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UK computer forensics firm plays key role in investigation

Friday, July 08, 2005 (13:06:32)
A computer forensics firm from Sawbridgeworth has played a key role in a criminal investigation. Crucial evidence from company DataSec led to the convictions of Terry Butler and David Weightman, whose computer equipment contained tens of thousands of CP images. The specialist business was employed by Essex Police to examine computers and disks seized at their addresses in South Woodham Ferrers and Peckham.

New High Tech Crime Lab Opens in Salt Lake City, US

Thursday, July 07, 2005 (14:10:03)
A new high-tech crime lab (one of the FBI's Regional Computer Forensics Labs) opened yesterday in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA...

More (KSL News)

PCMCIA write-blocking pod from Vogon announced

Thursday, July 07, 2005 (14:06:35)
Vogon International has launched a ‘PCMCIA write-blocking pod’ as an addition to its investigation hardware product portfolio. Developed in Vogon's laboratories, this is claimed to be the only commercially available product of its kind, and aimed at forensic investigators involved in examining electronic equipment.

More (press release)

Apple's iPod a useful tool for criminals

Tuesday, July 05, 2005 (12:01:50)
"Similar to the way the personal computer became common in the home in the '80s and '90s, the iPod is becoming common today," Dr. Marcus Rogers, a cybercrime expert at Purdue University's Center for Education and Research in Information and Security, in West Lafayette, Ind., wrote in a recent report, "iPod Forensics." This growing popularity, Rogers continued, "has allowed a criminal element to find 'alternative' uses for a seemingly harmless device, and the Apple iPod is finding its way into the criminal's bag of tricks."

More (PhysOrg.com)

De Montfort to train cyber sleuths in UK

Monday, July 04, 2005 (15:26:18)
A British university is to offer a four-year sandwich degree course in computer forensics. Leicester's De Montfort University is hoping to recruit 20 students for the course, which begins in September and is one of only five of its kind in the UK...

More (silicon.com)

Cyber crime leaves police in dust

Friday, July 01, 2005 (09:42:27)
Federal agents are in a familiar position as they probe the computer-security breach at an Arizona firm that left credit-card data for some 40 million people open to theft: Once again, they're playing catch-up. Faced with the vastness of cyberspace, the technical prowess of the thieves and the runaway pace of technology, finding the culprits is no simple matter. ''Unfortunately, the nature of cyber crime and identity theft is such that law enforcement will probably always be involved in a game of catch-up,'' said Paul Luehr, Minneapolis-based vice president for Stroz Friedberg, a national computer forensics and consulting firm...

More (Miami Herald)

Computer evidence the new ‘paper trail’ in crime investigations

Tuesday, June 28, 2005 (10:43:52)
“It’s becoming increasingly common that any time you have a serious criminal investigation, that law enforcement is seeking the seizure of computers as a source of evidence that’s going to contain information,” Dist. Atty. Charles Branson said. “It’s the modern digital paper trail...”

More (LJWorld.com)

Forensic knack needed to bust cybercrimes in India

Monday, June 27, 2005 (18:47:09)
As cybercrimes in BPOs make headlines, computer forensic experts say Indian investigating agencies need to be a step ahead of the criminals in putting together sophisticated tools to discover evidence. Billions of rupees are stolen each year by criminals with credit card crimes topping the list as the digital revolution in India brings to fore newer frauds, said Mr Samir Datt, Director of Computer Forensics and Investigations in Pune-based software firm 'Visionindia.' "Computer forensics is an emerging field that could help victims of computer crimes to discover evidence. It has wide applications in investigation and analysis techniques to acquire potential legal evidence," Mr Datt said...

More (The Hindu Business Line)

PC Pro reveals false claims of CP investigation

Thursday, June 23, 2005 (14:16:34)
The UK's biggest ever crackdown on Internet CP has been driven by misleading intelligence, causing dozens of innocent people to be falsely accused, according to PC Pro magazine. Writing exclusively in the new August issue, Duncan Campbell (an expert witness in the defence of Operation Ore suspects) says prosecutions against many of the UK's 7,272 Operation Ore suspects were based on flawed evidence received from US officials...

More (PC Pro)

Crime gang suspect in credit-card breach

Tuesday, June 21, 2005 (12:55:12)
The huge security breach that exposed more than 40 million credit cards to potential fraud appears to be the work of organized criminals, experts said Monday. The breach represents a high-tech version of "skimming," in which criminals used a small device to snatch information from the magnetic strips on the back of credit cards, said Tom Kelly, a senior investigator at the private investigations division of Stroz Friedberg, a computer forensics and technical services firm...

More (SC Magazine)