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Cyber Forsensics…Still a Way to Go

Monday, April 18, 2005 (17:20:14)
Purdue’s Spafford is worried about the ad hoc nature of cyber forensics today. "I am concerned that we develop a more scientific and rigorous approach so that we may have confidence in the results,” he stressed. "It is unfortunate if we are unable to prosecute a criminal because we are unsure of our analysis; it is a greater tragedy if we wrongly accuse an innocent person of malfeasance because we have not appropriately gathered and analyzed the evidence.”

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5th Annual Digital Forensics Research Workshop

Sunday, April 17, 2005 (23:23:57)
The 5th Annual Digital Forensics Research Workshop (DFRWS 2005) has been added to the events page.

New forum for those looking to get started in computer forensics

Saturday, April 16, 2005 (23:49:46)
A new forum for those looking for advice on how to get started in the computer forensics industry has been created and can be found here.

Will members please make sure that this forum is the only one used for enquiries of this nature, thank you.

Detectives Tainted Hard Drive, Expert Claims

Friday, April 15, 2005 (10:44:52)
BENTONVILLE, USA -- Evidence on the hard drive of a murdered man's computer was damaged after police seized the machine, a computer forensics expert testified Thursday. After Howard was murdered in September 1999, police used information from his hard drive to discover whom he spoke to and where he went the last days of his life. Tim Hanners, the manager of computer investigation for Vogon International, a private company in Norman, Okla., providing data recovery services, testified late Thursday about the tainted data...

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New Paper: Is There a Need for Industry Control?

Thursday, April 14, 2005 (18:02:55)
A very thought provoking article from Nick Furneaux of CSITech entitled "Is There a Need for Industry Control?" has been added to our Papers & Articles page and can also be viewed directly here.

UK Police forced to turn away e-crime victims

Thursday, April 14, 2005 (13:33:17)
UK Police are having to turn down requests to investigate computer crime from businesses due to a lack of resources, the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit said last week. Mick Deats, deputy head of the unit, said the complex, time-consuming nature of investigations meant the unit could not investigate every case reported. Deats, responding to demands from business groups for greater funding for high-tech crime, as reported in last week's Computer Weekly, said more resources were needed...

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Ibas buys computer forensics rival Vogon

Wednesday, April 13, 2005 (10:40:37)
Data recovery and computer forensics firm Ibas announced plans Monday to buy its main European competitor, UK-based Vogon International. The deal is based on an "earn-out" model, which specifies a minimum price of £4m ($7.5m) and a maximum of £9m ($17m). Vogon will continue as a separate firm until the end of the year, with the integration with Norway-based Ibas kicking off on 1 January 2006. Vogon is privately-owned, and all the shareholders in the UK company have accepted the deal. The acquisition is conditional on a financial due diligence report...

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The two-edged sword: Legal computer forensics and open source

Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (10:19:27)
Ryan Purita of Totally Connected Security is one of the leading computer forensic experts in private practice in Canada. A GNU/Linux enthusiast, Purita often prefers open source tools. However, he frequently uses proprietary ones as well. The proprietary tools, he explains, are "pretty," with better developed GUIs that are easier for clients to understand. Moreover, the precedence for accepting their evidence in court is well established although, increasingly, their open source equivalents are not far behind...

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New, smarter generation of Internet crooks

Monday, April 11, 2005 (12:04:58)
"I work in the fraud dept. for a well known US company, and have access to hundreds of CCs (credit card numbers) on a daily basis. All I'm looking for is an easy way to make some money and stay anonymous ..." Late last year, someone known as "Elric" posted this message on a Web site for hackers and credit card thieves. Cyber crime investigators say deals like the one proposed in Elric's posting are common on a number of similar underground Web sites...

More (SFGate.com)

Police surf in search of criminals

Monday, April 11, 2005 (02:34:41)
Police and prosecutors are awaiting the results of a forensics shakedown of the computer used at work by Richard Salewicz of Noblesville, who was arrested April 1 for soliciting sex over the Internet from an undercover officer. Noblesville (US) Police Department Detective Mike Widner, who netted Salewicz while posing as a 13-year-old girl during a sting operation, said so far no new charges have been filed against Salewicz...

More (The Noblesville Daily Times)