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Web helps criminals trap victims

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 (15:10:35)
Malicious hackers and hi-tech criminals are changing tactics in a bid to outwit security firms. Statistics show that tech-savvy criminals are starting to turn away from e-mailed viruses to webpages to snare their victims. Also, say security firms, criminals are using spyware to get hold of personal data they can sell or use themselves...

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FSU grad students design trap for cyberstalkers

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 (14:25:09)
In a tiny corner room of an old building on the Florida State University campus, graduate students have been stalking each other. The computer science researchers were trying to design a police trap - of hardware and software - for cyberstalkers. A trap they've apparently completed. "This is giving law enforcement a new tool in their belt for these new technology crimes," said Special Agent Bob Breeden, head of the Florida Computer Crime Center...

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New paper: Real-Time Steganalysis

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 (04:02:35)
A new paper entitled "Real-Time Steganalysis", authored by James E. Wingate and Chad W. Davis, is now online and can be viewed here.

A list of all papers and articles at Forensic Focus can be found here. Further contributions are encouraged and always welcome.
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More than 50% of companies suffered from cybercrime

Monday, October 03, 2005 (16:10:03)
More than half of European companies polled in a survey on global network risk admitted that they have suffered significant financial damage as a result of IT system failure in the last 12 months. The survey, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by ACE European Group (NYSE:ACE), polled senior risk managers and business leaders throughout Europe. The research also showed that close to 40% of those surveyed had experienced losses as a result of damage or misuse of systems or data by staff or contractors and that nearly 25% had suffered as a result of computer crime, including 'phishing' - using forged emails or website pages to obtain data - and hacking...

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Can Digital Photos Be Trusted?

Sunday, October 02, 2005 (04:36:58)
In this new fast paced digital age, anyone can use inexpensive software to doctor up photos, and their handiwork is becoming increasingly difficult to spot. "Everyone is buying low-cost, high-quality digital cameras, everyone has a Web site, everyone has e-mail, Photoshop is easier to use; 2004 was the first year sales of digital cameras outpaced traditional film cameras," says Hany Farid, a Dartmouth College computer scientist and a leading researcher in the nascent realm of digital forensics. "Consequently, there are more and more cases of high-profile digital tampering. Seeing is no longer believing. Actually, what you see is largely irrelevant."

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Boom times for hi-tech fraudsters

Thursday, September 29, 2005 (14:01:52)
In the real world it's a fair bet that burglars live in the same town or city where they commit their crimes. Not so on the net where hi-tech criminals can be a continent away from their victims and often route control commands through a chain of computers to hide their tracks...

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More detectives specializing in electronic media

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 (16:57:35)
Detectives specializing in computer forensics and other electronic media are no longer the exception to the rule. Gone are the days when only identify theft and white-collar crime prompted the use of high-tech detectives. Now, dollops of technology can be found in just about any crime...

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New paper: Digital forensics of the physical memory

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 (04:20:12)
A new paper entitled "Digital forensics of the physical memory", authored by Mariusz Burdach, is now online and can be viewed here.

A list of all papers and articles at Forensic Focus can be found here. Further contributions are encouraged and always welcome.
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UK.biz urged to swot up on computer forensics

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 (16:38:09)
Businesses are failing to capture essential evidence from their computer systems, according to a UK industry group which has published a new set of guidelines designed to help firms gen up on computer forensics. The Directors and Corporate Advisors’ Guide to Digital Investigations and Evidence from the Information Assurance Advisory Council (IAAC) is designed to plug a knowledge gap it reckons is leaving business at risk. The absence of properly preserved computer evidence not only makes criminal prosecutions against hackers more difficult but leads to firms failing to get proper redress in the civil courts or unable to make proper insurance claims, IAAC argues...

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[OK, this is basically a repeat of an earlier news article but it's worth repating IMHO - Jamie]
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Virtual Cooperation

Monday, September 26, 2005 (15:31:19)
When a Colorado woman telephoned the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department this summer and complained that a Waukesha man ripped her off in an Internet auction sale, she wasn't sure she was going to find a willing ear. But a Sheriff's Department detective with computer expertise, Robert Grall, decided to see what he could do...

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