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Updated Standards and Best Practice Guides in IRIS Digital Evidence Toolbox

When digital evidence is encountered during an investigation, many questions arise: What is the best method to preserve the evidence? How should the evidence be handled? How should valuable or potentially relevant data contained be preserved? The key to answering these questions begins with a firm understanding of the characteristics of digital evidence. Organizations comprised of digital forensics experts such as National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and Scientific Working Group for Digital Evidence (SWGDE) have published guides for ensuring quality and consistency within the forensic community. IRIS LLC has updated our Digital Evidence Toolbox with the newest Standards and Best Practices from SWGDE along with other free tools and resources for the legal professional.

2018-07-26T09:51:41+00:00July 25th, 2018|Categories: Cell Phone Forensics, Computer Forensics, Crime Scene Examination, Investigations, Standards-Best Practices|Comments Off on Updated Standards and Best Practice Guides in IRIS Digital Evidence Toolbox

Case Study: Early Assessment and the use of Cell Site Records

Previously overlooked cell site records containing location data were used to exonerate a man after 17 years in jail. In 2000, teenager Vernon Horn was convicted for a January 1999 robbery and murder at a New Haven neighborhood convenience store.  17 years later cell site records were used to set aside the conviction. Read the Full Article Here>

2018-07-03T14:51:49+00:00July 3rd, 2018|Categories: Cell Phone Forensics, Investigations, Location Data|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Case Study: Early Assessment and the use of Cell Site Records

What attorneys and investigators need to know about cell provider records and their retention

Effective use of location data begins with having the knowledge of what information to get and where to find it.  But the most important thing to know is that it is time sensitive so it must be prioritized early. Cellular service providers have location data records you may not have considered.  These records can be a significant source of information, but are more time sensitive than other records because of each providers record retention.  For example, when a person is travelling, and their mobile device is idle, the device could be connecting to roaming networks, Wi-Fi hotspots, cell site towers, etc.  Each of these actions leaves a footprint of locations that are contained in unique service provider records. “Harness the power of knowledge.” We explain what service provider records are available, how long they are kept and how to get them.  We combined these free resources and more in our IRIS LLC Digital Evidence Toolbox.  These resources include an up-to-date subpoena guide for all the major cellular and internet service providers.  They also include updated 2018 retention schedules for the main cellular service providers and descriptions of the types of records to request. Read Full Article Here Click Here for the IRIS DIGITAL EVIDENCE TOOLBOX

2018-07-03T11:56:34+00:00June 26th, 2018|Categories: Cell Phone Forensics|Tags: , |Comments Off on What attorneys and investigators need to know about cell provider records and their retention

Supreme Court protects digital privacy of cellphone location records

(Photo: Michael Owens, USA Today) In a ruling that could have broad implications for privacy rights in the digital age, justices on both sides of the ideological spectrum said rapid advances in technology make decades-old rules on data privacy inadequate. It was another in a series of digital privacy verdicts issued by the Supreme Court, following rulings in recent years that police cannot use GPS equipment to track vehicles or search cellphones without a warrant.  See full USA Today article>

2018-07-03T14:03:42+00:00June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Cell Phone Forensics, Digital Privacy, Investigations|Comments Off on Supreme Court protects digital privacy of cellphone location records

Best Practices for Preserving Social Media Evidence

In our earlier post on this topic, Best Practices for Searching Social Media for Evidence, we described a universal approach for searching the internet to locate and identify social media evidence.  In this article we discuss the best practices for preserving the evidence found, the rules of evidence that apply and steps that can be taken to overcome anticipated admissibility issues. Read the full article> See our Digital Evidence Toolbox for additional tools    

2018-06-11T12:57:03+00:00June 11th, 2018|Categories: Investigations, Social Media|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Best Practices for Preserving Social Media Evidence

CA Court Rules Social Media Companies Can Be Compelled To Provide Defendants Some User Content

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) On Thursday, May 24, 2018, California’s Supreme Court ruled that social media companies can be compelled to provide criminal defendants user content that is public. Many social media companies including Facebook have ignored requests arguing that federal law prevents the release of user content. See Full AP Article>

2018-07-03T11:58:12+00:00May 25th, 2018|Categories: Digital Privacy, Social Media|Comments Off on CA Court Rules Social Media Companies Can Be Compelled To Provide Defendants Some User Content

Bridgeport Man Found Not Guilty of Stratford Rape

  A Bridgeport man, who spent nine and a half months in prison after a woman claimed he raped her in a Stratford motel, was found not guilty of the charges. Mr. Joseph’s defense team reported that the cell phone evidence recovered by IRIS LLC was a crucial part of the defense. When IRIS LLC initially received Mr. Joseph's phone it was heavily damaged and not operational, but we were able to repair the phone so that the text message evidence could be successfully extracted and provided to the defense team. See Full Article>

2018-06-14T16:37:24+00:00May 21st, 2018|Categories: Cell Phone Forensics, Investigations|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Bridgeport Man Found Not Guilty of Stratford Rape

Due Diligence in Skakel Case

New Investigation Yields Critical Evidence: In our assessment of the credibility of the State's star witness, Gregory Coleman, it was a simple matter of conducting due diligence.  As was our investigation into an alibi witness, Dennis Ossorio. Unfortunately, the basic investigative steps were not followed until our involvement a decade later.  The failure to conduct due diligence can affect anyone from all walks of life. "The right to a fair trial is one of the cornerstones of a just society." See full Hartford Courant article

2018-05-08T13:23:28+00:00May 8th, 2018|Categories: Investigations|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Due Diligence in Skakel Case

Michael Skakel Wins At Connecticut Supreme Court, Conviction Vacated

The duty of the defense to independently investigate and interview alibi witnesses is fundamental, but not always a given.  It takes a professional energetic and sometimes tenacious investigation by the defense team to be effective.  In our investigation locating the alibi witness was routine procedure that should have been done by the previous defense team, but was not. See full Hartford Courant article

2018-06-14T16:36:05+00:00May 4th, 2018|Categories: Crime Scene Examination, Investigations|Comments Off on Michael Skakel Wins At Connecticut Supreme Court, Conviction Vacated

IRIS LLC Hosts Training for the CT Division of Public Defender Services

Thank you to everyone from the Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services who attended our latest digital forensics training seminar in Hartford, CT on Thursday, April 5, 2018.  It was a great opportunity to share our vision of promoting a universal standard for managing cell phone forensic extraction reports and preserving social media evidence in accordance with the best practices and industry standards. Harness the power of knowledge - Free guide and other investigative resources available in our Digital Evidence Toolbox: http://www.irisinvestigations.com/wordpress/iris-digital-evidence-toolbox/

2018-04-17T16:03:35+00:00April 16th, 2018|Categories: Cell Phone Forensics, Social Media, Training|Tags: , , |Comments Off on IRIS LLC Hosts Training for the CT Division of Public Defender Services