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Tag: Digital Investigations

Agents racing to save girl had one blurred clue

Washington (CNN) — Federal agents watched in horror as an unknown man in an internet photo appealed for stomach-churning advice — how to rape the child beside him. The girl was in pajamas and the man appeared intent on abusing her sometime soon. Homeland Security agents knew they were in a race against time to…
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Microsoft says it freed millions of computers from criminal botnet

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said that an assault it led earlier this month on one of the world’s biggest cyber crime rings has freed at least 2 million PCs infected with a virus believed to have been used to steal more than $500 million from bank accounts worldwide. “We definitely have liberated at least 2…
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“You’re Pretty—You Could Make Some Money”

(Washingtonian) by Marisa M. Kashino – In the affluent Northern Virginia suburbs, a shocking problem has taken root: Police and federal agents have taken down dozens of juvenile sex traffickers in the last two years alone. Here’s how one gang recruited teenagers through Facebook, at Metro stations and shopping malls—even in the halls of Fairfax…
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FBI director defends surveillance programs, clashes with legislator

Washington (CNN) — FBI Director Robert Mueller said Thursday that secret government surveillance programs disclosed by leaks of classified information have been conducted in adherence with the U.S. Constitution and federal laws. “The legality has been ensured” by the Department of Justice, and special federal courts set up to handle surveillance issues “ruled and monitored…
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Edward Snowden: US government has been hacking Hong Kong and China for years

(South China Morning Post) US whistle-blower Edward Snowden yesterday emerged from hiding in Hong Kong and revealed to the South China Morning Post that he will stay in the city to fight likely attempts by his government to have him extradited for leaking state secrets. In an exclusive interview carried out from a secret location…
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N.S.A. Chief Says Phone Logs Halted Terror Threats

WASHINGTON (NYTimes)— The director of the National Security Agency told Congress on Wednesday that “dozens” of terrorism threats had been halted by the agency’s huge database of the logs of nearly every domestic phone call made by Americans, while a senator briefed on the program disclosed that the telephone records are destroyed after five years.…
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Investigative Report: Post 9/11 Domestic Surveillance Is Big Business

(HS Today) by Dan Verton – A review of federal wiretap reports and information contained in several internal briefing documents produced by major telecommunications and Internet companies shows that post-9/11 domestic electronic surveillance has become more than a big scandal — it’s also big business. Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies have spent more…
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The Case for Teaching Network Protocols to Computer Forensics Examiners: Part 1

(DFI News) Insights on the role of network forensics and how knowledge of computer communications and network protocols is emerging as a necessary skill for digital investigators. Most computer forensics experts are well-versed in basic computer hardware technology, operating systems, common software applications, and computer forensics tools. And while many have rudimentary knowledge about the…
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Tech Insight: What You Need To Know To Be A Cyber Forensics Pro

(Dark Reading) Cyber forensics has become a hot topic in security — and a critical skill that many enterprises would like to hire. But exactly what skills and experience does a security pro need to become a forensics expert? The first set of skills is knowledge of IT technology and its relationship to the collection…
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Canada Eavesdropping on Phone, Internet Records Too

OTTAWA (Security Week) – Canada has also been electronically eavesdropping on Canadians and others, scouring global telephone records and Internet data for patterns of suspicious activity, a newspaper said Monday. The daily Globe and Mail reported that Defense Minister Peter MacKay signed a ministerial directive renewing the program in November 2011, after a brief hiatus…
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