By ERIC WEDDLE
Journal and Courier
May 6, 2009
If a picture is worth a thousand words, than a suspect's Web browser
history, e-mails, chat logs, cell phone and electronic documents could
equal a conviction.
Purdue University is schooling law enforcement officers from around the
state this week in digital forensics -- a sort of crime scene
investigation for computers, according to Marc Rogers, a professor of
computer and information technology and director of Purdue's cyber
"The FBI says (a large) percent of all investigations include computer
or digital evidence," Rogers said. "It doesn't have to be child
pornography or a computer used to commit a crime. You can find someone's
contact list on their cell phone, calendar on their computer, or
spreadsheets on a smart phone. That can solve a crime."
The three-day course, Digital Evidence Triage, prepares officers to
investigate data found on desktop computers, laptops, cell phones,
Blackberries, social networking sites and Web-based file servers. The 20
officers enrolled are learning how to capture and prepare digital
evidence so it will be admissible in court.
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