Category Archive: Computer Forensics

Feb 24

FBI Business Email Compromise Alert

The FBI has issued a warning for increasing levels of a type of fraud known as “business email compromises” that target companies that regularly wire funds to foreign third parties.  In this scheme, an accounting officer is targeted with an email that appears to be originating from a company executive.  In fact, upon closer inspection …

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Feb 06

2013 Worst Passwords Revealed

SplashData released their 2013 list of “Worst Passwords of 2013”.  The list is compiled from files containing stolen passwords posted online.  The following table ranks the top 25 worst passwords for 2013 and compares them to 2012 and 2011.   Rank 2013 2012 2011 1 123456 password password 2 password 123456 123456 3 12345678 12345678 …

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Jan 25

I Smell A Hoax.

Sometimes reporters are so eager to tell a particular story that they will not apply a sufficient level of skepticism. On Friday January 18, news sites across the web linked to a story from the Salt Lake Tribune titled  “Utah business owner fires two who backed Obama”.  The story apparently started from the following comment …

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Nov 19

Sixth Circuit continues the law’s quest to keep up with technology

In United States of America vs. Melvin Skinner (09-6497, August 14, 2012), the Sixth circuit decided a case involving the limits of the use of computer and other modern technology (here, specifically cell phones) to obtain evidence. The Sixth Circuit summarized the factual background as follows: The government used data emanating from Melvin Skinner’s pay-as-you-go …

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Jun 22

Fraud School?

Six men in Britain have been convicted of not only selling fraudulent documents, but effectively operating a “school” to teach customers how to perpetuate frauds with the documents they purchased.  Confidential Access, the website at the center of the multi-level fraud, sold (mostly stolen) full credit profiles to its 11,000 customers for approximately $8,500 a …

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Jun 06

A Social Media Policy You Could Fit in a Tweet.

Lafe Solomon, chief counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, recently issued an opinion regarding several companies’ social media policies at their request.  The ruling does not carry any force of law or regulation, but does provide some guidance regarding the legal issues involved with social media policies. Social media presents a challenge to companies. …

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May 24

Is Siri a Spy?

In a recent article in the MIT Technology Review IBM’s Chief Information Officer Jeanette Horan discussed the implications of a 2010 policy that allowed employees to access the IBM network from devices of their own choosing.  Prior to allowing the device, IBM reconfigures it to, for example, disable third party cloud storage sites like Dropbox …

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May 16

Facebook Faces Challenges According to a New Poll

Days before Facebook’s initial public offering, a survey of the general population gives a sobering view of what Facebook needs to justify its market value. The poll was sponsored by the Associated Press and CNBC and conducted by GfK Roper between May 3rd and 7th of 2012.  It was a random phone survey of 1004 adults …

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Apr 27

Cloud Storage Terms of Service Compared

Google’s recent announcement that they were beginning their own Cloud Storage service called Google Drive triggered a storm of warnings from privacy advocates regarding the rights that Google was asserting for itself.  The worry was that by simply storing the file on Google Cloud, authors would be turning over full intellectual property rights to Google. …

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Mar 11

Mayflower Caught Pick-Pocketing the U.S. Government

A recent article in Fraud Magazine, “Mayflower moved millions out of the government’s pocket” by Robert Blair, highlights the importance of continuous auditing and integrated systems.  In this case, a team of auditors were tasked with auditing payments made on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense (“DOD”).  The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (“DFAS”), …

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