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

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9780121628857: Digital Evidence and Computer Crime: Forensic Science, Computers, and the Internet

Digital evidence--evidence that is stored on or transmitted by computers--can play a major role in a wide range of crimes, including homicide, rape, abduction, child abuse, solicitation of minors, child pornography, stalking, harassment, fraud, theft, drug trafficking, computer intrusions, espionage, and terrorism.

Though an increasing number of criminals are using computers and computer networks, few investigators are well-versed in the evidentiary, technical, and legal issues related to digital evidence. As a result, digital evidence is often overlooked,
collected incorrectly, and analyzed ineffectively. The aim of this hands-on resource is to educate students and professionals in the law enforcement, forensic science, computer security, and legal communities about digital evidence and computer crime.

This work explains how computers and networks function, how they can be involved in crimes, and how they can be used as a source of evidence. As well as gaining a practical understanding of how computers and networks function and how they can be used as evidence of a crime, readers will learn about relevant legal issues and will be introduced to deductive criminal profiling, a systematic approach to focusing an investigation and understanding criminal motivations.

The accompanying CD-ROM contains simulated cases that integrate many of the topics covered in the text, teaching individuals about:
* Includes CD-ROM multimedia appendix containing simulated cases
* Provides a thorough explanation of how computers and networks function, how they can be involved in crimes, and how they can be used as a source of evidence
* Offers readers information about relevant legal issues
* Features coverage of the abuse of computer networks and privacy and security issues on computer networks

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Required reading for anyone involved in computer investigations or computer administration!

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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 & JUSTICE


"This is the right book for the times."
--Lori Fenna, Chair, ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION


". . . I highly recommend it for anybody who is just entering the field of digital forensics. This book has many fine features, including coverage of the basics of criminal investigation, legal issues in digital forensics, and of course, the technical information you need to get started in the field and understand what the experts are talking about. It covers the who, what, why, when, where, and how of digital evidence, addresses means, motive, and opportunity, and addresses the big picture issues very well . . . Regardless of whether your background is in the law, criminal investigation, or computers, this book is a useful resource. I was particularly enamored with the number of examples included in the book. These case studies and situational demonstrations bring the book to life and add meaning that you can't get from a dry academic book . . . Casey goes on to include an extensive glossary, excellent citations, a useful index, sample printouts, URLs of well known sites, and a multimedia supplement. All told, this book does a fine job of introducing the area and provides a useful resource for the active practitioner."
--Fred Cohen, SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORY, LIVERMORE, CALIFORNIA, USA


Digital evidence--evidence that is stored on or transmitted by computers--can play a major role in a wide range of crimes, including homicide, rape, abduction, child abuse, solicitation of minors, child pornography, stalking, harassment, fraud, theft, drug trafficking, computer intrusions, espionage, and terrorism. Though an increasing number of criminals are using computers and computer networks, few investigators are well-versed in the evidentiary, technical, and legal issues related to digital evidence. As a result, digital evidence is often overlooked, collected incorrectly, and analyzed ineffectively.


The aim of this hands-on resource is to educate students and professionals in the law enforcement, forensic science, computer security, and legal communities about digital evidence and computer crime. This work explains how computers and networks function, how they can be involved in crimes, and how they can be used as a source of evidence. As well as gaining a practical understanding, readers will learn about relevant legal issues and will be introduced to deductive criminal profiling, a systematic approach to focusing an investigation and understanding criminal motivations.


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  • Includes CD-ROM multimedia appendix containing simulated cases, related links, and more
  • Provides a thorough explanation of how computers and networks function, how they can be involved in crimes, and how they can be used as a source of evidence
  • Offers readers information about relevant legal issues
  • Features coverage of the abuse of computer networks and privacy and security issues on computer networks

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