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Thursday, March 24, 2005 (10:37:30)Computers seized from Michael Jackson's bedroom and containing stored images of naked women from adult Web sites are not admissible at the singer's child-molestation trial, Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville ruled Wednesday. Melville said he barred the materials because it was unclear if anyone actually viewed or downloaded the images that were stored on four computer hard drives. In arguing to bar the material, defense attorney Robert Sanger said that the origins of the images were murky. For example, Sanger said they could have been sent as an unsolicited e-mail before landing in the computers' "cache" file. Sanger added that it was unclear if Jackson himself had used the computer. "The issue of who accessed the material is totally unresolved," he said...
Wednesday, March 23, 2005 (10:11:13)Kroll Ontrack(R) has honored top legal professionals with its third annual Electronic Evidence Thought Leadership Awards. Award recipients include law firms, litigators, practice support professionals and scholars who have shown excellence and leadership in the field of electronic discovery.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005 (18:33:10)Modern detectives are now using cell phone forensics to capture more and more criminals. Forensics, the science of preserving, extracting and examining data, has long been confined to computers. Now, with the help of cell phone seizure kits like the one from Paraben, detectives can easily extract important information from all types of cell phones...
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Tuesday, March 22, 2005 (17:43:33)The police have long complained that organisations that are the victims of computer crime are reluctant to come forward for fear an investigation will cripple their business as the police seize servers and PCs as evidence. On the other hand, businesses have repeatedly complained that the police lack the skills and resources to properly investigate cybercrime...
Tuesday, March 22, 2005 (13:24:48)A new paper, "Computer Forensics â€“ A Business Tool", by Andy Fox of Audax Digital Forensics is now online and can be read at
Tuesday, March 22, 2005 (11:36:30)Blue lights flashed inside the Menlo Park office suite, a signal to the "propeller heads'' -- highly trained forensic computer examiners -- that fellow FBI agents had arrived with another cyber-mystery for them to solve. This one was buried somewhere in the pair of Compaq hard drives they had seized in January from Victor Conte Jr. The agents handed over the drives wrapped in opaque pink plastic bags and filled out the case files with what they were seeking: any evidence that the Balco mastermind illegally leaked the grand jury testimony of Barry Bonds and others to the media...
Monday, March 21, 2005 (10:28:44)Electronic crime detection experts are working with police and forensic detectives in a Scottish university to establish new techniques to detect cyber crime, especially CP. "Anybody using a computer leaves a trail, and it's very hard to cover that trail completely," says Ian Ferguson of Strathclyde University's Computer and Information Science department. "We call it 'leaving footprints in the digital flowerbed' and the detective work comes in finding the individual signatures - like phrases, structures of sentences, habits of using capitals in certain places. "In e-mail stalking cases these begin to form a pattern, and that pattern is invariably repeated somewhere...
Sunday, March 20, 2005 (12:38:28)The FBI's Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RCFL) initiative has been chosen as one of the "Top 50" programs in the 2005 Innovations in American Government Awards competition. The RCFL Program is a national network of one-stop, full-service digital evidence laboratories. The FBI provides start-up and operational funding, training, personnel and equipment, while local area law enforcement agencies assign personnel to work as Examiners...
Friday, March 18, 2005 (19:25:15)Police in London say they have foiled one of the biggest attempted bank thefts in Britain. The plan was to steal Â£220m ($423m) from the London offices of the Japanese bank Sumitomo Mitsui. Computer experts are believed to have tried to transfer the money electronically after hacking into the bank's systems. A man has been arrested by police in Israel after the plot was uncovered by the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit...
Friday, March 18, 2005 (19:21:25)Five European governments are setting up a hi-tech team to monitor how terrorists and criminals use the net. The group will make recommendations on shutting down websites that break terrorism laws. The plans for the initiative came out of a meeting of the G5 interior ministers in Spain that discussed ways to tackle these threats...