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Electronically Stored Information (ESI) in High-Profile Cases

f it seems like the frequency of high-profile and attention-grabbing cases involving Electronically Stored Information (ESI) and digital evidence in the media are on the increase, you’re 100% correct!  ESI is ubiquitous – on our computers, on our phones, on our…

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Digital Evidence in Distracted Driving Cases: Text Messages & Beyond

Texting-while-driving (TWD) is a problem, but it’s more than just texting – the problem encompasses distractions of all sorts related to mobile devices and more.  One might go so far as to say it is the traffic safety problem of the…

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Sooner Rather Than Later… Please!

In the past few weeks, we’ve received a higher than average number of requests for digital forensic services on very short notice.  To some digital forensic practitioners, particularly in the public sector, this may seem almost unheard of, but when I…

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Holistic Mobile & Cellular Investigations

I’ve been attending a lot of training lately.  Because my training and experience initiated in law enforcement and in computer forensics and because the field of mobile device forensics has exploded so much, I have been catching up on newer methods…

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Don’t Forget the Victim (And Their Device)!

Regardless if your case involves computers, tablets, iPhones, Android devices or all of the above, one thing the investigative community can agree on is, every case is different.  Sure, certain cases will follow a workflow pattern, but the circumstances of every…

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Training Review: X-Ways Forensics

I’ve been involved in computer/digital forensics since 2009, starting off my first training with Basic Data Recovery & Acquisition (BDRA) given by the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)in Fairmont, WV. Many of you have probably started your forensic training at NW3C…

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Clash of the Titans: Apple vs. The U.S. Government

I’ve had many spirited discussions and read many thought-provoking articles since the Federal Magistrate ordered Apple to cooperate (even more than they already have) with the FBI in the investigation of alleged San Bernardino terrorist Sayed Farook and his locked iPhone 5c.  Most…

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