Computers have come a long way over the course of the last 30 years, and with this expansion the development of computer forensics has also expanded by leaps and bounds. In the past computers were huge machines which were large and complex and typically only used by government agencies and large corporations. Nowadays computers have become widely used both in homes and businesses and are also used within other domestic devices such as TV’s and telephones. Because of the widespread use of personal computers many people store personal information which can be used in legal proceedings as evidence, which is where computer forensics comes into play.
The evidence which is gathered from personal computers and other electronic storage devices, through the use of digital computer forensics can vary and may include items such as photos, emails and personal documents, such as bank accounts, which may be relevant to the criminal or civil proceedings.
Although many people may go through the motions of removing any incriminating evidence from their computer, there are methods used by computer forensic experts such as Morse Investigation Services, that can locate and retrieve this information even after it has been deleted by the user. This information can often still be retrieved even if the hard drive has been defragmented or reformatted through the use of computer forensics.
Experts in computer forensics are educated and trained in the area of investigating computer and cellular data looking for hidden or deleted material which can be used as evidence in both civil and criminal trials.
Many type of criminal cases involve the use of computer forensics such as; child pornography, corruption, blackmail, unauthorized computer use, money laundering, theft of intellectual property, piracy, corporate espionage, destruction of information, decryption and copyright infringement just to name a few.
In modern times the use of computer forensics is a widely popular means of locating crucial and incriminating evidence.
Through the use of sophisticated software and techniques it is possible to analyze and view data which would not be noticeable or detectible by the average computer user. Perhaps the user of the computer deleted this information in the past months or years prior to the investigation or may have even went to great lengths to hide this information through the reformatting of the hard drive. There are still methods which can be used in order to find this information within a part of the computer drive which holds and retains past information stored.
Morse Investigation Services will be able to determine whether the computer or computers contains relevant information to the case and can assist in preparing for interrogations. Special forensics software programs and methods are used for this process and can only be achieved through the use of a professional computer forensics specialist who is trained for work in this field. These specialists are able to develop court reports used on the information found which are able to be used in a court of law during criminal proceedings.
Digital Forensics have become a common method for extracting personal information, documents and other incriminating evidence in order to help prosecute and convict the person who is being charged. Most people are not aware that information which has been deleted is able to be retrieved and therefore will allow for their personal computer files to be accessed; however, it is also possible for a warrant to be issued and the computer to be obtained through the use of a warrant in order to obtain the computer so that the drive can be mirrored and an exact image of the drive created.
Morse Investigation Services has used Digital Forensics to uncover the truth in many cases. We have the tools and a expertise to forensically evaluate nearly any storage device, even those in smart phones, and tablets.
We have also been able to assist in having retrieved information thrown out in legal proceedings as a result of poor handeling of the evidence collected. The evidence must be recovered without any modification to the drive being imaged, otherwise it is rendered useless. (This is more common than you would think)