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e-crime and computer evidence conference 2005 (ECCE2005): Programme now availabl

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 (09:45:48)
ECCE 2005 will consider aspects of digital evidence in all types of criminal activity, including timelines, methods of evidence deposition, use of computers for court presentation, system vulnerabilities, crime prevention etc.

The conference programme is now online and can be viewed at the ECCE website here.

TV crime shows spark boom in ‘duff’ university forensic courses

Sunday, October 17, 2004 (11:39:26)
A LEADING police scientist has claimed universities are promoting forensic science courses to meet demand from students inspired by TV crime series just to put “bums on seats”. Jim Fraser swaps police fieldwork for teaching and research this week when he joins the University of Strathclyde as head of their world-leading forensic science unit. He said a public interest in “gore”, fuelled by TV shows such as Silent Witness and CSI, had made forensics courses hip. More than 53 UK higher education institutions offer over 300 courses with “forensic” in the title. But Fraser, currently head of forensic investigation at Kent Police, said many universities were offering courses which were of little use .

More (Sunday Herald)

Sleuthing in the e-files

Saturday, October 16, 2004 (05:24:39)
These days, the search for truth takes lawyers not into company file cabinets but into company computers. With 93 percent of business documents now "borne" electronically, the story of U.S. workplaces increasingly gets told on computer disks, spread sheets and e-mail records. Attorneys and business leaders say electronic discovery is the biggest development in employment law in years.

More (startribune.com)

Forensic experts track printer fingerprints

Saturday, October 16, 2004 (05:21:29)
Researchers at Purdue University have developed image analysis techniques that may one day help tie counterfeit money and forged documents to the printers that produced them. In lab experiments, the researchers examined documents that came from 12 different models of printers and were able to correctly link a document to its printer 11 times. The techniques currently let forensic investigators match a document with only a specific printer model, but will be honed so that a document can be matched to a particular printer.

More (ZDNet)

Computer search hamstrung in Camden County, USA

Friday, October 15, 2004 (09:03:28)
Federal agents found CP links on a computer that had been sitting in the Camden County Prosecutor's Office for seven months after it was seized from a Bellmawr man. But there was little authorities could have done to search the machine earlier, prosecutors said Thursday.

Although Robert Pelle allowed the prosecutor's office to take his computer in March without being charged, officials there said state police policy, little evidence, and a lack of resources kept the content hidden.

More (Courier Post)

UK IT security professionals offered fast-track computer crime course

Tuesday, October 12, 2004 (06:03:38)
IT professionals looking to gain computer forensic certification are being offered an accelerated six-day course by the Training Camp. The IT training provider said its course is aimed at e-security experts, police, military personnel, legal professionals and government agencies. It aims to give anyone from an IT manager to a chief security officer the skills to detect, pursue and analyse evidence of computer crime or misuse.

More (Computer Weekly)

Investigator serves search warrants to America Online

Monday, October 11, 2004 (05:21:47)
It takes a full-time Loudoun County deputy sheriff to handle all the search warrants served on America Online in Ashburn. The warrants are used to solve local, state and national crimes.

More (The Connection Newspapers)

Technology helps police in CP operation

Monday, October 11, 2004 (05:16:42)
Australian Customs officials say the latest technologies are assisting them in detecting the importation of CP. A man will appear in court this morning after customs officers at Melbourne Airport seized computer disks from his luggage on his arrival from Amsterdam last month.

More (ABC News)

Lab cleared to examine digital evidence

Wednesday, October 06, 2004 (06:25:15)
New Hampshire’s state forensic laboratory has become the third in the United States to receive national accreditation for examining digital evidence, including images stored on computer hard-drives. The accreditation was awarded by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, which spent a week in Concord interviewing staff and checking lab policies and procedures...

More (Nashua Telegraph)

New downloads

Monday, October 04, 2004 (19:53:10)
The following files have been added to the downloads area:

The Sleuth Kit Version 1.72 (source code)
Autopsy Forensic Browser Version 2.03 (source code)
PDA Forensic Tools:An Overview and Analysis
ACPO Good Practice Guide for Computer based Electronic Evidence
Hi-Tech Crime 2004 - the impact on UK business

The downloads area can be accessed here