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Wednesday, March 09, 2005 (17:00:29)A University of California researcher, Tadayoshi Kohno, says he has found a way to identify computer hardware remotely, a technique that could potentially unmask anonymous Web surfers by bypassing some common security techniques. In his paper Kohno mentioned possible forensics applications, saying that investigators could use his techniques "to argue whether a given laptop was connected to the Internet from a given access location."
Wednesday, March 09, 2005 (11:08:00)As an IT professional and working network administrator, you may find yourself called upon to testify as a victim or witness (i.e., a representative of a company whose network is victimized) in a computer-related crime. Another possibility is that you might someday want to use your technical expertise to become a professional expert witness in computer-related cases. In this article, we examine the basics of testifying in either capacity in a case involving computer crimes, and how you can move into the lucrative field of computer forensics, on either a full- or part-time basis...
Tuesday, March 08, 2005 (12:44:48)In criminal investigations, forensic evidence is often used to prove that a person was at a particular place at a certain time, or even to show an irrefutable connection with a crime that has been committed. In the world of IT, network forensics can be used to identify how communications assets are being affected by data theft committed by internal sources, to track security exploits, and to spot violations of corporate security policies...
Monday, March 07, 2005 (12:03:03)Computer criminals could be working next to you every day, yet be stealing from your business. A survey carried out on 201 companies by the National High Tech Crime Unit, found that the impact of hi-tech crime in 2003 reached an estimated Â£195 million. Acts of data theft and sabotage were usually found to be internally originated. More worryingly, over one third of fraud acts involved company employees...
Saturday, March 05, 2005 (12:10:48)John Mallery says his current job as a computer forensic expert has some parallels to his former calling as a comedian, juggler and knife thrower. "I've thrown knives around my wife. If I'm not in shape and I don't practice, I put her at risk," he said. "If I'm a forensic examiner and I don't keep up with my skills, bad guys get away."
Friday, March 04, 2005 (11:16:40)UK Police want a new body to be set up to investigate internet child pornography. It comes as new figures show arrests and convictions for downloading such images have quadrupled in two years. Home Office figures, revealed by children's charity NCH, showed 2,234 people were charged or cautioned in 2003, compared with 549 in 2001. The BBC has learned the proposed unit - dubbed the UK Internet Safety Centre - would be staffed by police, charity workers and computer experts.
Wednesday, March 02, 2005 (12:00:05)For some University of Florida (UF) researchers, CSI means "Computer Scam Investigators." The team is armed with a new tool -- so-called "process forensics" -- that combines intrusion detection with digital fingerprinting to nab wily hackers...
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Thursday, February 24, 2005 (14:38:55)Neil Barrett gives some insight into how IT workers can help law enforcement and expert witnesses like himself when prosecuting cybercriminals. My day job is a rather unusual one; I'm a computer expert witness, principally in criminal prosecutions and primarily for the police. I help to identify, preserve, analyse and - perhaps most importantly - present computer-derived evidence. My job is to make sure the jury - usually complete computer novices - have the best possible chance of understanding and appreciating the nature of the technology and arguments involved. It's a fascinating, challenging, frustrating and deeply rewarding occupation... More (Silicon)
Monday, February 21, 2005 (11:50:36)Computer forensics have played a lead role in fraud investigations for some time. In the coming year, look for the emergence of real-time, diagnostic software that will enable corporations to detect â€œred flagsâ€ of potential accounting fraud or other types of financial misconduct.
Friday, February 18, 2005 (15:05:18)At the RSA Conference on Thursday Ronald Plesco, counsel to the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance, a computer forensics organization established by the FBI and private industry, pointed to the trend in recent years of spammers building networks of compromised computers to launder their fraudulent e-mail offerings. Tim Rosenberg, a research professor at the George Washington University, warned of "multinational groups of hackers backed by organized crime" and showing the sophistication of prohibition-era mobsters...
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