The Internet, computer networks, and automated data systems present an enormous new opportunity for committing criminal activity. Computers and other electronic devices are being used increasingly to commit, enable, or support crimes perpetrated against persons, organizations, or property. Whether the crime involves attacks against computer systems, the information they contain, or more traditional crimes such as murder, money laun-dering, trafficking, or fraud, electronic evidence increasingly is involved. It is no surprise that law enforcement and criminal justice officials are being overwhelmed by the volume of investigations and prosecutions that involve electronic evidence.
Computer Forensics can be defined as “The preservation, identification, extraction, interpretation, and documentation of computer evidence, to include processes, integrity of evidence, factual reporting of information found, and providing of expert opinion in the court of law or other legal and/or administrative proceeding as to what was found.”
What is Electronic Evidence?
Electronic evidence is information and data of investigative value that is stored on or transmitted by an electronic device. Such evidence is acquired when data or physical items are collected and stored for examination purposes.
Electronic evidence is often latent in the same sense as fingerprints or DNA evidence. It can transcend borders with ease and speed, its fragile and can be easily altered, damaged, or destroyed and its sometimes time-sensitive. Read More
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