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The Best Data Security and Identity Theft Prevention Methods for 2018

Be proactive and know what the crooks need to rip you off.  Identify vulnerable points and take measures to protect yourself.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  You lock your door, why not your mail box?  But why stop there? What about your email box and all the devices and vulnerable points in-between. Read Full Article>

Hackers sought a $23,000 ransom after freezing a N.C. county’s website. They’re not getting it.

“3 things you can do to prevent a ransomware attack” Never open any attachment from ANY e-mail unless you are 100% sure it is legitimate and from a source that you trust (there are examples where an e-mail may come from someone you trust but that does not mean that they don’t have the virus and the attacker is using their PC to spread the malicious code). PLEASE always ensure the attachment is NOT a ZIP, EXE or other executable code.  There are some instances where a .doc is followed by a .zip (BE CAREFUL).  There are very common ones which are from USPS, UPS, FEDEX, Etc… all stating to have your package tracking information. Don’t search websites or visit links that you are not familiar with. We have seen where clients have clicked on a picture in Facebook and received a virus. VERY IMPORTANT. Always make sure you have a good backup of your server and data. This is however not the magic answer because if your server gets hit with Ransomware it may also encrypt your backup drive thus rendering it useless.  The SOLUTION to this issue is to always ensure that you have a backup drive that you take off-site for the recovery of your data. You are the only one who can ensure that if you are hit with Ransomware that you have the proper backup off-site and that the backup is current.  We hope you never have to deal with Ransomware, but if you are prepared the damage can be very minimal without paying the requested ransom. Have questions or need help, our team at I.R.I.S. LLC consists of experienced, computer forensic IT experts that can assist with a broad [...]

2017-12-11T13:54:49+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Categories: Computer Forensics, Investigations|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Hackers sought a $23,000 ransom after freezing a N.C. county’s website. They’re not getting it.

Best Practices for Searching Social Media for Evidence

“While it’s sometimes easy to find a person’s social media page by their name, finding a page which a user has created under a different name or alias - making sure you have the correct page as well as assuring that you have captured all the data in accordance with the best practices can be a challenging task.” The approach involves a two step process of first conducting the searches and second preserving the evidence using a forensic approach that captures all the data.  The purpose of this article is to provide a consistent, comprehensive approach for searching the internet while following the best practices and ethical standards. See Full Article: Best Practices for Searching Social Media for Evidence

2017-12-11T14:09:39+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Categories: Computer Forensics, Investigations|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Best Practices for Searching Social Media for Evidence

Can Police Track You Through Your Cellphone Without A Warrant?

The U.S. Supreme Court confronts the digital age again on Wednesday when it hears oral arguments in a case that promises to have major repercussions for law enforcement and personal privacy. At issue is whether police have to get a search warrant in order to obtain cellphone location information that is routinely collected and stored by wireless providers. See full article>

2017-11-28T12:41:07+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Categories: Cell Phone Forensics, Investigations|Comments Off on Can Police Track You Through Your Cellphone Without A Warrant?

Chain of Custody: How to Ensure Digital Evidence Stands Up In Court

Digital evidence is evidence. It can have real impact on legal proceedings. So just as with physical evidence, it’s essential that law enforcement maintain a clear, documented chain of custody, just as it would for any other physical evidence. From the moment evidence is obtained, a trail must document how it has been handled, by whom, and for what purpose. Read More>

2017-11-21T14:50:17+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Categories: Cell Phone Forensics, Computer Forensics, Investigations|Comments Off on Chain of Custody: How to Ensure Digital Evidence Stands Up In Court

Michael Skakel could face new murder trial

HARTFORD, Conn. -- A Kennedy cousin went back to court Wednesday, hoping to clear his name in a murder committed four decades ago. Prosecutors want him back in prison. At Wednesday's hearing, Michael Skakel's attorney Hubert Santos told the Connecticut Supreme Court who he believes really killed 15-year-old Martha Moxley. "The evidence leads to the inescapable conclusion that the probable killer was Tommy Skakel," Santos said. "Now, my client doesn't really want me to say that. It's his brother." "I am sure Michael is the young man who swung the golf club," said Dorothy Moxley, Martha's mother. "There's no doubt in my mind about that." Moxley was found bludgeoned to death with a six iron in a wealthy enclave of Greenwich, Connecticut in October 1975. Tommy Skakel was the last person to be seen with Moxley. It was a 25-year old cold case until a grand jury investigation led to the arrest of Michael Skakel. He is the nephew of Ethel Kennedy. "I know Michael Skakel and I know he didn't commit the crime," said Robert Kennedy Jr., Skakel's cousin and one of his biggest defenders. Skakel was convicted in 2002 but released on bail after 11 years when an appeals court ordered a new trial -- finding his defense attorney made major mistakes. But state prosecutor Susan Gill disagrees. "This was far from a slipshod defense," Gill told the court Wednesday. "This was a well-planned, well thought-out, professional defense." Leaving court , Skakel declined to speak, but Kennedy, who sat with him during the hearing, did. "He didn't get a fair trial and he's not guilty," Kennedy told CBS News. CBS News was unable to reach Michael's brother Tommy Skakel for a comment. But [...]

2016-12-29T14:18:36+00:00 February 25th, 2016|Categories: Investigations|Tags: |Comments Off on Michael Skakel could face new murder trial