Recent Articles

March 4, 2014 1:17 pm
Sean Harrington
Digital forensics examiners all confront ethical dilemmas. In fact, examiners are ill prepared to solve these dilemmas. The profession has, for its part, endeavored to provide examiners with a framework within which the digital forensics examiner must not only recognize, classify, and manage ethical dilemmas, but also respect boundaries and honor obligations.
March 4, 2014 1:35 pm
James Wiebe
Recognizing the need to acquire information and evidence from distant computers, a new group of E-Discovery and forensic tools have evolved in the last five years. An alternative device now exists: a very small computing device (CRU Ditto Forensic FieldStation)3 which combines special-purpose computing hardware, capable of fast analysis, and carefully selected duplication of attached hard drive data.
March 4, 2014 1:47 pm
Rebecca Waters
Ed Primeau, a Michigan-based audio forensic expert, plays an important role analyzing sound recordings to be presented as admissible evidence in a court of law, and typically completes 40 to 50 voice identification cases each year. DFI News spoke with him to see what it takes to specialize in audio forensics.  
February 23, 2014 11:41 pm
Source code and text comparison is an established, well-known analysis technique. Using a program capable of simply listing file A in the left window and file B in the right window and highlighting the differences between each and every line, preferably in a different color, is frequently an easy way to detect copied text. Some of the more advanced analysis utilities can also compare, merge, and synchronize files and directories. 
February 23, 2014 11:51 pm
Ken Mohr and Larry Depew
When you hear about recent organizations who have achieved ASCLD/LAB accreditation, you may not expect to hear Wal-mart Stores, Inc. named. Ken Mohr, a principal at Crime Lab Design, heard about the project Larry Depew and his company, Digital Forensics.US, LLC was doing with Walmart’s E-Discovery and Forensic Services Laboratory and wanted to learn more about the trend for convergence of E-Discovery and digital forensic services.  
February 21, 2014 9:44 am
Eamon P. Doherty
It is very important that the digital evidence be preserved from the time of seizure until it is presented as evidence in court. If evidence is suspected of being tampered with, it could be ruled as inadmissible in court. Therefore, it is important for CCEs to preserve digital evidence by using a Faraday bag and noting its usage on the chain of evidence form.
February 19, 2014 4:44 am
Heather Mahalik
Too often smartphone devices are overlooked as investigators focus solely on computer hard drives. As the mobile device market continues to grow and evolve, an investigator’s task of uncovering evidence will be that much harder. Staying current through education and hands-on training courses is cruicial.  
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