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Identifying Fraud Using Digital Forensics

May 5, 2015 by  
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The computer is the most dominant technology medium even today. It is now used in virtually all facets of life and has also given birth to a newer approach to investigation in the form of digital forensics.

Digital forensics provide an efficient way to identify and extract digital evidence from electronic devices. It is typically associated with criminal investigations in which most types of investigations center upon cyber crime. These crimes can either be computer aided or computer assisted crimes.

Computer Based Crime – The type of crime that has been committed solely on computers, e.g. network intrusion criminal investigations.

Computer Facilitated Crime – The crime that has been conducted in the real world but has been facilitated by the use of computers, e.g. business frauds, etc.

What Are the Different Forms of Digital Forensics

Digital forensics experts focus on criminal behavior as well as corporate offenses to recover lost information or collect evidence for civil lawsuits.

Criminal Forensics

This is the most common type of digital forensics which is used to identify fraud and collect evidence to prove past offenses. In this investigation, the specialists focus on extracting sound data and producing reports and evidence to be presented before a court of law.

Intelligence Gathering

This type of criminal investigation is carried out to obtain intelligence to track offenses, identify the offender and stop the criminal activity or eliminate the elements that might trigger the fraudulent action in future. Unless the evidence is to be used in court, the credibility of the evidence proof is not as importance in this type of investigation.

Electronic Discovery (eDiscovery)

Electronic Discovery or eDiscovery is similar to criminal forensics, but in relation to civil law. This investigation is carried out to search, identify, and secure electronic data with the intent to present it in a court of law.

Intrusion Investigation

Intrusion investigation is initiated in response to instigation. For example, a hacker trying to break into a system to steal a company’s valuable information can be thwarted with intrusion investigation and similar events can also be prevented in future.

The scope of the investigation depends on the severity of the offense. Besides, it often occurs in real time to limit the effects of the crime in a timely manner.

With the growing use of computers, cyber crimes are likely to escalate in future, which might require more digital forensics specialists to identify criminal activities and civil offenses.

If you need digital forensics for your corporate or individual lawsuit, contact us and get the reliable evidence for your case.

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