Cybercrime Investigation Case Studies: An Excerpt from by Brett Shavers

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Cybercrime research Case reviews is a "first glance" excerpt from Brett Shavers' new Syngress e-book, Placing the Suspect in the back of the Keyboard. Case reports are a good approach to studying the tools and approaches that have been either winning and unsuccessful in actual situations. utilizing numerous case varieties, together with civil and felony situations, with assorted cybercrimes, a extensive base of information should be received via evaluating the instances opposed to one another. the first aim of reviewing winning instances concerning suspects utilizing expertise to facilitate crimes is on the way to locate and use an analogous equipment in destiny circumstances. This "first glance" teaches you ways to put the suspect in the back of the keyboard utilizing case studies.

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The investigation uncovered the criminal evidence because the investigator took an active, online undercover role. Forensic analysis doesn舗t usually come into play with an online investigation until physical electronic evidence is identified and seized. A sexual predator case conducted through online chatting can be completed against a suspect without going beyond the evidence of the single online crime under investigation. However, by examining all of the suspect舗s electronic devices, past victims may be identified as well as any possible conspirators.

That doesn舗t mean you stop trying. There is a solution and that solution resides in your suspect舗s actions. Eventually, all suspects will make a mistake. Many of these mistakes go unnoticed, sometimes for 31 years. However, the astute investigator will have an ear to the ground in the event that a mistake is caught at some point. These mistakes are the 舠breaks in the case舡 that are unexpected and powerful. An example of metadata from a common document file is seen in Fig. 2. If the information in the metadata in this deleted file is accurate, then you would have the name of the suspect and potentially the name of his workplace, or at least the business that owns the computer that was used.

4 Two files with different file names, but having the same hash value, indicating the contents of the files are identical. Alternatively, Fig. 5 shows two files with the same file name but having different hash values. If there were a claim that both of these files are the same original files, it would be apparent that one of the files has been modified. Fig. 5 Two files with the same file names, but having different hash values, indicating the contents are not identical. Finding the discrepancies or modifications of an electronic file can only be accomplished if there is a comparison to be made with the original file.

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