Digital Discovery and Data Authentication. Courts are now ordering "digital discovery" along with the more traditional forms of discovery. Absent the services of a forensic examiner, the potential is great for a party to falsify, change, or doctor computer files before disclosing them to the other side in a case or litigation. Such "discovered" evidence might appear to be authentic but in reality be contrived (as well as a fraud on the court). A forensic computer examiner can verify whether computer files disclosed between the two parties match the original files residing on a litigants hard drive.
American businesses lose hundreds of millions of dollars each year through computer security breaches, much of it from external attacks and most from internal employee misconduct. The biggest losses are from theft of proprietary information and financial fraud. Only about a fourth of the businesses surveyed in 2001 reported such problems to the police. Businesses often hope to solve the problems internally and keep the bad news from hurting their stock values or investor confidence.
Accountants, fraud examiners, and auditors expect routinely to encounter computers and computer memory devices that contain important financial data. Cyberlab Computer Forensics, LLC can examine computer media for financial records and corporate books. In cases involving financial misconduct, sometimes the real books are given disguised file names, are password-protected, or are hidden by other ploys or stratagems. We can forensically examine the media for you, find the financial records and related data, and do so in a manner that will preserve the evidence to be used in hearings or other proceedings if necessary. We can also convert the data to a format that is understandable and easy to use when needed. Cyberlab Computer Forensics, LLC can provide the data to you on read-only CD-ROM to insure that your evaluation of the data does not alter the original.
Prosecutors and law enforcement agencies often lack critical resources for conducting sound investigations, searches and seizures, and prosecution of computer crimes. Federal guidelines recommend that a trained, forensic computer specialist be one part of a three-part team for such investigations, searches, and seizures:
Cyberlab Computer Forensics, LLC can assist prosecutors and law enforcement agencies by serving as the technical specialist in the search and seizure of computers and computer data as recommended in the Department of Justice Guidelines. (See also, Electronic Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for First Responders, National Institute of Justice, July 2001, http://www.ncjrs.org/txtfiles1/nij/187736.txt.)
Cyberlab Computer Forensics, LLC can assist prosecutors and law enforcement in a broad range of areas where computer evidence has been used, such as homicide cases, kidnaping or child abduction, pornography, child abuse, fraud, arson, drug dealing, counterfeiting, racketeering, conspiracies, financial crimes, stalking, extortion, blackmail, assaults, and other types of crime where computer records, e-mail correspondence, pictures, financial data, or other documents are involved.
Cyberlab Computer Forensics, LLC can assist in any investigation involving computers or computer data. This can be particularly helpful, for example, in cases of missing and exploited children who may have used computers to compose letters or e-mail correspondence, or who have contacted others over the Internet of left messages in Internet chat rooms. Modern computer operating systems create numerous hidden files and temporary files that record such activities, and log dates and times. Even if the files only indicate which computer chat rooms were accessed and when, such leads can become extremely important in the search for missing persons. In other contexts computer evidence may be important in sex, age, or race discrimination cases, marital infidelity cases, fraud and arson investigations, and many other sorts of matters routinely encountered by private investigators.
It has become commonplace for data or evidence related to insurance investigations to be contained on computers. Computer evidence has been used in arson and related insurance fraud investigations, wrongful death, workmans comp, and other cases involving insurance claims. Cyberlab Computer Forensics, LLC can assist insurance investigators in uncovering any computer evidence, accessible or inaccessible, password-protected, recently deleted, or otherwise hidden if located on computer hard drives, floppy disks, LS 120 floppies, zip disks, or CD-ROMs.