By Thomas Claburn
September 26, 2008
Ives Potrafka, a forensic examiner with the Center for Computer
Forensics, sees a lot of data theft. Those responsible tend to be
ex-employees, either starting up a company while employed or going to a
competitor and taking trade secrets.
According to Potrafka, when insiders steal corporate data, they tend to
do it via noncorporate e-mail accounts or using external storage media.
Potrafka spent four years as a Special Agent, Computer Forensic
Examiner, and Internet Investigator in the High Tech Crime Unit in
Michigan Attorney General's Office, and served as a law enforcement
officer for 24 years. "Certainly, hacks take place. ... Those are the
ones that makes the papers," he says. "But it's more common that it's
insider-related and employee-related."
Nowadays, Potrafka tends to work for clients in civil actions, though he
still works on the occasional criminal case. A lot of his work involves
e-mail analysis and keyword searches.
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