Digital Evidence and Computer Crime: Forensic Science, Computers and the Internet

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Digital evidence - evidence that is stored on or transmitted by computers - can play a major role in a wide range of crimes. Though an increasing number of criminals are using computers and computer networks, few investigators are well versed in the evidently, technical and legal issues related to digital evidence. This book explains how computer networks function, how they can be involved in crime and how they can be used as a source of evidence. Readers will learn about relevant legal issues and ber introduced to deductive criminal profiling, a systematic approach to focusing an investigation and understanding criminal motivations.

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Cybercrime--the use of computers for criminal activity--is a becoming a hot subject right now, and Digital Evidence and Computer Crime is one of the first books to explain exactly what it means. This title considers cybercrimes such as e-mail defrauding, harassment in chat rooms, "spoofing", and "cracking" of computer networks. The author explains where the digital evidence is left, how it can be gathered with minimal distortion and how it can be used legally.

The book is stylishly formatted and easy to read. The main text is interspersed with fascinating case examples--such as the murderer caught at a library because the computer he always used there was traced, or the Colonel who remembered to shred all his documents and delete all e-mail, but didn't realise that backups were regularly made . . .

The author, Eoghan Casey, has designed this book for computer security professionals, law enforcement officers, attorneys and forensic scientists, but it is likely that all those with an interest in the role of computers in crime will find this an interesting read. The book only disappoints on two fronts. First, although much detail is provided on what should be done to gather and use digital evidence, very little technical information is given on how to do it. Secondly, and more seriously, this book makes no mention of the most recent and potentially costly form of cybercrime--fraudulent activity in electronic commerce systems. It would have been nice to hear about some of the automatic data-mining techniques being developed to find these crimes in large databases. However, Casey does a thorough job of explaining the more "traditional" types of cybercrime, and Digital Evidence and Computer Crime is recommended for those new to the field as an excellent introductory text. --Dr. Peter J Bentley

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" Digital Evidence and Computer Crime provides an introduction to many concepts from computer science about networks, and in particular the Internet. It details the application of forensic science principles to the location, recovery, and examination of digital evidence...Each chapter in the book is fully supported by case examples to clarify particular points made. It also contains many references to specialized literature and on-line resources as well as a helpful glossary of terms...this book can be recommended mainly for people looking to expand their general knowledge and awareness of computer crime and the process of computer crime investigation, particularly those just entering the field of digital forensics." -- Dr. L.W. Russell, Science and Justice

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