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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)