I do not think that word means what you think it means

“I do not think that word means what you think it means” –          Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride As with any other scientific specialty, computer investigations have their own lexicon of ideas and terms.  Many of them are foreign enough that a layman will require an explanation just to understand them, but several are words with …

Post-Mortem

They say you always remember your first one. The deceased was brought into the lab and laid out on a cold, hard table.  Instruments were laid out on the table beside them, some eerily familiar and others strange and arcane.  In a few moments, we were inside, looking at the innards that held the secrets …

The World’s Most Sophisticated Software

There is a tendency in the electronic evidence field to lose sight of the fact that, although the battleground is different, the way the war is fought is the same.  Electronic discovery motions are still discovery motions, destruction of electronic evidence is still spoliation and computer forensicinvestigations are still investigations. Because of the jargon in the …

Surprise!

Recently, we received a hard drive for investigation as part of litigation.  This drive had come from the work computer of an employee terminated by our client six months prior, now the subject of the litigation. When we received the drive, it was apparent that it had been tampered with.  Hard drives typically come with stickers …

Two Common Pitfalls of Encryption

Technology follows a predictable path as it develops.  New technologies are developed to address a small, but specific criteria.  Over time, the user-friendliness of the technology increases, leading to adoption by a larger portion of the userbase.  Eventually, the technology is easy enough to use that nearly everyone is a user. Email is an example of a technology …