Investigating Computer- Related Crime a Handbook for by Peter Stephenson, Keith Gilbert

By Peter Stephenson, Keith Gilbert

Written via an skilled details safety specialist,Investigating Computer-Related Crime: A instruction manual For company Investigators is adapted to the desires of company info pros and investigatorsIt provides a step by step method of realizing and investigating defense difficulties, and gives the technical details, criminal info, and computing device forensic ideas you must protect the safety of your company's informationInvestigating Computer-Related Crime discusses the character of cyber crime, its impression within the twenty first century, its research and the problems encountered by way of either public cops and personal investigators. by means of detailing an research and delivering worthwhile case stories, this publication bargains insights into amassing and keeping proof, interrogating suspects and witnesses, dealing with the crime in growth, and matters in regarding the experts. The pro writer deals helpful, firsthand details on utilizing the forensic utilities for conserving proof and looking for hidden info, that can assist you devise ideas to the computer-related crimes that threaten the health of your companyBooknewsDiscusses the character of cyber crime, its impression within the twenty first century, its research, and problems encountered by means of either public police officers and personal investigators. deals a step by step method of figuring out and investigating safeguard difficulties, technical and felony details, and laptop forensic suggestions, and offers suggestion on accumulating and holding proof, interrogating suspects, dealing with crime in development, and related to specialists. For company details execs and investigators. the writer has been a community advisor and lecturer for 18 years, focusing on details safeguard for big businesses.

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The DOS file system uses unused portions of its disks to store information that it requires temporarily. Also, files are not really deleted from a DOS file system. As anyone who has had to recover an accidentally deleted file knows, if the file space has not been overwritten, the file can usually be recovered. However, even if a portion of the space has been overwritten, there may be enough remnants of the file left to establish that the intruder uploaded it. If we go back to our earlier discussion of reading a password file during a telnet session, it can be seen that it must have been saved to the intruder’s disk during the logging process.

If the attack started with a PC, there may be forensic evidence on the hard drive that points to use of the PC in the attack. The early efforts you expend to collect evidence will not always be rewarded, but they are always critical. Be very careful how you probe an attacker’s computer. It may be booby-trapped to cause critical evidence to be destroyed at the first sign of tampering. We will discuss search-and-seizure later in much more detail. The bottom line is that denial of service attacks can destroy data, applications, and configuration files.

Even so, it is possible that the attacker will have performed some task while logged into the ©2000 by CRC Press LLC victim’s computer, will show up on his or her machine, and can be traced to the victim. For example, a remnant of a directory tree from the victim computer found in the slack (unused) space on the attacker’s machine could establish that he or she had gained entry into the victim. Once the attacker has been identified, it is always a good idea to impound his or her computer and perform a forensic examination.

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