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Tuesday, November 08, 2005 (18:42:35)A commitment to establishing a computer forensics operation is an expensive proposition, and itâ€™s not a one-time purchase decision. Computers and software have to be upgraded frequently. New technologies, such as cell phones and personal digital assistants, require new tools and training. Analysts need to constantly refresh their skills...
Monday, November 07, 2005 (17:21:54)Last month, the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, along with the U.S. Attorneyâ€™s Office and the Secret Service, busted what they described as a massive DVD pirate ring. When the case goes to court, the prosecuting attorneys should have some strong evidence, thanks to both the cybersleuthing prowess of the detectives and additional information provided by optical-disk forensic software. This software can read information embedded on DVDs and CDs that canâ€™t be viewed by normal means...
Friday, November 04, 2005 (19:23:31)Three men who sent thousands of emails purporting to come from eBay, and four others who acted as so-called money mules, were sent to prison by Preston Crown Court yesterday, marking the first convictions for a UK-run phishing operation...
Friday, November 04, 2005 (19:20:53)A British teenager has been cleared of launching a denial-of-service attack against his former employer, in a ruling that delivers another blow to the U.K's Computer Misuse Act. At Wimbledon Magistrates Court in London, District Judge Kenneth Grant ruled Wednesday that the teenager had not broken the CMA, under which he was charged. The defendant, who can't be named for legal reasons, was accused of sending 5 million e-mail messages to his ex-employer that caused the company's e-mail server to crash...
Friday, November 04, 2005 (18:20:08)A team of computer sleuths is hard at work in Herndon, doing everything from telling clients how secure their network to doing computer forensic work to figuring out what files a client's disgruntled employee might have leaked to a competitor. The Emerging Technologies Group Inc. (ETG) recently moved its corporate headquarters to Herndon from Huntsville, Ala., and is waiting on completion of its new 10,000-square-foot space in a Worldgate office building...
Thursday, November 03, 2005 (16:48:01)If your employer accuses you of hacking into the companyâ€™s computing system and perpetrating a fraud, and you happen to be guilty, what is your safest tactic if you want to escape criminal charges? The answer is: Ask them to prove it. One out of three times, even if computer forensics experts are brought in and given unfettered access to all systems, it will be impossible to prove who is guilty of what. The reason is that few computer networks maintain comprehensive audit trails of who did what and when...
Wednesday, November 02, 2005 (18:21:05)Though computer evidence now appears in many cases, UK law is not clear on how to handle all this data. Neil Barrett discusses the measures being considered - and the effect they'll have on computer crime prosecution...
Wednesday, November 02, 2005 (05:28:55)In every company in the UK there is likely to be a PC, and therefore an IT security breach is almost inevitable. These are the findings of the 2005 National High Tech Crime Unit report into the effect of computer crime on businesses. The main concern for said decision makers after a breach had occurred was how to maintain business continuity. However if half of IT staff employed within companies have no formal IT security qualifications, what exactly must you do to stop your business grinding to a halt? Firstly donâ€™t step in guns blazing CSI style â€“ the Channel 5 TV show that is. Although the glossy crime series has brought Computer Forensics to the forefront of public awareness, it does little to reflect the correct and essential procedures that must be put in place once there is suspicion of criminal activity...
Tuesday, November 01, 2005 (22:08:55)Dr. Victor Fay-Wolfe, a computer science and statistics professor at the University of Rhode Island, spoke Friday in Pastore Chemical Laboratory concerning the field of digital forensics. Digital forensics, which Fay-Wolfe defined as "the application of forensic science technology to the discovery, collection, and analysis of digital evidence," is a form of forensic investigation that focuses on computers, PDAs, printers, servers and any other electronic devices that can hold information vital to an investigation...
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Tuesday, November 01, 2005 (01:49:57)Television crime shows such as "CSI" have brought the science of computer forensics to the forefront of public awareness. But just like about everything coveted by Hollywood, there exists a significant gap between art and reality. No one knows that better than real-life computer forensics investigator Angelique Grado, of The Woodlands. Vice president and director of operations of CyberEvidence Inc., Grado is quick to point out that what makes for a good script doesn't always qualify as proper technique...
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