USA’s Sixth Cyber Lab Opened in Silicon Valley

The FBI calls them Regional Computer Forensics Laboratories, or RCFLs. Their specialty? The cyber equivalent of dusting for fingerprints: finding evidence of criminal and terrorist activity on PCs, laptops, cell phones, digital cameras, MP3 players, PDAs, DVD recorders, and other electronic devices. Evidence that generates leads, solves cases, and helps establish guilt or innocence in a court of law. The concept was born in the 1990s, with the spike in criminal cases involving digital evidence. “Why don’t we pool our expertise and establish regional labs that can handle everyone’s needs for cyber forensics?” the law enforcement community asked. Congress helped supply the funds, and the first RCFL was launched in 1999…

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