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Defense loses motion in CP case

Montrose County District Court Judge Dennis Friedrich denied a motion Wednesday from defense attorneys to dismiss 19 misdemeanor child exploitation counts against Park Avenue Dance Works co-operator John Ward. At Wednesday’s hearing, David Penrod, a forensic examiner for Computer Forensic… Read more

Dozens of spammers, scammers arrested

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft today will announce the arrests of dozens of people nationwide charged with flooding e-mail inboxes with spam and perpetrating computer fraud and other cyber crimes. Many of the cases have their origin in Pittsburgh, where… Read more

Purdue, Law Enforcement Probe Digital World Of Computer Forensics

Purdue University is teaming with law enforcement officers to improve investigation of the new generation of crimes, including computer-aided terrorism, espionage, bank and business fraud, and identity theft. A collaboration with 20 law enforcement officers from throughout Indiana is part… Read more

Justice issues guidelines for handling digital evidence

The Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice has published the second in a series of guidelines for IT crime investigations. “Forensic Examination of Digital Evidence: A Guide for Law Enforcement” was created at the agency’s request by the National Institute… Read more

South Carolina Computer Crime Center Gets New Tool

The South Carolina Computer Crime Center, which opened in December 2002, handles the forensic examination of evidence collected during the investigation of computer crimes in South Carolina. Soon after it opened, the facility was faced with a rapidly growing volume… Read more

Site upgrade complete!

A very warm welcome to the new, improved Forensic Focus website! In addition to the usual features we’ve greatly improved the forum and are working hard on adding new content. We hope that you’ll take a second to register and… Read more

New weaknesses in crypto algorithms?

Encryption circles are buzzing with news that mathematical functions embedded in common security applications have previously unknown weaknesses. More (… Read more

Digital Evidence Web Conference – call for papers

The Forensic Institute, in conjunction with, is hosting the 1st International Digital Evidence Web Conference. All submissions will be reviewed by a two-tiered committee consisting of the Advisory Group (3M Group) and a Review Committee (RECO Group). They are… Read more

High-tech volunteers fight cybercrime

Craig Schiller, an information security officer at RadiSys, isn’t just a high-tech “geek” at work. Neither is Corbin Nash, a security architect at Intel, or Mark Morrissey, a computer science instructor at Portland State University. These three are part of… Read more

FBI opens second computer crime lab

The FBI opened a new lab Tuesday dedicated to detecting computer-related crimes and training federal, state and local police to catch Internet pedophiles, frauds and thieves. It is the second such lab the FBI has opened in the United States,… Read more

Computer forensics at Bradford University (UK)

The University of Bradford has introduced a postgraduate course in Forensic Computing, in response to “growing demand for computer scientists” with specialist skills to investigate high tech crimes. The MSc is one of a handful of similar courses available to… Read more

Under the skin of digital crime

There was a time when hacking was something positive. It was done in the name of intellectual curiousity rather than financial reward. More criminals are planning crimes on computers As such, it is something that Professor Neil Barrett is happy… Read more

Firms become digital detectives

It is not just computer use that is on the rise in businesses, the abuse of PCs, e-mail access and the net are all increasing too. And as more staff put computers to sordid and criminal uses, businesses are being… Read more