[ISN] Purdue class treats hard drive as crime scene

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 8 May 2009 04:01:18 -0500 (CDT)

Journal and Courier
May 6, 2009

If a picture is worth a thousand words, than a suspect's Web browser 
history, e-mails, chat logs, cell phone and electronic documents could 
equal a conviction.

Purdue University is schooling law enforcement officers from around the 
state this week in digital forensics -- a sort of crime scene 
investigation for computers, according to Marc Rogers, a professor of 
computer and information technology and director of Purdue's cyber 
forensics program.

"The FBI says (a large) percent of all investigations include computer 
or digital evidence," Rogers said. "It doesn't have to be child 
pornography or a computer used to commit a crime. You can find someone's 
contact list on their cell phone, calendar on their computer, or 
spreadsheets on a smart phone. That can solve a crime."

The three-day course, Digital Evidence Triage, prepares officers to 
investigate data found on desktop computers, laptops, cell phones, 
Blackberries, social networking sites and Web-based file servers. The 20 
officers enrolled are learning how to capture and prepare digital 
evidence so it will be admissible in court.


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