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Judges And Prosecutors Throw The Book At Hackers

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 (15:17:40)
Eric McCarty goes before a federal judge this month on charges he damaged the University of Southern California's online application system. McCarty, 25, says he was just trying to highlight the Web site's security vulnerabilities. A not-guilty plea just might fly with a jury, since it doesn't appear McCarty did anything with the data he stole. But as data theft and other cybercrimes wreak damages nationwide, the "white-hat hacker" defense won't win him much sympathy. Meanwhile, prosecutors and judges are treating these cases much more seriously...

More (InformationWeek)
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  • Topic: News
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Microsoft's BitLocker

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 (04:03:30)
BitLocker Drive Encryption is a new security feature in Windows Vista, designed to work with the Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Basically, it encrypts the C drive with a computer-generated key. In its basic mode, an attacker can still access the data on the drive by guessing the user's password, but would not be able to get at the drive by booting the disk up using another operating system, or removing the drive and attaching it to another computer...

Open Computer Forensics Architecture (ocfa)

Monday, May 15, 2006 (12:24:49)
The Open Computer Forensics Architecture (OCFA) is a modular computer forensics framework build by the "Dutch National Police Agency". The main goal is to automate the digital forensic process to speed up the investigation and give tactical investigators direct access to the seized data through an easy to use search and browse interface...

Convicted Man Sues HP After Encryption Failed to Keep Him Out of Prison

Monday, May 15, 2006 (12:23:02)
Michael Crooker had his lawsuit concerning Hewlett-Packard's DriveLock encryption software tossed out of court. Crooker had his Compaq laptop seized by FBI agents in 2004 after bomb-making materials were found at his home. He claimed that the FBI then used an HP-provided hack to break the DriveLock encryption used on the hard drive even though he had no evidence to back up those claims.

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Digital Forensic Research Workshop Challenge 2006

Saturday, May 13, 2006 (15:18:28)
From Brian Carrier:

Based on the success of the Digital Forensic Research Workshop (DFRWS)
2005 memory analysis challenge, a new challenge is being posted for DFRWS
2006. This year, the focus is on file carving techniques.

The challenge data set contains JPEG, ZIP, Office, HTML, and text files
and fragments. The goal is to develop new tools and techniques to extract
as many files as possible while reducing the number of false positives.
All techniques developed for this challenge must be fully described and
source code for tools must be released (after all, the goal of DFRWS is to
foster research...).

More details can be found at:

Submissions are due by July 17, 2006 and results will be announced at the
DFRWS 2006 reception.

New versions of TSK and Autopsy now available

Friday, May 12, 2006 (15:26:52)
Received from Brian Carrier:

New versions of TSK and Autopsy are now available (after the longest
duration of no releases in the history of the tools). There are several
new features including Expert Witness (EnCase) images, AFF images, and ISO
9660 file systems, which were primarily developed by people other than
myself (see below). There are also new features that are listed below.


Call for comments on Angolan computer crime Bills

Friday, May 12, 2006 (15:14:29)
The National Information Technology Commission (CNTI) has appealed to experts of the sector for greater participation in proposed legislation on computerised crime, protection of data and information security, according to the Angola Press Agency. CNTI's media spokesperson, Luísa dos Santos, said the documents should have been discussed in March, but because of the lack of comments it was postponed...

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Cell Phone Forensics Product Announcement

Thursday, May 11, 2006 (22:07:25)
May 8, 2006 – Concord, MA, -- Project-a-Phone, Inc. announced today that it will introduce its system for gathering cell phone forensic evidence to the law enforcement community at the Silicon Valley meeting of HTCIA in Santa Clara. The Project-a-Phone system combines hardware and software to let users capture screen shots or audio and video recordings of a handheld screen and save them on a computer. By displaying the phone screen image in real-time on a computer, it also makes it possible to present evidence through a projector or over the Web...
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New crackdown on UK cyber crime

Thursday, May 11, 2006 (15:39:32)
The UK’s new FBI-style crime fighting agency has unveiled plans to get tough on cyber crime. The Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) has announced a range of new measures to tackle online crime gangs, such as a science laboratory to research emerging technologies that criminals might exploit...

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UK computer crime laws 'ridiculous'

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 (16:50:44)
A British man labelled one of the world's most dangerous hackers yesterday railed against the UK's computer crime laws. Gary McKinnon, who faces extradition to the US after being accused of breaking into the Pentagon's computer system, said that Britain's laws on cybercrime were "ridiculous" and in desperate need of change...

More (Guardian)