When we talk about crime scenes in this day and age, there are so many possible scenarios other than the standard investigations of physical fingerprints, blood splatter analysis, and even footprints. To be more specific, cyber-crime has become such as major problem with advancements in technology. It can be hard to track cyber criminals because they hardly leave any physical trails. As a result, investigators heavily rely on digital forensics to solve such cases. Here at International Investigative Group, we specialize in digital forensic investigations that can help with any cyber-crime issue you might have.
What Exactly is Digital Forensics?
Essentially, digital forensics is the process in which digital evidence is gathered from various devices or networks and infrastructures. This can include mobile devices, computers, cloud storage systems or even smart phones. Such data and evidence can be gathered from many different sources of information, such as emails and deleted files that might be accessed by a hacker. For cyber-crime, a digital forensic expert would analyze the information collected and report the situation to the relevant authorities. Below are some notable cases which were solved using digital forensics.
Krenar Lusha in 2009
As a result of analyzing this United Kingdom citizen’s internet search patterns, authorities were able to make an appropriate arrest. It was actually discovered that Lusha downloaded a substantial amount of information on how to make explosives and search belts. Furthermore, when the police received their search warrant for his apartment, they managed to find copious amounts of petrol bomb components and ammunition. It was found that he had also corresponded with people on the internet and posed as a terrorist who had ill intentions toward Jewish people and Americans.
Larry Jo Thomas in 2016
In Thomas’ case, investigators managed to link him to a murder because of the content that he posted on his Facebook account. Using a handle called “Slaughtaboi Larro”, he posted photos that showed him equipped with an assault rifle that resembled an AR-15. In Rito Llmas-Juarez’s murder, it was found that he was killed with ammunition that matched the weapon which Thomas owned. Furthermore, a bracelet which matched the bracelet that Thomas was wearing in one of the photos was found at the crime scene.
Matt Baker In 2010
This Baptist preacher was found guilty of murdering his wife. Before he was linked to the murder, his wife was reported to have committed suicide via overdosing on sleeping pills. However, it was found on his computer that Baker had searched for information regarding overdosing and had visited several drug websites before his wife died.
Mikayla Munn in 2016
This Manchester University student was found guilty of neglecting her newborn child and imprisoned for 9 years. Investigators were able to attribute her baby’s death to Munn’s online searches on how to abort a baby at home and how to cut the umbilical cord. It was eventually found that she drowned her newborn in a bathtub immediately after birth.
Ross Compton in 2017
In this case, the data from Compton’s pacemaker actually served as evidence in court. The data, which included his heart rates and pacer demand helped to prove that he had actually submitted fake medical certificates and engaged in insurance fraud and arson.