Digital Evidence

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Running head: Digital Evidence Darlene Sampson Digital Evidence January 8, 2012 Abstract This paper will help explain the basic understanding of computer forensics. I will also identify five areas in computers and computer application a forensic investigator can look for digital evidence. I will identify three types of criminal investigations that can utilize the services of computer forensic investigators. This paper will help with the understanding of computer forensics. Digital Evidence What is computer forensics? Computer forensics involves the preservation, identification, extraction, documentation and interpretation of computer data. (Kruse & Heiser, 2002) Computer forensics is where the evidence is…show more content…
Theft crimes that may involve home invasions, the accused may have kept a list of all of the items stolen with the serial numbers and other pertinent information for the items. So if there was a spreadsheet to house all of this information this could be pulled from the computer memory and used as evidence. Drug related crimes can also have spreadsheets, email and chat sessions. The forensic investigator can retrieve the log files from these applications to pull evidence that can be used. Conclusion There are areas in which a computer forensic investigator should know where to look for digital evidence for a criminal case. Here are few of them: Floppy discs CD roms DVD roms Flash drives Any other type of removable media System storage devices Computer memory Digital printouts There are many types of criminal investigations that can use a forensic investigator. The criminal investigations that could use the services of computer forensics experts are sex crimes especially minors, theft and drug related crimes. References Kruse II, W. G., & Heiser, J. G. (2002). Computer forensics: incident response essentials. Boston, Mass.:
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