The Forensicon Blotter is a collection of events, videos and news summaries of interest ranging from Cybercrime, Corporate Fraud, Hacker Investigations, eDiscovery to Computer Forensics.

Anonymous Commenters Beware

Washington District Court judge grants Amazon Vendor, Ubervita, request to reveal identities, and other private information, of Amazon and Craigslist anonymous commenters. Ubervita sued anonymous defendants, identified as John Does 1-10 in its complaint, for intentionally tortious acts made to disrupt Ubervita’s business. Specifically, the herbal supplement maker alleges that anonymous Amazon.com commenters, believed to[…Read More]

Small Businesses Need to Prepare for Data Breaches

Just because you are an owner of a small business, doesn’t mean you don’t have to be on the alert for data breaches and rogue hackers. Cyber-attacks can occur on every level, and small businesses in particular need to be diligent about preventing these attacks. After all, when customer data is compromised, the small businesses[…Read More]

U.S. Supreme Court: Police Need Warrant to Search Cell Phones

In a 9-0 opinion, the United States Supreme Court on June 25, 2014 ruled that police cannot search the contents of a cellular phone of criminal suspects without a search warrant. Riley v. California, No. 13-132, U.S. Supreme Court June 25, 2014. This case arose when criminal suspect, David Riley was stopped for a routine[…Read More]

P.F. Chang’s Confirms Customer Credit Card Information Stolen

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro confirmed today that it was the latest company to have customer credit and debit card information stolen by hackers. The company was apparently notified of the breach by the United States Secret Service on June 10, 2014. The restaurant has said that it hired a  team of third-party forensics experts to investigate[…Read More]

Motorcyclist Convicted by Video and GPS Forensics

GPS Forensics Leads to Conviction Hamza Ali Ben Ali of Plainfield, Illinois was found guilty last month in Dupage County court on charges of aggravated fleeing and eluding of law enforcement police and driving with a suspended license.  Ali had attached a video camera to his bike and recorded his taunting of Westmont police inducing[…Read More]

Corporate Espionage: The Spy on Your Payroll

Corporate espionage and insider theft continues to be a problem in this digital world, despite the fact that business crimes are decreasing. In 2001, 61% of German-based companies were victims of corporate crime. In 2013, those numbers had fallen to 45%. The drop points to a trend in company culture over the last several years.[…Read More]

Microsoft Stops Supporting Windows XP

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft stopped supporting its Windows XP operating system. Users will no longer receive technical assistance or updates. Windows XP was supported for 12 years and discontinuing its support allows Microsoft to focus its resources on Windows 8 which is currently being supported until 2023. While you can still use Windows XP,[…Read More]

What Are the Chances of Recovering Deleted Data?

Forensicon’s president Lee Neubecker describes factors that impact the potential for recovering deleted data.  Key factors such as the size and type of media, as well as the percentage of used versus free space available on the hard drive are discussed.  Other factors impacting the prospects for recovery include the level of usage of the[…Read More]

US Government Spies on Cubans via Twitter Like App

In an effort to tap into the local sentiment of average Cubans, the U.S. Government sponsored the development of a social media application for cell phones called, ZunZeo. ZunZeo offered users free SMS messaging and was an alternative news outlet to many. U.S. Agency for International Aid (USAID), the U.S. Government’s outreach entity focused on[…Read More]

Brazil Revamps Data Security Ahead of 2014 World Cup

When the United States qualified for the 2014 World Cup on September 10th, the eyes of eager American soccer fans immediately turned to Brazil. Infrastructure issues and worries that stadiums and transport links will not be safe or ready by next summer have plagued the country’s preparations. With an estimated 3 million foreign tourists preparing[…Read More]