U.S. can conduct offsite searches of computers seized at borders

Laptop computers and other digital devices carried into the U.S. may be seized from travelers without a warrant and sent to a secondary site for forensic inspection, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled last week.

The ruling is the second in less than a year that allows the U.S. government to conduct warrantless, offsite searches of digital devices seized at the country's borders.

Hackers hit Atlanta FBI affiliate

The FBI announced Sunday it shut down an Atlanta-based website that tracks cyber-crime after the site was compromised by a mysterious, yet increasingly audacious group of hackers.

InfraGard Atlanta, a nonprofit partnership between local business, government and academic security experts and the FBI, was hacked late last week by Lulz Security. LulzSec, as it’s known on-line in cyber security channels, hijacked the InfraGard site and published the email addresses, usernames and passwords of its 180 members.

Sony Pictures confirms LulzSec hacker attack, FBI probe

Culver City-based Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., the television and movie studio for the Japanese electronics giant, confirmed late Friday that it been hacked and was working with the FBI to identify the attacker.

In a statement, the studio's chairman Michael Lynton and co-chairman Amy Pascal said that a "cyber-crime wave that has affected Sony companies and a number of government agencies, businesses and individuals in recent months has hit Sony Pictures as well."

New Gadget Recovers Deleted Data from Androids

Paraben Corporation (http://www.paraben.com/), a leader in the digital forensics industry, announced the release of the Phone Recovery Stick. This innovative new product brings advanced computer forensic powers to every day consumers. Until now, people would need to pay forensic examiners to try to extract deleted data from Androids. The Phone Recovery Stick gives this power to anyone who can plug the USB device into a computer. Once plugged in, users simply plug their Android phone in and run the program.

Simple things lawyers can do, or don’t do, to protect information

Everyone does it. After a long day, you forgot to do one simple thing that could compromise confidential information: You forgot to turn off your office computer! Though it’s common sense, there are a number of things lawyers routinely do or don’t do that could lead to problems down the road, according to computer forensic, legal technology, and information security experts John Simek and attorney Sharon Nelson.
Technology blunders: Simple things lawyers can do, or don’t do, to protect information

Odyssey Research in Ithaca receives $775K grant

he National Institute of Justice has awarded four grants totaling $775,000 to Odyssey Research Associates in Ithaca under the Electronic Crime and Digital Evidence Recovery Program. These funds will enable Odyssey Research to improve the tools and technology needed to retrieve forensic evidence in an accurate, accessible and efficient manner, U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y, announced Monday in a news release.

Two Forensic Cases Solved with Belkasoft Evidence Center Software

Case 1: Unauthorized Money Transfers
Group-IB, a leading commercial investigator in Russia, was approached by a major bank. The bank’s managers detected unauthorized money transfer activities going on in their system. Apparently, the bank’s money transfer system has been exploited from outside. A hard drive image and firewall logs were analyzed in the lab, revealing the computer in question was accessed remotely. In order to discover additional evidence, the lab investigated Web browser logs and user profiles; no suspicious activity was discovered.

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