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Wednesday, August 18, 2004 (20:41:57)
A very warm welcome to the new, improved Forensic Focus website! In addition to the usual features we've greatly improved the forum and are working hard on adding new content.

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New weaknesses in crypto algorithms?

Wednesday, August 18, 2004 (11:49:33)
Encryption circles are buzzing with news that mathematical functions embedded in common security applications have previously unknown weaknesses.

More (News.com)

Digital Evidence Web Conference - call for papers

Wednesday, August 18, 2004 (06:20:14)
The Forensic Institute, in conjunction with forensic.e-symposium.com, is hosting the 1st International Digital Evidence Web Conference. All submissions will be reviewed by a two-tiered committee consisting of the Advisory Group (3M Group) and a Review Committee (RECO Group).

They are now accepting submissions for potential presentations and poster presentations.

Full details at their website:

http://forensic.e-symposium.com/digev/

High-tech volunteers fight cybercrime

Wednesday, August 18, 2004 (06:16:50)
Craig Schiller, an information security officer at RadiSys, isn't just a high-tech "geek" at work. Neither is Corbin Nash, a security architect at Intel, or Mark Morrissey, a computer science instructor at Portland State University.

These three are part of a team of 33 computer experts who donate their time to the Hillsboro Police Department. As Police Reserve Specialists, they help detectives investigate high-tech crime, and they teach the community about security and responsibility in the cyber world.

More (Oregon Live)

FBI opens second computer crime lab

Wednesday, August 18, 2004 (06:13:19)
The FBI opened a new lab Tuesday dedicated to detecting computer-related crimes and training federal, state and local police to catch Internet pedophiles, frauds and thieves.

It is the second such lab the FBI has opened in the United States, and it will serve one of 50 computer crime task forces that have been set up around the country to increase co-operation among law enforcement agencies.

More (Globe and Mail)

Computer forensics at Bradford University (UK)

Wednesday, August 18, 2004 (06:10:09)
The University of Bradford has introduced a postgraduate course in Forensic Computing, in response to "growing demand for computer scientists" with specialist skills to investigate high tech crimes.

The MSc is one of a handful of similar courses available to post graduate students in the UK. Other universities offering MScs in computer forensics include Cranfield University and the University of Glamorgan.

More (The Register)

Under the skin of digital crime

Wednesday, August 18, 2004 (06:06:49)
There was a time when hacking was something positive. It was done in the name of intellectual curiousity rather than financial reward.

More criminals are planning crimes on computers
As such, it is something that Professor Neil Barrett is happy to admit that he used to do.

Dr Barrett's hacking days are long past and as technical director of computer security and forensics firm IRM, he is much more likely to be helping catch and convict hackers than join them.

More (BBC)

Firms become digital detectives

Wednesday, August 18, 2004 (06:04:31)
It is not just computer use that is on the rise in businesses, the abuse of PCs, e-mail access and the net are all increasing too.

And as more staff put computers to sordid and criminal uses, businesses are being urged to turn detective to help gather evidence of abuse.

Greater familiarity with forensics could also prove useful if a firm becomes a victim of digital crime or is targeted by malicious hackers and needs to investigate what happened.

But experts say that digital data can be fragile and businesses must exercise care if they are to avoid damaging or even deleting potentially useful information.

More (BBC)