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Cyber Forensics and the Changing Face of Investigating Criminal Behavior

by Albert Marcella, Jr. and Doug Menendez

New technology provides opportunities for criminals in many areas other than pornography. Police now frequently chronicle criminals' use of the Internet and computer technology to commit a wide range of economic crimes and crimes involving malicious destruction of others' property. Identity theft, a term almost unheard of 30 years ago, now makes up significant portions of the caseloads of police agencies and prosecutors in the United States. In reality these identity theft cases present very little that is actually new in the realm of criminal behavior. In addition to pornography and identity theft, the computer and the Internet allow malicious cyber-criminals to violate copyright protection, cause enormous damage to data and equipment and to lure children and even adults into situations where they can be sexually and physically assaulted. But the emergence of new technology requires the law enforcement community-from police to prosecutors to judges-to utilize different strategies and different tools in addressing the new ways today's criminals commit these old crimes.

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From Cyber Forensics: A Field Manual for Collecting, Examining, and Preserving Evidence of Computer Crimes, Second Edition by Albert Marcella, Jr. and Doug Menendez. Auerbach Publications, 2008.
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