Indentifying Terrorists with Digital
Digital forensics is still a relatively new science
in the mainstream security space, but the intelligence services have been using the technique
since the earliest days of computers against the
perceived enemies of the day.
Today enemies of the state are often terrorists
and specifically include Al Qaeda.
A key question when dealing with Al Qaeda, however, is what can be done on the tight
budgets of government agencies, but, according
to Gregor Stewart, director of product management with Basis Technology, quite a lot can be
achieved through the use of advanced digital
In his presentation at Counter Terror Expo—
entitled “Delivering Mission-Critical Answers for
Today’s Intelligence Community”—Stewart explained that, when data is extracted from a suspected terrorist’s computer, it is a triage situation,
with forensics staff duplicating the hard drive and
then analyzing the meta data that results.
Talk Forensics: Packaging Mobile Devices
In this installment of our Talk Forensics series we
discuss the collection and packaging of cell phones
and other mobile devices. Proper packaging is essential to preserve the sometimes volatile electronic
evidence these devices contain.
Cops Get Serious about Cyber Crime
The world’s police forces are, it seems, starting to
appreciate the scale and significance of the cy-bercrime problem. The director of the FBI, James
Comey, told journalists last week that cyber threats
were a major priority for his agency.
He admitted that there is a serious shortage of
digital skills in law enforcement, and said the FBI’s
specialists were constantly being called on by police
forces working on cyber offences to cover that skills
gap. He also repeated demands for improved co-operation between law enforcement and the private
sector, particularly breach notifications which are
apparently still regularly shirked by businesses.
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How Internet Forensics Changed Criminal
A snapshot of the evolution of forensic investigations
from 44 B.C. to present. The introduction of internet forensics has drastically changed the forensic