, of Hyde, Tameside, was found guilty of 22 counts of perjury at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester and given a five-year jail sentence. His claims to be a forensic scientist were bogus, and the BSc and PhD qualifications he claimed were in fact bought from a university that existed only on the internet. But computer experts warn that just the same could happen in their field. “There are a lot of people involved in computer forensics who have no qualifications at all,” says Neil Hare-Brown, managing director of QCC, a company that carries out forensic investigations for the police…

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