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Conducting an Electronic Investigation: A Case Study in Virginia Politics

Happy New Year!  2017 has already started off with a proverbial “bang” in our home state of Virginia with a story in the political world which directly relates to the field of digital forensics and electronic investigation.  Two Republican candidates for Lieutenant…

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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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Neutrality in Digital Forensics

Let’s be honest, everyone has biases about many things in life. Whether you have a bias against people’s behavior during a full moon or a bias for or against the police in an investigation, biases come in all shapes, sizes…

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The Four Factors of Mobile Forensics

As with most private-sector digital forensic practitioners in the modern market, a great majority of our cases involve mobile device forensics.  These cases range from employment disputes to divorce.  invariably, whenever we get an intake consult for one of these cases, we…

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How Digital Forensics Can Help: Divorce & Child Custody Cases

In the third of our “How Digital Forensics Can Help” Series, we’ll seek to answer some common questions about what can and cannot be available in divorce and child custody cases.  These are routinely some of the most emotionally-driven cases, no…

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Keep Windows 10 off Your Forensic Machine (for now)

With the much anticipated recent release of Windows 10 comes a number of concerns for digital forensic examiners.  Full disclosure, I’m an Apple guy.  I like Apple products very much and wish I could do all of my forensic work on OSx,…

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How Digital Forensics Can Help: Personal Injury Cases

Regular readers of this blog have no doubt observed that I try to make the case quite often that digital forensics is a valuable resource for legal practitioners involved in many different types of litigation and investigation.  Toward that end, I’ll…

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Never Use P2P

Why You Should Never Use Peer-to-Peer For those of you who don’t already know, peer-to-peer file sharing is a big deal, not only for “legitimate” purposes (i.e., trading of non-contraband files), but also for more nefarious purposes such as trading…

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Link to Forensicator Podcast #102: Jimmy Schroering of DME Forensics

Pro Digital Forensic Consulting Principal Consultant, Patrick Siewert sits down with Jimmy Schroering of DME Forensics, creators of DVR Examiner.  They discuss the inception of DME Forensics, challenges & lessons from launching a tech company, the virtues of DVR Examiner…

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